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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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4.6

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (45)
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Fit for Foodies (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
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Good for Birthdays (23)
Tapas (23)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Great for Brunch (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Business Meals (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Romantic (16)
Spicy (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Authentic (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Casual (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Hot Spot (13)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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·Dined 3 days ago

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

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

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 +++

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 11, 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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for Groups, Fun
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a Great experience. Three friends gathering for her birthday. The service was impeccable and so was the food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Another great meal at Buku!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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%!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Super yummy dinner spot in downtown Raleigh! I'm vegetarian and the pad Thai is my favorite thing.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Tapas, Disabled Access, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was great, but it was apparently clear that Buku wasn’t a kid friendly establishment.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 2, 2018

As always, great meal.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Nice atmosphere and great cocktails. Small places were great. Entrees we ordered were a bit disappointing though. I don’t recommend the Korean BBQ

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Love Buku every time! Brunch is spectacular!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was delicious except the chocolate soufflé we ordered was completely overdone.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent food and service. Mixed drink seemed quite skimpy but altogether forgivable given the superior quality of everything else. Our first trip -- we'll be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My wife and I have a standing date on Friday nights. We have found many great restaurants via Triangle Restaurant Week that become regulars in rotation.

As soon as the server found out we wanted to order from the restaurant week menu, she got cold. The closest she came to asking if we needed anything was "so far so good?"

A hostess came by to check-in a little later. She had an opportunity to save the situation. Instead she was just trying to flip the table.

The food was good but we'll never be back. $100 on dinner for two isn't wealthy-money, but we've gotten better service at literally every place we've ever been in the Raleigh area. That has to be more than 75 restaurants at this point. Bye, Felicia.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great location -especially if you are going to a downtown event. It’s best to estimate 1.5 hours ahead of the event to have a relaxing dinner.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We had a lovely experience. Our waitress, Jesse, took the time to explain the different dishes and suggested we try the small plates to sample different items. We did so and enjoyed everything. We will go back. Be sure to let Jessa (and the management) know what a great asset she is to the restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great food and experience. Love that they have a gluten free menu.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This was my second time here, the food was fabulous. The African short ribs are super tender it melts in your mouth. The empanadas and the baja crab flauntas are extra yummy. Everyone that I was with all said they will go back, they were happy I took them there for the experience. I love this place.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The small plates were delicious and came out very quickly. Two out of 3 of our entrees were cold.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was as usual, great. Had a cocktail at the bar then sat down in the dining room for dinner. We shared several small plates and a couple large entrees, everything was wonderful.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was nice. Some really unique fusion offerings, yet not too exotic or unapproachable.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The hot pot is amazing every time! Highly recommend!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 6, 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 December 31, 2017

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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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