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BAKU is a Japanese Robata-style restaurant that showcases outstanding Sushi and innovative Robata and Yakatori cuisine.
Charlotte, NC 28211
Japanese, Yakitori, Sushi
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking available
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Baku Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We attended Baku during restaurant week and it was very good. I'd read reviews regarding how hot it was in there, thinking it was an AC problem that they surely got fixed....Well, it was still very warm where we were seated, which was in the booth along the back wall. Our waiter, Reggie, was AWESOME! He was extremely attentive, but not annoying. For the most part the food was really good. The cons of dining was that my friend got the "Prawns" dish and there was ONE Prawn! The food also came out weird and our entrees did not come out together. I waited 10 minutes with my food in front of me before my friends' food came out. I'd go back, but wouldn't sit in a booth and would request up front that our food comes out together.
I've eaten at this several times so was aware of the menu but I've never experienced a dinner like I did on Monday
If you go and order several dishes for 2 you'll get it when the kitchen sends it out. 2 of us already sharing 2 plates along comes another then another then a long wait for the last one
It took 5-6 request for a bottle of wine before they found one in stock. Each request took time
Cocktails where spilled and not to order
It was not a pleasant evening
Manager spent more time at the hostess station than the diners
Wait staff only answer was I'm sorry
So if you don't care what & when you get your drinks or food go to Baku
I'll doubt if I ever go back
I wish them well
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