Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA

4.7
420 reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
We're Back! We are open for limited dine-in service.

We have updated our operations in accordance with all government guidelines to put your health and safety first.

To maintain a safe environment for you and Gyu-Kaku staff, we ask that all guests understand and adhere to the following:

- Reservations are mandatory. We hope that you will come to dine-in with us when you are ready. Please make a reservation via telephone or our website so that we can prepare for your visit.

- Please bring a mask and use it all times when you are not eating or drinking.

- We will measure your temperature upon entering the restaurant.

- To comply with spatial distancing rules we have spaced our tables out and limited seating capacity.

- There may be limits on party sizes.

- We are serving a limited menu. Not all Grand Menu items will be available during our immediate reopening.

- We only accept payment via credit or debit card. Cash payments respectfully declined.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 420 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Service was poor

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Umakara rib eye was amazing! This is our second time so we will surely be back soon

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WinstonZ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience1

The new staffs are incompetent to perform their basic duties. I definitely miss the old team.

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KBrooks
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I ordered the Meat Lovers Course and it was fabulous. The flavors, timeliness of the meal, and service were great. We'll definitely be back!

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vipjcjc
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time visiting and greeted by friendly staff. Excellent at your table grilling and dining MGMT experience. We ordered the meat lovers for two - right balance of several meat selections with rice, salad and kimchi. My one recommendation (infilled request) is to accompany the meat with a side plate of lettuce (for wraps). A delightful gem in Clarendon. Definitely worth the trip from DC.

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GwennP
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is an excellent place for team building business meals, as it requires all diners to constantly interact with one another as they cook their meals. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious!

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Omegaman2k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

More of a family gathering of only 3 of us.

Very good food. However in regards to bbq menu choices, the offered combinations were not wide enough for us; all meat - all beef or all pork or mix & match with minimal amount of veggies. Instead, I chose the Chef’s BBQ Special for 2 and then added Calamari, Shrimps and assorted veggies. That worked really well. We also had 3 different types of salad included. A little bit of everything in in moderation was very satisfying!

This is my new ‘favorite to visit when I’m in town’ bbq!

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AlexisK
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having been to Gyu-Kanu in Japan, I can say this is THE closest I’ve gotten to recreating that experience. I was so extremely excited with the menu and the options! I’ll be coming back for SURE!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and Service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this fking place!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good for people who have eaten Yakiniku in Japan but it costs about three times more including a tip.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Buen lugar. Mejoraría los paquetes, sin embargo muy agradable experiencia

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vipLocavore
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fun to cook the food yourself and the meats were delicious. Cocktails were only okay.

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vipmimidinh
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Father’s Day dinner

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Claire
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

such a good place, if you aren't that hungry I would go for the a la carte - Would definitely recommend to anyone for a new date spot or a nice dinner
so fun!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and i loved it.Food was excellent and staff was professional..Great spot for a date night .

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GwennP
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meals are always delicious and the portions are extremely generous! We like that each food runner took the time to explain what he/she was delivering to the table, as having so many plates was confusing.

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vipKicostar
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Not impressed. We arrived a bit early and had to wait 20 minutes before being placed at a table next to the restrooms. Hostess than gave us an ultimatum of having to finish dinner in 90 minutes because she needed the table. We decided to rather leave than being hurried. Before talking to the manager, we got a new table. Food was okay but service very hurried and table and sauce containers on the table quite sticky. Overall, it took 2 hours to get through the “meat lovers” menu. At that time about half of the tables were empty and there certainly had not been a need for us to vacate the previous table. Wouldn’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience. I took my mother and my little brother here for lunch and the experience was amazing and fun. The food selection is outstanding and the customer service was wonderful. Don’t forget to ask about the s’mores at end too!!!

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DonaldW
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an AWESOME restaurant. Plenty of food AND you get to cook it on the
gas grill in the middle of the table. We ordered the party of 4 dinner and it
was AMAZING from the Miso Soup through all of the different meats to the
final Smores. Everyone had a blast and we will definitely be back. Go to this
restaurant, you won't be disappointed!!

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PKSTL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Being fully vaccinated, we wanted to go somewhere that we have been craving but unable to go during the pandemic. We went here to celebrate my partner's birthday. Having a newborn and other obligations, we had to make a late reservation. Immediately after being seated, we were pressured to order immediately and not have enough time to thoroughly go through the menu. Additionally half the party had never been to this restaurant and I have a food allergy so this experience was very anxiety inducing. Furthermore, we were informed the kitchen was closed but the bar and desserts are available. When we were ready to order a couple of drinks (approx 2 min difference), we were told the bar was closed but they could pull strings to get us drinks (not mixed drinks either). Do not go to this location within an hour of closing if you do not want to experience anxiety or to feel like you need to make immediate decisions.

I have never had this experience at the other Gyu-Kaku's I've experienced across the country.

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vipSusanP
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So GOOD! This is a really fun place to eat and the food is amazing! We had 3 people in our party. We ordered the meat lovers dinner for 2 plus some extra sides and meat. The spicy cucumbers and the garlic fried rice were our favorites. The zucchini and Kobe short ribs were also good. The meat is extremely tender and everything cooks quickly. I like that you can cook it however you like it - rare or well done. I wasn’t crazy about the jalapeño shrimp - it was just too spicy for us, but everything else was delicious. The only disappointment was that they ran out of shishito peppers by the time we ordered. The quantity of each meat is very small but we were all full by the time we were done eating. The s’mores for dessert are a nice touch! Will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great experience customer service was amazing

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KeenanA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and well priced Japanese BBQ. Great flavors and variety of appetizers, vegetables and meats

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Alvino
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

All the meats were fantastic. The corn is also amazing. All the other food items we ordered were good also. Don’t have anything bad to say about the experience except having to wait to order more items because the server didn’t come around too often. Other than that, the bus boys kept your water full and the prebussing was pretty good

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There was a point of annoyance that we couldn’t be seated until the entire party was present but considering that it’s times dining, I understood. The waiter gave a solid recommendation on what we should order as a party of 4 and the service was on point! Great food and great dining experience.

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JoJo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is bomb, i come here with my roommate once a month

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LeoR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Awesome! Food was tasty

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KerryC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, friendly service, staff wears facemasks. What more could you ask for?

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CharlesP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Bad service. After waiting for the server for 15-20 minutes during a ayce meal, I just flagged down another server who said the original server is too busy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food, awesome atmosphere. Felt rushed by the staff because our reservation was at 9:30. Will go earlier next time. Delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & waiter

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KendraB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It was great. We felt really rushed. They kept being out food and reminding us we had 90min. They were looking at their watches. We left 30 min. early and 90 min is enough time to eat, but the service made everything fill rushed.

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dklee
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The set course meal was great. For the first timer, it was a perfect selection of items.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I’d rather visit during the week when the unlimited special is available but sooooooooo good either way.

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Mister
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place to dine. You cook your own meat! Awesome experience--going back soon!

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hellofood
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Our overall experience was very good. The food and meat selection are of very good quality. The only gripe I have is they insist on a time limit but the service is slow and doesn't allow you to follow this time limit. We spent a lot of time waiting to be served or helped.

The AYCE option is not available between Thursday and Saturday, so that should be noted. We ordered a la carte and were not disappointed. Will definitely be back.

FAQs

Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA is rated 4.7 stars by 420 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.