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Date
Sat, 4/21
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10:00 PM
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O-Ku

4.7
1418 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Asian
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Hours of operation
Dinner Served: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30am; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00am
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Phone number
(843) 737-0112
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
Radcliffe Street
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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.
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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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Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1418 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

It was an amazing experience. The staff was nice and helpful, the food was good, and the whole experience was very pleasing.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This is one of my favorite places to eat in Charleston. The atmosphere is fun and trendy. The servers are great! This would be my third time eating at O-Ku and it never disappoints!

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was awesome, but we had to wait for 2 hours just for appetizer.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Highly recommend the rock shrimp. Absolutely delicious!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Music too loud could not talk at table

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Exceptional service and food as always

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great Food, but a little pricey. Atmospheres was nice and wine and drink selection is good. Terrific Sake selection as well. Highly recommend for food quality and selection.

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2.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Aggressive interpretation of Japanese cuisine, with no room for subtlety

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Thanks, Jay!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We spent a lot of time waiting for a server. She knew the menu but a little TMI. She disappeared and rarely touched our table. Waited over an hour for our food. Not all the tables were full. The manager came to the table when we asked to speak with him. He was congenital and took the app off the bill. Just think he should have come to us vs our asking for him. Albeit slow in coming it was delicious. Due to poor service, probably won’t rush back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food was fantastic, and the service was amazing.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We get in every few weeks . Food is very consistent.
Service was good! Our waitress kept an eye on our needs without interrupting our conversation etc.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The tuna tartare and the scallops were amazing! Everything we had was delicious. Tried many drinks, but my favorite was The Shogun. FAR too loud for my taste; I couldn't hear the people sitting right across from me. Otherwise, a great experience!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was awesome as usual. Took about 75 minutes to get our food after ordering and they didn’t look terribly busy. Also took quite a while to get the check when we were done. Will go again but not the best visit.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Had dinner for our anniversary. It fell on the weekend of the Bridge Run so the place was packed. Melanie, our server, provided excellent service even with the crowd. Attentive without being overbearing, knowledgeable, and friendly.
We had a sashimi and nigiri plate selected by the chef and a crunchy tuna roll. All were excellent. The lemongrass cream brûlée was to die for.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Music was way too loud. Electric violin was too much.

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2.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Crazy slow and service was horrible. All servers looked unhappy and never was asked how everything was. Once check was presented the waiter just placed it and said thanks. Will not go back. What a shame because it has potential.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Was visiting daughter at CofC and had an amazing meal! Great service - really special!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent sushi! Had a reservation for Sunday night while on vacation and we were very pleased with the service and the quality of the food. Recommended by and friend and we will definitely recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Amazing atmosphere and food. Server was great!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Out family of 4 (we have 2 teen boys) recently had dinner here, and we all enjoyed it. The sushi was wonderful, as were the scallops and the chicken teriyaki. Our server took the time to explain the menu items to us, and the overall service was impeccable. We will definitely return here when visiting Charleston again!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Service was excellent as was the food! Had a fun dinner with my teenage son!!

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Took 2 hours

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Menu can address any dietary restrictions and still get excellent, flavorful food

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Wonderful sushi and appetizers were wonderful as well!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food was as usual high quality, service was excellent too. Will certainly come back again and again.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Absolutely fabulous! It was my first time but my daughter was there a few times before. Our waitress was absolutely the best!!! She helped us with deciding what to order. Loved everything we had!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Nice place. Friendly service. Friday was half off on sushi rolls which was good because not worth the full price. If I was a young person wanting a lively bar this place would be great. However, I found the sushi was just average. .

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The service there is pretty awful. They don't seem to care and are too busy to notice.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Overall awesome food awesome experience! I appreciate the fantastic Sushi as always and the awesome service!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

First time visiting this restaurant. Absolutely incredible. Staff was great, food was great, and would definitely come back again.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Best restaurant in Charleston
Great outstanding Sushi
Pork Belly is a must try

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on March 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

As always a HOMERUN! Melanie was great and very attentive. Can't beat the Friday Happy Hour scene!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

The lighting was really low and could not see any items off the menu, had to use our phone lights to read the menu.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Went out with friends. Very nice. Cameron the manager was beyond kind and helpful!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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