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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.

2000 South Blvd
Suite 510
Charlotte, NC 28203
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Sushi, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Thursday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
E. Tremont Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 594-1922

Website:
http://www.o-kusushiclt.com/

Executive Chef:
Michael Chanthavong

Additional:
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

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (52)
Special Occasion (37)
Fit for Foodies (36)
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Good for Anniversaries (35)
Fun (33)
Hot Spot (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Good for Groups (23)
Romantic (21)
Bar Seating (19)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Authentic (15)
Healthy (14)
Casual (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Business Meals (12)
Cozy (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
People Watching (9)
Tapas (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Spicy (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vegan (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined 2 days ago

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 .

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

OKu is always great. Delicious food, knowledgeable & nice servers, fun decor & atmosphere.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic!

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·Dined 6 days ago

Place was very nice and the service was great! Sushi was amazing! Best I’ve had in town.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 6, 2017

As always the food and drinks were excellent. We went for half price sushi night and although it still wasn't a cheap meal, it is one of the best sushi restaurants in Charlotte.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Best sushi in Charlotte, no question. Duck buns are necessary. Great sake list. Ask for Liz!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The Omakase is the way to go. I am a chef and loved the expierence

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great atmosphere and food was delicious. Server may have had an off day but that’s alright. Bartender was excellent and started us out perfect. Nice enough to give a free app for my wife’s birthday that was delicious!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The best sushi in town!!! And other options as well. Very fresh, great atmosphere! Delicious!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Delicious food, incredibly fresh. Service was impeccable.

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Happy Hour, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

My absolute favorite sushi restaurant! Had an unusually long wait this visit and our waiter went above and beyond, brought extra appetizers on the house- great service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great food and great service, as always. A go-to spot for any occasion.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Healthy, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 13, 2017

always have a great experience at O-Ku. it's my go-to for a friends night. service has been a bit lacking on a few occasions but the food is always excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Awesome atmosphere great food and wonderful customer service. The Manager Kimbo is an all around amazing person, down to earth and helpful not just to his guest but also to his staff.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

O-Ku is probably some of the best sushi in Charlotte! Great ambiance and Farmer, our server, is awesome!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great Place! Wish I could eat there everyday!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The chef selection sucks and repetitive !! All seafood sashimi !!! Baku is way better !

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 5, 2017

it was a bit more than other locations we have gone to plus the duck buns felt dry and old

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We’ve eaten at O-Ku many times but tonight our food and service weren’t as good as in the past.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 1, 2017

OKu is so good! Great food, trendy upscale setting, and fun people. The service is excellent. I always look forward to going there.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great half price rolls!! Love potato roll and spicy rainbow! Yum

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Loved the vibe, food and drinks were good, but the $120+ bill left me broke and still hungry.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The server was very friendly but it took over an hour to get our food and no explanations from anyone about why it took so long

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

It was amazing the sake and food was melt in your mouth Otoro

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Organic, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Good, but a bit too expensive to make sense. Five of us had a $400 tab and then had to order apps at another bar because people were still hungry.

Tags: Good for Groups, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I always love coming to O-Ku. The ambiance is always nice and a bit loud at some points but overall pleasant. The sushi and other food items are delicious! I've never had an issue, and as someone with gluten-intolerance, they're super accommodating!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great sushi and Asian inspired food! The atmosphere is great, one of my favorite things about this place along with the great service and sushi. They are only open for dinner and you are best off to make a reservation!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, People Watching, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Been here several times, it's my favorite upscale sushi restaurant in Charlotte. Food and drink Menu is delicious, great atmosphere, and service is always fabulous.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Always amazing food and spectacular service at O-Ku!

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I went to this restaurant for the first time everything was wonderful. Service was perfect very attentive but not overbearing. Staff very well educated on menu to the fine details of each product and food on the menu.

Tags: Great Beer, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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