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O-Ku - DC, Washington, D.C., DC

O-Ku - DC

4.8
4.8
1531 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
O-Ku DC invites guests to explore rare and unique dining options -traditional sashimi and sushi, innovative Japanese specialties and wood-fired robata-style dishes from the Kitchen's Binchotan grills. The fish and other ingredients are sourced from the highest-quality purveyors around the world and is committed to using sustainably sourced ingredients when possible.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Washington
  • Parking details
    Street and lot parking in union market. Pay attention to parking signs in the area for more information on street parking.
  • Public transit
    NOMA-Gallaudet metro on the red line is a couple blocks away
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,531 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Japanese

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

1,531 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service & food were great. Gluten free menu, including a delicious dessert. Will be back

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food & experience!! In addition to the incredible food, the ambiance, cocktails, and service were all amazing. Will definitely be back!!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious! The service was great and the ambiance was better!!! Will definitely be back!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I surprised my fiancé last night and proposed to her. SHE SAID YES, btw! The staff had no idea this was in the works. Our server (Tyler, I think) was superb! He accommodated us to perfection. The staff gave us complimentary cheesecake and champagne! This was our second time visiting. We spent NYE there and needless to say the food was fantastic! You can’t go wrong with the Prawn Rolls and Firecracker Rolls!

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  5. KaiKn

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good atmosphere for a nice dinner out. Appetizers, skewers, and drinks were good but for the price, the sushi was underwhelming. Quality of fish seemed fresh but the flavor of every single one was almost non-existent for some reason? Would not come back for sushi but stopping by while in the area for skewers and drinks is fine

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  6. RyanE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly this was one of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had. We came here for a “pre” Valentines dinner after just getting married recently. The food and service were fantastic. To top it off, I even forgot we’d mentioned why we were there but the staff wrote my wife and I a card to congratulate us on getting married. Just a really thoughtful, kind level of service. All our rolls, skewers and drinks were 10/10

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  7. JenniferC

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went yesterday to celebrate by 30th birthday & was not let down. The sushi rolls were original & delicious. Our server was so sweet. My husband told the restaurant that it was my birthday, & they treated us w/ 2 pieces of nigiri, tequila shooters, & a birthday card. We plan to come back in the future.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is so good and so consistent

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  9. LeonelV

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great place and amazing services Christine was amazing she went out of her way to make our special day amazing. food was great but service outstanding.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The quality and value has decreased since it opened. The food quality was just OK—- not bad but very average. The chicken yakitori was way over-sauced with soy sauce. The Soft Shell Crab roll didn’t have crunchy edges of tempura soft shell crab— I’m not even sure it was actually soft shell crab or imitation crab. The yuzu Serrano roll was not spicy or flavorful. The only outstanding item was my “Shogun” gin cocktail and the rice chips that came with the tuna tartare.

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  11. ED123

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Japanese restaurant I have been to. We first ate at the original one in Charleston SC, so trying the one at home in DC was a must. The food/sushi is amazing, the service is spectacular, and the cocktails are excellent. Highly recommend this to anyone! We will be back. Very good atmosphere.

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  12. Artsy

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress Christine was quite helpful and helped us enjoy the evening even more would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone. The duck negiyaki was phenomenal!!!

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  13. Dora

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good place to get fresh sashimi and sushi also great!

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  14. NancyG

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic restaurant!! Must go. Amazing sushi! Great happy hour prices

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was very fresh.. the server was amazing and helpful.

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  16. Jeffrey

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service is always great and the food is delicious.

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  17. JamesP

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The sushi and small plates are so great, and are a great value! Ambiance and vibe are great too!

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  18. NataliaG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great sushi place!! Fresh ingredients and flavorful combinations. we sat at the counter for Happy Hour

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  19. Pianist

    Seattle

    54 reviews

    2.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    First of all, the place was too noisy and the waiter was leaning too close to me to hear my orders:( . Second, the staff weren’t knowledgeable about the menu. Thirdly Asian meat ball were toooo salty. Food was average at best and was overpriced

    1 person found this helpful

  20. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service and food was wonderful! Special thanks to Kristine and the staff!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brought my date here for his birthday and everything was perfect! He was treated like a king 👑Service, food, ambience and even the surprise of birthday acknowledgement exceeded expectations. I can’t wait to come back for happy hour, to experience the outdoor patio when it’s warmer and more crudo, broccolini etc. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  22. FrederickW

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nigiri/Sashimi selection is quite nice. Selection of Japanese whiskey is good. Fish is always carefully selected and very fresh.

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  23. KanikaW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite sushi restaurant in DC. For the most part everything is good.

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  24. GabrielM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience, amazing food and fantastic service. We were seated quickly and our server immediately came to bring us water, they explained the menu. The food came out quickly and it was amazing. We tried a few starters and rolls, all of which were amazing. Highly recommend the surf and turf roll. The server was also training a new member, which did amazing in checking in with us and getting us what we needed. Going back soon and would recommend this to anyone in DC.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and out server was great.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been here a number of times and I highly recommend it to my friends and family. The ambience is relaxing, food is amazing, and fantastic drinks (i recommend the sugar and spice).

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  27. JonjelynG

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was hot, fresh, and delicious. Our server was more than delightful as well, recommending all the best dishes! Will be returning!

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  28. Wf8086

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Really going downhill quickly! Service and quality of food is mediocre at best, won't be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I came to O-Ku for my birthday dinner with my husband and was not disappointed. When we reserved, only high top seating was available but when asked if we could potentially have a booth, the staff was more than accommodating and we got sat at a big booth upstairs. The food was delicious and our server was amazing and ensured we were having a great experience. She even brought us two free appetizers to try. I was already impressed, but was absolutely blown out of the water when they brought out two matchas, a dessert, & a birthday card signed by all of the staff. Truly the most amazing experience and felt so much love from all of the employees. Will be my new favorite spot for sure.

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  30. TOooh

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect spot for a date night and I imagine their happy hour is fantastic too! We sat at the sushi bar and it was cool to see our sushi rolls being made right in front of us. Love the attentiveness of the staff and the restaurant atmosphere was very welcoming! We will definitely be back

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  31. EmilyS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time at OKU! BOH was slammed but still kept it up. Very grateful to staff members who worked during crazy busy season.

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  32. Alex

    Stuttgart

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sagenhaft, jederzeit wieder ! Für 2 Personen 180$ liegen lassen. Essen war spitze !

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday! We had a very nice and intimate dinner. I requested a larger booth and the staff was more than accommodating. They were beyond helpful and made sure his experience was special (especially very considerate to his allergies).

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  34. Stefan

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Save some room for dessert! The ube cheesecake was the best!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was SO sweet & accommodating. F ood was fast and delicious. Happy hour is great!

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  36. MaraN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was amazing and the service was as well. Would definitely recommend

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  37. JenniferS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great looking menu and decor, but food doesn’t deliver. Some highlights (cold appetizers, wagyu grilled at tabletop), but nigiri was disappointing (fish and rice were both room temp, no contrast between cold fish and warm rice that your expect from quality sushi).

    1 person found this helpful

  38. JohannaK

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    O-ku was unbelievable - outstanding on all fronts. Food was amazing, ambiance was excellent, service was terrific - this was the best omakase I've had in DC, my friend and I were blown away.

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  39. blaks

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent!! We will definitely return and be recommending to everyone!

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  40. EdenK

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Portion was very unbelievably small, over priced food. The food was ok

    1 person found this helpful

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

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 1531 OpenTable diners.

O-Ku - DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for O-Ku - DC

1274 5th St NE, Washington, D.C., DC 20002

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Washington
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street and lot parking in union market. Pay attention to parking signs in the area for more information on street parking.
  • Public transit
    NOMA-Gallaudet metro on the red line is a couple blocks away
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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