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Gaku Yakitori

Japanese Restaurant$$$$
West Valley, San Jose
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  • Chris J.
    "Best yakitori I've ever had!"(7 Tips)
    Hope
    "The chicken thighs, hearts, breast, and pork belly were great!"(3 Tips)
    Love M.
    "Don't forget to order the green tea creme brulee!!!"(2 Tips)
    Luke Kash Y.
    "chicken liver to chicken skin to bacon steak to sea urchin rice"(2 Tips)
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  • Annie W.
    Annie WangOctober 20, 2016
    Get the seasonal uni ikura rice stonepot ($30) Eat it 2 ways: first stir it like a crispy bimbimbap and then add in the consumme and make it a chazuke congee. I can eat this everyday!😋
  • Kristine C.
    Kristine CMarch 21
    Ordered sweet potato fries - got meticulously hand cut Japanese sweet potatoes covered in brown butter. Amazing. Also the yakitori is awesome - kalbi with garlic and the chicken thigh 💯
  • Love M.
    Love MariéMarch 6, 2014
    Pricey & too small portions!! Service is good, the servers are nice & friendly. If you really wanna get full, be prepared to spend at least $50/pax. Don't forget to order the green tea creme brulee!!!
  • Alex Q.
    Alex QuekMay 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best chicken thighs! Crispy skin on the outside, moist and juicy on the inside. Also their Tori Zosui is good and so is their katsu hotpot (which is seasonal)
  • Venita M.
    All of the chicken breast skewers are really good, especially with a bit of the red pepper spice and soy sauce. Make a reservation, or be prepared to wait a long time for a table!
  • Hope
    HopeAugust 21, 2014
    I normally love all the fat I can get, but the chicken skin was too overwhelming for me. The chicken thighs, hearts, breast, and pork belly were great!
  • Tom M.
    Tom McGhanApril 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The yakitori here is great, order a bunch and a couple sides of rice, but make sure to check the specials! Some of the best skewers (pork-belly wrapped items) are hiding there...
  • Luke Kash Y.
    Luke Kash YunFebruary 3, 2013
    Everything is good here. From the chicken liver to chicken skin to bacon steak to sea urchin rice hot pot. Do the damn thang y'all. Warm sake for the mood, ya dig
  • Chris J.
    Chris JocoOctober 24, 2012
    Best yakitori I've ever had! You can't go wrong here. Try the Fatty Salmon! Seared at your table..
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelFebruary 26, 2015
    Solid yakitori offering. All the normal items, a bit on the expensive side, especially since each order is only one skewer.
  • Chia H.
    Chia HwuFebruary 25, 2012
    Love this place, there's a lot of Japanese treats here but don't miss the yakitori!
  • Deepak S.
    Deepak SukumaranDecember 29, 2016
    The best yakitori in town. Open until midnight - icing on the cake :)
  • Tina Hui T.
    Tina Hui Tina HuiJune 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Izakaya perfection in the SJ! Skewer dishes are amazing here. Order the Premium Plum Wine.
  • Kristen W.
    Kristen WongJuly 12, 2012
    I could probably eat a half dozen dishes of their Green Tea Creme Brûlée. So good.
  • Renata A.
    Renata AkhunovaNovember 30, 2012
    Beef with garlic, sausages and chicken liver are delicious!
  • Veronica K.
    Veronica KohFebruary 12, 2016
    food and service are excellent, if go later evening less crowd
  • Fangfang Z.
    Fangfang ZhuDecember 28, 2013
    mocha pudding is great here!
  • Lear C.
    Lear CuizonJuly 26, 2013
    skewers + beer such a good combo.
  • Tom M.
    Tom McGhanApril 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Very small space so if you don't want to eat at the counter, you may want to make a reservation.
  • Timmon L.
    Timmon LiMarch 28, 2014
    The grilled meats are delicious
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱January 20, 2016
    Delicious yakitori!!
  • Eran C.
    Eran CedarJanuary 15
    Beef skewers and Yu Dofu uni hotpot
  • Kristen W.
    Kristen WongJune 14, 2012
    Use the shichimi togarashi on anything pork.
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