O-Ku

4.7
1833 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
O-Ku celebrates authentic Asian cuisine with a southern approach with a menu that focuses on unique ingredients and sophisticated presentations. From petite plates to sushi specialties, O-Ku showcases the freshest fish from the world’s finest markets and producers in areas such as Norway, Scotland, Hawaii and New Zealand, as well as local sustainable sources.

Focused on incorporating authentically Japanese flavors into the fare, O-Ku’s menu is comprised of signature contemporary Japanese entrées and traditional sushi of the season and reflects the uniquely designed space. Guests will enjoy chef specialties including salmon misoyaki, harumaki and spicy teriyaki pork belly. The beverage program at O-Ku is a sophisticated blend of specialty cocktails, premium sake, bubbles, red and white wines and unique beer selections.
What 1833 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Tables were fairly close together. You overhear other conversations. Our particular server didn’t visit very much. However our sushi was good.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surf and turf roll!

TC
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Appetizers took forever to come and then the entrees arrived on top of them. Very bad timing.
Pretentious ambiance for no reason.
The staff are fake nice and it’s so obvious.
Not all that it’s cracked up to be....

BS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was outstanding!! Definitely get the potato roll, it’s life changing!

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

Lively events

HD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been coming here for years. The happy hour deal just can't be beat for a downtown Charleston area restaurant with this level of food. Everything from the appetizers to the cocktails to the sushi is just amazing. I bring everyone that I can there to enjoy it (and to give me a reason to go myself)!!!

EB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls dinner out. Shared dumpling dim sum & Yellowtail carpaccio appetizers. Enjoyed Rainbow roll, Firecracker roll, and Coconut curry. Everything was wonderfully fresh and flavorful. Best curry we have ever had. Atmosphere was sophisticated yet comfortable with beautiful furnishings and soft lighting. We each enjoyed a glass of wine with our meal and considered the entire tab to be well priced for the quality of food & service. Would highly recommend O-Ku. Reservations strongly suggested.

WR
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! Superb Happy Hour menu!

ML
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to check out their happy hour and it did not disappoint! Would definitely try happy hour for anyone wanting to try the restaurant!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was kind and helpful. We enjoyed our hightop table and really had a nice time.

SS
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time, catching up with an old friend. The food was exceptional and the happy hour prices were a nice bonus!

C
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

O-Ku is always a reliable and enjoyable experience. Our rolls were great as always. Service wasn’t as stellar as usual, but everyone has a bad night. It will continue to be a definite stopping spot.

LF
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Our waitress, Dallas, was great! We will definitely return. Blackberry dessert was delicious!

w
Charleston
31 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

O-Ku is always a good solid go-to sushi place for a delicious dinner. Never disappoints, food and cocktails are great and service is typically top notch as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The server was not friendly at all.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and atmosphere! Would recommend to friends and family

RD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious sushi that is well worth the price. Some of the wait staff could be friendlier but this is the unfortunate byproduct of college student servers.

TW
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently one of the best dining experiences in Charleston!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager and our server were so kind and accommodating ! Everyone made sure we enjoyed ourselves . The food was excellent as well as the dessert! Definitely would return when we visit Charleston.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great sushi. The Butterfly Effect was a very tasty and fun drink. I LOVED the picked Wasabi stem. Had two orders and then took some home. Staff was fabulous.

OT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Hi the food was good but the place is very noisy. Interaction with the server was difficult along with having a conversation with people at your own table.

JY
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was fantastic! I have Celiac and she made sure I was taken care of. She knew which items were gluten-free and brought me gluten-free soy sauce, and the kitchen was very willing to work with me and prepare a dish in a different way so that it would be gluten-free. I was delighted at how natural the server was in handling my questions and requests, and the food was all delicious. Highly recommend.

F
Charleston
60 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Best sushi on the east coast.

L
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed. Thought food was below average. Really, sushi from Publix was better.

CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a staple for my visits to Charleston. I love the food, staff and entertainment. Keep Seth G on a residency and I’ll keep coming back! 2nd Thursdays Rock!

KS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We LOVED this restaurant. The food was phenomenal and the prices very reasonable. The service was great as well. The one thing was that it was really loud in there. Some people really enjoy the energy of that but the noise level is not for everyone.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant wasn’t busy on Monday more than 1/2 of the tables were empty upon arriving before our reservation time

Had called said no ressie avail for an earlier time frame, same result on Open Table. Asked about walk-in and was told we could sit at the bar which was for walk-ins. Really!?!?!?!

Why turn away ppl who want to dine at your restaurant with this type of deferrals

Overall food was good, small portions though which made the pricing expensive for what you got.

LM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a lot of yummy sushi for a great price. The happy hour special is great! Our waitress was good. We will definitely go back.

BG
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had visited O-Ku twice before, all the way form Ky so on our third trip it was essential to make reservations and spend an evening at O-Ku. They did not disappoint. Hostess, servers and manager all took great care of us. Food was amazing. We even sampled all the desserts. A trip to Charleston always means an evening at O-ku for us.

PR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was top notch. The items we ordered all great, however some the appetizers/starters were better than the Sashimi entree.

OT
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never been and loved it! Pricey but excellent!

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour menu. Fun and friendly staff. Great value

PA
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant! I love get everything but if you’re going here you must try the lobster and mushroom truffle butter toban yaki. The King salmon usuzukari is also spectacular. Love Oku and can’t wait to go back again soon

KM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Making a recommendation is tough. The food is delicious, however the portion with the price doesn’t match. I think it may be nice to go otp nce, but I can’t really say that I would ever go back.

w
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jane was absolutely amazing and we fully plan on coming back to OKU as soon as possible.

RS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such an amazing night! There were so many options for me, the pregnant lady who isn't allowed sushi, and my husband who has been craving sushi more with each passing week. We are so grateful to Mika and the amazing staff for taking such good care of us every visit. O-Ku's greatness has ruined all other sushi for us!

C
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Loved the restaurants dark funky vibe and fun atmosphere. No wait for a table.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

KH
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was so delish that we went back for dinner a couple days later!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and beautifully presented!

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