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Gyu-Kaku - San Jose, San Jose, CA

Gyu-Kaku - San Jose

4.2
4.2
63 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Spending time with Friends and Family is what Gyu-Kaku is all about. Gyu-Kaku offers the fun of "Shared Plates" We want our food dining experience to inspire laughter, conversation, and amazing times! You can't help it - with a personal grill installed at every table, everyone instantly becomes an expert cook. Our friendly staff aspires to lead guests through the dining experience with helpful suggestions. The sounds around you are of parties and laughter - the PERFECT choice for first dates, families, and catching up with friends.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Basque

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm Happy Hour Daily 11:30 am–6:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (408) 320-2811

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Cross street

    Almaden and W. Santa Clara St.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

What 63 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. A

    Alili

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Book reservation for 11:30am but the restaurant didn’t open until 12pm. So we have to wait outside in the cold for 30mins.
  2. LM

    LindaM

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved dinner, great food and service.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Some foods are not available. We wanna take advantage of the supreme menu and I hope everything that we want to order is available. The taste is good. Order as much as you can to avoid gaps in between. Duck breast is tasty and juicy. Choco lava phenomenal! Nice ambiance too!
  4. CS

    CristinaS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    No servers only 2. Never stopped to ask us how we were doing. Only when they brought the food we could ask for anything we needed and they took 20min to get back to us. Campbell one best service!!
  5. F

    Francis

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining as usual, a little slow but they are severely short staffed so they accommodated as best as they can. Will definitely come back. Absolutely love the AYCE option now that’s it’s available everyday.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    They were short staff so service was not great
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent, but
  8. LM

    LisaM

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, great service with great friends. Good value.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    Service is Terrible. I will not return. I ordered the all you can eat. At times I waited 20-30 min for my waiter to come back. I showed my frustration and there wasn’t much care. At the end after desert I waited another 20 minutes for me check which I ended up asking the manager for. Got the check and nobody retired for the card. I took it to the back to find the waiter to give it directly to him. Don’t go there. Not worth it.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    Service is awful. Tables are small. Requested for a larger table but declined. Cupertino Gyu-Kaku is way better and will be the only Gyu-Kaku I’ll go to now in the South Bay.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was great but service was slow during Fri lunch
  12. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and food. A very fun experience.
  13. DA

    DanielleA

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Came with 7 folks and got hit with a $100 gratuity — just a heads up of what to expect. Had to ask a few times for items we ordered, but the food was amazing
  14. S

    Samantha

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Went there for a business meal w/ my colleagues. The food was really good and it was a fun place to have dinner. The service could have been better but overall the food made it worth the trip.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Large group party with family and friends. Food was exceptional as usual and moderately priced. Service today was a little lacking however. It took a while to take our order and the burner quit in the middle of our meal. We moved to a different table where the burner worked. The dishes came out quickly after, but our wait staff seemed to disappear. We had to flag down different staff to order new dishes and didn’t see another wait staff to order dessert. As they were cleaning up for the night, we were able to stop somebody to get our check. Overall, the food was what we expected as we dine here quite a bit. The service was not up to it tonight.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always love Gyu-Kaku. We went there to celebrate birthday. Food and service is good.
  17. CS

    CristinaS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    I was with my friend and the waiters seem to push for you be done eating to allow other clients to sit. So they take your order fast, and pick up plates and are pushing you to rush out to sit other customers. Once you pay bill they tell you to leave because of other reservations. Very annoying but I understand why.
  18. BN

    BeatrizN

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    We had made a reservation for 3 PM on a Saturday thinking it would be less busy. We were able to get our table as soon as we checked in. We sat there for about 25 min before someone came to our table to get our order. Many of the other guests were upset because the server was nowhere to be found. We waited about 45 min to an hour before we got the food to the table. I didn't realize till the end that there was only one server for all the guests in the restaurant. The manager only came out at the end because there was a complaint by one of the guests that sat next to us. The food was great but the service killed the moment. It was the first time that I had taken my husband and the kids. They didn't want to come back because they waited too long to eat.
  19. N

    Nicole

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    First time - food was delicious. I didn't realize we would cook our own food, but our guests seemed to enjoy the unique experience. Address on open table website had us on a goose chase to find the location and parking (first timer). Do not follow the address from open table! Restaurant is located on San Pedro Market - and the entrance is on San Pedro, but the address says Alameda. We ended up being 30 minutes late due to this mishap.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The worst Gyukaku ever I visited.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3
    Nice and friendly staff. Just a mishap on the food service- the entrée meats to be bbq’ed have been served late and sporadically. Management have acknowledged and appeased us, truly appreciate that. For sure that would be addressed soon, an area of improvement, as they hire more employees.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience when we come here! Food is fresh, delicious and the waiters are attentive.
  23. CS

    CristinaS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great food, love the garlic noodles! Each person at our table got their own garlic noodle bowl. My other favorite is spinach garlic! Fire!
  24. N

    Nicole235sj

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tyler was an amazing waiter, our food was tasty and the pace of the meal was perfect.
  25. D

    David

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The meats are very tasty and the experience of cooking it yourself makes it really fun. We really enjoy this new location in downtown San Jose.
  26. FS

    FoddieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing!! Very tasty bbq and appetizers.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    gyu kaku and Snapchat together made the best day of my year.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome. All around
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Utensils and cups were visibly soiled. Sent back
  30. MS

    MicheleS

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I have dined at Gyu-Kaku at different locations, but this one in San Jose the food doesn't taste as good. Reason being everything is heavily marinated/sauced. They are all too sweet & too salty, to the point that every meat tasted the same and ruined the experience. Except the ala carte that I ordered, which wasn't marinated.
  31. V

    Victoria

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Very busy for a Tuesday night, and happy to see it! Our server was super nice and professional, but it was clear he was slammed. My mom wanted wasabi but there wasn't any. My sister wanted Mochi but there wasn't any. Items we can definitely do without and understandable considering this location is brand new. Once you order, they should turn on the burner. Ours wasn't turned on until the meat was served, and it took a while for the burner to heat up. If they don't turn on the burner right after you order, ask them to so you aren't waiting for the burner to heat up. All things understandable considering the place was super busy and brand new. I've been to the one in SF several times and absolutely LOVE it. Hopefully the SJ location gets up to par the next time I am in the area. Love Gyu!
  32. MS

    MichelleS

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place…everything is awesome from the service to the food
  33. MA

    MariaA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gyu-Kaku San Jose opened two months ago. Place, ambiance and environment is much better. High ceilings and very spacious. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Food, as always, is great! Highly recommended!
  34. ML

    MingL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Slow service. They seem really understaffed and the employees have not received adequate training. When I tried to use my reward points, they struggled to make it work. At the end, I noticed they charged me an item I did not order. Gyu-kaku in other locations are very good. This one is disappointing.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Awful experience. Apparently the restaurant is not taking customer reservations seriously. We were on time for our reservation and still had to wait more than 20 minutes to get a table. Besides, the plates were greasy and did not seem to be cleaned well. The servers and manager did not have sympathy for our frustrations, and their attitude made us felt it was us being unreasonable. Quoted from the servers and manager: “it’s holiday and all the tables are taken.” “take menu and wait at the bar.” “We have only 20 tables.” Yes, it was holiday which is why we made a reservation! And no restaurant has unlimited tables, I’ve been to places that are even smaller and could still get customers tables on time. We had a subsequent event, and the wait time/bad service worried us so we had to leave.
  36. MS

    MichelleS

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would eat here every day if possible. Everything is amazing!!!!!!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time! It was so good. Expensive though.
  38. TB

    TiffanyB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful dinner before going to a show at the performing arts center. The food and cocktails were great.
  39. MS

    MichelleS

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This establishment is amazing from the service to the food. I have eaten here every day since
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    My husband and myself were excited to try this new location since we love Gyu-Kaku. Sadly is wasn’t what we expected. It took out server 10 mins from the time we sat down for him to come and greet us and ask us what we would like to drink. So my husband decided to just order everything since it seemed like they would take a while to get our food and drinks out. Also took a while to get our dessert out. I think I’ll just continue to go to the Cupertino location instead.

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 - San Jose offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 320-2811.

Gyu-Kaku - San Jose is rated 4.2 stars by 63 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 33 times today
Google Map for Gyu-Kaku - San Jose

28 N Almaden Ave 70, San Jose, CA 95110-2425

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Almaden and W. Santa Clara St.

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm Happy Hour Daily 11:30 am–6:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Basque

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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