About O-Ku - Charlotte
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. We offer high-end traditional sushi and make it approachable and available to any interested diner.
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.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Thursday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
E. Tremont Ave
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking
Special Events & Promotions:
1/2 off Makimono Sushi rolls from 5pm-7pm every Monday and Wednesday. Excludes lobster roll.
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O-Ku - Charlotte Ratings and Reviews
We’ve been to this restaurant a number of times in the past. Perhaps we caught them on a bad night. Typically the food is outstanding. The pork belly was overcooked, they brought out a new one which was just slightly overcooked. The lemon on top of the salmon and lemon rolls had far too much rind and gave the sushi a bitter taste in a bad texture. I would still return and recommend it to a friend but it was not a great first experience for the friend we brought along for a birthday celebration .
We dined at O-Ku for the first time for my son’s birthday, and it will definitely not be the last! Every bite of food was incredibly flavorful, and the service was great! They went above & beyond to help us celebrate, even bringing a complimentary appetizer.
Because of other reviews, I knew the service wouldn’t be speedy, so we were prepared for that - but it didn’t seem to take any longer than any other nice restaurant, and the food was well worth any wait that might have occurred. So many perfect bites - I will be dreaming of the otoro spoons!
Even the after-dinner coffee was exceptionally good. I highly, highly recommend O-Ku!
The ambiance is perfection--the lighting, decor, table arrangement. The foods are interesting, but not off-the-wall. The cocktail menu was small, but still managed to offer a great variety of flavor combinations. Even the grilled vegetable side was delicious with unexpected flavor! We will definitely be going back again and again to try the whole menu!
I brought my boyfriend here for his birthday since he loves sushi. I do not. The server, Tracy, who was fantastic, wished him a happy birthday right when walking over to our table. A very nice touch. The menu was a sushi lovers dream but for someone who is not a fan of sushi, there was plenty to satiate my hunger. Our server made great recommendations and she was so enthusiastic about all the options she suggested. The presentation of the food and its flavor was wonderful. My boyfriend has traveled all over southeast asia and he said that O-Ku served the best sushi he has ever had. I would recommend this place over and over again. We will be back.
The food was outstanding and the flavors were amazing. The menu is unique and fun - compliments to the kitchen. However, the service put a sour note on an otherwise great night. Our server took several minutes to even greet us with water and get our drink orders. When she did bring our first round of drinks (after about 30 minutes), she spilled sake on me and offered a feeble apology with no other compensation. I understand that mistakes happen, but the slow service and inattentiveness continued throughout the evening. When we ordered a bottle of wine, it took her 30 minutes to tell us that the wine we had chosen was out and another 20 minutes to bring us something to chill the wine. It took her a long time to take our food orders and seemed that she was not even looking to see if we were ready to order our next course, and the food was fairly slow to come out (though I know this could be a kitchen issue, it also depends on server timing of putting in the orders). She had a large party of VIPs (NFL players) in her section as well, so maybe that contributed to the poor service, but this is not that standard of service I would have expected in my second visit to this otherwise wonderful restaurant.
I absolutely love this place! The sushi was outstanding. My favorite was the salmon and lemon roll. I could’ve eaten several more rolls! The service was outstanding as well and I cannot say enough great things about O-Ku.
Love O-Ku, but we only go on Mondays and Wednesdays 5-7, because sushi rolls are half off. Food takes a little longer to come, but it's definitely worth it. It's a great atmosphere so we just grab a drink and hang out. Sushi rolls are great. I feel like you really can't go wrong with any of them.
O-ku has great drinks...Bourbon Basil Berry Lemonade, great sushi...Potato Roll, great servicers...FARMER! FARMER! FARMER! The best server in CLT hands down! We started Ladies Night Out with dinner at O-ku. The staff was very accommodating. Had reservations for 6 but had an extra person and they were still able to set us on time for our reservation. We had drinks dinner and a lot of fun!
We first ate at O-Ku in Charleston. Loved the food and ambiance. When we learned they had a location close to our home in Charlotte we were ecstatic. We are definitely foodies and have high standards for restaurants. O-Ku surpassed our expectations. This one uses salts and spice from the spice shop next door. I could tell the difference.
We have been wanting to try O-Ku for a while and it did not disappoint. It was the perfect setting for dinner with friends who were in town. We tried some of the chef's recommendations, roles, and nigri. Everything was delicious, but some of my favorites were the South End shrimp, yellow tail carpaccio, tuna poke bowl, lobster tamake. If you like nigri, definitely order the bluefin toro.
I can't wait to go back.
O-Ku, delicious and innovative menu with a trendy hip vibe. Found the portion sizes to be small and pricey. Too loud for conversation but good for people watching. I personally don't care for a restaurant where you can watch football while dining, but maybe that's just me.
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