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
199 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (139)special occasion (129)hot spot (109)romantic (72)good for groups (57)neighborhood gem (46)vibrant bar scene (44)notable wine list (30)late-night find (28)great for outdoor dining (26)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Birthday dinner
    foodsnob
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Baku was a great destination for my birthday celebration. Great wine list, extensive menu and great variety. Our server was not great. Seemed somewhat annoyed by us even thought our tab exceeded $500. At one point she suggested we get a cab. The lighting in the booths seemed overly bright. The special oysters, black cod and spicy filet were our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food/not worth the $$$
    UnsatiatedSarah
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our experience at Baku was not good. The food was tasty, the service great. But the bill was outrageous for the amount of food we ordered. We understood from the waitress that dishes were served family style. We got the quail as an appetizer (four bites total, seriously), a spicy tuna roll (nothing special and of regular sushi roll size), and the escolar (about as big as my female fist). The food was good, but only enough to fill ONE person without leftovers. Oh, and it cost $71 not including tip. Do yourself a favor and walk across the street to Cowfish for MUCH better sushi and half the cost.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food at Baku
    GDWFoodie
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We ate and ate but were comfortably full in the end. I had the grilled baby octopus (divine), the white miso soup (wonderful), and the giant Madagascar prawn with sweet chili sauce (DELICIOUS)!!! Other dishes at our table were the crab and rice hot pot, the tiger prawn small plate, and the mango toffee cake. Everything was incredible. I can't believe it took me this long to eat at Baku! I would heartily recommend the restaurant to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Had a terrific dinner in celebration of our daughter's birthday - 4 of us devoured a vast number of small plates, sushi, rolls, etc. - each better than the last. We always love coming to Baku, but marking special events is particularly fun. Need to go more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply FANTASTIC!!
    FinickyNYCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    All those fab reviews are not exaggerations, we're not even "foodies" and feel like we're in seventh heaven dining at Baku. The employees must have to go through some rigorous training to work here, there is so much they must know about the multitude of dishes on the menu. We've been there twice now, our server both times was Stephen, a great guy who sure "knows his stuff"! Everyone comes out to say hello to our doggies on the patio where we choose to dine because we like to take them out with us. Oh, and DON'T FORGET they offer half-priced bottles of wine on Monday nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed all of it! Service was fabulous and she did a great job recommending various menu items. The food came out at a nice pace, allowing time to enjoy each item without feeling rushed or waiting too long.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Baku Experience
    DandD
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    After 2 attempts of super long waits, finally got to experience Baku. Love the decor & feel of the restaurant. Although there wasn't alot on the menu that appealed to me overall, the dish i had was quite tasty. Service ok. Our group was lively our server was not.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Ricardo
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Asked waiter to bring us his favorites vs ordering anything specfic. everything was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate