OKU

4.6
754 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 754 people are saying
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Sbcmbk
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good delicious it was really cold inside

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HayleyC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, the food was amazing!
We tried the wings, gyoza, short rib, and a roll. All of them were wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They gave us a perfect table for a date! Thanks OKU!

KC
vipKateC
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter,Jaime, provided exceptional service. Very considerate, conscientious, and personable. Lovely evening upstairs on the patio. Will definitely be back again and again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Sushi was excellent!! We had toro and scallop sashimi, happy dragon martini was amazing!!

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LindaG
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food5service1ambience3

I had reservations. It was not busy at all. Considering how slow it was service was poor. Had to wait to order cocktails and food. Waited 10 minutes to receive check. Previous walk in visit on a busy Saturday or Sunday afternoon, sat in patio area and service was excellent. Hopefully, poor service was unusual.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oku is one of my favorite restaurants, I love coming here! I recommend to everyone I know.

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vipPuroticorico
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amanda our waitress was spectacular and made the meal exactly the pleasure it was.

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MeganC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best roll i’ve ever had, pleasant experience overall

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vipMichelleC
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful sushi. Fresh and interesting. Very good steak salad.

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AnneW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have chosen to eat here three times now and it never disappoints - the food is fantastic - the ambience is incredible sitting on the upper deck overlooking the ocean - what more can you ask for.

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katinsb
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view of the Ocean on the upstairs balcony. Had great service and delicious food! Thanks OKU. Our favorite sushi restaurant in Santa Barbara.

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vipDocalex
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of the top 3 restaurants in Santa Barbara today.
The quality of the sushi is superior and the creativity and nuances of non traditional sauces and "California flare" push it over the top.
One of our guests was from Japan and was amazed by the quality that she only previously found in Tokyo. She was excited to tell us that OKU would compete in Tokyo for top marks.
Service is always outstanding as well, and the cocktails and Sake are top notch.

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vipDKDK
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Oku! We always come for special occasions. Best food, Best view and the Best service EVERY TIME!

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BridgetH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food was just mediocre and seemed expensive for the quality, the vibe was really cool and service was good. Beautiful rooftop

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vipPhenomenal
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and excellent service.

CL
vipCjLani
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Can be loud. Ambiance is good, not great.

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vipJodiS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but always tasty with great service. Would recommend the rooftop dining option.

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vipmarka
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

sat upstair next to the fireplace and had some wonderfully spicy sushi.

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Gingiebean
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please don’t make me wright a review..
I don’t like this kind of presser.

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JimC
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great location and service. The food is wildly inconsistent in our experience over four visits. This time the filet, peppers, rainbow roll and salmon sashimi were very good. The mushroom noodles were disappointing compared to previous visits. The "ramen" was terrible with little pieces of old pork billed as pork belly (dry ramen from Costco is a lot better). It didn't look or taste like the real thing. The chicken wings, which we have had twice before and liked, were also terrible. The crust was overwhelmingly sweet and the chicken was essentially tasteless, apparently it was old, frozen chicken. I would only recommend this place to a friend for the location and with cautions about the food.

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BenC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Awesome food, and the upstairs was a little quieter and intimate which was nice for good conversation with good company.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

highly recommend as always. staff is great. atmosphere is serene. food amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Ramen was too sweet.

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MLoLo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, great service and great ambiance! Definitely going back for the Korean Cauliflower!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, fun drink menu, and fantastic service!

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stephaniec
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We’ve been excited to try Oku and really enjoyed our time there. We sat upstairs near the outdoor patio. We’d probably request outside next time especially to get the view. Prices were a bit high and quantity was small but the food was good. We’ll return.

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helende
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always!

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DianeD
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The restaurant was very cold (temperature wise) inside and the noise level was quite high so it was difficult to have a conversation. Our favorite dish was the Tempura Korean Cauliflower, crispy and just the right amount of spice, the grilled salmon was excellent as an entree, the sushi rolls were good but not great. Artificial crab and too much spicy mayo which overpowered the yellowtail in the spicy yellowtail roll. I will say that the service was attentive and very accommodating.

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JimC
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed the peppers, the mushroom noodles, the creme brulee and assorted rolls. The wine list has a number of interesting, good moderately priced wines. The by the glass selections also look good.

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KBattle
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. We sat up stairs as a family near the bar. It was like we had a private event that only our family was invited to. No one was there. The service was incredible and amazing

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sueS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would give it 6 stars if possible!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!

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vipCounterbander
Central Coast
100 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Upstairs terrace overlooking the Santa Barbara waterfront is spectacular. Outside heating lamps (and even foot-level vents!) are unusually efficient. Cocktails are distinctive, delicious and reasonably priced. Food is predominantly sushi, adventurous and creative, so it takes a while to digest the menu. We had knowledgeable and competent service. What's not to like?

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MarcusB
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Is Oku ever anything but outstanding? Amazing service, amazing food, amazing people

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Jenna
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great, service was great, we sat outdoors which was a bit chilly. I would definitely recommend.

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RamonD
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, the food was an outstanding new experience. Can be a bit pricey but overall worth it for the food and ambience. Will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great date place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always excellent! Fresh and beautifully presented

FAQs

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

OKU is rated 4.6 stars by 754 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.