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O-Ku - DC

4.8
4.8
1262 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

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Dining areas

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

  • Neighborhood

    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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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was incredible!! Everything was delicious!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend coming for their happy hour Monday - Thursday 5 - 7. There are great deals on select drinks, small plates & rolls
  3. T

    Thelma

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    First, I’ll start off by saying that this is a 4.5 review but I rounded up because of the excellent service. Ambiance Pros: Very dim light and intimate. From the outside, it seems like such a small space but once you get in, its well beautiful and has great decor. We sat upstairs The cons: Its incredibly cold in the restaurant, not sure if it was because we were directly under the vent but very cold Server: Sarah! She was amazing and let us know that although she was new, she had tried everything on the menu so she had great recommendations Food and drinks: The sushi was amazing and the drinks were great as well! (I had the crunchy pawn sushi, sugar and spice drink, salmon sashimi, hanger steak skewers, and donuts for dessert). The steak portion was small but it tasted great. Service: When booking the reservation, I had mentioned I was celebrating a special someones birthday and they went above and beyond! Not only did they give us Champagne, they gave us some cake and a birthday card that was signed by some of the staff. It was the sweetest thing ever! We had such a great time and I’ll definitely be back!
  4. MS

    MSS4

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My hopes were high after reading all the good reviews, but I was ultimately disappointed. While the ambiance was stylish and pleasant and the server attentive and energetic, only three of the 6 dishes we ordered were tasty and fresh; the other three were flavorless and underwhelming. The cocktails were tasty but tiny, and the bill was over $200 for a modest meal for two-not what I was expecting for a ‘two dollar sign’ establishment. One other issue was the gas candle on the table, which gave off strong fumes over the course of the meal, while not providing enough light by which to read the menu.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a girls trip for my birthday and I requested sushi. This place was AMAZING! The staff was so sweet and everyone signed a birthday card for me 🥹 definitely on my favorites list! Thank y’all so much!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    O-ku is my favorite place for sushi in DC. The food, service, and ambiance is always fantastic. We went to celebrate my birthday and the sweet was so incredibly sweet to sign a card and bring out a delicious lemon bar dessert. Thank you for making me feel so special.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing. I highly recommend.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a little chilly, but everything else was 10/10. It was so difficult to decide what to actually order because everything seemed delicious
  9. J

    Julia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite place for Happy Hour drinks and food in the Union Market area! Great ambience, great service, and great sushi. Highly recommend for date night and birthday celebrations.
  10. Z

    Zeze1881

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite places. We have been coming here for years. It’s worth every penny. The staff are really nice and the service is amazing.
  11. S

    Sherry

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was great! Our server was attentive and super informative. Our food also came out quickly, which we appreciated. We liked the variety in the happy hour menu and the ambiance. The food, however, was just okay to us. The sushi rolls were a normal level of good and the miso soup had no taste. We didn’t have any of their speciality drinks so I can’t comment on those but they seem promising. I’d definitely recommend here for the vibe and a decent happy hour compared to other places in DC, but it fills up quick so make reservations far in advance.
  12. TR

    TanishaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing experience. Everyone was kind helpful and attentive. All the food didn’t come out at once so everything was fresh giving us the opportunity to enjoy each one.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner and evening at O-Ku. The food was fresh, the drinks were delicious, and the service was excellent. The birthday dessert and card was a really special touch. Excited to come back for another dinner!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a hidden gem! Happy hour 5-7 on amazing drinks. Sugar & spice is a must have. Our waiter was the manager of the spot Jerome he is excellent ask for him. The sushi is amazing you can’t go wrong with any of the rolls. The rock shrimp is 10/10!!! Overall the entire experience was great I will 100% be back. Highly recommend
  15. CH

    ChristinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Dinner was a great experience- very very fresh sushi, interesting flavor combos and yummy cocktails. The atmosphere is a vibe and staff was very knowledgeable.
  16. AL

    AllaL

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service, nice atmosphere. The food was good. Not outstanding but very decent. I would prefer “less rice more fish” rolls, but my daughter enjoyed it, and, since we were there to celebrate her birthday, overall it was a very joyful experience.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and so was our server!
  18. B

    Brenda

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy ambiance, outstanding service, and some of the best food I’ve tasted in DC. 10/10! Will definitely come back!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love O-Ku! I frequent often and it’s my favorite sushi spot in DC.
  20. HD

    HappyDiners

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely time. very attentive staff, one of us ordered the omakase which was fabulous, worth the price for the adventure. specialty cocktails were good like the shogun. regular cocktails were just eh, like a dirty martini. They made a special deal of a birthday celebration which was fabulous, including a glass of bubbly for all of us to toast with. all over, great experience, thank you!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress was amazing at explaining the menu
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing per usual! All of the food was fresh and the flavors always amaze my taste buds! Such great food.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Abby was great! The sushi was SUPER fresh!!
  24. NH

    NickH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our server had kind of a weird, awkward vibe, but the experience was otherwise delightful!
  25. RJ

    RoryJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! First time customer. Staff was awesome, yummy food and cool vibe. Happy hour had good prices too.
  26. RS

    ReshawnaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were amazing. The place was amazing as well.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought my friends from KC here and it was amazing !! The happy hour is a complete steal and we enjoyed every second. Will definitely be back.
  28. R

    Rico

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Dined at your establishment to celebrate my wedding anniversary, and both myself and my wife had an exceptional experience. It stated from accommodating our tardiness, to recognizing and celebrating our anniversary. The serve we had, I’m mad I can’t remember her name (tall woman w: curly Blk hair and glasses) was AMAZING.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server/bartender Adam was so amazing! We had a great experience and could not have asked for better food or service. I will highly recommend this restaurant to anyone, and we will definitely be back! Can't say enough good things!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Waited over 20 minutes to be seated. Fruit flies flying around everywhere, getting in the food. The food itself is fine, but completely overpriced. The omakase is definitely not worth it. Waste of time and money.
  31. HS

    HilaryS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Music was far too loud. Drinks were poor. Food was fine but I’ve had far better. Server helped make up for a lot but not all.
  32. B

    Brian

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was stellar. The Omakase was filling and exciting. Highly recommend. Our waitress was a lot of fun and recommended some great side dishes.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, quick food, great food, and an overall great experience
  34. KW

    KWSA

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance, service, and food was exceptional. If I lived near by it would be a regular for me.
  35. AH

    AshleyH

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday and I am so happy we did! The service was fast and friendly and the food was delicious. Our waitress was so kind and provided us with a drink and a special piece of sashimi to celebrate! The happy hour is also an incredible deal. To top it off, the staff wrote out a birthday card for my boyfriend and gave it to him with our check! We were blown away at how nice everyone was- it was a perfect evening thanks to O-Ku.
  36. CM

    CharlotteM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was delicious but service wasn’t great. They definitely forgot about something we ordered but we eventually got it. Food was great though and will definitely go again.
  37. CC

    CristinaC

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed this dinner with our daughter, and our server, Tatiana, recommended excellent dishes that complemented each other beautifully. It felt like an interesting and cool place to eat, and we loved the vibe.
  38. A

    Angie

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It has been a while since I’ve had a dining experience like this. From the service to the food everything was 5 star level (minus it being a bit warm where we were upstairs). We were there to celebrate our anniversary and it did not disappoint. We had a few rolls (crunchy prawn and surf and turf) and a couple appetizers including the Wagyu skewer and the yellowtail carpaccio...phenomenal! At what we thought was the end of our meal, our server brought us champagne, dessert and a card signed by the staff. When we asked if the dessert was egg free, they went and had a special one made so he could enjoy as well and he loved it. Said it was unlike anything he’d ever tasted. Best dining experience in a very long time! We will be back for sure!
  39. LR

    LesleyR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, love the special message for my birthday
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Host was rude which soured the mood, but food and server after were good.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer 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 4.8 stars by 1262 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

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today
Google Map for O-Ku - DC

1274 5th Street, Washington, DC 20002

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    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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