The service there is pretty awful. They don't seem to care and are too busy to notice.
Overall awesome food awesome experience! I appreciate the fantastic Sushi as always and the awesome service!
First time visiting this restaurant. Absolutely incredible. Staff was great, food was great, and would definitely come back again.
My partner and I had a very solid experience at O-Ku. We ordered four rolls ranging from the simple yellow tuna to the more zesty "firecracker," and we found all to be well balanced if a little plain. The atmosphere was excellent for an up-beat date night, as the noise level is high but far from overwhelming. Value was decent, with most rolls hovering around $10-14; The wait time was also very acceptable, and our waiter was unobtrusive but also unremarkable in every way.
We would certainly return in the future after making our rounds on the restaurant scene, though it is not a clear standout on the Charleston circuit. We find it difficult to fault specific elements of the restaurant, though we generally reserve five stars for truly outstanding places we can't wait to return to. Were we to criticize O-Ku, it would probably center on the safe (and slightly boring) sushi, the lack of waiter presence, and the slightly pricey menu. I feel the 4.3 star rating given by the google search is an accurate assessment.
Best restaurant in Charleston
Great outstanding Sushi
Pork Belly is a must try
The hostess originally said there was a one hour wait when the restaurant was empty. They obviously just wanted us to go away as it was 9:45. Booked on open table and they reluctantly seated us. If you open then your open!! Hostess was rude which is not a good first impression for the restaurant. Food was good
As always a HOMERUN! Melanie was great and very attentive. Can't beat the Friday Happy Hour scene!
Hadn't been in a while because the sushi had slipped. Gave it a try with some friends and the food was a great surprise. The multiple bachelorette parties add a little spice.
I’ve been coming to Oku for four years. Best sushi in Charleston. Consistency in the quality of the food as well as the staff.
The lighting was really low and could not see any items off the menu, had to use our phone lights to read the menu.
Went out with friends. Very nice. Cameron the manager was beyond kind and helpful!
The dumplings were amazing & sushi portions were perfect. 3 people split 6 rolls and it was plenty of food! Make reservations. Even on Sunday @6pm the restaurant was full.
Takes awhile to get food but well worth it
On vacation. First night out. Waited 29 minutes after being seated to have our drink order taken. Waited another 15-20 for drinks. Appetizer order took about 30 minutes to come out and meals about 40. Daughters soba dish was spicy even though menu didn’t say so. Manager offered and comped a meal for her which made up for otherwise overly drawn out meal. Food quality was very good. Restaurant super noisy.
The wife and I came here marking our 4th Anniversary from when we first met here at O-Ku. The complimentary champagne was a great touch to another great meal. If you want great sushi and service then give O-Ku a chance.
Pleasant evening. Food is excellent. Service is friendly and attentive.
Nice location, quiet but dark and the font on the menu is so small and difficult to read.
We love O-Ku and live in Charleston - overall dinner was good, found the hostesses super snobby and not welcoming (felt like we were bothering them and was told “it’s a Friday” when we were surprised that the bar did not have 2 available seats at 5 PM when they opened/we arrived ... we were not aware there was a line when the doors opened and were made to feel stupid when we didn’t know, not a great feeling) - same vibe with the bartenders - waitress was nice but we felt a bit rushed. Overall female staff was snobby and seemed more preoccupied with looking at themselves in the wall mirrors than smiling or working, wasn’t aware this was some sort of VIP club we weren’t a part of. Food was fabulous!
Always love this place. Outstanding food, service and atmosphere.
Always a fun night!
First visit to O-Ku. for a local, they make it very easy with Valet parking. once inside, the service is great and the food is top shelf. try the lobster with tableside cooking, I was fabulous. on a busy night, manager checked on us no less than 3 times, with no problems to report. it can get a little crowded at the high tops next to the bar (bar was packed) but nothing that you cant deal with. we will be back.
Absolutely incredible experience. Amazing food and service. I highly recommend for date night!
Food was good, servers as a whole seemed scattered and not under control. We had a few questions about the menu and the server wasn’t sure but was very willing to find out the correct answer. I think the restaurant didn’t know if it wanted to be a restaurant or a nightclub.
We had a phenomenal time! Service was great and Kayla made excellent recommendations on the menu! Definitely one of our favorite spots
Great food great service. Second time just as good as the first.
Fantantastic. Love alexis and maddie. Manager was also on point. Great as always!
This was our first visit and we have visited many sushi restaurants across the USA, O-Ku can certainly hold it’s own! The only negative was trying to find parking around the restaurant. Everything else was truly exceptional! Cocktails, sushi and service exceeded our expectations for a local sushi restaurant.
Our service and food was fantastic. Our server went above and beyond.
Great atmosphere for a 24th birthday dinner / friends get together !! Absolutely will be back. Great food / drinks !
Very noisy, but great food and service
Ok-u always is a reliable place to eat wonderful food and amazing wait staff. I go there for great sushi and a wonderful atmosphere.
Amazing food and always great service. The staff is very professional. It’s an upbeat atmosphere yet classy.
Food was excellent, service was fast and great! But it was so loud, we were seated at high tops by the bar d that’s probably why
Great sushi and atmosphere!
It was great
Quality is excellent, somewhat expensive, Sam, our waiter very good!
The food was amazing -- especially the sushi. Who would've thought potato wrapped sushi could be so amazing, but it was. Would absolutely recommend. The serving staff was also on-point.
Our service was amazing. Thank you Kayla and Dawson.
Alexis, our waitress, did a great job. O-Ku has never let us down, and the Happy Hour sushi is fantastic!
Service was slow to start but once they realized we were forgotten about they more than made up for it. By far the best sushi and chicken teriyaki we have ever had. Absolutely will return, totally worth it.