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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Our waitress, Erin was wonderful. Made a great night even better. Highly recommend.

T
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best experiences I"ve had in DC's restaurant scene. Great Staff, food and vibe!

s
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner with friends!

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our first time. A recommendation from a friend. We had a party of 7. We were seated immediately. The waitress was awesome, she knew the menu very well and provided great recommendations. The variety of the menu to include items for members of the party who didn't necessarily eat sushi. The music playlist was amazing. Everything we tried was delicious!!

OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a friends bday and they couldn’t have been nicer! Very attentive to all the details and very personable. Great experience and amazing happy hour deal!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Will definitely be going back

ZG
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the most amazing birthday dinner at O-Ku. The service was outstanding, the food delicious, and the music was perfect! I will definitely be back.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy you chose to celebrate with us and hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!

SC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great dinner at O-ku - we loved their version of omakase (not just nigiri) - wonderful service and great staff. Might need to be ready to wait a bit though, we were seated 30 minutes after our reservation time. Great staff and delicious cocktails made up for it though. Definitely a do again.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words! We appreciate the feedback as well - we always want to improve on our service. We hope you chose to eat with us again soon. Thanks! O-Ku Team

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!! Waitress was super friendly! Guided us to order right amount of dishes for our group!!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 4, 2020

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

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The staff know their menu and go above and beyond. Came for my anniversary and the staff gave us a lovely card paired with some glasses of bubbly and a surprise appetizer.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words! We are honored you chose to celebrate with us. We hope you chose to join us again soon. Thanks! O-Ku Team

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YB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I truly enjoyed our 1st time at O-Ku! From the time we stepped through the ornate front doors, we experienced superior hospitality, ambiance and food. Tyler is doing a great job creating a welcoming atmosphere and sitting at the sushi bar to watch the chefs do their work was the right choice! Plan for many rounds of small plates to share.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed all aspects of your visit! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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r
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I felt like I paid a lot for not that much quality.

D
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

While the ambience and service was excellent, the food in general was way too salty for my friend and me.

d
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love this restaurant. They should be a little more prepared for guests arriving but otherwise no complaints. Will keep coming back.

P
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection! Best sushi I’ve ever had. Great service as well. Will definitely be returning.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on January 22, 2020

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

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
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!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you chose to celebrate with us and that you enjoyed Anna's recommendations! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thanks so much, we hope to see you again soon!

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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
4 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
4 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
16 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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DC
New York Area
5 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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