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O-Ku - Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
O-Ku - Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
O-Ku - Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
O-Ku - Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
O-Ku - Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

O-Ku - Charlotte

4.9
4.9
2122 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
O-Ku's menu provides a fresh and innovative take on traditional Japanese sushi and cuisine. The South End restaurant offers rare and unique dining options along with traditional sashimi and specialty rolls, highlighting seafood from the finest fish markets in Tokyo and Hawaii alongside local and seasonal ingredients. Reminiscent of traditional Japanese culture, O-Ku's menu is comprised of signature starters, contemporary Japanese entrees and seasonal traditional sushi that reflect the uniquely designed space.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 73 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (704) 594-1922
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Rebecca Hays: (704) 594-1922
  • Neighborhood
    Southend
  • Cross street
    E. Tremont Ave
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout
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What 2,122 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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2,122 Reviews
  1. LG2024

    Charlotte

    161 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    161 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing!! Super fresh, great quality. Outstanding service. The Yellowtail Carpaccio was so good we got a second order. The veggie sushi options were delicious & creative- not just a cucumber roll! The South End Tofu & Red Dragon were also delicious. Everything we ordered was great. The pacing was perfect. It’s great for a group of 4-6 to order a few appetizers to share, then order a few more items from the various sections of the menu as you enjoy drinks. Definitely a true dining experience! Parking is tight- light rail is super close & easy.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded 1 day ago
    Wow! We are so glad you joined us and had such a great experience! Thanks for the glowing review!

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  2. tinyjeep

    Charlotte

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Some of our favorite items have been taken off the menu, apparently in between chefs, but our server was great and helped us navigate through it and we were not disappointed! Our meal was awesome and we will be back :)
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded 1 day ago
    Thanks for the great review! Hopefully you've got some new favorites to rave about!

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  3. RachelS

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    1/2 off sushi is incredible and has become a staple in our household.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded 1 day ago
    Thanks again, Rachel!

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    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    O-Ku is amazing on any given day but it’s even more amazing on your birthday. They go above and beyond to make you feel special.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 23, 2024
    Celebrations are our favorite!

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  5. TomC

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Omakase here is an actual experience. Thank you, O-ku!
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 23, 2024
    So glad you enjoyed it, Tom!

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  6. RachelS

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    1/2 sushi is the best deal! O-ku’s quality is incredible.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded 5 days ago
    Thanks for saying so, Rachel!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every dinner at O-Ku is great. The service is terrific and the sushi is delicious.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 23, 2024
    Aw, thanks so much!

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  8. JohnZuff

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent as always! Cant wait for my next visit!
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 23, 2024
    Thanks for the awesome review! We can't wait to have you back.

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  9. JuneL

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There’re very few desirable seating options for parties of two.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 23, 2024
    Thanks for the five star review! Please let us know which table is your favorite so we can accommodate you the next time!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply incredible we were celebrating our anniversary and the service was leaps and bounds above any other fine dining restaurant. Reggie and Ryan and the rest of the staff made our anniversary s night we will never forget.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 19, 2024
    Go Reggie! Go Ryan!

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  11. ROBBIEG

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was absolutely perfect….The server was attentive knowledgeable and entertaining! The food was delicious….we will definitely be back!
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 19, 2024
    Perfect? Us? Wow! What a compliment!

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  12. realstarlet

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic evening at O-Ku. It was my birthday and everyone with whom we came in contact went out of their way to wish me a happy birthday. They even printed it on my menu! We ordered the lobster roll which was inventive and perfect and the sashimi combo we ate was comprised of excellent cuts of fish at the peak of freshness. The restaurant is busy and buzzy and the staff is knowledgeable, friendly and seem to enjoy working there. Definitely recommend it for some of the best sushi I’ve had outside of Japan.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 19, 2024
    We loved celebrating with you!

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  13. Drew

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great atmosphere, and great food. Perfect place for a date night!
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thanks for the kind words, Drew!

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  14. Justin

    Atlanta Metro

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent as was the sushi! Highly recommend for fresh fish and good times.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thanks for saying so, Justin!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very fun experience the lights was my favorite part of the setting.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 16, 2024
    Thank you for the five star review!

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  16. HarleyClt

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our go to spot for sushi. The ambience and customer service are top notch. The attention to detail and how the hosts and servers remember your preferences is next-level. Customer service gets 10/10. This is why we go back again and again. And of course the sushi, appetizers and drinks are amazing. We love the Hot and Heavy, Mermaid, Dragon, Spider, Salmon/Lemon rolls.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 16, 2024
    We love being your go to spot for sushi! Thank you so much for the awesome review!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best sushi ever and Jasmine provided the best service!!!
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 13, 2024
    We love to hear it! Jasmine is totally on a roll, go Jasmine! Thanks for the five star review and the shout out!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the food. The service was fabulous!! They went out of their way to make it a special birthday celebration 😊
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 10, 2024
    We are happy to be of service!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience, excellent service, and fantastic food.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 9, 2024
    Aw shucks, thanks so much!

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  20. birsans

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Never disappoints, love duck bun, can not get enough!.. Thanks
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 9, 2024
    Thanks for such a glowing review!

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  21. MarkNP

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very enjoyable experience except for the noise level which was louder than we desired. Service was very good, and the food very good as well. Cost perhaps a bit higher than portion size warranted. Overall experience warrants a return visit.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 9, 2024
    Hey Mark, Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your experience! And we totally get it, the loud energetic music isn't always everyone's jam. But we sure are glad you enjoyed the food and service and can't wait for your return visit!

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  22. TracyW

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service provided by Alyssa, food was high quality and great value as we took advantage of their sushi special!
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 9, 2024
    Hey Tracy - thanks for the awesome review! We agree, Alyssa is amazing!

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  23. Theo

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My partner and I went to O-Ku for our anniversary and it overall was great! Only downside was that the wait felt like 15-20 minutes, which seemed a little long since we had a reservation and were only two people (and they don’t really have a proper waiting area). Once we were seated, however, our server, Jasmine, was amazing. She was very upbeat and made us and the relationship we were celebrating feel very special. The atmosphere was lovely and the food is AMAZING. We got the yuzu miso cauliflower, miso soup, red dragon roll and potato roll. All were very delicious but the potato roll was very hard on the outside due to the fried potato, so i will probably try a different roll next time. The rest of our food was 10/10, though. I will certainly return in the future and will likely be requesting Jasmine :).
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 5, 2024
    Hey Theo - I agree, Jasmine so so awesome! I have noted on your account that you would like to sit with her when you dine with us. Thank you for celebrating your anniversary with us! Blessings to you both and many more years of happiness!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only reason I gave a few less than 5 stars was because we had a reservation and we still waited 30 minutes for our table. They gave us a round of free drinks though which was nice
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 4, 2024
    Sorry your table was delayed, hopefully the drinks made the waiting all the more bearable!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing - as ALWAYS !! Took our dear friends from L.A. & they loved EVERYTHING !
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 4, 2024
    We are thrilled to know that your friends had such a great time!

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  26. dioCLT

    New York City

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and wonderful service and a great vibe.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on February 2, 2024
    Aw shucks! Thanks so much!

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  27. Anonymous

    Charlotte

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    love o-ku! consistently delicious, fresh! every detail down to refolding our napkins when we step away to the water closet, fruit selection for our glass, fresh plates…. we look forward to our visits here!
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on January 30, 2024
    We love to impress with the little details - thanks for noticing!

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  28. yumyum1

    Charlotte

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every dish was superb- we ordered all raw; our server was knowledgeable about everything on the menu and gave great opinions. Fantastic meal!
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on January 28, 2024
    We are so glad you enjoyed yourself!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great dinner at O-Ku! The food was delicious and service was good.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on January 27, 2024
    Thanks for the kind words!

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  30. TD0519

    Charlotte

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome as always! One of our favorite places to go!
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on January 29, 2024
    We love to be one of your favorites! <3

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  31. Michael

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Celebrated our anniversary with Oku and had a great time. Food was excellent, we made a b line for the sushi, although everything on the menu looked quite tasty. Our server Tony was excellent. He even had the bar split our drink into separate glasses which was a pleasant surprise! Only thing to note is that the ambience is very lively in sound. Was a bit hard to have a conversation like you would normally have on an anniversary date. This may have been an oversight on my part in not doing enough research into the restaurant’s noise volume. The lighting is also very dim, so keep that in mind. Overall great experience, but definitely keep this one in the back pocket for a fun date, and not necessarily a romantic “special occasion” type date.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on January 26, 2024
    We would love to be your go-to "fun date" spot! Thanks for the honor!

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    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had Ryan as our server and he was great! Had some good recommendations and the food was delicious.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on January 26, 2024
    We agree, Ryan is awesome!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All around amazing. Great service, great food and ambience. Really love how seriously they take allergies and dietary restrictions and make you feel at home and safe. Probably our new favorite place. Will definitely be back. Thanks o-ku
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on January 26, 2024
    We love being your new favorite place! Thanks so much for joining us!

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  34. KerryR

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing atmosphere and food! I have to say this was the best sushi I have had in CLT since moving from Arizona. The flavor combinations and freshness were fantastic from the various rolls we tried to the duck pork buns. The drinks, specifically Rice Rice Baby, were phenomenal! Can't wait to return!!
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on January 26, 2024
    We are so glad to be your CLT go-to sushi spot!

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  35. MihirW

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Food and service was great!! This was our second time.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on January 21, 2024
    Glad you had a great time, Mihir!

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    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Unfortunately this was not our best experience. Service was consistently delayed, we waited for significant amount of time for food, drinks, bill you name it. This was surprising given previous experience.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on January 20, 2024
    Hey there! Sorry to hear we fell short of the mark this time. I'd love to hear more details about your experience and figure out how we can make it up to you. Lauren Bachar General Manager

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and service, staff we are very nice and attentive.
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on January 19, 2024
    Aw shucks! Thanks so much for saying so!

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  38. StephB

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful!! The staff was amazing and the food fantastic!
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on January 19, 2024
    Thanks so much, Steph! We appreciate the kind words.

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  39. Prime

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was pretty slow. Understanding it was busy and a Saturday night, but we didn’t want to order more food or drink because of how long everything was taking.

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  40. BenjaminB

    Charlotte

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our main server Jasmine was fabulous! She is very good at her job - treated us so professionally and efficiently. The other staff members were equally as attentive. It was a terrific meal and we will be back!
    O-Ku - CharlotteResponded on January 15, 2024
    We couldn't agree more - Jasmine rocks! Can't wait to have you back!

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O-Ku - Charlotte does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. O-Ku - Charlotte also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (704) 594-1922.

O-Ku - Charlotte is rated 4.9 stars by 2122 OpenTable diners.

O-Ku - Charlotte does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 73 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for O-Ku - Charlotte

2000 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

Additional information

  • Cross street
    E. Tremont Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Southend
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout
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