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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SN
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! My partner and I loved it! Great small plates. Definitely try the salmon appetizer with yuzu and truffle. Amazing!!!! The pork belly, hanger steak off the oak grill are incredible too. The cocktails were a hit. And service is so friendly. We’ve been there twice in ten days. We hope to go back very soon and try many more dishes there.

Z
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The black magic was very good, while the spicy tuna was so so. Poor beer menu

PS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service in all of DC and awesome food!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food and atmosphere were good. Service was good at the start, but after our food arrived, the waitress stopped checking on us. Never took another drink order after our bottle of Sake was finished, never came back to the table when we were done eating to check on us, and we had to ask for twice for a check. This was a business dinner and my guests actually started leaving before we could ever get a check. Disappointing

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbeknownst to us, it was Happy Hour with half price rolls, which was greatly appreciated. The food and service were fantastic. We had two small plates and two rolls, which were generously sized. We added a whisky flight and two beverages (one alcoholic). We left very full and satisfied. Will definitely go back soon.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thanks for your kind words! We love happy hour too! So glad to hear you enjoyed the service as well as the beverages! Hope to see you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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DM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We simply love this place. The food is outstanding each and every time and the service is well. We really enjoy seeing Lindsey and TG whenever we go. They are one of the reasons we think of O-Ku as “our restaurant”. On this last visit we met Shannon who was amazing and delightful! She is passionate about the food and wine and now we have one more reason to keep going back. Thank you again for another wonderful dining experience!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thanks so much, we are so happy to hear you love O-Ku - we ARE your restaurant! Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks! O-Ku Team

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AP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Long was amazing and sitting at the Sushi bar was fun too! Nice welcome by the hostess and delicious food! Will come back soon!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on March 13, 2020

Thanks for your kind words! So glad to hear that you enjoyed the service and the food. We hope to see you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning in every respect. Went to celebrate an occasion and our waitress took the initiative to get O-Ku staff to sign a celebratory card and the manager provided a round of champagne on the house.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on March 6, 2020

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Food was delicious!

CJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I frequent O-Ku often! It was so great to bring my family here for the first time - they loved it too!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on March 13, 2020

So glad you brought your family in to try us out too! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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AJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm not sure what else I can possibly say about Oku that I haven't already. The restaurant itself is gorgeous and is exactly as I remembered from my last visit. The restaurant is very clean and well kept. Our server was very knowledgable and personable as well as prompt. The food was amazing(as always) and is easily hands down my favorite Japanese restaurant. We came here for my birthday and for dessert the gave me(us) birthday ice cream mochi as well as a card from the entire staff which was very touching as I've never had that done before by any restaurant. Highly recommend!!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on March 6, 2020

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

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was a must visit whenever in DC. Food was amazing, drinks were made to perfection and service was outstanding! I would definitely recommend!!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 28, 2020

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

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a 6:30 reservation and got to take advantage of half priced sushi for happy hour. So good! So affordable! We basically ordered every roll on the menu twice and pigged out. We had a great time and would definitely go again!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words! We are happy hear that you enjoyed our happy hour! We also offer half off bottles of wine and sake on Sunday nights. We hope you can join us again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so fresh and tasty! Service was also amazing. Everyone was friendly and recommended the best dishes! Definitely going back

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 24, 2020

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

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JB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, great drinks, and wonderful service.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thanks for your kind words!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing experience for my girlfriend and I. She was very pleased with the service and our meal. We will be definitely return in the near future and have referred friends as well. Thank you again to Long and the staff.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed. We hope to see you again in the very near future! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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S
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing and the sushi was so fresh we have been once before and now its official we will be regulars. I've eaten sushi in Hawaii, korea and the Philippines but this is the best sushi I've had do far no regrets if you're an avid sushigoer

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words and we are so happy to hear that we are some of the best sushi you've had! Looking forward to hosting you again! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance, the food was delicious and the service was impeccable. This is my new Asian cuisine/ sushi spot! Will be back soon!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words! So glad to hear you enjoyed the service and we hope to see you back soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shannon our waitress was phenomenal , the food was great and overall a great restaurant to grab a meal.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words! We think Shannon is great too, and are happy to hear you loved the food as well! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great food-drinks were mediocre, expensive and the smallest I’ve ever seen. Service was fine. Our waitress was a little overly eager to share her personal opinions about the menu .

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words! We think Erin's awesome too, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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TG
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the chef tasting for two. Incredible experience and each dish was thought out and tasted great. Good mix of sushi, sides, and entree. The service was very good. Our server was friendly, welcoming and timely. The ambience and environment was modern and clean. The music choice had sealed the deal for me. Who doesn’t like listening to Odesza, Zhu, and other mellow electronic songs?

Honestly one of my favorite restaurant experiences. 10/10

Thank you for having us.

T
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words! So happy to hear we were one of your best experiences in DC restaurants and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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s
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
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!!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you for your kind words! We are happy to hear your friend recommended us and you visited and also enjoyed! We hope to see you again soon. Thanks, O-Ku Team

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OT
St. Louis
3 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!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 20, 2020

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

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

Delicious food and great service! Will definitely be going back

O-Ku - DC
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words and we hope to see you again very soon!

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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
13 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
Washington DC
2 reviews
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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