O-Ku - Charlotte

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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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Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was a little too dark in the restaurant. Making it difficult to read the menu

CH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was my first time dining at O-Ku and I took my girlfriend for her birthday. She had been once before and loved it so I thought this was a good choice. We had a reservation for 8:30pm but arrived at 8pm and found 2 open seats at the bar and were promptly served cocktails. The hostess came to us at 8:34pm and seated us and our server (Sam) immediately greeted us. We had the dim sum dumplings for our apps and I highly recommend those and then we each ordered 2 rolls and both were very delicious. I definitely recommend O-Ku. The entire staff working there were great and the ambience and décor is very warm and comfortable and the food, wow was it good. We will definitely return.

F
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

This is one of our favorite restaurants and unfortunately this was our worst experiences,

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE THIS PLACE! The sushi is amazing, service is great, and they even play good music.

OT
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best sushi/freshest seafood in Charlotte. The service is on par with much pricier establishments in larger cities. Our server, Tony, was knowledgeable and patient. He guided us through our food and beverage options, and never hesitated when we had questions. This is a nice break from all the other new restaurants that fall into the same bland routine. Highly recommend!

PS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our waiter urged us to there most expensive items on the menu....I always hate that

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was amazing! GM came over to say hello—superb service and food!! It was my first time dining and I will be returning!

HW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love O-ku, and it’s definitely our family go to for special occasions! The fish is so fresh & delicious... we recommend O-ku often! Dylan is also a fantastic server, is super kind & always knowledgeable on the menu {and remembers our food allergies} - we always ask to be in his section because he does such a great job! We always look forward to our next visit!

R
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and very tasty. Service was fantastic.

N
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing service, ambiance and food!

LM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From the service to the food, everything was outstanding! Our reservation was for 7:15, we arrived at 7:00 and were seated immediately. Our server, Trey, was extremely helpful with the menu and just gave excellence service. The food was amazing. One of the best meals we have had.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi and service was phenomenal. Ryan was the best! Highly recommend!

t
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sunday is not the best night to dine at O-Ku. Everything we ate was very good including the dim sum, crab fried rice, and a mystery roll. However, we were told that they were out of lobster, because it was the end of the week. We received a salmon-wrapped roll, instead of the California roll we ordered. (We ate it anyway.) And, although we split the check, the recommended gratuity on the bottom of each of our receipts was for the entire bill. So, if you're sharing the bill, do the math to determine what 20% is, rather than rely on recommended tip. I still want lobster, so I will go back soon--just not on Sunday.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday dinner celebration for our daughter at o-ku. The service was A++, food was delicious! Sake was also very, very good! Love the ambiance! Highly recommend

SP
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Server had too many people needing things at the same time.

EB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Half price rolls on Monday and Wed until 7pm, beautiful service and cocktails.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time! Absolutely amazing!

OT
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic 🙌🏾

SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The quality was outstanding.

C
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best nigiri I've had in the Charlotte area. Wonderful service. We will definitely be back. Thank you guys for making our anniversary so special!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a great spot to celebrate any special occasion! Wonderful drinks, food and ambiance

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

love O-Ku! Service was fantastic as always, and we love they’re half-priced rolls deal (Wednesday’s and Friday’s). Some of the freshest sushi in CLT!

IL
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

OKu was delicious, however, I would say a little over priced.

P
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sushi . Ambience was contemporary. Great place to go with friends.

AS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice job. Excellent service and engaged local management. Highly recommend and we will definitely be back.

OT
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was my first time at O-Ku. We sat at the bar while we waited for another party to join us. Chelsea the bartender was super helpful and knowledgeable about wine selections. Once seated our server Grayson was attentive and also gave us recommendations. Ask for him - he was great! The edamame with Himalayan sea salt and truffle oil was excellent! All of our entrees were delicious - especially the Hot and Heavy Roll and the Potato roll. The decor was trendy yet tasteful - nice ambiance. The noise level was moderate- I felt it was easy to have conversation. I’d definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our server was very nice and had great timing. The mixed drinks seemed pretty watered down. Most dishes were good, but the Shrimp Sumai in the dim sum dish tasted concerningly bad - like burned rubber. They also didn’t have a menu item available (duck buns), which was disappointing.

Overall, not especially good or bad, but definitely not worth the price.

OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall2food4service5ambience3

Excellent tasting food, kitchen calamity. Their after work happy hour is busy - one might say chaos. We were seated and ordered quickly but then waited 30+ minutes for our sushi and order was delivered incorrect. I am a celiac and despite talking with them and ordering off their gluten free menu, my food came and was fried so cross contaminated and could have made me very sick. The replacement was another 30+ minutes and simply boxed up because we were done. The couple next to us were very upset because they were seated just after us and waited 50 minutes for their food. Wait staff was excellent and very apologetic but the kitchen was so very backed up and couldn’t handle the number of customers. Cool contemporary aesthetics but with that comes very high noise level.

TJ
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The stting was lively and the free valet parking is AWESOME! This will likely be my Wednesday night location!!

WC
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making this birthday celebration a memorable one. Everyone enjoy themselves and the food was fabulous.

r
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

O-Ku has the best sushi in town hands-down however the last two times we have been there, service has been very slow. At our last visit, we let management know of the slow service and it still did not improve. We had to track down the server for our bill, we had some food come out of sequence, and drinks were very slow to arrive. Two items of food were comped to try to make up for the service let down and we appreciated that. This is a great restaurant, it’s just that the service needs improvement to match with the outstanding quality of food.

CF
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, food, and service. A little loud but overall a fabulous place to go out on a date!

OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, great atmosphere and quality of food was stellar. Our server’s suggestion to focus on the chef’s specialities and Nigiri/Sashimi was spot on (you can get rolls anywhere). The snapper crudo was my favorite- light and refreshing. Ended the meal with one large lobster roll that was amazing. Delicious cocktails too! Can’t wait to go back!

JE
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Eh I am still struggling to find good sushi in Charlotte that does NOT have fried things in it. This was not exactly the place either...at least for rolls.

The summary: the meal was $140 with tip for two people and I have no idea how that happened. The food was meh but not close to $140.

We had two drinks - a beer and a cocktail. Cocktail was good (Sake it to me) but beer is just a beer. We then had the Otoro spoons, which was the best dish we had but its $25, followed by the shishito peppers (ok, but standard), a roll (couldnt find much that wasnt fried so did a rainbow roll and it was very bland...not much fish, fake crab stick on the inside, ugh) and then the nigiri sampler for two for $50. Sadly the nigiri sampler is where we thought they would shine but it was all very bland/blah. No seasoning, no torched fish, just rice and fish with very little flavor.

I'd love to say I will be back but for the price point, its hard to justify with just ok food.

I will say our server and the service in general is stellar.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Had reservations but the restaurant failed and made my party of four wait and finally seated us an hour later. Kept making excuses while other tables were empty for later reservations which made no sense to me because we got there before our reservation time.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

What a lousy birthday dinner. Have loved this restaurant and was so looking forward to celebrating here. Service was horrible and the food was marginal at best. We have always had excellent service. This time she was informed and unprofessional. Won’t be back here for a longtime if ever.

S
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! The food is amazing! The ambiance is amazing and the staff is professional and courteous.

JM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O-Ku is hands down one of the best restaurants I have been to in Charlotte. We went for my sister’s birthday and from the moment we stepped in and checked in with our reservation to the very end it was an amazing experience. The service, food, and ambiance was perfect. I will DEFINITELY be back.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The only thing is that it got too dark as we were eating

JA
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, fantastic sushi. However, menu not the easiest to navigate. Otherwise, my new favorite sushi place.

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