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O-Ku - DC

4.7
4.7
1177 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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2 people

11:30 p.m.


Booked 56 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 888-8790

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Private party contact

    Sam Edgerly: (202) 888-8790

  • Neighbourhood

    Washington

  • Parking Details

    Street and lot parking in union market. Pay attention to parking signs in the area for more information on street parking.

  • Public Transit

    NOMA-Gallaudet metro on the red line is a couple blocks away

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love O-Ku! My favorite Sushi place in DC. Happy hour is so worth it
  2. E

    Easy

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rooftop atmosphere was cool. Peter was a great server. Very enjoyable birthday celebration spot.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Terrible service by our waitress.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service as usual and great happy hour menu
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Do not get the omakase! Progression doesn't make sense (they reused the same type of fish in different courses), subpar food and had to wait over 3 hours to finish our meal.
  6. DA

    DyAY

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the yellowtail in truffle ponzu small dish was amazing. otoro was also great
  7. TA

    TommyA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    Hands down, best food in DC. Every menu item is delicious at a fair price
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Our server was great. The Happy Hour is wonderful!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    I made reservations to surprise my fiend for her birthday. The host ruined the surprise by telling her I was there after I specified not to. I also tried to change the reservation name and they said it’s not allowed even though I called and confirmed it was possible. Our server kept getting our orders wrong even though she wrote them down in the beginning. She kept asking did you get this and that. We got our main courses before our small plate appetizers which was so confusing. We kept telling the server what we missed and she brought the wrong item twice. On top of that the sushi was very pricey. The rolls are mostly rice and not enough fish ingredients. Over all it was not the best experience. We probably won’t be back there ever.
  11. B

    Bart

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience2
    Drinks service was terrible and slow, always came out after food was gone. Dessert took forever. Just bad timing all around.
  12. m

    marym

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were very accommodating to my request to sit upstairs... loved the food as usual
  13. KS

    KiraS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I love O-Ku! I would've given the food five stars, but a string of hair was in my favorite roll (Crab Crunch). However, our waitress and the manager were apologetic and handled the situation.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Food was delicious!! Our waitress was really nice, but not super familiar with the menu and what things were.
  15. DA

    DesA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    I became sick soon after eating and before I left the restaurant. I was given half a refund for my meal and the staff wasn’t very warm to hearing about my experience
  16. R

    Rafa

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best sushi i've had in dc... please come if you have the time
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omasake was delightful
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I had a wonderful experience at O-Ku! We are in town to celebrate my birthday, and the staff gave me a free dessert and hand-signed card for my birthday :) it was very thoughtful and felt like a genuine interaction. The shrimp shumai was the best I’ve had and we loved the yellowtail carpaccio! Definitely will dine here again when we are back in town.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best sushi me and my boyfriend have had in DC … maybe even ever! The meal was absolutely DELICIOUS. The drinks were just as good. Our waiter, Peter, was so friendly and gave us great recommendations. They were so kind and made us feel extra special on a special occasion! We could not rave more about this place! EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO HERE!
  20. JR

    JennaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had amazing service at Oku for my partner’s birthday dinner! They have the best happy hour sushi deal and they surprised us with free pieces of nigiri, champagne, and a lovely birthday card from the staff. Highly recommend! Thank you Oku!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    O-ku is excellent, one of the BEST.
  22. W

    Willa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, great music, and very well-designed decor. They even offered us our choice of lemon, lime, and cucumber slices to put in our water! Plus, a great range of prices for friend groups with different budgets in mind. Highly recommend!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    “Among the best sushi i have ever had in my life, and I’ve had sushi all over the world”
  24. MJ

    MichaelJ

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Prices have gone up and quality has gone down :-(
  25. E

    Emily

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We would gladly come back for cocktails and happy hour! The food was good but did not compare to the quality of the drinks.
  26. CT

    CalvinT

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The GM-ALEX IS FABULOUS AND MY SERVER SHE IS JUST AMAZING HER NAME WAS “TATI” she is THE BESTTT.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Since the beginning the hostess that took my phone call twice to push back my reservation was so friendly. And the food was amazing! So far the best Japanese place I ever taste in the area. Coming from someone that have tasted Japanese/ Nikkei food in many countries, great well developed flavors and high quality of food. My date was so impressed that it definitely made my night! We will come back soon..
  28. E

    elenaEats

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was delicious. The ambiance was great and we had a great time. Would definitely head back to try more of the menu and maybe sit on the patio.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st time, great service and quality.
  30. CD

    CherylD

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful decor, friendly staff, delicious food.
  31. KS

    KS20002

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing! They made us feel extra special since we were celebrating an anniversary. We will be back!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Peter was a phenomenal waiter. We had an amazing meal and amazing service.
  33. CJ

    ChristopherJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh. Quality. Unique. Flavors. Sashimi 🍣 Options for non-fish eaters Mocktails Complete night!
  34. L

    Laura

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, and place. Service was super nice! We will definitely go back
  35. s

    stefanie

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about O-Ku is amazing - the food, the service, the ambiance. One of my favorite restaurants in DC! Also I've always had STELLAR birthday dinner experiences here. Even if the food wasn't as good as it is, I'd still go back for the great service.
  36. T

    Tweets

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    It took me forever to get a reservation at this restaurant and I was excited to finally eat here. It seems like the restaurant doesn't put all their tables on OpenTable so the restaurant was only 1/2 full. Meaning I could have eaten here long ago. The restaurant has a great patio and good cocktails. Everything else was really disappointing. After ordering our drinks and one appetizer, and telling the waitress we'd wait to order more food, she tried to take away our menus. How can I order more food without a menu? The sushi we ordered contained grains of rice that were clearly under cooked. And the sushi rolls themselves were rolled in a sloppy fashion. The single occupancy bathrooms are in the middle of the dining area on both floors and whenever a person opens a bathroom door, diners are subjected to a full view of the bathroom. I would have been livid if we were sat at one of these tables. The meal for 2 came to $200. A price I anticipated from the start. But the experience was far from a $200 experience in both service and food quality.
  37. m

    madisonm28

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious sushi. Great happy hour deals on about half of the normal rolls to make them half off. $4 off a couple of the cocktails and house wine too.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at O-Ku was great. We enjoyed the overall vibe and the food and drinks were amazing. We will definitely be coming back !
  39. JW

    JujuliliW

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The food was good The service ok But it was freezing cold in the restaurant
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible night! Some of the most creative and best made cocktails I’ve had in DC, killer small plates, and outstanding sushi. Couldn’t have asked for a better place to celebrate my girlfriend’s bday!

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

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

O-Ku - DC does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. O-Ku - DC also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 888-8790.

O-Ku - DC is rated 4.7 stars by 1177 OpenTable diners.

O-Ku - DC 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

11:30 p.m.


Booked 56 times today
Google Map for O-Ku - DC

1274 5th Street, Washington, DC 20002

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Washington

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street and lot parking in union market. Pay attention to parking signs in the area for more information on street parking.

  • Public Transit

    NOMA-Gallaudet metro on the red line is a couple blocks away

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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