O-Ku - DC

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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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TB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an unexpected perfect restaurant

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was disjointed; food coming out of the kitchen in a non-logical order; waitress forgot to tell us they ran out of dumplings for over an hour; entire meal took 3 hours and they still forgot food items. Worst service experience in Washington DC

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was absolutely amazing!

BD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi and service! Highly recommend! Great for celebrating special events or a night out on the town.

HE
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to try a restaurant that served Kobe beef as I had never tried it before. All I can say is their preparation of Kobe hangar steak was the best hangar steak I have ever had. It was intensely flavorful and was tender and well-marbled. In addition, service was energetic and professional. Job well done!

MS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Sushi was fresh and had great presentation. Short rib and bulgogi were sublime.

j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. The food, the service, the drinks. Had the Omakase. Incredible. It was my birthday and instead of having the staff sing happy birthday, the staff all signed a card and the sever even brought a pen to the table so my girlfriend could sign it. Top notch!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing. I highly recommend!!

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great dinner with guests from out of town. Even the non sushi folks enjoyed the selections.

JP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The space is lovely, a dark palette with modernist pop art up front and more traditional nature scenes in back. The music was also interesting, obscure electronic remixes of well known songs, eg Fast Cars.

Service was fantastic, our waitress could not have been nicer or more personable. Her knowledge of the menu was excellent and she patiently answered our many detailed questions (I am vegan, my wife is gluten free). The menu was a surprise as it seemed more extensive than the online menu. It had a much better selection of vegetable dishes than I was expecting. We ordered three (cucumber salad, tofu agadashi, and soba noodles) and all were very good with the soba being excellent. The kitchen was also extremely accommodating and prepared my wife’s favorite role gluten free. The bar was also impressive. The cocktail list showed a lot of flair and creativity (Thai iced tea and bourbon?!).

I have only two small complaints. The first is that the kitchen was slammed and quite slow but our waitress was quite apologetic and soothing. Second, the night we went the rooftop bar was closed. This is actually the reason we decided to go to O-Ku in the first place.

We will definitely be back and I only hope the weather holds so we can have drinks on the rooftop!

L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I come to O-Ku often and it’s always an amazing experience. The sushi and drinks are always delicious and the service is always great. This time, we decided to have some friends from out of town join us for a birthday dinner. O-Ku went above and beyond to make sure everyone in the party was happy. Since it was a Saturday night, our food took some time to come out and we did not mine at all. However, our server kindly gave us complimentary edamame twice and it was greatly appreciated. Upon finishing our meal, everyone was presented with complimentary birthday champagne and mochi ice cream to share. This was by far one of the best birthday dinners I have ever had and I look forward to celebrating more special occasions at O-Ku!

BV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our party of five shared a bunch of small plates and a few entrees. Everything was delicious. Erin, our server, was friendly and very helpful.

RM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and terrific happy hour value. Half off all rolls!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the food and the service were outstanding. Expensive and relatively small portions but worth it if you value high quality food.

E
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to O-Ku for my sushi loving son’s 16th bday. Our waiter was fantastic and made his birthday dinner experience a perfect! He even brought out moshi with a candle a card signed by the staff! Such a thoughtful touch! We’ll definitely be back!

BE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend. Service was awesome and everything we ate was delicious.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First experience at O-Ku was incredible - we are already excited to return! The sushi was PHENOMENAL, and the other dishes we got that were recommended by our server were amazing.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the sushi bar. The staff was friendly and fun. Great food!

R
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food, great ambiance and excellent service!

a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were outstanding. Chef at the sashimi station was amazing!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you loved sitting at our sushi bar and hope to see you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Increíble, siempre que voy me da ganas de regresar. Un lugar donde encuentras comida fresca, deliciosa, diferente y con un balance y sabor exquisito.
Mi lugar favorito en todo Washington DC!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, Shannon was amazing! Food was delicious! Beautiful interior and rooftop was really cute! We set at the hightop seating and drank rest of sake at the rooftop- all the staffs were so nice and sweet! Offering slices of lemon, lime, cucumber was extra touch! We will definitely come back!! Thanks for the lovely night!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the rooftop as well as our service! Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy hour specials are amazing! Service is always great. And the ambiance is top tier.

CC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing time for a birthday

HS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, amazing food and outstanding service. One of the rare places that I can confidently recommend to friends and family.
Minor comment - the air conditioning could be lowered a notch. Other than that 10/10.

SD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was so great and helped make us feel special! The food was delicious as well!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed our service as well as the food! Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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l
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks and service. We will be back!!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food and service! Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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RP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. Loved the roof deck, which was a nice oasis near busy union market. Happy hour deals were fantastic!!! Sushi and drinks were top-notch!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the rooftop terrace as well as our sushi and drinks! Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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KM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was inconsistent but was addressed by management.

Dress code is more casual than business casual.

R
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place, it was my first time but my dad had been there earlier in the week. They have amazing sushi and it’s hard to find amazing places that have great sushi and are nice and not load. Everyone who works there is amazing and unbelievably friendly. I will be going back there again. & the owner was awesome checking on everyone.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed everything from the food to the service! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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E
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Peter, was very attentive and accommodating of a large group. He even treated us to a champagne toast, as we were celebrating an event!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went once ourselves and then we went back recently with some friends. Richard at the sushi bar was fantastic! Our go-to sushi place now!

DC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect place to take your special someone to enjoy the rooftop with creative small plates, sushi, and cocktails.

TS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi experience all around. Everything was delicious and the wait staff were extraordinary. It was both my birthday and our first night with the baby doing an overnight with his grandparents and the wait staff, in addition to comping multiple items, were just so nice that we had a delightful time. I will definitely come back here for the service alone, but that said, the food was amazing and the drinks were somehow even better than the food. The bartender who designed these drinks or truly a craftsman. Highly recommended.

B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit. We did the omakase tasting with sake pairings. Absolutely everything was perfect.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you chose to come back to try our omakase plus sake pairings! Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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KW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night spot. Ambiance was excellent, noise level was moderate but the restaurant was also somewhat empty while we were there- could imagine it getting loud. We tried 3 small plates and two sushi rolls and all were excellent. The chicken skewers and mushroom skewers were highlights. Cocktails were also delicious. Our server was in training but did an excellent job reviewing the menu and serving us. Turnaround time from ordering to being served was pretty quick and plates came out as they were ready.

MS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had an amazing meal. We always go for the tasting menus when we go out. This one did not disappoint. The food was fabulous. The decor is beautiful and our server was top notch. The music was way to loud to have a normal conversation. Looking around you could tell other tables were having the same problem, everyone was leaning into the person talking. Turn the music down a notch and I would have given five stars across the board.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was flavorful and the presentation was beautiful.

IQ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. Anna, our waitress, was fabulous and we ordered everything she recommended. It didn’t disappoint. The food was exquisite and the cocktails were really good.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are happy to hear that Anna took good care of you, and we hope to see you again! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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