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
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.
We were just looking for something quick ...
We were just looking for something quick and convenient in proximity to the performing arts center and decided to try Bu-ku. We lucked out even just opting for tapas to share and dessert. We had empanadas, lumpia, flautas and creme brûlée, with great wine and craft beer. The food, service and ambiance were all fanatastic for a reasonable price. We're definitely coming back.
I've always had a pleasant experience at ...
I've always had a pleasant experience at buku. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The restaurant can be a little nosiy but not so much that is distracts me. The food has always been delicious (and I've only had dinner). I appreciate the valet service as well.
because of where we were seated, I had a ...
because of where we were seated, I had a direct view into the staff/kitchen area where one waitress stood and played with her boobs for 2-3 minutes and although it did not bother the other staff members she was talking to, it did bother me. Then I watched a waiter dance with a tray of food before handing it over to a waitress who then took it out to be served. This was all before I had a run in with a waitress while heading to the restroom. The hallway is rather narrow so she stood in the hallway until I moved; now being 5months pregnant with twins doesn't leave much room anyway but I guess to her, the little space I could make for her to pass was point proven that she got through first. My mother and son were visiting from out of town and even though my last visit as Buku was horrible my husband wanted to bring them here and sadly my point was proven; this is no longer a great place to visit.
The food was good but perhaps not as goo ...
The food was good but perhaps not as good as it has been in the past. Fun place to eat with a large group of friends; however, they sat us in the alcove with the giant television screen near the bar which was distracting and overly bright. Service was adequate but nothing notable; seemed somewhat annoyed with having to serve a large group.
I took 3 visiting friends to Buku for a ...
I took 3 visiting friends to Buku for a girls night out. We had great cocktails, fantastic small plates, and wonderful desserts. The ambience was great, Lisa our server was very nice. We made some great memories, and my friends were impressed with the dining scene in the triangle area. Thanks Buku for consistency!
Great experience at this fun restaurant. ...
Great experience at this fun restaurant. Went for my wife's birthday and she was treated to a fun birthday shot with a candle resting in whipped cream. The food was great - we chose to share a few small plates rather than get our own entrees/large plates. Great date night.
We went here for our first night in our ...
We went here for our first night in our new home of Raleigh. It was fun. The food was very good -- I had the ramen and my wife had the Korean BBQ. In fact, everything was very good from the service to the ambiance to the value of the wine. It was so good we went back a few nights later after an event and sat at the bar and had dinner (the mussels were excellent).
Dropped in for a business lunch. Have fo ...
Dropped in for a business lunch. Have found this a good place to go since it is not noisy and wait staff allows you to order and dine at a leisurely pace. I opted for the Greek salad with shrimp, which was tasty and not over drenched with oil. My companion had the pad Thai with chicken, which was reported as excellent. They give you plenty of food, burgers at a nearby table were enormous. Plenty of opportunity to share and a diverse menu as well.
Epicureans take heed! Buku: Global Stree ...
Epicureans take heed! Buku: Global Street Food will wake up your senses and leave you yearning for more! We had Korean BBQ Bibimbap. It is a fragrant, lovely dish which will titillate all of your senses. It comes in a large bowl that is sectioned off by its beautiful veggies. The colors of the exotic vegetables vibrant greens, yellows and purple. Simply stunning! The steak melts in your mouth. It is succulent. The rice at the bottom of the bowl is crunchy and deeply fragrant with the spices in the dish. Each bite I took revealed a different texture and flavor combination. It tastes...sublime.
We ordered dessert Filipino Halo-Halo, "a
parfait of coconut custard, sweetened plantains, guava sauce, and purple sweet potato ice cream." The fruits were exotic and I must say a little intimidating! The dish was fabulous! Again a plethora of colors and textures. The coconut meat was fresh and tasted of the tropics. The entire presentation was visually stunning! It tasted of warm fragrant nights bathed in luxurious sweetness!
I live close to Buku and enjoy eating th ...
I live close to Buku and enjoy eating there a lot. This past visit was just perfect, though. Told the waiter we were out on a second date, and he provided exceptional service and really helped make the evening special. The food was fantastic, as always.
BUKU is one of my favorite restaurants i ...
BUKU is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I have dined here multiple times and have loved trying out their unique take on street food. I love their dessert menu - the Filipino Halo Halo is a must try. Being a vegetarian doesn't restrict me from trying some of their signature dishes since they offer vegetarian substitutes. An accommodating kitchen is what makes me go back to this place quite often.
Not good. Very dissatisfied and disappo ...
Not good. Very dissatisfied and disappointed. We were there before and enjoyed the place and food, this time we took a family group for a night out and food was mediocre to bad. We felt really bad to have taken our family from out of town to a bad experience.
Great restaurant - had the best waiter! ...
Great restaurant - had the best waiter! We were celebrating a promotion, and although we were not brought out the glasses of Prosecco when seated (as noted in my reservation additional notes) after asking for them, they were quickly brought out and eventually comped. We had never been to Buku before but will definitely be returning:) Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about everything on the menu and was able to quickly answer any questions we had. The food and drinks were AMAZING - I would highly recommend this to all of my friends.
My wife and I with friends have been to ...
My wife and I with friends have been to BUKU many times and are always pleased with the food, service and everything. My only negative comment this time was that the roast was particularly rare making it a bit chewy and less appetizing that previous occasions when the mean was cooked a bit better.
Probably one of the best items on the buffet was the fried chicken. It was moist, very tasty but not greasy.
Overall okay. The service was good, but ...
Overall okay. The service was good, but the food was definitely lacking for how much you pay for it. I had the duck confit, which was much too fatty to eat most of it. The other entrees were underwhelming. The cocktails were alright.
My fiance and I went for Sunday brunch b ...
My fiance and I went for Sunday brunch buffet. Some of the food was cold and just not good. I was not impressed at all and it wasn't work the $22 per person price. I have eaten dinner at Buku twice before and enjoyed both times. I would definitely NOT recommend brunch. It's a waste of money.
We went for Sunday brunch, which our ser ...
We went for Sunday brunch, which our server described as "a little more Americanized." Huge selection of traditional breakfast foods, omelet station, waffle station, carving station, lots of hot food selections, and plenty of great looking salads that most people were just admiring as they passed by on the way to the other food. There were a few ethnic selections--biryani, curried veggies, breakfast burritos--and ample vegetarian selections. Everything is fresh and well prepared. A little pricey ($21 apiece for adults) but you can stay there and eat all morning if you're so inclined. Good desserts, too. Service was extremely friendly and efficient. We are planning to go back for the global street food menu some night soon.
We wouldn't have got a table if we hadn ...
We wouldn't have got a table if we hadn't booked through open table. The place was extremely busy. Had to wait an extra 20 minutes as our table was not ready, but that was okay. I got the buku Ramin dish, it was delicious! Even though it was busy the waiter was attentive and polite. Would go back again, but avoid a Saturday night!
This is a great modern restaurant. The m ...
This is a great modern restaurant. The menu is unique, but is best for special occasions. Beautiful upscale dining experience. I brought out of town guests here during a visit to Raleigh, and they said it was a great showcase to the Raleigh experience. The floor plan is more open, so maybe not so great for an intimate evening, but it is a great place for get together's, special occasions, and to get unique food.
Was such a great night for my birthday. ...
Was such a great night for my birthday. I always make my cake and the staff was so helpful even cutting it for us and serving it like it was something offered on the menu. The service was exceptional and the food was outstanding.
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