Gyu-Kaku - Chicago, IL | Lakeview

4.7
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209 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese

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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Lake View is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in Chicago!
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 come down and get the night started right with us.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food great
Service great

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came with my family for a early Sunday dinner and everyone really enjoyed themselves

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Funnnnn literally been here 10 times and I still can’t find a reason to complain

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food is not too bad but a little bit too flavor for me.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

FOOD WAS AMAZING!!! 5 of us went and we all came out with full bellies. Service was even better!! Highly recommend!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an unbelievable meal! We ordered the holiday special for 2, plus the hirami in the special pot (highly recommend!) and it was just enough food. Working the bbq is so much fun, and easy to learn. The s’mores were the cherry on top. Our server was excellent and we can’t wait to go back!

DB
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dani was an excellent server and explained the menu in detail. She checked on us many times but was not obnoxious.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great as usual however the food came out very slowly. I sat without food more than with. However I was still able to eat all I cared to in the ninety min allowed. I love this place.

JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The servings are too large, I would recommend sharing servings with a friend. If still hungry you can always order more. Since you're doing the cooking at the table, the turnaround time is very quick.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went on New Year’s Eve and loved it! Fantastic food, fun to grill yourself, comes with a TON of delicious options which is perfect to sample everything! Get the corn! Our server Lee was fantastic. Highly recommend for literally any occasion where you want a great bang for your buck and delicious fresh Japanese food!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Food was awesome but the restaurant was very cold.

AK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious & so much fun. Its funny how the dishes seem small until you start to eat & theres almost too much. It's so worth it. Will definitely be back again!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience3

Reservation was at 9 and they called us to confirm at about 8:15. We arrived at 8:50 and did not get sat until 920. We came for the happy hour menu online yet our server had no idea what menu we showed her. Took till 935 to get the menu and we ordered right away knowing they might try to say the kitchen is closing. Takes another 15 min for the food to come out. Then told us the kitten was closing at 945 so we’re we’re unable to get anything past what we originally ordered.

KF
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Gyu

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

It was okay. We had 6pm reservation got there about 5:55 and was notified that the kitchen is runny behind, so we have to wait. I was a bit because the restaurant called me at 5:35 to reconfirm. We did not get suited until 6:23.pm, it never happen to me before and I was disappointed.

AZ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

They were understaffed for lunch so long wait time for getting served

VL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This location was ON POINT with everything! Cannot WAIT to come back - especially for the brunch. The price for all my friend and me got COULD NOT have been better. Also, super happy I don't have to go Downtown anymore for PHENOMENAL Japanese BBQ.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and staff! They are all very friendly and very helpful if it’s your first time trying Japanese BBQ. A little pricey but the experience is worth it.

RP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience3

Our grill didn't work well, it took forever to cook and really took away from our experience

TT
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Japanese style BBQ restaurant. We could take good dinner in this Chicago trip.

DC
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a delicious meal at Gyu-Kaku on Thanksgiving. Servers were kind and attentive although they were very busy. The food was really good. We left completely full and satisfied. We would go again for a different special occasion. For us, it is too much food to go for a regular meal.

AC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome experience!

MA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This dining experience was better than the last two times we were there. Very happy!

V
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We ordered one of the pre-planned dinners for 2, added on a noodle dish and some pork belly. The dinner for 2 was definitely enough food, and our favorite flavor meat of the night was in that set. All of the food was very delicious, and the grill is always a fun experience (one of us had been before, one was new to the experience).
Service tonight was a little slow on delivering the food and refilling drinks, but picking up empty plates (different people) was prompt.
Overall, a wonderful time!

MG
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food selection and atmosphere, the servers were very friendly and explained to me how the menu for the all you can eat works.

T
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious and always a great time!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Overall the food was great -as always. But this location needs to work on their service! Unhelpful server, drinks that sat empty, and food that came out in parts.

BJ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love Gyu-Kaku! My first time going was actually in LA, so when I got back to Chicago and discovered there were locations here I was beyond excited. This is my second time going to the Lakeview location and they have yet to disappoint—the food has consistently been fresh and delicious as well as the service top notch. I’ll be back very soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place was absolutely amazing.. the service was great and so was the food. I’ll be back

VT
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, amazing price, great selection of drinks and what makes this place better are the staffs which makes this place over all enjoyable!

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about this place was amazing! The food, the options, the ambiance, our server was so sweet and welcoming. I'm definitely coming back. 10/10 would recommend.

e
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

I came for my moms birthday. We were seated right away, but We sat for over 20 minutes before someone came to wait on our table. I had to constantly ask over and over for our drinks and a high chair. I would say I had to ask about 4 or 5 times. After we finally got our food no one came to check on us I had to ask a man who was serving Other table for assistance he said he would let our waitress know but she still never showed up. The restaurant was not that busy for its horrible service. This is my third time coming to this restaurant and the second time we had bad service!

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good service, great food!

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Spencer he are the best server and manager he the best too good luck

KP
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Each time me and my husband go to this place it’s a wonderful time. The green tea cake is to die for.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!

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JC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the Samurai and it was exceptional, except the pork with spicy Korean chili sauce wasn’t as good as we expected it to be.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Food was little too salty and feels like they use too much butter on everything. Chair for our table was sticky. Thinking I will try different location next time