BAKU is a Japanese Robata-style restaurant that showcases outstanding Sushi and innovative Robata and Yakatori cuisine.
Japanese, Yakitori, Sushi
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm – 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking available
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
Baku Ratings and Reviews
Our meal at Baku was amazing! We tried m ...
Our meal at Baku was amazing! We tried mostly seafood this time. Every bite was very well prepared and delicious!!! Our waiter Hugo was fabulous!!! When we come back, we are leaving our dining experience in his hands for food and wine selection. We have not only recommended Baku, but Hugo as a server to many of our friends already!!! Thanks for a superb meal and dining experience!
Extremely high price for what you get. W ...
Extremely high price for what you get. Would not remommend
The food was *phenomenal*! Everything we ...
The food was *phenomenal*! Everything we had was delicious but the standout to me was the pork belly. It is melt-in-your-mouth good. Very fresh-tasting and unusual sushi too. The restaurant is a little on the loud side for a date, but not so much that it's bothersome. It was busy so it took our waiter a while to come take our order, but he was gracious about it and very attentive once he came over. Loved it!
Excellent food. Smallish portions though ...
Excellent food. Smallish portions though.
The original brunch was sooo much better ...
The original brunch was sooo much better. The new way they do brunch not impressed.
I found Baku to have excellent food and ...
I found Baku to have excellent food and a good eclectic selection. Sushi and Tenderloin skewers were most mentionable. Wine was a little over priced but was good. Atmosphere was more like a moderately priced restaurant. I was a bit surprised by the prices vs. portions. Calamari was very good but a very small portion. Pricing was no reason to not return and the food is worth the occasional stop in but I definitely would go more often if the pricing were slightly more moderate.
We thoroughly enjoyed the eclectic fare ...
We thoroughly enjoyed the eclectic fare and felt the menu was full of unusual choices. The meal was beautifully presented. Our server, Reggie, outdid himself with his knowledge and complete descriptions of each course. Thanks to Baku for the delicious and ample dessert in honor of our anniversary. We are looking forward to dining at Baku again soon.
Great place for a group or a couple. Goo ...
Great place for a group or a couple. Good variations will please any palate. Don't skip dessert. The presentations are worth the calories.
My new favorite restaurant in Charlotte. ...
My new favorite restaurant in Charlotte. Best sushi I have had. Best grilled fish (grouper) I have ever had despite years living on both coasts. Excellent recommendations from our waiter. Oh, and desserts worth a visit just for those. I did not try their interesting drink menu as was driving.
Expensive price and terrible food!!!
Our meal on a Friday night was absolutely awful. We ordered five small dishes to share and only one was acceptable, but not good. Overall the food was terrible. The prices were high as well. Our bill was $120.00 for small shared appetizers, but no alcohol or desert. Very disappointed!!!
Food was great and fresh but service was ...
Food was great and fresh but service was rushed and atmosphere is very "club-like." I would give it another try with a group but too rushed to enjoy a date night. My husband and I ordered 5 plates and two drinks and were finished in less than an hour.
We had the roasted oysters, sweet corn, ...
We had the roasted oysters, sweet corn, portobello mushrooms, and ribeye and it was all top notch. The atmosphere was great as well.
Top restaurant in Charlotte. Great servi ...
Top restaurant in Charlotte. Great service with impecable high quality eats.
Service was awesome. Really creative coc ...
Service was awesome. Really creative cocktails were served pronto, and were half-price on the night we dined, so we splurged on two each through dinner and skipped the wine list. Our server was very knowledgable about an interesting and varied menu, explained related Japanese culinary terms/serving styles well, and answered questions helpfully. However, we did note his recommendations were invariably top price points, steering us up even after we said we had a friend's specific recommendation that we wanted to try as one item among several. But he did allow us to order serially, which is the way I prefer to do tapas-style menus. That clearly is extra work for the server, who remained cheerful throughout (and was appropriately rewarded for that essential to hospitality at tip time.) I would recommend that diners order either the mushroom or crab rice pot to have as an accompaniment to all dishes after appetizers. It is beautifully presented in a Japanese pot that will keep it warm as dining progresses. All the items we had were very interesting, and presentations were awesome. Simple fried grouper bites were offered with both a dipping sauce and a matcha-infused salt dip that made the dish unique and memorable. (Grouper, itself, also was top quality.) Butterfish with white asparagus in a shiso-infused sauce was delicate, tender and appropriately subtle. Diver scallops on plum sauce were perfectly grilled and tasty, but only two scallops even as a "small plate" seemed over-priced. It was then that we ordered the rice, after seeing it presented at a nearby table, and wished we had done so earlier, to have it to accompany our other main selections. We did not try the pork belly, as it is never a fav for one of us, nor the beef simply because of cost. All in all, Baku is a lovely special-occasion place for foodies if your budget is average, and a fun night out anytime for the deep-pocket set. Our dinner nudged $50 each, before tip.
My favorite restaurant in Charlotte..Alw ...
My favorite restaurant in Charlotte..Always a great experience!
Food and service was fantastic
Food and service was fantastic
Food was excellent but Inside table was ...
Food was excellent but Inside table was so warm asked turn the temperature down but they could??? Not sure why. Very noisy hard to have a conversation we have to ask three times again and again "what did you say?" "Sorry I can't hear say again!" Out hearing is fine just too noisy... :(
Had drinks, our waiter John was great, a ...
Had drinks, our waiter John was great, appetizers were good, then we ordered dinner, one dinner came exceedingly fast but not the other. John went to look into it and apologized and said it would be right up, after 25 minutes I told John it was inexcusable at this point and didn't even want it as my date had finished hers do it would not get cold, 5 minutes later a " manager" with attitude brought it anyway like it was no big deal.... We had words and I didn't appreciate that he still expected me to accept it and didn't really feel it was an issue... They did end up coming the meal but it ruined an otherwise special occasion...
The AC wasn't on and it got really hot i ...
The AC wasn't on and it got really hot inside the restaurant. We had to ask twice before anyone took us seriously and turned it on. We had a new waiter who had only been there 2 weeks. He didn't know much but was very nice. The manager never came to the table after we didn't eat 3 of the dishes ordered and complained about the heat. Overall, a pretty miserable evening that we quite expensive.
First time there, and definately wont be ...
First time there, and definately wont be the last. Service was excellent, very attentive, more than accommodating it in adjusting orders and sides. Food was spot on delicious, Kentucky blue corn meal, corn bread; incredible, fried green tomatoes, excellent, porterhouse pork chop, prepared perfectly and very tasty. All six at table thoroughly enjoyed the entire dining experience. The desert was to die for; homemade donuts and soufflés were consumed as soon as the were served.
Fantastic Mother's Day brunch! We will d ...
Fantastic Mother's Day brunch! We will definitely be back to experience more of the menu!
Mother's Day Brunch
Was very disappointing - ran out of plates, ran out of food, very limited variety of food choices, no dessert. However, the lady singing was great. We were surprised as dinner has been great on two occasions.
Pricey but delicious!
Pricey but delicious!
Definitely get the ice bowl and sake!
Definitely get the ice bowl and sake!
Happy I tried it
The service was very accommodating and informative. The waiter walked us through the menu and explained how dishes were served. We ordered several items, the NY strip was fantastic and so were the brussel sprouts. I know I said brussel sprouts but they were amazing. It is tapas style so come ready to eat and to share. The chicken meatballs weren't so good but the waiter even kind of warned us but we tried them anyway, so do yourself a favor and listen to your waiter. Overall the food was great, the wine list is a bit pricey but they have beer so it was easy to make the shift.
Wonderful and creative Japanese offering ...
Wonderful and creative Japanese offerings. A special occasion place for us and we always enjoy the food, service and wine list.
Keeps getting better
We love Baku We just have stop ordering our favorites and sample all the other dishes
Excellent for food sharing. We had terriffic servers, it was a nice Thursday evening.
Baku has a great Sunday brunch. While it ...
Baku has a great Sunday brunch. While it is not inexpensive, it is well worth the money.
Date night. Food was outstanding, excellent service. On the pricey side
We've been to Baku many times, and the food is exciting. Looking forward to coming back
Great place to go and excellent ambiance
The restaurant did not disappoint.Being there my first time the food was excellent, everything we had was delicious. Need to go back there again. We had our great friends join us there who recommended it because they know we enjoy great food. Service was impeccable too.
Never use the Valet. The valet guy gave ...
Never use the Valet. The valet guy gave our friends car key to another client and we had to drive him hone to get the spare keys. Very weird and unfortunate story.
The brunch at Baku was a very nice chang ...
The brunch at Baku was a very nice change from typical Easter fair. The menu was a sampling of their evening menu plus a la carter selections. The food was delicious.
This is my second time experiencing Baku; the first being during restaurant week though it quickly gained my loyalty with the quality of food and exceptional atmosphere. The staff is knowledgable and friendly and greatly add to the quality of the restaurant. The menu is imaginative and yet simple without pretension. I highly recommend any steak product as it's cooked perfectly and high quality. The fish is similar, all fresh and buttery in the various sushi options. The drink list is also top notch; the sake selection the best in town. The ambiance is unbeatable; a modern take on Asian chic, and thoughtfully assembled making this absolutely perfect for date night.
The food and atmosphere rock!
The food and atmosphere rock!
Food tasted great, but was overpriced tapas
The food tasted great, but the price was 3x what I would expect for tapas. The waiter did note the portions would be small when we were reviewing the menu, and the food was good, but not worth the overall price. It was noted in the Open Table reservation that one of us had a food allergy and the waiter later admitted it was not communicated to him. It took over 10 minutes for someone to acknowledge us after we had been seated and it was not busy. It was a nice, one-time experience, we can say we tried it, but unless we want to pay an arm and a leg and go home hungry- we likely won't be back.
So you go to a Japanese restaurant and t ...
So you go to a Japanese restaurant and they are out of green tea. Need I say more?
Very nice location. Very good food and s ...
Very nice location. Very good food and service. Will be back again soon
Absolutely an Excpetional Dining Experience!
Amazing food, exceptional presentation, gorgeous surroundings + inspired cocktails & an excellent wine list! Very pricey, but worth every penny.
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