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Neighborhoods
Westside, West Los Angeles
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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Dining

Categories
Restaurants, Japanese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Barbecue Restaurants
Other Information

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Barbecue

Alcohol: Full Bar

Wi-Fi: Free

Parking: Street, Valet

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

Pets Allowed: No

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Alan L.

05/21/2014

Overall

Love Gyu-Kaku. The food is healthy and tasty and the atmosphere is fun and energetic. I love the West LA location the best but the others are good as well (Torrance, Beverly Hills, etc). One of my favorite restaurants in LA !!!

CcHhRiSs

06/24/2009

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Overall
Great Happy Hour

We enjoyed the happy hour. Good food and generous price. I will recommend to my friends.

eblittle

03/26/2009

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Overall
Terrific for a date

I'd been here once before for a party, so when I was looking for a place for a fancy date with my boyfriend, we went here. We chose a meal for two off the menu and there was so much food it filled up the boyfriend, who is a big guy with a huge appetite. This has become our default restaurant for dates and we go there any chance we get. It's a little pricey, but reasonable given the amount of food you get.

LA808Girl

01/07/2009

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Overall
Dinner with Friends? Go Out & Cook It Yourself!

The Topanga Canyon (Woodland Hills) location is one of the few that actually offers an unlimited menu in addition to the regular menu! I believe the manager told us that it's one of three locations in Southern California that offers the unlimited menu. The have changed the ""rules"" that apply to the unlimited menu since they first started offering it, but the guidelines are still reasonable.

We normally get the Our favorite things there are the Harami Miso beef and the Kurobota sausages.

Yes, it's not ""real"" Korean food...but I never said it was supposed to be authentic. For something that is fusion Korean-Japanese, it's not all bad.

kitanohara

05/07/2008

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Overall
Worst Korean food served by a Japanese restaurant in LA.

Encouraged by all the fanfares in the media about Gyu-Kaku, I decided to check one out in Los Angeles. We were a group of 8, and was seated right across from the Men's rest room, that was a bummer. But with enthusiasm, we ordered beef, salmon, shrimp, vegies, and so on. Many knows that almost all of the foods served in Gyu-Kaku are of Korean cuisine, and not Japanese. But that misrepresentation is perfectly OK as long as the food tast good. To everyone's disappointment, the food was completely ""Americanized"" for mass consumption by the locals (who rated the food as excellent). Every meat and seafood pieces were heavily marinated in soy sauce and way too much sugar, Even the Bibimba tasted the same- nothing like the real one with a zing of hot pepper sauce. If you truly loved the Korean BBQ, skip Gyu-Kaku and look for many excellent eateries around the city.

kanpachipachi

05/06/2008

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Overall
had better.

okay this is a big chain place for bbq. that doesn't mean it is the best. i've been to two locations. wla and san fernando. had to wait twice. ambiance is good. service is good too. pricing might be a little high. but i just can't get over the way they cut their meat! they are all so uneven! sometimes i get a chunk and sometimes i can't even pick them up with my chopsticks! i like the meat simple. they are too sauced up to figure out the quality of the meat.

toessies

11/20/2007

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Overall
i love LOVE Gyu- kaku

japanese bbq at it's best. Plus its an extra ""fun""bonus that you cook your own food. Everything always tasted so fresh and is always promptly. Staples are avocado and ahi salad app., garlic shrimp, miso steak, ahi tuna, and the signature rice....you can't go wrong!

sausage0321

04/01/2007

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Overall
Great Food and Fun for everyone!

We looked forward to this experience based upon other reviews and web info and we weren't disappointed! Gyu-Kaku is a cute restaurant offering a great variety of items to grill on your own table top grill. We tried a variety of beef items with different marinades, garlic shrimp, vegetables and sukiyake style rice. The quality was great, grilling was fun and we really enjoyed the whole experience. Service was prompt and very helpful with provided suggestions and recommendations. I wish we had saved room for the S'Mores dessert. I wish we had one of the restaurants at home! Give it a try, you won't be dissapointed.

ashelmire

02/15/2007

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Overall
Great food and good fun

Gyu-kaku is a favorite among my group of friends. The food is excellent, very well prepared, and the do-it-yourself factor means you can cook the food however you like it. They have excellent, large salads, good soups, and a variety of quality beef, chicken, seafood and vegetable dishes. The key to this place is in the sauces they use to marinate the tender meats they prepare for you.

The service is generally good (I've had mixed experiences), and you can order periodically throughout your meal if you want to try new dishes. Small groups (4-6 people) that can fit in the isolated booths seem to be the best fit here.

vicvic

11/27/2006

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Overall
Fantastic DIY meal!

This do-it-yourself Japanese grill is above and beyond the favorite restaurant in my friend circles. Attentive service, fair portions for the price. One serving of their most popular Hirami Miso beef is about $8 and you'll still have room for some seafood or veggies.
Try the garlic spinach or sweet potatoes (not yams...sweet white potatoes) they're surprisingly good.
If you want a dessert to remember, go for the S'mores. We've had so much fun roasting marshmellows over our in-table grill.

Reservations or an early dinner walk-in are recommended as the wait can be rather long in a very crowded front hallway-sized entry way or a usually chilly Pico Blvd. Definitely a great place to celebrate or to treat an out-of-town guest.

sanseiryu

11/19/2006

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Overall
great place to eat

This is a Japanese BBQ restaurant that is patterned after Korean BBQ restaurants. You cook your food in front of you on a charcoal grill at the table. The main difference I have found between the two is simply service. I refuse to go to Korean BBQ's anymore because of the lack of, or just plain rude service. Sure they may be cheap but why go where you end up feeling as if they're doing you a favor by serving you food. Gyu-Kaku has a very friendly, polite and informative staff. Always nearby to take additional orders and/or explain about the dishes. We ordered like you would at a sushi bar, several different dishes of sliced meats seafood and vegetables to share among us. Between the four of us at dinner, we had tofu salad, two orders of garlic shrimp, a prime kalbi, a regular kalbi, a ribeye, a double order of tongue, a order of pork sausage, miso butterfish, lettuce wraps, foil wrapped asparagus and mixed mushrooms with a bowl of rice each. Ice teas for beverages and two orders of yaki-mochi icecream and one order of Gyu-kaku ice-cream.for dessert. All of this with tax and tip, $35.00 each. That's ridiculous for a dinner in Beverly Hills. And for those complaining about having to pay for kim-chee. Unless you want to have offensive breath for the rest of the evening, despite the chewing gum provided with your check, just say NO! to kim-chee.

noahmck81

11/13/2006

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Overall
Great dining experience, always leave wanting more

This place is really fun -- I love cooking my own food at the table, even though I always feel like it should be cheaper because I am doing half the work. Portions could be much bigger for the price, but overall I think the quality of the food is worth it.

dmenkes

11/13/2006

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Overall
Great date place!

Gyu-kaku is a fun, romantic place where you cook your food in their mini bbq pits with aluminum foil-wrapped meats and vegetables. Their service was good and the meat quality was above average to excellent. I even found myself trying some vegetables that I normally wouldn't eat but had so much fun cooking that I enjoyed eating them as well! I'd definitely go back.

roboticsquid

10/14/2006

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Overall
Serves terrible Korean food because it's a JAPANESE RESTAURANT.

I don't understand why people keep thinking this place serves Korean food. The words ""Japanese BBQ"" is everywhere!

The food is good. I don't know anything about authentic Japanese meat-cooking but I really loved the whole experience overall. It's very yummy, I guess it's the marinade since you cook it by yourself on the hotness in the middle of your table - and I guess marinading takes a long time, because the one problem I find is that the waiters take a long time to deliver this uncooked meat.

I recommend going at lunch because it's not crowded then; also, the tuna avocado salad was super tastey.

twistedbarbie

05/15/2006

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Overall
User review by twistedbarbie

Ive been visiting this location since it opened years ago, and cant ever get enough of it!
I reccomend the Butterfish!
There is something for everyone from steak eaters to vegans... You can take anyone here!

starlitfaery

04/15/2006

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Overall
Great Food in a Great Atmosphere

We found this restaurant listed on citysearch and it has since turned into one of our favorites. The atmosphere is very cozy and is great for smaller groups of friends. Almost all of the dishes we have tried have been incredible, especially the meat dishes, the bimbimba and the desserts. It's not really traditional Korean or Japanese food, but more a mix of the two with an american twist. Either way, we find that there is always something on the menu that just hits the spot. The downsides: Some of the food can be on the pricey side depending on what you pick, but if you choose wisely, you can still get a good & filling meal for 20 bucks a person. There is also usually a long wait at night if you don't make reservations (the crowds usually die down around 9:30).

leprive

04/11/2006

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Overall
Inauthentic and Overpriced ""Korean"" BBQ

I am not ever going to this place again. I can't believe people believe this passes for Korean food--a place that charges $3 for kimchi and an arm and a leg for three little so-so marinated pieces of kalbi. The bibimbap was not authentic and made for obviously non-Koreans and the portions were teeny tiny. If you like paying a lot for inauthentic Korean food with an overpriced tapas menu, then go here. Even my friend who works for corporate Gyu-Kaku thinks that her company's food is horrible. For genuine Korean food, go to Koreatown in Los Angeles. Speed, don't slow down when you see its branches.

karma012

08/18/2005

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Overall
go cuz it's fun, not for the value

my friends and i particularly love coming to the westside gyukaku because the atmosphere is really kick back and the wait staff are always super cool & friendly. the food is good but is overpriced considering the teeny-tiny portions. and i agree with another reviewing that it's really lame that you hav to pay for things like kimchee. if you want to experience real korean bbq, this is definately not the place to go. although the place is small and there is usually a wait closer to the weekends, it's a good time with friends.

swimfiend

03/11/2005

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Overall
fun, delicious bbq!

had a great time with my friends here. definitely order the fixed price menus. you get sooo much food for your money and it's all delicious. the deal with the salad, soup, edamame, a couple of meat dishes, bibimpap rice and dessert was fantastic. just be prepared to walk out smelling like your dinner.

chains007

02/23/2005

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Overall
Always Great

This is a great place to go with a group of friends - awesome atmosphere, the staff is friendly, the food is fun, and the beer is cold. Obviously, the food comes pretty fast (since they don't have to cook it) - but be sure to order enough, because the plates are small. The do-it-yourself smores for dessert are more of a gimmick, but worth the fun if you're there for the first time.

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