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OKU, Santa Barbara, CA

OKU

4.7
4.7
924 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
Tina Takaya, proprietor, welcomes you to our newest two story restaurant on the water. We feel the key to success is our passion for creating the highest quality food and warm friendly service.

We hope you will enjoy your experience as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.
"We want Locals to feel like Family and Visitors to feel like Locals"

Our menu draws from Asian favorites that inspire and excite such as Wagyu Steak, Japanese Sushi, Chinese Dumplings, Garlic Noodles and fresh local seafood.

We are located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Waterfront and Funk Zone Districts. Come enjoy lunch or dinner, soak in the sun by day at our waterfront rooftop bar while sipping on a refreshing cocktail surrounded by our beautiful ocean vista and by night, enjoy lounging by the fireplace after a delicious meal and a great glass of wine.

Our chef uses the freshest ingredients from central coast farmers and local fisherman to create dishes with the best of what California has to offer.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Contemporary Asian, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:30 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 690-1650

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Koji Nomura

  • Catering

    Available when Coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

  • Private party facilities

    Please email aubreyb@okurestaurant.com for more information

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Cross street

    Cabrillo Blvd and Helena Street

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet service available Friday thru Sunday in the back parking lot, enter from Anacapa Street

  • Public transit

    Complimentary Valet service available in the back parking lot, enter from Anacapa St.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 924 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

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  • California Central Coast

    Most Booked

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Overall

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Food

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Service

  • Santa Barbara

    Outdoor Dining

  • Santa Barbara

    Scenic View

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

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  1. EC

    EricC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great view - sushi was OK - service was amazing - view was ammmazing - food was OK -
  2. SZ

    ShuZu

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambience! We come regularly every weekend for our paradise experience!!!
  3. P

    Patricia

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    AMAZING sushi! Cauliflower and brussel sprouts were really awesome! Amanda (our waitress) crushed it. Incredible service. Will definitely go back next time I’m in town. Only thing was I booked 2 weeks in advance for a table on the balcony and they didn’t give it to us? So weird. Also they said there was a “smart casual” dress code and there was an EXTREMELY inappropriate (for literally any dress code) -ly dressed woman next to us! I hate that I tried to dress up to meet the dress code but could have shown up basically naked and still have been seated Otherwise, 5 stars
  4. SB

    SBFood

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The fish was on the watery side (not fresh), but the ambiance, music, and view were great. They swapped Santa Barbara Uni for the Japanese Uni we ordered without letting us know, but admitted they had done so when we asked. Would have preferred a heads up before they made the swap.
  5. f

    fredk

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always best to be upstairs and outside looking at the beautiful view
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing great food
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love coming to Oku. I appreciate the excellent service and the fresh foods and the creative and tasty menu, I am never disappointed!
  8. BT

    BTSouthBay

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great spot to people watch. The rooftop is quieter than the street level. Beautiful ocean views. Noisy because of street traffic going by. The service was great. The food is good no complaints but definitely a fusion style place rather than traditional Japanese sushi which I was expecting. Definitely would be a nice date night place or visit for the sunset views in the evening.
  9. AT

    AustinT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food presentation. We had cauliflower, wings, tuna tacos, fried shrimp, and sashimi. The dishes were delicious.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful! Sarah is a great server and is very attentive. Love this place!
  11. a

    annie91108

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening. Great service and delicious food with an ocean view.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good sushi (nigiri and rolls), gyoza, and blistered shishitos. There are many other things on the menu, but we didn’t try them. The shishitos were tossed in chili oil, which made them spicier than I prefer, but they were still tasty. All of the fish tasted extremely fresh except for the uni (it’s from Santa Barbara, so I expected it to taste fresher than it did). But the ambiance on the lovely upstairs patio overlooking Cabrillo Blvd was outstanding, and the service was excellent. Overall, Oku is pricey, but worth it for a special outing.
  13. h

    helende

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Oku is fantastic in every aspect!!! We absolutely Love this restaurant and everything about it!!!
  14. SB

    SBLatte

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place hits 5 stars on all levels: food, service, vibe, decor and view!!
  15. o

    oliviam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sushi is great, service is outstanding! layla was wonderful
  16. TC

    TaraC

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing view and food.
  17. MB

    MattB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Service was average. Food was overpriced and presentation was not overly inspiring. Taste was okay but not what we had hoped. We were placed in a back area room by ourselves while other seats were available at the patio or main area. The music was very loud and we felt like an afterthought for the restaurant. We eat sushi and Japanese food regularly and likely would not return.
  18. m

    mw3st

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, impeccable service, overall my best dining experience in Santa Barbara. And did I say the uni was spectacular.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Very low food quality. Tourist trap. Our sushi was extra fishy, we had the snow crab. The dynamite fried shrimp seem to have come from the freezer. The mixed drinks were made with very low quality alcohol like Bacardi and you could taste it. I am not sure if there are any high quality sushi restaurants in SB except at the Montecito Inn.
  20. m

    morrislee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice location. Good service. Food was very well plated but was the standard fair of sweet/spicy sauce over dolled up sushi. This is not fine dining but was a fine time.Good for date or birthday but maybe not for the foodie.
  21. F

    Foodname22

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had one of the best rolls we’ve tasted- Crazy Rich Aisans. Outdoor seating was perfect and felt the price point was good.
  22. RB

    RandallB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Oku was superb. We probably had 10 various dishes between the 4 of us, and each was so good that no one could determine their favorite item. The service was exceptional- food came quickly, servers always around to help with great attitudes and extremely polite. The level of training they get must be extensive, because it really was unmatched service. We sat on the rooftop area in the evening, and they had heaters, blankets, and we left just feeling doted upon. Combine that with the amazing food, and we are locals that cannot wait to go back!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best as always
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service. Real restaurant etiquette. Excellent drinks with surprise fun cups. Amazing sushi!! Best sushi spot in SB and I’ve been to all.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate our anniversary and got a spot with a great view of the water (as I had requested). The food was great & service was prompt & courteous. We didn’t feel rushed and had a nice meal. The chicken wings were really tasty, the short ribs were spot on, & the sushi was fresh & delicious. You’ve got to try the black cod; it was amazing & a perfect compliment to the short ribs. With drinks in hand plus a great view, we had a great time!
  26. HT

    HeatherT

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was lovely. The food is very good. The staff is friendly and accommodating. Beautiful view too.
  27. m

    mw3st

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Uni uni uni - so delicious
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and hard working servers and hostess
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was friendly, attentive, and looked like she wanted to be there. Food is really yummy and view on upstairs balcony is breathtaking.
  30. FW

    FoodWanderer

    Los Angeles

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    i loved the sushi, fresh , fresh and with an Ocean view
  31. G

    Gram

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view and experience eating rooftop and front row overlooking the pier and the bay
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. Fantastic host
  33. AH

    AlohafromHawaii

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We would eat here again. The service was great and the food was creative!
  34. m

    myfoodlah

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service was excellent making our celebration for our son 16th birthday and our daughter graduated from UCSB. This is a place to be for all celebration.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food was good, not amazing for prices you’re paying though. Our waitress barely checked in with us, forgot a drink order, and entrees came out completely separately leaving one guest waiting to eat and eventually eating by themselves. Not the greatest experience for a grad dinner…
  36. Y

    Yumyum

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Oku is a pleasure — the location, the ambience, the service, the cocktails and the FOOD. Especially love the Japanese scallop sushi and the Korean cauliflower.
  37. DD

    DianrD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    College graduation
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is phenomenal and the service was superb. The salmon carpaccio with truffle oil.. add Serrano chiles and think slices of lemon .. was one the best I’ve had. Great quality in fish. And the drinks are very tasty.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite sushi place! We go once a week!
  40. M

    Meryl

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great views. Our second time back and we purposely planned our SB around being able to come here for dinner.

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
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

OKU offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 690-1650.

OKU is rated 4.7 stars by 924 OpenTable diners.

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 54 times today
Google Map for OKU

29 E Cabrillo Blvd Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cabrillo Blvd and Helena Street

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:30 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Contemporary Asian, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet service available Friday thru Sunday in the back parking lot, enter from Anacapa Street

  • Public transit

    Complimentary Valet service available in the back parking lot, enter from Anacapa St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Koji Nomura

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 690-1650

  • Catering

    Available when Coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

  • Private party facilities

    Please email aubreyb@okurestaurant.com for more information

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