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Gyu-Kaku - Oakland, Oakland, CA

Gyu-Kaku - Oakland

4.6
4.6
142 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Spending time with Friends and Family is what Gyu-Kaku is all about. Gyu-Kaku offers the fun of "Shared Plates" We want our food dining experience to inspire laughter, conversation, and amazing times! You can't help it - with a personal grill installed at every table, everyone instantly becomes an expert cook. Our friendly staff aspires to lead guests through the dining experience with helpful suggestions. The sounds around you are of parties and laughter - the PERFECT choice for first dates, families, and catching up with friends.

Premium All You Can Eat (AYCE) menu now offered from Monday-Thursday until 8:15PM.

*18% gratuity automatically added for parties of 6 or more

**A 4% surcharge has been added to your bill to defray the increased cost of wages and benefits. The 4% surcharge does not go towards gratuity for your service.

Thank you for dining with us!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu, Sun 8:30 pm–9:00 pm Mon–Fri, Sun 11:30 am–5:30 pm Fri, Sat 8:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 361-0117

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Please call us for catering options at 510.361.0117

  • Private party facilities

    Please call us for private events at 510.361.0117

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    8th Street on the corner of 8th and Broadway

  • Parking details

    Free street parking available after 6PM

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 142 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • East Bay

    Japanese

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  1. FT

    FeThereseJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    1st visit this. We were expecting traditional Japanese food; we did not expect BBQ cook it yourself. It was an interesting menu and everything was tasty. No bar service; only beer & wine. It was very busy. The SERVICE was totally Exceptional! Thank you!
  2. g

    gotrock49

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Once we were reseated after being moved from our original booth and a problem with our Hibachi burner was solved, it was smooth sailing. We were able to cook our meat just the way we wanted to. a great selection of cuts of beef, chicken and pork. The BBQ courses include a good sala 6 different portions of different meats and are very reasonably priced for what you get. I prefer brown rice and was able to have that option. They have party tables and intimate booths, all equipped with a Hibachi burner built into the table. If you like Japanese BBQ, this is the place.
  3. LK

    LarryK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the restaurant’s food and service. It’s a surprisingly large chain restaurant (very big in Japan) and we patronize the one in Cupertino. We had a nice conversation about that with the manager, PD, and he also served our table. PD and food alone are reasons to have a meal here.
  4. P

    Palomaida

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We also liked the special touch of the s’mores!
  5. KM

    KMK78704

    Austin

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice food in a Japanese BBQ style. The quality was good, although the setup was a bit sloppy and less user-friendly as we've seen at other Japanese restaurants with a grill at the table. Portions were a bit small, but the quality was good. Still, it was a nice experience.
  6. W

    Woodfro

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First timers here. Fun dinner with the family. We did the dinner for 3 with a few adds. Everyone enjoyed - kids loved the s’mores for desert (yes included in the group dinner option).
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved this place. Food, service, ambiance were all perfect. Such a fun night
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Lots of fun. Very helpful staff. I would definitely go back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was great , staff was very friendly , everything went very well
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great friendly service. Love the staff here
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very nice place to hang out, love their food & service is excellent! I love how they maintain the cleanliness of the place
  12. WP

    WilliamP

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great to bring children, who can enjoy cooking their own food.
  13. CC

    ChrisC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is great! Atmosphere is energetic and cool but the staff is also really friendly. They know what they’re doing and what they’re talking about, and you can tell making the customers happy is their main priority. Food is wonderful and great time for friends to eat and chat.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Host said they couldn’t honor our reservation. The entire restaurant was basically empty, so they clearly weren’t busy. This used to be my preferred location to bring over guests and clients. Given the embarrassment of having my reservation not honored, it’s not clear if this is appropriate anymore. Even more concerning, I see somebody else’s receipt through this app, which is so awkward and a huge privacy violation. My reservation was clearly given to somebody else even though I showed up 10 minutes early.
  15. RP

    RitaP

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite place for a group dinner Food is fun and very tasty
  16. S

    Sasha

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, excellent food!
  17. SM

    SidneyM

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Veered from the standard meat menu to the ala carte items, which were tasty and well-prepared and not as much to eat. Waiter was attentive and friendly. Not too crowded on a Wednesday night, so pretty quiet.
  18. C

    Chip

    Austin

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Authentic. Great flavor, wide range of options. Going to have to go back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really yummy food!!! Easy to figure out
  20. S

    Samurai6

    San Francisco

    478 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    478 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The prime Kalbi short ribs and beef tongue are fantastic recommendations!! Nice, very professional service by Kaylin, Ice cold pitcher of Sapporo and that’s a wrap!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I went with my siblings and their special person to celebrate my birthday and my twin sister’s birthday. The food and drinks are all affordable. I would definitely come back again.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    They over salted the wagyu beef which was a disappointment but the server was really nice and was working hard with a full section.
  23. S

    Samurai6

    San Francisco

    478 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    478 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four of us had a pretty good time, arriving at open. By far the Prime Kalbi is the best meat option so we had four orders along with the Ninja set course which serves three. They were out of hot sake so we went with a bottle of cold sake Hatsumago which never fails. Plus two ice cold pitchers of Sapporo. All around, good stuff by GyuKaku back of the house plus our server Michelle was wonderful and very competent.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and experience! Great service. Highly recommend!
  25. DP

    DarrylP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Just wasn't the best experience. I could see they were trying, but communication was not their strong suit on 5/8/22. When your bill is over 225 and your with your Wife and Kids for Mothers day you want it special, only thing that saved the day was the presents my wife received lol
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    The food here was amazing. Service was just a little slow. Every server was extremely nice, just wish they could’ve been a bit more attentive. I definitely come back & give it another try.
  27. D

    Djack

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was very slow. Food took a long time to come out. Very prices, food was not worth it.
  28. AD

    AlaDeb

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Not as good as our previous experiences. Food was so-so. Chicken karaage looked as if it had been refried from yesterday, and the pieces were small, hard and almost black. Will not come again.
  29. CS

    CandiceS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food!
  30. T

    Tina

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice service, amazing food!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always come here with my friends and every time me love it! Every time we bring new people to try it they love it too, the waygu is the highlight of the menu. Affordable sake that still has good taste too it also
  32. MM

    MichaelM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Food was decent but the service was terrible. We also got to see a show where the dishwasher freaked out on the GM and quit in the middle of his shift. With all the great food options in Oakland we likely won’t go back.
  33. SM

    SidneyM

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had the Meat Lovers' menu, which was good and varied with generous portions. Good service. Appreciated the free hot sake for Oakland Restaurant Week.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from our server.
  35. MM

    MargeM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We came here on a Sunday around 11:30am, as soon as they opened. Our server informed us it was just his third day on the job and that he was still in training and that his trainer just left so to bear with him. That was fine. He was polite all throughout but missed some small items and we had to remind him which was, again, not a big deal. Food was tasty enough (nothing spectacular that I'd want to come back to) but the quantity of the raw meats were pretty darn small for what they charge. You could buy a pack of chicken for the price charged for the 5 slivers of chicken breast marinated in about a teaspoon of pesto sauce. Same goes with the other raw cuts of beef we ordered. Barbecuing the food yourself was fun. But 2 stars at the most for value.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Just a casual weekend date with my boyfriend. Our first time here! Food was really good! Service was excellent. I will definitely come back! They have a variety of combo choices for 2,4,6 people I believe. You guys will for sure save some bucks on that! :)
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was nice service, everything was nice and the food was good.
  38. RS

    RachelS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Was fun and yummy! Good option but more authentic feeling places in the bay.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Bar drinks need a boost but overall it was good.
  40. TC

    TiffanyC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The servers kept forgetting about our food and table.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gyu-Kaku - Oakland offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 361-0117.

Gyu-Kaku - Oakland is rated 4.6 stars by 142 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Gyu-Kaku - Oakland

459 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Additional information

  • Cross street

    8th Street on the corner of 8th and Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu, Sun 8:30 pm–9:00 pm Mon–Fri, Sun 11:30 am–5:30 pm Fri, Sat 8:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free street parking available after 6PM

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 361-0117

  • Catering

    Please call us for catering options at 510.361.0117

  • Private party facilities

    Please call us for private events at 510.361.0117

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