Gyu-Kaku - Vancouver

4.5
650 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Vancouver, BC is the ideal spot for an amazing experience British Columbia!

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Mon: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Tues: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Wed: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Thurs: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Fri: 11:30AM – 11:30PM
Sat: 11:30AM – 11:30PM
Sun: 11:30AM – 10:30PM


HAPPY HOUR
Monday: All Day Long

EARLY HAPPY HOUR
Everyday 11:30AM–6PM

LATE HAPPY HOUR
Sun–Thu 9PM–10:30PM last call
Fri & Sat: 9:30PM–11:30PM last call
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Phone number
(604) 558-3885
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hornby
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Parking details
Street parking available on Hornby Street and Howe Street, also underground public parking available on Nelson & Howe (808 Nelson Street.)
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Public transit
The closest skytrain stations are Granville Station (Expo/Mellennium Line), Vancouver City Centre (Canada Line.)
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 650 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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D
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been there since 2014 and we’re always recommending it for friends.

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R
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience! The set menu is great for first timers. Now we know what our preferences are and can focus on those next time! Travelled from Chilliwack for dinner before an event. Make sure you give yourself the full 2 hours to eat

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a
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Meat was good, service was attentive and prompt. Only problem was the smell of weed that came in through the open door while we were waiting for our table. We were starting to feel sick and appetite reducing by the time we were shown our table. Close the front door, please.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Halloween dinner

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NB
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Hi there, We didn't get great dinner on last Friday. Sadly worst service ever we had one. We have often to have dinner with our kids. Most important is taking the order quickly from first drink to all the food. We had reservation for my son's birthday to celebrate with for of us together, but only two plates were there, and girl took time after came first appetizer. All meat came in later, but took for a while for the even plain rice too. Usually service is good and we have dinner within one hour. Lastly there is no word from server for happy birthday even. We might be back in the future, but just let you know we'd like better service next time. Thank you for taking concerns our opinion. Regards, Keiko

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MP
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and wonderful food. Servers are so friendly and explain how to cook very well!

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L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first visit and I loved the food and service at Gyukaku. The restaurant looked nice and was clean as well.
The food came in a timely manner. Their cheesy wontons and chicken karaage appetizers were amazing and I will get them again next time. Grilling our own meat was fun and the food tasted good; my favourite was the toro beef for both taste and value.
They also have a cool rewards app that gives you points for eating here and can be redeemed for dishes.

Overall, I had a great experience here and will be coming back. I made reservations and was glad I did, as people who came after me were told wait times were 40 - 50 minutes.

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LC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

First time at this location, I usally go to the one on broadway, not sure if they have different pricing amd happy hour options or if all the loactions have changed it since I've visited last but the happy hour option wasn't as good as I had. My group of 5 was put in the back room area, I wish we had been seated elsewhere because it was really claustrophobic in the booth, in the back, no ventilation. Will stick to Broadway location next time.

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RR
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We have always liked this place. It is fun to cook your own meat and share with others. Everything is fresh and tasty. The decor needs a little update. The menu can be confusing. Very busy place during the summer, calms down in the off season.

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RC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delivious bbq :), good service, cheap drinks and good for a date or big group gathering.

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y
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food has no flavour at all. It was quite disappointed!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Booked the table for 2 at 1815 but had to wait until almost 1840 to be seated.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and good food. but it will be great if there has student discount.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved our visit to Gyu-Kaku!
Food was great, options for happy hour are endless! Drinks were awesome too.
Value is definitely there, and quality as amazing!
We are for sure coming back :)

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SR
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I love going to Gyu-Kaku because it is a fun experience and the menu has many options. My only issue is that the food is brought out too quickly, and the table space does not make it very comfortable to have many dishes served at once. I would enjoy it more if there was a little bit of wait time between being served the meats and other items, so that things could be cooked and enjoyed without feeling rushed.
Overall we had a good time, our waiter was very nice and the space was quite. I did write on my reservation that we were celebrating a birthday but the hostess or waiter never asked me about it, so we didn't get to celebrate while dining.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Food was good as usual but service was poor. We had a trainee which was announced at the start but I found everything was slow and it wasn’t the waitress. Had to ask for veg and rice for the main while we looked at nothing but meat. I understand everything comes out as served but when it’s raw food coming out, I don’t understand why it can’t arrive with some sort of togetherness. Lackk of attentiveness for more drinks, anything needed with the meal.

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P
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never miss an occasion to go there when im in Vancouver- the food is amazing

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JF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didn’t get my points this time????
My food was great though

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EB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here 3 times now, and those 3 times were fantastic. The meats were perfectly marinated and tender and the staff was friendly .Will be back soon

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a
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was just killing time in Vancouver and I guess that’s everyday life when you don’t have a job and you live downtown. So I found this place and it was good, the food, the service almost everything was great.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

It was good enough. I love meet so it was awsome to me.

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SB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guy-Kaku are consistently great. The service is wonderful, the food delicious and it’s great value. We repeatedly eat here and introduced our family to it recently and they already can’t wait to come back to the city and eat there again.

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A
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, however our waitress seemed to not know the ins and out of Gyu Kaku. She didn't go through the process of how to use the grill or for how long the meat was supposed to be cooked or which meat was which, leaving us to guess.

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s
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

food was so good and reasonably priced. our server was named Sae I think? she was friendly and warm. the cocktails here are awesome.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice!

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TL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Bad service on Aug 19 night. Food served late but stop to make an order for us. Your staff Karen & the male manager both provided very bad service! They insisted us to pay the bill even the food served late. They rejected to make an order for us anymore. This is our first time to meet your such bad service! Before your service is very good... too bad!

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Regular customer. Good Japanese drinks selection.

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JQ
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were very friendly and helpful despite being busy. Takes time to check up on you. Love the food!

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KO
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

少し高価ですが、とても美味しかった。ステーキに飽きた方にはオススメです。
ダウンタウンから散歩ついでに歩いて行けて便利です。

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M
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good value, great place for a get together of three or more people.

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H
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Weekdays lunch and Monday all days happy hours are best deal

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SH
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff are always amazing here, they bring the experience to the next level with their attentiveness and friendly behaviour. The meat is always so flavourful and tender. I've never had a bad experience here and would recommend it to anyone (besides vegetarians).

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M
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Once they figured out why I wasn’t get much heat from the bbq, everything was good. I came in to dine on a Monday night and they had all day happy hrs on for several menu items, so even better dining value. Service was great, would go back but next time with someone else to have a bit more variety. Needed to laundry my clothes afterwards as the bbqs didn’t have overhead exhausts at the Nelson St location.

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K
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, awesome service, fun....must have the spicy pork. Can grill your own or order premade food...your choice. Everyone I bring here, loves it.. be sure to make a reservation if going after 5pm. Diners have the table for 2 hours, and that’s the perfect amount of time, before you need to go for a walk!

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G
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

2 of us ordered the $60 "Meat Lovers'" combo at a 20% discount during the Happy Hour lunch a few days ago. All the great looking small plates of meats were brought in by friendly staff along with a delicious salad and freshly prepared edamame, and everything was so delicious, though a bit on a too sweet side. More problem for me is the MSG. I did call some time ago to find out if they use it and was told that they do use it in a rather curt manner as if to say 'is there a problem with it?." Because the food tastes so good and the meals there are very good deal, but I have to suffer from the MSG symptom afterword -- a dry throat, a stiff neck and a headache which last for a few hours. I have to drink a lot of water to wash it down fast too. I think the MSG-heavy flavoring is to please majority of clients but it would be so nice if the restaurant would offer the NO MSG option for those who have issues with it. I know many of my conscientious friends have problems with MSG. If the NO MSG option is available, I would come eat there quite often, as their Super Happy Hour is such a good deal.

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KS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Super happy hour is lit

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SS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The serving staff were great at helping us along the way to a stellar first experience dining here :)

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EC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall the server are very friendly and nice.
But unfortunately they kept too busy, and feels like our table got forgotten, they should have to check for us the bbq rack should be taken away before we can start to cook the meat that we did not know, so the meat was lay on top for 5 mins turning not fresh, we tried to ask for help but We couldnt find one person look back our table until we found someone, we were rush to finish the meal before get back to work, so end up we didnt ask for new meat replacement. But we will come back because of the happy hour and we love the meal !

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious food, always a fun place to eat with friends and great value for your money.

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JD
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The first time here. Family visited town, so we took them out for dinner. Loved everything about it, except the loud music. Food was excellent, very good selection of meat and/or vegetarian options and also a la carte menu. The service was excellent as well. The whole concept of grilling your food at the table (if that is what you choose) is a lot of fun because it gives you time to interact with your companions.... except the music was so loud that we could not hear each other, we had to yell to be heard, which is not fun after the first 5 minutes. I really wish they would play the music more in the background. Our experience would have been perfect and I would have given it a 5 star.

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