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Gyu-Kaku - Downtown San Diego, San Diego, CA

Gyu-Kaku - Downtown San Diego

4.6
4.6
245 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:30 am–9:45 pm Happy Hour Daily 11:30 am–6:30 pm Daily 8:30 pm–9:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 310-5782
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    You are the Chef!
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    5th Ave. and F street
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 245 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Neighborhood gem

  • San Diego

    Japanese

  • San Diego

    Good for groups

  • San Diego

    Hot spot

  • San Diego

    Neighborhood gem

245 Reviews
  1. BobbyM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first trip to Gyu-Kaku was amazing, highly recommend trying it out!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Kale (sorry, I don’t know how he spells his name, but he’s from Seattle/Aiea) was amazing. He took care of our 12-top absolutely amazingly. He was very attentive even though there were multiple large parties. Food is great as always. But this review is to highlight our server. Amazing customer service.

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  3. DianaP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a great time celebrating my daughter’s graduation- party of 9. Service was top notch. Food portions were generous. It was paced well and we never felt rushed. Flavors were spot on and delicious. Definitely recommend this place.

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  4. AngelaB

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went for my birthday and a special occasion and the food was great. Our server Kale was super awesome he was above and Beyond with service and made great suggestion’s that tasted amazing. It was the perfect place to have my birthday dinner. 11/10:)

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La comida y el servicio increíble nos atendieron muy bien , solo como sugerencia estaría bien que cuidarán la limpieza del lugar ya que estaba sucio el piso en la entrada y eso le dió un mal aspecto , el cual olvidamos cuando probamos la comida

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cami provided us with excellent service and explanations of our choices since it was our first time there. Food was great. Overall, I would recommend and plan on a second trip.

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  7. TrinaA

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience and food was delicious. We literally rolled out of there! Had the meat lovers variety for 2 and finished off with s’mores!

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  8. goldilocks

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The "premium" waygu was more than 80% fat and the restaurant is dirty.

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  9. VivianM

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite place ever! Servers are attentive, even the guy up in the front is super nice & welcoming. Must try it out!!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great! The staff was so much fun. We had a great experience!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service shared with family. Restaurant week participants with great value.

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  12. HowellA

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service even with obvious short staff. Food was great, good experience

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  13. momof4

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kale was a great waiter!!! So friendly and helpful. He made our experience a 5 star!! Delicious food and great service

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great options for their JBBQ, spicy edamame was no joke!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was such yummy food, quick food service. Amazing help !

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  16. Lala

    New York City

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The meat options were delicious. And the service on point. We left full & satisfied

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  17. abaggy

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very attentive staff. Wait was very manageable, even on Valentine’s Day. The A5 Wagyu steak was delicious, the staff made sure to instruct you on how to cook it so as to not damage the flavor and texture.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was great as always at any location but our food was forgotten and tables who sat after us were served before us. We asked for forks, and they were never brought, we had to ask again much later. We asked for a drink menu and the server didn’t come to take our drink order afterwards for 15 plus minutes. If the restaurant was busy it felt appropriate but with 2 other tables in the restaurant it felt off to spend 2 hours there for dinner. The gyu it Mira Mesa is much better managed.

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  19. NattyLight

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The Poway location much nicer. This place needs a decor overhaul.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall the experience was very enjoyable. The food was amazing came out with perfect timing. Our server “Cameron” was very friendly and upbeat. Thanks to the entire staff for making it a great date night.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing , had a nice ambiance . Food was great and well prepared

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  22. JunZ

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We booked for birthday celebration but the waitress completely forgot. That’s disappointing

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good like always! A little trouble with our first table lighting the grill but they took care of us quickly,

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious, service good. Bibimbop did not have the usual egg, kimchi, veggies I’m used to. Just rice, some beef and sauce. The spicy chigae was good. Bring an appetite if you go with the all you can eat. 90 minutes time limit is plenty of time.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service and quality of food was excellent,

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  26. Cindy

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a nice experience with getting to taste different types of plates and sauces. It was a little overpriced but that is what you get for the Gaslamp district. The waitress was super nice, explained things well and was attentive to our needs. The could do better on the desert with the smores and offering something much better.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chris ray was absolutely phenomenal as our server would 10/10 recommend him as well as the establishment to my clients

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place so much that I eat it in every single city that has one when traveling for work. The wagyu kalbi or whatever is the best

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  29. Supermintygirl

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My sister and I went for their happy hour special before a comedy show. It took a few minutes to get us seated but the service was good and the food was delicious.

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  30. WineLover

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Meat selections were excellent. Enjoyed grilling ourselves--desired doneness and at our own pace. Great double date night experience.

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  31. Nicole

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food-- loved the wagyu, but wish that the wagyu course and selection had more.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is amazing and the all you can eat is a dope way to try everything. We tried a lot of dishes and literally couldn’t get to everything. They have a La crate option if you know exactly what you want. Definitely a good date option or friend catch up type of vibe. We will be back.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Guadalajara

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Estaba muy sucio el restaurante, olor por todos lados y los baños peor

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A true work of art a dab station in the nice room would be nice

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Ordered the Yakiniku party, which is for 4 guests. Waitstaff was attentive, and the starters were great, but when the BBQ items began to appear, it was downhill from there. Some of us felt the meat was too salty. The pieces of meat were thin, small and unevenly sliced. There was barely a tasting of each meat for each of us. The waitress had turned the heat on high I’m guessing she didn’t brush oil on the grill. Our first meat (pork) was so thin cut it stuck on the grill, the waitress saw the meat was stuck and she offered to change the grill but didn’t even to offer us another portion of pork. It was an experience, but I don’t think I would return here to dine.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was the day after hurricane Hillary, which really wasn’t a hurricane. The restaurant only had one weight staff and he was literally sprinting up and down the isles serving all the people eating he did it with a smile, great energy the big surprise here is that the food is really good. The ambience is a little generic Asian restaurant style. We had the beef rice and we cooked some delicious teriyaki beef on the fire. The weight staff through an ice cream for my nine year old son overall, this place is surprisingly good.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good food, atmosphere is typical, great sake!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Years ago My Hubby took me to the Beverly Hills location, went to the San Diego location with friends and had a blast just like I remembered. Service was great , food was delish I recommend the 2nd package, garlic fried rice , steaks , and shrimp are amazing . Bacon bites and drinks were good as well! We honestly couldn’t complain everything was delish! Fun experience with friends , family, our significant other .

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  39. Veronica

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food great pricing and excellent service. Totally recommend

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Always amazing ! Food great and the vibe is amazing.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Gyu-Kaku - Downtown San Diego using the Order Online button. Gyu-Kaku - Downtown San Diego also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 310-5782.

Gyu-Kaku - Downtown San Diego is rated 4.6 stars by 245 OpenTable diners.

Gyu-Kaku - Downtown San Diego does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Gyu-Kaku - Downtown San Diego

801 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    5th Ave. and F street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:30 am–9:45 pm Happy Hour Daily 11:30 am–6:30 pm Daily 8:30 pm–9:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    You are the Chef!
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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