Baku
Baku

Baku

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://baku-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7048177173
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Wednesday - Thursday: 4:00pm – 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm – 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Yakitori
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Baku
BAKU is a Japanese Robata-style restaurant that showcases outstanding sushi and innovative Robata and Yakatori cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Baku reviews from OpenTable diners
204 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (143)special occasion (132)hot spot (113)romantic (75)good for groups (59)vibrant bar scene (48)neighborhood gem (47)notable wine list (30)great for outdoor dining (27)late-night find (27)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • Great Food
    absolutetpVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This place is a great Japanese restaurant. We have been there twice. The food is great. The ambiance is great too. The manager, Adam, actually remembered us from our first visit. He came over and made sure our experience was just as good as the first one. And it definitely was. Definitely worth going there. We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • alwaysaburgher
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A wonderful way to try so many delicious, and sometimes unusual, foods. Our waiter was extremely knowdegeable and paced our small plates very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, great service!
    MariaB
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Raw oyster special was AMAZING! The butterfish sashimi melted in your mouth. Also great - crab kamamashi pot, fried rice crispy cakes, eel. Make sure to save room for the dark chocolate truffles and chocolate molten lava cake. Great cocktail menu, I enjoyed the hibiscus pomegranate sour and my husband had a tradition mojito. The waiter was fantastic, spot on with all of his food suggestions. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food and service! I would definitely eat here again. But be prepare its very expensive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cool and Uniques Japanese
    Preibmeister
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Very diversified menu. All ordered was really good. Great waitstaff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Japis
    beeindcVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Thats what our waiter called it. The food was amazing....especially the pork belly skewers!!! ( ordered those twice). The butterfish was melt in your mouth delicous. Dont' think we had one bad thing. Even had items for Vegan daughter. a great time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food but pricey!
    Dassist
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I went on a Sat night for a nice dinner out and really enjoy the food! Atmosphere was nice and not too loud. It is mostly a tapas/small plate menu. VERY. PRICEY! Will only return for a special occasion. Easily spent 150-200 for our meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    Matoro
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    i was told by friends it was a great restaurant and decided to go with my husband. i loved it from the entrance. the service provided was outstanding, the waiter took the time to explain how the service works and he was always checking on us to see if we were comfortable. the food was wonderful, i loved the taste and the presentation was impecable. i will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still recommend
    Natalie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went in and they were behind 30 mins on reservations. The waiter charged my card and we had paid cash so it was an ordeal for $250 but at the end of the day I know how service industry can be and I'm sure I will still be back because the food is amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so so
    dangerruss
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had to wait, even though we had reservation. Cocktail service in the upstairs bar was very slow and no ability to transfer our drinks to our table, come on its 2014. Once we sat down the food took quite a long time to come out. Somehow grilled asparagus takes 30 minutes to make. The rest of the food was decent, but nothing to make me crave a return trip. Overpriced for standard sushi fare. Atmosphere and decor is very well done, but little things like cheap plastic sheet protectors in the menu books that prevent you from reading the menu add up to a less than spectacular meal. One diamond amongst the rough is the extensive sake list.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    Natalie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Baku is amazing!!!! Seafood is extremely fresh and the menu is certainly wide spread! Service was amazing! Gabriel had plenty of suggestions and was extremely knowledgeable of all Baku has to offer. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Beach in Charlotte
    Highenddiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Reminded me of eating at "hot spots" in South Beach or New York. Food was original and interesting, ambience was dark and mysterious, service was attentive and friendly. Cool place to eat great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only one problem
    kbeverVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food at Baku is wonderful. I had Tuna Tartare and the Escolar both of which were very good. The waiters are very attentive and extremely knowledgeable. However, this is my second time at Baku and I had the same experience both times which is the delivery of the food is spotty. My dinner companion has his first selection 5 minutes before I got mine. He had finished his meal before I got my third selection. Its not a terrible problem but it does have a negative impact on the overall meal. I realize that small plates tend to come out on a different cadence but I would like to be eating when my companion is eating rather than us basically having separate meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant in Charlotte
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We are extremely picky when it comes to food and Baku surpasses all our expectations for a restaurant. We were fortunate to meet the humble and creative chef. Our waitress was wonderful! It was a perfect experience! Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beach314
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was delish! Service was fabulous. Couldn't say that about our first visit to Baku almost a year ago. When I contacted management about our disappointing experience at that time, we received a gift card in the mail. We used the card on Friday night. After our pleasant second visit, we will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Upscale Japanese
    BK98
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our first visit to Baku and we will go back. Nice presentation of sushi/sashimi/and other dishes. Service was outstanding as was food preparation. Restaurant was busy but did not feel crowded. We arrived on time and were seated immediately. Definitely special occasion dining as dishes are pricey, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yukno
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    great place great food great sake what more do you want?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happyguy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great meal well served. As always, interesting food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Amazing
    CodyVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    All fish is so fresh and dishes are unique! Love the tapas style and choices available. Really must try for yourself!!! You won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HORRIBLE HOSTESSES
    BSW444
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Made my reservation for 3ppl at 9:00pm. Arrived at 8:30pm and checked in with the hostess. I told her that we would be upstairs at the bar, but would like to be seated early if possible. She came at 9:20pm to tell us our table was ready. This is NOT acceptable, and no apology was offered. We ate at the bar. The bartenders were super, the food was just ok. This is my third time at Baku - all just so, so. I will not be back due to the terrible hostesses.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sashimi and other dishes
    Geoff
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food and service. Our server did a great job of guiding us through the large menu and choosing the right amount of food. We were very pleased with all our choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow! Our expectations were exceded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great service, great food, great evening. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Babyjesssh
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Been there a bunch of times before still the best place to go.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and service
    villefoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We enjoyed the sushi and the tea-soaked duck dish very much. The truffle dessert is also delicious. We made another reservation before we left the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor dining in South Park
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My friend and I shared Edamame with Spicy chili oil, which was different and added a nice kick. the drinks were generous. She had the roasted beet salad and I have the roasted eggplant salad, both were asian influenced and delicious. We wanted to eat lite so we shared three maki rolls. The spicy tuna, yellowtail and shrimp were all very good, the tuna was the outstanding winner. We had a great time with a great waiter. $50 each and we were happy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome experience
    Foodie1995VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The Food, service, and atmosphere were all great. I can't wait for my next visit. You must get dessert!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A splurge
    FoodLVR
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fun. Unique decor. Relaxed, dim ambiance upstairs. The seating lends itself to talking to your neighbor even if a stranger. Great service. Dishes arrived spaced out. Did not feel rushed. Enjoyed the smokey flavor of the tiger prawns. Skimpy portions on some dishes ie tiger prawns and a salmon special. Maki rolls are generous to share. Pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    JLB14
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The atmosphere is great. Awesome food. Great selection. Service is excellent. Very friendly and knowledgable staff
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome dinner
    Davcla
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    One of the best dining experiences ever, great food and super great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I really enjoyed dinner at Baku. The service was wonderful and the food was very good. I would like to see a more extensive sushi menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My gf and I celebrated our anniversary here. The waiters were nice and professional. Nice music. Very nice ambiance. Food was SO good. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oustanding Service and Food
    happyVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    From the moment we were greeted until we left, the service was outstanding! The wait staff was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about recommendations from drinks to main dishes to desserts. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seated near Bar - oh no!!
    NCProfessionalVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Wonderful dinner. Delicious food but even with reservations we were seated upstairs in the bar area. The music was loud and so was the talk around us to be heard above it. Service was wonderful. Food unbelievable and flavorful but the noise was just too much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Everything was very good the small plates for sharing made it a fun experience in dining
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Baku is THE PLACE!!
    DocMike304
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I went to dinner with my wife and we had a fantastic time and a superb meal. The staff was very attentive and informative with regards to the menu. The pork belly with kimchi, chicken liver skewers, and the Giant Madagascar Prawn were our favorites...we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DiceVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very tasty!! Dishes are meant to be shared so naturally it's a fun place to go to with a group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the robatayaki grill!
    BellaCucina82VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    So glad we finally have a robatayaki in Charlotte. Loved the pork belly, wagyu.salmon & sticky rice & Asian inspired desserts. Hip vibrant ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    trekwatcher
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    First time at a Japanese Restaurant like this. It was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will Be Back
    LAJOHAVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Tried Baku for Restaurant Week and will definitely go back. Saw their Sunday Brunch menu and it looks incredible. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • like2eatout
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Have been several times to Baku - exciting menu - great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic