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O-Ku
O-Ku

O-Ku Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.o-kusushi.com
  • Phone: (843) 737-0112
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Served: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30am; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Asian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: DJ plays from 11pm every Friday & Saturday night.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Happy Hour:
    Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 5-7pm - All rolls half-off, selected sakes half-off by the glass and the bottle, specialty cocktails $3 off.

    Sunday - ALL bottles of wine are half-off. Korean BBQ for $15

    Monday Lunch- Locals Lunch- 10% off for locals

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Radcliffe Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: O-Ku is located on Upper King Street which offers ample on-street parking. Complimentary valet parking is also provided for dinner guests.
A word from O-Ku
O-Ku celebrates authentic Asian cuisine with a southern approach with a menu that focuses on unique ingredients and sophisticated presentations. From petite plates to sushi specialties, O-Ku showcases the freshest fish from the world’s finest markets and producers in areas such as Norway, Scotland, Hawaii and New Zealand, as well as local sustainable sources. Chef Thad Stuckey’s focus is to offer high-end traditional sushi and make it approachable and available to any interested diner.

Focused on incorporating authentically Japanese flavors into the fare, O-Ku’s menu is comprised of signature contemporary Japanese entrées and traditional sushi of the season and reflects the uniquely designed space. Guests will enjoy chef specialties including Yakiniku duck legs, salmon misoyaki, harumaki and spicy teriyaki pork belly. The beverage program at O-Ku is a sophisticated blend of specialty cocktails, premium sake, bubbles, red and white wines and unique beer selections.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We always enjoy dining at O-Ku during their happy hours to enjoy the half-priced rolls. This was no exception, and it was the perfect evening for my birthday dinner."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I had an excellent time with the atmosphere, noise, service, and food; even though they had miss heard my order the manager and waitress tried to do anythibg they can to make up for it."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Very good but $$$$. Go during happy hour specials (Monday, Wednesday Friday) until 7:00 if money is an issue!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "O-ku never ceases to go above and beyond by way of service and food and makes for a truly impeccable dining experience. The sushi is the best I've ever had and I can bring friends who aren't fans of raw food for some equally impressive dishes. The cocktail menu is my favorite in downtown Charleston and always leaves me impatient to visit again. Happy hour specials are great, including half off cocktail; half off bottles of wine; and half off rolls of sushi. Great deals before 7pm. The owner has come by my table every time I stop by to make sure everything was completely satisfying. If you are in downtown Charleston you owe it to yourself to stop in."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great food and nice drink selection. The squid and seaweed salad is awesome. However turns into a kind of night club vibe around 9:00 pm. We ate at 8:00 pm on a Thursday and had trouble hearing our 4 person table conversation. Ask for a seat in back and it would be better."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food is excellent. Best sushi in Charleston. Service is slow and ready for it. Can be a bit frustrating."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "O-ku was amazing! Our server was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend to couples!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Dined here for a special event, and has a blast! The atmosphere is very vibrant, especially during happy hour. The servers were friendly, and on point with their recommendations. My favorites were the King Salmon Usuzukuri and the Tuna Wrapped Roll. Will be going back in the future!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We brought friends to O-ku during happy hour. Absolutely perfect! Love the setting, food, and hospitality!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Fresh food. Accommodating and knowledgable wait staff."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "O-Ku provides a wonderful dining experience. The food is simply delicious. They can easily accomodate those that are gluten free. On Thursday evenings, music is provided by Seth Gilliard an electronic violinist who is an extremely talented musician. It would be great if he performed more than one night a week. O-Ku is a fun night out."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Celebrated our 7th anniversary at O-Ku and it was such a wonderful experience! The staff really made the night. The sushi/sashimi combo was superb and the salmon lemon roll was to die for. We will definitely be back to O-Ku!!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This was the second time we had eaten at Oku, and we brought a couple of friends along to try it out. We had reservations, but our table was not ready when we arrived. We had to wait about 20 minutes at the bar, so they gave us a free order of their shrimp appetizer once we got our table, and it was very yummy...and a very nice offer, as well! Our server was very nice and energetic, and our sushi and noodle dishes were good. I also got the pork belly app and it was delicious, and was enough for my entree (along with the sushi)...pricey dinner, but was nice for the occasion."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The sushi is good. Unique cocktails. Not really a place for families with kids."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had dinner at O-Ku before a Spoletto Opera performance, and it was perfect. The food was better than I remembered, I loved everything I ordered . We will return soon. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Oku is amazing every single time! The manager even comes by the tables to ensure people are happy with the food and service. Great touch!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Had another great meal there. Tried some different menu items. Enjoyed them all. Appreciated the waitress' recommendations. You won't be disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great service. Awesome food. Happy hour was perfect for drinks and sushi rolls! "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Had a great dinner here, and would definitley return...only downfalls were the dishes were pretty small for the price, and our server could have been a little bit more attentive on re-filling our sake/wine, but besides those things, the food was fresh, the waitress was extremely friendly and knowledgable, and we got a great deal on our champagne (half off Veuve Cliquot!)"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was very good, but we would probably go back more for the service than anything else! She gave direct answers when we asked her opinion and when the bar-goers started to encroach on our table she asked if we wanted to move tables. Very good atmosphere as well."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We found the valet parking a real plus and the wait staff was very friendly. The only thing we didn't like was the noise level which was way beyond being able to have any kind of a conversation. The food was excellent and if not for the noise, we would probably go again."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "the food was delicious! our server was very nice but had too many tables so we didn't quite get the level of service we had hoped. our edamame was delivered after we ate our sushi for example. it is a very energetic spot and i would recommend for groups but not for a date. too loud."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Very fresh and presented nicely. Our waiter was fabulous! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Our server was extremely helpful in explaining our options. The sushi is some of the best I've had in Charleston. The rest of the menu is great as well. It was a really pleasant experience and I would recommend checking it out."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Love O-Ku and decided to try taking our 2 and 4 year old for Mother's Day. We went early around 5 and had a great dinner. The staff was awesome and even crafted up some "kids" choptsticks for the little ones. The kids loved the edamame. The drinks, rock shrimp salad and sushi were all incredible as usual."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Wait staff was awesome!! Food outstanding & fabulous drinks! Very loud though because of the space and cement floors."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Always delicious. Fresh tasty sushi! Half off during happy hour makes it nice!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Best sushi I've ever had! Service was incredible. Specialty drinks were a delicious eclectic blend that I would have never mixed but worked unbelievably well. The owner was very welcoming. I will definitely be back. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food and table service was great. The hostesses were not very welcoming and I found the tall one with dark hair to be kind of rude"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Can't beat the happy hour sushi price - 1/2 off selected list, which is quite good."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Our server was terrific . She was very helpful and attentive and looked like Sandra Bullock. We had out of town guests and they were very impressed kudos to her and O-KU Thank you"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We dine here often when in Charleston. The quality of the sushi is superb and the waitstaff and ambiance are topnotch. I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great dinner before seeing a play. Waiter was very knowledgable re items on menu. Sushi and sashimi were great and very fresh. Always a good meal here. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Visiting from out of town for the first time. Maybe because all of our other dining experiences were so exceptional that I was expecting more from a sushi place in Charleston. That said, what we had was all good - just nothing that really stood out. The staff was friendly and helpful. The place was exceptionally loud though - would not recommend for anyone who was expecting to have a real conversation over dinner. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Very unique and different types of rolls, although they can be a little pricey. Ordered a simple shrimp tempura roll with avocado for my daughter and it ended up being $12, which was just as expensive as some of the more involved rolls that I ordered. Overall, the food was very good and the service was excellent. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for a date night. We were seated right away even though we were 20 minutes late. Everyone from the hostess to the wait staff was pleasant. The food was delicious as were our drinks. We had the cutest little fish tacos - delicious! Did I mention that they're cute? Sushi rolls were all great choices. I love that they were able to accomodate my food allergies with no issues. Our waitress was awesome too. She knew how to give good service and you could tell that she not only enjoyed her job, but she was knowledgeable. It showed in the way she described the food and the suggestions she made. We definitely will be going back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "O-Ku is one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston. The food is wonderful!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Restaurant was busy but not completely full at the time of our reservation. Service was terrible. It took forever to place our order and once the order was placed the first course of soup arrived 15 minutes later and it was cold. Took another 15 to 20 minutes to get a hot bowl of soup. Wait time for the rest of the meal was ridiculous. The sushi was good but not outstanding as it had been on frequent visits. Not sure I'd go back. Noise level so high you had to shout to be heard across the table."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My husband, Bob and I absolutely love O-Ku!!!! It is one of our favorite restaurants here in Charleston!!!!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This is a great all-around restaurant. I have eaten at many restaurants in Charleston, and this is one of the few with great food that is affordable. The service was excellent as well as the food. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/5/2014