Great food (brunch) and environment. The waffles were insanely AWESOME!
This was my first time here and it did not disappoint! Our waitress, Rachel, was no less than FANTASTIC. She was honest, gave great recommendations and went above and beyond. The food was delicious and interesting. The duck was very tasty as well as the tiramisu. I highly recommend and will definitely be back!
We’re returning customers and we’re quite surprised at the service we received on Saturday night. It was pretty bad and I’m usually not one to complain or be negative. Our server repeatedly skipped over our table, we received one small plate at first, then 15min later our remaining small plates arrived at the same time as our large plates and the valet told us it was a cash charge for the night, even though the sign indicated complimentary. We didn’t have cash and he made us stand near our vehicle, parked adjacent to the sidewalk for 10minutes while repeatedly telling him we don’t have cash and asking why the complimentary sign is still out
The food was good .. expensive for what was served
Great restaurant , amazing food. Service was a little slow, my only complaint.
I want to go back and try every single thing on the menu.
Empanadas were awesome!
Good was good, great variety and an extensive gluten free menu. Really enjoyed the wine flight, excellent.
We came here on date night and had a wonderful time. Rachael, our waitress, took wonderful care of us with some fantastic suggestions. I do have to recommend the deviled eggs. They're like deviled eggs with a twist. The flavors in the food here were amazing and Rachael helped us out with some wonderful pairings for wine with our meals. We started off with a few small plates to try some different things and then enjoyed a large plate and finish. We can't wait to come back again. The atmosphere was fantastic for a date night and we spent about 3 hours just enjoying ourselves in the atmosphere and the wonderful company. One final note, they do have free valet parking which I only realized after I already paid for parking next door.
The small plates are very good. Love the steam bun. The mussel is a big surprise: cooked so well and has a rich taste. We ordered a lot of food, most are very good(except the hot pot—too sweet). Recommend the duck breast, the sea bass and African steak.
This was a really fun night with a bunch of girl friends made even better by good wine, food and ambiance. I will definitely go back. Thank you!
Great food and great service ! Always come to this restaurant when in town.
Wonderful food. Great service from Eric. A all around terrific dining experience.
Had the Sunday Brunch. Everything was great and service was excellent. Will definitely go again
It's my go to restaurant for downtown Raleigh. Great place to share small plates with a friend or two. Or impress an out-of-town guest. Delicious food that is full of flavour!
Inexperienced server. Appetizer and main dish came at the same time. Food was very good. Certain "street food" dishes are too expensive, while some of them are reasonably priced.
Our server was good. A BIG negative. Had a 9:00 pm reservation, they close at 10. They actually gave us last call at 9:40 before our dinner even came out. I have never in my life had that happen! Lazy bartender. That is beyond ridiculous. It was a bit overpriced for the area as well. You should always treat your last customers the same as your first customer.
I had Sunday brunch for my birthday with my girlfriends. The food and service was phenomenal! My only suggestion is to offer the mimosas the same as the sangria (which was delicious)! Thank you
Wonderful food. Service was great. Excellent cocktails as well.
Buku has an amazing atmosphere whether you go for a special occasion or just a night out. The small plates are especially good.
Wonderful service and great food. Looking forward to returning.
My friend was coming for the first time, I am a frequent diner and old. My friend, a college student, was impressed.
My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary. Had heard from friends how great the food was, and were not disappointed. The crab flautas and hot pot are SO good! Looking forward to a return visit. The only ‘off’ part was our waiter continually calling us ‘friends’. This is used in elementary schools instead of calling students boys and girls, so it was odd.
We had a great time celebrating my mom's birthday here. We shared lots of small plates and a few of the larger entrees and all were very yummy. Service was great, they even surprised my mom with free cake and champagne. Going with a big group (8) was great because we could try more things. We were there at 5pm on Sunday and it was not busy at all.
It was our first brunch there, and the entire experience was enjoyable from the convenient valet to the variety of food available and the friendly helpful staff.
Always love brunch here! Food is always great and Jason, our server, was awesome!
For the price I expected more; in quality and quantity. We had made a reservation and had no wait. Place was packed by the time we left.
The food is extremely spicy. If you're into that, you will enjoy.
Really great food. Highly recommended.
I am an omnivore and my friend is a vegan. We were both extremely pleased. Simple things like the hummus and edamame were note-worthy for the subtle seasoning. The Spicy Hot Pot is, indeed spicy, but I found it hard to stop eating (slurping). The ambience allowed for a sophisticated situation as well as for our casual occasion because there are a few discrete dining areas. Truly a good experience.
We had such a great time at Buku. It was a girls' get-together that was so much fun over brunch. Would definitely return.
My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary together as well as my son’s birthday, knowing that she like a variety of food. Buku was the best place to be. I do not recall the lady who took care of us but she was awesome and always on the top on everything we ask for. Keep up with the good job guys
I made the reservation to celebrate Valentine's Day with my husband. We had superb service, excellent food. After paying for our bill, our waiter bought my husband and I a nice glass of champagne. It was wonderful.
Ordered a bunch of small plates and shared with the table. Great experience.
Have been going to BUKU for years, and the staff is friendly and welcoming and we feel at home at BUKU.. Great flexible menu whether snack or larger meal. Most food on spicy side so if that is a concern, then read menu carefully. Always popular. Recommend reservation on Friday or Saturday nights.
Very good food, a varied menu, and friendly and prompt service.
The food and drinks were great and the overall experience was fantastic. The restaurant itself had an amazing ambience and I truly enjoyed it. We did have a very large party of guests but the service was extremely slow. It took a good while to get drinks and about an hour to get our food and it also took a while to get the check.
My boyfriend & I had an awesome Valentines Day at Buku. Our server was amazing and knew the menu so well, the timing was perfect. This was my third time and his first, we’ll come back! Thanks so much xx
We had a delicious meal. The wait staff was excellent
The food was amazing a little bit spicy, but what’s life without trying new things. Our waiter was very helpful explaining the menu item and we and an overall great experience we will be back again. #BuKu
Food was well made by the chefs and the waitress was superb at recommending foods and drinks based on request. If you had any questions regarding specifics within the food, the waitress/waiter would gladly go and ask the chefs or bartenders for you. My only complaint would be the noise level of the music, made it a little difficult to hear. Overall, fantastic experience 4/5 stars.
I believe our server was John, African American male with dreadlocks on top. He was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the food, wine and made the experience very nice by checking in on us at the right times without being over bearing. Thank you John. Plus my date looked great so you know +++