About O-Ku

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.

463 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Sushi, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Served: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30am; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00am

Cross Street:
Radcliffe Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 737-0112

Website:
http://www.o-kusushi.com/

Parking Details:
O-Ku is located on Upper King Street which offers ample on-street parking. Complimentary valet parking is also provided for dinner guests.

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour:
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 5-7pm - All rolls half-off, selected sakes half-off by the glass and the bottle, specialty cocktails $3 off.

Sunday - ALL bottles of wine are half-off. Korean BBQ for $15

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O-Ku Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (42)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Happy Hour (29)
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Fun (29)
Hot Spot (28)
Special Occasion (28)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Good for Groups (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Romantic (20)
People Watching (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Authentic (15)
Healthy (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Casual (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Business Meals (11)
Cozy (11)
Late-night Find (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Spicy (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Live Music (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

We always enjoy the O-Ku dining experience. Love the sushi!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 4 days ago

Fun atmosphere and couldn’t have asked for a better birthday dinner! Drinks, food, and service was outstanding!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Always love the drinks and sushi. Service is always good! Always a great experience.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Wilmington)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was very good. Get there before 7 to take advantage of bettter pricing. Very busy and noisy.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

I go to Oku once a week for Happy Hour with friends and every time without a doubt it's a fabulous experience. Oku is a must for sushi lovers!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Amazing food and service! Loved every part of the meal

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was fantastic, but the service was slow and not very friendly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food! Great service! If you like sushi, you can’t go wrong dining here! Everything is delicious!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The squid ink infused lobster square roll was truly elegant.
As was the superb service provided by our server Meagan and manager Cameron.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The only reason I gave the food three stars was because a lot if menu items were unavailable. I have never had this happen before and was extremely disappointed. Also the drink I have there overtime I go was not the same as it normally is. The drink is to have an infused spicy rum and I believe that they made it with plain rum or the pepper flavor had not fully developed as the drink was overly sweet as it was missing the heat.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

My reservation was cancelled after being four minutes late, despite being told upon arrival that they wait 15 minutes after a no-show.
Besides almost not being able to eat, food was good, service was good. A nice birthday dinner.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food and drinks at O-ku are creative and outstanding. Easily the best sushi restaurant in Charleston. The servers are very attentive and accomodating. The prices are not cheap but the meal is worth the cost.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

It was so dark we couldn't read the small-print menues. We used the flashlights in our phones to read.
The sushi was beautiful, fresh, and delicious. The salad was wilted and had zero flavor. I should have sent it back because it was a waste of $8.
The bar drink menu is creative. We tried several bar drinks and all were very good. Our server Sam did an excellent job!
If not for the frustration of trying to read the menu and the horrible salad, I'd give a much higher rating.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Half off sushi on Wednesday’s from 5-7! Great value!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We ordered a few rolls and sashimi, everything was great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My Husband and I were in Charleston for a 10th anniversary trip. I reserved O-Ku on open table because we both love sushi (I am vegetarian.) We loved O-Ku! It has a very dark, romantic, modern, warm atmosphere. Our server Sam was wonderful. He answered all of our million questions. He was very friendly and told us about things to do in the area. All of the staff was professional and friendly. Our food was delicious. I would definitely recommend O-Ku.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Love, love, love O-ku! The staff is amazing and so friendly and the food is consistently wonderful. One of my favorite restaurants in Charleston!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Sad Heather was not there, but absolutely love Cam!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great place! Amazing food, fantastic service, and a laid back feel. Just a little loud but overall a great experience.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

I absolutely love O-ku. I’ve been here before, but never for happy hour. Food was fantastic! I am a very experienced sushi eater and O-Ku truly has the best sushi in Charleston. Also, if you go during happy hour you are getting above and beyond a great deal. The atmosphere was awesome and service exceeded my expectations. I will be back.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Overall the food was good but took over an hour to get our food and the restaurant was not busy when we got there and ordered. Go early and be prepared to wait! Happy hour was a great value but just don’t know if we will go back since getting your food takes so long... there was 2 of us and we each got 3 rolls so not like we ordered the whole menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Japanese food is excellent with great sushi. Lots to choose from. Only negative was that service was slow but our server was most pleasant. Perhaps assigned to too many tables. Or food preparation took longer.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

I am a very big sushi fan and this was hands down the best sushi I have ever eaten!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

It was extremely busy- a hot spot, even on a Monday night! Food was delicious! Service was great! It’s a winner! Loved the sushi!

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Service was very slow and choppy four a Sunday night, but great rolls and sashimi. Half price bottles of wine on Sunday was a nice bonus!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food delicious as always, Asst GM very attentive and helpful, waitress good but surly.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The staff and everyone involved were great. From the moment we entered the establishment we were treated very well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Arrived early and was immediately seated. Madison was our wait staff and she was knowledgeable and top notch. While the sushi was expensive, the quality was high. Would highly recommend to those who enjoy fresh and high quality nigiri and sashimi!

Tags: Healthy, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great place for dinner. Food is very good. Only thing is maybe it could be a little brighter light wise at night:)

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Everything was excellent except the people in the bar being so close to our table. If you go, ask go be seated away from the bar. Food was fantastic and so was the service.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very nice atmosphere and great service. We were celebrating 2 engagements and they brought us glasses of champagne it was very nice!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The happy hour is incredible from 5-7 with half priced sushi rolls and 3 off cocktails. And the quality was incredible for the price. I would definitely recommend.

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 (Shreveport)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Been here several times. Food always good. This time waited a while to get our food when they didn’t seem terribly busy. That said it doesn’t stop me from going back...food is that good. :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Awesome staff and manager! Took excellent care of my daughter when we celebrated her birthday 🎉 Her fav restaurant , rainbow roll outstanding.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent food great service - waitress was very accommodating and informed-noise level pretty high -great choice of cocktails

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Spicy, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

upbeat atmosphere. great friendly service. very good food.

Tags: Healthy, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Never got our seaweed salad

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great experience. Sushi was delicious. We also tried the Pork belly which was excellent. We would recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went there for our 20th wedding anniversary.
The staff was fantastic and the food was by far the best sushi my wife and I have had.
Thank you for making our anniversary so memorable.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Healthy, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was FANTASTIC.

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