buku: Global Street Food

4.4
3122 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Global, International

Restaurants you may also like

View all

About

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
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Global, International, Asian, South American
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Serving our Full Menu
Monday-Thursday: 4 pm-9pm
Friday & Saturday: 4pm-10pm

Sunday Brunch: 10am-3pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(919) 834-6963
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Amanda Haisley
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private party contact
Katherine Darden: (919) 834-6963
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Wilmington
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3122 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
LH
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Buku! The food is amazing and so is the service.

Report
Helpful
TH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYE- it was perfect!

Report
Helpful
CW
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. Good service

Report
Helpful
JS
Chicago
175 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

An excellent New Years Eve dinner.

Report
Helpful
OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome service and great food!

Report
Helpful
N
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good ambiance

Report
Helpful
K
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for brunch. I have only been for brunch. Great for networking groups, dates, and family brunch.

Report
Helpful
RA
Raleigh
54 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

BUKU is out go to place for Sunday brunch with friends and out of town visitors. The staff is always friendly and the atmosphere is very casual. We never feel rushed.

Good variety of delicious breakfast and lunch items and perhaps the best fried chicken in town. The only problem is the difficulty in controlling myself not to eat to much. A real challenge.

Report
Helpful
K
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and good service

Report
Helpful
DW
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good Birthday dinner with the family.

Report
Helpful
DD
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and drinks!! Great atmosphere! Love this place.

Report
Helpful
AB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed every dish we had and the fun beverages! Great choices for our vegetarian and gluten free family
Members!

Report
Helpful
OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very happy with my experience

Report
Helpful
MG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was phenomenal. He was very attentive and held a conversation with the table to make the whole experience great.

Report
Helpful
OT
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant will soon be moving to Cary. Make plans accordingly!

Report
Helpful
CM
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch is great. I love the freshness and tasteful buffet. I will miss going to the downtown location.

Report
Helpful
OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Large variety of food

Report
Helpful
OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Annual Christmas dinner with my friends. Did not disappoint. I will miss y’all being downtown. Good luck at your Cary location.

Report
Helpful
PL
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our party of six had a very enjoyable dinner at BuKu on a busy Saturday evening. Nothing on the menu is spectacular but BuKu is a fun place to go. I’m not sure that their model will work in Cary but we’ll find out soon enough.

Report
Helpful
b
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the minute we walked in the restaurant to the last bite of our chocolate soufflé, our experience was perfect. The service, the wine, the food were all a 10!

Report
Helpful
MS
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a pre-theater birthday dinner. Party of 7 easily accommodated. Everyone’s food was excellent. The service was outstanding! Aware of our timeframe and working with a late arrival, our waitress, made everything run so smoothly. Best service I’ve experienced in a long time! Thank you

Report
Helpful
D
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was bad, kitchen was slow, had to send multiple things back, eventually we had a decent meal. Took us two hours to eat. We only went here because we went to So'ca and that was so bad they gave us a gift certificate to Bu'ku. Everyone involved in both need to get it together.

Report
Helpful
JG
Raleigh
50 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Last time we were at Bu•Ku, we loved it so when my best friends birthday came around, we decided it would be. A great place to take her. Unfortunately it seems the restaurant has gone down hill since we were last there.
We ordered 6 small plates (sushi roll, vegetable dumplings, pork gyoza, shrimp larb, beet hummus and pear salad). The pear salad was dressed in an extremely salty and oily dressing - to the point we couldn’t eat it. The other small plates were good but everything was extremely heavy on the salt so we were left feeling underwhelmed.
Lastly, and most disappointing, they charged us for my best friends birthday cake!! I have never had a restaurant charge you for the birthday dessert!
Needless to say, unfortunately, we won’t be returning any time soon.

Report
Helpful
OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food just wasn’t what I was hoping it would be. The atmosphere was great though.

Report
Helpful
n
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My BFF and I went to buku at its Raleigh location this week 'one last time' for our traditional hotpot with iced tea (note: it's better with rice than with rice noodles). And I FINALLY thought to get another bowl for takeout (duh!).

Report
Helpful
KB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was interesting and good. I had a "large bowl" and I thought the broth could have hotter. We sat in a booth which I found a bit uncomfortable as the seats were to low for the table.

Report
Helpful
JA
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tandoori chicken was incredible. Tiramisu was awesome. All very flavorful, well prepared and presented. Great food.

Report
Helpful
TB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is awesome! You can’t miss with anything on the menu.

Report
Helpful
J
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here to celebrate son’s birthday. Wasn’t sure I would like it but the food was amazing and the atmosphere was great. We sat next to the water wall.

Report
Helpful
F
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and affordable brunch with free parking!
Staff is consistently pleasant and accommodating.

Report
Helpful
F
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The absolute bbbbeeessssstttt brunch spot in Raleigh. The different stations gives you an a amazing selection of flavorful food.

Report
Helpful
CK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best experience at buku! Our server was absolutely incredible, and the food was delicious. (The ramen was some of the best we've ever had.)

Report
Helpful
SF
Dubai
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as always.

Report
Helpful
OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I’m very disappointed because my friend and I planned a whole night out and made reservations for 7:15pm on Sunday and we got there and found that the restaurant was closed. Not only were they closed but there were still employees there (four hours after closing time) outside smoking and they just said “um we’re actually closed, we close early on Sundays now” and when I mentioned that I had booked a reservation on opentable and that it wasn’t listed as closing early here and they responded “oh yeah we just haven’t updated our hour there”. It was handled very unprofessionally and honestly ruined our entire evening. They should have at least seen that they had a late reservation and called the reschedule us.

Report
Helpful
AR
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy taking friends, especially those from out of town to Buku. The menu and the setting are impressive; the ambiance is good for conversation.
My fiends are inevitably impressed with the menu choices, the quality of the food and the experience as a whole.
I am sad that it is leaving downtown Raleigh, but will follow it to Cary.

Report
Helpful
BW
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is great!! The food was increadable. Great selection of hot and cold dishes, carving station, egg station, and fresh.

Report
Helpful
OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!.Ambiance!............ Making me type more than I wanted too......too......toooo......

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Anniversary

Report
Helpful
OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed an amazing dinner last night at Buku. The restuarant is low lite and beautiful. We enjoyed Hawaiian Ahi Poke and Vietnamese spring rolls as appetizers; both were wonderful. I selected the Vietnamese Pho. It was by far the best I have ever eaten. To top it off, my husband raved about the filet he ordered. The service was just as amazing as the meal

Report
Helpful
LR
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Had the ramen and it was unbelievably delicious. Their craft cocktails are excellent, too. Highly recommend!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
79

Tweets by buku: Global Street Food