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O-Ku - DC

4.8
4.8
1222 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 55 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

  • 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
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    Victoria

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jeffrey made our experience unforgettable! The omakase experience was a fantastic way to celebrate our anniversary. We will definitely be back for more.
  3. AK

    AlesiaK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John was amazing like always Food - exceptional! Our #1 place
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great!
  5. K

    jameK

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Love the food, good service, staff clear the table too quickly. Music too loud. Love the food.
  6. M

    Melody

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super friendly, Knowledgeable waiter made fantastic recommendations. Phenomenal drinks, Sushi was high quality and delicious, meatballs to die for!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    O-ku never fails to deliver good service and great food. The sushi is fresh, the food comes fast (even with a packed house), and the ambiance is very nice.
  8. MB

    MadB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All our food was excellent and we enjoyed sitting on the roof. The servers were great and they gave us champagne to celebrate our anniversary. Would definitely recommend.
  9. D

    Date

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went there for our 2-year wedding anniversary and absolutely loved everything! The food was amazing and the staff was so kind. We will definitely be back!
  10. SB

    StacyB

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent sushi & the happy hour is the best! Always a wonderful experience.
  11. T

    Taleesha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The yellowtail melts in your mouth. I had a wonderful time. My waitress went above and beyond. I was impressed that they actually read my reservation notes and acknowledged my Mama’s Night out. I will definitely be back on my next kid free night to myself.
  12. A

    Anthony

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    O-Ku remains one of my favorite spots in DC because it never disappoints! My wife and I decided on O-Ku for an anniversary dinner and had an amazing night. Cam was awesome as our server and the card signed by the whole team was so thoughtful - we’ve never received such a beautiful gift at a restaurant before!
  13. SD

    SebastianD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Thanks for champagne
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    71 reviews

    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got there during happy hour. Some great happy hour specials on sushi. Everything we tried was fantastic.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding! Very professional and sleek place. I booked on open table for an outdoor seat since that was the only rbi f available but put in the comments I’d love to be indoors is available and was sat indoors upon arrival. Waiter was very kind and food was amazing!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and great place (we sat outside). All food was five star. This is my go to sushi spot.
  17. CH

    CharlesH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was 5 Star dining. We ate on the roof, which on a DC summer night was perfect, though at the end of the meal, a light jacket or shawl was required; Regardless, the atmosphere was great, with modern music playing softly in the background. We were able to converse, and converse with the people at the next table, without issue. I recommend the Lobster warmed at your table (it’s already cooked, but warming at the table with the lobster in butter and the addition of wild mushrooms was great from an ambiance standpoint). Service was excellent, and while the rooftop was crowded, it wasn’t packed; there was a feeling of comfortable dining that filled the space.I am more of a Riesling guy but I did try the Cosmopolitan as well, and both were fantastic. I recommend this as a special event dinner experience - first date, date night, birthday/anniversary environment. Parking was a chore, but everything else was so satisfying, I was forced to give the star back. If yo are into Japanese, this is a must try!
  18. P

    Phili

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Expensive but quality, creativity make it worth the price.
  19. W

    Woooz

    Hamburg Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a great waiter - I think his name was Deonte, which added to the amazing food and great ambience. Inside was cold but the waiter helped sort this out when we mentioned it. Loved everything!
  20. NN

    NearNortheastResident

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent as always. great happy hour prices and fantastic, fresh food.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    idk what playlist y’all had on but it was literally the best music ever. also the food was fire. and the service was great. ily
  22. AY

    AYH0212

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The last two times I have dined here most of the food has been inedible and I have to send it back. The sushi does not taste fresh and everything else is WAY too over salted. I will not be returning.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for our anniversary and the service, food, and overall experience was great. They gave us complimentary champagne and a really nice happy anniversary card at the end of dinner. All of the food and drinks looked good and will definitely be back to try more.
  24. A

    Adaeze

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner! We would definitely come again especially for birthdays or friend dinners and happy hours 🎉
  25. LC

    LCTreview

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience!
  26. BB

    BillB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Great service. We sat outdoors, on the rooftop patio. Subtle flavors and superb drinks, both leaded and unleaded.
  27. B

    Brie

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. The hanger steak is delicious
  28. MH

    MichaelH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Took my son for his 8th birthday and had a great experience. The service was fantastic and the food delicious. They brought out a special desert and birthday card hand drawn and signed by all the restaurant staff. They made him feel very special on his birthday.
  29. PS

    PattiS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best service I have ever had. Food was top notch! I’ll definitely do back
  30. A

    Amanda

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SO good. High quality fish and excellent service
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had dinner last night with my college aged daughter We decided to do the Chef’s tasting menu which was delicious and a good value Staff was knowledgeable and attentive We didn’t do the paired wine/sake It was an eight course delight! Only “constructive” criticism I would venture is maybe 6 food courses; then two deserts instead of 7:1 One could be fruit based first then a sweet. Other than that, it was amazing and we will return
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience4
    The sushi had too much rice and it was Soggy rice , sad to see such good sushi place change quality of food
  33. N

    Noemi

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was amazing!! Snow king roll which is usually amazing was pretty bland and not as good as usual.
  34. PM

    PeeM

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Antonio was a great server. He made awesome recommendations and my kid was happy with his recommendations. Overall, the price and quality of the food, location and atmosphere made our evening spectacular. We will return - with friends.
  35. JW

    JoshuaW

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sushi was amazing ! Will definitely go back and try something different.
  36. SM

    SimoneM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Place to go!! Waiter made excellent recommendations! Drinks were excellent! Will return!!
  37. JW

    JosephW

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed all the food - a mix of sushi, grill items and starters. Drinks were also very good. Service was very good - attentive and really good knowledge of menu with solid recommendations. We sat on the roof, and it was very pleasant. Inside vibe is much more chic and cool. Would definitely go back.
  38. R

    Renie

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent on every level.
  39. JW

    JoshW

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Felt like we ordered most of the menu. Our server Tatiana was amazing and made the best recommendations. Omakase was amazing as well
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Deonte was great ! Thanks for you hospitality

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 1222 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 55 times today
Google Map for O-Ku - DC

1274 5th Street, Washington, DC 20002

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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