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
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.
My favorite restaurant with the freshest ...
My favorite restaurant with the freshest seafood. All the staff is wonderful and the cocktails are great. Kudos to Jonathan, our server, for pointing us in the right direction with his menu suggestions. Try the ice bowl sashimi selection!
Enjoyable, but disappointing. The food i ...
Enjoyable, but disappointing. The food is quite good, but noticeably not as remarkable as before. The service was quite poor but his time. The server was caring for tables upstairs and downstairs. This is not possible to do and be consistently attentive to all your tables. There was an hour delay on getting some sushi rolls. I'm not sure what's going on, but there has been a change for the worse.
Not sure when we'll return. There is a growing list of options in Charlotte.
From the cocktails through the courses, ...
From the cocktails through the courses, everything was extremely creative and absolutely delicious. Every dish was an experience.
It pays to ask for recommendations, they really point you in the right direction.
Baku has become not only one of the best sushi restaurants in town, but one of the best overall.
Had we known that Baku is a discotheque ...
Had we known that Baku is a discotheque on Saturday nights, we wouldn't have made a reservation. Our plan was to enjoy good food, talk and relax. Instead we were yelling across the table to hear each other while the hired DJ belted out disco tunes at deafening decibels. While the food was delicious, as usual, the new "concept" made it unenjoyable, particularly at the prices they charge.
Best dining experience in Charlotte. The ...
Best dining experience in Charlotte. The ingredients and preparations can't be found anywhere else in town. The Robata grilled pork belly is a life changer. A bit spendy for routine visits, but worth every cent, every time.
First time visit. We had heard some comp ...
First time visit. We had heard some complaints about quality of service, but our server was attentive and responsive to our requests. Food was attractively presented. The real test of a good Japanese restaurant is how the simpler dishes are done, like sliced sashimi. It was not bad here, but unremarkable. A few of the more "composed" items were better. Prices seemed a little high relative to quality of food. Nice ambience. We especially liked the upstairs lounge area. Parking was a challenge - absolutely no spaces anywhere around this campus of buildings on a Friday night, and therefore we were compelled to use the valet. Having said that, it was a pretty fun experience for Charlotte, and we would return. We are admittedly spoiled by recent visits to sushi bars in Vancouver, San Francisco, New York, Boston.
Food was good, however overpriced for Ta ...
Food was good, however overpriced for Tapas. Being generous, the Service was poor at best. The menu is very confusing. We explained to the waiter we had never been to the restaurant and he didn't explain the menu or process. When we asked for recommendations, the only items he mentioned were the most expensive items on the menu. No other food item was mentioned. Waiter never checked on us. Food runners never explained the food or the pairings that were accompanying. The managers were amazing. Waiter took our valet ticket from us and never returned....thankfully, the fire alarm went off and we could retrieve our car without our ticket. Confusing and disappointing evening would be how I highlight our experience
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.
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