O-Ku

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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. 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 1969 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
service
4.7
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4.6
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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal. We went here 5 years ago when we were in Charleston and loved it. Went this time when we were back in Charleston and we relived the great experience.

JD
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very nice place for a date or just hanging out with friends. Great place, great food.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, everything is excellent from the food to the service. The sushi is hands down the best in Charleston. They are very accommodating with food allergies. I am allergic to onions and garlic and they were able to modify the order to exclude those.

OT
Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizers were amazing Had special dumplings and vegetarian spring rolls. Tuna Tataki roll was amazing. Really enjoyed the sweet tea.

L
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O-Ku is always amazing. Freshest sushi, great atmosphere, and the friendliest staff. I've enjoyed O-Ku now for 7 years. Remains one of our favorites. Can't beat Monday, Wednesday, and Friday happy hours.

M
Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi and service! Our waitress was super sweet and attentive. Will definitely be back!

AP
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service! The sake is extremely pricy, but overall amazing

BM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Always a treat. Good people, good food, nice atmosphere. Been many times and will keep going in years to come.

JR
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

I took friends from out of town here and was sorely disappointed. This place needs LIGHT! It is so dark in there you have to use your phone to read menu. I personally do not like eating food I can’t see. The wait on food was WAAAYYYY too long! We sat woth empty plates on our table literally 10 min. Finally menu is limited. They did offer to make me unagi (eel) which isn’t on menu so I thought how great! They brought me 6 small rolls for 12$. Seriously? Harris Teeter gives you 9 pieces for less than that and the difference was MINIMAL! I would not go back here really for anything. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Sorry but Fuji in Mount Pleasant way better for ambiance, flavor and price.

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alyssa was fantastic and the food delicious.

SC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sushi and service! I will certainly be coming back and bringing more friends with me!

L
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous dinner!! Great service and our server Jay made the night!!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Everything was done just right!

O-Ku
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thank you very much for the great review. Hope to have you back soon!

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S
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Omakase experience was absolutely amazing. It's like we flew to heaven and stayed there for the time being. Best Japanese sushi spot in Charleston. Thank you Colton for recommending the A5 wagyu beef with a side of raw quail egg as a dipping sauce. It was an out of the world experience.

O-Ku
Responded on February 26, 2020

Sabrina, It was great to meet you and thank you for letting us give you that experience! I will share your enthusiasm with Junior and Colten. We'll hope to see you again soon!

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EW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

O-Ku
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thank you so much for all the support. Sounds like we will see you again soon!

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SB
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat at O-Ku at least twice a month. It's definitely the best sushi in town. It's just so fresh tasting. The drinks are good as well and I highly recommend the chocolate bliss dessert.

O-Ku
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thanks you ShanaB! We appreciate the support! Here for your sushi AND chocolate fix anytime!

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A
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We made reservations at 5 on a Friday. I gave the overall experience 4 stars because out of the twenty empty tables, we were seated all the way in the back in a two person table by a computer where servers enter orders. The other tables were not occupied the entire time we dined. Why not put us in a better location? It was not a great seat. I also asked the waitress about a drink and she said she didn’t know, she was just filling in. It took awhile to get a drink but once we were acknowledged things moved pretty quickly. The food was great and the happy hour is awesome! I would come back but request specific seating next time!

O-Ku
Responded on February 26, 2020

Ashley, Thank you for visiting us and thank you for taking the time to review us and share your experience with others. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't like your seating. We will make sure to accommodate anything that may be in your preferences next time. We will also use this feedback to improve our service. Thanks again!

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L
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Got seated right away. Perfect ambience and the food is always delicious, perfectly presented and tasty. Best sushi in town.

O-Ku
Responded on February 26, 2020

We are grateful for your time and for your review. Thank you for sharing it!

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CW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and good food, thank you for having us!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from Toronto, visited while we’re where there for a Valentine’s weekend. It was fantastic! Food was amazing and staff were friendly.

O-Ku
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thank you so very much! We appreciate you choosing to spend a special weekend with us.

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C
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi/sashimi I ever had. Drinks were creative and delicious and service was excellent. Noise level high, but I’m an older woman who prefers quiet dinner. Still, I will be back! Love the decor too!

A
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our Valentine’s Day dinner was outstanding

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great experience! Our favorite was the potato roll

SD
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the Chef’s choice Omakase menu. Every bite was an incredible flavor bomb!! The service is always five star!!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was alright but for the price it wasn’t amazing. They almost tried to give our reservation away to other people who were waiting for the next open table at 11pm.

A
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect all around!

OT
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I really enjoyed our Valentine’s Day dinner. Sushi was yummy!! Will be back again soon!

E
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by our bartender! She works that bar like an efficiency machine with style and a smile! Loved the sushi and the experience of something a bit different in Charleston!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

FF
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service are always great.

Noisy!!

I wish they had some noise-absorbing walls and ceiling materials. Very difficult to converse.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was GREAT about this place...from the hostess to our waitress to the food. The hostess was so kind to my wife and I. Our waitress was fast and friendly. The food was the best sushi I’ve had. We will definitely be back! 5 🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠

KC
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Very well priced for Charleston. When you are tired of Low Country cuisine, head to O-ku.

LW
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Basil Berry Lemonade was awesome. A light refreshing drink. The Pak Man Roll and the Potato Roll were out of this world. The fried potato with the cool ingredients inside gave cool/hot temperature when eating.

DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's my favorite restaurant! The staff is very friendly and professional. The ambiance of the restaurant is calming and aesthetically pleasing, the spring rolls are AWESOME!

O-Ku
Responded on January 28, 2020

YES to the Spring rolls!! It's an honor to be your favorite. Thank you for sharing your visit at O-Ku.

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FJ
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Happy Hour.Our server was excellent. The food as usual was outstanding.
Highly recommend O'KU to everyone

O-Ku
Responded on January 28, 2020

We love a good happy hour! Thank you for visiting and taking a second to review us. We'll see you again very soon, hopefully!

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M
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Way to loud. Hard to have a conversation.

O-Ku
Responded on January 28, 2020

Sorry to hear that the noise level impacted your experience. We do get pretty busy and there is sometimes quite a buzz in the room. Maybe on a quieter night, we can hit all the marks for you. Hope you will try us again in the future.

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TA
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here regularly for good reason.
The food is fantastic and the service matches.
The manager this particular evening was attentive and checked in to make sure everything was to our liking. Our server was young and a little reticent at first, but warmed up with time and took excellent care of us.

O-Ku
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you for your continued support, Tracy. I love to hear that the whole experience is well rounded. We can't wait to have you back soon!

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K
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We arrived early for our 7:15pm reservation but waited until 740 to be seated. There didn't seem to be many busboys on staff - tables would empty out and then I would watch as the hostess would go over and wipe them down/help clean. I think this contributed to our wait. Other than the wait (and I want to say that the hostess was VERY gracious and pleasant and despite a queue at the front of people waiting, did not lose her cool once), the food was spectacular, the sushi was fresh and the waitstaff, once we were seated, were attentive. The dinner more than made up for the wait - would definitely visit again when in the area. Just beware that even with a reservation, there may still be a decent wait time.

O-Ku
Responded on January 28, 2020

Kiki, Thank you so much for taking a second to review us and for all the great comments. We apologize for the wait you experienced. Hopefully when you do visit us on your next Charleston trip, we can get you seated right away! Glad to hear that the food and service at the host stand and table made up for it. Cheers until next time!

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When there is live music (which is great) maybe consider have the volume level lower to allow for conversation.

O-Ku
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you, Josh, for the great rating and for the feedback. We are always trying to find that perfect balance. Hope to have you in again very soon.

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