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About buku: Global Street Food
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.
Raleigh, NC 27601
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
First of all our server Diana was AWESOME!! She was very knowledgeable about all the food and made some great recommendations. This was our first time here and it won't be our last. The food can be best described as a tasting of some of the best foods from around the world. We had the sweet potato pierogis which were like having dessert for an appetizer. They were soft and fluffy and the fillings was delicious!! We also had the ahi tuna poke which was very fresh!! The last small plate we tried were the pork dumplings and they were a little spicy and perfectly made.
For the main course we had the Filipino Duck Adobo and the Argentinian Short Rib. My wife and I split both dishes and the duck was beautifully prepared duck breast with a nice generous serving of shredded duck leg with a side of coconut rice topped off with a sunny side duck egg. I don't like coconut but that coconut rice was AMAZING!! When the yolk burst all over the coconut rice and you ate it with the duck it was a taste bud explosion. The Argentinian short rib was very tender and you could almost cut it with the fork and it came with side of chimichurri rice with a side of espresso mole which was spicy. To finish we had the warm apple tart which just finished us off and I was in total food heaven!!
Both dishes were amazing and we will definitely be coming back to try some of the other cuisines from around the world. I have my eye on the ramen bowl with pork belly.
Great job to the chef and owner of this unique concept for a restaurant!!
The food was outstanding. I had the crepe which was very good. Two others at our table had the salmon and said it was excellent. The fourth had the short ribs and and also thought they were outstanding. Chef Amanda came over to our table to say hi which was quite a treat! Very delicious and enjoyable evening.
Excellent variety of global cuisine on a manageable menu. My party of four ordered a variety of small plates from several different traditions - Japanese, Polish, Colombian, Filipino, etc. Everything was good, the empanadas and pierogi were my favorites. Probably won't order the Tuna Poke again.
Cocktails were good overall. Server was excellent; responsive and witty but not all up in our business. Lively atmosphere but we were able to carry on a conversation at our table just fine.
I would highly recommend, and will definitely return to BuKu.
The food was spectacular. It was crowded but there was also a big game on tv so I'm sure that added to things. Our server seemed a bit overwhelmed and took a while to even acknowledge us-again I'll blame that on the game. Overall, we will definitely go back for that amazing food!
My friends and I dined at Buku before going to a show. They were very accommodating before that night, allowing me to change the reservation multiple times, and when we were late due to traffic, they didn't give us any grief, which was appreciated! The food and ambience were fabulous. The pierogis, caterpillar roll and crab flautas in particular were excellent. Great wine list and cocktails as well. I look forward to going back!
Worst meal I have had in years. I've been coming to Buku for many years, several times a year. I could always count on great food prepared in interesting ways. My dinner the other night was just plain awful. I ordered the cucumber salad which was just some cumber slices with a spicy sauce and some foo-foos on top. For the entree I ordered "Banh Xeo." The crepe was poorly made altho the taste was not bad. But there was an enormous chunk of unprepared bock choy on top, sticking up in the air perhaps 6-8 inches. What was that all about? And it came with some uncooked vegetable rolls which I could not eat. The wrapping (I think) was cabbage and I couldn't get get my teeth through it. So they sat. Awful, just god awful food experience.
What happened at Buku?
We actually had a reservation on Saturday on the 25 th and forgot to cancel Sunday on the 26th. We went on the 25th . My wife was VERY impressed with the young man DONNIE! She liked the fact that he took the time to try to teach us how to use chop sticks. She said he was a genuine people person. I drove 150 miles to Raleigh Nc. to take my wife to the Shen Yun show for our anniversary and dinner was icing on the cake! If wife is happy I am happy! I will promote this restaurant's impeccable service and food to everyone I know!
The food (appetizers in particular) were delicious. Portions were well-sized and flavorful. The ambience was very nice for a romantic birthday dinner.
Food selection is great as well. There are multiple options depending on your food needs and everything we had was very flavorful.
The service was decent but not the best. However, the restaurant was rather crowded with one large group in particular.
Restaurant week got us hooked, so the girlfriend and I had to come back to try more of the regular menu. We're now convinced that it's impossible for Buku to disappoint. Service was excellent, the appetizers were incredible, and the entrees were wholly unique. Now begins the long process of trying everything on the menu!
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!
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