O-Ku - Charlotte
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.
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.
Reliably good service and exceptionally tasty food. It is our go to for the perfect date night. Thank you.
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!!
Awesome. Tony was great. He explained the chef specialties and made our meal amazing. Expensive—but—well worth it.
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.
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.
Fabulous food and personable service
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.
It is our favorite restaurant! The service is excellent!
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
Food and service was great. Best sushi around!
The food was amazing.
Restaurant is very dark hard to see the menu the way it’s printed with no light
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!
O-Ku was wonderful. The food was delicious and service excellent.
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.
Hand crafted cocktails were delich. My daughter had the Booch Betta Have My Money mocktail. Service was top-notch, food was awesome.
One of my favorite sushi restaurants, rolls are always fresh and tasty especially the potato and avocado roll.
Awesome experience...freshest sushi in town...Reggie is so gracious!
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.
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.
Wonderful service from Maria and the manager, Apollo, was very courteous too. Great food and atmosphere.
Low lighting. Great food. Good service excellent cocktails.
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.
We had a great meal. We did the queens feast and it was delicious. Still got plenty of food!
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!
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.
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.
The food was beyond AMAZING!! My new favorite place!!
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!
Went during restaurant week. Great value and superb food!!
Never disappoints - best sushi in Charlotte. Service is excellent.
Everything was delicious, staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Best sushi I have ever had !
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.
Good but expensive
Birthday dinner for my fiancé. Excellence experience, will definitely be back again.
Dee-Lish!....unusual sushi dishes plus great service. WOW!
This is our regular dining out place. The food is always top notch. We love it.
Very fresh and delicious
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!