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About buku: Global Street Food

Located at the corner of Wilmington and Davie Streets in the heart of downtown Raleigh, bu•ku is a local restaurant that tells a global story. The name "bu•ku" itself is an international slang twist on the phrase, "Merci, beaucoup" meaning, "Thank you very much." Inspired by the pushcarts of street vendors across the globe, our chefs harvest an array of unique and distinct flavors and present them authentically, in a virtual kaleidoscope of plates. The common link: these are foods that people love. Working within different regional traditions, our menu brings together complex and flavorful dishes that have been honed over generations. Foods like Filipino Lumpia, Jamaican Lamb Patties and Chinese Steamed Buns can be found on the street corners of Manila, Kingston and Beijing. We strive to convey the immediate thrill a traveler feels eating foods like these as they first cross over the cart and exchange hands into the urban setting.

110 East Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International, Asian, South American

Hours of Operation:
Serving our Full Menu
Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am-12am

Sunday Brunch Buffet: 10am-3pm
Sunday Dinner: 5pm-10pm

Cross Street:
Wilmington

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 834-6963

Website:
http://www.bukuraleigh.com/

Catering:
We would love to host your next event! Please ask Katherine, our Events Coordinator, for an Events Package and any additional information you need.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet every day after 5pm and during Sunday Brunch. Lunch parking is available in the public deck.


Enter the City Center Parking Deck from Wilmington Street

Take elevator to ground floor; exit out at revolving doors turn left and enter double doors on the left at the corner of Davie and Wilmington.

Executive Chef:
Amanda Haisley

Private Party Facilities:
Private and semi-private dining rooms are available for parties and special occasions up to 150 guests. Full-facility rentals are available for up to 293 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Katherine Darden: (919) 834-6963

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We would love to help you plan your next event. Our private and semi-private dining rooms seat parties of 10-150 guests and we have a virtual kaleidoscope of menu options for you to choose from! Please speak with Katherine, our Events Coordinator, for more information.

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (48)
Special Occasion (34)
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Fit for Foodies (30)
Good for Groups (30)
Good Vegetarian Options (25)
Great for Brunch (22)
Fun (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Business Meals (20)
Tapas (20)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Spicy (19)
Authentic (18)
Tasting Menu (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Romantic (15)
Casual (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Healthy (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Gluten Free Options (8)
People Watching (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Great Beer (6)
Vegan (6)
Cozy (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Attractive restaurant, convenient to Duke Performance Hall, eclectic menu, good service, nice presentation, tasty food. Loved the Afghan mantu and the mussels.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Great experience, staff was nice and friendly! The only thing I didn’t like was some of the flavors in certain foods but overall a great time was had.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The small plates were great. The entrees were average at best. My duck was mixed, some parts were cooked perfectly. Others were tough and chewy. Similar feedback from friends.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Symphony for my birthday

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We’ve come to Buku a lot in the past & love the brunch but yesterday was the worst experience. It was beyond freezing & the food was horrible. We had to send back the pho (cold soup) and the sushi was the worst I’ve ever had in my life. Stay away from the empanadas. The steak that we said to make medium was BURNT. Never going back.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

NYE, pre fixe menu was okay, the serving staff was super busy but pleasant .

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

They had a set, scaled down menu for New Years Eve. A 3 course meal with 3 options for each course. My date was Vegan and the staff went above and beyond to accommodate her.

Tags: Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I’ve been to Buku three times. Twice for dinner where I had the Pho once and the pad Thai the other time. It was delicious and the service was great!

However our New Year’s Eve experience wasn’t so great. The party favors were nice and the ambiance was festive. It was just extremely overpriced for what you got. The three course meal was $65 which when broken down was 15 for appetizer and dessert each and 35 for dinner entree. My steak was cold and over cooked. My husbands fish was super small and the rice was bland. We also did the drink pairings for $25. This was not a deal as this is the normal price for wine - $7 first glass, $10 second glass, and $8 last glass. The first course was fine but the second course we didn’t receive our wine until basically we finished eating the food. Then for third course we got our wine at least 15 minutes before our dessert was served. Considering this was about a $200 meal after drinks and taxes I expected much better.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Dinner on New Year's Eve with friends from out of town. Pre Fix menu was innovative, appetizer choices were excellent (we tried them all). Entree steak was mediocre, vegan entree was very good. Desserts were a disappointment. We have enjoyed many excellent meals at Buku - the Sunday Brunch is the best in Raleigh. The New Year's eve meal was not up to their normal excellent standards.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Made a reservation there for New Year's Eve dinner - was not informed that it would be a fixed price menu. Meal was ok, but far overpriced.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We hadn’t been to Bu Ku for a few years and chose it for close to home location and ambience. Nice atmosphere and good service. Choices of 3 course menu for NYE. Except for desert, the food was good but not worth the high price. We still enjoyed the occasion and would probably try it again with the regular menu. Also we remember great weekend brunches.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

great sunday Brunch -- service was very good -- food was good as usual -- roast was over cooked - had a great time -- and fabulous Bloody Mary

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Going to BUKU on the Sunday nearest New Years has become a tradition these last few years for us. The food, service and everything is always to our satisfaction. And, while we like the food and the fried chicken is the best in Raleigh, most of the menu is repetitive for each visit. Like to see a little more variety but definitely keep the chicken. BTW, we go to BUKU several other times during the year and not just at New Years. Best brunch i the triangle.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was very cold out and so I ordered the ramen noodle bowl. It was delicious and hot. The waiter was prompt and the food came out quickly. There was a happy vibe in the restaurant. We would definitely eat here again when next in Raleigh.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

I'm not very adventurous with food but my wife really wanted to go so we did. The food was very good and I would go back. My only "negative" feedback was our waiter. He was adequate but seemed just angry. We would get nods or one word answers while we noticed many of the other waitstaff as very outgoing and engaging with their tables. Could have just been a bad day but I would go back and suggest trying it if you haven't.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We really enjoyed the variety of food choices. We all ordered different entrees to share. The small plates were also fun to get to taste some different foods. Jason, our waiter, was wonderful. It was a fun night!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Authentic, Organic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was amazing!! Can’t wait to go back to try other items from the very unique menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Always my favorite spot in raleigh

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food and excellent service. We went for a ladies night out.

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Good service, will be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

They have a separate vegan menu, and have gluten free options as well. I’ve never had anything there that wasn’t delish.
They have a room that’s closed off from the regular dining room for large groups/special occasions that we used last time we were there. We’ve had excellent service every time we’ve been there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Unique menu options and wonderful service! It was a very special treat!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic, Business Meals, Spicy, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Buku is always decent. Tiramisu is the best thing I’ve had on the menu. And, brunch is quite good. But, for the price, I think there are more interesting places to get dinner in Raleigh.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great downtown Raleigh restaurant. My wife and I have had nothing short of amazing dinners and suprisingly well done lunches here. Would highly recommend Buku for large parties down to a date night.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This place is wonderful.Small plates featuring new takes on foods from around the world.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Bachelorette Party

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Inventive menu with many vegetarian options! Thank you! We’ll be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Healthy
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

My daughter and I chose this restaurant based on the menu for dinner before the ballet. We made an excellent choice and had a wonderful dinner. It's two days later and we are still talking about the meal. The flavors were amazing and every dish was an experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was phenomenal! Every dish was well thought out and a lovely gathering of ingredients that complimented well. Good timing on service of all dishes and server was very friendly and able to offer knowledgeable advice on appetizers and main courses

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was my graduation brunch

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Love this place!! Food is always amazing every time we go!! Will be back 1000 more times! 👍🏻

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Buku never fails and Jason is the best waiter in Raleigh, cheerful, prompt and fun. It was our son's graduation dinner from NC State. We have 2 vegans in the family and there is always something creative and tasty on the menue.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Buku is a fabulous restaurant for all kinds of things, happy hour, quick bite with a drink, small plates, or a full dinner. The ambience is gorgeous with the waterfall by the bar. The restaurant is also beautiful inside without being loud. The lighting is perfect and makes for a cozy place to dine and have drinks.

Tags: Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Amazing food, great wine/cocktails, great service and valet service!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Casual, Tapas
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a party of 8 and had just come from the Oakwood Home Tour. Our dinner and service were wonderful. Very pleased.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

I've visited for brunch twice, lunch menu once. Our favorite is brunch. That's when we prefer to come.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This was our first visit to Buku. Our party of four enjoyed our meal and the service. We had the samosa pot pie, ramen, sushi, vegetable gyoza, steam buns with pork belly, pirogi, two beers and one cocktail. As we were walking back to the car, we all made the same comment ... 'global street food shouldn't be this expensive'. Our bill with 20% tip was around $150. We'll probably go back but we agreed that we'll try some other spots first.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Best Brunch in the Triangle! My wife and I took our 1 year old daughter there for my wife's birthday. The food was Awesome and the staff was even better. The manager was extremely attentive and engaging. Our waiter was perfect. We've tried this place before and it keep getting better. They have highchairs so feel comfortable taking kids to brunch.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We've been to BuKu quite a number of times. Service is always great, food is too. Lovely menu, great variety of options. I've enjoyed everything I've had there and have never heard a complaint from a guest. The only thing I don't care for about BuKu is that, although they have a very nice kids' menu - they don't print it, nor do they tell you about it. The regular menu choices don't really suit kids, so when a little one arrives - someone should be ready to tell them their options.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We LOVED Buku...each and every one of us. The variety is amazing and yet the quality of the food isn’t compromised due to the restaurant’s varied menu in an attempt to make lots of different types of food very well. Buku accomplishes this seamlessly. This restaurant is a gem and should be in other cities.

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