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O-Ku - DC

4.8
4.8
1302 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 times today

Dining areas

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
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and Jerome our server was the best. All his recommendations were fantastic! We sat at the sushi bar and it was great watching the chefs do their thing.
  2. MA

    MARILYND

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best sushi I've had in a very long time. Service was also outstanding.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place was amazing! The food, ambiance, service was all great!
  4. IO

    IsabelO

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    We had to wait 10mins to be seated, even though we'd had a reservation. Not a big deal though! Once we were seated, our server came and asked if it was our first time at O-Ku. He was very pushy and tried to get us to order right away even though we had just sat down. My husband ordered a drink, and the server walked away without asking if I'd like anything. Everything went downhill from there. Overpriced, under-served, and ignored for the majority of the night
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, better company. Service was excellent and attentive.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly, this place was perfect and the ONLY flaw was there they didn’t have some items on the menu. I food was delicious, staff was informative and friendly and I cannot wait to go back!
  7. JH

    JeffreyH

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Abby took care of us on the 2nd floor she was awesome
  8. BS

    BobS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time with Sarah and loved the food. It was a great value and delicious. There were so many great options BUT don't forget to save room for dessert. I can't remember the name but the donut hole balls are so amazing and the chocolate lava style cake was delicious.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is THE best — food, vibes, service, everything. Their staff is top notch and nowhere else in DC will make you feel this special!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Had tuna tartare, sushi, and grilled duck along with dessert. All were amazing. Would go back
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. The waiter handled our questions and was very accommodating when we shared a personal experience with him. My fiancé and I went to Oku hours after getting engaged last year and, coincidentally, we were sat at the same table we ate at when we were engaged. He brought us a small dessert to commemorate the occasion. Aside from the food being absolutely delicious and reasonably priced, the service definitely elevated our experience. Oku has and will continue to be one of our favorite restaurants in DC.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were great
  13. CA

    CatherineA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant with the best food and service!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food, ambiance and service by the team to celebrate a promotion!!
  15. MB

    MichaelB

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. Sam our server was awesome, she knew the menu and provided her recommendations and favorites. The food came out pretty quick and the drinks were on point.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    This place has a beautiful ambiance, great for special occasions and just a regular night out. Service was great, we had a very attentive waiter. I ordered the rock shrimp, and the crab crunch roll. The rock shrimp was bland; I had to order extra sauce. The crab crunch roll was ok, not the best crab roll, not the worst. I'd go back again for cocktails and sake and maybe try some different menu items.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Came here for my wife’s birthday and it was an amazing experience. Beautiful ambience (we dined at the lower level but also checked out the upper level, which was equally nice), lighting, decor, music, and great food - we had sushi, the lobster dish that they cook table side, and the wagyu skewers. What made it extra special was this: I let the hostess know what the occasion was and she notified the waiter, who not only brought us a complimentary key lime pie dessert at the end of our meal but also a card with handwritten birthday wishes from the staff! Such a thoughtful and unexpected surprise! Will definitely be returning and recommending this place to others. Oh, and we ended up spending less than $200, with more than 20% tip, so we consider this a great value for the DC dining scene.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Sushi order took 30 mins - waitress apologized and finally brought out the food. The kitchen never got the order. Disappointing for my first time there.
  19. R

    Ryan

    Las Vegas

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    O-Ku was a great experience for a belated Christmas date/dinner. The service was fantastic, the rolls we ordered delicious, the drinks nothing but delectable! My only wish would be that the drinks came prior to our dinner - I’m pretty sure all 5 sushi rolls arrived before our drink order. This took away from the vibe and experience just a tad. Regardless, our visit was memorable - would definitely recommend!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service!
  21. s

    salomonm

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excelente comida
  22. M

    Monica

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most amazing sushi restaurant in DC!!! Hands down best quality, ambiance and service.
  23. LT

    LadyT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Normally my experience here is stellar. A few unfortunate issues made it less than stellar. One thing I noticed right away is that no one read my reservation notes. In previous visits, I was really impressed that Oku actually takes the time to read your reservation notes and pays attention to if you’re celebrating something special or out for a Mama’s night out. When our server arrived to the table unfortunately he didn’t have those details. However, he did ask if it was our first time or if we were celebrating something special so we did have an opportunity to share then. Our appetizers were awesome. Unfortunately our main course and dessert was the downfall. I asked for a modification for my roll due to an allergy and it was not put in correctly so I didn’t receive what I ordered. It was fixed quickly and new roll was made but unfortunately for my friend, she had a piece of plastic wrap inside her roll and hers also needed to be sent back. Those two things were really unfortunate. It was nice to have my birthday acknowledged with a special dessert but unfortunately one of the spoons we were given had old crusted food particles on it. It was a while before the waiter came back to check in so we had to wait a while for a new spoon in order to enjoy the dessert. I was really surprised there wasn’t some form of compensation or at least an apology from a Manager for the piece of plastic wrap in one of our rolls. My drink was good but I felt nothing and I’m a light weight (literally one drink and sometimes not even the entire drink and I’m done). Seemed like they missed adding the vodka to mine. My friend enjoyed her drink and could tell that it contained alcohol. Hoping this was just a fluke as I’ve experienced stellar service as well as phenomenal food and drinks here in the past but last night didn’t come close. Despite all the issues, I was really touched by the handmade card given to me for my birthday. It was very sweet.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! And the service was really good! We tried the omakase menu, and it was one of my best experiences with tasting menus! All the courses were well served, and had complex flavors built in with balance. Our server had excellent knowledge of the menu, and explained all the elements in each one of them. The restaurant was busy, but he was always making sure we had everything we needed and we were having a good time, truly omotenashi! It was my husband's birthday and they not only offered us a sake on the house, but also had a birthday card signed by the employees there, that was so nice! Highly recommend!
  25. Z

    Zainab

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks and excellent food. Our server was also very attentive and knew everything about every item on the menu so that made it easier to choose what we'd be ordering. I can't wait to return.
  26. JB

    JayBee

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great experience! We went for a birthday and they surprised us with a free appetizer and champagne at the end. Super fast service and everything we had was great. Will return for sure
  27. T

    debraT

    Naples

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite DC restaurants, and with good reason. The food is amazing and unique, the staff is gracious and attentive, and the vibe is fun. We love O-Ku and will be back again and again . . .!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my girlfriend’s birthday and the staff worked hard to make it special. The staff was kind and attentive to us and brought out a few extras as a gift. Great service, creative drinks, and delicious food.
  29. KB

    KimberlyB

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New favorite drink Sugar and Spice!!!! OMG this is one of my neighborhood faves and my usuals did not disappoint: rock shrimp and gyoza and the buns to start and the fire cracker and crunchy crab rolls🤌🏾 chef’s kiss! But my friend suggested I try the habanero infused vodka cocktail and my mind was BLOWN!!! The flavor is off the charts and I may be late to party with this one, 10 outa 10!
  30. CD

    CeciliaD

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and food! Excellent happy hour and always great service. Thank you!
  31. KD

    KeandraD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prompt service, waiter was very helpful and provided great recommendations!
  32. KW

    KassandraW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitress was amazing and very attentive. They sat us quickly. The food is amazing and the ambiance is superb. I will definitely be going back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were amazingly friendly and upbeat. The food was delicious and the ambiance made everything perfect!
  34. AT

    AlecT

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My new wife and I had a late night reservation as we were stopping in DC on our way to our destination on our honeymoon. We got hungry quite a bit earlier than expected and showed up to the restaurant 2 hours early. They were packed but they told us we were more than welcome to site in their lounge and have a drink. The hostess ordered our drinks for us and after an hour or so let us know a community table opened if we were interested. We decided that we wanted to stick it out for our table given we were on our honeymoon. About 20 more min went by and they were able to seat us early! They were all pleasant and apologetic they couldn’t seat us earlier even though we were the ones extremely early. We were greeted with complimentary champagne and were congratulated on our marriage. The waiter we had was phenomenal and knowledgeable of everything. We proceeded to order a lot food back to back and EVERYTHING was amazing and of high quality. After we completed our meal we ordered a desert and were once again surprised with a dessert a pair of cocktails from the bar tender. On top of this a bunch of people on staff signed a little card and wrote words of encouragement on our new marriage. I have never once been to a place that was to this level of amazing service and the food all tasting as good as it was. I can’t wait to travel back In town for DC, because this place was unparalleled. I may travel back just for this place lol
  35. MO

    MalikaO

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my husbands birthday and the evening was very memorable; Malika, Cameron and Aaron made the entire night wonderful for us. Food was fantastic we had the Tokyo Chicken, Niku-Dango, Curry Noodle and Firecracker Roll.
  36. BR

    BrandonR

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb, blend of traditional Japanese with interesting unique flavors. A special experience and worth a trip.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, as always.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great as expected. The shrimp with the curry noodles came out smelling a bit fishy but everything else was spot on.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting menu for sushi lovers!

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 1302 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 times today
Google Map for O-Ku - DC

1274 5th Street, Washington, DC 20002

Dining areas

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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