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O-Ku

463 King St, Charleston, SC 29403-6231
843-737-0112
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Ranked #117 of 716 restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Radcliffe Street
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English first
Charleston, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A fabulous assortment of sushi and Japanese offerings. Oku offers the usual and many innovative interesting rolls and all are well served and delicious. Everything is fresh and tasty. The atmosphere is trendy and fun.

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New York
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The trendy upper King Street neighborhood of Charleston is where the restaurant scene is moving and shaking. Right in the middle is O-KU an upscale Japanese eatery with a hot bar scene and excellent food that bridges the distance between Japan and the low country. The place has some very unusual dishes that were truly outstanding. We tried the tempura... More

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Columbia, South Carolina, USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Great sushi, cool atmosphere, excellent location on King Street, would definitely visit again; no complaints

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

O-Ku is a very relaxed kind of trendy restaurant. The restaurant itself is very nicely decorated and the staff is very helpful and friendly. My boyfriend and I attended a dinner service this particular evening. I started with the Kabocha Lobster Bisque soup and... LET ME TELL YOU... It was a very good decision. The soup itself was very much... More

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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Vacationed to Charleston with 10 other girls for a college reunion. A good friend who lives in the area raved about this restaurant. The ambience was amazing, very modern and lively. It was a little uncomfortable sitting at a high top table with a large group, but the waitress did a good job clearing the table of unused dishes. Besides... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Craving for some good seafood, we stumbled into this place on King Street. The decor is modern and romantic. Open kitchen and enormous mirrors create an inviting atmosphere. Staff is attentive. The friendly manager came to chat with us. We tried Red Snapper Crudo, Yellowtail carpaccio, and tuna tartare, all of which are fresh and delicious. Would definitely go back... More

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Maryland
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132 reviews 132 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Wife and I made a last minute reservation for day after Christmas dinner. We like sushi every now and then, and are both foodies. This place blew us away with the flavors, ambiance, and service. We were seated at one of my least favorite 2-top formats, the side by side sardine style, but quickly got past it. Our server was... More

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Columbia, SC
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83 reviews 83 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

While O-Ku’s serves several mainstream sushi rolls, they also offer very unique must try dishes. Service was outstanding – Somehow Joshua anticipated our every need. He was always there when we needed something without being on top of us the entire meal. The surprise of the meal was easily Kabocha Lobster Bisque. Who would have thought the best Lobster Bisque... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

I was so excited to go to here because I heard so much buzz about the place. I went with a few girlfriends on a Monday night. We didn't have a reservation so the hosts asked us if we wanted to sit in these booths that are awkward and not comfortable for a dinner. We repeatedly told them we wanted... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

First of all, O-Ku has one of the best happy hours - with half-price sushi and sake, how could you go wrong? The Lobster roll is my all-time, hands-down favorite. The Salmon and Lemon roll is a close second. With some edamame and some Living Jewel Sake, you've got a perfect meal in a great, downtown location. The service is... More

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