Gyu-Kaku - Cerritos, CA

4.5
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Cerritos, CA is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in Los Angeles! Conveniently located by the Los Cerritos Center and right off the 605 Freeway!

Traditionally called Yakiniku, this Japanese barbecue spot is known for their delicious, fresh (never frozen), premium-quality meats!

Enjoy an ice cold beer as you grill your own meat table-side. Happy Hours offer the best deals on food and drinks, so be sure to wind down and get the night started right with us.
What 401 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.2
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious. Our family enjoyed the Dine in LA lunch special. The service was impeccable and we will be returning soon.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Worst experience!

LM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Every time. My faves: Gyu kaku Salad / Garlic Noodles / Harami Miso Steak .

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and great service!!!

W
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Angel was very sweet and helpful to my family. We were a large group but he was awesome with all of us.

DK
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We went there with book 3days before but we went front 20min so long. Restaurant is not busy yet and their are enough service people, why so slow. Lady said our computer is not working now. We were just standing. I can’t understand there service

T
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our food was good and our server was excellent. Going to the Cerritos location you want a male to wait on you because the females time you to the second and don't come around often. We ordered the all you can eat for 90 minutes - $32. They have a good selection, but 4 premium meats were missing off the menu and they no longer have flavored marshmallows (my favorite lemon) just a regular boring marshmallow for smores. With that being said I think I won't be going back. I'd rather try another place similar. Dessert was a major part of this meal.

l
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Will definitely return and cook my meal, it’s a fun and enjoyable place to eat. Good food and food atmosphere

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Overall, I like this place but the quality of service received this time around at this location was not good. We were getting one item at a time so only one of us could cook (one item at a time) and eat as well. We had to wait about 20 minutes for most of our items because the kitchen was thawing out meat due to a large party that arrived before us. The waiter never told us until inquired about the rest of our food and someone else had already complained about his lack of service to the manager. I understand being short staffed, but...

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

It all started out perfectly, got seated, server got our, was patient with explaining the menu, our food came out promptly....then after that, I had asked for a refill, which I waited for awhile to get, our combo was missing one dish (appetizer/small dish) that we never got...until I asked for it when our server asked if we were ready for the check. I asked him about the missing dish as well as the dessert that came with the combo - as I was expecting for all of that to come out before the check.

After waiting a good 15 mins, our server told us that they ran out of that dish, but never offered to sub it with something else or adjust the check. I asked for either option and finally after waiting for another 10 mins or so, we got a sub dish which was uncooked so we spent another 5 mins waiting for it to cook on the grill so we can just pack it and take it home.

My bill came out to be over $100 for 2 (with no alcohol) so I think I paid for the type of service where I’m not constantly waiting for all of my food to come out.....

I know it’s not the server’s fault but the service was lacking that evening, maybe it was NYE and maybe they were understaffed but from a consumer’s stand point, when I’m playing over $50 pp, I expect more than subpar service. I go to this location all of the time and usually they are on point, just that night was off.

Maybe I’ll try another location or another establishment with like style food and we’ll see what type of service vs price point o get, just to compare.

OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food at affordable prices!

CE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I love gyu but I will personally never return to this location again. Whole experience was horrible and my server was not on his game

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

The service was great and the manager even checked up on us twice, but this was our first time visiting this location and the first time of all Gyu-Kaku’s that the food wasn’t that great. The majority of our meat was salty. We ordered a holiday special, so there was a variety of different meat, but only one of them (Toro) was good, the rest was super salty. We mentioned this to the manager at the end of our meal, and he apologized and said it might be the miso that may have been marinated salty. That was it. Not sure if they fixed it, and also not sure if I would try this place again.

e
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food variety is good, you can spice things up as you like!

e
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is good, the customer service is great, love the experience!

J
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We have a group of 7 people with two stoves tops, one of the stove not working well. The food was semi cold and need to wait for a long time to cook the meats and vegetables as well. I like my food hot, well done and juicy, very disappointed!!

e
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

They recently changed their menu which brought some new exciting options! On the flip side the cheese wontons have changed which is usually what brings us to come here. Sadly we won’t be able to have the old style anymore, which means we probably will visit less often, but it still is a great restaurant and the happy hour is great value.

AS
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time. The food was delicious and the manager was awesome. The service was terrific and we look forward to going back.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience2

Good quality meats and appetizers. Service quickness can be improved.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

The service was not that great either because it was too busy but it took forever for the food to get us, other times we have gone, the service was better

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Service was not as good as expected had to remind waitress of the order

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Great service and amazing tasting food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

The service tends to me mediocre but the food is always great. However this visit around I got Valerie as my server and she was outstanding!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Pretty poor service. Waiter needed to be reminded to bring several things. Several things took a long time to come out. When they did come out, some items were not properly seasoned according to the menu. We ordered garlic shrimp, for instance and were given plain, unseasoned, unmarinated shrimp for example. The plain shrimp not withstanding, the food was very good for the most part, as has been my experience with other gyu-kakus in the past, but the service really left a lot to be desired.

C
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience3

We used to recommend gyu kaku to everyone. Friends will send us picture of them eating at GK without us.
We frequent GK at least once a week.
This last time we went, we seen the menu changed. All of our favorites have changed.
It’s not even worth the drive or price for the big changes.
We almost left when we seen the new menu but my bf was cutting weight for a tournament that day and just wanted to eat. So we stayed. He said we probably won’t go back, I agree.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Thank you for a great time. Always service with a smile

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

The food was excellent and the service guy was very awesome.

The receptionist ruined half of the experience though.

K
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My daughter 14th bday food is delicious and great service

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The quality of the meat was 5 stars. The service was great but could have been better. I was really thirsty and felt like it was a bother to ask for more water. Overall, the food was worth the price. The only thing I want to add is the fact that they don’t have an option for vegans or vegetarians in your party. We were celebrating a birthday but someone in our party was not going to eat any meat so we asked if there was a different price for the “All You Can Eat”. Although they did not have that option, they were able to accommodate.

P
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

I always enjoy coming here to Gyu-Kaku. The food is always great and the atmosphere is awesome. The only item they need to work on was the service. The main course took about 20 minutes to get after we order our food. Not that I am exaggerating but when I ordered some onions, it took 35 minutes to get 3 slices of Onions. The server came to us 2 times and apologized about the wait. Don't know if they were short staff, however that was too long of a wait. This will not stop me from going there again, they just need to work on this better.

AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

So bomb, only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because the spicy pork had no seasoning whatsoever & the salads we ordered were barely enough for 1 1/2 people... very little was given. Other than that everything was great

CF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience4

The food was great but the service was lackluster. We waited almost 45 minutes to order dessert and get our bill and never got the dessert. Would think twice before going to this location again

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Gerardo’s service was our highlight!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff is Phenomenal and attentive. However they are on the more expensive side.

JA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Really poor service on this day. Seemed like not enough servers were scheduled. Usually really good service. Just one of those bad ones i guess. Took us 25 min to get a server to get our order. Bout 15-20 for 2 beers and a shirley temple. Probably wont visit for a while

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was good servers where kind and attendant

g
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome place! Our server Brandon was great! Food came out quickly and in a timely manner.

SC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place! My whole family loves this place! So many selections to choose from on the all you can eat menu. We will Definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I thought it was a great experience as well as quality food...
The service was good and very helpful as it was our first time eating in that type of Japanese restaurant..
I will recommend to friends to anyone wanting a bar b que Japanese dish..

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food were very good.
I’d be much more pleased if the portion was bigger

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