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.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.6
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4.7
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New England
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

JM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JL
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate here on a busy Saturday night. The restaurant has a very young vibe and was noisy but not overwhelming. We ordered from the 4 course Restaurant Week menu which looked like favorite picks from the regular menu. The sushi and nigiri were delicious.

OT
Charleston
72 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

O-Ku never disappoints, and during Charleston Restaurant Week, O-Ku offers a great deal: 4 courses for $35. The food is always excellent, and the menu is extensive, so it's usually difficult to choose which items to order. I had the chef's plate of nigiri and sashimi, which had some bluefin tuna, salmon, and yellowtail. So delicious! O-Ku also offers a nice selection of sake. I only drink the unfiltered nigori, and they have three options from which to choose. Service is impeccable and attentive. Our server Alexis was outstanding and friendly!

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food! Fantastic service! Gluten free friendly

MW
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like that you are taking your great service up yet another level. We always comes for the food and ambiance and are never disappointed.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great first time visiting. Only problem was with our server. Not very attentive. Paid more attention to the table of frat boys next to ours. It was also my birthday. Other than that the food was incredible and the GM was so polite and kind.

DB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We decided to try this restaurant during their restaurant week fixed price menu. Although we were early, restaurant was empty, we were seated at the very back of the restaurant. The ambiance from the seat was poor. The value for their fixed price menu was expensive. The most troubling portion of our experience was the view in the kitchen upon using the restroom in the back. The person adding sauce to prepared plates that were ready for customers was not wearing glove and actually using his fingers to wipe plates clean.

RW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Sushi, enjoyed the evening and left full and satisfied.

l
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great wait staff, good food, but for the price, not a sufficient amount of food. I am not a big eater and I was hungry leaving. We tried during restaurant week, maybe that was the issue.

OT
Boise
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Awesome atmosphere.

d
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

good food. a bit exspensive but not out or line for good food. will go back for sure.

O-Ku
Responded on January 3, 2020

David, We appreciate you taking the time to review us and let people know abut your experience. So glad you enjoyed it and we can't wait to have you back! Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 5-7 is happy hour with 1/2 price rolls!!!

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and atmosphere.

O-Ku
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks so much! Hope to have you back soon!

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DW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We enjoyed and would recommend you give it a try.

O-Ku
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you so much for the great review and the recommendation!

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JC
Columbus
24 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love O-Ku! We are looking forward to visiting after the remodel.

O-Ku
Responded on January 3, 2020

Yay, Jack! We are looking forward to showing off a new space with the same great food. Thanks for your continued support and Happy New Year!

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OT
Vancouver
35 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice selection of fresh sushi and vegetables. The dim lighting offers a chill vibe. A nice little break from the Southern seafood cuisine.

O-Ku
Responded on January 3, 2020

So glad that you liked our vibe and food! Thanks for taking a moment to share your experience. Cheers!

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OT
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great. Unfortunately, they were out of hot sake. Disappointed in our server. She did not meet the typical Charleston high standard for service we’ve grown accustom to receiving in the Holy City.

CG
Orlando
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for foodies. Definitely try the chef meni. It’s expensive but it’s worth it. Also try the potato sushi that is uniquely delicious.

O-Ku
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you for the review! So glad you liked it. The Omakase menu is a great way to get a feel for O-Ku. And the potato roll is a fan favorite! Hope to have you in again very soon.

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JL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sushi great service! Our server was very friendly and professional atmosphere is very pretty, Great for craft cocktails also.

O-Ku
Responded on January 3, 2020

It doesn't get much better than this! Thank you for the wonderful review. It always makes me happy to see that the service matches the food quality. Sounds like we will see you again (soon)! Cheers

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was amazing-everyone was really attentive and helpful.

O-Ku
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Glad that you consider our service top notch! We take pride in that. Hope to see you again soon.

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LJ
Charleston
42 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service in an elegant yet sexy atmosphere, and delicious fresh sushi make this a consistent winner. Good food and a choice of quality drinks, whether craft cocktails or sake, served by friendly, professional staff.

BD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

A sushi place amongst shushing places...
Good food but nothing outstanding.

O-Ku
Responded on January 3, 2020

I'm sorry to hear that you didn't love your visit to O-Ku. Hopefully you will try us again if you are in the area and give us a chance to change your mind. We prefer to be outstanding! ;-)

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MW
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the rock shrimp salad and it was phenomenal. We love the service and the food and that is why we keep coming back.

O-Ku
Responded on January 3, 2020

Michelle, Thank you! We're glad you keep coming back and we will keep giving you a reason to. #rockshimpsalad forever! See you soon!

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HJ
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, exemplary service and tasty cocktails! Highly recommend O-Ku for any occasion.

j
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Am amazing sushi experience that we will look forward to repeating. John, our host, and Dallas, or server, made our dinner even more remarkable. I only wish we lived closer.

C
Greensboro
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We were visiting Charleston for the my first time. We hadn't been able to find sushi near our home in NC for over a year, so we were both looking forward to it.
It started off a little tense when the waitress lectured my husband on why they do not serve hot sake, which we've always had at previous sushi restaurants. Okay. then DH asked about the mackerel, as he really enjoys the Spanish. She didn't know what type of mackerel they serve, so she inquired, and was told 'It's Japanese mackerel.' Really. Okay, we ordered one egg roll, I had their featured cocktail for the night (it was okay, not worth the money) and one piece of hamachi nigiri. It was the smallest piece of fish ever. It tasted fine, but one piece only for $7. The miso soup had hardly anything in it, mostly broth. Very noisy restaurant.
Very expensive and not worth it- to be served with an attitude to boot. Never again.

O-Ku
Responded on January 3, 2020

Christine, I regret to hear that this was your first experience with O-Ku. I would love to try not to make it your last. If there is any way we could convince you to try again so we can give you the experience we intend it to be, please reach out to me directly. Mika Scutt (GM)

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall great food and service was good. Occasion: A surprised birthday dinner for my wife.

O-Ku
Responded on December 24, 2019

Thank you for the review and thank you for sharing the occasion with us.

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l
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was too notch. The food was fresh and delicious. The lobster appetizer was delicious and different. Highly recommended this restaurant

O-Ku
Responded on December 24, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and for your great review! We appreciate you and hope to see you back in to O-Ku very soon!

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JK
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing! The staff is on point. The manager, Mika, is a gem and went above and beyond to make our night special. So grateful for her and her wonderful staff. Thank you.

O-Ku
Responded on December 24, 2019

Thank you Keith, Great seeing you and having a second to chat! Thank you for your review and for your visit! See you again ASAP!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service when she forgot to put in an order took it off the bill and also gave us a free dessert for our 6 month. Picture is the wagyu steak tartare

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O-Ku is one of our favorite restaurants.
The drinks are amazing. Sushi is delicious.
The manager Neko is doing an excellent job.
We would eat here every day if we could

A
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Charleston for the first time and this was the best sushi I’ve ever had! So fresh!

JE
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Food was good but service was slow. Forty minutes after we ordered we tracked down the waitress to inquire about the order. They did give us a round of free drinks for the inconvenience. So - if you’re pressed for time, may be something to consider.
Nice drink menu.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great times

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my best friend! Great atmosphere and food, loved it! Will definitely be back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful sushi!!

BL
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE like to go to O-Ku during happy hour when certain rolls are half price. You can't go wrong as every single roll we've tried has been delicious--though some we like better than others. Our server last time was Melanie. She is energetic, very knowledgeable on the menu, friendly and personable. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The only drawback is that it is loud which makes it difficult to hear the conversation at you table. Other than that, a wonderful dinner.

w
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i go to oku 3 times a week and now they know my order as soon as i walk in. absolutely love it here.

F
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jay was a great server with superior menu knowledge . Was able to list gluten free options as well as menu favorites . Highly recommend

OT
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and helpful staff made the experience even better. From start to the final bite it was truly enjoyable.