Gyu-Kaku - Tustin, CA

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$30 and under
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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Tustin, CA is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in Orange County right off the 5 and 55 freeway!

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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Orange County
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

While the food remains excellent, the restaurant itself is looking a bit tired. Walls need to be repainted, floors refinished, and small repairs made to screens, etc. It's a busy restaurant, but currently, the physical plant lets down the excellence of the food and choices. Won't stop me going, but needs a refresh.

B
Orange County
137 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is always great at this restaurant and we visit here quite often. The service is usually outstanding as well, but on this particular visit, the service was a little lacking. We had ordered the AYCE special dinner and just about every time we wanted to order something, we had to flag down a waiter. Also, we realized it was towards the end of the the evening, but also had to flag down our waiter not only to get our check, but also had to flag someone down to take care of it.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Just the place is dirty and there is major health code issues

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Me and my boyfriend love this place we come all the time and have been coming for the past 4 valentines but this year on v-day I don’t like how they only had a special menu with only 3 courses you could choose from (course A, B, C) not the actual menu.. we are usuals so we no what we like on the menu. But we choose the B course and it was way to much food for only two people and when we got the bill the waitress charged us for the A course which was more expensive.. which was disappointing

J
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were very attentive and helpful! Food was great!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for girls night out!

M
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun eating experience.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good! Food quality and service is consistent every time we go. Parking can be a challenge, during peak business hours.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation for 4 on sunday 2/2/2020 we got there 10 mins early and they were able to seat us right away, hostess asked us if we had any questions before our server arrived. Very courteous, and our server was excellent through out as well :) we got the 60$ food lovers deal for 2 (it fed all 4 tho), 2 ramen, and 2 appetizers, noticed they changed the grill top at our table when it got too saturated with extra food bits. The music was a bit loud so it made talking and responding with the server and ourselves a bit more difficult but overall excellent everything .

B
Orange County
138 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was outstanding as well. We had the AYCE course and the waiter continuously came back to check to see if we needed anything and never had to wait long for additional items we ordered.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent except cooked rice. Rice taste looks like changed. Taste seems to be made using different rice or undercooked?

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s been a while that I’m their customer, most of the time I had a problem with

K
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food and great service! I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

K
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday and it was fantastic

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, awesome staff. Parking lot is tiny so parked at a closed preschool, minor inconvenience. Love it and will def be back!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I have been going to Gyu-Kaku at various locations for years. The food is always so good (basil chicken, garlic shrimp, miso hanger steak are my favorites) and quality is amazing. The atmosphere is fun and ending on a s’mores dessert is great! However, the Tustin location needs to do something about the ventilation. Halfway through our meal it got really smoky and hazy. It was a little stifling until we got used to it. But other than that, always pleased with food and pricing is not bad for the quality and the occasion.

EN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Servers were nice and quick and attentive. For the price we paid, it is quite pricey compared to all-you-can-eat KBBQ spots, but it is a different dining experience compared to those spots.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New year’s celebration

AA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Service, Server was friendly with a great smile. Helped us plan out our order, Great recommendations. We are coming back for sure.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. You can book a reservation on Open Table. Get there early for parking.

G
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always an energetic place to dine. First round took awhile to make it to the table but after that the flow was steady. Try it out you will enjoy!

m
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place.. Great options and plenty to choose from for all.

T
Los Angeles
125 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall good. Good variety of food.
Very good service. Attentive staff.
We had reservations but they gave our reservation away to another group because of a similar sounding name.
They crowded us into a smaller table.

Parking is very bad. The parking lot is way too small. You have to try to park in the lots of adjacent businesses that are closed, and hope that you don't get towed.

OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Many Grills are unreliable if not completely broken, smoke fills the air as exhaust fans don't work. At these $$$$ prices, is shameful.

WE
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Quality of meat declined significantly on this visit, especially on meat lover lunch special menu. almost all pieces were tough with veins in every piece or 100% fat only pieces that should never be served.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always count of Gyu Kaku to open when most restaurants are closed. The quality of the meat is superb; and a deal if you ask me. Best to get a good deal during happy hour. The convenience of table reservations via OpenTable makes very visit an easy one.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Was places on inside “booth” by OPENED back door. Had to ask to have it closed. Then our service was super super super slow/bad. Have been to rancho location and service has always been good, but this location was BAD in my opinion.

L
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love coming here and the food is always fantastic! We came here with a group of 6 for my husbands birthday and had a great time, the food and our server was awesome. Only complaint I have is that after being there for an 1 and 30 minutes the hostess came to our table and said she had another reservation for the table that was to be seated at that time and wanted to know when we planned on leaving. We hadn’t even had our last course yet. Are my husbands dessert yet. It was rude and embarrassing.

JA
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

There is a 90 minute time limit on the All You Can Eat menu. Luckily, they didn't stick to it because the food took so long to come out, we were there at least 2 hours. Keeping in mind, we are cooking everything, so it is coming out raw but still takes a very long time. It was very loud and smokey in there from the cooking. Didn't bother me much but I can see how it would bother some people.

Food was definitely good! Would go back again.

R
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing, I really enjoyed the food and the service. I was invited here by a friend and was very pleased with the food quality and how pleasant the environment is. I definitely would recommend, you cook your food to your liking. It is a little pricy compared to other similar style places but definitely worth it.

e
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing, staff puts it over the top

OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Stop sitting people at broken grills!
Maintain your equipment and train your staff to respect customers Woody for a nice meal free of issues

MC
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great experience!

MF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Making a reservation is a joke. We had to wait for 15 min to be seated eventhough we arrived there on time. This wasn't the first time we experienced it. Food was excellent. Service can be better.

DY
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, nice service, great value. Expect loud noise.

B
Orange County
138 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always great at this restaurant. The service is usually outstanding as well, but on this particular occasion, we ordered the "all you can eat" entree, and the dishes ordered took a long time in being brought to the table. Even after we got our first couple of dishes there were a number of times we had nothing to put on the grill because it was taking so long for the additional dishes ordered to be brought out. Please don't misunderstand me as our waitress was great and even kept coming back to our table to let us know she was trying to get our dishes out to us, but my feeling was that the kitchen was slow it getting the dishes to her.

AM
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time for my bride to be third for me. Food is tasty and abundant. Grilling is fun. Much too noisy to hold a conversation.

J
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The new manager seems to have turned this place around and was actively helping employees. Its nice to see this location finally become a good restaurant!

E
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food and service was ok. I've eaten here a few times in the past and the place is alright. Not sure if my tastes have changed over the years but just didn't find the food particularly good this time around.

Didn't help the service wasn't great either. One guy who brought the uncooked meat out let the juice from my plate spill into my drink. He didn't say anything until I called him out on it and asked for a new drink. The actual waiter was nice but constantly forgot stuff.

Probably won't be returning again anytime soon.

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