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O-Ku - Raleigh, Raleigh, NC
O-Ku - Raleigh, Raleigh, NC
O-Ku - Raleigh, Raleigh, NC
O-Ku - Raleigh, Raleigh, NC
O-Ku - Raleigh, Raleigh, NC

O-Ku - Raleigh

4.8
4.8
1593 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
O-Ku's menu provides a fresh and innovative take on traditional Japanese sushi and cuisine. Located in the Warehouse District of downtown Raleigh, the restaurant offers rare and unique dining options with traditional sashimi and specialty rolls, highlighting seafood from the finest fish markets in Tokyo and Hawaii alongside local and seasonal ingredients. Reminiscent of traditional Japanese culture, O-Ku's menu is comprised of signature starters, contemporary Japanese entrees and seasonal traditional sushi that reflect the uniquely designed space. The beverage program is built around quality ingredients that celebrate Japanese culture.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 46 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 792-3777
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    We look forward to planning and customizing off-site events and catering for you.
  • Private party facilities
    Private dining is available. Please contact the restaurant for full details and availability.
  • Private party contact
    Cathleen Barrett: (919) 792-3777
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Cross street
    West Hargett Street + South West Street
  • Parking details
    The best parking option would be the Dillion Parking Deck. The parking deck entrances are location either on West Street or Harrington. Also, there are public lots around the vicinity of Oku.
  • Public transit
    Train: Raleigh Union Station (500 Ft South of O-Ku)<br />Bus: West Street at Hargett Street - R13 (Located Immediately Adjacent to O-Ku)
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,593 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Hot spot

  • Raleigh

    Best Ambiance

  • Raleigh

    Hot spot

1,593 Reviews
  1. JeffJ

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service, but the music vibe and volume was a nightclub. We couldn't hear each other most of the evening.

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  2. WendyS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always such great food and wonderful service. Oku seems to be so generous with portions and with a few extras. Not sure how they do it but we are always so pleased. We typically go for celebrations but also for just a nice night out. Thank you Oku!!!

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  3. Sandrita

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Clint, our server, made our dining experience a wonderful one.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The Food was great, server was great, being seated outside was the only caveat. It was 34 degrees in a breezway with heaters. Id go back but just not outside unless its the spring.

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  5. RebeccaH

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I cannot say enough great our night was! Our server Nicole made us feel so comfortable to ask questions and made wonderful suggestions on food and drinks. We ate every bit of food and had several cocktails. Will 100% be back soon.

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  6. KevinP

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great sushi and nice ambiance. The angry salmon roll is excellent.

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  7. Traveler

    Greensboro

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, professional and knowledgeable waitstaff. Menu not overwhelming; generous green salad, and everyone loved their maki!

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  8. Paula

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food, service and location is outstanding. The ambience is nice, great for date night, celebration. The only thing is that the noise level is high, restaurant is often full. Price is higher than average but suits the food and location. I will definitely come back.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Best sushi I’ve ever had! The Sashimi Blue fin melted in your mouth… even the wasabi could be eaten by itself. Everything was so fresh. The seaweed salad was also best I ever had. Music was loud and gave off more of a club vibe, which was fine. I think I was just expecting the traditional Japanese music playing. We will be back for sure!! We have now been to 2 restaurants by Indigo. Coletta at Fenton…blew my mind. Next up the Oak steakhouse—I don’t think we will be disappointed

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  10. ChandlerP

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent! Will for sure be back

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our valentines dinner was exceptional from the service to the food! The only thing that was a bit bothersome was that our reservation was for 7:15 and we didn’t get seated until 7:40. I know it was a busy evening so we chose to let that go because the other parts of the evening were great.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nicole made our night so special, thank you! Everything we ate was delicious but the scallops were my favorite.

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  13. RaymonT

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Food was good. Lighting was good. Drinks were good.

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  14. Phoebe

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an absolutely INCREDIBLE Valentine’s Day dinner at O-Ku. The restaurant went above and beyond to create a special experience for each guest. Service was outstanding & we delighted in a delicious meal. We will definitely be back for future date nights!

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  15. Pipe

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and fantastic service! What more can you ask for.

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  16. Diego

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was second to none, our waitress made the evening very special. The shrimp appetizer was phenomenal and the Kurama roll was really great. We also did the chefs choice of nigiri, and it was okay, a little underwhelming. That said, great experience overall, would definitely return.

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  17. SandraH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I had gone to O-Ku previously and had such a wonderful dining experience and took out of town company to share it. Our service was horrible. The server was extremely slow. We had finished each plate and still time passed before she dropped back by to ask for additional order. Since these are small plates, they should be replenished often. The restaurant wasn't busy in my opinion. Thanks for allowing the comments!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nicole was a great server! She went over the menu very well and the food was delicious. Great experience

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  19. ElistaP

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had to wait over 25 minutes for our table even with our reservation. But the server made up for the experience, and I received a birthday card that everyone had signed and wrote little notes. Overall despite the wait I would return again.

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  20. GlennW

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, service was spot on, food was amazing. Expensive but worth it

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  21. FrankR

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drink. Loved the atmosphere. Wait staff was friendly, helpful and attentive

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  22. BarryP

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would have been perfect… but I had a 5:00 reservation and I was appropriately a few minutes early…. They made me stand outside in the cold until 5:00. DON’T GO BEFORE 5:00! 😊

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and quality sushi. Was not thrilled by our seating. The restaurant was not very busy and we were placed at a very small table against a pillar. The noise level was relatively loud for as few other parties were there. Biggest complaint was the $9 for a bottled beer. Why don’t they have Sapporo or Kirin on draft?

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  24. TKWH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such great service from Eric. He was aware of all our allergies. And he made the evening very special for my daughter. We were celebrating her 20th birthday!

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  25. Meredith

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was very slow. We waited 20 mins (and we had our reservation). The food took forever to come out. The waitress brought the wrong wine (white) and we ordered (red). She tried to argue about it with me, and then went back to the bar and realized she was wrong (as we knew she was).
    O-Ku - RaleighResponded on February 4, 2024
    Hello Meredith, thank you for taking time to leave a review about your experience. I apologize we fell short of the the 5 star experience you deserve. As we tried to explain, sometimes guests stay a little longer than we anticipate and it unfortunately causes some small delays getting other guests seated at their scheduled reservation time. To acknowledge the situation, and show a form of contrition, we sent out a few complimentary small plates. The issue with the wine is inexcusable, we take great pride in our hospitality and this will most certainly be used as a coaching opportunity. If you are willing, please email us at okuraleigh@theindigoroadcom as I would like to personally invite you back to give us another opportunity! Thank you

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  26. Lewis

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible Our server was even better! Definitely will be back soon!

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  27. ahoch

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    BEYOND my expectations! You can see the team-work, the love they put on food and all staff cares about customers. This wasn’t just dinner, it was a whole EXPERIENCE. Special thanks to Kiran, she was wonderful, professional and caring.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Solid sushi, good drinks. Sat outside because the music inside was a touch loud. Great service, will return.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was ok, reservations was waiting for us. Food was delicious. Service was perfect

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  30. PAULB

    Raleigh

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and food. Drinks need some help. Overall still a great spot. We will be back!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time at OKU and amazing sush!

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  32. velroo

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    very friendly service and great ambience! good choice for an evening out.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our sever was amazing. And we LOVED Paul. Top notch service. Will go back. Great atmosphere!

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  34. BlairS

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic service and food. We really enjoyed our evening and will come back

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  35. DemetriaA

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Tonight was my second time eating at Oku. The food was great, even better than the first time I went. After paying the bill, my table noticed our waiter upset about the 20% tip. He didn't even try to make it less noticeable when he showed the other waitresses on shift how dissatisfied he was. The tip was reasonable for the service we received. While not extraordinary, it wasn't the worst service I've ever had but not better than the waitress from our first visit. It's very rude to do something like that in the open when you know customers can see you... That type of behavior from staff makes me not want to go back. Very unfortunate this experience has left a bad taste for a restaurant with wonderful food.

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  36. AllieD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    O-Ku constantly delivers and always goes above and beyond with their service.

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  37. maidsniteout

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific food and service by Zen. We enjoyed the hanger steak and emperor roll. Loved sitting outdoors in January! Will definitely return.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Enjoyed it very much and really great service.

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  39. Modupe

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely outstanding! I can’t wait to go again

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  40. KatieK

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a delicious dinner here, the sushi was amazing. The spicy rock shrimp was SO GOOD! I highly recommend giving this place a try!!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

O-Ku - Raleigh does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. O-Ku - Raleigh also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 792-3777.

O-Ku - Raleigh is rated 4.8 stars by 1593 OpenTable diners.

O-Ku - Raleigh 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

11:30 PM


Booked 46 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for O-Ku - Raleigh

411 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Additional information

  • Cross street
    West Hargett Street + South West Street
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    The best parking option would be the Dillion Parking Deck. The parking deck entrances are location either on West Street or Harrington. Also, there are public lots around the vicinity of Oku.
  • Public transit
    Train: Raleigh Union Station (500 Ft South of O-Ku)Bus: West Street at Hargett Street - R13 (Located Immediately Adjacent to O-Ku)
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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