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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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JE
Charleston
15 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
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
4 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
56 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.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress that we got was very energetic and knew what she was talking about (don’t remember her name). The food was also really good, I got the potato roll and the prices weren’t outrageous. The interior of the place is aesthetic and looks like a very high end restaurant, but as I said above the prices were “normal.”

SL
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and our waitress was absolutely fantastic. I think her name is Jane but not really sure. Noise level was a bit much and as much as I love a lower lit place for ambiance, I think it was a tad too dark. Had to break out the phone flashlight to read the menu.

The food was fantastic! Wasn't my first time here, won't be my last either.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great loved it

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food was not as good as always. The chicken wasn’t tasty and rice was cold and stiff. Sushi just okay.

KP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Best sushi I’ve had! Only issue was part of my meal was left out. I had to remind the staff and wait for it to be made. Everyone in my group was done with their meal by the time I got it. However, it was worth it.

JC
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O-Ku is one of our favorite Charleston restaurants. It never disappoints!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing! The service was outstanding above and beyond our expectations. Their attention to detail was much appreciated. The manager even came over to ensure that everything was up to par. What a pleasant experience.

ST
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is AMAZING and I will definitely be back!

MD
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent happy hour and attentive service from all servers and help.

FG
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant. We went twice else in Charleston. The prices were reasonable and the food was wonderful. I would highly recommend dining here!

ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a reservation and were sat right away. Great waiter and great food. It was very loud and difficult to talk at the table but everything else was great

S
Columbus
78 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sushi! Really good, attentive, knowledgeable service! Fun Vibe! Would definitely recommend and go
Back!

DR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for our 10th wedding anniversary and, having mentioned it to our server (who was excellent and communicative without being too much) it was clear that a lot of the other staff had also been made aware of it – we got several 'happy anniversary's from those passing by.

Our meal was really good. We've eaten at O-Ku a number of times, and are always happy with the sushi. Nothing out of this world, but very very good. And the wine (a sparkling, cloudy/unfiltered sake) was really worth it.

Having finished, the shift manager came to our table with complimentary glasses of sparkling rosé, before our server arrived with a complimentary plate of mochi and gelato – we were made to feel very special, whilst being thanked for choosing to spend our anniversary with them. It was a very nice evening.

J
Charleston
52 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always the best Sushi and wine Happy Hour! Our go to downtown...

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great creative sushi!!

VP
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual great service, great food and dream ambiance. Will certainly go back.

JG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent pork belly and short ribs. We were really surprised! Service was slow and perhaps related to the vast roll in of patrons. Overall excellent food!

g
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shout out to our waitress, Krissa, who did a great explanation of the menu including all of the sauces and accompaniments to the dishes. This place is fantastic. The yellowtail carpaccio with Serrano and ponzu sauce was a standout. The garden salad was incredible with individual leaves of local lettuces and a carrot ginger dressing. They had a hip techno violinist playing in the bar. Awesome food, service, and ambiance. Have you ever had a sushi roll with a puréed black sesame seed dipping sauce? Great.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu was OUTSTANDING!! Well worth the $100

J
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend O-KU Charleston. I’ve been to one of their other locations which wasn’t nearly as good.

AE
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner at O-Ku before a show. One round of appetizers and then an array of rolls to share. Our server, Dallas, was outstanding. Knew the details of everything on the menu and not afraid to make recommendations. Bang bang shrimp was outstanding along with wagyu tartar appetizer. Rainbow roll was best sushi roll, but they were all great. Will definitely go back again.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bachelorette party - free round of shots! Such a sweet waitress

GS
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything is great...however, if you are a purist sushi eater stick with the sashimi. The rolls are mostly spiced up and decorated. They are tasty, spicy nice to look at and after the first couple of bites I enjoyed them. Very interesting experience.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best service food and fun!

s
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This the loudest restaurant I’ve ever ate at. I couldn’t hear myself think

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food as always

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Madison- our lovely server was amazing. Really liked her. Loved the food as always.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous and creative sushi dishes and amazingly delicious. Our server Dallas was delightful and the entire staff was extremely professional and attentive. One of the best sushi restaurants I’ve experienced and I’m a lover of sushi. I would definitely recommend this spot for a date night or dinner with friends. Late night entertainment was quite enjoyable as well. I will definitely be back on my next visit to one of my favorite towns.

JE
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food and excellent service in a great atmosphere, except for the noise.

CL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Each bite was a perfect blend of textures and flavors. Very unique dishes that were unforgettable! Dessert..... melt in your mouth. Wagu Beef Roll and Lemon Salmon were completely different and both were extraordinary.

OT
Charleston
72 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were a group of 4 who chose O-Ku for the great Restaurant Week deal: 4 courses for $35. The dinner exceeded our high expectations. I had the miso soup, the spring roll (delicious!), the chef's choice platter, and the chocolate dessert. In fact, I asked for the yellowtail carpaccio as an additional starter, because I've had it before, and it's one of my favorite items on the menu. Everything was great! I also ordered a bottle of the Dreamy Clouds nigori sake, and it was perfect with the meal. I have never been disappointed with O-Ku, and I recommend this place to all of my friends.