Gyu-Kaku - Cambridge

4.6
357 reviews
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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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New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time checking the place out. Was not disappointed. For the money we paid it was amazing, service was also great.

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U
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Rude staff on Valentine's Day, limiting patrons to a maximum of 90 minutes to eat.

Excessive smoke--manager stated their filters were being cleaned. Unacceptable, worse Valentine's Day ever poor service, poor facilities, rude and forgetful staff.

Avoid for any type of romantic evening.

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CW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, Excellent service. We will definitely go back again. Great jobs!!

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EF
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, fun to cook yourself. Great value for all you can eat in an hour and a half. Fishbowls were delicious but could be stronger. Service was great, even came for a last call before our time was up

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Great food and service . we will definitely come back again soon

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Brookline location better

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Cambridge Location has way better service than Brookline. Downside is that they don’t have scissors for us to use. They claim they only have ONE which is odd.

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall very positive -- food is excellent -- the policy to wait for everyone to come before you sit down can be awkward if you are, for example, inviting a party of several people, say for your birthday.

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TF
New England
94 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time trying lunch menu set, very good price for 2 meats at $11.95 and redeemed my 300 points for 2 toro beef. Yummy and was in a rush, pretty good deal. Will come again!

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service and food was excellent, as always. However, despite having a reservation for 7pm, we weren't seated until 7:30PM. Something was off with the timing of things, so it was a bit frustrating at first. Once we were seated, it was a wonderful dinner for the both of us.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tasty food and cozy atmosphere.
My friends and I had really good time there.
Although snow storm outside, it’s soooooo nice and happy to enjoy Japanese barbecue there with friendly service.

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j
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came here with my sisters and daughter and we did the ultimate all you can eat! 90 mins was plenty of time. you get to choose your own choice of meats, vegetables, appetizers out of the 52 choices it was all delicious and because it was a hands on experience it was fun!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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AR
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another awesome meat lovers menu!!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and atmosphere

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a premium AYCE and enjoyed my meal. This place gets crowded on weekend nights but still it took reasonable time to get my orders. Smoke tends to fill in this place so wear something that's easily washable.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service was great as always. That said, it seemed especially smoky in the restaurant! I haven’t experienced it this bad before, and my hair and clothes smelled strongly of smoke afterward. I wonder if some of the grills need cleaning?

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FS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

2nd time here ... the stars at Gyu-Kaku are the meats and the experience. The in-table grilling is fun an really well-handled. Each person can grill their own, and the temperature is easy to control. And the meats are all excellently portioned and seasoned. We had skirt steak, ribeye, short-rib, pork belly, sausage, and more -- all cooked up tender and extremely tasty. A fun and delicious evening out!

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GG
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I frequent this restaurant probably 3-4 times a month. The food is great and the service is usually pretty good. I recommend this place to many people. The last time we went I brought my sister whose never been, it was a party of 4. The food was good as usual. I rarely like to complain at a restaurant. I'm in the food business myself, I own a restaurant. Our server was not into it that night at all. No thank you's after I was saying thank you to her. She must have forgot to put in a couple items we ordered in the beginning, we ordered two of your rice bowls only one came out we had to remind her about the other one after 10min. She didn't smile at all and was barely listening to us when we were giving her our order. Even towards the end when the check came you guys always leave those napkin wipes in the black plastic packs which are awesome, she never brought them. I still tipped 15% even though I felt like it was not appreciated nor deserved that night. The servers ALWAYS ask us at the end if we have the app which we use all the time, she didn't offer us to scan our receipt for points nor did she give the slips to fill out our email like everyone else always does. I'm not going to mention names because I'm not looking to get someone in trouble however I just wanted to bring it to your attention. I will still come back, the food is very good.

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VT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was excellent as well. We didn’t have to wait and it was great.

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TA
New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food for great value would recommend to family or friends!

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TT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 4

I called them to ask if they have lunch menu on Jany, they said yes. But when I went, they said they didn’t have because it’s holiday.

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G
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

WORST New Year's Eve dining experience EVER. I had been to Gyu Kaku 6 times already, so I decided to bring my friends over. I reserved a table for 10:15 PM, their website literally said "Come and celebrate New Year's With Us!" Which was a complete lie because when we arrived they said we had 15 minutes to order everything we wanted for the night because they were gonna close the kitchen.

We asked for how long we could dine there then and they said as long as we want (spoiler alert, great big lie). The food was great but the waiters kept trying to make us leave. First trying to take away our soy sauce, then turning off the music, until at last they told us we had 5 minutes to go. They were rude and this was a horrible experience. Not sure I'm coming back. Thanks

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JP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I come here about once a quarter. If you're a carnivore, this is the place for you. Wonderful selection of tasty beef options; some chicken, pork and seafood too. Never leave the table hungry. I've done business dinners here too. Cooking together gets folks talking and loosened up.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing but awesome

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Timing and attentiveness was spot on! Thank you Nancy. So great.

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LL
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Second time eating at this restaurant but my first time at this location

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

隣の駐車場は、19時に閉まるようです。
店内は、とても活気があり店員さんの動きも良く
とても居心地がよかった。

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BB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a fun place to go with a group. Cooking the food at the table is fun and everyone can participate.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great for keto eaters. Music could be turned waaay down. Will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good service.

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JB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and nice way to hang out or celebrate for a group. It is on the pricier end, but we anticipated that. Only complaint is that we had to wait half an hour despite our reservation.

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AR
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything great! The only thing is that we had to wait for our table like 20 minutes

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NN
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, fun for birthday party, totally recommended!

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New England
62 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been here many times. I noticed the better management. Many reviews in the past complained about the long waiting time despite the reservation. They provided strict 90 min for all-you-can eat so that the customers who made a reservation can have a table on time. They also divided all-you-can eat into 3 different prices. We chose Ultimate ($50 for Friday and Saturday). However, for the cost performance, it is wise to choose Supreme because more expensive menus are available. If you are a big eater, you should go with all-you-can-eat. Otherwise, the course or a la carte can be better.

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GB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Gyu-Kaku is my kids favorite restaurant but we usually go to the Brookline location, as parking for the one in Cambridge can be challenging, and then the restaurant itself seems nicer.
However, this time we did not find a table in Brookline, and eventually we were really pleased to notice a few things in the Cambridge branch:
- we did not have to wait at all to get seated, and the reception staff was nice and polite
- the grills on the tables seemed to be all working great, and no rims were missing
- the waitress that served us was great, very responsive, changed our grill a few times, attentive but not intrusive

We may switch to Cambridge for good (at least on Sundays, when parking is not that bad)

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was easy to make a reservation once I understood the app! I’m always pleased when I eat here because the service and food are great.

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w
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

the Wait staff is horrible! she was very slow, and no where find all the time! took her more than 30min to bring the check to our table!

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BN
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

I usually come only to this location. The servers are usually friendly, positive and happy. My most recent experience wasn’t the best at all. The server Gabe forgot numerous things, split the checks wrong at least 4 times as well as overcharge us numerous times. Our server, was somehow unable to let me scan my receipt for the code which he directed me to send an email to the customer support yet nobody reached out to me yet. I sent the email Saturday the time of visit. 11-24-18 The food as always is perfect. I tend to go to this location because of the servers but I may have to change my opinion and location for Gyu-Kaku to the one in Boston and not Cambridge.

Regards,
Brandon Nhem

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TJ
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

It wasn’t good that I had to wait pretty long although I had booked a day before. The taste was fair but inferior to Montreal and Japan ones. Bibimba was too sweet and soft.

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