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

Monday Lunch- Locals Lunch- 10% off for locals

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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

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (47)
Creative Cuisine (42)
Fun (35)
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Special Occasion (34)
Hot Spot (32)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Bar Seating (31)
Happy Hour (29)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Romantic (27)
Good for Groups (27)
Healthy (19)
Authentic (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Worth the Drive (16)
People Watching (15)
Casual (14)
Business Meals (13)
Cozy (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Local Ingredients (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Spicy (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Live Music (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Happy hour 5-7pm Mon, Wed, Fri is the best deal in town. Get there early (before 5pm) or make a reservation if you want to take advantage of HALF OFF rolls and select sakes.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Their happy hour is amazing!!! Love their food and drinks!

Tags: Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Awesome sushi, great service, great ambiance, complimentary parking.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Our server Sam was great...food as always was delicious...love the lemon salmon roll..

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Good food,sat us right in the bar area, not always great to have a bunch of drunk people around your dinner. Service was slow as the kitchen was “backed up” probably won’t come back. Yet will try the one in Charlotte or Atlanta. Very underwhelming.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The Lobster Tamaki appetizer was just fantastic - one of the best appetizers I've had at any restaurant in Charleston. We ordered the sushi/sashimi combo for two and it was very good with fresh cuts of fish and a nice selection. The service was very good as well. Only complaints are an overpriced wine list and we were seated at a high top that is block-based so your legs can't move forward; it was awkward and uncomfortable seating. Other than that a great experience.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Incredible service and sushi! Giant Maki rolls too!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Pretty good sushi. A little touristy and more American style sushi than anything authentic. The staff was attentive and helpful. Overall enjoyable dinner.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Overpriced sushi. Live here now but lived in CA where sushi is not so expensive.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great service, sushi is amazing they have so many different rolls to get. Tuna tataki is the greatest thing on the planet!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Very good sushi but prices are too high. You get almost as good sushi in other places for half of the price.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Sam was the best! See y'all again soom

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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

O-Ku is a wonderful restaurant that is consistently good. The staff is knowledgeable and the design of the space is terrific. My major complaint is the noise level.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

O-Ku has the most inventive and unique sushi creations in the area. The ingredients are incredibly fresh and tasty. The entrees are designed to complement hefty rice rolls (Khan crab roll - yum!) or multiple, lighter appetizers (salmon tartar was exquisite). Every plate is an artistic creation that pleases even before the first bite. Very friendly, and efficient service with great knowledge and explanation of menu items. Wonderful evening.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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