Gyu-Kaku - Boston, MA | Brookline

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Japanese
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Brookline is best spot to experience Japanese style barbecue in Boston! Conveniently located to Boston University and the Regal Cinemas Fenway!

Traditionally we called ourselves a Yakiniku Restaurant we are known for the delicious, fresh (never frozen), high-quality meats, veggies and Seafood items for grill!

Enjoy an ice cold Draft Beer as you grill your own meat and don't forget the signature dessert at the end of your meal!


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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were disappointed that they did away with the lunch special on weekends which was the big draw for us in the past.

BR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prefer this location than the other newer Boston location as the grills here are authentic and the new place has Korean style grills that we don't care for! Bartender Sabrina is the best!

Z
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals that I have had in Boston, would recommend to anyone.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s pretty good.

SJ
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had reservations for a party of 6 on a busy Friday night. Our waiter, Tucker, was excellent - he took the time to explain the overwhelming menu and the process and made some great recommendations. The food was great and we all had a lot of fun. We'll definitely go back!

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My friend visited me in Boston and we had a lunch. The lunch special menu was good, offers a lot of options. The spicy tuna volcano is a bit disappointed. It used to be my favorite appetizer at Gyu-Kaku, but I don’t think I’ll order it anymore. Other than that, it was good!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience! We really loved our host tonight who took care of us (I didn’t catch his name). We had requested a sectioned off table that was still being occupied by customers who had already paid and were just hanging around. The manager and the host very courteously requested that the guests let the next guests be able to use the table. It was very swift and very decorous. And our server Katherina was very informative and kept up with us constantly throughout the night. As a former server, I greatly appreciate the her and another sever keeping our water glasses full the entire time. Thank you! Hope we come again soon!

E
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had to wait a little bit for a seat despite having a reservation, which was kind of annoying, but everything else was great!

MS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love gyu-kaku. The kids meals are perfect for our kids and the food is always so delicious. We always can’t wait to go back!!!

z
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best BBQ place I went. The great quality of their foods!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience! A great atmosphere and service. The servicers are great and they definitely work hard. Made our anniversary one of the best!

B
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great reasonable japanese bbq. Great experience since we also got to sit outside.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Andrew, was very thorough with his explanation of the All you can eat menu for my boyfriend who had never been before! The food was absolutely amazing, as always. We were seated quickly, the host was very kind and the server checked on us often. His turnover rate was pretty decent too. As a restaurant manager myself, I have a higher level of expectation that I have a bad habit of carrying with me. Gyu-Kaku always hits the mark. Our cocktails were made quickly and were well-made. We’ll be coming back as long as they’re in business!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

It’s going down. I went there after over a year. Portion was smaller, food came slow. Meat wasn’t good quality. Restaurant wasn’t clean. Disappointed.
Our wait staff was nice but others weren’t good. Won’t go back again. Not worth for the money.

RP
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great the atmosphere was good, service is good too. Had a nice dinner

M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wasnt into the idea of cooking my own food, but its surprisingly painless. Really tasty food, and our server was fantastic. The lunch menu is what we selected on a weekday, and its great value.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable and good food

AD
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Loved that you can cook your own food! Amazing flavors!

OT
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Fun experience.

KZ
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love all the meat. Alway loved this place. Enthusiastic and friendly attitude.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Hall way close to restroom smells
Gas stove not working properly

SL
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

there was a problem with the fire. It went out most of the time. the barbecue experience was not good. Service was average. one meat was kind of smelly. not sure. but it tasted very bad. not as good as it used to be.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a happy meal there!

KC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meat quality, fun to grill your own meat, tasty side dishes and desserts.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service Amazing food

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve enjoyed the food and service at Gyu-Kaku in Las Vegas and Chicago, and this Boston location was great too! The quality of service and food you get, especially during their happy hour menu is outstanding! Each order is relatively small in portion, but that allows you to try different types of meat and side dishes. I can’t wait to go back with my family.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have a great dinner.

H
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Hmmm, not worth the hype. Meat brought to your table that you have to cook! If I have to cook it, I should not have to pay full retail price for it! I was brought the smallest 5 scallops that I have ever seen! I would have preferred two good sized ones. 4 shrimp, less than a quarter of beef, a few vegetables, no alcohol and the bill was $50 dollars! So crazy and I have to cook it. Nope, the flavors were not there enough for me. Next time, I will stay home and grill triple the amount for the same 50. What a ripoff!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bailuy was our server and she by far was amazing!

AW
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

the meat was not good.. not sure if it was old, but it did not taste fresh. also, the rice was hard and unpleasant to chew.

A
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Victor was really just the best waiter I could ask for. Always asked if we needed something even though we had it. Offered us water and always asked if we wanted to order more food (we had the supreme buffet). Offered us all the specials and told us about them and even though it was packed because we came at 730pm, he still met all our needs and made sure me and my partner felt welcomed. I would always ask Victor to be my server because I will be coming back here again!

e
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is good. The lunch menu is a good way to try out different kind of meat. The dining room is a bit smoky and noise. Overall, a good place to grill some meat.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 4ambience 1

The back room has no air conditioning... so if you’re seated there you will literally pass out from the heat of the room in the summer + the grill. Most miserable experience with everyone profusely sweating

EK
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was simply delicious and the service was excellent.

JT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The environment was very good. Especially the Kalbi Beef and Green Tea ice cream was impressive! Five Star!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terry was patient and overall AMAZING! We had a great experience !

k
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place and yummy food for whole family - ages 7-69!

CR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was the 2nd time the burner at the table had mechanical problems. My dining experience back in January, at the same Brookline location, was the same problem: the table burner had mechanical problems and my dining party had to be moved to an available table towards the end of our meal. This time, the burner went out a total of 4x and each time, the staff members were more than apologetic and tried to fix the problem. It wasn’t any staff members/diner error; it was 100% an internal problem with the burner itself. I hope this gets fixed soon.

CT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can get loud but still a nice and relaxing place to eat

ML
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

When I realized Gyu-Kaku was a chain, expectiation were not high, but HOLY COW what a good time. Went for my son's 14th birthday with another family. If you are the parent of a 14 yo boy, you know they're a hard demograhic to impress. Everything is lame and boring. Nothing is cool enough. Well, the boys had a blast. They enjoyed grilling their own meal. The staff was just fantastic. The room was fun, not stuffy. Great time had by all.

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