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buku: Global Street Food

2832 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Global, International, Asian, South American
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Hours of operation
Serving our Full Menu
Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am-12am

Sunday Brunch Buffet: 10am-3pm
Sunday Dinner: 5pm-10pm
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Phone number
(919) 834-6963
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Amanda Haisley
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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.
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Private party contact
Katherine Darden: (919) 834-6963
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We would love to host your next event! Please ask Katherine, our Events Coordinator, for an Events Package and any additional information you need.
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Cross street
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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.
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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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What 2832 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

RDUYumminess (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We had such a great time at Buku. It was a girls' get-together that was so much fun over brunch. Would definitely return.

SundayFamily092015 (Dubai)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Ordered a bunch of small plates and shared with the table. Great experience.

vipJfromcary (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

afinediner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Very good food, a varied menu, and friendly and prompt service.

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

JasonK (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

MDF4 (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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 +++

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great range of choices for Sunday brunch. Friendly and attentive service as well.

linernd (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

buku NEVER disappoints. We cannot eat there without getting our favorite, the Hot Pot. Delicious. Tried the deviled eggs this time which were amazing. Could eat there everyday!

AnneP (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Fun place but could do without the large tv in the bar area. At least put on a good show - the Olympics would have been nice instead of a sitcom.