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.
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: 9198346963x
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
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.
buku is worth a second look. We ate at b ...
buku is worth a second look. We ate at buku:Global Street Food several months ago and I must say, I was not impressed. We gave it another look a few nights ago. Wow! The Pierogies were amazing! I also thought the nan was the best ever. Hats off to the chef!
Took my Mom out for her birthday to buku ...
Took my Mom out for her birthday to buku. Liz, our server was extremely helpful, assisting my mom in picking a wine and with pointing out the vegetarian options on the menu.
The pereogies and vegetable dumplings were delicious, and the pad Thai was a spicy entree my mom loved. Dessert was house-made sorbets, of which the mango cinnamon was simply outstanding. And the chocolate cake my mom received was a great birthday treat.
Overall fantastic experience, would definitely come again.
I've been to Buku before and was pretty ...
I've been to Buku before and was pretty impressed with the food - enough to come back again. But our experience last weekend was amazing. We were celebrating a 21st birthday with a party of 10 and our waiter was phenomenal. He brought the birthday girl TWO birthday shots, a birthday dessert, and was engaging and attentive. The food, as always, was delicious. At the end of the meal, our split checks were all correct, and we left happy and full. I wish I could give 6 stars for service and food.
I love this place and their PadThai is t ...
I love this place and their PadThai is the best in town. Service is always excellent and waiters always understand the menu and make great recommendations. I think it's some of the best food in Raleigh. I love sitting outside when the weather is great -- feels so Manhatten!
We go to Buku for Sunday brunch. Absolut ...
We go to Buku for Sunday brunch. Absolute excellent value and extensive brunch buffet options. I highly recommend Buku for Sunday brunch. I cannot speak to the regular menu as I have yet to visit on during other times, but plan to.
We usually have good experiences at Buku ...
We usually have good experiences at Buku but this past time around wasn't so great.
We waited 20-30 mins after being seated just to get water. It was not the wait staff's fault but the hostesses. They seem to be pretty useless because after seating us, they didn't even bother telling the wait staff. Our waitress was super apologetic but it was pretty infuriating to know that all the hostesses were doing was talking and playing with their phones.
Our experience after that was great because the waitress went beyond to check on us often.
Food wise, we would highly recommend the duck.
I asked to make the samosa pot pie spicy ...
I asked to make the samosa pot pie spicy. It came to me loaded with Thai chiles. These are hotter than cayenne, Serrano and jalapeño. I barely touched it, informed the waiter it was not enjoyable and he took it away. It remained on the bill. This kind of service is not ok with me.
This was our first time and we really li ...
This was our first time and we really liked it. Had always wanted to try Pho, so this was a great place to try it and other international dishes. We both liked our entrees and wine and the dessert was great. A bit pricey, but we knew that. Fancier than I thought it would be, too.
The brunch buffet was excellent. There w ...
The brunch buffet was excellent. There were many good choices of various kinds. The service was attentive without being intrusive. It was a bit noisy, but not unreasonably so for an obviously popular Sunday brunch location.
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