O-Ku
O-Ku

O-Ku

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.o-kusushi.com/
  • Phone: 8437370112x
  • 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: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
O-Ku reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (76)hot spot (73)special occasion (63)vibrant bar scene (55)good for groups (50)romantic (37)neighborhood gem (28)late-night find (22)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (9)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Fantastic Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Husband and I went here for our 10 year anniversary dinner. They welcomed us with champagne and congratulations. Our server was attentive a very knowledgeable on the menu and the saki selection. The food was outstanding. My husband and I prefer nigiri and sashimi to rolls as we enjoy the simple flavor of the fish. They had a great selection and we were impressed with the rice as well. The manager even came by the table to congratulate us on our anniversary. Overall wonderful dining experience with thoughtful staff! Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious asian food with flare!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a great experience at O-Ku. Exceptional service and delicious too. Our waitress was very helpful in suggesting a few items from the menu and we were not disappointed. The Rock Shrimp Salad appetizer was so different but so good. The sushi was great too. No complaints. We ate somewhat early, around 6pm so it was not a loud crowd, very nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delight
    CFMC
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Dapper snapper, scallop and potato rolls are the choices on the sushi menu! The fried oyster dish was sooo good!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy sushi and romantic night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had a dinner with my family (my wife and precious two daughters). I was fully satisfied with delicious sushi and very kind waitress. She was awesome.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at O-Ku
    HawaiiRN
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We dined here for Restaurant Week and their special menu that evening was outstanding. I had the Waygu Beef appetizer-amazing followed by an excellent Duck Domburri and a Chocolate Pot de Crème that was intensely dark and had the consistency of a really well chilled fudge-another hit. Our waitress was attentive without being intrusive and did an excellent job of tending to our needs. Our only complaint was the noise level and it was intense. However we are seniors and tend to like a quieter ambiance. We will be back despite the noise level- the food was that good-next time we'll be wearing ear plugs! Just kidding an excellent restaurant with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy hour!
    Buse
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    When we get there it was happy hour and rolls were half off! It was great and it was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never not impressed
    cofcfoodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Best happy hour in charleston, and I'm never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Fun vibrant atmosphere with unbelievable and unique food. Had a seafood centric mix of specialities and rolls that we would not normally order but the suggestions/explanations from our waiter Jason made us venture outside our comfort zone and we are extremely happy we did. Everything was great and we are planning our next visit. Jason was professional, knowledgeable and extremely personable. 5 star experience!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Sushi
    hoffmand54
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I enjoy going to O-Ku for the Sushi experience. They have wonderful, fresh and different dishes that you don't find at other sushi restaurants. The drinks are unique as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A top Charleston find!
    Russol
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I recently just hosted a bachelorette party in Charleston for a group of 5 of us. This restaurant was fantastic from the service to the ambiance and most importantly the food. The sushi was amazing and came within 25 min or so.....meanwhile we enjoyed some delicious cocktails which were all unique and worth the extra $. Honestly I've paid more for cocktails in the past that were nowhere near as good. One thing to note is that we did a late reservation (10 pm) which probably helped on the wait time for food. This place is also within walking distance of several great bar/clubs so it was a perfect night. Whenever I'm back in Charleston this will be on the top of my list to hit up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and delicious!
    Lissy84VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had a great dinner for restaurant week. Service was great, food was delicious. The entree I chose for restaurant week ,(duck) however was much more substantial than my friends (sushi). They were both tasty dishes (I'm still dreaming about mine), but I certainly feel as if I got more bang for my buck, as I was satisfied at the end of the meal and my friends were still hungry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok-u is beaucoup noisy
    JoyousVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our second trip to oku. Previously we visited on a quiet Sunday evening and has a fabulous experience. We were so disappointed in our return with friends last Saturday night. The food was still good, but the roar of noise not only made impossible to talk to our friends, I couldn't hear a word the server was saying so I don't have a clue what I was eating. If I return again, it will be for lunch or a quiet week night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food, great service, great wine...overall amazing place!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic Asian!
    5dayweekend
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Throughly enjoyed O-ku. Our waitress was spot on with all of her recommendations! The drinks were fabulous!!!! Can't wait to return. Very refreshing to be seated on time with prompt food and bar service during a bustling 7 pm Friday night restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DonnaB
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Happening place! Wait staff was excellent and made perfect suggestions as to menu selections. Was there on a Thursday evening and was able to enjoy music by Seth G who is amazing! Fabulous dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great experience, but I really want to bring attention to the service. I believe our server's name was Jessica and she was awesome! I've worked in hospitality and been to several restaurants and this was by far the best server I've interacted with. Very sociable, polite, and knowledgeable. She was fantastic throughout the whole meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    ASmith
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have eaten at a lot of sushi restaurants throughout the country. O-Ku ranks as one of the top ones we have eaten. The waitress was extremely helpful with recommendations. We even tried a special they had that night and it was excellent. We would definitely return if we visit Charleston again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic service!
    Mingo13VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was delicious and the atmosphere was lively and fun, but the standout for me was the service. My dining companion was concerned that we wanted to have a leisurely dinner with several courses and would occupy the table perhaps longer than usual. Our server assured us it would not be a problem. She was especially helpful to me in pointing out the menu items that included cooked fish (I don't care for the raw). Explained ingredients and food prep in detail. Loved the happy hour specials on rolls and cocktails also (this was a Wednesday night). Can't wait to return and try different menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth it
    Bwhalen0215
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I loved everything about our experience at O-Ku. Our server was very knowledgable of the menu, drinks, specials, and pronunciations. The good and specialty drinks were all outstanding. For small plates we ordered the spring rolls and salmon tartar which I highly recommend. All of the sushi rolls we tried were equally as good! I love the details in the specialty cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night Goodie
    Andy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Was in the mood for sushi for our date night and tried O-Ku on the advice of a friend. It was very good. The food was great and prices were very reasonable. Extensive wine and cocktail list too. Was rather loud so great place for large groups, not so great for a conversation. Will go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    mkkpa
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was fresh and wonderful as always. The menu has a very good selection. Service was wonderful. Definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sushi around
    Sparker33
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The ambiance is vibrant and sophisticated and the sushi is by far the best in town. Service is great, cocktails inventive and artfully crafted. All around wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    JPNinja
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food is outstanding! The service is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thank you to the fabulous staff!
    marikaVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Katie was absolutely the best! I come to O-Ku quite often because I live in the neighborhood but prior to this visit I was there most recently with my family. It had been about two weeks since I had been back but this time Katie not only remembered that I had dined with my family but also rememebr what we ordered--and what our favorite dish was! She asked if I wanted the same appetizer again and I decided to pass but she was so so sweet and brought it to us anyway, on her! That really was such a special treat and I will always remember that kind gesture! THANK YOU, Katie!!! We also had to wait about 20 min for our reservation but the sweet sweet manager brought my friend and I a glass of champagne while we waited! Fabulous customer service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • o-ku excels again
    maximus
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    o-ku is always good but this time exceeded expectations. from valet parking on a rainy night to wonderful specialty cocktails to perhaps the best sushi rolls ever (and heavenly king salmon usuzukuri) to absolutely superb service, o-ku provided a phenomenal dining experience. the food was excellent but the whole evening was enhanced by having jason as our waiter - very knowledgeable on food/drink. he listened to what we wanted and recommended cocktails and food ...and made sure we didn't use soy sauce with the king salmon. :-) gold star for jason and nice touch for the manager to stop by, introduce himself and inquire if everything was going well - old school service that many restaurants don't know nowadays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushiluv
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Good service, great atmosphere, food was good, but a bit over priced for what you get.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Japanese Sojourn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We have just returned from living in Japan for 3 months, and went to dine for the first time at O-Ku with a dear friend.....we enjoyed the atmosphere, ambiance, and food very much! The miso was very close to what we had daily in Japan, and even though we are not huge sushi fans, there were plenty of cooked options on the menu that were very tasty. The teriyaki was good as well, and the scallops dish was fresh and delicious. All in all, a good American "Japanese" experience, although I missed the Japanese lanterns that adorn restaurants in Japan!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fusion fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Can't say enough positive things! Went for a bachelorette dinner before going out and so happy we picked O-ku! Food was great service was excellent. Our server was knowledgable and very helpful with the drink and dinner menus. Atmosphere was classically elegant, without felling way to fancy to have some fun. I would highly recomend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi in a modern setting
    Midatlantic
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Visited o-Ku as for dinner with the facility. The place is energetic and busy. Service was good. The miso soup was well done with lots of flavor not just salt. sushi was very good and nicely presented. O-Ku has a modern uptown feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing sushi!!
    Jingersam
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Maybe a bit pricey, especially the side salad for 8$. I was expecting a salad large enough to share but it was very small. It was very good though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who knew o-ku was that great?
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi is awesome
    luv2eat
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Every part of our meal was outstanding- it was a group of 4 and all of us enjoyed everything we ordered
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Very good but $$$$. Go during happy hour specials (Monday, Wednesday Friday) until 7:00 if money is an issue!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfection
    Abby
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Slow Service
    CHSFoodie29482
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Food is excellent. Best sushi in Charleston. Service is slow and ready for it. Can be a bit frustrating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, but loud sometimes
    Diningfool
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome Sushi
    Charlestonguru
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    O-ku was amazing! Our server was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend to couples!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and innovative menu!
    Kirby
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Personable and friendly hostesses
    Alison
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Fresh food. Accommodating and knowledgable wait staff.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining
    Courtney
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We brought friends to O-ku during happy hour. Absolutely perfect! Love the setting, food, and hospitality!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.