Baku

4.7
1279 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
BAKU is a Japanese Robata-style restaurant that showcases outstanding Sushi and innovative Robata and Yakatori cuisine. Casual everyday dining downstairs with a upscale lounge upstairs. We specialize in creating an unique and memorable experience for every occasion.



For parties of 8+ guests on Friday and Saturday evening, we do require a $50 Non-Refundable Deposit to confirm reservations. This deposit is applied to the bill at time of reservation. Please call the restaurant for more details about confirming your party of 8+ guests on Friday and Saturday. All parties of 8+ guests will need to call the restaurant directly to make reservations.
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4.6
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4.6
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Robatayaki Filet was perfect! Every bit tasted like the first!

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Rick
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Our server was excellent. The first two rounds of dishes came shortly after we ordered. But after we ordered the third round we waited and waited. The server came by several times and asked if we were okay and said she would check on the food. After 20-25 minutes the food finally came, the server apologized (not her fault), but we never did find out what the problem was. All in all it was a very nice evening, and my son (whose birthday we were celebrating) was very happy. We will definitely go there again.

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vipSusanA
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing staff. Will come back on our next trip to Charlotte.

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vipCrazytraveller
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We love this menu — great for sharing we especially enjoyed the sushi, specialty rolls like the Rice Krispie treat and yellowfin sashimi. The Black Cod is such a treat and the spicy steak is a nice size. All shareable. Don’t forget the veggies — all are amazing! I did find I needed to help waitress pace the meal or everything just comes at once. Love the ambiance especially the upstairs lounge bar area.

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AngelicaD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, tuna and salmon were fresh. Service was excellent, our sever made great recommendations, ambience was wonderful. Definitely our new go to spot for sushi.

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Jeremy
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did not had a single bad bite. Everything was amazing.

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AthenaD
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food, authentic, at a fair price. They brought out a treat fir my son and daughter for their teen birthdays. My parents attended. Thank you so much for making this family event so special.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for our 15 year anniversary. Heard many good things about Baku. Didn’t disappoint. Server Alex was very friendly and attentive.

If you want the true experience, bring your wallet and order the toro and otoro. Melts in your mouth.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great sushi - super quality and great service! It’s a bit on the expensive side.

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Maddie
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant. Great mixed drinks and food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. The hamachi was my favorite of the evening. We will definitely be back to try more menu items!

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Natalie
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, but that's no surprise. We traded our table reservation for a spot at the bar- our bartender was super knowledgeable in the sake selection and the food. This is definitely one of our favorite spots.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It’s ok. Music is blasting from limited speakers so it’s annoying. More speakers and lower volume gives a better experience

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CorkDork1
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant; excellent attentive service, great & creative wine list. Filet special was tender flavorful
Love the experience

DM
vipDaveM
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining experience. Hands down our go to for Sushi in the South Park area

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CLJones
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an awesome Japanese meal and experience at Baku!

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ElizabethH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely my favorite place!! We will always go back.

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DennisT
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Eye catching interior and excellent service including help with a complicated menu. Quite a nice variety in their Japanese menu offering with menu setup in a tapas ordering and service style. Food was expertly prepared and for the most part quite tasty. A simple miso soup however fell far short of expectations as did the freshness on some selections on the sushi variety platter. Soup tasted as if was instant. Soup is simple and should have been better. Cocktails were inventive and enjoyable but they were too expensive. Overall value was a bit below expectation but did not deter from an otherwise enjoyable experience.

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LanaS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good overall, but a little bit overpriced for what you get. Weird that sashimi plate did come with ice on the bottom like in other places. Had to eat fish really fast so it won't get warm and nasty.

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CStrong
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best food experiences I've had in awhile. All the food was grade A and our server and the waitstaff was extremely attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very slow bar service. It took about an hour to receive cocktails. Would have ordered wine or beer instead.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The food was average to above average. The service was very good. It is very expensive considering it is Tapas. From a value perspective the food quality did not meet the expectations of a high-end restaurant. Lastly, if you are looking for ambiance, this is not the place (very dark).

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ChristinaC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The restaurant looks a bit worn down. The table, chairs and floors were sticky. Our food tasted delicious but the black cod had a ton of bones in it which wasn't fun to pick out. The desserts were wonderful. The price of the food is slightly above average for what it was. Our servers were pleasant and the service was good. We would return but feel that we can find sushi equally high priced in a more updated venue.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
35 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Baku and frequent them once a week. The sushi is best in Charlotte and cocktails are really good

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
34 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Service, food, and drinks were all very good! Will return and be adding to our rotation of restaurants! So happy we found this place. It is perfect for date night. Fun, dim lights, and good music

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MariaB
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food and service were great. The drinks weren’t very strong and it felt like the air conditioning was not on as it was a bit warm in the restaurant.

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ivanM
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, love the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Just did a "surprise me" omakase, but they let me set my own budget! Good for the most part, really loved the posters with melon and ponzu, plus the imported uni and the snapper tasting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in charlotte.

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vipfit4foodies
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn't been there for awhile and was happy with meal and service!

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vipDRoy
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service throughout. Food was beautifully prepared and presented. Prices reflect similar quality in the area and are mid-high but worth it.

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vipluvfoodanddance
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Baku is a favorite of ours, but the bar takes forever to make even the simplest drinks. It’s a shame that the bar is a consistent problem and bottleneck in what is otherwise a fantastic dining experience with a chic vibe. Be sure to order the “rice krispy” appetizer- it’s amazing!!

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vipBrianS
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wagyu was amazing

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MeredithB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I really enjoyed Baku. We recently moved to Charlotte and this is the best sushi we’ve had so far. It was pricey- more like NYC pricing that CLT - and I thought some of the dishes were overwrought. That seems to be the trend for Charlotte sushi though so maybe I’m just out of touch. The service was excellent. The noise level was ok early on a Saturday night.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone from the hostess, to the waitstaff and the manager were extremely pleasant and professional. The waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu. Food was delicious as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food but a bit expensive compared to similar level places.

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KaityA
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great date-night, girls-night, anything-night spot. The food was amazing and the dessert was yummy!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The service was amazing, the ambience was perfect. The food was good— but not great:(

FAQs

Baku is rated 4.7 stars by 1279 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.