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.
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
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 +++
Great range of choices for Sunday brunch. Friendly and attentive service as well.
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!
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.
We had a Great experience. Three friends gathering for her birthday. The service was impeccable and so was the food
We were seated promptly in the middle of a busy room. The noise level was a bit loud. The custom drink came to the table with lemon instead of lime and with ice instead of neat. The waitress had to be flagged down intread of checking on us. She apply the discount I mentioned early but then there was a drink on our bill not ordered and had to wait for that to be removed. Great food. Could be a cool place but just not great that evening.
Another great meal at Buku!
Buku never disappoints & tonight was no exception. We went here for my husbands birthday. Service, food, & ambience were superb. They even surprised us with a chocolate mousse cake with a candle & berries on the side. It was to die for! We come here for all our special occasions, celebrations, & date nights. They always deliver 100%!
Birthday Brunch was the special occasion and this brunch is the best in Raleigh. Love the buffet options and our waiter was so friendly and helpful. There is no other brunch buffet like this in Raleigh!
Buku was the perfect spot for my birthday brunch! The vast array of food on the buffet was incredible and the service was great. Everyone at my table had two plates - some even had three! Delicious cuisine and great atmosphere. Will definitely dine again!
Super yummy dinner spot in downtown Raleigh! I'm vegetarian and the pad Thai is my favorite thing.
The food was great, but it was apparently clear that Buku wasn’t a kid friendly establishment.
Perhaps we just ordered the wrong things, but the Ramen was really under-seasoned. Sadly, the ramen I made in college had more flavor than this. For $20, I just expected a little bit more.
Our waitress was great but clearly busy. There were large gaps of time before seeing her. I think we'll try it again and get something else.
As always, great meal.
Nice atmosphere and great cocktails. Small places were great. Entrees we ordered were a bit disappointing though. I don’t recommend the Korean BBQ
First time at Buku, and we were very hopeful as we browsed the menu beforehand. Very stylish and cozy environment. We selected the restaurant because of its varied cuisine and gluten free options. We showed up at opening time on a Sunday. The place was not busy.
The empanadas appetizer was decent. I ordered the Korean Bibimbap and my girlfriend ordered the Samosa Pot Pie. She enjoyed her dish. However, my Bibimbap was all around bland and odd tasting. The beef was cold, the rice too crunchy, and the vegetables tasted over cooked and smokey. It felt like eating a cold frozen dinner. For a $22 dish, I expected much better quality. I've had much better Bibimbap elsewhere in town.
We may give Buku another shot to try other dishes. But first impression was an underwhelming experience.
Love Buku every time! Brunch is spectacular!
We went for Triangle Restaurant Week and were thoroughly pleased with the exotic options to try on their special menu. Both of our cocktails were lovely, the service was great, and the food was an exciting adventure. Recommended if you want to take a trip on the culinary wild side!
Table wasn’t the best for a date, middle of the floor was crowded would be better for a casual meet up w a friend.
Service was atrocious, embarrassed me as a host to my date’s first visit to Raleigh. The server took 10m or so to greet us so we immediately ordered drinks and an app... someone brought us the app, which we finished easily 10m before the bartender brought the drinks... then another 10m passed before I had to ask the hostess to find our waiter.
I will likely come back to Buku as it’s one of my favorite restaurants, but I’ll likely not bring a guest new to Raleigh as this was extremely embarrassing.
Dinner here is fantastic. I had come to Boku once before for their Sunday brunch and was not impressed. The only option for food was the buffet and it was an overpriced, mediocre breakfast. I'm really glad I gave it a second chance though because I had a amazing dinner. Definitely something I would suggest to a friend.