O-Ku - Raleigh

4.7
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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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JS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, loved the atmosphere. It is probably kind of loud for some, but I find it energizing. Only negative was service was a tad slow, but I attribute that completely to it being a Valentines day reservation. Will definitely return.

AM
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was extremely nice and attentive. She brought us a complimentary salmon dish for our anniversary that was outstanding!

CY
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. Definitely will be returning for more.

AS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and fresh. Excellent, knowledgable and friendly service. Will definitely return!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun time over all

SD
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really love the food here though the time to get food out of the kitchen is increasingly longer. Plan on a 2-3 hour meal and you won’t get frustrated! Excellent ingredients, lovely presentation, energetic vibe—-great for an evening out with friends!

SV
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi was excellent and the service was just right. Just there when you needed. This was my third time there and the food has always been on point.

d
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

food was very good. service was poor. food came out at different times. no one got their food at the same time. very loud in the restaurant.

FW
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really love the food here. I recommend the shrimp appetizer and the vegetarian sushi roll. I was disappointed that they were sold out of miso cod before 7pm, but other than that the experience was great!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and ambiance. Would definitely recommend a thousand times over.

OO
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Ambience, service, and food was excellent. The only negative was seating our party of 5 at a 4 top leaving minimal space on the table. Not a great idea...

B
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Welp. Now I know what the negative reviews were about. We found this place on Tuesday and it was amazing. We went back Sunday and it was pretty awful. After we were sat and given water no one spoke to us for 20 minutes. My fiancé got up and asked the hostess stand who our server was after about 15 of those minutes. We were 42 seconds away from walking out when the waiter finally showed up. I wish we’d left. We ordered food and drinks. Actually the exact same order from Tuesday. My appetizer was 6 dumplings on Tuesday and 5 tonight. Weird but ok. When our ENTREES came out we still hadn’t gotten the drinks we’d ordered maybe 25-30 minutes earlier. Other than to drop the apps, the waiter had not returned in that time and the hostess is the one who went to find out about our drinks. The only reason this is two star instead of one is because the manager comped those. At least someone tried I guess. Our waiter was barely present. We had at least four people help us at different stages because he was never there. This was an 830 Sunday reservation...not exactly prime time or packed so I dunno where he was. They were out of the dessert my fiancé ordered and mine came out incorrectly. Based on Tuesday being so wonderful we’ll probably eventually go back with hope in our hearts but I was ready to come here at least a few times a month and now I’m just left wishing I’d gotten Chinese takeout for a third of the price and watched TV instead. Based on my two experiences within the same week...it’s 50/50

CC
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went during restaurant week and loved everything I had . Great service . Will def go back

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on January 29, 2020

CelestaC - so glad you enjoyed our Restaurant Week menu! Don't forget we have 1/2 of sushi M, W, F from 5-7! Hope to see you again soon!

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AS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. We visited them for restaurant week and were very pleased!

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on January 29, 2020

Amy -so glad you enjoyed your experience! We hope to see you again!

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GB
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Beautiful space, welcoming staff and very happening vibe. Quality and taste of food are outstanding, and it’s beautifully presented. Unique, flavorful sauces really enhance the seafood. It was restaurant week, on a Saturday night, but we waited a very long time between our first and second courses, and the wait staff kinda forgot about us, too. Nevertheless, will definitely go again. Probably the best sushi I have ever had.

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on January 29, 2020

Grady- thank you for your kind words, we are so glad you enjoyed everything! Restaurant Week can be a crazy time for us so we're glad to hear that you'll be back again! Don't forget about our Happy Hour M, W, F from 5-7!

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food and service was good BUT the noise level was way TOO HIGH; holding a conversation at a table of four was just frustrating.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and fabulous service!

FL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner on Friday and it was very busy. The waitress was amazing, however, the kitchen was backed up and slow. We waited a long time for our food. What surprised us was the attention and
customer service of management. We were very appreciative and will come back again and again.

SD
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience2

This is now my favorite Sushi place in North Carolina---hands down the best and most interesting. It's pricey but worth it. Unfortunately my last two visits(one for take out and one for dining) resulted in really long delays to service. My meal there this week took over two hours and we only ordered one appetizer, two rolls, and a dessert. It was also exceptionally loud, which makes sense if everyone is talking instead of eating while they wait for their meals!

LD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Waited over an hour for soup , slices fish , and nigiri. Our server stopped by our table to tell us it would be 2 tickets behind and as a server I understood it was restaurant week. But to not even stop back over after that. Yet when we pay you are so fast to run our cards. Will not be back especially since this was a special dinner since I was visiting from out of state. Also if people have a good experience they tell 3-5 if it’s bad it’s 7-10.....it was a 3 top so there is some perspective. Would not recommend to top it off our friend didn’t like her drink and sat for an hour while we waited on our food to tell some one she didn’t like it. Easily could’ve made this better by just advising us it was a long wait or offering more cocktails / wine. Save your money and taste buds try anywhere else. The ambiance is the only thing worth while.

b
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Long wait for each course, understaffed for restaurant week. Server and management very apologetic and comped drinks.

B
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this restaurant because of triangle restaurant week. What an amazing find! We had a reservation and were seated right away. The food was awesome and the service was even better. We asked our waitress questions about appetizers, cocktails and desserts and she had quick and helpful answers for all of it. She seemed to have tasted everything (this SHOULD be the standard but isn’t always a given). A manager came over during the dessert course to ask how everything was. Not intrusive and genuinely seemed interested in if we enjoyed everything. I left feeling full but not overly stuffed. We eat out (or have takeout) probably 320ish days a year so have quite a bit of experience with Raleigh restaurants. I can’t say enough about this place. I can’t believe I’m just finding it now. We are considering going back later this week and this place will definitely be a “once every couple weeks spot” in the future.

FH
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. I was so full.and the service was awesome. Had great time with my husband. We enjoyed it

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was phenomenal. I tried some new things, it was all delicious, though I dunno if I would have the ōtoro nigiri again. Tasty, but just not what I was expecting for all the hype.

MM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration, restaurant knew this and kitchen made a special appetizer for free. Awesome

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our time at O-Ku. Our waitress was super helpful and the food was amazing! My husband and I loved the vibe, including the music but felt like it was a little too loud for dinner conversation. Overall, we had a great experience and will definitely be back!

SC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are huge fans of O-KU and have been regulars since they opened here in Raleigh in 2018. Went to celebrate my wife's birthday last weekend and couldn't have been more pleased with both food and service. I had requested a booth and a chilled bottle of champagne and both were waiting for us when we arrived. It's a beautiful interior. Great energy. Great service. And the food is out of this world. Highly recommend O-KU, as well as their sister restaurant, OAK Steakhouse, next door. That's where I'm doing my birthday dinner in March! Thanks to all for a great evening!

ZB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, and the complimentary is a nice touch, especially in downtown Raleigh. We will be back.

KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course we had was incredible. We went during happy hour which was a great deal, too.

p
New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are frequent O-Ku diners; they even save our favorite table for us.
It is a delightful, energetic place and we are happy to try almost anything on the menu
It's kinda like NYC was when we lived there 30 years ago

OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding! Best service I’ve ever had. Definitely would recommend this place to everyone!

J
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends birthday. The staff was so nice! Food was equally amazing.

AW
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oku never disappoints! Great food, great staff, great drinks.... customers for life. Thank you for always providing the best atmosphere for our date nights!

M
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both outstanding. Everything we tried was excellent and the food was very fresh. We will definitely be back.

YB
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a last minute reservation and got an incredibly romantic seat. I loved the lighting and the service and the food did not disappoint.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I love coming here for a nice quiet dinner date. Very familiar with the menu and never disappoints.

JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to O-Ku and it was an outstanding experience. We received the best service and individual attention. We cannot wait to return and bring more of our friends to O-Ku.

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on January 7, 2020

John, Thank you for dining with us! we look forward to having you back. Have a great week.

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JC
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New Year’s Eve dinner reservation -the dishes were served all at once. Usually they are spaced out. We felt rushed.

A
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got there right when they opened at 5pm on Friday. They were ready for us. The staff was pleasant and attended to our needs. We were told it was happy hour and we ordered our rolls at half off! What a treat. This was a total steal! The food, service, and ambiance were outstanding. We even split desert and ordered coffee (we had to drive back to Greensboro). Overall great experience, can't wait to go back.

e
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The sushi here is not anything special, the service and the atmosphere are phenomenal, but keep in mind that this is where the majority of your money is going. The sushi is tiny and bland