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Boku- Columbia

4.6
4.6
54 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

9:30 PM


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 54 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • Columbia

    Innovative

  • Columbia

    Good for groups

  • Columbia

    Neighborhood gem

  • Columbia

    Lively

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  1. EL

    EarlL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server, Laken, was amazing as she explained any questions we had of the menu. Also, she took care of those that had food allergies very well. She was very efficient, knowledgeable and overall great service. The food was delicious! We all will come back.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, so were the sake bombs. Good menu with nice option of tapas or entrees, super friendly staff, and excellent cocktail selection. Would definitely go back and will recommend to people.
  3. m

    micheled

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious! The best Brussel sprouts I ever had! I loved the atmosphere as well. Nicely decorate.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are both Excellent!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere. Great service. Drinks were excellent! Food was fantastic. Only complaint is the soup was luke warm. Needs to be served hot. Otw great night. Will definitive be back.
  6. L

    Ladd

    Columbus

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal and really enjoyed the evening. Louis was our server and did an outstanding job!. Louis is a great asset to the business. We will be back!
  7. B

    Bdayfun

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food and atmosphere! Would definitely recommend BOKU!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An adorable restaurant perfect for a date night or a girl’s night with your friends! I loved it and will definitely be back. Everything was delicious from the appetizer (fried pork pot stickers) to the entree (honey chicken with a side of fried rice). 5 stars!
  9. L

    Lisa

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We sat on the back patio on a beautiful night. Three of us shared the calamari, ribs and Vietnamese rolls to start. They were delicious. Later we ordered a cucumber and onion salad, spicy noodles, and pho noodles which were equally tasty. The service was very good.
  10. m

    mbmyer

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We have a Chinese exchange student, and this is the only Asian restaurant in central Columbia he was willing to take his father to when his father was visiting over the summer. It is also where the young man wanted to go for his 18th birthday. So that says something. For that birthday dinner, we ordered an array of appetizers and shared them. Textures were on point, which can be difficult with things like ribs and potstickers. The flavors were good; they were exactly what he wanted, although I would have preferred a bit more Sichuan heat and a bit less Korean sweet. That's a matter of personal taste, and it didn't prevent me from cleaning my plates. Our server came by at just the right moments and was friendly without being intrusive. Another delicate balancing act managed quite well. Give them a try; you won't be disappointed.
  11. R

    Roxy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I celebrated my 45th birthday at Boku last night with my father. The food was spectacular and I was so, so honored to meet the Executive Chef, Mr. D. He's very handsome. Does he have a girlfriend?? Please show him my review. Our waitress suggested great items and was extremely personable. We most definitely will be back and I will suggest the Gervais Street restaurant to others. My birthday was well remembered. Thank you also, for the delicious peaches and ice cream dessert. We could tell they were fresh peaches. My father and I shared the dessert. Please keep up the excellent work!!!
  12. BB

    BoujeeBerry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great atmosphere, and great service!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Decided to try the new brunch menu this past Sunday and BOKU never disappoints. However, they had a DJ spinning music by the front door and felt like this type of scenario/music selection really isn’t conducive to a Sunday brunch crowd. Just my opinion.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The service was good. Minus the power going out (not their fault), all was well. The drinks were refreshing and the ribs are DELICIOUS!!!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, huge portions, and very friendly staff.
  16. MO

    MichaelO

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    With the exception of the hot & sour soup, which had so much salt I couldn't not eat it, the rest of the food was very good. The service, atmosphere and value were good enough. The food is the standout here.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    love this place!
  18. SG

    SaltyGal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our group shared a number of small plates. Crab Rangoon and green beans were our favorites. Ribs were well seasoned but were a little tough. Service was very good. Our server, Louis, was quite attentive and personable. Overall a very good experience.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Got the pan seared dumpling and edamame for appetizers and they were really good. Didn’t get picture of entrees because they took a while to come out and we were hungry but we got the kimchi fried rice with chicken and the spicy noodles. The kimchi was super vinegary, did not taste anything like regular kimchi, and it made the whole plate taste like straight vinegar. The rice was very mushy, seemed to not be fried on a hot enough pan. The chicken was not fried in with rice, they just placed grilled chicken on top. Spicy noodles were also very mushy, and the spicy sauce just tasted like chicken buffalo sauce. Waitress was really nice, and the restaurant had good ambiance and was very clean. Complimentary valet was very convenient.
  20. SD

    SusieD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great addition to the Columbia food scene!!! Fun brunch, delicious Mimosa flight! Yummy dim sum!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great concept, helpful staff. Delicious dinner!
  22. MM

    MakMak

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Manager, Ryan and our server, Rebecca, were very attentive and answered all our questions. We will be back
  23. MA

    MissA

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Claire was absolutely awesome. The food was even better the last time that I was there. Service was above and beyond. Of course we will be back. Thanks to Ryan for the conversation and checking on us as well!
  24. LH

    LarryH

    Charleston

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this restaurant. Great menu. Very impressed. We will be back.
  25. BR

    BR549

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service not just from our server but from everyone else in BOKU. Will be back very soon. Loved the small plates! Great Happy Hour!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Service was slow and confused. Food was bland and overpriced for its quality.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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!
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. SG

    SusanG

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. LB

    LindaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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!
  40. MA

    MissA

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 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!!

FAQs

Boku- Columbia is rated 4.6 stars by 54 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


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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