The South End sushi bar puts an innovative touch on traditional Asain cuisine.

From a divine cocktail list to sushi that is crafted using only the freshest ingredients, South End’s O-Ku Sushi Bar celebrates authentic Asian cuisine with a contemporary twist. With sister restaurants in Charleston, Atlanta and Washington D.C., O-Ku Charlotte is the luxury franchise’s fourth location. The dining area features an upscale, yet comfortable vibe with vibrant energy that flows throughout the space. While O-Ku is mainly applauded for its fresh sushi that is often sourced from fish markets in Hawaii, Tokyo and local Carolina purveyors, the restaurant’s commitment to the overall experience is what truly makes O-Ku unique. Their team is constantly focused on creating a memorable dining experience for their guests, insuring that everything from their hospitality to their high-quality dishes and beverage items are as close to perfect as humanly possible.

Redolent of traditional Japanese culture, O-Ku’s menu is made up of signature starters and contemporary Japanese entrees along with seasonal traditional sushi. It features unique ingredients paired with sophisticated presentations, and each dish provides a fresh and innovative take on traditional Japanese sushi and cuisine. You can’t go wrong with the South End Shrimp, Lobster Temaki or the Potato Roll, but everything is delicious. 

If you’ve had the opportunity to visit O-Ku, you know that their beverages are part of what makes their dining experience truly one-of-a-kind; and sourcing quality ingredients is part of why their beverages are so darn good! On their drink list is premium sake, specialty cocktails, wine and local beer. I recommend trying their fantastic specialty cocktail Sugar & Spice or bar manager, Larisa Yanicaks’s, new Smoke & Fire.

O-Ku is located at 2000 South Boulevard. Visit their website to make a reservation, view their mouthwatering photo gallery and catch a glimpse of their marvelous menu.