Gyu-Kaku - Cambridge

4.6
390 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 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was good. But it hard to find parking.

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MT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and awesome service. Set meals have generous portions. Only thing I didn’t like was the salad, but everything else was amazing. Servers were very accommodating and food came out very fast.

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New England
66 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been coming back here a number of times for brunch and dinner. This time we tried seasonal menus, Flavors of Japan. We liked thick cut beef tongue, okonomiyaki, and motsu nabe. Buttered potatoes were not impressive because the potatoes did not taste like the ingredient from Hokkaido. Otherwise, it is fun to ear here.

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SG
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is great but from pricing perspective it is certainly not in the cheaper range. Waitress forgot one of our orders but in the end it was okay as we realised we didn't need it, place seems to be super busy and the noise level is somehow not a very comfortable level, there are lots of shouting around so I wouldn't recommend any friends with families or young kids to eat here but overall it is okay to us as it satisfied our cravings for the BBQ.

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FG
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is the first time I go there. The food there tastes good and the overall service is good. The price is also reasonable. I would like to recommend to my friend. However, three of our four people,except me, felt a little uncomfortable the other day. I'm not sure whether it is because of the dinner but still have some doubts of the food freshness.

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

Expierence was great! The waiter was nice but too quiet and we couldn’t hear him!

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C
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

No real complaints, first time and loved it. Our stove was kinda janky but thats it

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! Out server Christina did an awesome job! Thank you

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JS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very exceptional restaurant, not for the plain diner but if you want some excitement then this is the right place.

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WR
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

More than a great meal you cook with friends, it's a hands on experience that you will want to enjoy again and again.

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MR
New England
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We appreciated the staff singing Happy Birthday and the complimentary dessert.

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B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Definitely would recommend to any non-vegetarians to visit Gyu Kaku. The food is always delicious and a reasonable cost (for Korean BBQ).

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VA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I just felt like i was being a but rushed my the waitress.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant, the meat is fresh and tasty

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JB
New England
24 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at the Harvard Square Gyu-Kaku, having dined many times at the Brookline location. We were pleased with everything about our dining experience. We ordered the Premium All You Can Eat menu and found that it had a good variety of items in the categories of appetizers, meats, seafood, vegetables and side dishes - and 90 minutes to eat as much as you want. It is a good bargain for seniors (60+), especially on weeknights which have lower prices than weekends. Some of the items we enjoyed: seaweed salad, spicy addicting cucumber, fried pork dumplings, Bistro Hanger Steak Miso, Premium New York Steak Garlic, Kalbi Chuck Rib Tare Sweet Soy, Garlic Shoyu Ribeye, Toro Beef Tare Sweet Soy, Pork Belly Shio White Soy, Shrimp Garlic, BBQ Calamari Miso, broccoli, sweet onion, cheese fondue sauce (which we used for the broccoli), and of course, white rice. For dessert, the All You Can Eat menu offers vanilla ice cream and S'mores - one of our party had the S'mores. Another member of our party ordered a dessert from the special Flavors of Japan menu: Matcha Tiramisu, which was excellent for someone who loves matcha. One disappointment is that in the past the All You Can Eat menu offered a choice of vanilla or green tea ice cream (which had a delicious, rich matcha flavor) , but the green tea option has disappeared from the menu. I am hoping it gets put back on the menu the next time they revise the All You Can Eat menu items, as they do from time to time.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Our waitress was terrible, and had no clue regarding the menu they offered!!

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with great food! A group of nine of us went for my boyfriend's birthday and we had tons of fun!!

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p
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was awesome. He was on point with everything. Can't complain. Food came out quick.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was very good! The quality of meat is good and the price is also nice.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time, perfect for sharing.

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PC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a very nice dinner. Service and food were quite good. It's a bit smoky and loud but still quite enjoyable.

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MT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We've been here before but I feel like the quality has gone down a bit.

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PG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Yes, the place was fun and the food was delicious. We had a wonderful server, although he did mix up our orders, he was nice and polite and made recommendations we liked. I would recommend the place to a friend. The Ms. M's Green Tea cake did not really live up to the hype and I certainly think that the restaurant got extremely smoky at different points in time. We enjoyed our meal and the food a lot!

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u
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot great food

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great dinner spot.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent, in the future since there is no parking around they should at least discounted the parking next door, so people can feel better while eating and not rushing.

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PH
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I made a reservation to eat there. It was a 1 hour drive to get to the place. When we got there the grill was not working due to a fire alarm earlier. The main attraction of the place was that you get to grill the stuff yourself. If it the grill was not working why bother eating there. At least tell your customers that made the reservation about this. 1 hour drive in only to be disappointed.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met up with some friends at Gyu-Kaku Cambridge, one of our favorite restaurants, and had a great time. They had never been there before so we were very excited to introduce them to the restaurant. Our server was wonderful, and the food was great. Two of us had Bibimbap and the others are vegetarians who enjoyed lots of vegetables and tofu.

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GF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our go to option with the kids in an environment that is social enough that nobody notices if your kids are talking loud or using chopsticks as drumsticks. Great food. Usually awesome service unless they are super busy.

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ZG
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

First time! I really enjoyed it. Even though we received our rice pretty late, overall, I would say this place is GREAT!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was great, but the reservations were horrible.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 13, 2019
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 on February 10, 2019
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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Houston
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
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 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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