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: East LA, South Arroyo
my favorite place but it's getting wayyyyy too crowded! They can't even fill a reservation without seating us late!
I loved it – I had all you can eat menu. Loved it. Very tasty!! The meat was fresh the service was great. The drinks were ummmmm!!
Poor customer service at Pasadena location – I dine at Gui-Kaku about 6 times a year and have had good experiences until recent. Ever since visiting the Pasadena location, I've decided to give my business to other japanese/korean bbq restaurants. We waited 1.5 hours for a table (originally told 30-45 min), 10 minutes to be greeted by our waiter, our grill heat was left on high so meat ended up burning, and never once received any refills on our drinks or a courtesy "how's everything?" The food quality was average but in combination with poor customer service, this place is not worth the price. I'm pretty ashamed about but this was the first time I never left a tip.
Goes to show Gyu-Kaku should be concerned with who they hire. The worst customer experience by far!
mainstream version of korean bbq – i came here with a friend out of curiosity. the place was pretty packed so we had to wait a little. when we were seated we looked through the menu and kind of laughed. i'm so used to eating grill-your-own meat with my korean friends in korea town for a fraction of the price. we were on a budget so kind of snuck out and left. the place looks really nice though but for me its a better deal just going to one of the numerous outdoor korean bbq places in la.
Great food, fun place! – We've eaten here several times and always enjoyed it. The service was fast and friendly. The menu was varied and everything we had was great. You cook it yourself so you can cook any meat just as you like it - and only have yourself to blame if you burn it! Always fun and highly recommended.
Grill Your Own Japanese Dinner – A little bit on the pricey side but the money is definitely worth it. Go for a special occassion to try their melt-in-your-mouth meats! Cook the perfectly marinated and tender meats to your liking on the table-top barbecues. The grills give the meat and vegetables that delicious smoky flavor. We tried chicken, two kinds of beef and the vegetable sampler on our last visit and everything was delicious. Also give the s'mores a try for dessert... although not a Japanese tradition, it will take you back to days spend around the campfire.
Excellent SERVICE ! BEST FOR BIG PARTIES – I was recently at this restaurant for a dinner party with my friends and the first thing I thought when I walked in was this: the hostesses really impressed me with their politeness and smile!
Then the food was phenomenal and best of all, the server was hilarious! We had the best time with our server. I was a bit hesitant at first because we had to cook our own meats but it turns out its not that hard!
Dessert was ok. Next time im going back for the cute servers and the delicious meat dishes.
KOBE was melt in your mouth good.
TIP: make reservations. IT WAS PACKED
This is where the party start!!! – My best friends just had a birthday party at Gyu-Kaku Pasadena!! We had about 30 people with set-menu which their manager created for us couple days ago. The food was just right amount for everyone, service was soooo excellent! I though they might miss up the ordering, but NO! Everything came out right to each tables! A lot of my friends were first time in Gyu-Kaku, they love it! It's a great place for party, since the restaurant is big enough and they have this nice VIP section which can fit 12 people, also 2 big tables which can fit 10 people on each. My friends and I love their food soooo much, service is always been great! We really had fun tonight!!! Thanks to Gyu-Kaku Pasadena! =)
This Place is Great for Dates and Parties – I just visited Pasadena Gyu-Kaku for the first time over the holidays. I live in the area but never got a chance to try it since it's pretty new. We had a birthday party for one of my friends, who said this was his favorite restaurant in Pasadena. After trying the food, I can see why! The food there is really unique and something different to Pasadena. In old town, you always have those typical restaurants with always the same things. Gyu-Kaku had a great menu variety with really delicious and new flavors of food that I've never tasted before. I'm a real "meat" person, and I really enjoyed the BBQ style of food that they offered. I was a little unsure at first about BBQing at the table, but it really turned out to be fun!! Since the food is grilled over charcoal, it's really healthy and you don't get that heavy feeling in your stomach after you eat. The service and ambience was wonderful as well. The staff there were very informative and always smiling. Much better than most typical Asian restaurants. The restaurant was decorated with nice decor which made our dining experience even more enjoyable. I really recommend this place!. Even though I was with a big party, I think next time I will take my girlfriend. The restaurant seems really great for both parties and dates. I've become a regular there for life!
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!
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