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
$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
The food is amazing - sushi, small plate ...
The food is amazing - sushi, small plates and dinners. Service needs a bit of help though. We were left alone at times for far too long. That left us waiting a very long time to order the next round of small plates or drinks. Our server also forgot to bring us things we requested. These service issues can be corrected if time is spent to correct them.
Had heard and read good things about Bak ...
Had heard and read good things about Baku. Food was excellent and came out fast. Our service was exceptional and the server was very knowledgeable of the menu and helpful in making good recommendations. Trendy place, a bit noisy, but tolerable. Will definitely want to make reservations as we did or you will likely be waiting at the bar for quite a while. Although the food and service were excellent, the prices are a bit on the higher side, but worth the occasional visit. There were two of us, so we ended up ordering a number of different items and shared them versus ordering single entrees - would highly recommend our approach as it allows you to really experience the extensive menu. Would highly recommend the Nigiri as well as the Tiger Shrimp and Pork Belly skewers. Pork dumplings were also outstanding.
Fantastic meal, great service, great dri ...
Fantastic meal, great service, great drinks. We loved our meal at Baku! Everything we tasted was wonderful, and can't wait to go back! However, it is an expensive place, not for everyday meals, and not for young kids. Our mixed drinks were excellent and we stuck with them, as the wine list was very pricey, probably overpriced. Enjoy the restaurant but pass on the wine unless they have a special price deal.
Charged the incorrect amount on the CC ...
Charged the incorrect amount on the CC and it was never resolved in a timely manner. Gave the restaurant every opportunity to resolve the issue but they failed. Not only did I have to call after my date attempted on her own several times to have the restaurant correct the issue. We ended up having to call her personal bank. I advised anyone eating at Baku to check the CC or bank statement after any experiences at this restaurant. However, the service and food was indeed outstanding but incorrect billing screwed up the experience.
We dined here for the first time to cele ...
We dined here for the first time to celebrate my husband's birthday! From the moment we walked in the door everyone was very attentive. The service, ambience, and food were all exceptional! This was our first but definitely not our last visit!
I have tried Baku several times now. It ...
I have tried Baku several times now. It is not a place I personally would choose to dine. I go because it’s a go-to place for a friend of mine. The food itself is very tasty. The portions are ridiculously tiny for the price, even for tapa sized plates. I find the service to be a bit elitist. Little things like lacking ice in the water despite asking for it seemed to be a big request that I never actually got. So the food; my friend orders their favorites and we share. The diver scallop: excellent but you split one scallop. It was fabulous though. The raw oysters: I did not try them but my table mate loved them. The lamb chop: perfectly cook and the best item I ate. The calamari: tasty but again only got 1-2 bites. So after those four tiny plates, a few drinks and we were looking at a very pricey bill and still hungry. Now, I am not a big portion eater. I always rather have quality over quantity. But leaving hungry after spending almost $200 and having so/so service well, I just find it unfortunate.
Baku has very good food, I would rate it ...
Baku has very good food, I would rate it around a 4.5, however the service and attitude of the hostess staff needs improvement, I would not rate it better than a 3. The presentation of the meal is exceptional. The chefs really go above and beyond to present your meal in a delectable, visually impressive art form. Be prepared to spend a substantial amount for your meal, this is probably the most expensive meal that I have ever purchased. If a restaurant is going to charge in excess of $100 per person, they should rate 5 stars in all categories (which is not the case). The restaurant atmosphere needs improvement and the temperature is too warm for patrons.
For the dollar, I am sure that I could find a better restaurant to spend my money.
Ok.. we do like Baku, but there is alway ...
Ok.. we do like Baku, but there is always a problem. When we walked in, the young guy standing behind the desk did not appear to happy to see us, and couldn't find our reservation. Then a girl standing nearby pointed to our name. oh, I got it.. we will seat you upstairs. I told him I prefer downstairs. Short one menu.. ask for another but he must have forgotten. Had to ask one of the waitresses.
It seems to me that the service used to have more personality. While the food was good, the service was dry.
The food was mostly excellent, the servi ...
The food was mostly excellent, the service was very good. The prices seemed a bit much, but the quality was high enough that it's probably justified. I'd say it's beyond the point of diminishing marginal returns for me, but might not be for you.
The food was good here but the service w ...
The food was good here but the service was lacking. The hostesses were a bit rude and dismissive. We had a reservation but had to wait almost half an hour before being seated. Our server seemed way too busy bartending and waiting tables to really give us the attention he should have. I did enjoy the meal but the rest of the experience wasn't good enough to bring me back or recommend it to others.
The wine list needs work because several ...
The wine list needs work because several are right off the Harris Teeter shelf and there is a
substantial difference in your price and that of Harris Teeter.
The bathrooms (women's) needs some repairs to the doors.
I may recommend this restaurant as a 1 t ...
I may recommend this restaurant as a 1 time, special occasion spot. Everything was delicious, but you got so little for the price, it really isn't worth going to more than once. I got several plates, spent $50 before tip, and was still hungry when I left. If the food was more reasonably priced, I would definitely consider going again.
I took my husband there for his birthday ...
I took my husband there for his birthday dinner with friends. It was also Queens Feast. We LOVED IT! I can not say enough about the food, the service and overall experience. Although it was Queens Feast we did not use that menu. Instead our server (can not remember her name but SHE Rocked!!) said she could build us a menu for not much over the QF menu prices. What better way to enjoy the food than to let someone who works there pick your dishes. She did not disappoint, it was all wonderful. Loved their huge selection of Saki and great cocktails. We cant wait to go back and will be back soon.
We enjoyed our dining experience at Baku ...
We enjoyed our dining experience at Baku. However, the air conditioning, although working, was not cool enough. To our server's credit, he did lower the temperature, and although somewhat cooler, the space was never completely comfortable.
My three girl friends and I went toBaku ...
My three girl friends and I went toBaku for dinner and our sever suggested doing the prefixed menu for restaurant week. The only items that were edible- avocado salad and Brussel sprouts. The dumplings and calamari were terrible, the salmon entree had the consistency of cat food and had a horrible after taste. We told our server we didn't enjoy the salmon and we clearly didn't eat it. The manager was close by when we told the server this and we saw them converse about what was wrong... He never came to back to the table to check on us or offer anything else for a substitution for the salmon. Instead, the sever brought our check (didn't ask if we wanted separate checks first and acted like it was a problem when we asked for them split). This was the worst $60+ I've ever spent. I will not return to Baku, regardless of the previous times I've been when I had a wonderful experience.
Having dined here before i was excited t ...
Having dined here before i was excited to return. I had a large party amd they were able to accommodate us which was great. Unfortunately things went downhill from there. The server was unable to keep up with the amount of tables he was assigned. The food was only okay,not anywhere near the quality i would expect for the price.
The worst part i think of the entire evening is that the air conditioning seemed to be broken. The entire time there was a sweaty mess for our party and everyone else. The manager had to have seen our entire table fanning themselves for 2 hours and never came by the table to inquire. We asked multiple people working there about the ac and got the same answer...its on 65. I assure you it was not as i never felt even remotely comfortable there.
I think i will not be returning.
Our meal at Baku was one od the nicest e ...
Our meal at Baku was one od the nicest evenings in recent memory . Foe was terrific, service..perfect. Thank you Restaurant Week for letting us "discover" our new favorite spot.
We will definitely be back and back and back
The only complaint I have is that it was ...
The only complaint I have is that it was extremely warm inside the restaurant. We eventually moved upstairs where it was cooler but still not great. Other than that....the food, service and drinks were outstanding! Turn up the A/C!!!
Our server, Hugo, suggested that we forg ...
Our server, Hugo, suggested that we forgo the Queen's Feast menu and trust him to pick items for us within our price point. We were NOT disappointed! He brought us fabulous items and EVERYTHING was incredible. I would highly recommend Baku and Hugo for any occasion.
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