About buku: Global Street Food
Raleigh, NC 27601
Located at the corner of Wilmington and Davie Streets in the heart of downtown Raleigh, bu•ku is a local restaurant that tells a global story. The name "bu•ku" itself is an international slang twist on the phrase, "Merci, beaucoup" meaning, "Thank you very much." Inspired by the pushcarts of street vendors across the globe, our chefs harvest an array of unique and distinct flavors and present them authentically, in a virtual kaleidoscope of plates. The common link: these are foods that people love. Working within different regional traditions, our menu brings together complex and flavorful dishes that have been honed over generations. Foods like Filipino Lumpia, Jamaican Lamb Patties and Chinese Steamed Buns can be found on the street corners of Manila, Kingston and Beijing. We strive to convey the immediate thrill a traveler feels eating foods like these as they first cross over the cart and exchange hands into the urban setting.
Global, International, Asian, South American
Hours of Operation:
Serving our Full Menu
Friday & Saturday: 11am-12am
Sunday Brunch Buffet: 10am-3pm
Sunday Dinner: 5pm-10pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We would love to host your next event! Please ask Katherine, our Events Coordinator, for an Events Package and any additional information you need.
Complimentary valet every day after 5pm and during Sunday Brunch. Lunch parking is available in the public deck.
Enter the City Center Parking Deck from Wilmington Street
Take elevator to ground floor; exit out at revolving doors turn left and enter double doors on the left at the corner of Davie and Wilmington.
Private Party Facilities:
Private and semi-private dining rooms are available for parties and special occasions up to 150 guests. Full-facility rentals are available for up to 293 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Katherine Darden: (919) 834-6963
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We would love to help you plan your next event. Our private and semi-private dining rooms seat parties of 10-150 guests and we have a virtual kaleidoscope of menu options for you to choose from! Please speak with Katherine, our Events Coordinator, for more information.
buku: Global Street Food Ratings and Reviews
Our experience at Buku was amazing. We h ...
Our experience at Buku was amazing. We hosted a dinner with business colleagues from out of state and they all raved about the experience. It was easy to book a large group using open table and we had a private room with a very attentive and knowledgable server. Buku made planning for a moderately large group dinner easy. Jason was great - he gave excellent recommendations, attended to everyone's needs and showed extra care in serving our party. In addition, the food was excellent. We will definitely return.
I absolutely love the food at BuKu. This ...
I absolutely love the food at BuKu. This past sunday 1/15 I went in and it was super duper busy. Hopefully as it gets warmer, outdoor seating becomes available and you wont be able to feel the wait.
I would recommend this brunch to anyone. I wish they at least offered a cocktail (sangria or mimosa) with your meal. Oh well!
We went there for New Years Eve and the ...
We went there for New Years Eve and the food was pretty good but the price was way over what it should have been. I got the New York Strip and it had a lot of gristle in it so I don't think it was a $200 meal but the flavors were good.
This meal was great. A group of us share ...
This meal was great. A group of us shared several sushi rolls, all fantastic. Afterwards we had the crispy duck breast and pad Thai to share. All full of flavor and delicious. Great service, too. We are gluten free and eating GF here is a breeze. Also have to mention the amazing wine. Fantastic!
Very cool waterfall feature in the bar. ...
Very cool waterfall feature in the bar. We had the duck larb, pork dumplings and shrimp tom yum small plates. the Dumplings and larb were very good. We sent the soup back because the shrimp were tiny and overcooked.
My family and I had an excellent experie ...
My family and I had an excellent experience. The food and service was outstanding and we were very happy with the menu. We discovered Buku from the Happy Cow app because two of our family members are vegan. They have a regular and a separate vegan menu. It's always a pleasure to find a restaurant that accommodates all dietary needs. The portions were large, so you get your money's worth. We will be back.
My wife and I have been there for dinner ...
My wife and I have been there for dinner - elegant. My daughters, wife and I have been there for Christmas dinner - festive. My wife and I hosted the Chancellor of UNC Asheville and her husband there - impressed. My family and I had a post-retirement dinner there - reflective. And for the first time Sunday morning, my daughters, their significant others and I hosted brunch for my wife's birthday - awesome.
If Bu*ku was not such a occassion-flexible space with outstanding food and professional service, why would we keep coming back for some of the most significant events in our lives?
We ordered a handful of small plates, wh ...
We ordered a handful of small plates, which were all OK. None of them stood out, none of them made me say "wow," which really surprised me, given the prices. Perhaps we ordered without thinking enough about diversity of selection, but most of the dishes were fried and honestly, felt heavy and greasy to the point that you didn't really taste the ingredients. I only ate a bite or two of each, because I just didn't want that much of that food inside me. Lunch for 3, with 3 alcoholic bevs and 3 specialty coffees, was $140 before tip. That's more than a friend of mine who happened to go to Herons for lunch that same day paid. The service was very good. The ambiance was fine. But ... I love food, and I wish I had found that to be either more interesting or healthier, or both.
Note: I wasn't really sure how to "rate" the noise level. It was lunch, so it was quiet, as it should have been. I'm not sure if I should give that hardly any bars of rating or a lot of bars of rating (low noise, high good).
This a great place to go when you have a ...
This a great place to go when you have a group that can't decide on one specific food region. Be ready to share dishes and tapas! I highly recommend this fun downtown spot with excellent service, drinks and dishes.
This is probably my favorite restaurant ...
This is probably my favorite restaurant in Raleigh. Technically All you can eat buffet, with a wide selection will leave you feeling full very quickly. Omelette station & fruits are so delicious. I have been in at least 4 times since I moved to Raleigh 2 months ago. Great choice! You will not be disappointed.
The tapas and large plates combination t ...
The tapas and large plates combination theme is refreshing, and incorporating so many cuisines into this tapas centric menu is necessary in a food forward spot like buku inhabits. The service was very good, perhaps to the point of interrupting, but always brief and cordial. For the cost of the meal, not cheap but aperitive in downtown Raleigh, we split several small dishes and a large bibimbap. The dishes, Perogies to Filipino Lumpia were unalike and to my novice tastes authentic. I had a pleasant meal, long and venturing. The atmosphere screams modern asian, for parties and young professionals but the intimacy and lighting something more personal. Buku is more a celebratory spot for groups or a drink at the bar than a date night out.
We had to make a last minute change in o ...
We had to make a last minute change in our original plans because additional friends wanted to join us for dinner. buku accepted out late reservation. Everything was ready when we arrived, even though we were early. The service was great. The food was wonderful. We are already talking about going back when our groups get together next month.
Love that this restaurant is withing wal ...
Love that this restaurant is withing walking distance of the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and open early enough to have a leisurely dinner before a 7:00 performance. One can park once and go to the restaurant and the performance. Fun for a group of 4 or more adventurous diners who like to taste a lot of different foods and share. Definitely not the same old-same old that so many menus offer.
Love the variety Buku offers and the opp ...
Love the variety Buku offers and the opportunity to try different foods and flavors. The food is creative, well prepared and tasty. The service was excellent. Good place to be with family and friends where you can actually have a conversation and hear each other talk.
Service was good enough that we fit in ...
Service was good enough that we fit in a pre-concert meal between 6:15 and 7:45 pm, table of four. Had time to order two-rounds of small plates plus dessert. Waitstaff always showed up when we were ready to order, and turned the check around quickly when time was short. Food was tasty and interesting.
My wife and I went to BuKu for our three ...
My wife and I went to BuKu for our three year anniversary. It was our first time at this location. My wife is also six months pregnant, so we had requested special seating. We were very surprised and enjoyed our experience. Dan was our waiter. He was very informative and helpful in selecting dishes. Our next visit will be to try the Sunday brunch. Thanks again to BuKu for a most enjoyable evening.
In town for the weekend. Wanted a quick ...
In town for the weekend. Wanted a quick bite and was easy walk from downtown hotels. I ate late at the bar my first night in town and was pleased with food choices. Columbian pan de queso. YUM! Love the dipping sauce and Filipino Lumpia was well thought out. It was spicy but cooled by the salad. So I brought a group the next night. We dined outside as the evening was temperate. We ravaged the sushi choices- the Hawaiian Tuna Poke and Vishna were outrageously delicious. Empanadas excellent. Definitely try the trilogy of cream brulee. Could not find any love of the Japanese Deviled eggs - a little rubbery and bland. Overall - this is a hot spot for gastronomic pleasure. Something for everyone, reasonably priced.
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