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BAKU is a Japanese Robata-style restaurant that showcases outstanding Sushi and innovative Robata and Yakatori cuisine.
Charlotte, NC 28211
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
Went to Baku a second time to try the Omakase Tasting 150. It was great, I was served delicious food throughout. It was a pleasant experience. Grilled Shishito pepper with bonito flakes, very mild and tasty, salad with seared tuna, sea bass tempura, sweet grilled black cod, A5 wagyu steak with mushroom and 3 type of salts, rice with mushroom and dessert. Also, various sushi served fresh from the chef! Oishi! I was full after that, phew.
Absolutely wonderful food from start to finish. The layout and decor is really cool too. Have only eaten here twice but it was fantastic both times! I'd say the food isn't cheap but it's also not overpriced either. Wish I lived closer, would definitely eat here a lot more often.
This is my third visit to Baku, but it will be my last. The food has changed considerably and is nothing special like it used to be. The noise made it impossible for a table of 5 to have a conversation. People seated beside one another even found it hard to talk. I planned a nice evening with friends in what I considered a nice restaurant, but was disappointed on all fronts. So-so food and no conversation! Good bye, Baku!
We went for restaurant week and got to try different options. I recommend the crispy brussel sprouts and the housemade ice cream. The calimari was not greasy, but had no flavor. The same with the steak.
The food is served as it's prepared, so your courses aren't always served in order.
It is very loud, so not the best place for conversation.
It is very pricy and the cuisine doesn't merit the price.
We went during Queens Feast; however the Restaurant Week menu didn't speak to us. We had the pork dumplings and titaki beef to start. The dumplings were good, but the titaki beef was a little odd. Not my favorite. I had the Chilean Sea Bass and he had the Skirt Steak. Both were good, but we left with a huge bill and still hungry. Overall, the service was good and the food was ok, but not worth the price.
It was restaurant week so I understand that some things may not be the same but the food was mediocre at best. They were out of the wine and beer that I ordered and the service was just ok. For the price tag of this restaurant I would not recommend it at all.
Queens Fest brought us to BAKU for the first time. The food was very good, but one dish ( prawns ) took forever. When it got to the table there was exactly ONE prawn on the plate! ONE!!! Not very happy at all. Even though the festival is to sample new restaurants, it is still $35. One piece of shrimp...really?
With that said, the flavors of all the dishes were excellent.
Service was excellent. Decor interesting. Food was very tasty. One gripe...tiger prawn and vegetable tempura (Queens feast week menu) only had one prawn in it. Mentioned it to our waiter. He apologized and said other people complained about it too. That's why I gave it a 4 star rating instead of a 5.
We attended Baku during restaurant week and it was very good. I'd read reviews regarding how hot it was in there, thinking it was an AC problem that they surely got fixed....Well, it was still very warm where we were seated, which was in the booth along the back wall. Our waiter, Reggie, was AWESOME! He was extremely attentive, but not annoying. For the most part the food was really good. The cons of dining was that my friend got the "Prawns" dish and there was ONE Prawn! The food also came out weird and our entrees did not come out together. I waited 10 minutes with my food in front of me before my friends' food came out. I'd go back, but wouldn't sit in a booth and would request up front that our food comes out together.
I've eaten at this several times so was aware of the menu but I've never experienced a dinner like I did on Monday
If you go and order several dishes for 2 you'll get it when the kitchen sends it out. 2 of us already sharing 2 plates along comes another then another then a long wait for the last one
It took 5-6 request for a bottle of wine before they found one in stock. Each request took time
Cocktails where spilled and not to order
It was not a pleasant evening
Manager spent more time at the hostess station than the diners
Wait staff only answer was I'm sorry
So if you don't care what & when you get your drinks or food go to Baku
I'll doubt if I ever go back
I wish them well
Air conditioner was out, so you walked into a sweat box. Our server was extremely rude to us. It took over 25 minutes to get our drinks and they were made incorrectly. Our food came out in the wrong order and one item was like warm. We let a manager know immediately we were off to a rocky start. He said he would buy our drinks instead of making them correctly because he didnt know if they had the proper ingredients to make the drinks... weird! Didn't offer anything else, just bought the wrong drinks for us, which isn't what we wanted. Once we made the mistake of letting the manager know our server was even more rude to us, coming to the table only when he had to drop food off but wouldn't speak to us. Had to get other servers to refill our waters and such. Finally told the manager we wanted a new server all together and our server still came back, most likely to just be rude. The worst part is no other server ever came by our table after that, to check on us or to try to recover the situation. The food was excellent when it came out properly. However we had to also ask someone else for a fork and knife to eat the steak we ordered because of course our server wouldn't provide us with the things we needed. I wouldn't totally hold it against the restaurant because the other servers seemed to be very pleasant and friendly. Our server, Joe, was just down right a jerk! The manager dropped the ball with recovery as well. Would probably go back because the food was good and hope for working AC and that Joe isn't in the building.
The night we chose was in the middle of Queen City's Feast/Charlotte Restaurant Week. Despite the crowd, it was overall an amazing dinner. I'm extremely picky about sushi and have been to some of the best sushi restaurants in NYC and a few other cities. This one falls into my top 3, and that isn't easy. The Salmon Belly Nigiri was outstanding and melts in your mouth. It was our first dish and the perfect start and we actually ended with the same dish - it was that good, we had to have it twice. Most items are served as small plates and shareables, which is perfect for a date night with someone you love. We staggered our orders, which ensured that we didn't get too full and gave ourselves time between dishes. I think we had 5 "courses" total. Already planned out the items we need to order on our next visit, because there were so many items we wanted to try, but we just couldn't order everything. New favorite!
Our overall dining experience was terrible, the food was not good and overpriced. The portions were very little for the price. We left hungry. The AC seemed like it was not working, it was way too hot in there and we couldn't enjoy our food. Would not go back.
This was only our second visit to Baku. We loved it so much the first time (great food, great service, great atmosphere) that we jumped at the chance to eat there again during restaurant week. What a mistake! First, we were seated in a back corner, which initially I liked, as thought it would be quiet and away from noise. However, it was behind the kitchen, so it was uncomfortably warm, about 10-15 degrees warmer than the main area, and was right next to a waiter station, which was very busy. Then, our waiter was terrible, acted like he didn't want to be there, made us feel like we were a burden to him that he had to wait on us. When I asked which wine out of 2 choices he would recommend, he said "whichever one we have" which wasn't helpful. We felt very rushed, he came and got the paid check before we got up from the table, which made us feel like we were expected to leave, and is also one of my husband's pet peeves. This seems to be typical of restaurant week, as it happened to us last time at a different restaurant. Very disappointed in Baku experience this time, especially the service. Will think twice before spending the money to eat there again, and for sure won't eat there during Queen's Feast!
We went to Baku for restaurant week. It was our first time there. The food was delicious and the whole vibe was great. Only thing was our server didn't know the name of some drinks which for a nice restaurant I would have thought would have been a given. Overall very yummy. Will definitely be back.
Our group of three ate here on a Thursday night. Our server was amazing. He made great recommendations and gave just the right amount of attention. All of our meal was amazing...we loved the chicken wings, pork belly, toro, skirt steak, and pork dumplings. The only thing we weren't thrilled with was the duck breast. Their offering of ice cream at the end of the meal was perfect. We would definitely eat here again but it is very pricey.
Baku probably has the best sushi in Charlotte. That's not the same level of praise as if we were in Seattle or Vancouver, say, but it's not nothing. The issue with Baku is price. It could easily cost more than $100 per person to feel satisfied at Baku, and I'm a small person with no need for quantity. I could expect & accept that amount in the aforementioned cities, or NY or Tokyo or Frankfurt, but we're not those cities. I suppose if they're getting it, more power to them. But most of the folks I know find other options for Sushi & Japnese cuisine.
The food was great however we had a party of 9 and the service was very slow. Waits of 15 or more minutes for drinks and long wait on food. We got items we did not order and some items were missing completely. I would suggest this is a good date night spot but not for large groups
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