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San Mateo - Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo, CA, San Mateo, CA

Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo, CA

4.7
4.7
725 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:15 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:45 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:15 pm EARLY HAPPY HOUR Fri–Sun 11:30 am–6:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 9:00 pm–9:15 pm LATE HAPPY HOUR Fri, Sat 9:00 pm–9:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (650) 343-3255
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    You are the Chef!
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo can accommodate all your special event needs.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator : (877) 473-3160
  • Neighborhood
    San Mateo
  • Cross street
    E. 4th Ave
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 725 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Peninsula

    Hot spot

725 Reviews
  1. Nemo

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This used be one of Kurt fabs and go tos. Had not been there in a while. Portion size has been decreased. Now one has to pay more for “upgrades”. For example, $3 to get bibimbap vs white rice, $5 for something else, and so on. It can add up. Portion size lowered and they found a way for us to spend more.

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  2. Amazeballs

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very fun experience. Please bring back the sweet onion for grilling.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time having Japanese bbq but it was awesome! Grilling yourself is mad fun.

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  4. AngelicaC

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time eating Korean bbq and we were not disappointed! Everything was soooo yummy! And it was fun to cook the food there. Cesar, our waiter was so helpful and nice!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Ok, think they change the set. Dine in experience was just fine. Might return again.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was great! The food came very quick, and tastes very fresh

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  7. JenniferA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great and the food and experience was awesome!

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  8. ChuckK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and excellent customer service. My only comment is about their grill equipment. The fire from the grill is not distributed evenly.

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  9. DeAb

    San Francisco

    132 reviews

    5.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love having dinner here. It's great for groups and you the price is a great value. You get so much! If you get the "packaged" menus, "food for 2" is more than enough to feed 3 people. I wish though that they had a choice of a choice of s'mores or mochi ice cream. Very minor thing though! :) Service is relatively quick and very friendly and accommodating. I went on Christmas Eve with my elderly parents who one of whom has mobility issues. We sat close to the door to accommodate his issues but because we were close to the door, there was a very cold draft. They reseated us and even kept my dad's walker towards the front. When we were done, they brought it back for him.

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  10. Great

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I love eating here. I think it’s a good value for the variety you get and the quality of the meat. Service is consistently attentive.

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  11. MarkK

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good. Service Slow to get the attention of the waiter. Had to ask to get the open table points even though they confirmed my reservation at check in

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  12. Ants10

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have gone here multiple times, the service is always phenomenal, I will continue going here. Parking isn’t too bad to find. The food is really delish. The waiters and waitresses are always checking up. Orion great service, great guy definitely makes me want to go back every time

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  13. RachelH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice Waygu beef course.. more than enough for two people. Meat is melting in my mouth so yummy!

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  14. AshG

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time. Definitely won’t be my last. Thank you to the amazing staff!!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience and great food.. I will come back again next time.

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  16. IreneM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as always.

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  17. HappyEater

    San Francisco

    120 reviews

    2.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service and food were okay. The salad had too much mayonnaise and the sauces were just okay. This place leans more towards Korean vs. Japanese shabu shabu.

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  18. SueB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Look for A5 Wagyu meat, however their none . They have Wagyu Kalbi Short rib Mix instead and it at $60. This short rib mostly 70% FAT not meat. This is not Wagyu meat hardly and red color of beef in it. Other than that all is al right. Parking is plenty full. Confusing about Happy hours time, the sign, showed Monday 5 PM to 8 PM we arrived at 6.15 PM . Staff told me that Happy hours are no longer available. Need more clear Signage in the restaurant.

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  19. Alyssa

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    my favorite place ever! it also holds a special place in my heart, because I met my fiancé for our first date here 

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was absolutely amazing! Personally we believe that she, Emily, the trainee, deserves a raise!!! Thank you for an amazing dining experience!

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  21. PCSR

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good spot for casual dining - good food, moderate noise ambiance. (Except when it's someone's birthday - the singing and tambourine playing gets to be a bit too much.) Other than that it was great.

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  22. RamblingJim

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Overwhelming menu decisions haha oh well meat was good

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  23. CharlesS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Yum! Never disappointing and always filling. Highly recommend.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to Guy-Kaku before and have raved about it. I took a good friend who has not experienced Japanese BBQ and other wonderful dishes. She loved it and is excited to share with her husband. Wonderful restaurant great service food is fresh and super delish! I will be back

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  25. KinT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The reception girl need training, when I went in and asked some request, she look very unhappy , and we finished the dinner and leave, the waiters said nothing, it's not look like before, I still paid 20% tips eventhough like that, I am disappointed this dine.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I enjoyed our dinner at Guy-Kaku. I like the overall look of this restaurant walking in. We were greeted by a happy and helpful server. Menu was large and very detailed. Food was great. I love the whole process of Japanese BBQ. Helpful hints on cooking time were great. I’ll be back!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went 2 Fridays in a row, that good! Recommend the garlic fried rice and garlic noodles, the meat are smaller 3oz portions perfect to try a little bit of everything. 5 people ate last night for about $200 w/tip!

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  28. Ants10

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Time, Orion was a great server, knew the menu well, made the experience wonderful

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  29. Isamon

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    After being seated (our reservations were for 6:00 pm), we waited for over a half hour for any service despite ringing the bell and asking several workers for a wait person. No response. People seated after us were being helped and, in several cases, starting their meals. Once we got served, our meal went very quickly.

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  30. Nice

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were quick and helpful. Food was great, I'd recommend to take your friends or family here.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing We love love love this place. We come here all the time for any celebration

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Poor service. Waitress was rude and argumentative. Kept pointing finger in our face. Kept blaming that they’re understaffed on their service.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been coming here for year and we love it. The food is amazing and the service is great!!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Terrible. A $200 meal only contains thee plates of low quality meat. Not worth it at all!

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  35. NickA

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing, and just as good if not better than the Cupertino location.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was fast but when we got to table 6:45pm until 7:08pm then someone came and acknowledged us. The host say ring the service bell for help! But after 4 times no one came we was about to leave.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a nice dinner for us. We enjoyed the food and service!

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  38. Christine

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Set course prices are reasonable and allows you to sample a little of everything so that next time, you can just pick what you want. The prime rib Kalbi was excellent. Garlic noodles were also very good. The crispy rice appetizer was excellent too. The s’mores were standard stuff you had as a kid. But by then we weren’t hungry anyway. Service was unobtrusive and not rushed.

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  39. Skyview

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Meat quality and cut is getting worst! It’s just not worth going there.

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  40. FosterCityFoodie

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Japanese experience!

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You can order delivery directly from Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo, CA using the Order Online button. Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo, CA also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo, CA also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 343-3255.

Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo, CA is rated 4.7 stars by 725 OpenTable diners.

Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo, CA does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 46 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo, CA

329 S. Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

Additional information

  • Cross street
    E. 4th Ave
  • Neighborhood
    San Mateo
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:15 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:45 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:15 pm EARLY HAPPY HOUR Fri–Sun 11:30 am–6:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 9:00 pm–9:15 pm LATE HAPPY HOUR Fri, Sat 9:00 pm–9:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    You are the Chef!
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (650) 343-3255
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Gyu-Kaku - San Mateo can accommodate all your special event needs.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator : (877) 473-3160
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