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. 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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St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

J
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GS
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best service food and fun!

s
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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

Great service and great food as always

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

CL
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
70 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Appalling service. Couldn’t remember that we had booked a table five minutes after arriving and we were told to wait whilst it was made up. When we were finally taken to a table, no-one bothered to show up and take our order. Very rude and couldn’t have cared less. Went elsewhere to a place where service still matters.

C
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their happy hour deals on Monday and Wednesday are too good. Half priced sushi, sake and discounted liquor drinks. Best sushi in town, and when it’s half off you can’t beat it.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The otoro tartar is unreal. Other dishes were ok. No house sake

CH
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing with my food allergies! Still so many options and so accommodating.

G
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kate our server was great and the food was fantastic. We tried the restaurant week menu and it was fabulous.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good!

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

We visited on a Sunday evening so things were quiet.
Hostess was a little curt but the wait staff was fantastic and more then made up for it.
Food was delicious and looked great as it was presented. We look forward to going back.

K
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous sushi and dumplings! Miso soup is divine. This place is on my dining plans list each time I’m traveling in Charleston.

O-Ku
Responded on September 12, 2019

We appreciate you taking the time to review your O-Ku experience. So glad you enjoyed the dumplings, miso soup and the sushi! We will be here next time you are in Chucktown!

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ME
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Sadly, the server was aloof, borderline rude.
Food WAS AWESOME.
I've heard amazing things and couldn't wait to visit. There are hundreds of places I want to to eat here.
I was bummed, I went somewhere so unwelcoming.
Was eager to leave. Also very noisy.

SS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Whenever in Charleston O-Ku is a MUST .. Amazing!!

O-Ku
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you Sara! See you again soon!

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M
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and sushi always excellent at O Ku.

O-Ku
Responded on September 12, 2019

Those are the things we love to hear! Thank you for visiting and we hope to have you back very soon!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Atmosphere. Food was outstanding.

SV
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE O-Ku! Perfect for a date night that isn't extravagant. The food is delicious & the staff are incredibly accommodating. One of our favorite date-night spots in Charleston

O-Ku
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your O-Ku experience! We are glad you had a wonderful time and we can't wait to have you back! We love to be a part of your date night or any other occasion!

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K
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Solid sushi with a good bit of originality. The overall experience is greatly bolstered by the waitstaff, which is knowledgeable and super-friendly.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Kayla, our server was very nice and did an excellent job. The food was great but a bit over priced for the amount you received. All in all 3.8 out of 5.

P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never fails to please. The fish was fresh, delicious and the presentations were creative. Service is always what does it for me and as usual it was spot on. Staff was friendly, attentive and knew the menu. O-Ku is a must do when you're in Charleston.

s
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

20th birthday

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone working was SO NICE! The miso soup was absolutely amazing, as was basically everything else we ate. We went for a friend’s birthday and they really made her feel so special!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. Great beef as well. Service was really good. Slightly higher in price than other sushi places, but the quality of food and atmosphere is worth it. would recommend for anyone with a special occasion to celebrate! :) highly recommend!

PK
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, fresh, and fun!! These are the adjectives that I always use when describing O-Ku to my friends. Tonight, Kayla did an outstanding job in ensuring a great experience. The rolls were perfect and the drinks delicious. Thanks to all for making another date night with my wife so special!

I
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi is amazing. Get the firecracker roll or surf and turf. The fruit slices for water was a good touch. I highly recommend

N
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inviting and original decor, friendly and prompt service, delicious sushi and good drink selections.

BI
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service

FM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food and the staff was efficient. We really love the happy hour sushi specials!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Tables were fairly close together. You overhear other conversations. Our particular server didn’t visit very much. However our sushi was good.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surf and turf roll!

TC
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Appetizers took forever to come and then the entrees arrived on top of them. Very bad timing.
Pretentious ambiance for no reason.
The staff are fake nice and it’s so obvious.
Not all that it’s cracked up to be....

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