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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
One of the "draws" for Sunday Brunch at Buku is the Ambiance. Unfortunately, we were seated next to a "networker" of some sorts and whereas they were quiet and professional, they had two young males there to photograph them. These two males were dressed like they were going out to the bars (pants down past their butts, baseball caps on backwards, earphones in their ears, ripped jeans, etc.). It really took away from the experience. Events such as networkers should be held in small, private rooms and not in the midst of the restaurant - especially if they're accompanied by so-called photographers not dressed appropriately for this venue. My friend and I were very disappointed in our experience on Sunday - evidenced by the low marks.
My wife and I went to Buku for date night last week. A friend recommended we try it out. The restaurant has a nice ambiance and offers outdoor seating as well. It was Friday night and our table was ready right away. Service was very good. Waiter was prompt and friendly. I ordered the Pad Thai (medium spice) with shrimp and was pleased. Very flavorful and satisfied my spice craving. My wife didn't love the Pho, but we'll probably be back to try some sushi rolls. They sounded great!
Met a friend that I hadn't seen in years, who came into town for business. We sat outside, and the waitress was wonderful. We wanted to enjoy a cocktail or two before we had dinner, and she didn't rush us at all. She gave fantastic menu recommendations, and was very friendly, but not overbearing or intrusive at all. I had the Ramen big bowl, which included pork belly, pulled pork shoulder, mushrooms, egg, and wakame in a delicious broth. My friend had the chicken and curry hot pot, and said it was great. If you enjoy bourbon, try the Early Tea Thyme. So tasty, I had 2!
I love this place! I usually attend the Sunday Brunch, but we visited during dinner for the first time on a Friday night and I fell in love all over again. The atmosphere was great and the food was divine. Great service and amazing drinks! Get the Caterpillar Rolls for an appetizer and thank me later!
A very pleasant experience. The environment is beautiful with much attention to decorative detail. Had the Sangria as a drink -- it was delicious. The duck main course was very good as was the Korean beef bowl. A little on the pricey side but an enjoyable experience nonetheless.
We found a hair in my daughter's food which was not hers. We notified the staff and we were told the manager would address the problem. The manager never came to address the issue. We only received a tepid apology from the waiter. We were disappointed in the overall experience and especially the service. We will not be returning to this establishment.
Got cocktails and had several of the small plates and it was all ridiculously delicious. Recommend the Pan de Queso, empanadas and steamed buns. Creme brûlée was delicious! Highly recommend this unique menu. Great spot pre symphony as well as they offer a discount if you're going to the symphony (which is right up the street)
I have been wanting to try this restaurant for several years, but it was a trek to downtown from our meeting. Finally, we had meetings downtown and walked to dinner. We were not disappointed. The food was delicious, unique, everyone left happy and full. No complaints. The wait staff was exceptional, friendly and quick with service. One order was delayed in the kitchen, but the wait staff communicated and apologized. The restaurant was very flexible with my large party. They were able to accommodate several time changes due to our meeting running over, and making us late for dinner. Quality chefs! Highly recommend!
The food and atmosphere was amazing. I mean amazing!!! ...but our visit was overshadowed by a few important details. The food wasnt ready at 10:00. Our reservation was 10:00 and we were there maybe 3 minutes early. But that was really no big deal. Our server could have had us wait for the buffet instead of sending us on to awkwardly stand there waiting for the food. We also ran out of coffee twice, creamer and water. It was a sad ending to what could have been an amazing brunch experience for my out of town sister who said it was the best food she had on her visit to Raleigh. We will be back at least one more time because the food was so good and hey, everyone gets to have a one-off kind day.
Two of my friends and I dined as part of a pre-birthday event. Everyone was so pleasant from the door staff to the server. The diversity of the selection allowed everyone to try something new and different. My selection of Vietnamese Pho and Tiramisu was phenomenal. Looking forward to my next visit.
Note: We only ate small plates this time and were outside. We've eaten here several other times and we're trying new dishes we've not yet had.
Service was good and swift and friendly - as usual. We appreciated the attention and advice. Other patrons seemed to be well attended to as well. Outsides atmosphere was pleasant. Bathrooms were clean and well presented.
We eat & cook predominately SE Asian & Asian food: Indian, Pakistani, Afghani, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, & Thai, and frequent many other restaurants that serve similar fare. We travel a lot internationally and love street food just like what this menu suggests.
Buku continues to present an Interesting menu but it is only somewhat well executed. It could be so much better in terms of flavor nuance within each dish - especially given the prices and portions. The dishes (specifically chaat and mantu and a little bit the flautas) would be more authentic and memorable if there were several and pronounced flavor notes from the different spices those dishes are known for. Instead the spicing tasted muddy and a bit too piquant. We love 'hot' food, but the other flavor notes need the opportunity to shine through. The presentation of each dish, however, was attractive.
We want to like Buku more because we love street food - but it will be a while before we return here.
Celebrated kids going off to college with good friends. Wine flight offered a great opportunity to try a variety of wines. The buku hot pot was delicious. Great appetizers. Extensive menu which made the choice of one dish difficult. It just means that we will have to return.
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