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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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O-Ku made this birthday celebration truly special! Sashimi was out of this world delicious, and the service was unbeatable. Anna gave us advice for sushi and sake pairing that was spot on. Thank you for the experience!

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious, and the service was excellent.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on January 8, 2020

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

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JD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The servers were amazing and the food is outstanding.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on January 10, 2020

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

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SC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Sushi in DC!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you! See you soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Killed the mushrooms 🤘

O-Ku - DC
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thanks! See you soon!

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MJ
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed our dinner. The food was so good and the service was impeccable. I can’t recall the young man’s name but he was so sweet. He explained every drink to us in such detail and passion for his craft that we were so impressed. He even took the time to explain to my sister that not all sushi is raw and next time we come the chef can create a few rolls that she’ll like. It was a last minute choice but we were very pleased that we had decided to come.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much. We hope to see you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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DO
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had been to the bar here for a drink and the food looked great so we booked a table for dinner with the kids. The food did not disappoint! The sushi was fantastic and the small plates and grilled items were almost all enjoyed by guests large and small. The staff were friendly and attentive as well. My one beef is that we ordered a lot of food and it felt like it all came out at the same time, a situation made worse by having 5 of us crammed in at a 4 top. It made the experience feel rushed. When I go back I think I’ll sit at the sushi bar and order one thing at a time.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words! We appreciate the feedback as well. We hope to see you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I came in to celebrate his birthday, and it was absolutely amazing. Our server Aaron was so kind and attentive, and saw the note I had made on the reservation about it being a birthday dinner. The food was spectacular, specifically the Salmon Usuzukuri which out server recommended we try. So much flavor packed into a small bite. On top of the amazing meal we ordered, our server treated us to a small plate and Prosecco toast in honor of the birthday celebration. On top of that they restaurant gave my boyfriend a birthday card which was such a wonderful touch. I will 100% be coming back. Along with the amazing service and food, the ambiance was super chic and industrial which I love. Definitely a cool spot by Union Market.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on January 2, 2020

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

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As a foodie, I was very impressed with the robata style Japanese omakase 11-course experience. I will be back . . . ,

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, food and drinks are amazing and love the atmosphere

O-Ku - DC
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words! We hope to see you again soon!

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MS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time here @ O-Ku. This time for my birthday dinner. We had an absolutely lovely time. Amazing service even with the place being packed. When we were done with our meal I was given a Birthday card signed by the staff. This was one of my best birthday dinners ever. I will be back again and again.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed celebrating a birthday with us! Happy to hear you loved the food and service, and hope to see you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was okay - Japanese/American fusion not authentic Japanese taste or presentation. Service was okay but not really friendly. We felt our server didn’t really want to serve us. Interior was very attractive and noise level was comfortable. I have not been to many Japanese places in DC but I definitely prefer Izakaya Seki to O-ku

H
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never given a restaurant 5 stars in all categories but this experience, food and service was superior. My friend's birthday was the day we went and the small touch really blew both of us away. The food was phenomenal. Our server, forgot her name, but she is from Ethiopia, was par excellent. This place exudes hospitality which is beyond service.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on December 16, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed celebrating a birthday with us! Happy to hear you loved the food and service, and hope to see you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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CW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Erin, was fantastic. And thank you to the manager also for making our evening comfortable even after the small wait for the table.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on December 12, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you thought Erin was awesome - we love her too! Glad to hear that our manager smoothed over the short wait, and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food here! Great atmosphere and service.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words! We hope to see you again soon!

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RJ
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome unique take on the usual sushi experience. Service was gracious and the food was al very very good. Price was moderate and an excellent value for the quality.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on December 10, 2019

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu is a must have!

EL
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this place! The atmosphere and vibe are great and the open kitchen adds a little show to the dining experience. Have been a few times and the food is always delicious and full of flavor. The only downside on the last visit was with the 'Omakase'. It was all sushi or sashimi which isn't a terrible thing but when there are som many other great things on the menu (Spicy Rock Shrimp,Gyoza or anything from the Robata Grill) it would be nice to have some of them mixed in with the sushi/sashimi.
Either way, I will definitely be back. Especially in the summer time when the roof patio is open

DH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect everything! Erin, our server, was beyond great-knowledgeable, attentive but not aggressive, fun and honest!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on December 10, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you loved Erin's attentiveness! Glad to hear everything was perfect. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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R
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love the happy hour here and small plate options!
Service is fast and staff is always ready to cater the individual needs and desires. Love the ambiance! We will return again!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on December 31, 2019

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

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ok-u never disappoints. The quality, flavor and presentation of the menu's selections is a delight. The service is authentic and lovely.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on December 10, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear we are consistently providing you a lovely experience, including food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We’ve eaten here approximately six times and while the food is good and staff are friendly, it always seems like they don’t have enough people working. No host, few servers, two bar tenders for a fairly big restaurant...the lack of staff results in disjointed service and food delivery (main dish before apps, huge gaps between deliveries, etc.). It seems we won’t come for for months on end, decide to check it out again, then remember why we stayed away when there is like a half hour gap between roll deliveries. Again, it’s tasty and staff is good - just seems like they need help in execution.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great. Food, service, Wine...the best.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on December 10, 2019

Thanks for your kind words! Hope to see you again soon - O-Ku Team

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish we remembered the waiters name for credit - he was great!! we sat at the sushi bar and did the chef tasting. It was amazing, service was amazing. Overall great great experience!!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the omakase tasting. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

a lot of service miscommunications throughout the meal, from the hosts to the server to the runners. food was fine, but not particularly remarkable for a place striving to deliver top-notch sushi.

MO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the fish is OUTSTANDING!!!!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the quality of the fish - it's something we pride ourselves on! Hope to see you soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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RP
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. The food was superb and the service excellent (Shannon is one of the best waitresses I have ever had the pleasure to meet). I was with a dear friend and we had a great night. We have also highly appreciated the brilliant way they overcame a small issue (elsewhere it would have been simply ignored).
Looking so much forward to being their guest again!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the experience and look forward to seeing you again soon! We love Shannon too, and glad to hear that we were able to fix any issues as well! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! The food as always makes me contemplate why I haven’t eaten here my whole life. Wow. I’ve discovered tastes I never knew existed here and on top of that the service is always the best in the city. Our server was Alex and she was very knowledgeable about the menu and a true delight! Excited to bring every single person I know back here.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you discovered new flavors here at O-Ku and loved the service! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing ambience- went to celebrate a friend’s promotion. Drinks amazing and sushi per usual great!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the ambience and chose to celebrate with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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D
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful restaurant with exquisite Japanese delicacies ranging from sea urchin to real Wagyu beef. Skilled, friendly, and knowledgeable staff. A little pricey but the experience is worth it.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the experience! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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DG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food made for a great date experience. Highly recommend.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your date and look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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DT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. The cuisine is exceptional. Kimble and Robert provide amazing service whether dining alone, on a date or with a group O-ku never disappoints.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoy the food and service! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved it! Amazing food and ambiance. Great service. Dallas our server was so lovely.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear Dallas was lovely! We love him too. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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AK
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend is a fellow chef here in D.C. and I brought him here for his birthday after a colleague's recommendation. We have yet to go to a restaurant where he doesn't have any criticisms. This was the first one and this is my first review. By far one of the best places in D.C. and it by far has the best cocktail: Sugar and Spice. The staff and service was beyond. They brought him an extra piece of sushi and also served us two glasses of champagne at the end of our meal. The experience was beyond. Thank you O-Ku.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you and your boyfriend enjoyed - especially with such high standards! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O-Ku has amazing sushi and each time I’ve been there the service has been spot on. I will continue to return there

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your service and sushi! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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p
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite sushi restaurant. The service is impeccable, and the food is delicious. I visit this restaurant a few times a month, and highly recommend it.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you are a regular and look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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GM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best sushi I’ve ever eaten! Every dish was unique and pleasantly savory. We enjoyed a series of small plates, based on recommendations from our waitress. Be sure to try the Gyoza (wagyu beef), Shiu Mai (steamed pork dumplings) and Rock Shrimp.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your small plates and our recommendations. Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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MC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Our new favorite Sushi place in DC

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear we are your new fav spot! Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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EL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Took my wife there for sushi for her Birthday. She really enjoyed it.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you chose to celebrate a special birthday with us. Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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R
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was exceptional !!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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