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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

MC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Our new favorite Sushi place in DC

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

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

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

Service and food was exceptional !!

MF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything from the innovative and deligtful dishes to the impeccable and personable service. We will definitely be back many times and cannot recommend O-Ku enough.

TB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an unexpected perfect restaurant

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 2019

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

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

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 on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was absolutely amazing!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience here at O-Ku. Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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BD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 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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HE
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 2019

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

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MS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 2019

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

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you chose to celebrate a a special day here and happy that we were able to make it more special. Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 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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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 2019

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

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JP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! Thank you also for choosing to spend a special day with us! Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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BV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 2019

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

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RM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 2019

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed our food and service. We do strive to serve high quality ingredients with the best flavors! Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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E
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 2019

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

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BE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 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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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! Great to hear that your first experience was a great one! Hope to see you again soon so we can make every visit here the best! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

O-Ku - DC
Responded on October 25, 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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R
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food, great ambiance and excellent service!

a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time for a birthday

HS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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