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O-Ku - Raleigh

4.8
4.8
1300 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

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 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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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. NealG

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was sub oar for the pricing. Waiter just tried to sell most expensive items. Desserts were not even made there in kitchen but store bought and reheated (and tasted like it).
  2. BrittanyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Eileen, was great! Gave a lot of suggestions and was very friendly. We ordered the edamame with truffle oil which was great, shared the Emperor and White Spider Rolls (10/10), and for dessert I had the Yuzu Pavlova and my friend got the donuts. Fantastic! We tried 2 cocktails... the Slay the Dragon and Sugar & Spice. Both were great but the Sugar & Spice was the star of the 2. The restaurant was clean, staff was attentive, food was fantastic. I would definitely eat here again.
  3. lOWERY40

    Seattle

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had A5 wagyu, Japanese Uni and chirashi bowl. Food was great, service was excellent. The restaurant have wood floors and a solid exposed wood ceiling. So it is very loud inside.
  4. SandraM

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing couples night out at O-Ku! Our server Nicole was great at offering guidance on menu items and cocktails! We enjoyed various cocktails / sake, small plates/apps, sushi and dessert! The food is so delicious and seasonings and flavors are so well balanced! We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who love sushi and refreshing cocktails or sake! A must eat here for any foodies!
  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Delicious food, will be back again! Thank you
  6. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great experience celebrating a birthday! They brought out complimentary champagne for the table & dessert. The food was 10/10- fresh, quick & yummy! Our waitress topped the charts making it a 10/10 experience!
  7. BellaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing food, ambiance and good service. recommend to anyone and will be back!
  8. SteveC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and a hip spot. A bit on the louder side if you're wanting more conversation than people watching.
  9. Brem

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service and cool atmosphere. Great date night spot, one of our favorite spots in Raleigh.
  10. MarybethC

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delish! The ambience/interior design is stunning! We are regulars….and WILL be back!!
  11. AshleyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    service was great and the food was amazing!! even got a complimentary dessert for my birthday!!
  12. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit to O-Ku and it continues to amaze me. 10/10 service. Gorgeous decor inside. Definitely have to get the dumplings and rock shrimp for apps, and the black magic and emperor rolls for sushi course. Each dish with great presentation from the culinary team. Staff went above and beyond to make the visit enjoyable and the environment there has such positive vibes because of them. Always a nice touch when the manager Paul stops by to make you feel welcomed. Looking forward to my next visit!
  13. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think they have the best sushi in Raleigh. Cool atmosphere too.
  14. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was excellent. The drinks were way over priced. $25.00 for an old fashioned! If it hadn’t been fir drink prices I would have given it 5 stars.
  15. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing serving staff that were knowledgeable, friendly, educated to the food and beverages. The chef and kitchen staff are amazing. The food is delicious, high quality, unique and classic flavors and dishes. By far the best sushi place in Raleigh. This is our go to when we want good sushi!! Thank you to all the staff there.
  16. SteakLover

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Under staffed for the number of people that were there. Extensive wait times, but the food was great!
  17. PaulN

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was not good, the server does not know what she was doing! We ordered various small plates and some sashimi, including two Ama e-bikes she brought out one Ama ebi and thought the head and ami ebi are two orders!!!!
  18. Kevin

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best sushi in town by far. Service was also attentive and prompt.
  19. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and experience is well worth the price. Excellence service and environment.
  20. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for a date night. The tuna was out of this world amazing. Service was excellent and the atmosphere was perfect for dinner and cocktails. We will come back!
  21. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best sushi in Raleigh by far! I’ve tried about every place in the triangle and O-Ku is the best.
  22. BrianK

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best sushi in Raleigh. The food and service are outstanding. We have dined her about 5 times and have been very impressed each time. Highly recommend.
  23. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nicole was a great server and every bit of sushi we tried was awesome, especially the lobster Temaki.
  24. ASHFairfax

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit. Food was amazing. Plenty of options to choose from and tried a lot. Trendy outdoor seating area. Very good service. Will definitely return to work our way through the menu. Thank you!
  25. Eric

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food great service. Cannot wait to come back.
  26. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Extremely loud inside. Price point is high for the quality you get. I’d recommend M Sushi if you’re want higher quality fish and want a more organized experience.
  27. MaggieM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is incredible! It’s expensive but worth every penny. The food was top notch and the portions were larger than expected. Already dreaming about my next visit.
  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Waited too long for the good, inside very noisy, outside very cold, don’t have heaters. Food was good
  29. QuishaM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    O-Ku’s manager seated us immediately upon arrival of our reservation time. It was our first date so nerves were running wild, but with the amazing service and care we received my date and I were enjoying each other so much!!! Very grateful for the immaculate service, laughs, and exquisite food that O-Ku provided.
  30. WolfyRR

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Poor service. They forgot drinks, appetizers and brought meals out at random for multiple people. So loud you can not hold a conversation. Food was just ok for the price and poor service. I will not go back.
  31. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall experience was excellent. Great service and great food.
  32. GordonJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with the tasting menu, including the wine and sake pairing. What an awesome experience! Highest recommendation!!
  33. TannerF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and definitely going back. Food was amazing, some of the best sushi I’ve had.
  34. Shan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    For a place that costs as much as it does, I would expect the food to be great. However, it was not. Our table of four ordered 3 miso soups, that all came out cold. After several minutes of not being checked out, I had to literally hunt down our server. Next, my sister in law ordered the salmon as her entree, which came out right after the soup and without anyone else’s entree. That was also cold. Again, we weren’t checked on and I had to hunt the server down. By this point, the night was ruined. Best of all, we were only comped the soups…
  35. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I really enjoyed our date night at O-Ku Raleigh. The food, service and ambience was on point. We ordered multiple items off of the menu since O-Ku offers tapas style food selections. We had the Usuzukuri appetizer, West St Wings, the Octopus, BBQ Pork Buns and Pan Seared Salmon. Everything was delicious!
  36. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a really enjoyable night at O-Ku! The rock shrimp was amazing and the sushi options were fun and new. Only complaint was the bao buns. They could have used more sauce! For dessert the Pavlova was AMAZING! So fresh and delicious. Definitely a place I would go back to!
  37. AndyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great service for a special occasion.
  38. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside very nice area, food was amazing and our waiter was awesome.
  39. PAULB

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience! Service was excllent as was the food and cocktails! Congrats on making O-ku one of Raleigh’s best!
  40. Felicia

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our first experience here. The food and service was great. Austin (I hope I’m spelling her name right) was awesome! We can’t wait to come back.

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 1300 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
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–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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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