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O-Ku - DC

4.8
4.8
1140 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi

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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Booked 34 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 888-8790

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party contact

    Sam Edgerly: (202) 888-8790

  • 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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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our experience at O-Ku was great. We enjoyed the overall vibe and the food and drinks were amazing. We will definitely be coming back !

  2. JW

    JujuliliW

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    The food was good The service ok But it was freezing cold in the restaurant

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible night! Some of the most creative and best made cocktails I’ve had in DC, killer small plates, and outstanding sushi. Couldn’t have asked for a better place to celebrate my girlfriend’s bday!

  4. SO

    SindaraO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Really enjoyed the food and the experience. The harvest roll is amazing! Can’t wait to go back.

  5. A

    April

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service and food here is always amazing and last night was just the same! Always recommend!!

  6. T

    Took

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service2ambience5

    Great food. Just need to work on the server. Our was missing at times

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My first HH at O-Ku & I loved every minute and aspect of it! 10/10

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I am a regular at O-Ku. That should tell you everything you need to know lol 👍🏾💗

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious as always. Surf and turf and prawn rolls. Tuna crudo and salmon.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Overpriced but great service.

  11. Y

    Yaya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tatiana was an incredible server and she was accompanied by an incredible food experience. My partner and I decided to come here to celebrate and we’ve already made our next reservation. Wonderful food and atmosphere, can’t wait to try the omakase!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    This place has been on my list for a few months and so glad we finally went! We sat outside on the roof, which was super nice and more causal compared to inside seating. The music was on point and very fun! Our server was great and loved they all worked together to make the experience great. Their hanger steak was ok… it was cooked well done vs. what we were told (medium rare). Sushi rolls were small but put together nicely. The surf & turf roll had a very metal taste to it, which we werent a fan of. Cocktails were super good but could be stronger! The birthday card was sooo nice and great way to end our dinner.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    best sushi and best happy hour in dc!! the tuna tataki roll on the happy hour menu will always be my favorite. sushi did take a while to come out (45 mins) but it was worth it!

  14. BB

    BriannaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic ambience and experience. Very detail oriented

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and drinks were delicious, fresh and expertly prepared

  16. RR

    RonR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for happy hour and dinner. Service was awesome!

  17. LD

    LauraD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent along with the food. Would definitely go back.

  18. AG

    AnnG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Have been here twice now and each time was great. Food is excellent and the cocktails are tasty. Wait staff are great; friendly and knowledgeable. They also surprised us with a card and ice cream for our anniversary dinner!

  19. A

    Ashley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great happy hour deal! The rock shrimp is amazing. Would highly recommend!

  20. GP

    GinaP

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4

    This wasn’t our first time at O-Ku, it’s a favorite of ours… so we keep coming back! Unfortunately, this time the kitchen was incredibly slow. We saw parties all around us come and go and get their food (even the ones who arrived after us). This was a bummer. One appetizer took two hours to come out! Anyway, we’ll assume it was a busy night. Hopefully this doesn’t happen again.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter Peter was perfect ! The food was amazing!

  22. A

    Austin

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    have come back for the wings and sushi multiple times but was a bit disappointed this time

  23. C

    Carlos

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Our server was above and beyond, very friendly and knowledgeable. However, the service in general was extremely slow, it took ages for all our food to arrive and the last plate arrived around 15-20 minutes after the rest. Some of the plates where really amazing, but some like the hanger steak and the teriyaki chicken looked and tasted like something I could have prepared for a quick lunch at home.

  24. TN

    TomN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very underrated. The omakase was a great surprise and was only $150. There’s a great chef back there with an amazing palate.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    The food was great but the service was so SLOW. The waiter also forgot multiple parts of our order.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Law school graduation

  27. DL

    DaveL

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Food is ok. Nothing special.

  28. K

    jameK

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Good food, uneven service, took a long time to get food. Once it arrived it was good.

  29. DC

    DeborahC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had the best time! Our server Steven was absolutely AMAZING!!!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Really nice place for a date . Dim lighting and unique and quite atmosphere. I really enjoyed the evening Incantation and firecracker roll is bomb . My date enjoyed the Scallop Kun

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ambience was phenomenal and the sushi was some of the best I’ve had. The service was great; we felt taken care of. Overall, an outstanding experience, I will definitely be back with friends or by myself even.

  32. KG

    KathyG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delightful experience! Highly recommend the sake flights. All of the food was delicious and fresh. Our waiter was absolutely fabulous! We asked him to bring us a selection of rolls of his choosing and each one was phenomenal.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    AMAZING!!!

  34. AL

    AlexL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience, we had the omakase tasting menu and loved every bite. Jon also enjoyed the sake pairing which was equally wonderful. We all left incredibly happy! Hats off to Andrew and the team for walking us through the experience, and for being consistently available, knowledgeable, and friendly (the roof cleared out quickly around when we had hit course 6 or 7 but we never felt rushed). This was an excellent experience I've already been recommending to friends!

  35. HH

    HoosierHospitality

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great experience last night! Server was kind and attentive. Patio is nice, but the inside is much cooler and we wish we sat in there! Food was delicious, zero complaints. Highly recommend O Ku.

  36. MG

    MacGruber

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5

    Table for two without alcoholic drinks took ~3 hours total. It took 30 minutes minimum between courses which felt exceptionally slow.

  37. LC

    LilyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was absolutely incredible. It was my sisters birthday and the team wrote out a birthday letter for her. It was such a nice touch.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the ambiance, service and the food! It was our first time there and we will return!

  39. JG

    JamieG

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best sushi in DC. Tatiana was our server and she was absolutely amazing. Incredible food and great atmosphere.

  40. AM

    AlysonM

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    It was cool our server had too many tables so it wasn’t spot on service but the food was good. Definitely pricey.

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 1140 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.

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Booked 34 times today
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1274 5th Street Washington, DC 20002

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Washington

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese, Seafood

  • 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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