Gyu-Kaku - Philadelphia, PA

4.6
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Philadelphia is the ideal spot for an amazing experience!

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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was top notch, food is always amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great double date experience. The Samari experience was exceptional and it was a great amount of food for 4 people.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Japanese Grill and BBQ with a great vibes! ❤❤❤

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really Fun place!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long cooking time

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service here was great! Alex our server was very knowledgeable and gave us great suggestions! Will definitely return here to dine again

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cindyn
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Delicious marinated beef, service friendly and fast, portions are good, we get really full, one thing is our edamame was dirty had small noodles or little pieces of egg or food on top . Overall we enjoyed our meal

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING DELICIOUS GO HERE

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Japanese rice that is not sticky... Miso soup served lukewarm... sauce for the fried chicken served in a disposable tinfoil cup.... so don’t expect much. Decent value though.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good quality meat. Friendly and helpful staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Gyu-Kaku was excellent!!!! We visited the restaurant earlier last week and just had to go back before we left the city! The service that we received from the hostess and our waitress ,Jia, was impeccable. Jia was very sweet, thoughtful, and speedy in accommodating my date and I during our visit. The food was fantastic as well! We’re huge fans of all of the beef items that they have, as well as the corn butter, edamame and spring rolls, fried chicken bites, and calamari! The smores are also an excellent choice for a sweet, nostalgic dessert! Their $35 per person unlimited buffet is a fantastic deal!!! It’s only on Monday-Thursday though.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food is good but service and cleanliness for sure can improve.

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LatoyaS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for the first time and i will be returning!

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AmandaK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good - service quick and friendly. Very knowledgeable of gluten allergens and very accommodating.

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Fros
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to go for a date or in a group of friends. We were minutes late and they still were able to find us a table. And always so nice.

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vipdridr
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gr8 packages give an opportunity to try various cuts. An excellent intro into the restaurant

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Erynzara
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience at Gyu-Kaku. I enjoyed the delicious food especially the s’mores and ice cream! I would definitely recommend to family, friends and others, and attend again!

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LucreatiaA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my kids love it this is our favorite restaurant reasonable prices and great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! My family and I have been coming here for for a few years now. While the service was really inconsistent at first, that changed a lot over the last year. Today, our server was Pete, and Pete made sure that we got all of our dishes in a timely matter, that we had napkins, and that our drinks were filled. The food itself was delicious, as we got two lunch specials with the hangar steak and the beef sukiyaki bibimbop. We always make sure to come here before a big event to celebrate, or to just eat some good food!

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Seung
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

To friends who never had table grill experience. Wouldn't recommend to Asians and fellow veterans.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun place with good food. Kids enjoyed it and were willing to try new things because they got to cook it. Serve was friendly and attentive. Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Waiter Jesse was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Not bad, you just need to reserve a table in advance.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Kid borthfay

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great!!!

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vipfittobetried
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

There are so many excellent restaurants in Philadelphia. Sadly, this wasn't one of them. The meat marinades were unexceptional, tasting for the most part like out of the bottle sauces. The quality of the salmon was quite good, though again, the marinade tasted like bottled hoisin sauce. The broccoli was waterlogged and tasted of nothing but sprinkled lemon pepper topping. In terms of atmosphere, the lighting casts a harsh spotlight on each table. The waiter needed to be asked to wipe the table between dinner and dessert. The dessert (a fried banana pastry) was dry and (again) uninspired. A fun concept, but the execution is very disappointing.

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LudmilaK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had dinner few times in NY location and was expecting same from Philly. Unfortunately cut of meat was inconsistent. It was small and large pieces on the same plate. Some slices had mostly fat on it and some cuts were very chewy. Waitress never asked if we know concept of the restaurant or offer any help with selection. Bathroom stole did not had toilet paper and it is no garbage can next to the sinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a nice dinner with my 17yr old cousin for his birthday! It was fun cooking the food and experiencing dinner at a new restaurant in a new way!

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jayvee
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

food was great but service was very slow and server appeared very uninterested in attending us even though there wasn't any issues or problems. also, the appearance of the restaurant looked very worn down and depressing. the interior needs to be remodeled. also the grills appeared warped and old and the burner kept turning off. i've been to several Gyu-Kaku's around the country and even Japan and this is the worst one I've been to. we still love GK, but please improve this location or we'll just head into one of the NYC locations which is about the same distance as your Philadelphia location. maybe GK could consider opening one at King of Prussia where there are more nicer shopping centers and more modern and cleaner. good luck!

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VictoriaJ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Service was horrible and people who came after us got served the same food before us. Waiter disappeared

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

In need of a serious cleaning. Cobwebs hung above us as we ate

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food and drinks were great; however, there were alot of moments where servers were difficult to reach. For a restraunt of this style where many things will be ordered a la carte, accessiblity to servers are key, and even trying to get eye contact to call them over was difficult. The last thing people would want to do is actually get up from their seats to get their attention, but it could be between 10-20 minutes of waiting when you initially need something else. As for the ambiance, it was great overall, not too loud and lighting was appropriate for the setting. The only thing is the ventilation, which felt minimal given the concept of the restraunt. After awhile it began to feel a bit like a sauna as there was no direct ventilation near the grills.

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Terri
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed this restaurant! The food was great, atmosphere was calm and welcoming, and we really enjoyed ourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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ripi
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

More than enough food for everyone to be satisfied. Order the ‘hapPy hour’, with some extras fed 3ppl.

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JonathanJr
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The service left a lot to be desired initially as when we arrived, the shifts were changing and they asked us to wait at the bar till 5:00pm when the waiters would be ready. Mind you we arrived at 4:20. They didn't say "hey complimentary drink on the house" or anything. It was Friday so they were handing out checks (an argument between a waiter and possible manager occurred also SMH) Needless to say, we waited till 5:00 and were seated. The food was great, Japanese fried chicken and the shrimp garlic noodles were amazing. The meat selections were great as well. I would arrive after five or far before as a suggestion.

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AshleyP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Got sick and didn’t make it to my concert after this meal! Will never be back

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SONDARINT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, the food was delicious and we had an amazing time. Thank you for the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The only issue with the restaurant is no matter if you are on time for your reservation or not they will always make you wait or tell you they’re not ready to sit you for about 5 minutes. This has literally occurred each of the 4 times I have been there - the tables are all made and they have plenty of open tables so it’s head scratching behavior. Every other part of the meal is great. Will definitely go back in the future again.

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Gyu-Kaku - Philadelphia, PA is rated 4.6 stars by 596 OpenTable diners.

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