O-Ku - DC

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$30 and under
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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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBenC
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Sushi was incredible. May have been the best sushi I've ever had. Great friendly, prompt service. Shout out to Alex (I think that was her name). Nicely spread out tables. I cannot wait to come back for a happy hour.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Alex was the best server, and their post-Covid rules and refs were great.

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vipFoodie123
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service, ambiance, drinks and sushi rolls!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience I’ve ever had.

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PauC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place!
Delicious food and drinks!
Highly recommended 🙂

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JameyW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous space inside and out. Service was attentive and stealth. Tons of great energy from Hostess to Wait Staff to Management. Fish was very fresh and rice held together when dunked into soy. Nigiri and Sahimi and Sake all night! Will be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and the service from the staff is awesome

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! The food was perfect. Definitely want to go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O-Ku is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. They never disappoint. I've been there more often than I'd care to mention (lol) - no one is perfect but whenever a meal wasn't prepared to my expectations (which is rare there) they've always taken it back and made it right! The service is 1st class, sushi is fresh and the ambiance is smooth. I hope they remain consistent.

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vipStacyB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sushi! Great service & rooftop is perfect place to sit on these times.

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Jilly
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Flavors from the food was excellent. You will not be disappointed.

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WillM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O-ku is the best place for sushi in DC! The staff have also gone above and beyond to ensure a safe dining environment since re-opening under new COVID guidelines. The rooftop is awesome and indoor seating is very spaced out.

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Donoteathere
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Erin was exceptional, what a memorable experience. We will definitely be back, found our DC Sushi spot for sure👌🏻

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loveeee the food, the service, everything! Definitely going back!

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vipScottD
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service attentive and food was spot on. Cocktails were creative. Roof space was comfortable. Not to be missed.

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GSP21
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful rooftop excellent service. Great date night.

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DaniG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always consistent and delicious!

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ChristianM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined on their rooftop, what an experience. We were celebrating a birthday, suggestions from left to right on the menu were perfect and their whisky and sake selection are just on point.

The ambiance in their rooftop is just perfect, all staff were following all CDC protocols and everyone was properly maintaining their respective social distancing.

Tuna Crudo - Perfectly seasoned
Hangar Steak Robatayaki - WOW!
Oku Rice - Well balanced

These are just a few of the items we ordered, we practically closed the restaurant and it was a perfect experience.

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topdogunderdog
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was artistic and inspired. Most of all, it was delicious. I went with my two pre-teens and they somehow ate everything, much to my surprise. I am a foodie and I loved everything. In other words, the food is so good you will love it, from the most delicate palate to the person who just likes what they like.

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vipRobert
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional hospitality and Japanese cuisine provided by an exceptional team. Rooftop dining is a must-try experience. Tyler and team go out of their way to make O-Ku’s guests feel welcomed and valued.

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WinterS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was really impressive. Very quick and helpful when we had to move inside due to rain

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Sushi restaurant in the DMV!

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Aashti
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was great a little overpriced but that's DC for you. The salted caramel dessert was disappointing. I didn't know if it was sweet, savory or bitter.
Left a nasty after taste in my mouth. I do not recommend it.

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SteK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in DC, relaxed-chic interior with friendly, helpful staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time. Quality food and excellent hospitality.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi happy hour you can find in DC!

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AlanL
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oku DC is our favorite Asian restaurant in the city. The service is always amazing and the food is even better. We love you guys!

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GrantParkFoodLover
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorite restaurants in the US...yes, in the US. Hands down, best sushi in DC. I love the atmosphere, service, food, and drinks. You can easily spend 3-4 hours there eating and drinking. The manager is amazing and he promised an excellent experience and delivered beyond our expectations.

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JasonG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and seating upstairs; really nice vibe with versatile menu for entree dining or small bites w/ drinks.

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vipLivie
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on the rooftop and enjoyed amazing sushi, edamame, drinks and the overall afternoon. This was my second time here and I’m happy to have found this place!

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vipKimberlyS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good first - new bao was amazing, as was the cauliflower dish, which is listed as a main, but we shared as an appetizer.
However, while service started out good, it went downhill quickly. Had to track down - and remind - the waitress to order our meals and have the dirty / empty appetizer plates removed after sitting there for more than 10mins.
Seating was listed as outdoor only, but the weather was a little iffy when we arrived and we were sat inside - maybe a bit close, particularly inside, given the pandemic. They put everyone upstairs and chose not to utilize the downstairs area for some reason.

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vipApril
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I visit O-Ku the food and service and is always amazing and this visit did not disappoint. It was my boyfriends first time and he's already talking about going back. Stephanie was awesome!!

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BriggitteM
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was nice ambiance coupled with great food. The dining experience was enjoyable.

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DeniseM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We once again had a wonderful dining experience. Many thanks to the staff of O-Ku for making our birthday celebration special. This is our favorite place, not just because of the food and it’s artistic presentation, but because of the people. It’s more like family than a restaurant. Thank you!

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ChristinaS
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time. Such great service and love the ambience. The food is delicious too.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was top notch very wonderful experience. Dumplings were out of this world.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service could not be better.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was even better!!

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ElizaE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Lovely roof deck to watch the sunset. Tasty rolls and drinks.

FAQs

O-Ku - DC does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. 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 459 OpenTable diners.

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