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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Dining - 20 Reviews - 14455 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, Sherman Oaks, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (818) 501-5400
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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Dining

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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Dining - Sherman Oaks, CA

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I always wanted to try this place but it was always soo packed! And now I know why. It wasn't until I discovered that beer (the good kind . .Kirin & Sapporo) was only 99 cents, di...

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this place is for those who dont know they are getting ripped off... there are many of these places in the valley and LA that offer this kind of cooking and food for almost half o...

Yummy....BUT 4/3/2011

I love the food at this place. My favorite is the garlic rice and the juicy kobe beef. The reason I gave only 4 stars is because this place needs to have a better upkeep. I understand they are busy....thats because the food is so good, but I dont like to see dust and crumbs of food left over in crevices that should be cleaned. Besides that, you will definitely enjoy the food!! more

Can't Beat 50% off Happy Hour!!! 12/28/2008

I always wanted to try this place but it was always soo packed! And now I know why. It wasn't until I discovered that beer (the good kind . .Kirin & Sapporo) was only 99 cents, did I make an effort to try it. This place is totally awesome and is my new Friday night hang out for their late night Happy Hour (they have happy hr twice a day). We usually go in a group of 4 or more and it works out ALL the time. No hassles with the check afterwards like usual. Two things though: 1) You must like meat 2) you must like alcohol. If you want sushi, this is not the deal for you as far as happy hr is concerned. For $15 per person (the minimum required) you can totally get full off all kinds of yummy appetizers (wontons,calamari, ahi poke..) , select meats ( we always get the garlic kalbi chuck & chicken), and did I mention, beer/sake!!! Besides the value, the restaurant itself is quite nice. Great for groups & birthdays as well a casual date or just hanging out at the bar. The staff is super friendly and helpful with the grill, suggestions for selecting items if you're unfamiliar with the food, and fast w/ the refills on alcohol! It's been a couple months now and we're still not sick of this place. Pros: Everything! more

So much Fun and Yummy! 11/18/2007

I recently went here on a date and it was so much fun. We were able to cook our food on a grill in the middle of our table. It kept us entertained. The food was fresh and marinated to perfection. I recommend the Bimba spicy rice as a side. They bring it to you in a cast iron skillet and it cooks at your table. All of the beef dishes are very tasty as well. The smores are fun at the end for dessert. The only thing I don't like is if you go hungry, it takes a while to cook and the portions are a bit small. Pros: fresh, fun, and tasty Cons: can be expensive if you are hungry more

Lots of fun and the food is excellent 10/23/2007

This is one of my favorite places to eat. It has a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere and the good is fastastic. They have great Happy Hour specials (sometimes 1/2 off certain meats, $.99 beer, etc.) It's fun to cook your food on a hibachi-type BBQ planted in the middle of your table, and because everything is grilled it feels very healthy. Highly recommend the garlic noodles or Ramen noodle soup in addition to rice, meat and veggies. Pros: Great food, great ambiance, friendly atmosphere Cons: If you don't like cooking your own food, forget it more

Gave it a chance...amd LOVED it! 10/13/2007

Yes, I was a dibeliever regarding the benefits of "cook it yourself" dining (why would I want to go out and cook the food myself if I could do it at home for free?!?). I also never enjoy traditional Korean BBQ joints since I come out smelling like a grill and they don't have a good selection of chicken & seafood. But I gave Gyu Kaku a chance and was won over. This place is very clean, non-smelly, with a wonderfully diverse menu. And WHY do people think Gyu Kaku is expensive?!?! There's a choice of pricey or moderately priced beef, while the rest of the entrees are all fairly priced (my favorite entree, the basil chicken, was around $7). My husband and I paid $60 for a great meal... Why I LOVED this dining expereince: tasty food that won't break your diet (you don't get as full b/c you take your time grilling and eating the food, without carby sides like mashed potattoes), cool low-key ambience, waitors that are attentive but not in-your-face... Overall this is a new favorite date spot for us. Pros: Diet & wallet-friendly, tasty, take-your-time dining Cons: Fills up quickly so make reservations for peak hours more

"American" japanese bbq...look at the prices 9/13/2007

this place is for those who dont know they are getting ripped off... there are many of these places in the valley and LA that offer this kind of cooking and food for almost half of the price and half of the fuss...try gochi in the valley... more

Mmmmm 9/8/2007

Save yourself the trouble of figuring out what to eat and get the Miso Harami Skirt Steaks. Wow, they're unbelievable. Expect to pay about 25-30 per person. Wonderful atmosphere and exceptional service. On a side note, I wouldn't recommend taking a vegetarian here with meat eaters. The grill can get pretty dirty through the course of the evening and picky vegetarians probably won't like meat parts touching the veggies...which is near impossible. Pros: Great food. 25ish per person excluding alcho. drinks. Great for groups. Cons: Vegetarians do NOT go here with meat eaters. The grill gets meaty. more

It can get pretty pricey but it is SO worth it. Try goin... 7/30/2007

AlvinaYeh Provided by Partner
It can get pretty pricey but it is SO worth it. Try going in a bigger group and get a little bit of everything. I especially like the kobe beef, ... more

this place is so good and so much fun! we tend to order a... 7/29/2007

Michelle Provided by Partner
this place is so good and so much fun! we tend to order a little bit of everything.. different types of beefs and chickens.. the servings are tiny ... more

Great Japanese Korean BBQ mix 7/14/2007

Ive seen this place a dozen times but never dined there. I finally stopped by with a friend and we both loved it. You get to cook your own choice of marinated meats with seafood, beef chicken or pork to choose from. The rice is served in a hot bowl with your choice of added vegees or egg. I tried the crispy seaweed with creame cheese for the first time which was a good appetizer. I ended up having a couple beef plates so next time I will be getting some seafood. The service is excellent and they also have a bar. Pros: BBQ fusion at its best Cons: a bit pricey more

Great Food, Great Prices... Great Time 10/23/2006

This place in truly amazing. I used to drive by this place all the time and had heard about it from some friends and family. I'm pretty discerning when it comes to food, but this place has never failed me. My boyfriend and I will treat ourselves to an over-indulgent meal of 1) harami miso, 2) rosu miso, 3) kalbi tare, 4) garlic chicken and 5) bibimba and we are STUFFED! not only that, but we will have had the most delicious meal, enjoyed ourselves (since you pretty much are left to cook your own food) - all for about $35 for two people! Top the feast off with some smores that you prepare yourself at your personal fire pit. Do yourself a favor and give this place a try. The waiters are totally attentive and parking is easy (valet after 5pm). Pros: Value, Attentive Service, Smores!! Cons: Long wait on weekends so make a reservation more

Best Japanese BBQ in the Valley 9/25/2006

Try them for Happy Hour, when selected dishes are half off. The beef is juicy and tender, and bibimba is also excellent. Just make sure you order the unagi version. Pros: Friendly waiters Cons: Parking more

Good but expensive 9/7/2006

The food is good and the first time I went there I loved it but the second time I felt like it was too expensive. They used to have half off on one particular dish during the week but now it's 30% betwee 5:00 - 6:30 and after 6:30 it's 20% off on something like chicken basil for example. Anyway, it's good but expensive and LOAD!!! Pros: Cool setting Cons: expensive more

Yummie! 7/13/2006

went here once, haven't had a chance to go again but will for sure. the food was awesome, salads were so good and fresh, love the way you cook everything at the table yet you don't come out smelling that much. The service was good and the place has a romantic setting. Definitely a place to try! Pros: great food & service/ very romantic Cons: very limited parking more

Korean Asian BBQ is tastier and cheaper 1/7/2006

Food: Average. Couple of dishes were too salty (Ahi Poke and Bibimba). Korean BBQ meat is better and less saltier. The vegetables were fillers for the combinations and shouldn't have been included. Ambience: Romantic setting. If you have vision problems, I suggest you bring a flashlight and a good pair of glasses, because you may not be able to read the menus. Service: Average. I can go to an American restaurant and get the same type of service. Nothing special here. Value: Too high for what it's worth. We ordered the Samurai and Geisha, and from the portions they provided, it should've been at least half the price. You can go to a good Korean BBQ restaurant and pay at least half the price for a larger portion of meat and vegetable dishes, and come out of the restaurant without feeling ripped off. Pros: Ambience Cons: Price, Parking, Ambience more

Finally A Good Experience! 1/1/2006

We ate at the Sherman Oaks store for the sixth time and it was just an excellent experience. They seem to have finally worked out the bugs with their service issues. As always, the food was just awesome and the newer items, including some of the drinks were delicious. The Unagi Bibimba and Kalbi Soup the perfect starters and the Harami Miso is an absolute must try. Enoki mushrooms are worth ordering, too. Dinner can get a little pricey, but you won't be disappointed in the end. Great work Gyu Kaku Sherman Oaks! Pros: Excellent food, Unagi Bibimba, Kalbi Soup Cons: Parking, Parking, Overall Pricey more

I LOVEEEE THIS PLACE! 6/30/2005

having just relocated out here and having such horrible food experiences, i am pleased to have stumbled upon this kick ass place. the service is always friendly and accomodating, the ambience is fashionably lowkey chique, and u can't beat their happy hour deals. Wutever meat u have, don't forget to pair it with a crackling pot of Unagi Bi Bim Bap. This place is fun cuz u get to grille ur own food but the only downfall is that the portions are small. Great place for a date, celebration or just with friends! I'm so glad there's one right around the corner from my apt. more

Great BBQ Place!! 6/12/2005

I really like this restaurant. Foods are good, peoples are nice. more

My favorite restaurant! 5/27/2005

Im a big fan of Japanese food and sushi; I finally had the opportunity to check out Gyu-Kaku. The food is absolutely amazing, make sure you try the Kobe Kalbi or the Harami Miso both are truly the best meats I have ever eaten, melts in your mouth. The servers are on the ball and are there to help guide you thru the tasty menu. Make sure you leave room for dessert, the best SMores this side of the campground. Pros: Great value, fun atmosphere, gerat service more

Gyu-Kaku Sherman Oaks Rocks!!! 5/26/2005

Im a big fan of Japanese food and sushi; I finally had the opportunity to check out Gyu-Kaku. The food is absolutely amazing, make sure you try the Kobe Kalbi or the Harami Miso both are truly the best meats I have ever eaten, melts in your mouth. The servers are on the ball and are there to help guide you thru the tasty menu. Make sure you leave room for dessert, the best SMores this side of the campground. Pros: Great date place, decent prices, great happy hour more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Traditional (tatami booths) meets modern (exposed overhead piping) in this narrow dining room that buzzes with excitement, perhaps from the anticipation of playing with an open grill. Gregarious servers hustle to a looping soundtrack of hip-hop and electronica. The crowd runs the gamut from hipsters sporting vintage Levi's to families enjoying quality time.

    The Food
    With outposts on nearly every corner in Japan, Gyu-Kaku is the Starbucks of Japanese barbecue. And like the java joint, this Asian chain boasts the same efficiency and high quality. The fun begins when you get your tongs. Transfer the fresh, uncooked bites of meat to your very own charcoal-powered grill and flip to your heart's desire. Tender kalbi (short ribs), briny shrimp and half a dozen other meats are doused in ta're, the usual soy sauce-based sweet marinade; shio, a salty sesame secret sauce; or miso.

  • 3/21/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu 5pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm; Sun 5pm-9:30pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    South Valley
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