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buku: Global Street Food

4.5
2787 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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Cuisines
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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What 2787 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0
Dined 5 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Symphony for my birthday

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
1.0
Dined on January 7, 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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Annaya81 (Raleigh)
4.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

I’ve been to Buku three times. Twice for dinner where I had the Pho once and the pad Thai the other time. It was delicious and the service was great!

However our New Year’s Eve experience wasn’t so great. The party favors were nice and the ambiance was festive. It was just extremely overpriced for what you got. The three course meal was $65 which when broken down was 15 for appetizer and dessert each and 35 for dinner entree. My steak was cold and over cooked. My husbands fish was super small and the rice was bland. We also did the drink pairings for $25. This was not a deal as this is the normal price for wine - $7 first glass, $10 second glass, and $8 last glass. The first course was fine but the second course we didn’t receive our wine until basically we finished eating the food. Then for third course we got our wine at least 15 minutes before our dessert was served. Considering this was about a $200 meal after drinks and taxes I expected much better.

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ChuckM22 (Chicago)
3.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Dinner on New Year's Eve with friends from out of town. Pre Fix menu was innovative, appetizer choices were excellent (we tried them all). Entree steak was mediocre, vegan entree was very good. Desserts were a disappointment. We have enjoyed many excellent meals at Buku - the Sunday Brunch is the best in Raleigh. The New Year's eve meal was not up to their normal excellent standards.

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KGMoo 
2.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Made a reservation there for New Year's Eve dinner - was not informed that it would be a fixed price menu. Meal was ok, but far overpriced.

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Fusion2017 (Raleigh)
4.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

We hadn’t been to Bu Ku for a few years and chose it for close to home location and ambience. Nice atmosphere and good service. Choices of 3 course menu for NYE. Except for desert, the food was good but not worth the high price. We still enjoyed the occasion and would probably try it again with the regular menu. Also we remember great weekend brunches.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
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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Cross street
Wilmington
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(919) 834-6963
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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.
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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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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
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
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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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