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Boku- Columbia, Columbia, SC

Boku- Columbia

4.4
4.4
28 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
At Boku Kitchen and Saloon, you can be sure you are receiving only the highest-quality meals with the freshest ingredients possible. We pride ourselves on not serving our customer's pre-made food. We make everything from scratch, including our noodles, salads, crab rangoon, calamari, soups, cocktails, and more! All our food is made-to-order. You won’t be able to find quality like this elsewhere!

We want to make your time at our restaurant as enjoyable as possible. Therefore, at Boku Kitchen and Saloon, you can trust that we will provide you with a made-from-scratch meal paired with the best cocktails, sake, wine, and craft beer you will find in Columbia, SC.

Our team is excited to serve you, your family, and your friends' delicious meals and beverages. See you soon!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (803) 708-8577

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 28 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Good for Groups

  • South Carolina

    Healthy

  • South Carolina

    Late Night Find

  • South Carolina

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Columbia

    Best Service

  • Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • Columbia

    Best Value

  • Columbia

    Fit for Foodies

  • Columbia

    Good for Groups

  • Columbia

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. DQ

    DannyQ

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, great atmosphere, great service. Seemed to maybe be slightly short staffed for waiters but the waiters/waitresses were really helpful, took their time at the table, attentive, and apologized for any delays which is all you can ask for when under staffed. Spicy noodles and Brussels sprouts were fantastic as well as the drinks.
  2. B

    Brice

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We wanted to love everything about Boku, since the restaurant looked great, seems like a happening spot with lots of potential. Unfortunately, the food was just not doing it for us. We tried the bao buns, which needed a stickier glaze on the meat. The crab wonton were a bit too toasty for us, and the pan fried dumplings had almost no filling. General bobs chicken had potential but just didn't taste balanced.
  3. HC

    HCCSouthWaccamaw

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    (Cross posted from FaceBook) Intrigued by the postings (shared by a family member) that BOKU Kitchen & Saloon was initiating their Dim Sum brunch, we got reservations for the first day. As it turns out, our party of four were the first customers. This means, of course, that my coffee (served in a French press), Asian pear mimosa (light but very nicely spiced) and veggie potstickers (which I only thought to photograph when there was just one left) were the first brunch foods served. Our table also enjoyed the spinach egg dumolings, shrimp & scallop dumplings, pork potstickers, fat scallop rice, and wished we’d had room for more. Records aside, it’s obvious that the staff have put a lot of planning into the focused, but very vegetarian friendly, menu and a lot of practice into preparation of the delightful shareable dishes. Our party included two folks from Wuhan, PRC, who pronounced everything tasty. — eating brunch with Michael Myer and 2 others at BOKU Kitchen & Saloon.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Delicious food but a bit spicy. Needed more frequent water refills! Noise level- way too loud. Great waitress Brooke. Dress says business casual I’d say way more relaxed.
  5. HG

    HelenGP

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It's a nice restaurant but it is very loud. You can't really have a conversation with your dining companions without leaning towards them and speaking up. Because of the loud ambience, others are doing the same and you can hear the conversations of other tables. It might be because the footprint of the restaurant is compact and the sound is reverberating back from the low ceiling and walls. While food was good and decor funky, I probably won't go back because of the noise factor.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner last night! Loved that they now have valet parking too! Big plus! Service was awesome and food was enjoyed by all! Will be back!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful food- spice level can be augmented with their delicious sauces. Robust selection of gins, cocktails, and reasonably priced wines by the glass and bottle. They were out of the Brussels but the Szechuan green beans were outstanding. One suggestion- please recognize when a guest is celebrating a special occasion (birthday in this case) with a small gesture if possible, and a greeting.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The food was OK. Very salty. Fun atmosphere. CC was our server. She was very attentive to start with.
  9. SG

    SusanG

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  10. HF

    HalF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    The hot and sour soup had gone bad when we went. It legitimately smelled and tasted like spoiled food. The waitress was great and the appetizers were pretty good.
  11. A

    Angelaw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love their happy hour appetizer specials! The staff is so nice and attentive which is rare anymore. Valet parking is also a reason I’ll continue to go back.
  12. LB

    LindaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service. Beautiful place
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came with a girlfriend to celebrate my birthday. Atmosphere, cocktails, food and service where all outstanding! Will definitely be returning!
  14. MA

    MissA

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our server was awesome, the staff was awesome. The gnats where absolutely horrible. Although it is the south with the heat and this is the time of year when they are super bad but the staff worked with us and ensured we were still enjoying ourselves. This is my second time coming here and it was my friend’s first time. But of course I will be back!!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Brock was great, the bartender made great drinks and the food was excellent!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!! Highly recommend!! Get the 1/2 chicken and potstickers!!!!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and service. Our waiter went the extra mile on everything. The noise level was way too high. It was hard to have a conversation.
  18. E

    Edward

    Omaha

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit. Rebecca was great for service. Ryan was great explaning the restaurant concept and space. Most of all the food was great and the bar service excellent. We’ll be back.
  19. JH

    JulieH

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an enjoyable evening … Ryan the manager was great to chat with and our server did a great job! We tried numerous items on the menu & all were delicious!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good meal!
  21. SC

    StevenC

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food was average. Calamari was a bit greasy. Rolls had too much soy sauce. Salad was good. Service was good.
  22. CT

    ChristieT

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So enjoyed eating at Boku! The food was delicious and our server was great! Look forward to dining there again the next time I am in Columbia!
  23. RF

    RFain

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great drinks! I would recommend for a date night or special occasion.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The potsticker appetizer was delicious. We were disappointed with the garlic noodles… they were drenched in vinegar after the waiter reassured us that they would taste like garlic and not vinegar. The chicken on the kimchi fried rice was delicious, but the rice was too spicy to eat.. not sure if we would return for dinner. The vibe and ambience was nice.
  25. AR

    AngieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Garlic noodles & spicy noodles were delicious! First time having bao bun and soooo good!
  26. MA

    MissA

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely loved Boku. Now, I will have to be honest and say that they were out of quite a bit of dishes and it was our first time there BUT the server was absolutely amazing. I hate she’s leaving but it’s to pursue her career so kudos to her. We are definitely coming back to dine there again. The drinks were delicious! The food was delicious. The ambiance was really nice. Such a great vibe. Boku is definitely a fave in my book.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Cool ambience, but the food was lackluster. We ordered several appetizers and the General Bobs chicken with garlic noodles. The appetizers were fine, but not great. The General Bobs chicken had a strange tomato/ketchup taste and was lukewarm when delivered. The menu and ambiance are great, I just wish the food tasted better.
  28. t

    tweety

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great atmosphere. Cool...but small cocktails. Food was very good . Excellent value for the quality of food. Only issue was that a noodle dish we ordered, the Char Siu pork Noodles. was enjoyable but misleading. It's a soup dish which would be perfect if it wasn't 85⁰

FAQs

Boku- Columbia is rated 4.4 stars by 28 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Boku- Columbia

916 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3128

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Phone number

    (803) 708-8577

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