O-Ku - DC

4.8
843 reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
O-Ku DC is a modern Japanese restaurant in the Union Market neighborhood of Northeast Washington, DC. O-Ku DC features a menu of innovative dishes using traditional Japanese techniques and the finest fish and ingredients from around the world.

The 120-seat restaurant also houses a lounge specializing in Japanese whiskey as well as a 40-seat rooftop bar, both featuring a sleek industrial design to complement the surrounding neighborhood.

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Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Mon - Thu 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM

    Enjoy half-off sushi rolls and $3 off specialty drinks and wines-by-the glass every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 843 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BMac
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was amazing! ambiance + food.

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JoMama
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinner!! The food was amazing and it was exciting getting every dish because each one was better than the other. Highly recommend!

GO
GwynethO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great experience! definitely go to happy hour for the best value!

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Darioush
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall. Food and drinks were amazing and so was the service. Top notch.

MD
MsDeniseoftheDMV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always A great vibe, food, ambiance, service top tier

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eame
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot with great service and excellent sushi options.

TN
TeciaNicole
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!!

JT
vipJTCJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a good experience. I think they must have been short staffed because service took a bit longer than expected, but mad respect to service industries workers for working in a the pandemic limbo we're in. Our waiter was very nice and the atmosphere was great. The sushi and nigiri were great and we'll definitely be back. A great birthday dinner.

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vipKate
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

O-Ku messed up the reservation inspite of having made reservation over a month in advance. While the hosts acknowledged the over booking and screw up on their part we were given tow person table for a party of 3 and put right under the speaker. It really spoiled our mood and damper on the evening. We all felt like we were being punished for their screw up.

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Lorena
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My table sat at the rooftop and ordered 15+ or so items from the menu. My favorites were the edamame with truffle oil, firecracker sushi, blueberry mojito, and shogun mixed drink. Cons: The miso soup was saturated in salt and the rock shrimp had a weird soft texture. I’ve had it at other restaurants and it’s better with a crispy skin. Tyler was our server and was really personable but could have been more attentive. It was my friends birthday and the table was given an array of desserts and each staff member personally signed a birthday card for him which was really thoughtful and customer-service oriented. Loved that so much. Overall
it was a good experience and I’ll be back

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mok81
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food as usual!

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Carolyn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi rolls, and loved the outdoor rooftop dining experience. A good value for the amount of food you get for your order. Wonderful service - I was celebrating a promotion and the entire waitstaff wrote and signed a card!

SA
vipSaraA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was great and the food quality was really good and fresh!

CS
CindyS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely time. We had a lovely time. I would come again.

DG
DwightG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food was pretty good, a little overpriced. Service was very friendly, waitress was prompt and courteous, but food coming out of the kitchen was very slow.

BS
BrianS
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only issue is the tables that are right next to the bathrooms. That’s gross. Otherwise, this place is stellar.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great ambiance!

CY
vipCYNTHIAG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat out on the Patio- was a nice breeze/ but we’ve been so many times- we prefer eating indoors- it was wonderful as usual! Great HH Mon-Thur 5-7!

DB
DominiqueB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food!

NR
vipNicholaR
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are phenomenal here. By far my favorite restaurant in DC!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I have been there at least 5 times and it is super good! But yesterday it wasn’t the level that I expected, the food was ok but not the normal level that I was used to.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love O-Ku. They do not disappoint. And the rooftop is 👌🏾

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. Great service great food.

CG
CaitlinG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tyler was amazing! Food was perfect. Will def come back.

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Anisa
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved O-Ku! So many options on the menu, great atmosphere, great service. It’s a great place for a special meal. Can’t wait to go back.

HW
vipHoraceW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed their rooftop seating on our first experience here. The server Peter, was very knowledgeable of the entire menu and gave us great recommendations for food as well as drink. They offer an assortment of rolls that were pleasing to the eye and palette. Expect to pay 6 to 9 dollars per piece of nigiri but we found it worth the price. The interaction with the server, well prepared sushi and the perfectly breezy day made O-KU a must return dinning experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good sushi great drinks. Nice combination of rice pearls and ice cream - A+

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AggieFoodie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed our first O-ku experience and we will definitely be back. The food was delicious and o highly recommend getting the chocolate dessert with the crunch ice cream!

MJ
MelissaJ
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered Several different items to share and everything was great !

SJ
vipShauneJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Peter is a phenomenal server. He provided excellent service and gave outstanding menu recommendations. Second time in 3 months and already planning our next visit.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing sushi. Amazing vibes. We will be back

SC
SaraC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in DC! Last night was lovelym we sat outside and the vibe so amazing. Food was delicious per usual.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was just okay for the price. Firecracker roll and yellowtail carpaccio were my favorite of the 5 dishes I tried. Was disappointed in the lollipop wings, as they seemed to lack strong flavor, though others in my party really liked them. The speciality cocktails were really well made (nice presentation and taste).

Five stars for ambiance and our server was very good. Overall, for a small chain sushi restaurant, I had an enjoyable experience. Not the best sushi in the area, especially for the price, but I would come back if invited by friends or in the area for happy hour.

CW
CeeWilli
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love eating at O-Ku! The food and service are always stellar. Things were super slow coming out and a few things we order never made it to the table, but our waiter was really great and did what he could to offset the delays.

Sad the wagyu dumplings are gone but everything (sushi, steak, sashimi) were perfect.

RL
RozzellL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Nice and Cozy!

AC
vipAlysonC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the experience. Wesley was super helpful and even got me to enjoy seafood for the first time!!! Will come back regularly.

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agneaumoun1234
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food. In a nice setting. Great experience. We will be back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service!

CR
CatalinaR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, delicious food!!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I use to love oku. The service was just awful. I think they were understaffed and overwhelmed. Staff had no clue what they were doing. Drinks came late. My dinner was pretty much all over the place. I’m pretty easy going but this was an awful experience. I’ve dined here over a handful times even had friends birthday dinner during the pandemic. Hopefully they work the kinks out.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from O-Ku - DC using the Order Online button. O-Ku - DC also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 888-8790.

O-Ku - DC is rated 4.8 stars by 843 OpenTable diners.

O-Ku - DC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://theindigoroad.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

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 bookings at the moment.