O-Ku - Raleigh

4.7
175 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
O-Ku Sushi Raleigh celebrates authentic Asian cuisine with a southern approach with a menu that focuses on unique ingredients and sophisticated presentations. From petite plates to sushi specialties, O-Ku showcases the freshest fish from the world’s finest markets and produces in areas such as Norway, Scotland, Hawaii and New Zealand, as well as local sustainable sources.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mediocre at best. Very small portions for the price. I have had better sushi. Tuna had obviously been cut for hours and fell apart when picking it up. Drinks were good but on the weak side. Kitchen started cleaning with very strong bleach an hour before close making it difficult to finish our food due to the odor. Everyone in our group left hungry. $95 per couple.

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AB
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is attentive and professional. Great experience

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Great staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit to the restaurant and that’s because of its outstanding food. The Executive chef Richard knows his business.
I was disappointed however, I made my reservation at noon for 7:30 high top table and ended up waiting 40 minutes and had to sit by the bar.
In my opinion if I reserve a table and I get there on time I should have my table and what I requested.

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J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first time I had dinner here I had Nikki as my waitress and she was superb and excellent! Such great service and the food was absolutely delicious! The second time we came to Oku, we invited my fiancé’s family to celebrate our engagement and they just blew us away once again with the service and I had requested Nikki as our waitress and she yet again blew it out of the water and we all had such a great time! Highly recommend!

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m
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! Everything about our experience was fantastic.

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great but really high price for what and how much they offer

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Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. The manager comped us a drink that took a long time coming. Server very knowledgeable about menu and very helpful. Food was excellent for the most part. A little pricey for some of the single sushi items.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Black Magic roll was amazing!

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k
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful waiter and the foos was great and just it was wonderful

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g
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

O-KU is a beautiful restaurant with a great atmosphere but I cant say that we found anything abut the food to be exceptional for the price. As far as sushi goes it is a very unique menu but also a very expensive sushi experience! The Specialty cocktail were delicious, pricey and quite small. The restaurant did acknowledge the birthday we were celebrating with a complementary dessert which was a nice surprise. It was a lovely place to celebrate a special occasion.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Black Magic roll and the Katana roll were soooo good. A little more on the expensive side (and no BOGO), but one of the better sushi places in Raleigh.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The only reason I didn't give you a 5 is due to the difference in your menu from the O-Ku in my hometown of Charlotte. You didn't have our favorite dessert nor did you have the Duck Buns or Spoon that Charlotte serves. Otherwise the Food was excellent as always. This is my second visit and Charlotte still stands as the BEST. Although our server was very nice, Jacob had left such an impression on our first visit that she couldn't fill his shoes. Sorry that I can't even remember her name, again another area Charlotte has you beat. All their servers are top notch. After getting the same service from Jacob on our first visit, it was a bit of a let down to get service that wasn't on par with Jacob's. Jacob did come over near the end of our meal and we were even more impressed that he remembered who we were considering we haven't been here in over a month. On our next visit I am definitely going to request him as our server!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always!

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OV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been there twice and I absolutely love it. Can’t wait to go again.

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Hot Sake on tap was good.
Tuna Tartar appetizer was excellent!
The Sashimi was some of the best we have had in Raleigh. It far outshined the one roll we ordered.

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LR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our first time here! The happy hour is an amazing deal, and everything we ate was delicious. Would recommend the o-ku and katana rolls, rock shrimp, and seaweed salad. Will definitely be back.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dina was amazing!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. A little pricey for serving sizes, but will definitely go back.

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Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Overall O-Ku was average. What will have me coming back is the downtown location and ambiance. The decor is chic and it has a very good vibe.

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DB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to o-ku for a birthday dinner with friends. The service was amazing and the food was even better. Will definitely be going back ASAP!!

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I wanted to thank you for all of your assistance. We had a wonderful time, and the food was excellent. Our Server Deena was able to take our Pre-Order of Sushi from me when we were seated. Her service was flawless.

Our experience exceed our expectations, we will be back soon.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was so delicious! The only thing was that the portion sizes were small enough that you need to order a bunch of things, and then the price really adds up. For two people, we had three starters, the half lobster entree, and two sushi rolls to finally feel satisfied but not stuffed. I definitely recommend going for the sushi rolls over the cooked entrees, because while both were very good, the sushi rolls were just incredible and more filling. Black Widow roll is maybe the best sushi roll I’ve ever had. Also the service was great - our waiter was so friendly, helpful with the menu, and had great timing.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to O-Ku for dinner for a bachelorette party. It was such a great part of our night! The food was amazing. The waiter was very considerate. They gave our group complimentary champagne. Everyone left talking about what a great experience it was!

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AB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is always really beautiful and delicious.

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

Service was terrific. Cassidy did an outstanding job as our server. My black cod was amazing. I’ve never had fish melt in my mouth like that! The O-Ku shrimp was an excellent appetizer. My wife’s umi udan was very tasty. My son’s live scallops were very tasty. My grandson really enjoyed his teriyaki chicken. The sushi roll, on the other hand, had too much lemon and my son could not finish it. The desserts were all a great finish. It was a lively place and a lot of fun.

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Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service! Hey brought us a complimentary champagne toast (we we're celebrating a birthday). The staff was attentive and great.
Food was good and the atmosphere was lively.

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M
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice dinner. Chose omakase with pairings and it did not disappoint. Restaurant full, so a little loud.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always it’s amazing.

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RV
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service with josh was great! Manager also came by and asked us how we were doing. Perfect for friends or date night

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LC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend this restaurant. Everything was delicious from the appetizers all the way to dessert. Their cocktails were amazing! I will be back!

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PB
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food at this cool fusion restaurant.

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KW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great late valentines dinner!

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K
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails, wine and sushi! A fun date night spot or prefect for girls' night out.

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ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It's too loud. It was hard to hear any of my friends during dinner. The rest was great!

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F
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service were fabulous! My only complaint is that the waitress very suddenly and without asking started to clear everything from the table. My boyfriend still had food in his mouth and ended up having to just lay the edamame shell on the placemat because they took the discard bowl. I understand wanting to turn the table, but we hadn’t even been there an hour.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved it! Wasn't expecting the complimentary dessert. The food is so good! We tried several different things. We can't wait to try more!

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SM
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love this place and tried severlaldifferent items off the menu than our norm and was more hit and miss this time. the Wagyu option just didnt work for us...

Alway recommend despite being the most expensive Sushi in town but will resprt back to our favorites next time - Salmon or yellowfish tartare, dragon rolls and kimchi

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J
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere, vibe, awesome drinks, food was amazing and staff were amazing.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal and service I have had in a while. Super impressed!

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