O-Ku - DC

4.8
848 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
O-Ku DC is a modern Japanese restaurant in the Union Market neighborhood of Northeast Washington, DC. O-Ku DC features a menu of innovative dishes using traditional Japanese techniques and the finest fish and ingredients from around the world.

The 120-seat restaurant also houses a lounge specializing in Japanese whiskey as well as a 40-seat rooftop bar, both featuring a sleek industrial design to complement the surrounding neighborhood.
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Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Mon - Thu 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM

    Enjoy half-off sushi rolls and $3 off specialty drinks and wines-by-the glass every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 848 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EmmaDiallo
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Please try the firecrackers and unagus sushi!! The rest of the food course was okay. The lobster is overpriced. I loveeeeddd the services (shanon and peter were the best)

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Thyme2dine
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fabulous dining experience, everything about it: the staff, the chefs, the food and the ambiance. We dined here once before the pandemic and before relocating to DMV area and we were thinking about the next time that we would be able to dine here again. Our evening did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was great experience! Everyone in my party had a great time and I was treated to a free entree and free dessert because it was my birthday. They also gave me a birthday card. The only downside is that my friend found a hair in his food but they remade another for him and it was on the house. Will definitely be coming back!

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TrvLuv
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We went for sushi and it was delicious but the service was SO slow. We sat outside and watched as other tables were waited on while our server rarely appeared through the door. The table next to us was discussing the same issue with the same waiter. Other than that, the atmosphere is chic and the rest of the staff friendly and accommodating. Would come back for happy hour pricing maybe.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Ok-u never disappoints! I took my sister and her Fiancé there to celebrate their engagement. They truly made it a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service!!!!

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BMac
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was amazing! ambiance + food.

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JoMama
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinner!! The food was amazing and it was exciting getting every dish because each one was better than the other. Highly recommend!

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GwynethO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great experience! definitely go to happy hour for the best value!

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Darioush
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall. Food and drinks were amazing and so was the service. Top notch.

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MsDeniseoftheDMV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always A great vibe, food, ambiance, service top tier

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eame
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot with great service and excellent sushi options.

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TeciaNicole
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!!

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vipJTCJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a good experience. I think they must have been short staffed because service took a bit longer than expected, but mad respect to service industries workers for working in a the pandemic limbo we're in. Our waiter was very nice and the atmosphere was great. The sushi and nigiri were great and we'll definitely be back. A great birthday dinner.

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vipKate
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

O-Ku messed up the reservation inspite of having made reservation over a month in advance. While the hosts acknowledged the over booking and screw up on their part we were given tow person table for a party of 3 and put right under the speaker. It really spoiled our mood and damper on the evening. We all felt like we were being punished for their screw up.

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Lorena
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My table sat at the rooftop and ordered 15+ or so items from the menu. My favorites were the edamame with truffle oil, firecracker sushi, blueberry mojito, and shogun mixed drink. Cons: The miso soup was saturated in salt and the rock shrimp had a weird soft texture. I’ve had it at other restaurants and it’s better with a crispy skin. Tyler was our server and was really personable but could have been more attentive. It was my friends birthday and the table was given an array of desserts and each staff member personally signed a birthday card for him which was really thoughtful and customer-service oriented. Loved that so much. Overall
it was a good experience and I’ll be back

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mok81
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food as usual!

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Carolyn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi rolls, and loved the outdoor rooftop dining experience. A good value for the amount of food you get for your order. Wonderful service - I was celebrating a promotion and the entire waitstaff wrote and signed a card!

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vipSaraA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was great and the food quality was really good and fresh!

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CindyS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely time. We had a lovely time. I would come again.

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DwightG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food was pretty good, a little overpriced. Service was very friendly, waitress was prompt and courteous, but food coming out of the kitchen was very slow.

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BrianS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only issue is the tables that are right next to the bathrooms. That’s gross. Otherwise, this place is stellar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great ambiance!

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vipCYNTHIAG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat out on the Patio- was a nice breeze/ but we’ve been so many times- we prefer eating indoors- it was wonderful as usual! Great HH Mon-Thur 5-7!

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DominiqueB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food!

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vipNicholaR
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are phenomenal here. By far my favorite restaurant in DC!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I have been there at least 5 times and it is super good! But yesterday it wasn’t the level that I expected, the food was ok but not the normal level that I was used to.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love O-Ku. They do not disappoint. And the rooftop is 👌🏾

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. Great service great food.

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CaitlinG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tyler was amazing! Food was perfect. Will def come back.

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Anisa
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved O-Ku! So many options on the menu, great atmosphere, great service. It’s a great place for a special meal. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipHoraceW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed their rooftop seating on our first experience here. The server Peter, was very knowledgeable of the entire menu and gave us great recommendations for food as well as drink. They offer an assortment of rolls that were pleasing to the eye and palette. Expect to pay 6 to 9 dollars per piece of nigiri but we found it worth the price. The interaction with the server, well prepared sushi and the perfectly breezy day made O-KU a must return dinning experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good sushi great drinks. Nice combination of rice pearls and ice cream - A+

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AggieFoodie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed our first O-ku experience and we will definitely be back. The food was delicious and o highly recommend getting the chocolate dessert with the crunch ice cream!

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MelissaJ
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered Several different items to share and everything was great !

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vipShauneJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Peter is a phenomenal server. He provided excellent service and gave outstanding menu recommendations. Second time in 3 months and already planning our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing sushi. Amazing vibes. We will be back

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SaraC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in DC! Last night was lovelym we sat outside and the vibe so amazing. Food was delicious per usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was just okay for the price. Firecracker roll and yellowtail carpaccio were my favorite of the 5 dishes I tried. Was disappointed in the lollipop wings, as they seemed to lack strong flavor, though others in my party really liked them. The speciality cocktails were really well made (nice presentation and taste).

Five stars for ambiance and our server was very good. Overall, for a small chain sushi restaurant, I had an enjoyable experience. Not the best sushi in the area, especially for the price, but I would come back if invited by friends or in the area for happy hour.

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CeeWilli
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love eating at O-Ku! The food and service are always stellar. Things were super slow coming out and a few things we order never made it to the table, but our waiter was really great and did what he could to offset the delays.

Sad the wagyu dumplings are gone but everything (sushi, steak, sashimi) were perfect.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from O-Ku - DC using the Order Online button. O-Ku - DC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 888-8790.

O-Ku - DC is rated 4.8 stars by 848 OpenTable diners.

O-Ku - DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://theindigoroad.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.