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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I've been to Baku a few times now and like it more each time. I highly recommend the cocktails here, which I do not normally order. Baku is a great addition to the Charlotte restaurant scene."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had dinner reservations and experienced no wait time upon arrival. The restaurant looks trendy and upscale, but without feeling stuffy (the servers wear dark jeans and a button-down). Our waiter, Calvin, was awesome. Everything we had was delicious. The roasted oysters, pork-belly, and duck breast were outstanding. This is the best dining experience we've had in Charlotte in quite a few years, and we did not leave disappointed or saying, "It was not bad but not good, either." We are already planning our next meal there!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Hands down best brunch in Charlotte. 6 course meal plus a cart with all-you-can-eat sushi for $36 bucks. Needless to say, we did not leave hungry. Brittany was our server; she was fantastic."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "You could not ask for more. Food, ambiance and service were all spectacular (although, our waiter is a friend of ours). It has a décor that separates it from the usual in Charlotte; reminds you of Atlanta, San Francisco, or NYC's finest. I have been to Tokyo over a 100 times; there was nothing finer, especially the quality of the food."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "From walking in to the last mouthful BAKU was a great experience. Our wait staffer, Ariel, was outstanding. She knew the food backwards and forwards and knew the wines. Will be happy to bring friends."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Baku is exactly what it is hype up to be! A Japanese small plate restaurant with high quality ingredients that can be on the pricey side. If you are going looking for cheap sushi, you are going to the wrong place. If you are going looking to try a diverse assortment of flavors, GO! The flavors, service and diversity of the menu, from sushi to Tomahawk Ribeye (not a small plate!) make a meal here is worth the experience. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Waiter was a little on the annoying side but we could have gotten over that if the food had been better. If you like sushi, their sushi is good but for the price there are as good or better places in town. If you don't want sushi, good luck. The pork dumplings were delicious but after that it went down hill. The chicken and spring onion yakatori was burnt. It tasted like the glaze was put on too early in the cooking process and it just ended up burning. The quail was moist but had no real flavor. The beet salad was okay but it just seemed to be lacking something. We've had a number of beet salads elsewhere and this one would be at the bottom. For the money there are too many better options out there."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "You should like raw food to go to this restaurant. While we did have one delicious cooked halibut dish, the rest of the meal was raw. My husband enjoyed the restaurant more than I did!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This is a place to enjoy small plates. Every dish that comes to your table makes you stop and stare.......you even find yourself staring at other peoples food and asking the waiter......... what's that? The chefs in the kitchen know what they're doing and it shows.......every bit is amazing. I'd eat there 2-3 times a week if I could afford it.....pricy but worth it "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "After porpoising to the love of my life, i couldn't have chosen better place than this! Everybody made our night extra special! Thank you so much to all the staff! Everything was amazing! Food, service, environment everything! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "most wonderful dining expierence that I have had in a while! memorable and delish! Our waiter was FANTASTIC the food terrific and the YUZU cake was out of this world. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Pork belly skewers were awesome. Grilled artichokes were lovely as were the corn skewers - lots of great vegetarian options. Sake menu is extensive with lots of wonderful options. We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I love Baku - so fun to share plates and try lots of new, healthy dishes."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "A real "out of the park" brunch experience - was not prepared for the level of presentation, despite knowing how good the food and service are. Perfect choices - though maybe too many?! - in terms of flow and cuisine. Could have stayed doing tours of the sushi cart, but the shrimp tempura, stunning fruit bowl, delicious salad and always amazing dessert made it that much better. Our server Edie is always wonderful (!) and we loved the entire crew. We're already planning a summer brunch with friends. Our thanks."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Had an awesome meal here. Reggie was our server and he was fantastic."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Visiting Charlotte from out of town and very glad we check this place out. Outstanding service. Try the artichokes, octopus, and kobe steak. Amzing!! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Food just gets better and better. Our server Edie prompted us to try yet more new items, despite having come multiple times. Outstanding salmon belly, blue fin tuna, waygu bite, etc. Loved the half price wine option and the great service. Coming back soon!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Incredible food and great service. Ask for Stephen, he was awesome."
    Dined on 5/4/2014