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O-Ku, Charleston, SC

O-Ku

4.7
4.7
2564 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

7:00 PM


Booked 68 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 2,564 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Charleston

    Best Ambiance

  • Charleston

    Best Value

  • Charleston

    Healthy

  • Charleston

    Hot spot

  • Charleston

    Lively

  • Charleston

    Most Booked

2,564 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  2. Chslocal

    Charleston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  3. JamesM

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    High quality fresh sushi and impeccable presentation. The service was great.

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  10. NewCHS

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and exquisite cuisine. Our first time but definitely won’t be our last.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I come here every year for my birthday and more. Truly the best grade A sushi around Charleston, SC. I highly recommend O-Ku to any sushi lovers!! You won’t regret coming here for a bite to eat. Great vibes Great staff.

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  12. Elisabeth

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and came out fast, our server was friendly and efficient.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Tyler was amazing! Very attentive and friendly

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely phenomenal food and service. Never disappoints.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall experience was great. The food was excellent, and the service was fantastic. Our server Lilly answered all questions and explained things on our menu with excellent knowledge. It was a bit distracting sitting next to the food prep area, but when starting the delicious food and drinks, it's easy to drown out the hustling of staff beside you. Great atmosphere and also seemed very clean from the dining room to the bathrooms. Everything was upkept to a high standard. Highly recommend this place for quality food and quality service.

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  16. Claire

    Greensboro

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    O-Ku never disappoints. Truly the best sushi. It’s so incredibly fresh. The restaurant atmosphere is fancy and relaxing. Our server was kind and took good care of us. I would definitely recommend making a reservation as they are always busy!! Salmon and Lemon Roll and the Surf and Turf Rolls are my two personal favorites!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is fresh and delicious!!!! Service was perfect!!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The salmon lemon sushi and pork belly were amazing!! And the dumplings were well worth the money because of the amount we received. My only complaint is that happy hour is only M-W and not Thursday but it’s fine… I guess

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  19. KipN

    Northern MI

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well, prepared and unique sushi roll options. Service was great. It was a fun atmosphere with cool vibes.  menu can be a little overwhelming, but the server was very helpful. 

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  20. EmmaF

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food! Not even kidding flavor that bursts in your mouth. Server (Sam) very knowledgeable. Warning fuego fiasco is not for the faint of heart, it is NOT undersold.

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  21. NDAJ

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. They have very generous portions.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my girlfriend for a dinner date and was absolutely delighted and appreciative of the service

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  23. wendym

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brussel sprouts were awesome!! Gyoza was yummy as well as the cosmos!!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great, service even better. We look forward to coming back and appreciated the hospitality.
    O-KuResponded on March 11, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review! We appreciate the kind words and hope to see you soon! -Stephanie, General Manager

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  25. Bostonfoodie

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always 5 stars, both the food and service. Thanks for another great night!
    O-KuResponded on March 11, 2024
    Thanks so much for coming back to see us! We look forward to seeing you next time! -Stephanie, General Manager

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  26. shirleyV

    Memphis/West TN

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our table was ready as promised. We were seated immediately. The waitress seemed a bit stretched but it was a busy Saturday night. The Rock Shrimp was crisp with a delicious tangy sauce and loved the dressed greens under the shrimp. I would have like more spice but my daughter thought it was great. The edamame was basic but as expected. The sushi rolls were pretty average at best. The rice was a bit dry and the seaweed wrap had an extreme fishy taste. The rolls were small for the price. We have sushi weekly so we are a little picky about sushi. The Kaarage Chicken was probably the best item. It was very crisp with a delightful sweet and sour sauce. The price for the quality was a bit on the high end but not bad for a tourist town.

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  27. JohnS

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, unique flavors with great presentation and attentive service. Overall a great experience.
    O-KuResponded on March 11, 2024
    John, thank you for the kind words! We look forward to serving you next time! -Stephanie, General Manager

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going to OKU since 2014 and it has gotten better and better between the food choices, ambience and service. Great dinner and atmosphere!
    O-KuResponded on March 11, 2024
    Thanks for being so loyal to us! We greatly appreciate the positive feedback! -Stephanie, General Manager

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I came in with a coworker for our wine contest and the whole evening from start to finish was amazing. Celia was our server and she was fantastic. The food was delicious as always PS. (I need the recipe for the tiger and the coconut because I’d give an arm to be able to make it at home ) 😍

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding…..every single thing. The drinks were fantastic. We will be going back!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience for a late dinner. Waitress was very nice and attentive

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  32. JArmstrong

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great, as always and the customer service was exceptional.

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  33. Daniel

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food wasn't great. I was excited to try this place but it was a huge let down. I was okay paying premium price but the food itself wasn't premium quality. Definitely won't be coming back.
    O-KuResponded on March 2, 2024
    Hi Daniel, I am so sorry you experience wasn't up to our standards. I would love to have you back as our guest. Thank you, Jared

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  34. AndreG

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was exceptional, wait staff was kind and knowledgable. 10/10 experience

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  35. AimB

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Many happy hour options for early birds. The pork bao buns are my favorite thing on the menu.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oku was incredible as always, wonderful staff and even better food and atmosphere, can’t go wrong with any Indigo Road establishment!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lara was great! She suggested the curry and she was right!

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  38. PatrickM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great atmosphere, Food was really fresh and the wait staff and mgmt were very friendly

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  39. RobinR

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are new to Oku but instantly fell in love. The food, service is just wonderful! We have had Alexis as our server on our visits and she is just the best! It made our anniversary and my Mother's 80th birthday recently just great celebrations. We look forward to many more meals there!!

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  40. MichaelI

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have visited Charleston a few times and this was our first foray into sushi here. The rainbow roll was delicious, as were the salmon, tuna and yellowtail sashimi. The lobster tobanyaki also was great.

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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 4.7 stars by 2564 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

7:00 PM


Booked 68 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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