OKU

4.6
466 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 a Local"

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 466 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Sashimi is best quality and the cocktails are first rate!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience5

We were celebrating our 10th anniversary. We got there. They told us the were behind because they had a large party. They sat us and promptly took our order which was great. But downhill from there. Our food came out. No plates, napkins, chop sticks condiments. Just the food. We then had to wait 5 more minutes for that stuff. One of the items was not what we were explained. So we ordered a replacement. It never came. They gave it to the loud obnoxious party of 30 me to us instead. After we ordered we only only saw our waiter once more when there was a complaint. He and pretty much everyone else was tending to the large party. We would have liked more drinks. Couldn’t get any help. It was quite disappointing. We did get an offer of a free desert. But really. It wasn’t worth the disappointment of the night.

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vipjonni2
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oku has great food, views (if sitting outside) and the service was really good!

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helende
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara!! I have been to Oku 4 times in the last couple of months and it is Fantastic every time!! The food has a slightly different twist and is top quality!! The service has been friendly and very accommodating!! And the location and view and ambiance are all Perfect!! I brought family and friends with me and they can’t wait to go back!! I love Oku!!

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KimberlyP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great special occasion dining, very accommodating servers. Did really well with my gluten free needs. We will be back many times in the future.

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LeslieR
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sushi was fresh and tasty. The flat iron steak was over cooked, but they corrected the problem in a friendly and speedy manner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional. Top 5 restaurants in SB

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Barry
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great time, great food. Will be back.

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Ming
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was extremely good and the customer service was great too.

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Rodent
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic!!! Great service, food and good pricing. Drinks were amazing as well. Highly recommend if in or near Santa Barbara!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OKu is my favorite sushi place i have ever been to. I met the owner, Koji, at the bike rental shop I work at and he convinced me to come try it out! Amazing food, service, and setting. I didn’t even mind the light rain. I’ll be back soon!

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TierneyJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tasty food - crispy cauliflower and garlic noodles with grilled mushrooms were standouts. Friendly and efficient service; our server was quick to help move our table underneath their awning when it started to drizzle a bit.

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vipPatrickH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The overall experience was diminished by the fact we had to pay a fee for extra ginger. That was a first at a sushi restaurant.

CO
vipCynthiaO
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great venue to treat special friends for an outstanding foodie experience.
You will love it all.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and the food was amazing! I also had the best waitress who made my time there even more enjoyable. Definitely will go back when I’m in town again.

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leighb
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara to date! Have been there many times and it does not disappoint!

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Laura
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fabulous! I added a note about it being our first dinner out since quarantine and wanting to be far away from others. The hostess was SO considerate and accommodating of this request. Food was delicious too! Only downside is the prices.

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Alex
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amaaazing sushi, and awesome ocean views from the upstairs patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Over priced for what you get. Mediocre sushi. Service was horrible. Wouldn’t come back

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TimothyA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived with our reservation clearly stated for 4 people outdoors, they said our reservation was for 2 and couldn’t fulfill the reservation as I had scheduled. Also their attitude was not helpful and was quite rude. I work nearby and often send customers to Oku, I will no longer. Honor your reservations and be respectful.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to have dinner at!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food great staff good view

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I would have given all 5 stars except that our server made the very end of our experience awkward by matter of factly telling us that the people are waiting for our table and do we need anything else? It is completely understandable that they would have to limit the amount of time a table is allotted. The way a message is delivered is everything.

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NoelL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

great spot for ambiance and service was great but the sushi was just not that fresh. Average meal at best. But, could have been an off night for fresh fish. Service was super.

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vipMarsha
Central Coast
163 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for view of the ocean and wharf as well as super service and food.

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EmilyH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although I’ve been here many times this was above and beyond expectations! Our waitress dekota was by far the best staff member I’ve encountered.

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vipBunnie
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Sarah was great! The Toro and Albacore Carpaccio with Garlic Ponzu were AMAZING. Fun atmosphere. There was a bit of a shuffle to find an outdoor seat with a heater when we first arrived (complications of COVID) but the hostess was sweet and accommodating. Will definitely be back the next time I’m in Santa Barbara.

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vipKellyG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible!!! Don’t waste your money. The service was slow as it took the water 20 minutes to bring drinks; water, and a beer.. When we asked the waiter for our drinks he was snarky. The manager was the only nice person. The bar was covered with dirty dishes! Disgusting and made me wonder the cleanliness of the kitchen. The sushi was horrible! Way over priced. The spicy tuna roll was meshed up tuna on top of a California roll for $18. The $33 lobster roll had 8 pieces and tasted like cream cheese and imitation lobster. We were in and out of the place in less than hour on our on accord because it was so disgusting, loud, and horribly overpriced lousy sushi.

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Jody
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, sushi, drinks, excellent service with a great view (rooftop). A little pricey but worth the experience!

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ChristinaW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Staff was super helpful with custom menu options based on diet restrictions.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was a birthday celebration. Oku is a must!

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ChaseT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oku was amazing. The staff was great.
The sushi was fresh and great but what stood out the most was the Korean style short rib. Great place!

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seand
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and our server is so nice and helpful .
Definitely we will go back .

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Rachel
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, prompt and friendly service. Incredible food with delicious flavors. Highly recommend for any occasion - from treating yourself to celebrating something big!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Quality of fish was mediocre. The hamachi carpaccio tasted fishy. Everything else in a sushi restaurant is secondary.

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Mitch
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancée and I had passed this place several times, and finally decided to check it out. The food was INCREDIBLE - we had the Piranha roll (perfectly balanced flavors all around), the Toro sushi (mind blowing), and the yellowtail carpaccio (we didn't know what we were missing in yellowtail carpaccio until we had this). We also broke the sushi restaurant rules and tried their filet mignon, which was OUT OF THIS WORLD. Our server was great, friendly and knowledgable, with great suggestions. He gave us the perfect amount of service and freedom to enjoy our meal. We'll be back next time we're in Santa Barbara, and can't recommend this place enough!

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MikeN
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highest quality of sushi in town and friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Suuuuper nice restaurant with a good vibe and even better food! Would definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Such a pretty view of the beach. Great service and the food was delicious! Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommendation to make reservations otherwise you will be in line forever. The food was good, we ordered a bottle of wine instead of paying per glass.

FAQs

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

OKU is rated 4.6 stars by 466 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.