Charlotte, NC 28211
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: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking available
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Baku Ratings and Reviews
Great food but the atmosphere wasn't wha ...
Great food but the atmosphere wasn't what I expected. The restaurant was very loud with club style music and the servers were all running around crazy! It felt rushed and impersonal. Might go back but only for food.
Dinned her for a third time, this time d ...
Dinned her for a third time, this time during restaurant week. We were seated upstairs which is very lively, but may be a bit too loud for some people. Its definitely a more trendy feeling upstairs on a Saturday night. Music, bar and a lone tv in the corner. They did have the full menu available. We ordered pork belly and sea bass skewers, both were delicious. We also ordered the fried shrimp with wasabi dust and a spicy mayo dipping sauce. We also ended up order one of the queens feast sampler--Brussels sprouts, crispy calamari, and the salmon. All were good except the salmon was a bit over cooked for my taste. It can get pretty pricey. About $200 after tip with 4 alcohol beverages.
We have been several times to Baku and t ...
We have been several times to Baku and the food is always excellent. Really can't go wrong with any item. We thought the music was a bit too loud for our taste. Wait staff were excellent. Overall it was an excellent experience. Highly recommend
My fiancé and I LOVE Baku! It was the sp ...
My fiancé and I LOVE Baku! It was the spot of one of our first dates and we've been going back regularly ever since. The atmosphere is super romantic, the food is exceptional and the service is incomparable. The manager, Justin, goes out of his way to make sure his guests have an awesome experience and he always treats us like gold! I don't have enough good things to say about this place.
Excellent Asian hot spot with a creative ...
Excellent Asian hot spot with a creative menu and an offering of hard-to-find drink options. Recommendation: try the Gold Sake, chilled. Sake was recommended by a knowledgeable server. Vegetarian options were there for my date and the portions and taste were on point. Ambiance works well for both a date and a group of friends or family. Show up around 8pm on a Friday or Saturday for a festive environment.
Great food! We had the Baku salad and ed ...
Great food! We had the Baku salad and edamame which had great flavor. Enjoyed watching my boyfriend try to eat everything with chopsticks :) the gyoza was one of the best things we had! Would definitely come back for those and the green tea creme brûlée!
I love Baku. It is no surprise it has be ...
I love Baku. It is no surprise it has been named one of Charlotte's top restaurants. We went for restaurant week and the portions were perfect, the flavor was amazing, the service was exactly what you would hope for with a top restaurant. I can't wait to go back!
This was our first time back under the n ...
This was our first time back under the new ownership after a lackluster meal a few years ago. Wow! The folks from Yama have really improved the food! Our waiter was a little gruff; I think he was displeased to be working during Restaurant Week, never mind the fact that we ordered additional items from the regular menu. However, everyone else we interacted with was very friendly and attentive, so I won't let him ruin our experience. The spicy tuna rice cake (not the proper name) was outstanding, as was the NY Strip, hamachi with truffle, and a number of other items we tried. Atmosphere was lively and fun. Definitely will be back!
This was my final dining experience at B ...
This was my final dining experience at Baku. Unfortunately it was not just one or two things that made our experience miserable but several. The first problem we encountered was noise - we were seated upstairs where a DJ was playing extremely loud music and we requested on three separate occasions they lower the volume to no avail. We were unable to have a conversation and the rest of the diners were obviously having a similar issue because everyone had to speak loudly to be heard - the din was so loud one of my guests had to turn off her hearing aids. We were told that they were unable to accommodate our request. Ridiculous.
The wine we ordered for our meal did not arrive until mid-meal. One of my guests received her second course with the first and one never received her second and subsequent third course until after the rest of us finished our meal. The food was okay, but portions were small and the dumplings were over cooked and chewy as a result. When serving the dumplings one of my guests had oil spilled into her lap.
Our server was rude and obviously did not care about our overall dining experience - if so he would have taken measures to do something about the noise and would have been proactive by checking on us periodically to recognize that we had not received our wine and courses.
I feel that Baku has gotten too big for their britches and they truly do not care about the customer experience.
We went for our very first time here dur ...
We went for our very first time here during restaurant week and was totally blown away with the quality and selection of food. The service was on point, we sat upstairs and Brian was our server, he went above and beyond. Very attentive and helped with guiding us through the menu. I cant wait to go back!!
Restaurant week. All the food was brough ...
Restaurant week. All the food was brought at once except one entree and it was so rare we couldn't eat it, it was also very stringy ny strip which was disappointing. The server was very sparse, lots of tables. Brussel sprouts were perfect and delicious and the cocktails were ok but pricey. It was disappointing the last impression we had was the stringy super rare (blue) steak to end with.
Went for Queen Feast because we got to g ...
Went for Queen Feast because we got to go on a rare date night, I've always wanted to eat here, and everywhere else was booked.
Will definitely be returning. Everything we had (7 courses shared and wine) was incredible. Food was fresh, vibrant, fragrant, bursting with flavor and incredible textures.
Service was exceptional and staff was on point. Professional, polite, courteous and in great spirits.
Price came out on the higher end with wine and everything even with a special menu, but worth the price for special occasion. I wouldn't give it super high marks on the "value" scale, but I wouldn't say that you don't get what you pay for either. It was an incredible experience over all.
Not impressed at all. My reservation ask ...
Not impressed at all. My reservation asked for quiet table. I realize this is a louder than normal restaurant but I was perplexed at how many different tables they could've sat us down at and they chose the only one next to a very loud and drunken group. I asked to be moved and literally pointed to a quieter 2 seater available but it was not offered. They had "other reservations coming" ...um so my reservation is less important?? The food was so so and once the waiter knew it was our first time there he proceeded to say "oh you're in for a treat, we have a lot of good food and we bring it as soon as it's cooked." Lolll well ya I should hope so! Anyways my wife ended up sitting on the same side of the tavke as me so that we could hear each other. Overall, it's not that great, it's overpriced, service sucks. I think they don't have an identity as a restaurant...they're doing too much. I wouldn't go again.
Overall a very good dining experience. T ...
Overall a very good dining experience. The only blemish was getting service at the bar as they were woefully understaffed for the peak dining period. The bartenders were doing their best however. The Sea Bass was excellent!!!
Great waiter who took the time to explai ...
Great waiter who took the time to explain everything to us. At first they had us seated right when you walked into the main dining room but they were able to love us with no problem. We ordered a lot of different items to try the restaurant (sea bass, sushi, shrimp, tempura, salmon, soup and more). Everyone like something different but like other reviewers said - you don't get much and it is a little pricey. I doubt we will return for if we are in the mood for Japanese, we will go to Nikko's.
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