Gyu-Kaku - Toronto, ON | Downtown

4.6
273 reviews
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Japanese
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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Toronto is the ideal spot for an amazing experience! Conveniently located by the St. Lawrence Market!

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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AO
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots in the city to have dinner. Everything is always good, also my waitress Lisa was so good. I love this place!

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoy the experience and all of the food.

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M
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy reso via Open Table for lunch, excellent service and delicious food makes for a great experience.

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a
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Authentic chain from Japan, easy menu, good reproduction of experience you would get in Japan

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great!!!

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r
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I celebrated my birthday in gyu kaku vancouver it was really different here in toronto. No free cake. We were placed in the corner near toilet. Place looks dirty. Ambiance too dark cant take a good shot of the food we ate. Will never go back to this place again.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gyu-Kaku is my favourite restaurant in Toronto, every-time I have been everything has tasted amazing and the staff have been friendly, accountable and efficient.

The only thing I would change is the sound level of the music can be obnoxious at times.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The dessert was missing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

food here is nice

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JD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meat lovers’ paradise! Fresh meat and veggies served and sides are all good value for money.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a bit too noisy.
You may want to consider adding more types of sauces.

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PA
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time service and food excellent Will be back music a little loud where we were sitting
Thanks Paul a

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JD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place for a sit-in meal. Decent price and the meats are good.

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BF
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Food is quite good, but service was unbelievably bad. UNBELIEVABLY BAD from beginning to end. Like, SO BAD. Either they suck at serving groups or they just suck at serving people.

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J
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food tasted so good! I also liked the three sauces that you can mix your own. The waiter was very nice, always come with a big smile :)

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AP
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife an i have been going here for years! we love this place so much it's always an experience to cook your own food and enjoy a night out! The food is always fresh and tasty because you get to cook it hot and fresh straight to your mouth!

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AK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

I booked this meal a couple of weeks.in advance and during the reservation process it asked me what the occasion was. I selected "birthday". In notes to restaurant, I said, "18th Birthday celebration meal"

At no point did anyone make any remark on a birthday or ask us if we were celebrating anything. Not the host, or the server, or the manager.

The food was great, but to miss that note on the reservation is appalling. We chose this restaurant for my daughter's 18th birthday meal and we drove over an hour to get there to have this special day completely ignored.

Another table had the staff sing to them and hold birthday signs....we just got totally ignored.

This team of staff are a dissapointment to the restaurant. The Host had the iPad and our booking right in front of her. Although the server was fine, he should have read the table better which includes finding out what brings them in to dine there.

It doesn't matter how nice the food was if they ignore such an important note on the reservation.

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G
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The one and only true Japanese BBQ restaurant in town. We ALWAYS go with kids and service is great. Good food and good price. This is definitely one of our favorite restaurants in Toronto!

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I had a good time at this location and I particularly enjoyed their idea of having ready-to-order menus instead of choosing à la carte. The concept is great however we were surprised that we couldn't exchange the dessert with another dessert of the same price. We even asked if we could add the price difference but our waitress said no. Too bad, that was the grey cloud of our almost perfect evening.

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Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and the food was great. Lots of selection of food which kept everyone eating. The self bbq is perfect for grilling your own food. Will definitely return again.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice service and tasty Japanese food, with Reasonable price. Highly recommended.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!! The food was very fresh and the service was 👌🏾. 10/10 would recommend.

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ML
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tried out this restaurant after reading lots of great reviews. The food was delicious and lots of fun to bbq at the table, the set menu for two plus two extra orders of veggies was the perfect amount of food for two hungry people and the service was fantastic. My only wish is for the music to be slightly quieter - it might have been the table we were seated at but we had to yell across the table at each other the whole time. Energetic music is fine, but yelling throughout dinner is a bit annoying. Other than that, it was a great experience!

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AB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service was excellent. The music, however, was a bit loud and didn’t really suit the mood of the meal (ie. aggressive, uncensored hip hop and techno). I’ve been here a few times before and remember them playing either Japanese instrumental music and/or Japanese pop, which made the whole experience feel more authentic.

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Y
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went there for my birthday. Definitely would recommend.
1. Food
-We ordered a-la-carte, but there are combo options for people who would find that tedious.
- They offer 3 types of sauces by default, all of them are really good. My personal favourite is the sweet sauce.
- Hamasaki steak in a pot is a must try. The marinate is amazing.
- As gross as it sounds, would also recommend the beef tongue. It's nice and tender.
- Both of the short ribs were great too, comes with its own specialty sauce.
- The only miss would be the pork belly. It was alright.

2. Service
- We were warmly welcomed and brought to our seat.
- It was a busy night, but we never had to ask for water refills (and I drank a lot of water!).
- Server made great recommendations, and explained how to cook each dish when it was brought to the table.
- Great birthday surprise! I was served 3 balls of ice cream (Vanilla, black sesame and matcha), and the staff sang me a happy birthday song :)

Overall a great experience, both in food and service.
Do make sure you have a reservation though as the seats fill up really quickly.
Also, it can be on the expensive side, expect around $40 to $50 per person without drinks.

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C
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon entering the restaurant, I was greeted warmly and brought to my table. As it was my first time here , the waitress offered recommendations as to what to eat and drink. In the end, me and my friend ordered the Sakura lunch special and two drinks. When food was brought to the table, the waitress patiently explained how long to cook the food for and how to change the temperature of the grill. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was warm and lively. Dessert was also delicious as I ordered the matcha tiramisu and lime ice cram (which was apart of the lunch special).

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

Very good service, quality of food is great.need reservation. If they have more menu of vege ( for grill and for eat like salad ) and more sort of meat, will be better.
Good for group.

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OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome happy hour

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JX
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was good.

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SA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!!!! We love this place.

our friends introduced us to this place and we have been here three more times since :) :) :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food.

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LO
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good portions, friendly staff, good value!

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G
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is good, but the service is pretty bad. Especially the white girl on the front.

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O
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beat birthday lunch ever!!

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went there at 8:20pm and the restaurant was still nearly full. Ordered premium meat lover combo for two people. The portion was excellent for two and I like their sweet and spicy dipping sauce. The waiter who served us was very friendly and professional. Overall great experience

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a
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at Gya-Kaku and we really enjoyed it. Our waitress was extremely friendly and informative. Unfortunately we couldn’t order any alcohol but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the meal at all. We are already itching to go back.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is great but small portions and not all you can eat. Also this is *not* a smokeless experience so be prepared accordingly. Note that at the time we attended they did not have their liquor liscence which is not advertised so we didn’t find out until we got there. Due to issues with the building they are also only open till 930pm

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

No alcohol available, which is kind of important for yakiniku.

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L
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and fun atmosphere. Server was nice Will be fantastic when they get alcohol license back

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DA
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are able to enjoy Japanese style BBQ and rich atmosphere.

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