O-Ku - Charlotte

4.7
548 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking
What 548 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thank you for having us on our anniversary! We really much enjoyed the food and the service from our waitress. The only thing I can say is that I wished we had more lighting. It’s really hard to take pictures of the incredible sushi in the dark setting and I hated to turn on flash to distract from other diners. But other than that, we look forward to spending every anniversary there!

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JA
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The sushi was just ok. Nothing to rave about. Drinks were very good! We were there around 6pm and it wasn’t busy, but we didn’t even get a refill on the water. This place is forgettable. And then afterwards, I got a notification that I didn’t attend my reservation after checking in with the hostess & had to write an email that I did honor my reservation...it’s just added to the “meh” overall experience.

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C
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gabby's service was exceptional, as always, and she introduced us to our favorite bite of sushi all night. The bluefin otoro.

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TJ
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

A worthy challenger in the Hip Sushi Trendy space for those who like the scene. Very relevant in Charlotte these days. Everybody gets a trophy kinda crowd

Very good quality seafood ingredients
Be prepared for small pours on the adult bevs. Best bet is the earlier half rolls

A bit noisy, but then again that’s trendy isn’t it?

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D
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the sushi was amazing! Exceptional quality and extensive menu

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SW
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic! Our server was present but not intrusive and he was SO helpful in recommending the BEST sushi and sushi tapas I’ve had in a very long time. Highly recommended, this is my new favorite spot 😍

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Birthday. Server Ryan made the experience. He was outstanding. Food was good but for the price it was just at par with some of my favorite sushi around town. Love the location and ambience but is always cold there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tim was an excellent server with incredible drink and food recommendations. Our meal was absolutely delicious and we can’t wait to go back!

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WC
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for making dinner special for my daughter’s 20th Birthday. She enjoyed everything that was ordered. As well, dessert (Carrot Ginger Cake w/ Mochi ice cream) was a hit.

Service was great with the recommendation on selections. 😎😎😎

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SW
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Best quality fish so far in Charlotte. However, the bad out weighs the good—very pricey and long, long wait. The search for high quality sushi continues.

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E
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was ok. I was expecting it to be much better based on other reviews and based on the price. Did not live up to expectations. The table next to us complained that their food was cold. Our came out a bit cold as well but we did not complain. Not worth the price. Still waiting for Charlotte to get better than decent sushi/Japanese food. For now, I'll stick to Akahana and Rusans- at least they're well priced and taste the same as all the expensive sushi places in town.

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OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Sushi was delicious. They were running behind in the kitchen and our server was kind enough to bring out an app on the house while we waited. Really appreciated him going the extra mile. Would go back.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST sushi in Charlotte hands down!!! The service is amazing and the ambiance is great for dates or a girls night! Also on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7pm all sushi rolls are half off!

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and Service. Easily The best Sushi in the city. Shout out to bartender Tim for the great food Recommendations.

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GG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

O-Ku is a must for anyone residing in or visiting Charlotte NC. My wife and I frequent this restaurant and love both their service and menu offerings.

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OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sashimi and service!

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M
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My boyfriend and I had a great date here! Expensive though. Would recommend for special occasions! The dumpling dim sum dish was our favorite.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and overall experience.

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a very nice meal at O-ku. It was our second time there and it was very consistent. The food could have been a little hotter but the service was really good and we were not rushed.

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M
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Not much difference in food quality or test from other sushi restaurants around town but far from top quality Japanese restaurants in other major cities. The décor is nice but because of all the hard surfaces, the noise level was way too high to carry a conversation with shouting.

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PR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable, and gave us some great suggestions. This is a great place for a date, or a special event!

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool city vibe, great food and drinks. Waiter made great recommendations. Nice for a date night or fun evening with friends

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S
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, as always. Duck buns, and the dumplings were especially good. Very cool atmosphere. Attentive service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omakase was OMG....exquisite. 5 courses of beautifully presented sashimi and nigiri. The last course was lobster and truffles sauteed at tableside.....a feast for all the senses.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My kids got sick eating the food

It was terrible very disappointed

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MK
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The sushi is excellent and the service is very good. The layout is open, with high ceilings, which makes the place attractive but very noisy. The tables are close together and in the open.

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R
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always goog

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was excellent! Fun and sweet. He made me feel special for my birthday and helped us understand the menu. We had our first sake! Will definitely be back again. Perfect for a special occasion in south end.

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WC
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This absolutely a wonderful and exciting place to dine. We love it so much that it's our regular hot spot.

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J
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in Charlotte. Great drinks and service as well.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my daughter. Very good!!

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M
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet with up friends or a date night. Great décor and even better food.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an awesome place for a date night. The food was excellent, the drinks were fantastic, and the staff was very knowledgeable and helpful with making suggestions

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D
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time! ❤️
If I had to do it all over again i would ❤️

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DQ
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary at O-ku, and I'm so glad we did. The whole staff went out of their way to wish us "Happy Anniversary", as well as providing us complimentary sparkling wine. Our server, Tony, went above and beyond to offer he menu guidance for my husband's food allergies. We have dined at O-ku before, but it had been a while. The food and service were both outstanding, and we will definitely be back.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome! The service is the best in town. The food is delicious. We took all the recommendations from our server (Tony). He didn't steer us wrong. The fish they serve there is where it's at!

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Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time eating there and as great as the first visit. The food selection is great, just a bit loud.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Server rushed us a bit but the food was good! Duck buns were our favorite. The potato roll was just alright. I’m pregnant so my sushi options were limited :) Next time I’ll go when I can eat all the yummy raw options!!

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Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every mouthful was innovative, flavorful and worth every calorie! The service was impeccable. This is a must-go restaurant for any occasion.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best sushi I've had in Charlotte.

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