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.
It's my favorite restaurant! The staff is very friendly and professional. The ambiance of the restaurant is calming and aesthetically pleasing, the spring rolls are AWESOME!
YES to the Spring rolls!! It's an honor to be your favorite. Thank you for sharing your visit at O-Ku.
Great Happy Hour.Our server was excellent. The food as usual was outstanding.
Highly recommend O'KU to everyone
We love a good happy hour! Thank you for visiting and taking a second to review us. We'll see you again very soon, hopefully!
Way to loud. Hard to have a conversation.
Sorry to hear that the noise level impacted your experience. We do get pretty busy and there is sometimes quite a buzz in the room. Maybe on a quieter night, we can hit all the marks for you. Hope you will try us again in the future.
We eat here regularly for good reason.
The food is fantastic and the service matches.
The manager this particular evening was attentive and checked in to make sure everything was to our liking. Our server was young and a little reticent at first, but warmed up with time and took excellent care of us.
Thank you for your continued support, Tracy. I love to hear that the whole experience is well rounded. We can't wait to have you back soon!
We arrived early for our 7:15pm reservation but waited until 740 to be seated. There didn't seem to be many busboys on staff - tables would empty out and then I would watch as the hostess would go over and wipe them down/help clean. I think this contributed to our wait. Other than the wait (and I want to say that the hostess was VERY gracious and pleasant and despite a queue at the front of people waiting, did not lose her cool once), the food was spectacular, the sushi was fresh and the waitstaff, once we were seated, were attentive. The dinner more than made up for the wait - would definitely visit again when in the area. Just beware that even with a reservation, there may still be a decent wait time.
Kiki, Thank you so much for taking a second to review us and for all the great comments. We apologize for the wait you experienced. Hopefully when you do visit us on your next Charleston trip, we can get you seated right away! Glad to hear that the food and service at the host stand and table made up for it. Cheers until next time!
When there is live music (which is great) maybe consider have the volume level lower to allow for conversation.
Thank you, Josh, for the great rating and for the feedback. We are always trying to find that perfect balance. Hope to have you in again very soon.
We ate here on a busy Saturday night. The restaurant has a very young vibe and was noisy but not overwhelming. We ordered from the 4 course Restaurant Week menu which looked like favorite picks from the regular menu. The sushi and nigiri were delicious.
Thank you SO very much for taking the time to share your O-Ku experience. We do stay busy, especially on the weekends, but try to offer an intimate setting at the same time. We appreciate your business!
O-Ku never disappoints, and during Charleston Restaurant Week, O-Ku offers a great deal: 4 courses for $35. The food is always excellent, and the menu is extensive, so it's usually difficult to choose which items to order. I had the chef's plate of nigiri and sashimi, which had some bluefin tuna, salmon, and yellowtail. So delicious! O-Ku also offers a nice selection of sake. I only drink the unfiltered nigori, and they have three options from which to choose. Service is impeccable and attentive. Our server Alexis was outstanding and friendly!
Thank you so much for the review! I always love to hear that the service AND food were beyond expectation. Kanpai to nigori sake!! See you again soon!
Yummy food! Fantastic service! Gluten free friendly
I like that you are taking your great service up yet another level. We always comes for the food and ambiance and are never disappointed.
Great first time visiting. Only problem was with our server. Not very attentive. Paid more attention to the table of frat boys next to ours. It was also my birthday. Other than that the food was incredible and the GM was so polite and kind.
We decided to try this restaurant during their restaurant week fixed price menu. Although we were early, restaurant was empty, we were seated at the very back of the restaurant. The ambiance from the seat was poor. The value for their fixed price menu was expensive. The most troubling portion of our experience was the view in the kitchen upon using the restroom in the back. The person adding sauce to prepared plates that were ready for customers was not wearing glove and actually using his fingers to wipe plates clean.
Took forever to get drinks and didn’t even have a waitress for 20 minutes until I flagged down the hostess. Also put that it was an anniversary on the reservation and they didn’t even acknowledge the occasion. Food and drinks tasted great though.
I regret to hear that we didn't exceed expectations on your visit to O-Ku. Especially being it was a special occasion. We are always grateful when people choose to celebrate with us, knowing there are tons of options in Charleston. This is not the experience we aim to give and I thank you for bringing it to our attention so we can improve. Hopefully you will give us another shot to get it right in the future.
Great Sushi, enjoyed the evening and left full and satisfied.
Great wait staff, good food, but for the price, not a sufficient amount of food. I am not a big eater and I was hungry leaving. We tried during restaurant week, maybe that was the issue.
Great food. Awesome atmosphere.
good food. a bit exspensive but not out or line for good food. will go back for sure.
David, We appreciate you taking the time to review us and let people know abut your experience. So glad you enjoyed it and we can't wait to have you back! Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 5-7 is happy hour with 1/2 price rolls!!!
Great food and atmosphere.
Thanks so much! Hope to have you back soon!
Excellent food and service. We enjoyed and would recommend you give it a try.
Thank you so much for the great review and the recommendation!
We love O-Ku! We are looking forward to visiting after the remodel.
Yay, Jack! We are looking forward to showing off a new space with the same great food. Thanks for your continued support and Happy New Year!
Nice selection of fresh sushi and vegetables. The dim lighting offers a chill vibe. A nice little break from the Southern seafood cuisine.
So glad that you liked our vibe and food! Thanks for taking a moment to share your experience. Cheers!
Food was great. Unfortunately, they were out of hot sake. Disappointed in our server. She did not meet the typical Charleston high standard for service we’ve grown accustom to receiving in the Holy City.
Excellent choice for foodies. Definitely try the chef meni. It’s expensive but it’s worth it. Also try the potato sushi that is uniquely delicious.
Thank you for the review! So glad you liked it. The Omakase menu is a great way to get a feel for O-Ku. And the potato roll is a fan favorite! Hope to have you in again very soon.
Great sushi great service! Our server was very friendly and professional atmosphere is very pretty, Great for craft cocktails also.
It doesn't get much better than this! Thank you for the wonderful review. It always makes me happy to see that the service matches the food quality. Sounds like we will see you again (soon)! Cheers
Service was amazing-everyone was really attentive and helpful.
Thank you for taking the time to review us. Glad that you consider our service top notch! We take pride in that. Hope to see you again soon.
Excellent service in an elegant yet sexy atmosphere, and delicious fresh sushi make this a consistent winner. Good food and a choice of quality drinks, whether craft cocktails or sake, served by friendly, professional staff.
A sushi place amongst shushing places...
Good food but nothing outstanding.
I'm sorry to hear that you didn't love your visit to O-Ku. Hopefully you will try us again if you are in the area and give us a chance to change your mind. We prefer to be outstanding! ;-)
We had the rock shrimp salad and it was phenomenal. We love the service and the food and that is why we keep coming back.
Michelle, Thank you! We're glad you keep coming back and we will keep giving you a reason to. #rockshimpsalad forever! See you soon!
Wonderful food, exemplary service and tasty cocktails! Highly recommend O-Ku for any occasion.
Am amazing sushi experience that we will look forward to repeating. John, our host, and Dallas, or server, made our dinner even more remarkable. I only wish we lived closer.
We were visiting Charleston for the my first time. We hadn't been able to find sushi near our home in NC for over a year, so we were both looking forward to it.
It started off a little tense when the waitress lectured my husband on why they do not serve hot sake, which we've always had at previous sushi restaurants. Okay. then DH asked about the mackerel, as he really enjoys the Spanish. She didn't know what type of mackerel they serve, so she inquired, and was told 'It's Japanese mackerel.' Really. Okay, we ordered one egg roll, I had their featured cocktail for the night (it was okay, not worth the money) and one piece of hamachi nigiri. It was the smallest piece of fish ever. It tasted fine, but one piece only for $7. The miso soup had hardly anything in it, mostly broth. Very noisy restaurant.
Very expensive and not worth it- to be served with an attitude to boot. Never again.
Christine, I regret to hear that this was your first experience with O-Ku. I would love to try not to make it your last. If there is any way we could convince you to try again so we can give you the experience we intend it to be, please reach out to me directly. Mika Scutt (GM)
Overall great food and service was good. Occasion: A surprised birthday dinner for my wife.
Thank you for the review and thank you for sharing the occasion with us.
The service was too notch. The food was fresh and delicious. The lobster appetizer was delicious and different. Highly recommended this restaurant
Thank you so much for joining us and for your great review! We appreciate you and hope to see you back in to O-Ku very soon!
The food is amazing! The staff is on point. The manager, Mika, is a gem and went above and beyond to make our night special. So grateful for her and her wonderful staff. Thank you.
Thank you Keith, Great seeing you and having a second to chat! Thank you for your review and for your visit! See you again ASAP!
Awesome service when she forgot to put in an order took it off the bill and also gave us a free dessert for our 6 month. Picture is the wagyu steak tartare
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
Visiting Charleston for the first time and this was the best sushi I’ve ever had! So fresh!
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.
Birthday dinner for my best friend! Great atmosphere and food, loved it! Will definitely be back!