O-Ku - DC

4.8
295 reviews
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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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AW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have an amazing happy hour. Definitely worth a visit or 2!

JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Our 3rd time in this restaurant but this time we were really disappointed ... the Omakase menu was not as good as the previous times and had not so much references with Japanese cuisine ... the same for the service

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional! The cocktails, the food and the amazing service were all exceptional. We will be going back.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! If it's your birthday they treat you very well if you ask them to surprise you. If Peter works that night, ask to be seated with him!

CB
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the rooftop! Food was amazing. The rockshrimp and bulgogi are a must. They have great fun cocktails (Shogun) and our waitress was very attentive. Great spot for date night!

O-Ku - DC
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for your kind words! We are happy to hear your service, food and drinks experience was great! We hope you chose to visit us again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have had the most memorable experience at O-Ku more than at any other Japanese Restaurant. I wrote a fine review of you and your restaurant and especially Dallas who was an impeccable host! Everyone knew how to deliver incredible food service from the knowledge to all the fine details of the 10 Course Spectacular dinner we had!

Thank you for such fine service!
Defintely looking forward to going to the D.C. Also, looking forward to going to the O-Ku Raleigh location as well.

My only feedback would be why the O-Ku Raleigh location does not have a Happy Hour!!

Best Regards,

Shahgol Mostashari

IZ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening as always ,service and care is parallel to the quality of the fish.

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Best Sushi spot in DC for the price, ambiance, and quality. Great place for a date night.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi I’ve had in this area. The uni was incredible. Pretty pricey,but, it will be a go to place when we want to splurge!

JL
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was honestly one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Service was exceptional (I think our server's name was Matthew) and the sushi was super fresh and delicious. Highly recommend!

ZC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can go to this place for just about any get together. The service was awesome and the food was even better! Will definitely be going back!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We strive to be the restaurant that you can come to for any reason - a celebration or just a night out. Glad you feel the same and chose to come to O-Ku! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday - good service and food

JZ
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I cannot say enough great things about O-Ku! The food and service was amazing and we had the greatest time! We went for dinner while celebrating my friends bachelorette weekend and they made sure to make our reservation special! We will definitely be going back!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We absolutely LOVE when bachelor/bachelorette parties come - glad you chose to celebrate that special time with us. We are glad to hear you all enjoyed it as well! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Cannot say that enough! The service was incredible. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and attentive to my allergy and was able to alter or provide suggestions on how they could prepare the food so I could eat it. The food was to die for too. We ordered sushi during happy hour and it was some of the best I’ve ever tried - and how could you beat their happy hour deal?? We sat at the bar where the chefs cook in front of you and it was a very fun vibe. The ambiance was very appealing and they even have a very cute rooftop! I will definitely be coming back very soon. I have already started recommending to everyone I know.

V
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Thanks!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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DA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came for the Omakase menu and it was absolutely fabulous. Such a great birthday dinner! Everyone was so nice and we will be back often! We loved sitting at the bar where we could watch the sushi chefs prepare dishes, and the cocktails were amazing.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! Glad you enjoyed your omakase, and we are thankful that you chose to celebrate with us! Hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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OT
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We sampled mainly the robata and a couple of the specials. Everything was very good to outstanding. Sitting in the sushi room (though not at the bar), the restaurant's design is gorgeous -- and there's what looks to be a very pleasant outdoor area on the roof. Will definitely be back.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are glad you enjoyed our robata grill and hope you come back to try some of our delicious crudos and sushi! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate a birthday. Everything was amazing, topped off with amazing and caring service. The birthday boy felt very special and they helped make this occasion even more special.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! So glad to hear you chose to celebrate here at O-Ku! We'd love to host you again soon, please come back soon for a meal again with us! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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A
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in DC. The food is sooo good that I venture into taking things I would never elsewhere, like eels. The staff is super friendly, love the atmosphere and the patio area on 2nd floor with view of Union Market.
My only regret is that it’s really very very cold temperature inside.

G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The service was extremely slow

P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superior quality, unique and original flavors, excellent service.

ER
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful place, perfect for a nicer dinner out. Great drinks, great food. You definitely get what you pay for.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed our food and drinks! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely wonderful experience at O-Ku! We were seated on the rooftop and the atmosphere was lovely. Food came put in a timely manner and displayed beautifully. For our anniversary date we got a special dessert on the house. Thank you for an amazing evening!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are happy that your chose to celebrate your anniversary with us and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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SE
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a fun birthday dinner. The happy hour sushi prices were excellent! Our server was very helpful and even threw in some birthday desserts. Unfortunately, the lounge party next to our table was a huge group and very loud. I wish that the hostess had given me an option of outdoor patio seating when I called to make my reservation. The patio looks beautiful and is quiet.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and the service is amazing!!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very nice restaurant!

NL
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall atmosphere in this place is what makes the experience so wonderful. I had dinner here with my sister at a high-top table on the first floor. The artwork, lighting, and setup is so pretty. Hanger steak was delicious, wings were amazing, the rock shrimp and sushi were good. Cocktails were terrific! Our server was so friendly and checked in just enough. There was some kind of mix up and they forgot our sushi roll, so when I asked about it, they added an extra roll on the house. Looks like a great spot for a date!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on July 24, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We do apologize for your mix up but are happy to hear we made it right, and hope you do come by for dinner again soon! We hope to see you again soon! Best, O-Ku Team

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R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our dinner. Our server Matthew was amazing made our experience the best

L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a neat restaurant! The interior was cool- and we got to sit at the back grilling/sushi station and watch the food being made. The food was phenomenal! Highly recommend the salmon appetizer- the sauce was AMAZING. Also, loved the Snow King sushi roll, by far the best I've ever had. My friend and I split 3 sushi rolls and 3 appetizers and it only was about $75 total, so fairly reasonable prices for a restaurant of this caliber. A pleasant dining experience and will definitely come back!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on July 24, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We hope to see you again soon! We are glad you enjoyed the food and the ambiance! Best, O-Ku Team

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RP
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff, nice ambiance. Waiter made some great suggestions. We went here for pre-dinner drinks and sushi, we were waiting for dinner later with friends somewhere else and was told we could just hang out until they were jn the area.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on July 24, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We hope to see you again soon! Best, O-Ku Team

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far my new favorite restaurant. The food was amazing! Our server Alex was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave excellent recommendations. She was pleasant, attentive and overall an excellent server. We sat at the sushi bar which I recommend for a couple or smaller party. Our chef Joe was awesome!! He also gave good recommendations, was friendly and very skilled in his craft. My husband and I can't wait to go back!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you had a great meal and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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PK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the ambiance and attentive service that O-Ku offers. Despite being busy, we were still able to have an intimate experience. We were seated downstairs which was fairly busy but not overwhelmingly crowded on a Friday night and Lindsey together with the manager ensured we were taken care of. They also offered food and beverage recommendations since it was our first time there, which was helpful.

Apps: I forgot the name but it was basically thinly sliced salmon in soy sauce with hints of wasabi and scallions (I think?) We had no complaints, it was good enough to be shared between the two of us before moving onto the mains.

Mains: Spicy tuna roll and a snow king roll . HIGHLY recommend the latter, it was so flavorful; I would have ordered a second helping if I wasn't already so full! Portions were decently sized too as the two rolls between the two of us were adequate.

Drinks: 1. Sugar and Spice- a nice balance between sweet and tart together with a bit of a kick from the jalapeno in the liquor used. 2. R&T which is basically a gin and tonic. Nothing special about it, I just preferred to order a simpler drink after the sugar and spice.

There is a grill/ sushi bar area and seating upstairs as well as what looked like a lovely rooftop we didn't get to experience due to the hot weather but we will definitely be back to check it out when temperatures cool down and try more dishes.

Thanks for a wonderful evening- I highly recommend this place!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 1, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We hope you come by for dinner again! We hope to see you soon! Best, O-Ku Team

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at O-Ku! We arrived earlier than our reservation and sat at a table on the roof top for a drink. The bartender and servers up top were very accommodating. When our party arrived we sat downstairs which has a very cool vibe and also the music was great throughout the evening. Our server was phenomenal! We were celebrating our friend’s marriage and he brought out a delicious carpaccio as an appetizer and dessert (after the meal) to help us celebrate. The wagyu croquettes were delicious with just a right amount of spice. The sushi was extremely fresh and I highly recommend the crunchy prawn! Our friends got the rock shrimp appetizer and it was delicious. All in all, absolutely recommend it!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are glad you were able to enjoy our different areas of the space, and we hope that you come back soon to enjoy a meal with us again! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For someone who has lived in Japan, this place will make you feel right at home. Sitting at the counter is the best because you get to watch all the sushi and food preparation. The artwork and ambience was so relaxing! Also, the servers were so attentive, polite, friendly and ready to get you anything you needed. We will definitely be returning soon! Check out Happy Hour prices on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are happy to hear you had such a great time and enjoyed your meal here at O-Ku! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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JY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not as impressive as O-Ku in Charleston. Our server forgot to enter our order with the kitchen so wait time was longer than normal.

K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sushi Restaurant! This was a great place for a nice date night. The sushi bar was a fun and cozy spot for us to enjoy eating together and also watching them make our food. We had a wonderful dining experience!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are happy to hear you loved the sushi bar. We hope you choose to come have a meal here at O-Ku again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omakase was excellent! The chef gave us alternating flavors and textures so every dish was a new experience. We will definitely be going back

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! So happy to hear you loved the Omakase, it truly is the pride of our chefs! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service was great. Ambiance was great.

AG
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing , best sushi I’ve had. Ask for rooftop seating , beautiful

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We would love to have you back to enjoy our rooftop soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fresh and great service

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