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OKU, Santa Barbara, CA

OKU

4.8
4.8
1537 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Felipe Barajas, Jose and Felix Alonso
  • 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 1,537 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Hot spot

  • California Central Coast

    Lively

  • California Central Coast

    Most Booked

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Overall

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Food

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Barbara

    Innovative

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for groups

  • Santa Barbara

    Hot spot

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for scenic views

  • Santa Barbara

    Lively

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

1,537 Reviews
  1. ZacharyR

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and wonderful evening out! Lots of delicious rolls and shareable items.

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  2. BonnieF

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best meal I've had in a while...5 stars across the board. Japanese fusion food with lots of the classics you'd expect from a sushi bar plus creative, scrumptuous new takes on noodles, sashimi, gyoza, sushi on crunchy rice. Try the lychee martini- fresh, delicious and not too sweet. Garlic noodles and lollipop sushi are a must! We loved everything and look forward to coming back soon to sit upstairs with the ocean view.

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  3. DeborahB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love OKU. The food, the service and overall environment. One of our favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara.

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  4. Happymommy

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to SB so many times and can’t believe that we have missed this gem. We sat upstairs on a beautiful night. The food and everything was just spectacular!

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  5. SusanaO

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service! Manager was extremely nice!! Friendly and polite and patient

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  6. BariB

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara “Luna” is the most wonderful human!!!

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  7. MarkL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and ambience/setting. Highly recommended!!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dining experience the cauliflower was bomb. My server was amazing! I think his name was Peter.

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  9. Connie

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant! We are frequent visitors and have had a great experience every time! Thank you!

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  10. AlbertC

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pan Asian food. Seaside view and great service. Lucky live in Santa Barbara.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for sushi, if you can sit on the balcony what a great view

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  12. LauraR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience and quality food! This is my new favorite restaurant for Valentine’s Day!!

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  13. BariB

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oku consistently remains our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. The staff are genuine. (Big fan of Luna☺️) The food is divine 💖.

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  14. SBResident

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good menu to share from.

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  15. carpediem

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent sushi and related items. Great location close to the waterfront. Friendly service.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely no notes. No notes. Zero notes. On anything.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and service, recommend outside seating for quieter setting and ocean views.

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  18. nancyk

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I specified when making open table reservation that it was a birthday dinner. No one mentioned it was a Birthday celebration either upon arriving or at the end of dinner.

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  19. Sarabelle

    Central Coast

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    One of the best Japanese restaurants I've been to. Crouching Tiger roll was excellent as was the Firecracker Rock Shrimp. Suggest ordering both. The Meyer Lemon Tartlette topped off the meal perfectly. Waiter was a lot of fun and knowledgeable. We were the last one's in the restaurant and didn't feel rushed. Will definitely go again!

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  20. Kims

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Jaime was an excellent guide for our first time visit to Oku. Service was excellent! Thank you

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  21. Deluso

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and atmosphere was absolutely perfect. I highly recommend the cauliflower appetizer. The potstickers were delicious but there is only five and they were small. Old-fashioned drinks were also delicious but also appeared to be less than 4 ounce drinks. Everything is extremely expensive for the amount that you get. $300 including tip for four people with drinks.

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  22. EETfromMinneapolis

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great sushi, knowledgeable server, incredible view. Very relaxing.

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  23. Docalex

    Central Coast

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service. Always a treat to dine here. Don’t miss the seafood carpaccios and wagyu gyozas. They never disappoint.

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  24. eye9

    Austin

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you Tina & Luna for the VIP treatment for Greg’s 77th🎈

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  25. funk

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love everything about Oku. The food is interesting, fresh and delicious, the service is always stellar, ambiance lovely. Increasingly my very favorite restaurant in SB.

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  26. EleanorL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I can't get enough of the cauliflower, it's always a hit!

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  27. EdwardS

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. Outdoor seating enclosed and warm.

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  28. Dani

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s very loud so hard to talk. Everyone enjoyed their food and the server was very attentive. Only thing we didn’t like was a POG drink from the menu that was terrible. We had a variety of sushi and steaks. All was very good

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  29. Kjoy

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was beautifully displayed and delicious. Kayla was knowledgeable about the menu including the sake. Her suggestions helped us to have a fabulous meal and experience.

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  30. Mellie

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was superlative; service was great; decor is modern and cool; price could be a bit lower, but this is Santa Barbara tourist area on the waterfront

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went in on a whim / last minute recommendation and it was truly one of the highlights of our Santa Barbara daytrip. The food and service was absolutely INSANE and me and my party are already planning to see when we can come back. 10/10 would recommend

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  32. NancyB

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oku was outstanding. The service was the best - our check in hostesses, our server Jason, the manager who made the rounds - Luna - everyone was attentive and friendly. The atmosphere was festive, the food gorgeous and delicious. What a fun evening. Thank you Oku!

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  33. AnneR

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was beautifully prepared, exquisitely fresh + deliciously delectable! The service was attentive + friendly. While expensive, it's a great place when splurging for special occasion.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food aydrink, in combination with their always-attentive service.

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  35. DennisF

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful staff, excellent food, and terrific view.

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  36. JoshL

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Starting with the highlights. The food was amazing. Hands down best crispy cauliflower I have ever had. The black garlic steak and sushi were absolutely amazing as well. Cocktails tasted wonderful. Service was just ok, not great and not a busy night either. Interestingly, Open table reservation said there was only 1 seat left and it was outdoors, but when we arrived there was indoor seating on first floor and second floor as well. Second floor is awesome if you get the chance to sit up there, a little more intimate. 2 thumbs up overall.

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  37. TishaH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated my sister's birthday here at Oku and we had a wonderful time! Love that they offer vegan options and their lychee martini was EVERYTHING!! 😋 Service was awesome! Can't wait to return!!

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  38. PeterC

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location and food. Fun for any celebration! We chose outside and even at night it was fine.

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  39. ratedit

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful meal and lovely service! Had a great meal here. Cauliflower was amazing. We ordered it twice. And sushi was fresh and creative!

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  40. gotcha

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I appreciate the nonalcoholic beer. Also the blankets. Brrr! Excellent service.

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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 4.8 stars by 1537 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 46 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for OKU

29 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Felipe Barajas, Jose and Felix Alonso
  • 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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