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
We visited BuKu as a party of 14 people and they did a great job serving us. Our waiter was attentive and professional at all times.
The food was excellent and I several of my friends who attended this dinner are already thinking of visiting back soon. All praised the quality of food. Everything I tasted was delicious. Some friends are vegetarian and they also praised the vegetarian plates.
A great option downtown Raleigh, really close to all bar and great for groups! A must try. We will come back.
Our waiter Josh was very friendly and helpful. His New Zealand accent was great! He was patient with us during our indecisive orders. He always had a smile on his face. He made our visit to Bu.Ku even better. This was our second time dinning here. We are in love with the Halo-Halo dessert! Please keep this on the menu!
Buku has an adventurous menu covering a range of cuisines, but for the most part they pull it off. Liked the broad selection of small plates for sampling what Buku has to offer. The combinations of flavors and spices in the dishes we had were both interesting and flavorful. Found one we didn't care for that much and our server let us choose something else.
Worth a visit.
Everything about this place is nice, friendly staff, beautiful decor.
My husband is a scotch connoisseur and the selection amazed him.
We tried several of the small plates and everything was delicious
The waiter even brought us 2 glasses of champagne for our 25th wedding anniversary
The food was outstanding, we ordered several small plates and enjoyed the chance for variety.
The wait staff was knowledgeable and curteous.
I was dissapointed that we had a considerable wait for a reserved table, and they put us next the bustle of the kitchen.
It seemed as if it was first come first serve, with or without reservation.
They have free valet parking some nights which was convenient for downtown.
The menu is delightful and the food is presented beautifully, small plates are just that, a small taste of their offerings, we nibbled our way through 4 plates and a desert.
We decided to have our valentine's day dinner here. The place was busier than usual. Our waiter forgot to put in our appetizer order and directly brought us the entree! The wait time for our dessert too was longer than usual. Food quality was great! No complains there!
Started with the mussels and was served a few empty shells and one that had not opened. This was fine but not a great start. Our entrees took a long time to come out to the table, long enough the server felt the need to apologize. When the food finally made it to the table, after every table around us had eaten and left, the food was fine. It was nothing exciting and really kind of bland. Definitely did not match the price point of the place we were eating. While our server was great I do not plan on ever coming back. It had been years since I had been here and now I remember why.
Reservations are a must. Our party of four ate here on a Saturday night. While the menu is diverse and offers a good selection, our party found that the restaurant shines in its appetizers, not its entrees. The steamed buns, lumpia, pan de queso, and rolls were very good. However, the short ribs were cold upon arrival to the table and the pho and pad thai were big on ingredients but not on flavor. We did enjoy the cocktails...they were well made.
2nd worst $120 I've spent in my life. Our server was a cool guy, very nice, but I didn't like anything we ordered. I don't consider myself a picky eater by any means, but I just couldn't do it. Date's food wasn't any better. (Korean BBQ, Pad-Thai, $6 beer from a can)
Food was absolutely amazing!! I highly recommend this place. So many great things on the menu that we had a hard time choosing just one entree. The small plates selection looked good too. We ordered Japanese Deviled eggs and crab flautas to start. Did not disappoint!
Great shared meal of several small plates - like a trip around the world! High quality ingredients, well & creatively prepared and in a nice setting - a little loud & the tables are a bit close (taking out just 2 would make the space SO much more pleasant) would be my only marks against buku. Food was outstanding.
Food was delicious. We ordered entrees and a dessert and it took over 2 hours. Had to ask for the wine list. We were with friends so we had a great time and the food was wonderful. So much flavor. Short ribs were fork tender. Will go again but not before an event.
We went to BuKu for Triangle Restaurant week. The 3-course dinner was fabulous, with new offerings not on the usual menu. Everything we ate was innovative and tasty, especially the African peanut soup and Afghan dumplings. The green tea cheesecake with chocolate glaze and strawberries was to die for. Highly recommended!
It was restaurant week in the Triangle, and my husband & I had tickets to the NC Symphony. We were delighted to get reservations at buku because we had been planning on trying it. The restaurant week menu gave us a chance to expand our horizons & try foods we had not eaten before. Everything was wonderful as was the service by Matt.
Nothing short of phenomenal. Our server (Josh, I believe) was attentive and helpful without being overbearing. The food was probably the best meal I've had in Raleigh, and I've been just about everywhere in my six years here. We will definitely be coming back.
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