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Baku

Baku Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://baku-restaurant.com
  • Phone: (704) 817-7173
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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! :)"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "First time at a Japanese Restaurant like this. It was very good."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Tried Baku for Restaurant Week and will definitely go back. Saw their Sunday Brunch menu and it looks incredible. Loved it!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Have been several times to Baku - exciting menu - great food"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food was phenomenal! My waitress was very knowledgeable and gave great suggestions. I will def be going back and taking more ppl"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "From the unusual décor to the unique cuisine, BAKU excels as a restaurant you want to visit again and again. The service was great. We were seated upstairs so the servers had to climb for every course. Presentation was awesome and the taste was incredible. I would recommend BAKU for an evening that is unusual and lots of fun."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I love Baku! The atmosphere was great, the food was awesome and the portions were perfect. I had the calamari, shrimp & veggie tempura, and the Yuzu Tart for dessert - I would go back just for the dessert! I definitely recommend checking Baku out! It is a little pricey, but nothing too outrageous in my opinion."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Food was terrific with some unique flavor and presentation. Smaller portions but taste worth it. Great energy in the place."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This restaurant was amazing. Our waitress Amanda was the best! Great food, drinks and service!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We have been to Baku twice before and everytime we have a wonderful experience. This week we ordered the mushrooms to eat as an appetizer and they were outstanding! Looking forward to our next visit!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Asian tapas--fabulous! Great food, service and ambiance. Something different for Charlotte; we loved it!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I selected Baku from the list of restaurants for Queens Feast. I was called to confirm the reservations which was a nice touch and reminder. When we first arrived the restaurant was not crowded and it was a good time to just admire the overall decor of the restaurant. We sat upstairs and had a very knowledgable and attentive waiter. The meal was spectacular. The first course was the salad with a citrus dressing that melted in your mouth and a spicy and succulent sushi that had a slight kick in taste. The second course was salmon wrapped in a corn husk served with cucumbers in an Asian glaze and tempura shrimp and vegetables. Both dishes were delectable. The final course was superb with a Yuzu tart and creme brulee."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "First time at Baku. Went for restaurant week. It was very quiet - not even half full as it was a Sunday night. Interesting menu. Loved our appetizers. Only one entree showed up. Servers were no where to be found. the waitress blamed the kitchen, really? she offered us a round of drinks. took another 20 minutes for the other 3 dinner entrees to arrive! Desserts were very good - loved the vanilla creme brulee - but why did they give us forks for a creme brulee. again - where was our server? We might try it one more time - but between the kitchen timing and the staffs attentiveness we were not that impressed. Upstairs Bar is pretty cool."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We went for my sister's birthday and it was during restaurant week. We loved the calamari, sweet potato side and corn. It was fast and a great mixed drink menu. We loved it!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Nothing wrong-- some interesting menu items. But a bit over the top with its trendiness and add-ons that just aren't needed. A good piece of fish on correctly cooked rice is an art in itself and doesn't need five extra ingredients lathered on top, for people that know and like sushi. This place is for those who need variations on the real deal. I think someone who doesn't really know Japanese food may find it more palatable than those who do; those who come looking for a real robata-yaki establishment will be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Had been looking forward to visiting Baku. Nice place with a good atmosphere. While the food was ok it did not reach the heights we anticipated given its reputation. The Waygu beef tartare (off the normal menu) was rather bland. Shrimp tempura was average. Original expectations not met I'm afraid."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Drinks were very good. Food and service not so much."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Baku is great. We have been there several times --- always terrific. Decided to go for restaurant week but wound up ordering off regular menu. Offerings just too good to pass up."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed the meal mostly two items online for rest. Week menu were not offered and that was disappointing. My husband didn't love his first course that was offered instead. Also we had an early reservation for two and were given the worst table the server was nice enough to move us after checking with the hostess but I never understand why they do that in empty restaurants.the steak was delicious the service was great so I would try it again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food was delectable, the service was exceptional, and the ambiance was superb. We will be back and we will tell our friends."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Love the small plates...order and eat at your own pace theme! Food was delicious! Great ambience! Will definitely make it back here soon!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This place is pricey but the good odds really good. It is pretty loud and lively."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This place is amazing!!! From the food, to the beverages, to the ambience....they hit it all. The food is outrageous...the most unique flavors, so delicious, and the presentation is top notch. I highly recommend this place for any occasion."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I have finally found a restaurant in Charlotte, where I can have something different every time I return to the restaurant. An extensive menu of small portions, each with a taste that explodes in my mouth. I always look forward to bringing friends here to share the experience. Oh, the valet service is great!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The room was very, very warm. Did not order coffee and dessert because we were so uncomfortable. Noise level also very high."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food is simply outstanding in menu design, taste and presentation. Service good and a nice decor/atmosphere for essentially a Southpark strip mall. But without trying...one dessert, no expensive wine...it was $100 per person with tax and tip. Good, but that earns Baku a seat in the "special occasion" category...can't afford to do this too often!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We had a nice experience. The brunch was creative and tasty and all the dishes were just the right size. The sushi was amazing and we were even asked if we would like more. Would recommend!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Asian fusion with great menu. Bar was very full. Great location in Southpark."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Varied and interesting menu. Food ranged from great to good. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Bar service was slow. Baku is enjoyable but not a great value."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Excellent blue fin tuna tartare and roasted oysters. Great, lively, bar as well."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Most of what we ordered tasted wonderful. Calamari, wing appetizer, and the himache "rice krispie treat" were fabulous! We ordered the tins from the Robata grill menu and they did not blow me away and were luke-warm, which was ironic since the grill gets to 1,000 degrees. Halibut entree was delicious! Overall, a great meal...portion sizes too small for the prices."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was our second dinner at Baku. Sadly it was not as enjoyable as the first. We had a pleasant evening at the restuarant however the noise level made it difficult to hold a conversation. There seem to be more wait staff at one point than customers, as you bumped into them every way you turned when going to the table. Food was very tasty but we believe over priced for what you get. First dish was also cold but the waiter did take care of that on the final bill. I think this is a great place for a group dinner but for a datenight evening with loved one not so much, we both decided we would not probably be going back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Had my first Baku experience the other night and have already recommended it to multiple "foodie" friends! We got there early and headed to the upstairs bar to have a few drinks while the rest of our party arrived. I will definitely be coming back to enjoy the bar more. The specialty cocktails were delicious (and half-priced.. not sure if this is an ongoing Wednesday special or a one-time deal) and the ambience was awesome. This restaurant has tapas-style food, so you won't get a ton of food quantity-wise per dish. With that being said, the flavor of each dish made up for the smaller portions. The wild mushroom kamamashi pot is not to be missed. It was my favorite item of the night followed by the black cod. Will be back!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Baku, and as before, our experience was amazing. The food was incredible, (best lamb chops and steak in Charlotte) and our server Ariel did a fantastic job. We will definitely be back soon. Their brunch is also amazing!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Liked the creativity & grown-up food, but had fruit & other things that my 5yo enjoyed. Would like to see rotating menu, every 4-6mo perhaps."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a fun and enjoyable experience. The food was beautiful and delicious. It was fun trying a number of dishes. Our server was great and very helpful. We will definitely be back and look forward to trying more."
    Dined on 6/13/2014