O-Ku - Charlotte

4.8
783 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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Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A lovely restaurant with a large varied menu around its Asian focus. Remains one of Charlotte’s hot spots !

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time eating at O-ku and will definitely not be the last! Our waiter was very knowledgeable and set us up with some great recommendations for rolls and drinks. Will definitely return!

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

The food was amazing, the service was extraordinary.

OT
Charlotte
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ventured into this fantastic South End spot and had a phenomenal night. The scene is hip and vibrant, though the decor subdued and classy. Water on the table a few minutes in, cocktails followed, nothing ever rushed. Our waiter (Zac) was friendly and patient, and made some great recommendations. We started with small plates and never looked back. Bite Size sashimi tacos and hand roll/lobster were hands down faves for us, and the sushi/nigiri did not disappoint - flavor on point, fresh and tasty. Salads were also in the mix as was edamame to start, but the other items were clearly the stars.

WC
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Night out with my kids. Absolutely fabulous time to wine and dine.

SN
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The uni pasta was in one word “perfection”. Will order every time:)

LB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and visit as often as I can. The staff and food are excellent!

CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytime I come here the service, food, and overall experience is exceptional. I look forward to coming here and encourage others to do the same, never disappointed.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great...brought in some out-of-town business folks and they loved it

TP
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the food was amazing. Special thanks to the executive chef for preparing an incredible experience! The fresh wasabi was an unexpected treat.

DK
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Though the food and service were good, I've been to Sushi restaurants that offered the same service and quality for 1/2 the price. We walked away hungry.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual I’m there once a week
Love this place
Really recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always the food was great. Liked our server and the ambiance was really nice.

DB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a fantastic time celebrating my dads 66th birthday at Ok-u. They went above and beyond. Not only did they bring out a complementary appetizer, other servers helped bus the table and told my dad happy birthday as well. It was his first time and he will definitely be back. Thank you Ok-u for making my dads birthday so special. Always a great experience at this establishment!

TP
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We let the chef take care of what we ate. Food was awesome and very fresh. The service was great!

T
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!

DR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in Charlotte by far, the staff is amazing

TB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love ! Great atmosphere and delicious! Can’t wait to go back! Definitely one of the best!

P
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never been to O-Ku before. Beautiful restaurant. Love the decor. Our server was energetic and very helpful going through the menu. The food was amazing. We will be back.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I remembered her name, but our server was the sweetest and most attentive! Such a great experience! The food is always amazing and the Queens Feast was such a great deal!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi I’ve ever had, hands down. Rebecca, our server, was so nice & made great recommendations. Wonderful decorations & it makes for a perfect place for a date. 2 sushi rolls & an appetizer cost us less than $50, including tip. Most definitely will be returning!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really good

J
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great atmosphere and incredible food and service.

AN
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far, the best raw fish (crudo, carpaccio, otoro, sashimi, nigiri) I have eaten in over 30 years. My husband ordered the sushi rolls and while they were good, the selection is pretty standard. In other words, if you're going to dine here, order the items that make this restaurant outstanding.

BH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The service was not as good as I have had in the past. My servicer forgot a drink order and the food took longer than I would have expected to be served.

OT
Charleston
58 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had the Bluefin carpaccio, pork belly, and dumplings to start with and all were fantastic! Next we had the Spider roll and then moved on to the Toban Yaki, which was prepared table side. We tried both the lobster and the Wagyu since we were sharing and everyone agreed they were both outstanding. We also enjoyed creative cocktails and the service is impeccable. The only complaint we had (although I'm aware some enjoy it) is the music -- techno and very loud , making it hard to talk to one another.

SF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, presentation, and service. Well done!

AE
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was cold when it was brought to the table, (dumpling and duck buns) we arrived at 7pm, our food didn’t come out until 8:15pm. Our tapas came out with our main course. So everything came out at once when we were told it would come out before. Our service was terrible as well, our waiter only came to the table a total of 3 times in the two hours we were at O-Ku. Would not recommend

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Charlotte
97 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our meals were delicious as always—-the three courses for restaurant week had many great choices. Service was quite a bit slower than usual and the noise level was very loud, but the place was packed. Still the best sushi in Charlotte.

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Went for restaurant week having had a phenomenal meal at the last restaurant week 6 months ago. Sadly the quality of food had gone down significantly. Was mediocre at best. Personally the beef tartare wasn’t worth eating. And the rolls lacked flavor. I’d hope that it was an off night but given that the restaurant was only half full at prime time on a Friday night (while other restaurants nearby were jam packed), I’m afraid it’s likely the new normal. Arrive was good other than it taking an extra 20 mins for my bf to get his first sake than mine. Don’t feel the need to return.

DM
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall an excellent experience. My only complaint Is that it was absolutely freezing. Food and service was great. Pricing is reasonable for the quality, but man...it was like a meat locker in there. We needed to step outside to warm up. Hopefully management gets this and does something about it, because I’d love to go back without a winter coat in the middle of summer.

WC
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time again dining with you all. Thank you for making our night special.

BF
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried all of the O ku style sushi. Amazing! Very attentive service.

OT
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Portion of avocado wasn’t enough!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends Birthday , Tony was excellent
Attentive, service was flawless, sushi was above and beyond expectation we came with a guest that was a vegetarian her sushi was unbelievable even though it was vegetarian and they even made a surprise appetizer with tofu. Could not recommend more!

NH
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancee and I met here, and now it's our go to sushi restaurant. We absolutely love it for date nights.

PT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I understand it’s a social place but there isn’t enough entrees. But the food is very exceptional and service, Dillion deserves a raise. He was with us throughout our experience and he waited and served other tables. Very professional!!

D
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I had dinner at O-Ku at 5pm. The service and food were great. We had our favorite potato roll and tried the crab fried rice.

j
Charlotte
32 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Quite an eclectic sushi menu and everything we had was delicious!

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the best sushi place in Charlotte

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