Gyu-Kaku - Tustin, CA

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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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been coming to this Gyu-Kaku for years and always have a good experience. Best eats are the Gyu-Kaku salad, garlic noodles, sukiyaki bibimbap, mushroom medley, and of course the meats like the bistro hangar steak and Toro beef are amazing.

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k
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, great service and food was so delicious. Go!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner was great! It was our friend’s’ first time there and they enjoyed the food and were shocked at how good the price was. Thanks!

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TN
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for a big meal, for family or a date.

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always consistently excellent at this location.

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

Gyu-kaku is INCREDIBLE. One of our favorite places to eat.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Perfect for a casual Friday evening celebration dinner. Our waitress was fabulous at guiding us through the perfect amount of food to order.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was seated quickly, good service, and the food was excellent. We spent father’s day here and ordered the all you can eat ultimate. It was served to us in a timely manner and the waiters were really nice. Fresh meat and good selections. Would definitely recommend this place!!!

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DT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Floor was a little slippery, almost slipped once while taking my daughter to the restroom (where there was a gentleman in there). Other then that it’s perfect. We love going there.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great. Taste and cut portions are great! Server was nice and friendly. Orders just come in very slow that there are times we’re not cooking anything on the grill because we’re waiting. Maybe because it was Father’s Day... the place was full. But the good thing was they didn’t charge us extra for going over our 90 min time limit. We’d come back! 😊 Hopefully they also improve on the restaurant’s ambiance— make it more Japanese style decor inside. The exterior look of the restaurant also needs improvement.

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S
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s one of my favorite places to go, one thing I wish they would change and I’ve requested this multiple times but they have the worst rice. It’s always dry. And it’s too bad since rice is what compliments the grilling items.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service were good, but the lack of parking makes it unlikely I will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Enough said

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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super attentive staff amazing food...

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I can't wait to go back and have some more all you can eat Japanese bbq. I love it so much!!! This is my first time too, I can not go back to Korean bbq anymore.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As a first time here, it was great. Staff is very friendly and attentive with my party and others as well. Meat is good their rice is excellent. A good place to go with friends and have a great time.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Came for a rainy day late lunch (3:30) for my Brother’s birthday and such a great experience! Had never eaten here...have wanted to for years but not willing to wait since they’re PACKED almost all of the time! Food was delicious (opt for the higher quality meats worth the price difference - we did the Samurai for 4), and the meal we chose offered a great variety of types of meat, shrimp, poultry and veggies & other accompanying dishes ( rice & noodles and S’mores for dessert! ) Service: our service was TERRIFIC 30% + terrific! Sara, Austin and Sophia were so amicable, helpful, attentive, educational and knew the menu and could explain everything down to cooking times and techniques perfectly. Sara was especially just all around excellent and such a pleasure and made our celebration so enjoyable! We need more Sara’s in this world!!!!
Bonus.... we arrived accidentally during happy so we were able to eat and drink with happy hour prices!
We left happy and full.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating at this restaurant. Service was excellent, food were awesome & delicious. Price was very reasonable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and friendly staff.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a cool restaurant to go to. If you go during lunch you most run into business professionals who are in a rush to get a bite. Stopped by during lunch, it was busy, a lot of people but open table allowed me to reserve my table ahead of time without any wait. Staff is friendly and I definitely recommend the Meat Lover's heh heh

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J
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For the first time in a long time at this location, service and food was great! Management must really be working to turn this location around, and it shows!

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GD
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I love this place. It’s our favorite restaurant to go to with the kids. They enjoy cooking for us. It’s a great experience and the food is amazing.

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DT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Awful awful customer service at this location. Will not be returning. Food was subpar.

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t
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time here and my only regret is that I haven't stopped for a bite here sooner. Great restaurant!!!

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RD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Front lobby needs a spruce up/cleaning, and the was no one at the front desk for a few minutes, but overall solid visit, great team service, and great food.

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TC
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great find! We wanted Japanese food and found this place and tried it based on the reviews. It was super delish! The service was also excellent. The only drawback is that there isn’t enough parking and there’s no street parking. But well worth circling the block a few times to wait for a spot to open up.

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E
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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CW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took a friend for the first time. She said it was much better than she expected. We had tuna volcano, beef bibimbap, filet mignon, mushrooms and shrimp...followed by the season matcha tiramisu. Every bite was delicious.

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LB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great, but, it does take a while to cook, so be sure to give yourself time to account for that.
The service is fine. The parking can be hard sometimes, but, we usually find parking after a while.
Making a reservation for dinner helps lessen the wait.

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BS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the Supreme or premium All You Can Eat. Top level. The meats were aged over 21 days and the flavoring justified the higher price. Friendly staff and very busy but we didn't wait too long between orders. The biggest issue was parking! The lot is small and the a joining lot is for other businesses so we had to walk over from around the corner.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

they have the best garlic noodles and bbq is always bomb 😘 definitely going back and back again my fav spot to eat on a happy hour and just near were i live!!🙂

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great coming here for a fun time and great food

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M
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The food was great. Service was amazing :-)

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DR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We love this restaurant chain and visit many locations all over the country when we have a chance. It was rather annoying that we made a reservation for 7pm but didn't get seated until 7:30pm. Meanwhile there was several tables available the entire wait that just needed to be cleaned but nobody took the time. They really should prioritize getting people seated as it reduces the annoyance of waiting in the lobby, it also would increase their revenue as guests can at least start drinking!

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v
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We've been here probably 20+ times in the past. The last few times, I would say that the service has gone down just a bit. Also, the restaurant needs a little updating. Advice to the management/owner: Bite the bullet and shut it down for a couple of weeks and remodel (put in powerful fan/ventilation this time).

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M
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and fun but def felt rushed. Food was out too quickly and then we felt like they wanted the next table in sooner than we were done.

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M
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This location has the best service! Very attentive to our drink needs and timing of bringing out items for the all you can eat bbq. Excellent food and very kind server!

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B
Orange County
121 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is always fantastic at this restaurant and the service is usually outstanding as well. On this particular visit the only reason I had rated the service as a 4 star instead of the usual rating of 5 that I normally give was due to the fact that our waiter did not come by as often as they normally do in seeing if we needed anything, especially when one is having the all you can eat dinner. We had to ask other servers to either tell our server that we needed things or they volunteered to bring them. However overall I still love this restaurant.

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OC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Great food, reasonable prices but service is lacking, clearly not enough servers, overall appearance of the place is uninspiring (i need of major revitalization project).

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EG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a fun, social dinner with a group of friends. Service is outstanding - the servers know the menu and make great suggestions. Food is tasty and fun to cook.
Do note that your clothing and hair will smell like cooked food after your meal. The place gets a little smoky with everyone cooking on the tables despite a good ventilation system.

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