O-Ku - DC

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435 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.8
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Aashti
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was great a little overpriced but that's DC for you. The salted caramel dessert was disappointing. I didn't know if it was sweet, savory or bitter.
Left a nasty after taste in my mouth. I do not recommend it.

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SteK
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in DC, relaxed-chic interior with friendly, helpful staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time. Quality food and excellent hospitality.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi happy hour you can find in DC!

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AlanL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oku DC is our favorite Asian restaurant in the city. The service is always amazing and the food is even better. We love you guys!

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GrantParkFoodLover
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorite restaurants in the US...yes, in the US. Hands down, best sushi in DC. I love the atmosphere, service, food, and drinks. You can easily spend 3-4 hours there eating and drinking. The manager is amazing and he promised an excellent experience and delivered beyond our expectations.

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JasonG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and seating upstairs; really nice vibe with versatile menu for entree dining or small bites w/ drinks.

KS
vipKimberlyS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good first - new bao was amazing, as was the cauliflower dish, which is listed as a main, but we shared as an appetizer.
However, while service started out good, it went downhill quickly. Had to track down - and remind - the waitress to order our meals and have the dirty / empty appetizer plates removed after sitting there for more than 10mins.
Seating was listed as outdoor only, but the weather was a little iffy when we arrived and we were sat inside - maybe a bit close, particularly inside, given the pandemic. They put everyone upstairs and chose not to utilize the downstairs area for some reason.

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vipApril
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I visit O-Ku the food and service and is always amazing and this visit did not disappoint. It was my boyfriends first time and he's already talking about going back. Stephanie was awesome!!

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BriggitteM
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was nice ambiance coupled with great food. The dining experience was enjoyable.

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DeniseM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We once again had a wonderful dining experience. Many thanks to the staff of O-Ku for making our birthday celebration special. This is our favorite place, not just because of the food and it’s artistic presentation, but because of the people. It’s more like family than a restaurant. Thank you!

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ChristinaS
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time. Such great service and love the ambience. The food is delicious too.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was top notch very wonderful experience. Dumplings were out of this world.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service could not be better.

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ElizaE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Lovely roof deck to watch the sunset. Tasty rolls and drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went for patio coronavirus experience but then it started raining :( they gave us our order to go. Went home and wished we had ordered more. Absolutely delish!!

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vipShivN
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! My partner and I loved it! Great small plates. Definitely try the salmon appetizer with yuzu and truffle. Amazing!!!! The pork belly, hanger steak off the oak grill are incredible too. The cocktails were a hit. And service is so friendly. We’ve been there twice in ten days. We hope to go back very soon and try many more dishes there.

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vipZiggy
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The black magic was very good, while the spicy tuna was so so. Poor beer menu

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vipPatrickS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service in all of DC and awesome food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food and atmosphere were good. Service was good at the start, but after our food arrived, the waitress stopped checking on us. Never took another drink order after our bottle of Sake was finished, never came back to the table when we were done eating to check on us, and we had to ask for twice for a check. This was a business dinner and my guests actually started leaving before we could ever get a check. Disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbeknownst to us, it was Happy Hour with half price rolls, which was greatly appreciated. The food and service were fantastic. We had two small plates and two rolls, which were generously sized. We added a whisky flight and two beverages (one alcoholic). We left very full and satisfied. Will definitely go back soon.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on 13 March 2020

Thanks for your kind words! We love happy hour too! So glad to hear you enjoyed the service as well as the beverages! Hope to see you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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DeniseM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We simply love this place. The food is outstanding each and every time and the service is well. We really enjoy seeing Lindsey and TG whenever we go. They are one of the reasons we think of O-Ku as “our restaurant”. On this last visit we met Shannon who was amazing and delightful! She is passionate about the food and wine and now we have one more reason to keep going back. Thank you again for another wonderful dining experience!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on 6 March 2020

Thanks so much, we are so happy to hear you love O-Ku - we ARE your restaurant! Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks! O-Ku Team

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AnnaP
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Long was amazing and sitting at the Sushi bar was fun too! Nice welcome by the hostess and delicious food! Will come back soon!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on 13 March 2020

Thanks for your kind words! So glad to hear that you enjoyed the service and the food. We hope to see you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning in every respect. Went to celebrate an occasion and our waitress took the initiative to get O-Ku staff to sign a celebratory card and the manager provided a round of champagne on the house.

O-Ku - DC
Responded on 6 March 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words! We do hope to see you again soon, and are happy to hear you chose to celebrate with us! See you soon, O-Ku Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Food was delicious!

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ChelseaJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I frequent O-Ku often! It was so great to bring my family here for the first time - they loved it too!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on 13 March 2020

So glad you brought your family in to try us out too! We hope to see you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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AJM07
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm not sure what else I can possibly say about Oku that I haven't already. The restaurant itself is gorgeous and is exactly as I remembered from my last visit. The restaurant is very clean and well kept. Our server was very knowledgable and personable as well as prompt. The food was amazing(as always) and is easily hands down my favorite Japanese restaurant. We came here for my birthday and for dessert the gave me(us) birthday ice cream mochi as well as a card from the entire staff which was very touching as I've never had that done before by any restaurant. Highly recommend!!

O-Ku - DC
Responded on 6 March 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words! Hope to see you again soon! Thanks, O-Ku Team

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Philadelphia
4 reviews