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Fri, 4/20
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O-Ku - Charlotte

4.7
397 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. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Asian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Thursday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(704) 594-1922
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Chanthavong
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E. Tremont Ave
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Special events & promotions
1/2 off Makimono Sushi rolls from 5pm-7pm every Monday and Wednesday. Excludes lobster roll.
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Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking
What 397 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I wish I could give more stars for the service! My husband and I like Sushi and that is the extent of our Japanese cuisine knowledge so the waitress was amazing at educating us on what different things were on the menu as well as making some amazing suggestions! We were celebrating an anniversary and got some champagne and the manager kept checking on us to make sure we were enjoying our day and it really made us feel like we were the only ones in a very busy restaurant. We even ate JELLY FISH by the end of the night....TRY IT!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was delicious and service was excellent! The staff went above and beyond to make our anniversary dinner special. Thank you, O-Ku, for the complimentary appetizer! We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great atmosphere and excellent food. Sushi is amazing every time. Highly recommend the gyoza app, mermaid roll and potato roll. Coconut creme brûlée was very good. Would not recommend as a spot for children.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Coming from Los Angeles, the land of premium, fresh fish, I was hesitant about sushi in Charlotte, but O-Ku shut me up quick! Impeccable selection, fresh, unique menu, great spot. Our server was a delight and knowledgeable of the menu. I’m hooked. Pun intended.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

My husband and I went for our anniversary dinner. The staff was very pleasant and manager walked over to wish us happy anniversary. Very vibrant atmosphere. Just a tad dark and everyone uses their cellphone light to read the menu. Otherwise, I would recommend and definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food and Sevice was excellent! We wish the portions to share were bigger though.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This restaurant never fails me. Thanks for being consistent in service and selections!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

If I could give this place more than 5 stars I would! Aside from the food being absolutely delicious, the service was AMAZING! Our server, Tiffany, had awesome recommendations. She was very attentive and professional. I brought my fiancé for his birthday and they gave us a free sashimi appetizer for it! I didn't even have to say it was his birthday, they knew from our open table reservation which really made the night extra special. We got the edamame with truffle oil and a couple sushi rolls that Tiffany suggested - they were so fresh and tasty! We also had a couple drinks that were made just right - not too strong, not too weak, and a ton of flavor! The atmosphere was super cool as well. I would say the price is pretty reasonable and 110% worth the food/experience. We will definitely be back!!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Not a place for me.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Second time there and I’m not that impressed. I’ve spent most of my life in So Cal and their sushi which is the best, isn’t nearly as expensive as O-Ku. I’ve been going to Sushi Guru in Southpark for years and find them superior. The only real highlight was our server Dillon.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

AMAZING!! This is our fourth visit to O-ku and I swear it gets better each time. The Lobster Temaki, Kani Stack, Spicy Rainbow roll, Kiwi Kani roll, Black Magic Haku and 2 drinks set us back around $120.00 with tip. This was perfect for two of us with big appetites! The sushi is SO FRESH!! This is my new, favorite sushi restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I have been to O-Ku in Charleston several times for special occasions with my girlfriends and was very excited to learn a location was opening in Charlotte. This was my first visit to the Charlotte location and it was just as I had hoped it would be. The ambiance is a little different as it has a slightly more casual vibe but it was still so beautiful. The waitress was absolutely amazing! We were there for a girls night, catching up and she gave us just enough space to get our girl talk on but also kept the evening flowing well. Three of us shared 3 different rolls (mermaid was my fav) and one girl got the hibachi chicken. All of the food was great, as was the bottle of wine. Overall it was a wonderful night and I would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We celebrated our 7th anniversary at O-ku and it was perfect. Our waitress was very attentive and the food was delicious. The GM even introduced himself and gave us complimentary Prosecco to celebrate the occasion. I would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Only complaint was that it was too LOUD! You have to scream to hear your friends or a date.

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We waited over an hour for our food while everyone around us got their food well ahead of us even though they sat well after us. The management and wait staff came over to apologize 3 separate times it got so bad. For our wait we were offered another round of drinks but it still ended up on my tab. Which is fine, just par for the course. This is our second attempt at O-ku and to be honest their sushi isn’t that much better than Baku or Nikko’s to deal with service issues for a second time.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had a lovely dinner at Oku. One of our guests is very new to sushi and she loved every item that was brought out! We sat at the sushi bar which I highly recommend; its fascinating to see those guys make such beautiful and delicious food. Thanks again for everything!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Wanna feel sexy and eat hip and sexy food? This is the place to do it!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This is my 3rd time here. 1st experience wasn't good to be completely honest but this was great. We ordered a few rolls and quite a few nigiri and sashimi. Definitely on Charlotte's top 5 list of sushi places to try. Kendall was an outstanding waitress and so was the manager! Very personable. Will definitely return.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Service was very slow and our server was very "pushy" trying to get us to order more food than we wanted. Always appreciate suggestions but this was a bit over the top. Food is good but very $ and not much food for the $.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Food is good atmosphere nice. Parking horrendous

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great sushi

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Fantastic meal and service! Best quality fish in Charlotte! We ordered mostly from the specialties and several pieces of nigiri.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Very cool vibe, friendly greeters, nice server, but food was so weak. So bummed after reading all the great reviews, then having sub-par sushi. Ordered the hamachi sashimi app, which literally arrived in less than a minute of ordering. I like fast service, but no way could the sushi chef have had time to slice the hamachi and plate it that fast. After tasting it, the fish was not fresh. Guessing it was pre-made. Then ordered two rolls, and some nigiri. Rolls were absolutely tasteless. Nigiri was just ok and odd that you only get one piece per order, as the norm elsewhere is two. For the first time, I didn’t finish my sushi dinner. I’m guessing high reviews have a lot to do with the cool atmosphere, but if you’re a true sushi lover, I would not recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The most amazing food. Normally don't like sushi because it's so fishy smelling/tasting. Never knew high quality fish that is prepared well is not fishy! The spicy rainbow roll and the lemon salmon roll are the best.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Amazing server
Offered us regular edamame on he house when we didn’t like our Thai chili edamame
Everything else was amazing

A bit steep price level tho

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Best sushi I have had in charlotte but way way more than just sushi, like the amazing pork buns

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Awesome experience. Pay for incredible experience, but still pricey. Worth it!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Our 2nd time their. Great experience both times with great service. The food is best in the area!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Our server was very nice along with other staff members. We enjoyed 2 appetizers to start which were the best part of our meal. Sadly our sashimi was not fresh. I’ve been to this restaurant before which was a 5 star all around. Hopefully we got the fish on an off night.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food and service were great. Drinks were overpriced and had minimal amount of alcohol in them.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great sushi experience, a little pricey but the food was good. The service was a little slow, but we enjoyed our meal.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Outstanding service. Outstanding Food. My wife and I come here every time we’re in town. Always a welcoming atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Always good. We particularly like the starter of pork dumplings and shrimp dumplings with two different dipping sauces; also the O-Ku spring roll. Good variety of traditional sashimi or sushi, as well as some creative rolls.

Our server, Maria, made our evening special. Charming and attentive !

There is plenty to choose from on the beverage list, but it would be nice to see more Japanese beer offerings.

We will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

One of my top 3 places for dinner. The food is a little expensive, but worth every penny!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Wonderful food and accommodated to our family of three!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Excellent restaurant with excellent service!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Sushi was very good. Friendly staff. We would go back. Oh...the night ended with the fire alarm blaring and the fire trucks coming...but it did not make it a bad evening...just memorable Lol... there was a dish that had a lot of steam that set off the fire alarm.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

This was one of the best dining experiences we've had in Charlotte. Awesome service; awesome sushi; and a great vibe!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was good but the waiter was trying to up sale the more expensive items on the menu

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a wonderful first visit (on Valentine’s Day). If you can provide excellent service, run your full menu, and keep reservations on track on a holiday you are doing something right in the food/beverage industry! The fish was the freshest we’ve had in Charlotte and we eat a lot of fish!! Our server Dylan was awesome, seriously- request him by name he won’t let you down... he was on top of everything, nice, informative, and provided excellent service! We have already told several people to check out O-ku and we will continue to recommend it!

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