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O-Ku, Charleston, SC

O-Ku

4.8
4.8
2596 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
O-Ku, a Japanese restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, is a triumph of execution and concept. The restaurant's menu is a modern take on traditional Japanese cuisine, and it features fresh, seasonal ingredients that are prepared with care. The dishes are beautifully presented, and the flavors are both complex and delicate. 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 reflecting the uniquely designed space. Guests can enjoy chef specialties including kurobuta pulled pork don-buri, braised short rib with shiso pesto, coconut curry, and hakozushi a box-style sushi. A wide variety of nigiri, sashimi and crudos are also available. 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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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Cross street
    King Street & Radcliffe Street
  • Parking details
    O-Ku is located on Upper King Street which offers ample on-street parking.
  • 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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What 2,596 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Charleston

    Best Overall

  • Charleston

    Best Ambiance

  • Charleston

    Best Value

  • Charleston

    Hot spot

  • Charleston

    Lively

  • Charleston

    Most Booked

2,596 Reviews
  1. Bignutz

    New York City

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sam our waiter & the team was AMAZING. The Sushi was outstanding and can’t wait to come back. 

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    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Out waiter was so kind and accommodating! They helped us celebrate our friends:)

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  3. cpkc

    Tallahassee

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic. Will be going back again soon!

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  4. RichardK

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best sushi and staff! I would recommend O-Ku to anyone and everyone.

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  5. Pess651

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best dining experience we have had so far during our visit to Charleston. The restaurant is beautifully laid out and decorated. We had selections from the happy hour menu and added the fried rice. All the food was really good. All the staff we interacted with were great. Our server Sam was warm and wonderful. (The ladies from NY and Mexico)

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection and quick service - I will return when I'm back visiting Charleston

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best sushi in the state of South Carolina!!! Amazing team, atmosphere, and ambiance!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always have a great experience at O-Ku! Our waiter was awesome and made great recommendations. The staff go above and beyond at every location by remembering what drinks we like, what dishes we’ve had and want to try. Awesome all around!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So glad I finally made it to O-Ku. Went out for a birthday dinner redo after a disappointing night at another restaurant last weekend. Even though it wasn't my actual birthday, our server still made it a super special experience. The food and drinks were awesome - I highly recommend the Dumplings, Usuzukuri, Beef Short Ribs, and the Lobster Toban Yaki. After going to Japan in 2023, I didn't think I could enjoy Japanese food in the US again, but O-Ku was a pleasant surprise. I'll be back!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in town Thanks team we returned as southern food is a bit oily

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  11. Marguerite

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is expensive but oh so ficious and perfect for our special occasion.

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  12. KarenC

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    During our vacation to Charleston we ended up eating her twice. The first time was as so good we had to come back. Everything we had was excellent. Highly recommend.

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  13. Luke

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food & service the staff does a great job working as a team

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  14. KarenC

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, and great atmosphere and service. Highly recommend.

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  15. CourtneyS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is exceptionally good. Everything we ordered, from the appetizers to the sushi was perfect. Highly recommend the Playboy Roll.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect

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  17. AilynG

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was wonderful!!! Best gyozas EVER!!!!!! Our waitress was the sweetest and the nicest 💕 we’ll definitely be back!!!

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  18. JenniferGR

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate dinner here on our honeymoon. The day before, they called to confirm the reservation and asked us what we were celebrating, what my husband and I have in common, and what our favorite fish were. We arrived and the staff/owners gave us a gift and handwritten card! We were blown away by the person touches, including a personal menu with newly weds on it! The service was above and beyond amazing, Sam was our waiter, and the food was absolutely delicious! They also gave us complimentary champagne. We have an O-Ku in Raleigh where we live and will definitely be going there in the future expecting exceptional service and delicious food!

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  19. BrianC

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, food and vibe. I highly recommend this place 🙌🏻

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Third time and still just as good! I don’t know what magic is in the sauce that comes with the spring rolls but a must try!!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and food service, everything is very fresh and prepared with quality ingredients!

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  22. FranG

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The decor was relaxing. The service and food was impeccable. Food was tasty and beautifully served. A must go to place when in Charleston!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We LOVED O-Ku!!! The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. We are big sushi gurus and the black magic roll is definitely worth the price! Our waiter, Tyler, made the whole experience wonderful! He brought out sashimi and a dessert on the house for my birthday! I wish I lived in Charelston so I could go every weekend! We will be coming back next time we are in town!

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  24. MichelleW

    Naples

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we tried was delicious! Wide menu, and friendly service

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  25. eatwell

    Charleston

    76 reviews

    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food, great service with a fun ambiance.

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  26. Adh1982

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good, it wasn't overly expensive...maybe not somewhere I would go for a special occasion again, but everything was just very okay...

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  27. greatniteout

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous server great attention and sushi was excellent- love the happy hour !

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and the service was amazing!! Would definitely recommend this place to anyone that’s in the Charleston area

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  29. FresaH

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service and delicious food. Attentive staff.

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  30. Holly

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great, good-size house salad and sushi rolls were delish. Spring rolls were meh and the miso was beyond salty and just plain broth.

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  31. AmyR

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Made a dinner reservation for my friend's birthday! Her review: This past weekend, I had my 24th birthday dinner with some friends and was overwhelmed with how amazing the service and food was. To start, they gave us a delicious appetizer on the house for the wait (which really was so minimal). Then, there was a slight mix up with what I had substituted in my sushi roll and our server, Rachel, noticed the mistake right away and had the kitchen remake it. It not only came out within minutes but they also gave us sake, mochi AND comped my rolls. The staff was incredibly efficient and kind. I would highly recommend this restaurant to my friends and family.

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  32. WineMedic

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    food was excellent. definitely more of a energetic vibe rather then a high end restaurant but the food screams high end quality and preparation. decent wine list.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best sushi we’ve had, our waiter was an awesome help! Definitely recommend

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  34. Chslocal

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oku nigiri is always the way to go. Sam is the best

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  35. JamesM

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love O-Ku in Washington, DC, so we were excited to try their original location. The food was delicious. We especially enjoyed the nigiri flight, spicy edamame, crispy rice, lemon and salmon roll, and rock shrimp.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is mine and my husbands FAVORITE sushi in Charleston. We think it is truly the best sushi & it is always so clean and fresh. It’s a must go to any time we are in the area, 10/10 everytime!!

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  37. royB

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went with a group of six and the waitress recommended we order a couple of choices each and pass around.everything was awesome from the dumplings to the chicken hot plate to the rolls everything was enjoyed by all forgot the name of our server but she and many other staff made sure our table was clean and ready for the next course coming out will definitely be back!

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  38. AndyS

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was simply fabulous- food , service and ambiance

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love their Maguro! The BEST sushi I’ve ever had! My favorite sweet tea too!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sam was our server. He was very knowledgeable of the menu and helped to guide us on what to order. He was also super friendly, attentive & entertaining. The food was presented beautifully and was equally as tasty. There are so many options in Charleston…we will definitely keep O-Ku on our list of spots to go when we want sushi.

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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 2596 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for O-Ku

463 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Additional information

  • Cross street
    King Street & Radcliffe Street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    O-Ku is located on Upper King Street which offers ample on-street parking.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    HK Pak
  • 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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