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Gyu-Kaku - Santa Monica

4.4
4.4
101 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
We're Back! We are open for limited patio-only dining service.

We have updated our operations in accordance with all government guidelines to put your health and safety first.

To maintain a safe environment for you and Gyu-Kaku staff, we ask that all guests understand and adhere to the following:

- Please bring a mask and use it all times when you are not eating or drinking.

- We will measure your temperature upon entering the restaurant.

- To comply with spatial distancing rules we have spaced our tables out and limited seating capacity.

- There may be limits on party sizes.

- We are serving a limited menu. Not all Grand Menu items will be available during our immediate reopening.

To make a reservation please visit www.gyu-kaku.com/reservations or give us a call.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

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What 101 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Westside

    Kid Friendly

  • Westside

    Good for Groups

  • Westside

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food Great staff Moderate prices
  2. NB

    NicoleB

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Food was fairly good at the time. Staff was quick and responsive. Both my friend and I had stomach issues as soon as we got home.. probably won’t come back unfortunately.
  3. J

    Jamie

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So fun! Meats were so delicious and tender. Service was excellent. Great experience!
  4. WS

    WSHalsted

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Gyu-kaku is a chain but the entire staff here have missed out on what other locations are doing in regards to service training and organization. It took 4 people at the front to sort out which party was next to be seated. No plates or utensils brought out until after several dishes were served. No tongs delivered. No scissors for some cuts of meat. No mention as to what any of the dishes were. Drinks were finally served half way thru the meal. The grill was never exchanged for a clean one AT ALL. Table busing staff went by several times without removing plates despite the huge amount of clutter on the table for all the dishes. Water never refilled. Child seat never given despite asking. Entire wait staff should be either fired or the place shut down until someone sorts out what the inefficiency and disorganization issues are. Avoid this location. Make the drive to another.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience! No complaints at all
  6. J

    Jack

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Luvvved it.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I was able to take my dad out for Father’s Day! We have so much fun grilling our food!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great! The food was amazing!
  9. M

    Mommyof3

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Last day of school!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My date loved the restaurant choice. We had a great night afterwards. Will be coming back again!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing and great prices
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was ok but some meat cuts were not as good as always and one type was $15 for few small cut! Was way high price
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Just they brought mistakes,& bad service at all
  14. e

    eraheib

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Had a great meal with my mom for Mother's Day. Kind and great service staff
  15. C

    Cerin

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My partner and I just finished getting tattooed and wanted a fun place to replenish our energy! We always enjoy the Guy-Kaku restaurants but I have to say, I think Santa Monica location just might be my favorite! The service was excellent and the staff were absolutely amazing! Food was fabulous as always! I think this location will always be my main go-to for future LA-based Guy-Kaku reservations!!
  16. m

    mask207

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The service was a little slow at first, but the food was great - we ordered the Shogun pre-set menu and it was the perfect size for 6 of us, we ate everything and felt full but not stuffed. All the meat cuts and the beef bibimbap and gyoza were a hit. The garlic edamame was good too. This location is a lot more spacious than the Pico Blvd location where we usually go, so we will be back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Out of half the dine la selections
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good just wish they had green tea ice cream
  19. KF

    KimmieF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great little Japanese BBQ place. Our server was great, food was great, had fun grilling our meat. Would definitely go back! Did the Dine LA menu and it was awesome
  20. K

    Kate

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fun evening, cooking our own nicely marinated steaks and watching passers- by on the 3rd Street Promenade! Something different and good!
  21. H

    Hummer

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to the same location twice in 1 week and everyone knows that service can make or break the experience. The first visit on Tuesday was lack luster. They were sold out of several meats and the service was very slow. This is at 4:30 on a weeknight. Flash forward to my second visit that week, Thursday, again at 4:30. Collin, our server was the BEST. This time they were out of Pork Belly, but the service more than made up for it. He was super prompt and attentive. So efficient that I didn't have to pay for parking since the parking structure gives you 1st hour free. Shout out to Collin.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Sticky rice was well below average. Salad dressing too much mayo. Skirt steak was fantastic! Service was excellent!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Arrived around 4:30pm for a late lunch. It seemed like there was one server serving five tables when I entered. Although he was by himself he did a great job for the most part. I was satisfied with my lunch but when it came to get the check he was nowhere to be found. I’m not sure if he was on break or had clocked out because more servers appeared. Maybe it was a shift change, and there wasn’t a hand over. When these new servers came no one came over to check on me at all. Either way I waited over 20 mins trying to flag someone to get my check.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Great food and the booths are comfortable but service is pretty slow
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    I went yesterday to have a special dinner , the WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER, they need to improve to be better with te customers , waitress only chatting , and not pay attention to the clients … and if you get the chance to ask for utensils , water or etc etc they give you attitude , love the restaurant food but the service was horrible 👎🏼
  26. x

    xnyyorkr

    Orange County

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We did the Chef's choice which had a variety of cook at your table meats, shrimp and broccoli with cheese. It also came with miso soup (which our server never brought) and a salad with a delicious dressing. We thought we were going to get dessert, but the server brought our check instead of asking if we'd like to order dessert. We enjoyed the food, but the service needs a little bit of work.
  27. RF

    RaulF

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Best 5 stars! Collin was the best!
  28. HD

    HermosaDJ

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience4
    Overpriced and small portions. Left very unsatisfied.
  29. Y

    Yesi

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Servers were nice and they were attentive, they just took a while to bring out the dessert and the bill. The food is good, unfortunately they didn't have the frozen sangria but we ended up getting another drink and it was good as well. The ambiance was very subtle since it was not busy.
  30. l

    love3

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so good and we loved it here
  31. Y

    Youngdoctor

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a farewell dinner for a friend moving away from LA. We had a great experience.
  32. R

    Rtzam

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    The worse customer service ever. We waited about 30 minutes to have the uncooked meat to come to the table! There were 2 miso soups included in the meal which we had one through out the end . Hot sake came cold so I had to ask for another one. Yes the food is good if you dont care about waiting for 3 hours for a dining.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Not the same as usual at all, food was cold, slow, didn’t taste the same as before and portions got smaller.
  34. c

    coco

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food. Pricey. Only one table for over 4 people.
  35. b

    boilergirl

    Exclusive

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Friendly service and consistent food as always. Love the variety on the menu.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    it good but not many stuff there in lunch
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was so good I don’t know where to start, my bf and I went on a date here and man oh man their food, drinks and the service ARE TOP TIER!! Our waitress was so sweet I didn’t get her name but she had two little ball ponytails but she gave us the best service!! Thank you all again
  38. HL

    HerterLouS

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good as always, quality and taste. Service was extra great tonight! Definitely will be going back.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were great!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2021

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Service was mediocre. We were greeted harshly and told to wait outside for our table. No Happy Hour prices at this location. Poor service

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gyu-Kaku - Santa Monica does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Gyu-Kaku - Santa Monica also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (424) 744-8220.

Gyu-Kaku - Santa Monica is rated 4.4 stars by 101 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Gyu-Kaku - Santa Monica

231 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1203

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:15 pm Happy Hour Mon 11:00 am–9:45 pm Tue–Sun 11:00 am–6:30 pm Tue–Thu, Sun 8:30 pm–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 8:30 pm–10:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Takeout

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