Gyu-Kaku - Cambridge, MA

4.6
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488 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Harvard Square is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in Boston!

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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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Although we had a reservation and the restaurant had a lot free tables, they put pressure on us to leave before 6 (we sat at 5)!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Horrible waited 40 mins with reservations, service is bad too

JM
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing flavors, grill at your own table, super fun group dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food is great and waitresses are nice, but the Service is very slow. We took about 2 hours to finish our lunch.

EC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Christian had no idea what he was doing. 3 menus is deceptive and waste of time. Need one menu , that is all. No hostess at desk, were there for ten minutes before she showed up.
Price if beer is crazy! $24.00 for pitcher of Kirin?

VS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

We didnt get 50% of our ordered. We had to ask the waiter 4x for our food. And still didnt get the rest of our food. It was a really bad experience for us.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner for my daughter. We all loved it!

F
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had reservation at 8:30 and got directed to the table around 9:00. Food is pretty good and the price is understandable considering location and etc. Would recommend if you are craving for some yakiniku. Doesn’t mean it is 100% authentic though.

AK
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love it! But I booked 9:30 but we have to wait 30mins more somehow, and started eat around 10:10. They need to figure out these problems, because not only us but other booked groups were also waiting extra 20-30min. But women at reception were working really hard, and foods were amazing! Worth to wait, but recommend to go not crowded time!

LL
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Terrible service. I think that’s way it has 1 star less than the same restaurant in Boston.

t
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

While the music is always horrible, and on this visit it took an oddly long time to be seated in a mostly empty restaurant, the food and waitstaff are always awesome. The price is right, the food arrives quickly, the rewards program is actually rewarding, and we look forward to returning.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very enjoyable evening for our birthday event!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Most of the food was over marinated and definitely catered towards the western palette a lot more than an Asian one. The experience as a whole was decent, the restaurant was clean and comfortable but the food could have had much improvement.

MA
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and delicious, thank you!

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Christian was a little slow and disappeared a lot. We ended up waiting a lot. Especially for dessert and the bill. But the food was good. Grills are small.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Overall experience is fun. Unfortunately, the food, especially the meat were swimming in heavy sauce. We couldn't taste the meat at all, only salt and sugar. Not only it's bad for health, it kind of ruined the enjoyment of the food itself.

NS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my go-to for a nice dinner with friends or my partner. I've been going to the chain since before it came to Boston!

MM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Definitely come here for a fun dining experience! They have an extensive BBQ menu and other rice and noodle dishes as well as appetizers. Having a grill in the middle of the table made the meal fun and great for a group, probably would make a good date spot as it’s more interactive than a regular meal. Staff was accommodating, they came to change the grill every 20 minutes or so. I also like that the tables felt a little private and there were dividers between the tables and lots of booths. I will definitely be going back with more friends or for a date night!

D
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always !

F
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We got the ultimate all you eat option. It was well worth the money. Our server did not rush us even though there was a 90 mins time limit. I think we stayed slightly beyond the 90 mins.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet friends.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch there with my family. Ordered the shogun menu for 6 people. It was great, i love it. Will come back again for sure.

E
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I absolutely love this place!!! The food is always incredible and the service is so attentive! 10/10.

I
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The wait time was so long and I reserved a table at 9:15 and arrived at 9:15 but I was told that I could not dine in because there are other people waiting in line? If so, why would I reserve the table beforehand???? So I waited for another HALF an hour long and finally got to sit in. But the waiter was so slow that we got another 20 min to get the water and to order the food. We were so thirsty and hungry but we did not get anything after we sat in the table. Well, I was really not happy about this and that experience was so terrible. The food overall was good but just not the service.

K
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I’ve been to this restaurant more than a few times, and this time I was a bit disappointed. Cleanliness is not at par as the minute I touched the table it was oily, and the order was not right, ordered two Enoki but receiving one (one order in the bill, phew), and messages told one wait person was not passed well at all (wasting of a time), etc. Gulbi bibimbap was too sweet and meat was to tough. Will see if this will change, hope so!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Utensils and dishware were not clean, plus when we asked the host for the sauce plate, they said they're out of them since they haven't been able to wash them quick enough on such a busy day. When we asked our server mid-meal after seeing tables being set up with sauce plates, server said "oh I didn't realize you never had any." We thought the server would ask us if we wanted anything to drink after handing us our menus, server didn't ask nor was water even served. We had to ask for water later. While waiting for the water, we played with the utensils and noticed the tongs were dirty. We notified a staff member who walked away wiping them "clean" and brought the same ones back to us. We used our hot water to clean our utensils and plates. Our server disappeared often. We understood it's a busy long weekend but we frequently had to ask other servers for help. I had asked for a cup of hot green tea but it never showed up. Luckily we had booked our table in advance because by the time we got there with 15 mins to spare and checked in, the wait list for walk-ins was 1.5-2 hours. We thought it might have been easier for our server if we just cut our meat ourselves so we had asked for a pair of scissors. Instead the server came to cut our meat, which was nice. However, after that we had to flag other staff members to cut our meat since we couldn't find our server. Also before cutting the meat with the scissors, the server wiped the scissor on his apron to clean it... Which we weren't very sure if that was sanitary. Our grill was missing the rim cover too. However, we do appreciate the amount of time we were able to spend there. Even though we did the 90 min supreme buffet, we think we may have been there for 2.5 hours? And only waited 10 mins from our original reservation time.

JF
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome spot to go with your friends if you're looking for a good meal

R
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved the variety of meats, wish they had more seafood options. The waitress messed up by bring food me and my friend didn't order so always make sure ur getting what you asked for and not some other tables food. Other than that it was great and i can't wait to go again to try other meats.

M
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

delicious Japanese bbq available a la carte and as coursed meals with eclectic atmosphere and exciting pairings of wine, beer, and spirits.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place food is always so good and staff is always friendly... always a good time

S
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Serving 13 people must have been a tall order, but Gyu-Kaku managed it well. Plus everyone in the group complimented the value

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

outstanding experience for people who have never had Japanese style yakiniku food.

YS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience2

The food and service are great. Reasonable priced. The problem is the recently "changed management" -their words-. Let's say you are going to patronize the restaurant with two people and you arrived on time but your partner not. They don't let you sit and I don't know what they are thinking. Maybe I will lay down to two seats just for fun and therefore I am making up I am expecting another person? So irrespectful.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was just ok

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fire alarm went off, didn’t want to eat anymore.

MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Waiter's service level was poor
forgot to bring beer and wait for 20 min then served not cold and without foam
forgot to bring yakiniku and ramen for 20-30min
ramen was not hot

l
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

every time I like the food!




last time the beer is not cold enough

s
New England
80 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We tried summer menu and were little disappointed. Recommend gyu sushi and avoid roast beef gyu-don.

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