O-Ku - DC

4.8
678 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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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 678 People Are Saying
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jgold24
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just went for the first time - might be my favorite restaurant in DC. Food was immaculate, prices weren't crazy-high, service was excellent, ambiance was great. I am already so excited to go back.

I recommend:

-The Wagyu: yes it's $25/oz (and a 2oz minimum order), but it's A5 Wagyu and I've never seen that quality of meat on a menu anywhere. There were four of us so we each got our own small piece good for around three bites. It was legendary. So worth it.

-The gyoza dumplings

-Firecracker roll (best sushi roll I've ever had)

-The chocolate cake with ice cream on it: Oh my goodness, this was so unreasonably delicious and the perfect end to the meal.

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Allison
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, it was my friend's birthday and the whole staff wrote her a card which I have never seen done before, and then brought out mochi ice cream with a candle! It was very cute and their happy hour specials are incredible, I'll definitely be coming back!

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melinaz
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sushi here is truly amazing! Such great vibes and stunning interior!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had amazing service! Will definitely be back for happy hour too.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome experience, great server and management.

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vipNearNortheastResident
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this place. The patio is perfect for Covid. HH m-th from 5-7 is an incredible deal.

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vipPaulineW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The outdoor space is well heated and well ventilated for outdoor seating.

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BrookeL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Great service, food, drinks and ambiance. Would recommend!

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Blackmermaid53
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing. I love the selection of food choices, everything was freshly prepared. I will definitely go back!

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VitoG
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was incredible and made our anniversary extremely special. Our waitress, Casey, was amazing !

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great ! Food was great! We tried the new scaly wag ! Super good and had lots of different sushi options along with the curry noodles and hanger steak . Delicious PERFECT !!!

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ChelsiH
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I spent our 5th anniversary here and it was the most spectacular dining experience we’ve had in a while. The staff was attentive and so incredibly kind. They anticipated our every need. The food was absolutely delicious and reasonably priced. We ordered at least 10 different things from the menu (not to mention, reordered a specific dish TWO ADDITIONAL TIMES - that’s how good it was) and with the happy hour prices, our bill was shockingly low.

For dessert, the servers brought out a slice of cheesecake with a candle and two glasses of champagne, in addition to the Michu ice cream we’d ordered, for free as an anniversary gift. To top it off, everyone of the staff signed a card to us.

I was to taken aback by the experience at O-Ku, I’ve told everyone I know they HAVE TO dine here. My husband and I will definitely be going back soon.

Best sushi, in a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere, and the hospitality was like no other.

Thank you, O-Ku. Hats off to you!

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Foodlover
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ovearall - phenomenal. High quality sushi. Great vibe. Fantastic service. Can't wait to go back.

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AlexisS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was phenomenal and food was exquisite! Would definitely go here again!

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Stephanie
Miami
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, lovely rooftop, great drinks. Service was a bit slow but will cut them slack because it was Valentine's Day. Will 100% be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my girlfriend went for Valentine’s Day and it was a fantastic evening. They really made it special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was absolutely amazing in every way. The food was top notch. The patio heaters were blasting, keeping us nice and toasty during 30 degree weather.

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LindsayD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the omakase. It was great.

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StaceyQ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing!!
We had late night reservations (9:45pm) but decided to arrive about early (8:30pm) since we were starving
The staff was very accommodating. We manage to get a quick drink at the bar while we waited to sit down.

Once at our table, Jen (our waitress) was super nice and knowledgeable on the menu. She helped us select some of the item based on our preferences
For appetizers we ordered
Salmon Uzuzukuri which was delicious w a kick of wasabi
We also had the
Chicken fried rice the portion was big enough for 2

For our sushi rolls we had,

Fire cracker roll this one was our favorite, we ordered it twice the little red eggs we spicy
Yuzo Fuego not as spicy of it described but it was still good
Surf & Turf roll this one was good meat was good combined w the shrimp
Harvest roll for being a vegetarian roll it was good


Drinks
Shogun this was delicious, perfect blend of basil and gin
O-Ku martini (gin) this one was strong but smooth

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Carl
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing atmosphere. Great place if you like sushi.

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vipPalpat
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in DC! I highly recommend to anyone

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Chef
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food/Service was amazing I really enjoyed myself asa first timer I asked my server order for me basically, Vegan options were awesome as-well (says my vegan friend whom accompanied me) I'm going back this week for happy hour...

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly amazing, food, ambience, SERVICE. I cannot wait to come back!

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TorniaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious, service exceptional and atmosphere is amazing.

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Mika
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places to go for an amazing happy hour and covid friendly out door space!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the food at O-Ku! The sushi is fresh and delicious, really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Drinks are unique and worth a try, especially the habanero sugar one! The team is very attentive and friendly. Every time I celebrate, they’ve given me a handwritten note from the team which is a nice personal touch to the experience. One of the best sushi spots in DC!

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MeronD
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time food was amazing service was on point! I will definitely go back :)

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vipAimeeG
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was on fantastic! Atmosphere was cozy and amazing! Our waitress Jen was absolutely phenomenal and truly made our night magical! We will definitely be back! Can we keep you, Jen?

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BOOBIED
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THIS PLACE IS AMAZING FROM ENTERING THE LOCATION TO DRINKS && THE AMAZING SERVICE ALONG WITH THE FOOD. O-KU MEANS “OAK” IF ANYONE DIDNT KNOW 😏

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour was amazing !

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ChrisL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They catered to us and treated us as special guest because I made the reservation as an anniversary. They gave us a personal signed card at the end of the night. We will be going back for future special occasions

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ClaraS
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food. The service was a little slow but still this restaurant always impresses.

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Renie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service and ambiance.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service, what an enjoyable experience!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Excellent and knowledgeable waitstaff. Will def go back

AJ
vipAsiaJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience and the owner is also commentary!

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VeroM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and food is just incredible! Our favorite sushi place BY FAR!

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DaytonM
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The happy hour is awesome. Great place for a date.

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Caroline
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and the drink selection from O Ku is amazing! The venue is beautiful. The only thing that was a bit disappointing was how long it took for the food to arrive. It was a solid 40 minutes from appetizers being cleared to our entrees being served.

We will definitely be back again because the food is that incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Work promotions celebration and getting back together with 2 friends at our favorite place in town. The absolutely best!

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 678 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.