O-Ku - Charlotte

4.8
619 reviews
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Sushi
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.
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JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought this was authentic Japanese. I wasn’t expecting a mix of Asian cuisines.. but all was prepared very well, excluding the avocado roll which was something fancy, citrusy and overly complicated vs the simple, delicate taste we were liking for.

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CP
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably good service and exceptionally tasty food. It is our go to for the perfect date night. Thank you.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite spot in Charlotte for sushi and as always, O-Ku did not disappoint. Food was excellent as well as the service. Tried Otoro spoons for the first time. It was amazing!!! Kudos to Dylan for his recommendation and excellent service. O-Ku is lucky to have you!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Tony was great. He explained the chef specialties and made our meal amazing. Expensive—but—well worth it.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Valentine’s Day spot. They didn’t cram a million tables for two into the space, which was great as a lot of places do that on Valentine’s Day. Manager, server, and staff were great and the food was amazing. One of our favorite restaurants in Charlotte.

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CR
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

I had the 70 dollar sushi/sashimi combination, the sushi was at best average and the presentation lacked any thought. The service was excellent though. They need to upgrade their sushi.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and personable service

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I thought the atmosphere was nice...edgy and trendy yet not over the top where the music is so loud you can have a conversation. The food was good but I think there are so many other spots in charlotte that give you more food for the money. I would recommend to someone to at least try it, or to have cocktails and meet up before going out.

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T
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is our favorite restaurant! The service is excellent!

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my daughters birthday and they took so great care of us! Whether it was a delicious roll, the teriyaki, or even the complimentary appetizers for the birthday girl, every action at O-ku was impeccable. Well done and highly recommended

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JB
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. Best sushi around!

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OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing.

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N
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Restaurant is very dark hard to see the menu the way it’s printed with no light

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TC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came out for date night with an open mind, being new to the area. This was the best sushi we’ve ever had. Service was great. Ambiance was great. Food came out quickly. Could not have been better!

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O
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

O-Ku was wonderful. The food was delicious and service excellent.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is food is great, especially if you take advantage of the half-price sushi on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 PM till 7 PM. However, parking is terrible... we made reservations for 5 PM although the place was 1/4 full we couldn’t find our server for almost 15 minutes.

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SA
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hand crafted cocktails were delich. My daughter had the Booch Betta Have My Money mocktail. Service was top-notch, food was awesome.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite sushi restaurants, rolls are always fresh and tasty especially the potato and avocado roll.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience...freshest sushi in town...Reggie is so gracious!

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience during restaurant week. Very attentive loved how they brought out a board of citrus & cucumber to choose from for your water. Food was spectacular- great value & portions were well sized for restaurant week. Poke bowl was a favorite with surprise squid in it, yellowfin tuna crudo was great and rolls are always fantastic. A little pricey when not restaurant week but worth it.

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Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We went for restaurant week. There was a good selection. We did the sushi and the sashimi and nigiri. All the fish was fresh and clean. The service as great and our waiter was very helpful. Drinks are a little pricey.

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WJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service from Maria and the manager, Apollo, was very courteous too. Great food and atmosphere.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Low lighting. Great food. Good service excellent cocktails.

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MB
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

O-Ku is a very solid, trendy, buzzy place in Atherton Mill, in Charlotte’s Southend. They serve traditional Japanese food but also have updated dishes that incorporate elements from other cuisines, like jalapeño & mango in the sushi. They navigate the “Americanization” very well, leaving enough not to disappoint the traditionalists. The sushi chefs seem well-trained & their cuts are precise. One of the better Japanese restaurants in this city.

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Charlotte
47 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal. We did the queens feast and it was delicious. Still got plenty of food!

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ME
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and gorgeous interior. Food was to die for, service was great. Maria was amazing and very knowledgeable on the menu. If you are of drinking age, GET THE SHOGUN!

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Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding, food was great, and drinks are great. It’s also fun sitting at the sushi bar and being able to watch the sushi chefs make all their sushi.

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Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for Queen's Feast. The appetizers (first course) were the best part of the meal - White Fish Crudo and Yellowtail Carpaccio. The second course was hit or miss (actually sent back wagyu fritters; poke bowl was ok, best one was the South End Shrimp), and the sushi (third course selection) was also hit or miss - two good (red dragon and tuna wrap rolls) and two underwhelming (rainbow and spider rolls). Nothing was "bad", but at those prices, anything less than "good" is not worth mentioning, and not worth a trip back for either. I wouldn't mind trying O-Ku again if friends wanted to come here, but we wouldn't probably return here outside of that.

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KK
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was beyond AMAZING!! My new favorite place!!

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h
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

Heard so much about this restaurant and was throughly disappointed !
The service was excellent, John was an outstanding host and made good recommendations.
The food is your typical sushi, etc but just way over priced for what it is.
The restaurant vibe and atmosphere was mediocre and the restaurant decor was done at low budget.
The Charlotte agenda keeps hyping this restaurant like it is the best thing since sliced bread. It’s more like another stale old loaf!
Need to add some ambience, music, lower the price and better hosts at the front door!

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KA
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went during restaurant week. Great value and superb food!!

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p
Charlotte
31 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints - best sushi in Charlotte. Service is excellent.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Best sushi I have ever had !

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PD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I enjoyed the food very much and the service was good.
My husband and I sat at the sushi bar but what was missing is some interaction with the Sushi chefs.
We did missed the ambiance of our smaller size Japanese restaurant where we used to live,
Overall a good experience for a big size Japanese restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good but expensive

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my fiancé. Excellence experience, will definitely be back again.

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R
Charlotte
92 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dee-Lish!....unusual sushi dishes plus great service. WOW!

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WC
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our regular dining out place. The food is always top notch. We love it.

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Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh and delicious

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LG
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I give O-Ku 5 stars and a clap👏🏽. Two of my friends and I wanted to try a new place to eat because we are foodies! My brother recommended O-Ku because he and some of his friends met there for lunch and loved it. The ambience, food, libations, and service was superb! I highly recommend this place. The lights are very dim so it gives it a very swanky vibe. It is an upscale sushi restaurant, so as a mother I would not recommend this place to bring the kids, but definitely bring your friends and/or (prospective) sweetie!

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