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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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing time for a birthday

HS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was so great and helped make us feel special! The food was delicious as well!

l
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks and service. We will be back!!

RP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

KM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was inconsistent but was addressed by management.

Dress code is more casual than business casual.

R
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place, it was my first time but my dad had been there earlier in the week. They have amazing sushi and it’s hard to find amazing places that have great sushi and are nice and not load. Everyone who works there is amazing and unbelievably friendly. I will be going back there again. & the owner was awesome checking on everyone.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed everything from the food to the service! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Peter, was very attentive and accommodating of a large group. He even treated us to a champagne toast, as we were celebrating an event!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went once ourselves and then we went back recently with some friends. Richard at the sushi bar was fantastic! Our go-to sushi place now!

DC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect place to take your special someone to enjoy the rooftop with creative small plates, sushi, and cocktails.

TS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sushi experience all around. Everything was delicious and the wait staff were extraordinary. It was both my birthday and our first night with the baby doing an overnight with his grandparents and the wait staff, in addition to comping multiple items, were just so nice that we had a delightful time. I will definitely come back here for the service alone, but that said, the food was amazing and the drinks were somehow even better than the food. The bartender who designed these drinks or truly a craftsman. Highly recommended.

B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit. We did the omakase tasting with sake pairings. Absolutely everything was perfect.

KW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night spot. Ambiance was excellent, noise level was moderate but the restaurant was also somewhat empty while we were there- could imagine it getting loud. We tried 3 small plates and two sushi rolls and all were excellent. The chicken skewers and mushroom skewers were highlights. Cocktails were also delicious. Our server was in training but did an excellent job reviewing the menu and serving us. Turnaround time from ordering to being served was pretty quick and plates came out as they were ready.

MS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had an amazing meal. We always go for the tasting menus when we go out. This one did not disappoint. The food was fabulous. The decor is beautiful and our server was top notch. The music was way to loud to have a normal conversation. Looking around you could tell other tables were having the same problem, everyone was leaning into the person talking. Turn the music down a notch and I would have given five stars across the board.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was flavorful and the presentation was beautiful.

IQ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. Anna, our waitress, was fabulous and we ordered everything she recommended. It didn’t disappoint. The food was exquisite and the cocktails were really good.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are happy to hear that Anna took good care of you, and we hope to see you again! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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AW
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have an amazing happy hour. Definitely worth a visit or 2!

JW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Our 3rd time in this restaurant but this time we were really disappointed ... the Omakase menu was not as good as the previous times and had not so much references with Japanese cuisine ... the same for the service

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional! The cocktails, the food and the amazing service were all exceptional. We will be going back.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! So glad you enjoyed so many aspects of your experience here at O-Ku! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! If it's your birthday they treat you very well if you ask them to surprise you. If Peter works that night, ask to be seated with him!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! So glad you enjoyed having Peter as your server - we love him too! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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CB
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the rooftop! Food was amazing. The rockshrimp and bulgogi are a must. They have great fun cocktails (Shogun) and our waitress was very attentive. Great spot for date night!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thanks for your kind words! We are happy to hear your service, food and drinks experience was great! We hope you chose to visit us again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have had the most memorable experience at O-Ku more than at any other Japanese Restaurant. I wrote a fine review of you and your restaurant and especially Dallas who was an impeccable host! Everyone knew how to deliver incredible food service from the knowledge to all the fine details of the 10 Course Spectacular dinner we had!

Thank you for such fine service!
Defintely looking forward to going to the D.C. Also, looking forward to going to the O-Ku Raleigh location as well.

My only feedback would be why the O-Ku Raleigh location does not have a Happy Hour!!

Best Regards,

Shahgol Mostashari

IZ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening as always ,service and care is parallel to the quality of the fish.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! So glad you noticed how we strive for quality in every part of our restaurant at O-Ku! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Best Sushi spot in DC for the price, ambiance, and quality. Great place for a date night.

DC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointing experience. Another restaurant that focuses more on the visual than flavor. Sushi was good and so was Chu toro crudo but that’s about it. Yakitori was the worst. Chicken had no flavor and Tsukune was overcooked. They need to send someone to Momo to learn how to properly cook yakitori before serving another piece. Other small plate dishes were disappointing too. Service was very slow and our waiter forgot a couple of dishes but we were told there was staff shortage so I will not judge too harshly.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi I’ve had in this area. The uni was incredible. Pretty pricey,but, it will be a go to place when we want to splurge!

JL
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was honestly one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Service was exceptional (I think our server's name was Matthew) and the sushi was super fresh and delicious. Highly recommend!

ZC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can go to this place for just about any get together. The service was awesome and the food was even better! Will definitely be going back!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We strive to be the restaurant that you can come to for any reason - a celebration or just a night out. Glad you feel the same and chose to come to O-Ku! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday - good service and food

JZ
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I cannot say enough great things about O-Ku! The food and service was amazing and we had the greatest time! We went for dinner while celebrating my friends bachelorette weekend and they made sure to make our reservation special! We will definitely be going back!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We absolutely LOVE when bachelor/bachelorette parties come - glad you chose to celebrate that special time with us. We are glad to hear you all enjoyed it as well! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Cannot say that enough! The service was incredible. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and attentive to my allergy and was able to alter or provide suggestions on how they could prepare the food so I could eat it. The food was to die for too. We ordered sushi during happy hour and it was some of the best I’ve ever tried - and how could you beat their happy hour deal?? We sat at the bar where the chefs cook in front of you and it was a very fun vibe. The ambiance was very appealing and they even have a very cute rooftop! I will definitely be coming back very soon. I have already started recommending to everyone I know.

V
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Thanks!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

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

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DA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came for the Omakase menu and it was absolutely fabulous. Such a great birthday dinner! Everyone was so nice and we will be back often! We loved sitting at the bar where we could watch the sushi chefs prepare dishes, and the cocktails were amazing.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! Glad you enjoyed your omakase, and we are thankful that you chose to celebrate with us! Hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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OT
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We sampled mainly the robata and a couple of the specials. Everything was very good to outstanding. Sitting in the sushi room (though not at the bar), the restaurant's design is gorgeous -- and there's what looks to be a very pleasant outdoor area on the roof. Will definitely be back.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are glad you enjoyed our robata grill and hope you come back to try some of our delicious crudos and sushi! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate a birthday. Everything was amazing, topped off with amazing and caring service. The birthday boy felt very special and they helped make this occasion even more special.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! So glad to hear you chose to celebrate here at O-Ku! We'd love to host you again soon, please come back soon for a meal again with us! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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A
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in DC. The food is sooo good that I venture into taking things I would never elsewhere, like eels. The staff is super friendly, love the atmosphere and the patio area on 2nd floor with view of Union Market.
My only regret is that it’s really very very cold temperature inside.

G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The service was extremely slow

P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superior quality, unique and original flavors, excellent service.

ER
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful place, perfect for a nicer dinner out. Great drinks, great food. You definitely get what you pay for.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely wonderful experience at O-Ku! We were seated on the rooftop and the atmosphere was lovely. Food came put in a timely manner and displayed beautifully. For our anniversary date we got a special dessert on the house. Thank you for an amazing evening!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We are happy that your chose to celebrate your anniversary with us and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! O-Ku Team

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