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O-Ku - Raleigh

4.7
4.7
1188 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
O-Ku Sushi Raleigh celebrates authentic Asian cuisine with a southern approach with a menu that focuses on unique ingredients and sophisticated presentations. From petite plates to sushi specialties, O-Ku showcases the freshest fish from the world’s finest markets and produces in areas such as Norway, Scotland, Hawaii and New Zealand, as well as local sustainable sources.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 78 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 792-3777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    We look forward to planning and customizing off-site events and catering for you.

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining is available. Please contact the restaurant for full details and availability.

  • Private party contact

    Cathleen Barrett: (844) 527-4718

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Cross street

    West Hargett Street + South West Street

  • Parking details

    The best parking option would be the Dillion Parking Deck. The parking deck entrances are location either on West Street or Harrington. Also, there are public lots around the vicinity of Oku.

  • Public transit

    Train: Raleigh Union Station (500 Ft South of O-Ku)<br />Bus: West Street at Hargett Street - R13 (Located Immediately Adjacent to O-Ku)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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  1. JR

    JonathanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect setting and experience, couldn’t see anyone having a bad time here. Made a reservation and had to wait a couple minutes which is understandable, they can only predict when people leave but the hosts gave us a drink and apologized for the wait and the food was amazing, will definitely be back!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food: had the Usuzukuri and Rock Shrimp to start, the chef's choice sashimi and a few other rolls for the entree and finished with green tea mochi and cheesecake, good portions, amazing flavor profiles, all around phenomenal Fantastic service: Adam made us feel like royalty even in the midst of a busy Saturday night Amazing experience from start to finish, from a quick bite to a birthday celebration like us, O-Ku is a must try!
  3. SB

    SamByrnes

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food. Fair prices. Service could have been faster but it was a busy night!
  4. F

    Frank

    Nashville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    We typically visit this restaurant once a month and bring someone (Friends and Family) with us due to its amazing food and great vibes. However, last night we didn’t not have the best server. She would take order from one person at a time and then come back and ask the next person. It seems like a method to drag out our order passed 7:00 PM to avoid HH. Even though our last order was placed prior to 7:00, she charged us full price and argued that it was after 7:00. We still have her 18% tip in case she was just having a bad day but I hope that’s not a strategy that she’s being thought by her leaders. We will come back because of the food and our prior experiences.
  5. s

    sdreese

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner for my hubby at Ok-u. Food was outstanding, everything was delicious. We enjoyed the pork buns, dumplings and four different sushi rolls. Everything was great. Server was outstanding she helped us in selecting sake and answered all questions on the menu knowledgably. Beautiful restaurant. Will go again.
  6. FM

    FroMan

    Salt Lake City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!
  7. LH

    LoriH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My son and I had an amazing time!! It was very nice that even the waitress knew it was my son's birthday (she wished him a happy birthday as soon as she started waiting on us!) That was very nice!! Also, the food was AMAZING!!! WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE!! WE WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK!
  8. D

    Dano

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server and overall service was excellent. It was our first time and our waitress went above and beyond to make our experience great. They were 20-30 minutes late seating us for our reservation however they comp’d our desserts and one entree without us even asking. Meal was reasonably priced and the food was amazing.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berlin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Soooo much noise inside. Terrible accustics. We almost couldn't have a conversation and hear each other. Couldn't hear what the very friendly waitress was saying.... And we are not old people 😃 It almost ruined the dinner. It was a relief to step outside afterwards. Such a shame because the food was really good.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time- Hostess to wait staff was excellent. Some of the food was different than the usual sushi restaurant, and that was welcomed. Thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant and would recommend it.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great ambience and AMAZING food! We sat at the sushi bar and had the most pleasant interactions.
  12. SB

    SabrinaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great, the food was amazing. Try the sugar and spice cocktail!
  13. L

    Lovetodineout

    Raleigh

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal! Just wish you still had the fried rice!
  14. AJ

    AngelaJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall1food2service4ambience2
    Very little lighting, could not see menu, had read from online menu with phone,not much choose from, 1st time for Birthday and got over charged, noticed next day on recipt. Menu online had different price then what was recipted..got charged for something they also forgot take off because they didn't have it! Doubt we will go back. Very pricey... good but pricey and all above listed.
  15. SS

    ShelitaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second visit to O-Ku and it was delicious just as the first. Everything was very fresh and our server was sweet and professional. Perfect date night spot.
  16. TF

    TriangleFoodie

    Raleigh

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    For a very price restaurant like this I expected the service to be top notch. Our server did not even know what some of the ingredients were in a dish. When I complained the item was not as described in the menu, the manager did come over and offered it on the house and said "sorry for the miscommunication" though there was no communication about it at all when we ordered. The food was excellent, but the restaurant is packed. If you want to have a conversation it is hard.
  17. HD

    HeidiD

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    They literally gave me a dirty used food bowl. I didn’t get a clean one until I asked my waitress for one. Do I have to say anymore? Service was subpar, food good not worth the insane wait time
  18. KS

    KateS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I haven’t stopped talking about how good o-ku is!! The perfect date spot.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! *****
  20. a

    abnw24

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great! Will definitely return!
  21. DW

    DocW

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, alcohol a little pricey.
  22. R

    Renee

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Loved the drinks and atmosphere! Service was great. Was expecting to like my sushi a little more though.
  23. C

    Christy

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dinner experience last night. Dined outside. Heat lamps adequate on a chilly night. Food amazing. Very fresh fish. Amazing flavors. Beautiful decor. Exceptional waitress. Pricey but worth it. Highly recommend!
  24. SB

    SavannahB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was professional and quick. Every request was met and accommodated!
  25. NC

    NCFoodie

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I didn’t want to stop eating. Everything was outstanding.
  26. KG

    KimberlyG

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came to celebrate a birthday and have a nice dinner out before one of our children returned to college. All of the food we had was amazing, not a morsel was left on any plate! Favorites: the dumplings, Usuzukuri, Salmon & Lemon, Emperor and The Dillon. Our server, Shelly, was professional and attentive, she was always there when we needed her but never bothersome. We made arrangements late in the week and reservations were scarce, thought about finding another place to eat but decided to go with the early time - very happy that we did! The parking garage is easy and convenient.
  27. TW

    TonyW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Small portions great food. Overall great night out with my family. But this was a one time thing.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for a birthday!!
  29. HS

    HectorS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the hostess, to the waiter, and the food were amazing. I cannot say enough about the taste of the food. It was amazing!
  30. MA

    MonicaA

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing! The hanger steak was mouth watering and the tsunami roll was perfect!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years Eve dinner with friends
  32. BP

    BreeP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great sushi, service, and atmosphere. I don’t think is appropriate for infants because the tables are closed to each other. Overall outstanding.
  33. BM

    BrandonM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food good service busy for a Monday night but overall was very nice for a date.
  34. j

    jamesh

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    O-ku is extremely tasty, with great ambiance. It’s a bit expensive, but I would do it again! Thank you
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fantastic time on Christmas Eve. The food was delicious and came out pretty quickly. The sushi was so fresh and flavorful. Great ambiance and super easy parking!
  36. MW

    MelissaW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Drinks were good. The only minor negative was they seemed to be out of a few things. Might not be their fault given supply chain issues this time of year.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pinehurst

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The counter seating was totally open but we were sat on the furthest to the left seats next to the staff working. It was very awkward and uncomfortable especially when there were other places to sit that weren’t as awkward. Otherwise great experience as usual. Just need to manage seating better when restaurant is not full. Where we were sat should be the very last seats to be sat.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was great. They will see me again!!!!
  39. C

    Colleen

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants! It’s been great every time we have been there. We’ve always had great food and service!
  40. LK

    LKayC

    Washington DC

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Server was fantastic! Everything was delicious from the Pho to the sushi to the rock shrimp. Cocktails were especially good- especially the habaneravodka one!!

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
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

O-Ku - Raleigh does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. O-Ku - Raleigh also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 792-3777.

O-Ku - Raleigh is rated 4.7 stars by 1188 OpenTable diners.

O-Ku - Raleigh does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 78 times today
Google Map for O-Ku - Raleigh

411 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Additional information

  • Cross street

    West Hargett Street + South West Street

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    The best parking option would be the Dillion Parking Deck. The parking deck entrances are location either on West Street or Harrington. Also, there are public lots around the vicinity of Oku.

  • Public transit

    Train: Raleigh Union Station (500 Ft South of O-Ku)Bus: West Street at Hargett Street - R13 (Located Immediately Adjacent to O-Ku)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 792-3777

  • Catering

    We look forward to planning and customizing off-site events and catering for you.

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining is available. Please contact the restaurant for full details and availability.

  • Private party contact

    Cathleen Barrett: (844) 527-4718

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