OKU

4.6
553 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.

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 553 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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InaF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Usually we have an amazing experience there, but this time the service was slower than usual and it took a long time to get the food, to get water refill, etc. I had also asked on the reservation online for a birthday cake or dessert for my best friend and nothing was brought…

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vipPTF317
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food
Great service - attentive and professional
Location - views from upstairs patio are the best in SB!!

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PatriciaS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you can, ask for a table on the upper dining deck. The views are incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was good excellent. When I let them know it was our anniversary dinner they seated us on the rooftop!! It was a great start to an awesome meal!

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Katy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sushi is made with fresh flavorful ingredients. There are some new interpretations standard Japanese dishes--I am thinking of the Wagyu beef gyoza--that work very well. the cocktails were also very good.

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ShellyD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Don’t come here for sushi or sashimi or anything with sushi rice. Rice was hard and cold. Seemed undercooked and improperly flavored. Not very sweet. Kitchen food was very good. Great ambience and superb service. Horrible flavor profiles on fish. Presentation is meaningless if the food is less than mediocre. Sauces were redundant and boring. $250 for 2 and we had a couple of drinks. Way overpriced. Tasted like well presented all you can eat sushi.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience: creative sushi rolls & drinks and the staff are always pleasant and knowledgeable!

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NancyR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location across from the beach with top-notch service and creative Asian-fusion dishes and A+ sushi. Ambience is relaxed yet sophisticated. Highly recommend.

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MissG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Okay is a great addition to the ocean front dining scene in Santa Barbara. The view was outstanding and the service (despite post lockdown staffing shortages) was really great. The overall dining experience was also very pleasant. I would just encourage this restaurant to up the quality of their sushi selections. I fully understand that supply and other shortages come into play at this time. We will definitely be back!

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Pecos
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent menu choices. Food was prepared well and seafood was very fresh. Creative foods and cocktails. Great meal for the 4 of us to enjoy outdoors with safe table spacing.
Crowded but lively. Service was leisurely, relaxing dining environment in front of the restaurant. Good use of outdoor space and safe environment for dinner following COVID Rules and regulations. Highly recommend for a great Asian dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great food, great service

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Expert2u
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience with a view of the ocean if you are lucky enough to get a table on the second floor patio. Reservations are a must to get seated exactly where you want. Restaurant staff are all very friendly and professional. Food is very tasty even though the menu is not very extensive which was ok. We ordered the noodles with shrimp, spicy fried rice with shrimp, gyoza, and edamame. Specialty drinks were an added treat of mouth watering happiness. We will definitely return again and again when we are in town to visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This place is WAY overrated. Fish was mediocre and service was atrocious. The only staff who was pleasant was the nice Asian woman behind the bar. Everyone else was incredibly pretentious which I would understand (I suppose) if the food was actually good. You can get the same quality fish at the mall food court. Recommend Sakana in Montecito or Arigato instead.

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vipAlison
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Service was good but sushi was not best I have had unfortunately.

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MICHAELC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and atmosphere

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vipBryanU
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great spot for dinner! Love the Yellowtail Carpaccio with garlic ponzu - wings to start off and now a brand new Sav Blanc from New Zealand. Tina and her crew have it wired!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and wonderful server who was able to assist with dietary requests. Can’t wait to return sushi rolls were amazing

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Giga
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Oku is an excellent place for sushi lovers. It combines fresh fish, imaginative menu, great service and a pleasant ambience.

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ChrisK
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, great table location (outside facing the ocean and pier) and fantastic food.

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Licorice1
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, especially the local uni !

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outofTownvisitor
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Aside from certain food items being a bit overpriced, I had a nice experience. Drinks were great, the food was delicious, nigiri was fresh, the staff was nice & very helpful. Maybe it's because of the location of the restaurant, & Santa Barbara being a tourist attraction, I felt that as a person visiting, it felt unnecessary to have overpriced items if the people already know that the food is going to be amazing.

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Jordan
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was just OK.. Nothing to write home about. Made a reservation for my wife and I, went to check in at the hostess stand and they said to give them about 5/10min to get the table ready. We waited about 10min, and somebody came out to ask my name again and if we had a reservation. I said yes we have a reservation and gave him my name.. He said to hold on just a second.. Not more than 30 seconds later the same person came out and called my name, but took another party of 2 instead. I thought hm, that's weird. Maybe there's another party of 2 under the same name? Surely he couldn't have forgotten in the span of under 1min who he talked too and what my name was. We waited a few more mins and noticed other parties checking in and being sat right away. I checked in with the hostess and sure enough, they gave our table inside away to another party. They sat us on the sidewalk, and the other party who took our table had a nice spot inside.. We were annoyed, but it is what is is. While dining outside one of the speakers from the makeshift patio fell and almost landed directly on one of the child's heads at the table next to us. They obviously haven't up kept it and were very lucky it narrowly missed his head. On top of that, the table to the other side of us had a gentleman who would continually get up and light a doobie which was strong enough for the entire outdoor patio to smell. All in all, it was quite an experience. Would we give it a second chance? Sure, but it's definitely not on the top of our list to revisit anytime soon.

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Delicious
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great people watching.

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vipLauren
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a beautiful location

Menu features a diverse selection of Japanese dishes.

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XiahongL
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food, amazing service, will come next time again

JJ
JavierJ
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time going and always great

CB
vipCraigB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and view as we sat upstairs on the terrace. Our server, Keegan was top notch as he walked us through the menu and was attentive the entire meal.... Thanks Keegan and Oku as we had a great meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and our waiter was terrific!

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becky
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our servers were excellent and very attentive after a 45 minute delay in getting seated for an 8 o’clock reservation

The hot food, Korean cauliflower, shrimp fried rice, shrimp Ramen were excellent. The sushi rolls were adequate however they were beautifully presented but nothing to write home about

The desserts and the Japanese sodas were fun and festive and tasty.


We rarely go out to dinner and this was a very pleasant evening

I would recommend they add a lemon to the tapwater served at the table to cover the taste of the hard Santa Barbara water

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LaurenS1982
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Great location but overall the food was less than enjoyable !

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Service was fair to poor- they were short staffed. Everything took forever to get . We didn’t get seated for a half an hour and then our drinks took another twenty minutes to get. The food was delicious once it arrives. Overall, it was disappointing for the money spent

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VickA
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grate food grate service
Clean and comfortable
Beautiful view to the ocean

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vipSFFoodie
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly casual fun place in the Funk Zone by the beach, along a strip of restaurants drawing a nighttime crowd with families or on dates all out for a good time. The cocktails were beachy fun. The wagyu/crab gyoza with truffle oil was outstanding, apparently their own creation and definitely a success. The nigiri was fresh and good, bigger pieces than we are used to -- in particular we found the toro a bit questionable. They called it "belly" tuna but it wasn't o toro. The maki was a little loose in the roll and less successful. The edamame was flavored with an interesting sauce if not entirely to our taste, but we ate it all. The service was attentive but by committee -- compliments to the waiter/bartender who recommended a lovely local wine. We had a good time, you can't beat the location, and the ambience was chill and welcoming. It's not in the top tier of Japanese cuisine, but it might be in the top tier for a drink-y restaurant on the beach!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a career change!

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Justin
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the greatest restaurant I've ever been to. Took my girlfriend for her birthday and it was a fantastic experience. Their gyoza is a must-buy, and the yakisoba is incredible as well. We plan on making the 5+ hour drive back to Santa Barbara soon with the express purpose of dining here again.

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Luis
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time here we move it here good atmosphere good energy and good food and your Santa Barbara residence. 👍

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gbree
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food- must order the A5 wagyu gyoza and rising sun cocktail (bourbon)!! I came alone and the hostess offered me an amazing spot on the rooftop with a couch love seat (thanks girl!) The wait was a bit long for each item ordered but it’s expected on a bustling Sunday evening. Thanks to the staff for a great dinner!

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vipVasiliki
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sushi was fresh and excellent quality. The wine list had identifiable fine wines from which to choose. An overall pleasant experience.

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Fuzzyplanet
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant sitting upstairs with an ocean view! Friendly staff! Good food!

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Matt
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot on the beach! Food is amazing. Be prepared to spend a bit of money for two people but if you are treating yourself it is one of the best

FAQs

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

OKU is rated 4.6 stars by 553 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.