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
115 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (76)hot spot (70)special occasion (62)vibrant bar scene (62)good for groups (43)romantic (38)neighborhood gem (29)late-night find (19)notable wine list (8)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Fantastic service!
    Mingo13
    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.
  • 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.
  • Delicious sushi, fun atmosphere
    Charlestondiner11
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This restaurant is a fun place to have dinner with friends. Sometimes I get appetizers and drinks and other times I order dinner. The restaurant can get noisy, for those looking for a more quiet atmosphere. The customer service is usually decent. During this dining experience our waitress was not very good. The happy hour specials are worth experiencing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and staff!!
    Ilikechocolate
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • O-Ku - a Charleston favorite.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi and Service
    foodiefreak
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great happy hour special
    Charlestondiner11
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The sushi is good. Unique cocktails. Not really a place for families with kids.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful asian meal
    LynneVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great fun sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Great service. Awesome food. Happy hour was perfect for drinks and sushi rolls!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome sushi, great service
    foodiefreak
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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!)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Genevieve was an awesome server!
    FollyGirl
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oku
    SuzieQ
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sushi!
    Calou
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Very fresh and presented nicely. Our waiter was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good experience
    chsfoodie
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience!
    bb567
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a disappointment
    Sanpan
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had another great meal there. Tried some different menu items. Enjoyed them all. Appreciated the waitress' recommendations. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took our kids
    FBtoCHS
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly, accommodating & good!
    Food4thought
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Wait staff was awesome!! Food outstanding & fabulous drinks! Very loud though because of the space and cement floors.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 76 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 491 reviews are from the O-Ku reviews archive.
  • The best happy hour
    Lane0115VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Always delicious. Fresh tasty sushi! Half off during happy hour makes it nice!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.