Gyu-Kaku - Oakland

4.2
84 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.

*18% gratuity automatically added for parties of 6 or more

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 84 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.0
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4.1
Ambience
4.1
Value
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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
268 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

A bit hit and miss this time. They could not get my grill to heat, had to move in the middle of my meal. Lychee Saketini was good, Hanger Steak was NOT tender, Garlic Fried Noodles were good but they had NO Shrimp. Another diner bought me an order of Salt and Pepper wings, were too sweet for me.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Good place for family outing with kids

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MalindaW
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fun experience!! The service here was absolutely amazing! From the warm and accommodating host at the front door to our patient and friendly waitress! The food was also absolutely delicious.

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vipSeaOtter
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Delicious food. Was a little frenetic (staff seemed stressed), but great overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Wasn’t informed when a dish was sold out and instead they decided to give us something else wo asking us first. Music is way too loud inside the restaurant .

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

My husband and I love Gyu-Kaku and it’s the first time we went to the Oakland restaurant. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. The portions are a little smaller than the other branches we have been to. Taste is still good. The toro beef doesn’t look as fresh as the one we usually get. The waiter said the brown color was because the meat had been oxidized - still it didn’t look appealing. The grill was not replaced once during the meal even though it was burnt - they probably would have if we asked but in the other Guy-Kaku restaurants we went to, the waiters always replaced them without us asking. We were not blown away by the customer experience but will probably be back because we like the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good service , great food, but the music is way too loud.

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Christine
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

It was a great experience at Gyu Kaku!
Our server was quick and attentive. There’s a lot of options for meat AND small plates, which is something you can’t find much at a lot of Korean BBQ restaurants. Would recommend for date night (as long as you come STARVING) and catching up with a small group of friends :)

They even have set menus for those that are overwhelmed. Flavors are on point here. Compared to the San Mateo location, there isn’t much space and the street parking situation can be sketchy… you’ll have a better chance at finding closer parking on a weekday evening.

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Erick
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing, the server was attentive and the restaurant is super clean.

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Smokey
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is amazing and the server Michelle is very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience was so great! The service was so quick and food was amazing! I would definitely recommend Gyu-Kaku and this location!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress Micaela was absolutely wonderful! I have a ton of dietary/food allergies and she was non judge mental and so accommodating. She made recommendations and let us swap in some other dishes I could eat. She made sure to let the chef know of my allergies and was overall just wonderful and pleasant. She checked in regularly and was so nice to both me and my mom. Amazing service and we will be back for sure!

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vinitag
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

kind of expensive for what it is but the server was amazing!

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Ella
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Worst experience ever!
- there was only one server, so food took forever to be served
- small servings
- server forgot to bring rice out, my family was done eating already and still no rice
-ramens were extremely salty
- ordered more food since we didnt know portions were gonna be that small
- chicken katsu came which was supposed to be for my daughter but when my husband tried it, chicken was still raw
And that was it, cancelled the rest of my other orders that was taking forever anyways and left the place. Never ever coming back. We ended up hitting a fast food chain. What a waste of time and money.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

This was one of the worst restaurant experiences I have ever had. We knew from reading the reviews not to expect much in terms of service but wow we were totally unprepared. We were promptly seated and that was about it. No greeting by a waiter, no water, 3 mens that felt gross to the touch. 15 min later manager walks by asks if we need anything we tell him we are ready to order and instead of taking the order he says he will let the waiter know. 15min later still no waiter, no water no service. We can hear complaints from surrounding tables we decide to cut or loses and leave. They need new management, new training, and a complete overhaul. Try QR codes for ordering as your stuff is clearly not up to the task. We will not be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First timers and we loved it! S’mores at the end was the best ❤️‍🔥

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NCY25
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Not sure if they were low staffed but we did not get served or even asked for what we wanted till almost 15 minutes. Ordered three meats, they were pretty good. Quantity could be a little more. I ordered assorted veggies and the server heard me but it never came and also noticed it wasn’t on the check. Didn’t wanna order any more food at this point because of the lack of service. The place was nice and clean otherwise. Could be a cute fancy date night

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AlaDeb
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fresh ingredients cooked to order by your own selves! Waitstaff was very attentive to our gluten-free needs. If ordering one of their sets, I suggest you cook & eat each type of meat one at a time to truly appreciate the subtle differences. Good for groups or dates alike.

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MirandaT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Kind of disappointed to be seated in the very back next to the restroom. Never was greeted by the waiter, had to call them over to take our order and bring water. Food was good although it did take 20-30 minutes for them to bring out our raw meats…. It was an “OK” experience

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vipSidneyM
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Service was a little disorganized and the flame wasn't hot enough, probably due to the inexperienced server. Prices were up a little bit since we were last here three+ months ago, but still a good value for your dollar and lots of meat.

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Jeff
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

An OK meal, nothing special. Meats came out before we were done with the appetizers; an avalanche of plates. Service was perfunctory.

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Stine
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Server was nice but he was like gone all the time lol could not find someone to replace grill, or get the check….but overall pretty good

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Henry
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

I'm really excited about this restaurant being in my neighborhood. The food is creative, delicious, and a fun cost. The menu is very affordable in my opinion and good for groups. We had some service trouble - delays, a wrong order, and confusion about cost - but they were very attentive and comped us on our check. I will definitely come back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Portions were smaller than normal, Danae (our server) ignored us, messed up our order, kitchen staff were slow to send food out. Temperatures were NOT taken, even though there was a sign that said that they would take temperatures, I saw staff without their masks on. The food tasted good, but everything else made the experience not worth repeating.

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vipOaktownEater
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

So sad. Seems Covid has really done a number on this location. In the past, I would have given them 5 stars all around. But this past visit was beyond lacking. Walking in, you could feel the sticky floors on your shoes. The service was super slow. Ordered a hot tea for grandma and her tea did not come til after all our drinks arrived. Reason was they tea machine was still making tea. Then as we waited for our food. They forgot to give us our miso soup. As the meal progressed and they had to change our grill, they took the dirty grill away. But then we had to wait for a new one, since there weren't any clean grills to replace the dirty one. Meaning we had raw meat sitting at our table while we waited for a new grill to be cleaned. Then as the meal ended, we realized we were missing an item. Along with the fact, it took forever to get our smores dessert. I do have to say, the manager did try to rectify by giving us a discount for the problems that occurred. I do feel for them, since he said all his workers were new and still learning the ropes. Sad to say that it's not like it should be. Yes, workers may be new, but it's up to the management to keep on top of things. Making sure new workers don't linger around doing nothing and making sure the establishment is covid super clean. There is no reason for sticky floors.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

It was just horror and disappointment. I’ve been in different locations in LA area and northern California, even worked at Gyu-kaku Sherman Oaks for a short time and I was so surprised the quality of service here was so poor. May be poor training programs? I can go on to the details but not sure worth my time. Anyhow, it just shows the management here is very, very weak... To bad.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating home ownership

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
269 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This was my 2nd visit and I learned to sit sideways, made everything better with my legs, but a bit awkward. Host person told me ALL the tables were the same, NOT made for tall people. Had the Prime Kalbi and Shrimp Garlic Noodles with extra Shrimp, and the Nigori Sake for desert. Ivy was very knowledgeable about the menu, explained a lot of stuff for my next visit.

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
400 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place to eat in Oakland. Second time in a week my mother and I dined here. Server dude Kai took care of us every well. Happy Hour prices are deals. Sadly a large visiting family from out of state was dining across the aisle and both of their rental SUVs parked directly across from Gyu-Kaku on 8th Street were smashed/grabbed all their possessions/cash while they were eating. So please secure all your belongings if you do drive to Gyu-Kaku because unfortunately it is still OAKLAND……

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
400 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Four of us thoroughly enjoyed a happy hour feast and beef loving party. Very reasonable and great service by Micheala. Guy-Kaku in Oakland Is the place to hangout with friends and family for this Alamedan!!

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Quin
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This has become one of my favorite Korean BBQ spots in the Bay! All the cuts of meats were very flavorful and well marinated. The server gave us the times on how long to cook the meats for and was very nice and accommodating. The small plates we tried were so good! Tuna Poke Nachos, the corn cheese, and believe it or not, the garlic shio cabbage! Everything we had there was really good and we can't wait to go back and try more!

The best part is that there are also options for courses. My friend and I chose the meat lovers course and it was so filling!

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Brigettepauline
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food was great! Seated right away. Parking available on the street along with a $10 parking lot across the street.

The only thing I did not like were the floor under my side of the table hadn’t been cleaned so my shoes were sticky after leaving.

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
269 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

T'was my first visit and if you LOVE Garlic you should try this place. Started with the Shrimp Garlic Noodles and Garlic Rice Bibimbap (garlic Heaven). Cooked the Kobe Style Kalbi Shortrib meat, with Hot Sake. Nick was my server and you could tell he was new, but willing. The only Major problem was... I am 74 inches tall with a size 13 foot and the table setup left me with my right leg folded cause there is NO room under the table.

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Mali
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

It was awesome! We are adding this to our weekly date night rotation, first time there and it wasn’t disappointing. The meats and marinades are delicious, it’s definitely a good value at $90 for 2 people.

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vipmemphis89
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

terrible service..staff should be better trained.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It was great, food was great, super flavorful. My new favorite go to spot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time here and its a great little spot for Japanese BBQ. Good experience, service was great, food came out quick but just wished there was more portion of each meat. Always ate at the san mateo location but still good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Service was slow and a few of our orders were forgotten. When there were less customers, our server was able to check in on us more, but the kitchen was still very slow. We ended up leaving without some of the food we ordered because we needed to leave. All of the food that we did eat were delicious though.

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vipAnnie
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The meat wasn’t as good as the ones we had in Honolulu.

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vipSamurai6
San Francisco
400 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nelly, our favorite server, took care of us on her last day at Gyu-Kaku…….everything was fantastic as usual, but she will be missed!! Gyu-Kaku is my joint to unwind and entertain and enjoy Japanese beer and sakes. Great deals during Happy Hour too!!

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You can order delivery directly from Gyu-Kaku - Oakland using the Order Online button. Gyu-Kaku - Oakland also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 361-0117.

Gyu-Kaku - Oakland is rated 4.2 stars by 84 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.