O-Ku

4.8
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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 1957 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Everything was done just right!

O-Ku
Responded 14 hours ago

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

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S
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 14 hours ago

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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

O-Ku
Responded 14 hours ago

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 4 days ago
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 14 hours ago

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

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A
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 14 hours ago

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 14 hours ago

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 14 hours ago

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
30 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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JL
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
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.

O-Ku
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you SO very much for taking the time to share your O-Ku experience. We do stay busy, especially on the weekends, but try to offer an intimate setting at the same time. We appreciate your business!

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OT
Charleston
76 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
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!

O-Ku
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you so much for the review! I always love to hear that the service AND food were beyond expectation. Kanpai to nigori sake!! See you again soon!

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OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food! Fantastic service! Gluten free friendly

MW
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Took forever to get drinks and didn’t even have a waitress for 20 minutes until I flagged down the hostess. Also put that it was an anniversary on the reservation and they didn’t even acknowledge the occasion. Food and drinks tasted great though.

O-Ku
Responded on January 28, 2020

I regret to hear that we didn't exceed expectations on your visit to O-Ku. Especially being it was a special occasion. We are always grateful when people choose to celebrate with us, knowing there are tons of options in Charleston. This is not the experience we aim to give and I thank you for bringing it to our attention so we can improve. Hopefully you will give us another shot to get it right in the future.

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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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