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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
1645 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 39 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 1,645 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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1,645 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AMAZING! My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary and we were both so happy about how amazing the food and service were. We had our own secluded booth, and there was a card signed by the staff with goodies based on what we like to do together waiting at the table for us, no extra charge. We also got a free anniversary dessert! On top of all of that, our food was GREAT! We had absolutely no leftovers. Cannot say enough good things about this place and their staff, we will definitely be coming back.

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  2. TheBananaMoon

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service at O-Ku was exceptional. As someone who appreciates a local touch, I was delighted by the authentic atmosphere. Our server was not only friendly but also well-informed about the menu. He provided genuine insights about the dishes, aiding us in making the most enjoyable choices. The attentive and thoughtful service made the dining experience even more enjoyable. Moreover, the food itself was delicious and made with fresh ingredients.

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  3. pegw

    Greater Boston

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dine at O-Ku all the time and love the food The staff is wonderful and takes great care of us. For my husband's birthday I asked him if he wanted to go someplace really special for dinner and he said "Yes, I want to go to O-Ku!" It's a special place for both of us

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  4. Martin

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've become so used to Japanese restaurant menus that I can nearly order without looking, but O-Ku is truly something special. It's less a traditional sushi bar and more an upscale tapas place with a Japanese theme, and I definitely mean that in a complimentary way. I particularly enjoyed the shishito (seasoned, grilled sweet green peppers), something I've somehow never tried before. Highly recommended.

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  5. JumanaA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I really enjoyed our experience during our date night! Beautiful, elegant atmosphere, delicious food, and very friendly service. The prices are fair and the drinks were also very good! We will definitely be coming back soon!

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  6. RRSV

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing time at O-Ku for my boyfriend’s birthday! We reserved ahead and were greeted by some special gifts to celebrate. The staff and O-Ku really went above and beyond to make it a special night and the food was absolutely delicious.

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  7. PAULB

    Raleigh

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent. Bar game was ok. Could be better. We will be back!

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  8. Sonnetlover

    Western NC

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had basic sushi entrees which we all shared. Also, the cocktails were great as well.

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  9. AngelaS

    Denver

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were traveling from out of state and were in search of the best sushi restaurant in town and definitely found it. The sushi was amazing! Beautiful restaurant, excellent service and one of the best sushi dinners we have had. We will definitely return when in town!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have never ever had a bad meal here. Every single aspect is always perfect.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hit all of the marks. Excellent food, great server, who was very knowledgeable about the cuisine, atmosphere was classy, and every course was yummy and paired well with beverages.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great and the atmosphere was amazing
    O-Ku - RaleighResponded 6 days ago
    Thank you for the review! Happy to hear you had a great experience!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend and I had an amazing time for my birthday. Service was excellent and the food was amazing. Will definitely be back!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed my experience. My server was very kind and her service was impeccable. I did notice the manager was stopping by tables and greeting people but made it a point to not speak to me and my guest. Not sure what that was about but it was obvious. Not sure I will go again.
    O-Ku - RaleighResponded 6 days ago
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Apologies if you felt we purposely avoided talking to you and your guest. We try to connect with as many guests as we can every night. We unfortunately missed the opportunity this time but would like to have you in again so we can meet you. Next time you're in please ask to speak to the manager and we will gladly come by and get to know you!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Clint was absolutely amazing & was so accommodating, he was honest about everything when we asked about the food & his suggestions were outstanding.
    O-Ku - RaleighResponded 6 days ago
    Clint is amazing! Thank you for the review. We look forward to having you in again!

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  16. ErikaG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They were so amazing!!! The staff was EXCEPTIONAL! We told them it was our wedding anniversary and they gave us a signed card! The food was absolutely delicious!! And so filling!
    O-Ku - RaleighResponded 6 days ago
    Thank you so much for the 5 star review! We look forward to serving you again and again Happy Anniversary!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! Always a great vibe. Space isn’t too small nor is it too large. Always a good idea.
    O-Ku - RaleighResponded 6 days ago
    Thank you for taking the time to share a review!

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  18. EdiRed

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful meal, sushi was so good. Our waitress was friendly and so accommodating to my daughter’s gluten free needs, she made our meal so pleasurable. Highly recommend.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, high quality fish, delicious flavors and wonderful service.

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  20. Patrick

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down amazing. Great food, service, and a custom surprise birthday card that intersected Jeff Goldblum and birds!
    O-Ku - RaleighResponded 6 days ago
    Patrick, thank you for choosing us to spend the special day. We were honored to have you and look forward to seeing you again!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Austin was so wonderful and knowledgeable. We went for our anniversary and got to take advantage of the happy hour menu - highly recommend the shrimp and the dumpling appetizers. The scallops were fantastic and and the Gyuniku were so good. Highly recommend both!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, ambience, service and vibe. Wonderful experience.

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  23. Claudia

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I had a wonderful dinner! The food is amazing and the cocktails were fabulous and delicious!! I would have to say the best part was our server! Nicole was super friendly, very knowledgeable, and provided the best service ❤️ We can’t wait to go again!!
    O-Ku - RaleighResponded 6 days ago
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We look forward to seeing you again!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service at the high-top with Sarah. Thanks again for a great meal and experience as always!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, ambience was even better! Definitely coming here again!
    O-Ku - RaleighResponded 6 days ago
    Thank you for the review. It means a lot to our team!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For my first time dining here, it was amazing. Our server Nicole took really good care of us, and made our experience worth it. Thank you

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  27. AllenA

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    O-KU Raleigh impresses with its exquisite Japanese cuisine. The USUZUKURI, featuring thinly sliced salmon with black volcanic salt, pickled wasabi, and truffle ponzu, is a flavor masterpiece. The MORIAWASE, an eight-piece nigiri selection, showcases the chef's finesse with fresh, perfectly prepared fish. Combined with great ambiance and service, O-KU offers a premier sushi dining experience. Highly recommended for sushi enthusiasts in Raleigh.

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  28. JoshW

    Atlanta Metro

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was absolutely wonderful! Creative sushi options and everything we had was delicious.

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  29. elle

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This was my 3rd time at O-ku in Raleigh. Perhaps my impression was less positive than previously because I dined alone, and sat at the counter, instead of with a group or companion. I was able to notice more without conversational distractions. My server was also the bartender, and so took care of waiting on bar, counter, and high top diners/drinkers. There were often long intervals between interactions. I ordered 2 items from the happy hour menu - both were fantastic - the shrimp and a raw salmon dish (started with a u, can’t recall the name). Both came out quickly. I then ordered the yellowtail carpaccio, and it took about 15 minutes to be served - could not imagine what took so long? Wasn’t very busy, it was a Tuesday evening. I asked whether the salmon was farmed or wild, and she had to go back to the kitchen to ask. It’s farmed (gross!!). That turned me off pretty badly. I’ve seen images of farmed salmon and it’s cruel snd disgusting. I then ordered the pavlova and it was just mediocre. The 5-spice pear on top had a one-dimensional flavor profile, and the crispies (nuts?) were stale in texture. The merengue was kind of hard, but tasty, and the crème in the middle softened and was delicious. I shared all of this with the server and it was not on the bill - kudos to her! In any case, I’ll not be returning again soon. Disappointing.

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  30. AshleyTart

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always. Girls night out for 3 of us. We ordered 2 appetizers, 4 sushi rolls and every dessert on the menu! lol. Our server, Gerry, was absolutely incredible.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated our anniversary and it was amazing. Food was incredible. We got two signed cards from the staff + a gift + a dessert and app. The server Emily was very attentive and made it a very personalized experience. This was out 11th wedding anniversary and BY FAR the best anniversary dinner we have ever had. My husband said “I thought I liked sushi but this is a whole different level”.

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  32. Obxfan

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Grateful to our wait staff, kitchen and front of house of O-Ku Raleigh for going above and beyond to adapt to our guests' dietary restrictions and delivering a delicious meal. They took extra special care of us...so incredible. We were also touched that our birthday girl was showered with a totally unexpected and memorable dining experience with personal touches that blew us away. We can't wait to return.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An incredible evening made special from our server Emily and manager Paul. The atmosphere and food at O-Ku cannot be found anywhere else. Thank you all for taking care of me and my family!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friend in town

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  35. TheBananaMoon

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love getting an opportunity to eat O-Ku during their happy hour. Our server was Jeremy. He was absolutely amazing and made me feel like we're in a local restaurant with the cucumber, lime and lemon offering for the water. The sushi was really good and the ambience is always so nice. Overall loved it.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best sushi dining experiences I’ve ever had! Truly cannot recommend this place enough! From the service to the environment to the food, absolutely spectacular!

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  37. GraceR

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the the ambiance, and our waitress was accommodating and gave great recommendations! The sushi and drinks were great, but the salmon entree was undercooked.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Highly recommend. Very unique flavors in their signature maki rolls.

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  39. PhilL

    Raleigh

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As expected service and food excellent, especially the rock shrimp and hanger steak. Definitely recommend!

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  40. LechelleW

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best Japanese/Asian restaurants in the area. The food is amazing, the decor is beautiful and the service is top notch.

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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 1645 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

7:00 PM


Booked 39 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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