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O-Ku

4.8
4.8
2123 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 737-0112

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Junior Vo

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    Radcliffe Street

  • Parking details

    O-Ku is located on Upper King Street which offers ample on-street parking. Complimentary valet parking is also provided for dinner guests.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Offers

  • HAPPY HOUR Monday, Wednesday & Friday

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Thu - 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM,Fri - Sat - 5:00 PM - 10:45 PM
    HAPPY HOUR Monday, Wednesday & Friday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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What 2,123 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place was outstanding! More spring rolls and truffle edamame, please! The sushi rolls were magnificent and beautiful to boot. Staff super friendly and a great vibe. This is a must in Charleston.

  2. BD

    BobbiD

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    The food was excellent.

  3. TA

    TracyA

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great experience as always at Oku

  4. DT

    DavidT

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic. Food and drink happy hour is outstanding. Best sushi I have eaten in a great while.

  5. M

    Malini

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Food was amazing, but the drinks took almost 20 minutes to come out- old fashioned and a flight of sake. The server did take one of the apps off the bill so that was appreciated. Overall I’d come back again!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The overall experience was just amazing at O-Ku. We would definitely go again if we are back in town. Loved everything about it.

  7. MH

    MeganH

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is always a stop for us when we are in Charleston. Sometimes even twice per trip. Never had a bad experience.

  8. k

    kjmironov

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious, super fresh, great atmosphere, and friendly waitstaff. This is easily our families go to spot for birthdays and celebrations. If time I allowed I would eat there all the time.

  9. g

    greenwithenvy

    San Francisco

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great sushi Wasn't expecting to wait over an hour for our food Missed our planned tour 😩

  10. c

    carolynm

    Charleston

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience1

    We were seated at a high bar stool table— not so good for an 86 year old. I asked to move but told no. Food took forever to arrive—an hour! It was excellent, however. And server was very nice. No recognition of my husband’s birthday however. Not the quiet dinner I had hoped for,

  11. NH

    NicholasH

    Savannah

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Not a five star review because the noise level set off my tinnitus and made communication difficult. More my problem than the restaurant's, to be fair. The sushi is lovely. I'd strongly suggest doing some research before you go. Not being experts, we ordered somewhat at random. When we go back (and we shall) I'm going to order the taster menu. No complicated decisions to make then.

  12. RM

    RyanM

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    The food was amazing. Drink from the bar took a little while, but when they arrived that were fantastic. Overall absolutely amazing .

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Their happy hour was fantastic

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything we ordered was outstanding! Cocktails, appetizers, and rolls. Top to bottom, delicious. The roll especially hit different, the one with lemon was beyond.

  15. a

    andread

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place has a great lounge kind of vibe with the decor and music, reminds me of a place you would see in Miami or Vegas. Although the food is a little pricey it is absolutely worth it! The short rib was so tender and flavorful, sushi options for days, and so much more! Did I mention that the customer service was great too, friendly, personable and accommodating. This is a place you definitely need to go to if you haven’t!

  16. F

    Foodie1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The happy hour was amazing! We tried the spring rolls and ended up ordering more they were so good! The potato roll and the crab crunch roll were also delicious. You can’t go wrong with the food here and the service was impeccable.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing, drinks were amazing, overall 10/10

  18. MM

    MollieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious food, pretty unique options, if I had to find something to complain about it’s how very loud and close together the restaurant is. But honestly it’s was very very good.

  19. DK

    DavidK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2

    The food was amazing, we really enjoyed it. However it was so loud I could barley think, my wife was sitting about 2ft away from me and I couldn't hear her most of the time.

  20. M

    Melissa

    Dallas

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent sushi! Fresh and inventive combinations. Highly rec.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sam was an absolutely phenomenal waiter! Great experience with some friends while visiting, would 10/10 come back!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great time and good food

  23. LN

    LorenaN

    Savannah

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great sushi and drinks! Fast and friendly service ! Knowledgeable server ! Will return!!!!

  24. TC

    TomC

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding. Always an excellent experience... Food was a work of art...

  25. LJ

    L5JW

    Charleston

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food, nice selection of sake' to choose from, sophisticated ambiance and excellent service made my visit for dinner at the bar a pleasure. I was also happy to see that there are attractive male servers now, in addition to the attractive women servers they've had previously. Even when busy, it's well run.

  26. AG

    AlieG

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the happy hour pricing! So worth the money. Fabulous food, and our server Madison was the sweetest.

  27. AW

    AllanW

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing had a double date and it was perfect, 10/10 definitely recommend!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you!

  29. p

    piechota

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    phenomenal!!! Food AMAZING! One of the best servers, “ Mariah” We came in 4/30 for dinner. We always go to Charleston when attend a conference here. Even though living in New and Philadelphia, we KNOW O’ Ku one of best , if not best, in country:-)

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great as usual!!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    oku did an amazing job with my anniversary dinner!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very fresh ingredients. Cool vibe. Delicious food. Attentive service. Adequate wine selection. Very nice sake options.

  33. BD

    BudDonna

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place has been open for just 9 weeks and is crushing it in every category. The food is as fresh as you can imagine, the service is on point and well managed by whomever has put this well oiled machine in motion. Oh, how I WISH they’d come to Orlando. We sat upstairs overlooking the ocean vista while the bartenders and servers moved around us with such seamless perfection. The dishes were incredibly well plated and presented. This place is a MUST and should not be missed. Take the ride A1A ride and get there!

  34. TG

    TyG18

    West Palm Beach

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Some of the best sushi I've had. The appetizers were excellent, with the Hamachi carpachio being the standout. The speciality nigiri (sushi) was the star of the night. We tried one of everything and found that the salmon and scallop were the best I've ever had. We ordered a number of the rolls as well, and while they were delicious, they couldn't compare to the nigiri. Next time, I would just order the sushi pieces themselves and skip the rolls.

  35. HV

    HaleyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    O-Ku is my favorite restaurant any time I am in Charleston. Sushi lovers Paradise

  36. a

    atlantasushifan

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was so delicious! I highly recommend the lobster temaki and the lobster toben yaki. I wish the O-ku in Atlanta would add the toben yaki to the menu! So good!!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous 1st experience at O-Ku! My dear friend and I enjoyed an amazing assortment of sushi, all recommended by our fabulous server who knows the menu well & had a fabulous personality to boot! She introduced us to Otoro, ponzu sauce and much more! Sitting at the sushi bar was delightful as well, and drink menu is equally enticing. Can’t wait to return!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    O-Ku was just O-K…. Server was friendly but the service was very slow. We got our appetizers well ahead of our drinks. Our drinks were tasty but we’re pretty low on alcohol. If we’re paying $13 for an alcoholic drink I would expect at least a bit of a happy buzz by the 3rd round. Our appetizers were pretty good and ordered 2 rolls. My wife ordered a box roll that was real good and I ordered the $60 baller roll, what a disappointment that was. I felt like I couldn’t tell the difference between the $60 and a roll you get at the local Publix, I get the tuna and Otoro but other than that there is absolutely nothing special about it. Sad to say but this place is just a mediocre sushi spot and confused by all the great reviews.

  39. RC

    RachelC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    The young lady that seated us was rude. When I told her my name and threat we had reservations for 2 at 5:30. I also mentioned that I had some hip pain and that we would like to be seated closer to the front. She promptly said that could not happen because they were expecting a party of 24. So, she offered a high top. I explained that would impossible considering the state I was in at the time. We were then seated in the back. I asked to speak with the manager and he basically said she was correct in telling us that they were expecting a party of 24. We left around 7:00 and there was still no party of 24 and the four tables in front of us had been seated. Poor service in the front and poor service by management. We will never dine here again.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Alexis is the best!! Service was fabulous

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from O-Ku using the Order Online button. O-Ku also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. O-Ku also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 737-0112.

O-Ku is rated 4.8 stars by 2123 OpenTable diners.

O-Ku does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 12 times today
Google Map for O-Ku

463 King St Charleston, SC 29403

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Radcliffe Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    O-Ku is located on Upper King Street which offers ample on-street parking. Complimentary valet parking is also provided for dinner guests.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Junior Vo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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