O-Ku

4.7
1711 reviews
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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.
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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was incredible. The service was the best! Cayla rocks!

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C
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Joined 2 friends for Happy Hour. What a treat! We had an early reservation and were seated immediately. We enjoyed the saki and the rolls were outstanding as usual. O-Ku remains my favorite sushi spot, and for Happy Hour, you can’t beat the deal.

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CA
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beat place ever. I love their sushi so much! I wish I could go every week!

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KW
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi, great place for a date. The dumplings are a great starter, and the spider roll in particular is awesome.

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VP
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As expected, an outstanding dinner. Everything was well above expectations.

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Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big eye tuna sashimi and chef’s specials (eg Black Magic) are out of this world. Service is fabulous-always willing to cater to your needs.

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Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oku is not only my favorite sushi restaurant in Chas, it is one of my favorite sushi restaurants anywhere! Very hip and beautiful ambience, fantastic, friendly and knowledgeable servers, unbelievable food!! We loved everything, but especially recommend the spring rolls, tuna tartare, rainbow rolls, potato rolls. So, so fresh!

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I have dined at O-ku countless times before and I normally come around my birthday. This time it was just BAD. The service was cold and rushed. The noise level was unbearable even though we were one of maybe three or four tables. My boyfriend got chicken teriyaki and VERY overcooked fried rice. I got two rolls which were both warm and low quality. The potato roll came wrapped with soggy shoestring potatoes and the spicy tuna crunch had the most low quality and fatty tuna that I have ever had. I spent $100 on this meal and I am SO disappointed.

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Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Katlin and Alexandra were great. The food was all great as usual.

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

First time there for me. Wonderful vibe & food! Will definitely be back.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black magic roll was amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing food! Solid service! A little noisy...

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

It was pleasent

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was very good, but a little pricey for what it was. It is also extremely dark in there, you need your phone to read the menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fun!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Very attentive to details, I will definitely be returning!

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AF
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Melanie our server was the best server I have EVER had!!!

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CN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Some trips, the food is amazing. This trip, the salmon uzusakuri was tough and served with very very tiny pieces. Not worth $18. The lobster hand rolls were tasty, but the sea weed wraps were VERY tough, as if they were not fresh and they took a significant amount of tearing with our teeth to bite through. Not pleasant at all. This restaurant also has some nice seating, but several tables that are too large for a party of three and awkwardly placed in the middle of the restaurant. We were at one of those, unfortunately. Finally, it is well known in our family that you don’t come here for the service. Snotty hostesses- rude from the time you are called to confirm your reservation, to the time you are seated. We entered and were not greeted, as the hostesses were in the back of the restaurant chatting. This is typical of O-Ku. Inconsistent service and food quality. Never worth the enormous price tag. It’s very lucky there are few decent sushi places in the area, or we would never spend our money here.

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L
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time dining at Oku. The first timewe had omakase and it was phenomenal. This time we chose sushi rolls from the standard menu and it was delish. Will definitely dine there again.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love dining at OKU! The staff is always so sweet! Also my waitress was everything and much more!! I enjoyed my sushi as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing drink, the Jasmanian Devil, sushi was fresh, tasteful, and the ambiance was second to none. Would recommend, and look for in future vacations

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J
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect experience from start to finish! Always our favorite!

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F
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was awful and service was even worse!

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TA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Too noisy, too contrived. We ordered the chef’s choice ($100/person) and naturally had exceedingly high expectations. The food was good but didn’t live up to the server’s hype. Likewise, the service was mediocre.

Everything from food to ambience is too contrived. It lacks authenticity. From a creativity standpoint, again, it missed the mark. We can think of other high-end Japanese restaurants that provided far superior value and not only showcased the chef’s creative talent but also the star: distinctive Japanese cuisine.

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L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

O-ku was amazing. Great cocktails, wonderful service and the sushi was to die for.

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience at O-Ku! Went for my husband's birthday and they were very quick to accommodate our party of 8 people. The service could not have been better, and the food was completely on point. The Rock Shrimp salad is always a solid choice! And if sushi is your thing, the Black Magic is a must. If you're feeling like trying something unique, you can't go wrong with the Sugar + Spice Martini. Enjoy!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food/fish. Very loud after 7pm

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Too noisy...won’t be back.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best sushi in Charleston, hands down. Happy hour on Mon, wed & Fri with valet parking.... You can't beat it anywhere!

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F
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service as always but the music is too loud. Very hard to have a conversation without yelling!

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Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for happy hour sushi and drinks. Good sushi and great vibe.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Happy Hour deal is amazing!! My favorite sushi in Charleston. We had the Yellowtail carpaccio to start and it was fresh and delicious. The sushi rolls are so delicious, always fresh and presented beautifully. I’ve had every roll and love them all. Their new roll, The playboy is great! It’s a great deal to go for happy hour on MWF. Half off sake too! We had the black n gold.

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GM
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I love the atmosphere and the food is decent for Charleston. The wait staff is great, unfortunately the HOSTESS are NOT the nicest. Especially the two blonde ladies (one slightly older). We had reservations since we had a concert to attend, but they basically ignore us after checking in. There were plenty of empty tables (we counted 7-10 at least). Seated several walk in's. The hostess are the customer's first impression, I would hope they hire friendlier staff. I asked some of my other friends who have been to O-Ku, they feel the same.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Normally I always give this place a 5 star, but for some reason our appetizers did not come out together and had to aske the server to check on one. Other than that this place never misses the mark.

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi was AMAZING! Server was nice. Only thing I was mad about was that they were out of the White Chocolate Dessert!

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MK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was so helpful with organizing a large party. The food was great and service was awesome.

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Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointed in the sushi this time. It did not taste fresh. Sashimi order came out 15 minutes after our sushi was finished.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met all expectations

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s

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LG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ask for Alexis. Everything she recommended was perfect. We will return soon!

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