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OKU, Santa Barbara, CA

OKU

4.7
4.7
1105 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 39 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 1,105 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 Ambiance

  • Santa Barbara

    Hot spot

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for scenic views

  • Santa Barbara

    Lively

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

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  1. N

    Nicolette

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was good, however we were pretty neglected service-wise and had to ask for things multiple times
  2. BR

    BrittanyR

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a sumptuous rooftop dinner early Saturday evening! Superb service, succulent miso cod, cozy ramen and delicious sushi!
  3. MC

    MonicaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Everything was great but the service was not good on came once to ask how everything and I had to wave him down for the bill
  4. LA

    LAURAC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fresh cuisine and highly recommend when visiting Santa Barbara
  5. CJ

    CJWOD

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We love OKU and we find the service and the food exceptional. We also enjoy the balcony seating. Our favorite items to order are the Crouching Dragon, the garlic noodles, and brussel sprouts. Other rolls and sushi items are super good as well. The Ramen we feel is not as good due to the way the meat is prepared. It's not bad.. just not great as the other items. The cocktails and wines are fantastic. Our waiters have always been way above par. We highly recommend this restaurant. PS another plus is the excellent heaters on the balcony.
  6. h

    hawkdog

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was amazing! Sat outside on first floor. Overhead heater was perfect for nighttime dining. Took a little longer to order food than expected, but server was attentive enough once we ordered drinks. Overall very good experience!
  7. TW

    ToddW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sushi was fantastic (crazy rich Asian stood out most)! We also had some great appetizers (which we rarely order at sushi restaurants) like the Korean Cauliflower, WINGS, , and tuna tacos. Excellent choice for those looking for the best of…
  8. K

    Kateyes

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellent. The music was a little loud making conversation tricky. The cost of food has risen everywhere making eating anywhere more expensive.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was perfect I had a work day and got to take my boyfriend to this wonderful restaurant. The sushi rolls are amazing. I have an allergy and they were able to accommodate me. The drinks are fantastic. Overall amazing.
  10. HD

    HeatherDay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriends and I went to Oku for some celebrations and boy did we have the best time! Not only were the the drinks amazing (they even made me an amazing mocktail!), but the food and service was outstanding! I can’t wait to go back, best sushi in Santa Barbara!!!
  11. RM

    ReneeM

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date 🌃 ght! Excellent cocktails and food!
  12. MK

    MelodyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think this may be one of the most romantic restaurants in Santa Barbara. We ate on the rooftop patio overlooking the ocean as the sun went down. We were lucky to get the table in front of the fireplace which was cozy and added to the ambience. The offering of cozy blankets made it extra special.The food is beyond description and everything was wonderful! Tina has created an exquisite restaurant with a well trained crew who know how to make dining an exceptional experience.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant when visiting SB. The food is superb. You must order the hidden dragon cocktail, the Korean Cauliflower (I bet even kids would love it) and the black cod. Service was fantastic and friendly. Love how they provide blankets if you are sitting outside and get chilly. This place does not disappoint.
  14. SM

    SandyM

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    The food there is SOOOOO GOOD ! The Server was so helpful and knowledgeable ..
  15. YM

    YuriM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food! Love the rolls and the drinks are really good
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great service, red lily was yummy, but I think a bit overpriced for the food compared to something in LA like sugarfish.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a nice time sitting outside and the heaters kept us nice and warm! They even had a great kid friendly meal for our children. We love OKU!
  18. E

    Escher

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    This is my second visit and it wasn't as good as the first. the staff is excellent and the ambience is very good. we ordered a dish we had before and it wasn't cooked properly and lacked flavor. the same was true of vegetable tempura which was soggy rather than crispy. very disappointing.
  19. e

    elosb

    Central Coast

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All good. But the upstairs tables are pretty small for 4 people with food & dishes. Our waiter was great. Couldn't be more helpful & cute.
  20. B

    Bailey

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place! Great for any occasion.
  21. G

    Gaby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love coming to Oku for a classic date night or girls’ night! The food is phenomenal and you cannot go wrong with Santa Barbara Sling cocktail. We were informed that Oku is discontinuing the Blackened Ahi Box and Seared Salmon Box roll and that they will only be keeping the Seared Yellowtail Box Roll moving forward—FYI!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Thank you!
  23. LM

    LarryM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff very knowledgeable waiters outstanding service outstanding food great place
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Super service, second floor deck great view. Recommend trying we loved it!
  25. LA

    LouA

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service from Amanda was amazing! The food was on point and the view from upper patio was perfection.
  26. RH

    RachelH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and service was great! We sat on the rooftop and watched the sunset.
  27. KH

    KelleyH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot! Wonderful patio, great food, good service and very dog-friendly.
  28. IT

    IreneTheExplorer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing dining experience! The ambiance and delicious food and drinks were outstanding. We had a gorgeous view of the ocean as we enjoyed our delicious meal. The staff was friendly and welcoming. I will definitely be back very soon. It’s the perfect restaurant in Santa Barbara.
  29. j

    julisald

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The Crazy Asian Roll with the Wagyu and the Steak were amazing, it was a nice spot to come with friends, a bit more on the expensive side if you are on a budget, so I would recommend sharing entrees. Their mocktails are refreshing and not overly sweet. We had a reservation and they didn't take long to seat us, they offered both indoor and outdoor seating.
  30. RO

    RosieOhrosie

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On our 35 yr wedding anniversary USA tour and in Santa Barbara for 2 nights. Roberto was our server and advised us on what to have as we hadn’t had Japanese food before. Thankyou Roberto! Not only was your help appreciated and your recommendations awesome but you stood chatting to us and made us feel very welcome and special. The wings, soft shell crab, tuna sushi and the rolls were all perfect. We sat outside and although we thought it may be a little chilly the overhead heaters were awesome. After our meal the restaurant was getting quiet so we asked if we could sit at the bar where the chefs were preparing the sushi and rolls and were told that certainly wasn’t a problem. It was amazing to watch and chat to the ‘masters’ at work and again added to a wonderful and unforgettable night. Thank you to all at OKU.
  31. SK

    SteveK

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary quality!
  32. s

    santabarbaralawyer

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific experience. Beautiful view. Great ambience. Will definitely go many times.
  33. M

    Mrshenny

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Oku’s many times and it is by far our favorite Japanese restaurant!
  34. DL

    DawnL

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I requested an upstairs terrace table which we were given. Waitress was very knowledgeable explained different grades of tuna which meant the experience was great. Food as always was delicious. My daughter doesn’t eat sushi but her hot food came at the same time and was very tasty. A great evening!
  35. F

    Foodie35

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most friendly staff and delicious food and drinks !
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic first date setting, sharing a tiramisu for desert was the highlight. 10/10
  37. B

    Budd

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oku is great, and very consistent. Our server Sara was excellent and the food was awesome. A must visit in SB.
  38. MH

    MichelleH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Where to start... Vegans- get the Mushroom roll! The service was awesome and the food was quick and delicious. The team was truly amazing. Can't wait to be back!
  39. CJ

    CJFoodie

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go there every year for my birthday, dining upstairs on the patio overlooking the ocean at sunset. We try different items. Tonight I did the Crazy Rich Asian” enroll full of lobster and wrapped in wavy I beef. Vegetable tempura was excellent. My partner enjoyed the hot ramen soup. We finished with a creamy green tee brûlée. The food is expertly prepared and exquisite and the service is excellent.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food with a great view! There was an employee there that knew a ton about the sake selection and was a joy to interact with. Such a great experience.

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 1105 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 39 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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