Gyu-Kaku - Toronto

4.7
250 reviews
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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Toronto is the ideal spot for an amazing experience! Conveniently located by the St. Lawrence Market!

Traditionally called Yakiniku, this Japanese barbecue spot is known for their delicious, fresh (never frozen), high-quality meats!

Enjoy an ice cold beer as you grill your own meat. Happy Hours offer the best deals on food and drinks, so be sure to wind down and get the night started right with us.
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AB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service was excellent. The music, however, was a bit loud and didn’t really suit the mood of the meal (ie. aggressive, uncensored hip hop and techno). I’ve been here a few times before and remember them playing either Japanese instrumental music and/or Japanese pop, which made the whole experience feel more authentic.

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Y
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went there for my birthday. Definitely would recommend.
1. Food
-We ordered a-la-carte, but there are combo options for people who would find that tedious.
- They offer 3 types of sauces by default, all of them are really good. My personal favourite is the sweet sauce.
- Hamasaki steak in a pot is a must try. The marinate is amazing.
- As gross as it sounds, would also recommend the beef tongue. It's nice and tender.
- Both of the short ribs were great too, comes with its own specialty sauce.
- The only miss would be the pork belly. It was alright.

2. Service
- We were warmly welcomed and brought to our seat.
- It was a busy night, but we never had to ask for water refills (and I drank a lot of water!).
- Server made great recommendations, and explained how to cook each dish when it was brought to the table.
- Great birthday surprise! I was served 3 balls of ice cream (Vanilla, black sesame and matcha), and the staff sang me a happy birthday song :)

Overall a great experience, both in food and service.
Do make sure you have a reservation though as the seats fill up really quickly.
Also, it can be on the expensive side, expect around $40 to $50 per person without drinks.

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C
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon entering the restaurant, I was greeted warmly and brought to my table. As it was my first time here , the waitress offered recommendations as to what to eat and drink. In the end, me and my friend ordered the Sakura lunch special and two drinks. When food was brought to the table, the waitress patiently explained how long to cook the food for and how to change the temperature of the grill. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was warm and lively. Dessert was also delicious as I ordered the matcha tiramisu and lime ice cram (which was apart of the lunch special).

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m
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good service, quality of food is great.need reservation. If they have more menu of vege ( for grill and for eat like salad ) and more sort of meat, will be better.
Good for group.

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OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome happy hour

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JX
London
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was good.

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SA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!!!! We love this place.

our friends introduced us to this place and we have been here three more times since :) :) :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food.

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LO
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good portions, friendly staff, good value!

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G
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is good, but the service is pretty bad. Especially the white girl on the front.

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O
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beat birthday lunch ever!!

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went there at 8:20pm and the restaurant was still nearly full. Ordered premium meat lover combo for two people. The portion was excellent for two and I like their sweet and spicy dipping sauce. The waiter who served us was very friendly and professional. Overall great experience

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a
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at Gya-Kaku and we really enjoyed it. Our waitress was extremely friendly and informative. Unfortunately we couldn’t order any alcohol but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the meal at all. We are already itching to go back.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is great but small portions and not all you can eat. Also this is *not* a smokeless experience so be prepared accordingly. Note that at the time we attended they did not have their liquor liscence which is not advertised so we didn’t find out until we got there. Due to issues with the building they are also only open till 930pm

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

No alcohol available, which is kind of important for yakiniku.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and fun atmosphere. Server was nice Will be fantastic when they get alcohol license back

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DA
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are able to enjoy Japanese style BBQ and rich atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were extremely well. There is some smoke from the grills, but it’s expected in a self grilling restaurant.

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was my first time at Gym-Kaku. we'd made a reservation so we were seated promptly. The food was really great and we chose a large array. The Calamari, The fried chicken and the short ribs were particular highlights. and the S'mores! Our waitress was attentive and present. I'd go back any time.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 2

No alcohol, is the reason for your poor score.

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R
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Tiny portions. Drinks were not available, which was such a let down. My date was disappointed and I felt bad for choosing this place.

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The only downside is that the restaurant didn't have a liquor license. I should have been told that in advance. Our reservation was a business lunch so that was disappointing. Otherwise, it was great and I've all ready told a bunch of people to go, it was that good.

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R
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

They let their liquor license expire and couldn't serve alcohol. That's just terrible!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was really friendly and food was delicious!

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DW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Could have really used a beer

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CF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went there as our belated Valentine's Day dinner. We just moved to the area and found them recommended on google--100%, 10 outta 10, would go there a 1,000 more times without question.

Our waiter was knowledgable with the menu and talked us into doing smaller portions than we originally planned, which was thankful on our part because we were stuffed by the end. (Still made room for the chocolate lava cake and two rounds of s'mores though). Only downside I guess is that they weren't licensed for liquor, but I'm pregnant so that didn't really bother me at all.

If you do go, try one of their meal combos! It's a great way to get a taste of the best, and if you want more, you can always add on to the order! We did a happy hour combo, $80+ worth of food for only $50. For the two of us, it ended up being $95 which we were not expecting at all--we were prepared to be paying much more!!

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MB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You need to renew the alcohol license cause I wasn’t able to prove the sake :’(

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NB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat and fantastic value. It can get a bit smokey though as some guests are not sure how to cook their food and overdo it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good experience

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience!

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G
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Amazing service by Tatsu. Best server we've had!

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was great, it was our first time and he explained to us his recommendations and the specials (happy hour) they had. Will definitely come back!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice service!!! Foods are absolutely awesome

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AB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is SOOOO good. Even though you do grill it yourself, the quality and selections of meats is excellent and the different marinades are so tasty. I’m glad we live so nearby. ;)

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FJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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SE
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except that I found the music was too loud so that, it was hard to take to my friends. It would be so much better if the music sound is lower. Thank you.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great as always, and food delicious. Great cocktails. Food is bit pricey, even during Happy Hour.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always excellent! Food is good and value is very good I would highly recommend a visit and you'll be hooked.

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A
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and a nice peaceful place to enjoy a nice evening dinner.

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L
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great quality meats and amazing service. It's only a tad bit pricier compared to other bbq-style eats, but for the quality and service, totally worth.
Would come again and recommend to others.

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