About Gyu-Kaku - Pasadena

70 West Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Pasadena, CA is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in Los Angeles! Located right where all the action is in Downtown Pasadena, you'll be thankful you made a reservation! 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.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Barbecue

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Everyday 11:30am–5pm (last call)


Dinner:
Mon-Thurs: 5pm–11pm (last call)
Fri-Sat: 5pm–12am (last call)
Sun: 5pm–11:00pm (last call)

Happy Hour

Monday All Day Long

Everyday 11:30AM–6:30PM

Tue–Thu: 8:30PM–11PM last call

Fri & Sat: 9:30PM–12AM last call

Sun: 8:30PM–11PM last call

Cross Street:
De Lacey

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 405-4842

Website:
http://www.gyu-kaku.com/

Parking Details:
VALET AVAILABLE: $7 with validation, $10 without.
PUBLIC PARKING AVAILABLE: The closest parking structure is location on DeLacey. The first ninety (90) minutes are free and then it costs $2 for each thirty (30) minutes thereafter with a $6 maximum.

Street parking is also available, though limited.

Executive Chef:
YOU!!

Private Party Facilities:
Your party is our party. If we can assist you in any way to host a large party or special occasion dinner, please let us know. We offer custom-made prix fixe menus as well as tailored seating arrangements to best suit your needs.

Private Party Contact:
James Kim, General Manager: 8665961674

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Gyu-Kaku - Pasadena Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

good for groups (60)
great for lunch (40)
fit for foodies (37)
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special occasion (25)
late-night find (23)
hot spot (19)
kid-friendly (19)
neighborhood gem (18)
romantic (15)
great for brunch (9)
vibrant bar scene (6)
great for outdoor dining (2)
notable wine list (1)
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food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Love to cook meats

vip
Dined on March 18, 2016

If you love to cook, this is your restaurant! Sit down get busy and you would love it

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Always love this place. Can't wait to go ...

Dined on March 15, 2016

Always love this place. Can't wait to go back

food5
ambience5
service4
value4

fun night

Dined on March 12, 2016

My boyfriend and I ordered maybe 10-15 different items to try out one night. The miso hanger steak was the best choice of meat we had that night; so tender it melted like butter! The bibimbap was very yummy. And we loved the garlic spinach and mushrooms. Peach and lychee saketini were delicious. Overall a great tasty night.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service1
value4

Service has gone downhill

Dined on March 6, 2016

I love Gyu-Kaku, but this particular time dining here was terrible! It took us an hour to get an order of calamari, and I'm not exaggerating. Nobody even came by to check on us, we had to flag people down repeatedly and ask for things and remind them what we were waiting for. All of the food was good, it always is, but everything just took way too long. The Sherman Oaks location is much better in terms of service.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Best texture of beef served in town

Dined on March 5, 2016

Best texture of beef served in town. Texture? Yes. When I see that, I know. The lean and the fat together that presented an attractive look to me. I felt the melting of it in my mouth--the angus beef. The Kalbi, too. We dined there for the Happy Hours Weeks running currently in Pasadena. The beef at Gyu-Kaku tasted better and costed less than that of its rival in the area. I love Gyu-Kaku except for that it changed the membership program in late 2014 that resulted in that I could not earn membership points as lack of a smart phone so I seldom dined there since then. The dine is less value without the membership earning,

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food3
ambience2
service2

It wasn't even a busy night and service ...

Dined on February 25, 2016

It wasn't even a busy night and service wasn't very good. Waitress never came by; we had to flag her down repeatedly.

food5
ambience5
service5

Make sure if your going with a person th ...

Dined on February 23, 2016

Make sure if your going with a person that has not gone to remind them to leave the metal tongs for raw food only. You do not want to cross contaminate foods!

food3
ambience3
service3

Meh... It was OK. The garlic noodles ar ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

Meh... It was OK. The garlic noodles are good. You have to cook your own meat and our grill was giving us issues. Only one side of it was working.

food5
ambience4
service4

This was our first time there. Our waitr ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

This was our first time there. Our waitress advised us to try one of their dinners for two. There were 4 of us and we were going to order two dinners for two, but she said that one would probably be enough. We ordered an extra bipimbap and that was perfect. Very helpful staff, great food will definitely return. It was a fun place to dine.

food5
ambience4
service2

The place was very nice, the food was ta ...

Dined on February 20, 2016

The place was very nice, the food was tasty, and over all very good. The service was slow and half our food was slow in coming out. A large party came in and we seemed to have been forgotten.

food2
ambience2
service1
value1

Food and service declining steadily

Dined on February 15, 2016

I've been here 2 times and each time both quality of food and service has been declining steadily. All of the food is very salty this time. The host wasn't very engaged in service and chatted away happily while we waited 45 mins for our table. Despite arriving 30 mins prior to our 4:45pm reservation, we weren't seated till 15 mins after our reservation and it was very ok and no big deal to the two girls at the front desk. Service at the table wasn't much better. Had to wait about 10 mins for the server to show up, another 10 mins for the fire to be properly turned on (didn't do this until we asked about the spinach that was still completely raw despite being on the fire for 10 mins), asked for extra napkins from one of the servers and it was forgotten, and didn't get any sort of apologies on any of the above. Management needs to seriously get their act together here.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Awesome date night

Dined on February 14, 2016

I booked a table here for my husband and I to celebrate an early Valentine's Day dinner. It was such a wonderful evening. The choices of meats and vegetables was outstanding. It took us awhile to decide as the menu was very comprehensive, but our waiter helped us with what to order and he was right about everything. We had such a fun evening, we decided that this is going to be our new "go to" place for celebrations! Thank you!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

always delicious

Dined on February 13, 2016

i've been here a ton. i actually went this time to fuel up for a marathon. the carbs (rice) and protein (meat) are delicious, well priced, and filled me up. service was good. great lunch specials.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
food5
ambience3
service3
value4

Always Good

Dined on February 12, 2016

Awesome happy hour prices- the gyoza dumplings and sukiyaki bibimbap are my two favorite items there! I also enjoy the yakishabu meat, cooks quickly and very tasty.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Nice

Dined on February 9, 2016

The food was good I really liked it. Nice place for my birthday

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Robert M

Dined on February 7, 2016

Has been great each visit. Staff is always helpful and willing to explain items on the menu. Even when I ordered an incorrect item and it was my mistake, wait staff corrected the problem at no extra charge.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fun way to eat!

vip
Dined on February 6, 2016

Great fun grilling our own food! Fast, friendly, attentive service. The lunch choices were priced right and had a good selection. No bad choices. Highly recommend.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We had excellent service with special in ...

Dined on February 6, 2016

We had excellent service with special individual attention and care.Great food and ambiance. Thanks.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience4
service1
value2

Gyu-Kuku

Dined on January 31, 2016

Very expensive for a Korean BBQ. You pay for each plate of meat which is good for one person so you will need to order a lot. Can be pricey.

Tags: late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5

Our waiter was great and showed us the r ...

Dined on January 31, 2016

Our waiter was great and showed us the ropes since it was our first time there. We got to try virtually everything with the DineLA experience. We will definitely be coming back.

food2
ambience1
service3
value1

Yelling

Dined on January 31, 2016

It's REALLY annoying to have the help yelling in Japanese very time they pass your table ! You need to be open later and serve SUSHI ! Your happy hour needs to start sooner that 9:30 PM on a Saturday night. It should start at least by 8 pm, you'll sell more longer !

Tags: great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Overall great experience

Dined on January 30, 2016

The whole experience was great. The food was really good, but the yaki shabu beef ended up being so fatty that it burned. Unfortunately, it also seemed that our table had a faulty station, which meant it would take a while for it to spark up.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

yummy

Dined on January 30, 2016

The beef short ribs were the best. Service was good quick to get food. Drinks promptly refilled. Hope to be back soon...

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food1
ambience3
service3
value3

Don't run out of food!

Dined on January 24, 2016

Upon dining at Gyu-kaku this weekend we were very disappointed in the number of items they had run out of.

Tags: good for groups
food3
ambience1
service1
value1

Bad reception

Dined on January 24, 2016

We booked a table at 7pm. We checked in 15mins early, the reception said it will take 10mins to prepare the table. We ended up waited 30mins. The food is okay but we will avoid going there.

food5
ambience5
service5

BBQing your own food and the smores made ...

Dined on January 24, 2016

BBQing your own food and the smores made for a fun dinner date

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Love Gyukaku!!

Dined on January 22, 2016

Gyukaku is the place to go for a great experience of Japanese BBQ. I love the variety of the menu and how yummy all of them all.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Amazing!

Dined on January 22, 2016

A friend and I selected this restaurant because it was on the DineLA Restaurant Week list. This is place is amazing! The selection of food and the value for what you get can't be beat! The menu is extensive and everything we had was delicious. You must try the Bibimbap as part of the selection - so yum!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Good place to hang out. Cheap

Dined on January 22, 2016

Good place to hang out. Cheap

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

always great

Dined on January 19, 2016

i come here a lot. i love the all day sunday/monday happy hour deals on food and drink.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Nice

Dined on January 14, 2016

This place was nice I would defenetly come back again

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Great Place for Lunch

Dined on January 14, 2016

I came here for lunch and it was not as busy as I expected. Never less it was perfect for lunch during the week. I recommend.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food3
ambience4
service1
value2

Staffing and Mgmt

vip
Dined on January 1, 2016

This review reflect my visit on 1/1/2016 1:20PM. Normally I visit this location during my lunch time on weekdays considering I work in the area. It only have about 2-3 tables of people and staffing seems right. However during my recent visit, I noticed they're much busier, I understand it is New Years day, which I would expect them to staff more people for such an occasion. They seemed understaffed and it took me 2-3 request to ask for some items as simple as lemon, paper napkins, spoon and plate for the ice cream. I would never short change a waiter's tip because of issues like this because the poor guy or gal probably has 2x or 3x amount of tables assigned to them, thus I blame this to the management for having a wrong forecast for the schedule of staff. I hope this doesn't happen to someone else or anymore.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Japanese BBQ at it's Best

Dined on January 1, 2016

I tried Gyu-Kaku in Pasadena about 10 days ago and was blown away by the food and the total experience. So after only one week, I went back. I ordered different items each visit, yet the food was amazing both times. We normally go to a sushi location nearby, however I think I will add this to the rotation of top restaurant choices in Pasadena.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

I've been to this restaurant several tim ...

vip
Dined on December 30, 2015

I've been to this restaurant several times and each time I have an amazing experience. The food is filling and is ideal for conversation, not over eating, and an awesome memory!

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Fun and Tasty

Dined on December 29, 2015

Third time here. Great smoky aroma in but not so strong that it permeates your clothes for the rest of the night. I always think places like this charge too much for food you cook yourself. But I guess that's the charm. In any case, the food and service was good. There's other places that give you a lot more for a lot less but you'd have to drive to K-town. So nice little niche they got here! Make sure to get the app and scan your receipt at the end to get points that you can use to get free food on your next visit!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
food4
ambience3
service2
value3

Food was good. Lacked customer service.

Dined on December 27, 2015

The food, although it came out quite late, was good. We had virtually no waiter service. Our meat selection came out before our beverages. Our appetizers were brought at the very end and only when asked as to the delay, we were informed of a kitchen issue. Overall the food is good but we will probably choose a different location based on the poor customer service.

Tags: special occasion
food2
ambience4
service2
value3

Just OK

Dined on December 26, 2015

I've been to other Gyu-Kaku's in the past but it was my first time at the Pasadena location. What was disappointing is that they like to turn the fire really high, sometimes without your knowledge or consent... And regardless if I'm following their instructions of "one minute per side"... 85% of my meat was burned to char. Once this happened for the second time, I turned down my fire for my third plate of meat... But it happened again because our server turned up our heat again without us noticing. It was just disappointing because the portions are small to begin with.. And then most of it was burned so it was such a waste.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

great for happy hour

Dined on December 26, 2015

great place for a group, especially with happy hour pricing (the food and alcohol is discounted). the service can be slow when busy.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

Great lunch specials

vip
Dined on December 23, 2015

The lunch specials are an excellent value. The upgrade rice to the bibimbap is a delicious deal. Although some of the toro beef was a little tough to chew.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch

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