O-Ku - Raleigh

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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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C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I’ve been here before with a big group and had excellent service. However, this visit with just my husband was subpar. Service was excruciatingly slow. It was clear they were short staffed as manager was helping serve tables with both food and drinks from bar. No apology was ever offered for delay. Food was good, but honestly was better the first visit- certain hot items were a little cold and vice versa. Would give it a try again based on first experience being so good, but hope they fix these issues- especially for 7pm reservation on a Saturday.

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

Food as always as good. The chefs are consistent with quality.

MG
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent server. Enjoyed the food — especially doughnuts for dessert!

R
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Good for a larger group business dinner during the week

LM
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're so happy to have O-Ku as one of our neighborhood restaurants. The half-price sushi is a great deal, and the service is always attentive and professional.

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded 5 days ago

LeilaM - we love being a part of the Warehouse District and are so glad you enjoy our Sushi Happy Hour! Come see us one Sunday for 1/2 off Wine & Sake Bottles too!

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t
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi we have had in Raleigh. Creative and delicious! Our server, Sue, did a terrific job. It was our first time and she was helpful with suggestions and answering questions. She was attentive without being intrusive. Cannot wait to go back.

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on October 3, 2019

Tonyd - thank you for your kind words - we love Su as much as you! We hope to see you again soon for some more delicious sushi!

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AS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and very knowledgable about the menu. Delicious and fresh food.

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on October 3, 2019

Amanda - so glad you enjoyed!! We hope to see you again for some sushi happy hour or drink specials!

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C
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our daughter’s favorite restaurant so we went for her 27th bday.
She doesn’t drink so she tried two of the non-alcoholic cocktails and loved them!
We all tried different things and loved it everything. You really can’t go wrong at Oku.
Desserts were lovely too.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was incredible!! Food was impeccable, service was great, and the drinks were delicious! We will definitely be back again soon!

M
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was ok, we were disappointed with the quality of the food as we were expecting it to be comparable to the look and feel of the restaurant. But the ambiance and atmosphere was excellent. Our waitress was kind and even brought the birthday girl a nice dessert.

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on October 3, 2019

Moria, Thank you for your honest feedback. We are sad to hear the quality of food wasn't of the highest standard. We hope that you'll give us another try to see how really wonderful our fish & various dishes can be. If there is anything in particular that stood out and you want to share, please reach out to our GM Robert at okuraleigh@theindigoroad The O-Crew

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JA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is fantastic. Wonderful selection of drinks and sushi. Great service and atmosphere. Best of Raleigh.

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on October 3, 2019

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us!! Stay tuned for new fall cocktails coming soon!

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V
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and unique, service was fantastic.

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

This restaurant out did itself. I had heard amazing things but it was better than we even expected. We had gone for my boyfriends birthday and they offered us complimentary edamame and sample cocktails which were amazing. We would 100% go back and have already recommended this to friends.

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on September 23, 2019

We're so glad to have exceeded your expectations! And thank you for sharing your experience with friends - we hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Good service and nice setting. Sushi was average but way overpriced.

MM
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and friendly service. Best sushi in Raleigh.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience every time I’ve been! Service is second to none in the city and food quality/presentation is amazing!

A
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Server was nice but seemed nervous. Did not get a lot of explanation regarding the menu and felt a little ignored during dinner despite service seeming slow. Really enjoyed the food and will be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been going whenever

T
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sushi Bar outside NYC, excellent, quality, friendly, and fresh!

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on September 11, 2019

So glad you enjoyed everything! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday there and could not have been more pleased with the meal, service, quality of food. Truly a wonderful experience. It was a tad loud, wish there had been some sound absorption.

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you for thinking of us to celebrate your special occasion! We love to show off with our wonderful menu! Next time you visit us, feel free to request a "quieter table." We do have some a few that you will notice a big difference in where you sat last time!

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e
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was really slow, which our server did apologize for several times. Took forever for drinks and even edamame to arrive. The worst part was our server offered us an appetizer on the house (after we finished our meal). The Wagyu Beef Fritters. As soon as we took a bite, we noticed they were still cold in the middle - like still frozen. We told our server and her offer was to bring more out, which we politely declined because we were full. So, in the end we got nothing “comped” for having to wait so long for everything. After all of that, it felt overpriced and left a lot to be desired. We probably won’t go back.

OT
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Dinner! Everyone was so nice and celebratory!

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on September 9, 2019

So glad you enjoyed celebrating with us! Come see us again soon.

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M
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary. We have gone to Oku a few times and each time we have a great experience thanks in large part to the friendly staff, cool atmosphere and delicious sushi rolls.

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on September 9, 2019

Matt - so glad you have enjoyed your visits to O-Ku! Thanks for picking us to celebrate your anniversary! See you soon.

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RS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful meal and social time we had. The food was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. The service was perfect and the place is relaxing and well appointed.

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on September 4, 2019

Roselle, we're so glad you enjoyed your experience with us!

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TW
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is my second time. I’d say they’re top three in town for sushi.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were exceptional

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We made reservations for 5:45 on a Saturday evening; the restaurant was fairly empty when we first arrived but filled up by 6:30. We had two glasses of wine, the Wagyu beef fritters as an appetizer, a variety of sashimi and chicken teriyaki to share as our entree, and the Okinawan doughnut holes with salted caramel to share for dessert for just over $110 including tip. Everything was delicious! Decor is gorgeous and waitstaff was courteous and fairly prompt, but plan on 1.5 hours minimum for dinner.

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on August 26, 2019

We are so glad you enjoyed your night with us! We do sushi happy hour M, W, F from 5-7 and half price wine & sake bottles every Sunday so come visit us again to try even more of the menu!

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AG
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always fantastic, and the food is even better. Not your typical Japanese menu, which is a nice change.

s
Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Return (second) visit to O-Ku Raleigh. After a Restaurant Week visit on 08/13/2019, after which I left greatly impressed with the establishment, I made it a point to go back within several weeks, in order to try a more comprehensive sampling of the restaurant’s offerings. 08/13 was a Friday, and the restaurant was certainly busy, but not nearly as busy as it had been during Restaurant Week. The bartender John, with whom I had made acquaintance during my first visit, corroborated this as well. I had a chance to briefly converse with the General Manager Robert once again, though our conversation was much shorter than during my prior visit. Decided to try the Omakase (chef’s tasting menu), which did not disappoint. I was again seated at the counter, where I was able to watch all of my food being prepared. Six courses, including multiple appetizers and entrees, gradually made their way to my counter space over the course of the next 90 minutes or so. As there is little point to going into excruciating detail regarding the flavor profiles of each item, I’ll simply summarize by stating that every item was absolutely wonderful. The chef (whom I believe was the executive chef, Richard Fong) took time away from the prep station to ensure that each item was to my liking. Standout items included a cooked fish (possibly Hamachi Kama?), Uni Udon and desert [chocolate molten cake, green tea ice cream, Sata Andagi (Okinawan-style donut holes with ginger sugar and miso caramel)]. The overall quantity of food was substantial. Again, a top-notch restaurant experience. I’m certain I’ll be returning in the future.

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on August 26, 2019

We are so glad you came back to see us again! Chef Richard takes such pride in his work and loves to share his favorite dishes through the Omakase menu! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on to Oku on a double date. We had excellent service and a delightful culinary experience! Great wine selection; we all enjoyed Brown, a California Cabernet. We chose to share a variety of dishes. The Hanger steak was the group favorite, so much that we ordered a second serving. We will definitely go back!

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you for picking us for date night! So glad we were able to deliver 5 star food & service! Don't wait too long before you come visit again!

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OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food is awesome.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi I have found in Raleigh!

SG
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Flashy place with mediocre food. Nice open room with high ceilings, beautiful wood tables and small sidewalk patio. But so loud we had to shout at each other for our 7pm dinner. The menu is glued onto a wood plank. Why? I get it, "O-ku," but why? They were impossible to read in the dim lighting; we broke out our phones' flashlights. Waitress came by to fill our dipping bowls with soy sauce.
And I mean FILLED, like 1/4 cup. What on earth? It was like having a cereal bowl of ketchup for a pack of fries. It's a condiment, not a side dish. Edamame was way too salty. We got a scoop of wasabi and nice non-pink-dyed pickled ginger for each side of our table of 4. Sushi-sashimi combo took almost an hour and was not, as promised, enough for 4 people. We joked we'd hurry up and finish so we could go have dinner. We were told the maki is half off during happy hour but I doubt we'll be back. Good luck, I hope they work out the kinks.

A
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were disappointed in the food, especially for its cost. We don’t mind spending $ on food but we thought it was just mediocre and the sushi and maki was limited.

K
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Happy hour sushi was an excellent value, as was the service!

MS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Menu is amazing! Very creative sushi and other Asian fares... chef is very imaginative and the food is fresh and has a lot of flavor. Service is a light 'flighty', but super friendly. Good mix of tables, high-tops and bar scenery.

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on August 22, 2019

Mike - we are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us! We apologize for the "flighty" service and will dive into that with our servers so you don't feel like that next time you come!

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NS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here 3 or 4 a week. Great managers, great staff, great food, great bartenders, great ambiance. Favorite place in town

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on August 22, 2019

And great guests! We love that we have become your go-to place in Raleigh! Looking forward to seeing you soon! -The O-Crew

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DW
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

I would recommend it as the food was tasty but it took forever to get there and it wasn't totally full. My main problem with the restaurant is the noise level. It is so loud you can't even talk to people directly across from you. I don't have a hearing problem. I'm surprised they can't do anything to help/muffle the noise. It's a beautiful setting. Too bad.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!! phenomenal food, attentive service, a wonderful experience :)

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you so much! We hope you'll be back soon for another great experience! Don't forget about half off bottles of Wine & Sake on Sundays and half priced sushi M, W F!!

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and amazing service!!!! I am so happy that Raleigh is opening up more of these kinds of restaurants. I can’t wait to go back!!!!

O-Ku - Raleigh
Responded on August 19, 2019

We are so glad you found us! Don't wait too long to come see us again!!

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