Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.15mi
  2. Distance: 0.19mi
  3. Distance: 0.20mi
  4. Distance: 0.22mi
  1. Distance: 0.15mi
  2. Distance: 0.19mi
  3. Distance: 0.20mi
  4. Distance: 0.22mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.15mi
  2. Distance: 0.19mi
  3. Distance: 0.20mi
  4. Distance: 0.22mi
  1. Distance: 0.15mi
  2. Distance: 0.19mi
  3. Distance: 0.20mi
  4. Distance: 0.22mi

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
View Larger Map

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.

Send a Gift Card

Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.

buku: Global Street Food Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (46)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Special Occasion (37)
See All
Good for a Date (35)
Good for Groups (30)
Tapas (28)
Great for Brunch (26)
Good Vegetarian Options (26)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Business Meals (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Authentic (21)
Spicy (20)
Fun (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Hot Spot (16)
Romantic (16)
Tasting Menu (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Healthy (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Casual (11)
Cozy (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Vegan (8)
People Watching (7)
Great Beer (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Organic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sort by
S
2756 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Western NC)·Dined a day ago

Bachelorette Party

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Charlotte)·Dined 2 days ago

Love this place!! Food is always amazing every time we go!! Will be back 1000 more times! 👍🏻

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Buku never fails and Jason is the best waiter in Raleigh, cheerful, prompt and fun. It was our son's graduation dinner from NC State. We have 2 vegans in the family and there is always something creative and tasty on the menue.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

Buku is a fabulous restaurant for all kinds of things, happy hour, quick bite with a drink, small plates, or a full dinner. The ambience is gorgeous with the waterfall by the bar. The restaurant is also beautiful inside without being loud. The lighting is perfect and makes for a cozy place to dine and have drinks.

Tags: Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food, great wine/cocktails, great service and valet service!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Casual, Tapas
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a party of 8 and had just come from the Oakwood Home Tour. Our dinner and service were wonderful. Very pleased.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 10, 2017

I've visited for brunch twice, lunch menu once. Our favorite is brunch. That's when we prefer to come.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This was our first visit to Buku. Our party of four enjoyed our meal and the service. We had the samosa pot pie, ramen, sushi, vegetable gyoza, steam buns with pork belly, pirogi, two beers and one cocktail. As we were walking back to the car, we all made the same comment ... 'global street food shouldn't be this expensive'. Our bill with 20% tip was around $150. We'll probably go back but we agreed that we'll try some other spots first.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value2

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Best Brunch in the Triangle! My wife and I took our 1 year old daughter there for my wife's birthday. The food was Awesome and the staff was even better. The manager was extremely attentive and engaging. Our waiter was perfect. We've tried this place before and it keep getting better. They have highchairs so feel comfortable taking kids to brunch.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We've been to BuKu quite a number of times. Service is always great, food is too. Lovely menu, great variety of options. I've enjoyed everything I've had there and have never heard a complaint from a guest. The only thing I don't care for about BuKu is that, although they have a very nice kids' menu - they don't print it, nor do they tell you about it. The regular menu choices don't really suit kids, so when a little one arrives - someone should be ready to tell them their options.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We LOVED Buku...each and every one of us. The variety is amazing and yet the quality of the food isn’t compromised due to the restaurant’s varied menu in an attempt to make lots of different types of food very well. Buku accomplishes this seamlessly. This restaurant is a gem and should be in other cities.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My husband and I have been to Buku several times but took friends for their first experience. It was a great success. We shared many of the small plates and also had a couple of main dishes. The server helped us pick out the small plates since we weren't familiar with many of them. All were delicious. We enjoyed stretching our culinary boundaries!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Awesome food and service!! Taylor our waitress was very knowledgeable and made our experience fun!! Best food!

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Great Beer, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 19, 2017

Waitress was short and snooty. Food was good. Like the variety of options. Dessert was great. Price not bad at all. Probably 5 stars all around if the waitress had been nice...

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value3

 
·Dined on November 18, 2017

My wife and I were here for a marriage conference and weekend getaway. We wanted something romantic and cool. Buku was both. The food was fantastic and our waiter Micheal made some get suggestions and was super. We had the Vege Gyoza, Chaa, Rainbow roll and Korean BBQ.
Will definitely be back

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

buku was an interesting dining experience. The food was good it just was not exactly our style of food. The service was outstanding!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Loved dinner at BuKu before the theater. Good food, great selections, outstanding service.
Wish we went there more often. Mary

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great atmosphere and really creative food. I would definitely go back!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always enjoyed Buku, first brunch it was excellent and the choice of foods were a nice change.

Tags: Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Went there for brunch to celebrate my mom and sisters birthday, The server was very attentive and the food was all very good.

Tags: Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

As always, great food.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Used to be so much better. So disappointed, we had out of town guests and had to apologize for the service, table (next to a loud party of 20), food (ordered gluten free and got "vegan" short ribs - what the heck are "vegan" short ribs, waiter said "oh" I'll get you some meat..., the Bibimbap had a completely fried egg flopped on top, couldn't hold a conversation due to being set next to the huge party in the back room. We scheduled weeks in advance and that is the table we got... $200 bill for a party of 3 and totally not worth it. This used to be our go to for any special occasion. We are writing it off.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Try the Ramen and the Afghan appetizer. Been here twice, and haven't had anything that wasn't delicious. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Western NC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was great and so thankful we had a reservation. We'll be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 5, 2017

The waitstaff was excellent. Food was delivered hot and at the correct intervals. Something tasty and unique for everyone.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Enjoyed a dinner with friends on a Saturday night. Great strawberry habanero cocktail . Enjoyed the Chinese sticky dumplings filled with pork, as well as the Korean Pho- although it was difficult to remove the noodles from the bowl with the utensils given.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Authentic, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our server was amazing. Food was delicious. In town From Virginia Beach with some friends and chose Buku based on what some friends told us. Would definitely go back!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great place to try a variety of foods. For the two of us, we ordered several small plates, then a large plate to share. Very reasonable price.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, People Watching, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had a great dinner there. The service, food and ambience were top notch. We are not from the area and were visiting with friends. I would go again, and would recommend to anyone visiting.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is my 3rd visit. The food was pretty good, but not amazing. I will return and try other options. We sampled quite a few things from the menu but I realize sometimes it's a matter of finding just the right selection. Service was pretty good. It was a very busy night. Pricing was...pricey, yet expected considering the location.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great meal, great service, great drinks, great experience.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great selection of food, the Duck was excellent as was the Pork in steamed rolls.

Clearly was very busy and the service team did a good job of managing the table.

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·Dined on November 2, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience! The food was excellent. Our waiter knew the menu and was able to explain the dishes very well. It was my best restaurant meal ever! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for one of the best meals in the area - period.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Vegan, Spicy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The restaurant opens at 5 pm on Sunday. Your site says 4 pm. Everything was very nice. I always like buku and today was no exception.

Tags: Healthy, Spicy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 29, 2017

I have been to Buku 2 times for special occasions during brunch hours with large parties of 15 + and both time service was great. Everyone was attended to in a timely manner and every one was courteous. I would definitely recommend because you will get your monies worth.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Sunday brunch was delicious! Our server was so feiendly, even gave us a quick tour of the buffet options. Make a reservation or you I could be waiting a long time! They had a waffle bar, omelette bar, meat carving station, homestyle foods, salads, fruits, baked goods, pastries, desserts and more!

Pro tip: valet service for parking

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We brought a family group to dine at Buku on an early Saturday evening. The menu is fun, and there are lots of choices for small plates to share. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food. The space is attractive and interesting, and it was bustling on a Saturday evening. I will definitely return when I am in the area.

Tags: Fun, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Had a great time at Buku this past weekend. It never fails to deliver. The menu is a lot of fun with great variety and the food is outstanding. We like to have everyone in the group select a "small plate" and then we also order a could of "big plates" then we all share. That way we all get to experience great variety and try new things. My wife tried sushi for the first time, which she would never have ordered as a meal herself, and she really enjoyed it. Parking can be a little difficult in this area, so take advantage of their valet parking. It is well worth the $5. Bart drinks are very good here as well. You can dress up or come casual, either works well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I like the place and have eaten there on several occasions. Had 5:30 reservations for 5 on Saturday, 10/28. Unfortunately, our server Deezus (sp?) was a huge disappointment and regrettably was tipped well ($20 for our table total of $94, although we were billed separately). I brought a few friends who had never experienced buku, and who will probably never go again. We were heading to a concert that night. Part of the group was seated first and looked over menu, but did not get any input or assistance from the server. When the remainder of us arrived, we do not recall being asked if we wanted anything but the water that was brought to our table. No info was offered about what the plates, description clarified, how the small and large plates worked or they are good to share, etc. She gave us time to look...way to much time...to look at the menu. We finally ask another server to find her because it appeared she went awol! Table next to us of 4 seated after us ordered and received their food before she ever returned to take our order. We also had to listen to the server for that table for description of items, suggestions and options, in addition to asking those guests about their food choices, etc. (he was great, wish we had him). The guests were very kind, apologized for our server as they could see and hear what we had to deal with. They did say it is unusual as it is normally great service there, but we happen to get a bad server and they apologized again (although not their fault). We did enjoy the sample desserts they brought at the end of our dinner because many complained about not realizing certain plates were going to be hot. I truly wish we had smaller dollar bills because she definitely would not have received the $20 tip we left, she didn't even deserve $10. We just wanted to avoid talk about how certain ethnic people never tip, which is so TOTALLY untrue.

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Late-night Find, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, People Watching, Tapas
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service1
value3

 
·Dined on October 23, 2017

Our server did a great job grouping the flights of food that we ordered. The Harissa Hummous was outstanding as were some other items that I can't name without a menu. I will return and would happily recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a spot to eat in downtown Raleigh. Thanks, Buku.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.