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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Never disappoints! Sashimi is best quality and the cocktails are first rate!
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.
Oku has great food, views (if sitting outside) and the service was really good!
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!!
Great special occasion dining, very accommodating servers. Did really well with my gluten free needs. We will be back many times in the future.
Sushi was fresh and tasty. The flat iron steak was over cooked, but they corrected the problem in a friendly and speedy manner.
Exceptional. Top 5 restaurants in SB
Great place, great time, great food. Will be back.
The food was extremely good and the customer service was great too.
This place is fantastic!!! Great service, food and good pricing. Drinks were amazing as well. Highly recommend if in or near Santa Barbara!!!
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!
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.
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.
A great venue to treat special friends for an outstanding foodie experience.
You will love it all.
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.
My favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara to date! Have been there many times and it does not disappoint!
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.
Amaaazing sushi, and awesome ocean views from the upstairs patio.
Over priced for what you get. Mediocre sushi. Service was horrible. Wouldn’t come back
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.
Amazing place to have dinner at!
Great food great staff good view
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.
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.
Great place for view of the ocean and wharf as well as super service and food.
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.
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.
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.
Delicious food, sushi, drinks, excellent service with a great view (rooftop). A little pricey but worth the experience!
Great food and atmosphere. Staff was super helpful with custom menu options based on diet restrictions.
Was a birthday celebration. Oku is a must!
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!
Food was delicious and our server is so nice and helpful .
Definitely we will go back .
Amazing, prompt and friendly service. Incredible food with delicious flavors. Highly recommend for any occasion - from treating yourself to celebrating something big!
Quality of fish was mediocre. The hamachi carpaccio tasted fishy. Everything else in a sushi restaurant is secondary.
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!
Highest quality of sushi in town and friendly staff
Suuuuper nice restaurant with a good vibe and even better food! Would definitely recommend
It was great! Such a pretty view of the beach. Great service and the food was delicious! Highly recommend
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.
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.