Better than I ExpectedIn the middle of all the North King craziness, O-Ku sits on a corner and looks a little dark. It's a sushi place but it turns out to be more. The sushi is really really good, but other tasties on the menu outperformed. The duck tacos for example were really really awesome. Good wine list, excellent cocktails, the servers were great, probably because the owner is there and very visible on the floor. It can be extremely crowded and really transforms into a bar after about 10PM. Tons of CofC and MUSC people.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMin love!We have fallen in love with O-Ku and hope to come on a regular basis! The food is so fresh and beautifully prepared with a wonderful menu! Our waiter was awesome and very helpful! It was a little noisy but that won't keep us from returning!6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was OutstandingEverything at Oku is amazing the atmosphere is excellent perfect for a romatic night out or a fun meeting place for friends on a friday night. They have happy hour on Monday Wednesday and Fridays from 5-7 where all their sushi rolls and select saki's are half priced. I had a crab crunch roll and it was excellent the crab tasted super fresh and had great flavor.The Geshia Garden mixed drink was a peach and Japanese liquor mix that was divine. I will be returning to Oku frequently!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good and fun.A vibrant sushi restaurant with an extensive menu. Lots of choices. We were full after all of our sushi bites, but the full dinners looked fabulous. Can't wait to go back for that and another Ginger's Afterglow Cocktail. Very satisfactory service, food and ambience.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat cocktails too!Went to O-Ku twice in one week. One friend in from Nova Scotia loved it. Another friend, a regular there, was fondly greeted by all the staff, especially the ever-courtly manager. Food is also wonderful; specials are not to be missed. Tried a new drink introduced last month -- I think it's a White Lotus -- fabulous summer drink. Too bad I'm always the driver or I'd have at least 2.
Check it out -- always a lovely dining experience. Customers are always treated like long-time friends.
Charleston has become a top tourist destination and "foodie-town" -- but O-Ku goes the extra step to make everyone feel special.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and Server were both amazing..Went in for a work dinner, and had an amazing meal and service. Morgan our server, made our night!6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMO-Ku on Saturday nightVisiting Charleston from the UK and went to O-Ku on saturday night. Great atmos, great decor, good vibe, superb food. But.......the restuarant becomes a dance party bar later, which is cool in itself, but they started packing the dining tables away too early. My date and i were still eating at 9.30 and they started packing the tables away next to us. We found this rude and discourteous and made us feel unwanted / in the way, which given we'd just had an expensive meal, was not something we should have been made to feel. It particularly annoyed my dinner date who lives locally and recommended the restaurant. Come on O-Ku, so some professional etiquette and leave it until a bit later to start packing the tables away.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved it!My husband and I went to O-Ku on a date during vacation. It was wonderful! The food and service were outstanding. Although the noise level was a little loud, the atmosphere was energetic and fun. We will definitely return next time we visit Charleston!5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMA perfect spot for happy hourThis place deserves all the wonderful accolades it receives. We found no detractions in anything. The sushi is innovative and delicious. Try the Potato rolls or the lemon/ salmon rolls. You can't go wrong. The bar is pleasant during happy hour and their house cocktails are too good to miss. The Jasmanian Devil...my favorite is spicy and the perfect complement for the sushi.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was good but it wasThe food was good but it was so loud it was hard to hear what the server was saying. Maybe it was just busy because of the Spoleto crowd. The food was amazing tho - will probably go back5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMFAVORITE!I LOVE OKU and would suggest it to anyone. The most fresh and unique sushi rolls I've ever had, definitely raises the bar for all other sushi restaurants. I've had almost every roll on the menu and have never been disappointed. The drinks are awesome too and are also very unique. One of the best happy hours!! Can't say enough about this place.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional with one caveatThe entire dining experience was great from the greeting at the front door, to the service and great selections on the menu. The one
' however' is regarding the music which did not fit the surroundings and was entirely too loud. This comment from a music lover, who found the performance distracting and making it difficult to enjoy conversation. Perhaps the speaker volume could be tweeked.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceGreat food, great service, lovely ambiance. This is my 2nd time at O-ku, and the 2nd time was as good as the first.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best Japanese food, especiallyThe best Japanese food, especially sashimi and shusi in incredible incarnations and also in their purely simple states. The menu offers other Japanese dishes as well - everything prepared to perfection with stunning presentation. Prices are moderate - an amazing value for this exerience
The freshest fish, interesting menu offerings, and gracious and professional service make for a pretty-close-to-perfect experience.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was a very pleasant experienceSome friends treated me out for my bday and I couldn't have picked a better place to go! This was my first time trying Sushi(although my friends had) and it was a great experience! It made a Sushi lover out of me! My friends raved of how fresh and flavorful it was. I would definitely recommend this place. The environment was very relaxed and dim. Perfect in my opinion! We went on a wed night so the mood was laid back. I will definitely be going back! They also offer free valet parking which is a huge plus!5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMO-KU nails it againWe went for a late birthday celebration Sunday evening. Everything was great and no one in our party had a single complaint about anything at all. Thanks much to all.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMO-Ku is amazingThe sushi is outstanding, and the service is perfect--attentive but never overbearing. Their cocktails are some of the best in Charleston--I always get a lychee martini and also tried a champagne cocktail that was fantastic. The rock shrimp salad and the O-Ku spring rolls are OUT of this world delicious--those are must-tries, and the carpaccio and tartare are done perfectly! Always good, and always inventive with their sushi, this is one of my favorite spots in Charleston.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAppetizer special was tooAppetizer special was too small - not a good value. The fish special was very good for dinner but the chicken was bland. Would prefer to have a non-bar top type table.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AM21st birthday celebrationWe had a wonderful time celebrating at O Ku. Everything was perfect!!!4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good sushi!! AbsolutelyVery good sushi!! Absolutely loved the service too!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food. Only complaintExcellent food. Only complaint is too noisy. Music is too loud to talk and that made enjoying the company almost impossible. Will fome back but not for a "date night."4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great experienceWe had a great experience at O-Ku. Excellent food and service!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service, noisyGreat food and service, noisy but fantastic fiddle player4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat, great place!!! VeryGreat, great place!!! Very high attention to service. Walked away to the ladies room --owner/manager refolded my napkin. Classy!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMFresh SushiI was visiting Charleston on business and a local colleagues recommended it. Great sushi, rolls, sake, and other drinks. Their Monday, Wednesday, Friday half price rolls were full size. Kelp salad was plentiful and tasty. If I come back to Charleston, I will definitely eat here again.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMApps were great, sashimi wasApps were great, sashimi was awesome, sushi rolls were just ok. Overall we loved the place and would go back.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAn excellent and creativeAn excellent and creative interpretation of sushi and other Japanese cuisine. Service by Chris was excellent. An enjoyable evening.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMDeliciousBest sushi in town! A must when visiting Charleston.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great time. Our foodWe had a great time. Our food was delicious and fresh. We will be back.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous experience. Our waiterFabulous experience. Our waiter John was superb! We celebrated a birthday and they were fantastic!!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMA wonderful restaurant withA wonderful restaurant with a friendly staff. Thank you for a delicious dinner.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe staff went out of theirThe staff went out of their way to give us great service. It was a special occasion, and they were attentive and brought us drinks and a dessert for the birthday girl, at no charge. Amazing service and the food was outstanding!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service were spectacular!Food and service were spectacular! Kimball always makes sure we are taken care of and is a great asset to O-Ku!3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMBest sushi we have ever had!Best sushi we have ever had! Delicious! Service seemed alittle slow for how busy it was. Over all a great night. Will and have recommend to friends.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM