Pasadena >Food & Dining > Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Dining
70 W Green St, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110534.144340 -118.151725
Fri-Sat 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11:30pm
Sun 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-9:30pm
Neighborhoods: South Arroyo, East LA
Great JAPANESE bbq! – Also regarding Laura's comment and the restaurant's response: I lived/worked in Japan for almost 2 years and YES this is authentic Japanese BBQ, its not "wannabe" anything. The food is great, and very similar to places I ate in both Tokyo and Osaka. Made me feel like I was back in Japan again!
A real Japanese restaurant!! – I went to Gyu-kaku restaurant with some of my Japanese friends.Since Gyu-kaku is a really popular BBQ restaurant in Japan,we were very excited to try it.We were taken to the table as every worker gave us Japanese grettings.Our server was a Japanese guy and he nicely gave us recommendations of foods&drinks.So we tried many kinds of meats and other side dishes(they also have Japanese noodles,rices,salads,desserts and so on)...every item was really tasty and it was actually very fun to cook my own meats at the table with my friends.We were really satisfied with foods and nice service by friendly workers at the restaurant.I think Gyu-kaku is a nice place to try something new if you are already tired of going to Japanese Sushi place.I really recommend this BBQ restaurant to everybody who wanna have fun time and tasty foods with friends&family!!
Wonderful Service and Food! – My daughter first heard of this place through her friends. After couples weeks of hearing great reviews about the food and service, we decided it was our time to check it out. We were NOT disappointed at all! When we got there, the place was full. They had a great bar/waiting area which we passed by when we were promptly seated at our table because of our reservations. The food and the service was great! Usually, it's either the food or service that's great...but here, everything was great! The price isn't even that pricey compared to all the restaurants you go to in Pasadena. My daughter and I ordered a few different dishes and shared them...our taste buds weren't dull for a moment. I can't wait to come back with all my friends, family, and co-workers!
if your starving do not attend!!! – there is something about a restaurant where you have to cook your own food. why must you feast on a appitizer only to be full by the time you cook your meal. here is the scenerio...your really hungry...you go to this restaurant called Gyu Kaku...you order your food...food comes in 15-20 min...now you have to wait another 15-20 min to cook it...dont go on an empty stomach
Do it yourself Japanese BBQ – This is one of those Asian do it yourself BBQ places, similar to the Korean style. They use some kind of charcoal instead of gas oven which honestly made me reek of smoke by the time I was done eating. The food quality is good but the portions are Japanese style, which means to be really full you need 3 orders per person. Nice decor, and OK service, Good place for a date, although I could have lived without all the smoke. If you like this kind of thing, try Korean BBQs in Korea town.
Yummy but pricey. – I'm on the fence about this place. One one hand, I thought the food was good and it's really fun to cook your own food with a group of people, but on the other hand it is really expensive and it really adds up. You can probably get the same thing at your usual Korean BBQ joint for about half the price, but I think at this place you are also paying for the ambiance. In the end, I did leave feeling satisfied and full and I did have a good time with my friends, but the bill ended up being about $50 per person (including a drink each). I do recommend this place to try at least once. It's fun and they have good service too.
Wannabe Korean BBQ Japanese Style – I do not understand why people go to this restaurant. I have tried two different locations and both times was very disappointed. The food is very bland or on the salty side. This is a Japanese rendition of Korean BBQ. If you want to try good BBQ'd meats...try going to an authentic Korean BBQ restaurant. Also, they charge you for all the side dishes that usually in a korean restaurant is a 'service' to the customers at no charge. The food, service was not tasty at all. The ambience of the other hand was nice. I do not recommend this place to anyone unless you only care about decor and not food taste/quality.
Do-it-yourself Japanese barbecue gets a hip makeover at this jaunty Japanese import. – In Short
Traditional meets modern in this dining room that buzzes with excitement--perhaps from the anticipation of playing with an open grill. This Asian chain lets you have fun with your tongs. Transfer the fresh, uncooked bites of meat to your own charcoal-powered grill. Tender kalbi (short ribs), briny shrimp and half a dozen other meats are doused in ta're, the usual soy sauce-based sweet marinade; shio, a salty sesame secret sauce; or miso.
Smokin' good experience – Actually this cook at your table bbq is almost smokeless. I could be wrong, but I think Gyu Kaku uses real "binchotan" bbq. It burns clean and long and imparts a distinct and great flavor on their HUGE selection of fun to grill foods! Grilling it yourself makes dinner fun! We stayed over two hours just chatting, eating, drinking and more. They also have a nice selection of Japanse beers, shochu, and sake. Even though is was a full house, our server was very prompt. Finally, their desserts topped off a fine meal.
I recommend making reservations in advance if your party is greater than 4. If you happen to just drop in, they have a few couches to lounge on while you wait.
A copy of korean BBQ and call japanese BBQ – over price and salty! 90% of their menu are korean food. go to soot buull jeep in korean town and taste the real thing!
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