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About Baku

BAKU is a Japanese Robata-style restaurant that showcases outstanding Sushi and innovative Robata and Yakatori cuisine.

4515 Sharon Rd
Charlotte, NC 28211
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Yakitori, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 817-7173

Website:
http://www.baku-restaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking available

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Baku Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (15)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Special Occasion (9)
Fun (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Authentic (8)
Romantic (7)
Business Meals (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Tapas (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Cozy (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Spicy (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Vegan (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our food, and the service was excellent. Lee Anne, our server, was awesome - she made great recommendations and did a great job. We ordered a lot of different things to share, and everything was delicious. I would personally recommend the lobster roll, crab legs, salmon belly sushi and the ribs. Also, brussels and sweet potatoes were excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

A wonderful dining experience! The service was fantastic, and the food was DELICIOUS. I will definitely be returning to this restaurant whenever I am in the neighborhood.

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Not overly impressed by this place on my 2nd visit. Prices were high, service was lacking and they were out of the most basic of items that I had requested off the menu. After 2 subpar visits I do not think I will give them a 3rd try.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Delicious very fresh Sushi, perfectly made. Joe was very nice server as well. Thanks for a nice dining experience. We will be back!

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Absolutely outstanding food. I’ll definitely be back

Tags: Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Late-night Find, Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was a very nice experience. The restaurant happened to be not busy, however the table next to us was very loud otherwise I would rate the noise level one less. Our waiter was excellent and explaining the menu and how Baci to serves its food and how much to order. The food was excellent and came out right after being cooked .

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Amazing Food, and Service. I am gluten free and they double checked everything if they were not sure and they even altered a few things to make them gluten free for me. Everything was amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Business Meals, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent evening out with a female friend. Great service and excellent food!! Best sea bass I have ever had!!! Will definitely refer this place to friends, and will visit again soon!!!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food has decreased in quality, but it’s still a great place.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Omaha)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great place to unwind and share small plates with a table.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was very good to excellent except for the lamb and wagyu steak which were just pretty good. Steak was a bit fatty and lamb was bit overdone. Loves the food overall and the dining experience is very cool. Don't be in a hurry, food comes out fast or very slow depending on the dish ordered and what's going on in the kitchen. Kitchen seems to be a chaotic. So, some dishes came out waaaaay too slowly. Waiter was good and service overall was very good (not quite excellent) and ambiance is very cool. Would recommend it as I can be a bit picky. It was a fun experience and great tasting a lot of different types of foods among the three of us.

Tags: Late-night Find, People Watching, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Disappointed. Used to be a really cool place to get creative dishes. Always pricey but you didn't mind because the dishes were so tasty and fun to share. The menu has been greatly reduced and you can't really tell what you are ordering from the description. It is a small plate concept but my order came about 15 minutes before my husband's order so he just had to sit there and watch me eat. He ordered a $48 nigiri platter which consisted of a just few small pieces. I had a few pieces of tenderloin chunks with about half an asparagus and a sliced sweet potato that had a fuel taste to it. Our bill was over $100 and we left very hungry and unsatisfied. Baku used to offer some really impressive plates and the waiters were really good with suggestions and made the whole night a fun event. We were there on a Friday night at 7:00 and the restaurant was only half full and quiet. Now we know why.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Excelente barra de. Sushi y sashimi. Muy recomendable. Caro pero bueno

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Good location in the South Park area with an interesting name. Food is highly thought of and is priced to remind you in case you forget.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I took a party of four including my wife and my client. We asked the waiter, Joe if I recall correctly (been a couple weeks), and he was super. He happily took charge, learned about our preferences, allergies etc., and proceeded to select and bring out a variety of dishes to share over four courses. All the food was great, and this was echoed by the whole table not just me.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Overpriced. Menu extremely weak. My order was just ok

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 21, 2017

the menu is too large, complicated and disorganized. Very difficult understand and make appropriate selections.
Food is good, but small portions.
Wine list was not up to date and had missing items.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We chose the chef's menu which is a real treat if you enjoy trying new foods in authentic and creative ways. We had a part of six celebrating my wife's birthday. Our server was terrific, he explain the food as it was brought to us as we dined on several innovative dishes. If you are a foodie and like a real experience, Baku is for you. One of the best meals, if not the best, I have enjoyed this year.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Service and food was exceptional . We had the pork dumplings, Chilean See Bass skewers, steak skewers , king crab legs and brussel sprouts. All of the dishes were perfect. The presentation was beautiful, the sauces unique and the crab was delicious. Our sever was very prompt and helpful. We sat close to the sushi bar and the dishes they were sending out were incredible looking. The cocktails were very nice as well. Great place ! Well worth the money.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Good for a Date, Fun, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great, fresh sushi. So far, the best we’ve had in Charlotte. Thank you.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Service was good the sushi didn’t taste fresh

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 12, 2017

I looooove Baku! It's perfect for any special dining engagement. Come prepared to spend money because it isn't cheap but let the drinks flow, keep the food coming and you will leave so get happy and full. It is worth every penny!!

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Went to Baku a second time to try the Omakase Tasting 150. It was great, I was served delicious food throughout. It was a pleasant experience. Grilled Shishito pepper with bonito flakes, very mild and tasty, salad with seared tuna, sea bass tempura, sweet grilled black cod, A5 wagyu steak with mushroom and 3 type of salts, rice with mushroom and dessert. Also, various sushi served fresh from the chef! Oishi! I was full after that, phew.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Excellent food. Had a wide variety of robots items as well as sushi and all was top quality!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Absolutely wonderful food from start to finish. The layout and decor is really cool too. Have only eaten here twice but it was fantastic both times! I'd say the food isn't cheap but it's also not overpriced either. Wish I lived closer, would definitely eat here a lot more often.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Disappointing. Nothing spectacular or particularly different. Prices were high for the quality. We can check that one off the list; no need to return.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Both the food and service were fantastic! I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 5, 2017

This is a beautiful restaurant offering dishes that are so beautiful they are works of art. The dishes are a series of small servings to be shared with others at your table.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Bad table and food cane out in a haphazard order.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 29, 2017

This is my third visit to Baku, but it will be my last. The food has changed considerably and is nothing special like it used to be. The noise made it impossible for a table of 5 to have a conversation. People seated beside one another even found it hard to talk. I planned a nice evening with friends in what I considered a nice restaurant, but was disappointed on all fronts. So-so food and no conversation! Good bye, Baku!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We went for restaurant week and got to try different options. I recommend the crispy brussel sprouts and the housemade ice cream. The calimari was not greasy, but had no flavor. The same with the steak.

The food is served as it's prepared, so your courses aren't always served in order.

It is very loud, so not the best place for conversation.

It is very pricy and the cuisine doesn't merit the price.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Food just ok. My experiences here with food have been much better.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We went during Queens Feast; however the Restaurant Week menu didn't speak to us. We had the pork dumplings and titaki beef to start. The dumplings were good, but the titaki beef was a little odd. Not my favorite. I had the Chilean Sea Bass and he had the Skirt Steak. Both were good, but we left with a huge bill and still hungry. Overall, the service was good and the food was ok, but not worth the price.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Went during Queensfeast and had to go at 5:45 to get a table. Everything was fine and our server was great. I cannot wait to go back when I can take advantage of the full menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Inventive and tasty food. Love the presentation. Excellent service.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Restaurant week there was nowhere to sit as upstairs was closed for function they ran out of a number of items on menu

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 27, 2017

It was restaurant week so I understand that some things may not be the same but the food was mediocre at best. They were out of the wine and beer that I ordered and the service was just ok. For the price tag of this restaurant I would not recommend it at all.

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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Queens Fest brought us to BAKU for the first time. The food was very good, but one dish ( prawns ) took forever. When it got to the table there was exactly ONE prawn on the plate! ONE!!! Not very happy at all. Even though the festival is to sample new restaurants, it is still $35. One piece of shrimp...really?
With that said, the flavors of all the dishes were excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 27, 2017

I am a foodie. This was by far, the WORST restaurant I've been to in years!! I was annoyed that I actually spent money here. I will never go back!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Service was excellent. Decor interesting. Food was very tasty. One gripe...tiger prawn and vegetable tempura (Queens feast week menu) only had one prawn in it. Mentioned it to our waiter. He apologized and said other people complained about it too. That's why I gave it a 4 star rating instead of a 5.

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