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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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
This restaurant is always a winner! High ...
This restaurant is always a winner! Highly recommended- especially for brunch.
Terrific full brunch buffet. Great sele ...
Terrific full brunch buffet. Great selection, delicious food and reasonably priced. Friendly staff. We'll be back for sure.
We went to Buku for lunch at the recomme ...
We went to Buku for lunch at the recommendation of a friend. The small plates were good, but I thought the large plates and big bowls on the menu were dinner portions and could have been scaled down. I found the food to be hyped and overpriced for their interpretation of street food.
My friends and I had a wonderful time at ...
My friends and I had a wonderful time at buku - everything more than met our expectations.
AMAZING FOOD! The best experience I have ...
AMAZING FOOD! The best experience I have ever had!
We had an early dinner pre-show at Red H ...
We had an early dinner pre-show at Red Hat. Our server took a step above and beyond and helped me find a cushion to sit on so I could reach my bowl (I'm short, and bowl was large). I took a chance that night and ordered something different, which I wasn't crazy about, but everything I have eaten there on previous occasions has been great. The crème brulee trio, however, was amazing! My boyfriend did enjoy his entrée, and the empanada appetizer was great. Next time I may just try a few small plates or get the steak frittes as usual.
Might have been the best meal I ever had ...
Might have been the best meal I ever had. I had the duck adobo and it was perfection, the duck was deliciously balanced by the papaya and lemongrass salad. My husband had the ramen and it was also very good, as well as the tuna tataki roll and lumpia. The cocktail, beer and wine lists were quirky and well curated. If you are looking for something different in Raleigh, this is your place. Our sever, Nathan was great, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Only downside was that it was very warm inside, but that may have been our table that was by the window kind of under a false ceiling. Beyond that...this is going to be our new date spot.
I have been to buku several times and ev ...
I have been to buku several times and everything from food to service has been very good. This time things were slightly off all the around but I think that stems mainly from the server. Everything sort of gets influenced by the server. Took him a while to get to us, recommended a glass of wine that wasn't on the list and told me the dish I was ordering would be bland without a protein (which I then added). Then once the dish arrived it had a different protein than I asked for... and the server was MIA again. Everyone else had their food so I decided to eat what I was given anyway - and I just put the protein aside. He was right... it was bland. Once the server reappeared, he told me it was the kitchen that had made the mistake and he was glad for it because what I got was better than what I ordered. Huh? No apology? No offer to fix it? No discount on the bill? I'll give them another shot in the future but won't order the Pad Thai again and may ask for a different server if I end up in the same server's section.
We came here late after one of our child ...
We came here late after one of our children's high school graduation downtown! The service was excellent and even our picky eaters and celiac family members left full and happy! Thank you for a wonderful post-graduation dinner for my family!!!
Excellent service - friendly, efficient, ...
Excellent service - friendly, efficient, non-intrusive. Great gluten-free menu, which was important for our party.
I went Buku for restaurant week. It was ...
I went Buku for restaurant week. It was amazing. The food was all delicious but I was a little less impressed with dessert. We had a great time and I can't wait to go back and try more of their food.
the duck was highly recommended by the s ...
the duck was highly recommended by the staff but was impossible to chew or cut...totally undercooked. Starters were the best as well as sushi rolls, chicken dish and Pho.
The place wasent busy at all however, th ...
The place wasent busy at all however, the service was not great. The waiter was a very nice and helpful, just slow. The dining room set up was weird with tables squished into places people walk through causing people to have to scoot their seats when 2 or more people walk together. Was there for restaurant week, and had the noodles and lamb chops...for $30 a plate, it was not close to worth it. The noodles were ramen noodles, and if they were home made, the chef stole the recipe from the from the guy who invented ramen noodles. The brunch there is great, but I will not be going back for anything else.
Restaurant Week Date
Really nice experience, we went for the special menu and enjoyed every dish. Our server was fun and attentive. We'll be returning to sample the small plates.
Service made the day
Went during restaurant week which can be hectic. Food was very good except for the Eton mess dessert. Service by Justin was great. He was very knowledgeable and professional. Knew about all the options wine and food. Accommodated a gluten free diner very well. We went on a Thursday night where there was some Raleigh music event so parking was tough. When we arrived at the restaurant after parking , we discovered that there was complimentary valet parking.. Buku should advise diners of this very very attractive feature for those of us who are hesitant to come to downtown because of the parking.
We were there to celebrate my son's high ...
We were there to celebrate my son's high school graduation. We had friends with us and the food was excellent and the service was top-notch. We spent two hours on the patio eating, drinking, and celebrating. We appreciate the patience and care of the folks at Buku. Really topnotch.
The choice of food available is decent a ...
The choice of food available is decent and the food quality was very nice. Ambience is really nice
BuKu is always great. Lamb dish (for res ...
BuKu is always great. Lamb dish (for restaurant week) was incredible.
another great meal
Great food and ambiance. Lots to choose friend. Tasty drinks too.
A Destination Restaurant
On our visits to Raleigh for symphony concerts, we've found Bu Ku the ideal place to dine before the event. A convenient walk from Meymandi Hall (or valet parking at the restaurant), Bu Ku never disappoints.
Great restaurant with eclectic flavorful ...
Great restaurant with eclectic flavorful food in a nice ambience with great service
Girls Sunday Brunch!
It was recommended that we try brunch and it was a great decision. The staff was polite, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was great. I would definitely come back here for another occassion.
Great food, great ambience, small portions
I loved buku, it was very tasty and the service was good. I was surprised that the portions were so small; i ordered one and a half plates and still had to eat at jimmy johns later so if be full. Great place for a date with a great patio view, but be ready to spend a bit of money if you want a filling dinner.
One of my new favorite restaurants!
We enjoyed every single bite. Beautiful decor, great food, excellent service and I even loved the music. We had a hard time narrowing down what to order because so many things looked good. You HAVE to get the Halo Halo for dessert... make room for it!
Dinner at Buku.
Overall I liked the restaurant. The food was good but in my opinion at bit over priced. The Buku rolls was not as tasty as I expected. My wife had the Korean BBQ and he egg was over cooked and not runny enough.
There for a get-together with a friend. ...
There for a get-together with a friend. The menu has a lot of diversity and I consider that a big plus. Menu is rich but taste is somehow poor. People are very nice and competent which is a big plus. I went because of their highly publicized Chocolate souffle, but, in my view, the Mandolin's one is just better. If you are in town for few days, it is nonetheless a must-see.
It was a fun night. Great wait staff
It was a fun night. Great wait staff
Food was delicious, service was excellen ...
Food was delicious, service was excellent
We celebrated a wonderful family wedding ...
We celebrated a wonderful family wedding the night before and your restaurant carried the wonderful warm vibe the following morning for a family birthday brunch. The food and service was outstanding. Highly recommended!
Food is fantastic as is the venue. Reco ...
Food is fantastic as is the venue. Recommend it highly
Great food. Love how you can sample cuis ...
Great food. Love how you can sample cuisine from around the world all in one place. Watch out for the Indian potato patty. I love spicy food but it was almost too much for me. The BBQ bibimbap and Ramen were amazing, though I wish the former was served on the traditional stone/earthenware bowl to retain the heat. The empanada appetizers remind me of the ones I had in Buenos Aires (no dulce de leche here, however). The tiramisu with kahlua is always awesome as well. It's quite a production, as they serve the kahlua at the table, pouring it down the side of the glass. Big enough for 2, unless like one of our party, you're a dessert fiend.
Our family doesn't go out to eat regular ...
Our family doesn't go out to eat regularly, so it always feels like a bit of an occasion. That puts pressure on the restaurant we've chosen to be truly exceptional, unbeknownst to them. Our visit to bu-ku happened to be celebratory, so that ratcheted up the hope that it would be an outstanding experience. It was. From the incredibly friendly, helpful and attentive service from Liz--who responded with enthusiasm to our banter and was patient with our extensive questioning and mulling of choices--to the atmosphere to the delicious food, it was an absolutely delightful dining experience.
Buku is great for sampling from a wide a ...
Buku is great for sampling from a wide array of street food, some of which is better than you can find anywhere else in the area, the rest of which is on par with the average. Crispy Vegetarian Dumplings, for instance, were some of the best dumplings we've ever had in the Triangle-- second only to Juju in Durham-- and their limited Sushi offerings are certainly of the highest quality, although the selection is more limited than a dedicated sushi restaurant like Sono. Another dish we enjoyed was their Steamed Bun, but the bun itself lacked the fluffy lightness that the best steamed buns exhibit. Also, be forewarned: There are many dishes that you would not expect to be spicy, but are. Still, Buku is a great place for a special occasion-- wide selection of delicious foods, and FANTASTIC desserts. Definitely worth a try if you haven't been before!
My first time at Buku was overall a wond ...
My first time at Buku was overall a wonderful experience. The ambiance was very nice (my favorite thing was the water wall behind the bar), the wait staff was very helpful, and most importantly the food was incredible. There were 4 of us and we ordered 6 or 7 of the small plates. It was the perfect amount of food. The Chinese steamed buns were my favorite thing we had by far. I will definitely go back to Buku and would recommend highly to others who enjoy a good tapas-style outing.
An great find in downtown Raleigh.
We had a great evening at Buku! Started with some excellent small plates including steamed dumplings, Buku roll and Japanese deviled eggs. The Vietnamese Pho' and Korean Bibimbap were great choices from the "big bowl" selections! Their craft cocktails were perfect!
Buku never disappoints. Excellent food ...
Buku never disappoints. Excellent food and even better service.
Jason was our server and he was excellen ...
Jason was our server and he was excellent!! Very attentive and added special touches as we were celebrating my son's college graduation. Buku is our favorite brunch spot and never disappoints.
They left my table unattended for the fi ...
They left my table unattended for the first 30 minutes. And they kept forgetting the details of my order
Excellent food and service
The menu was eclectic, the ingredients fresh, the service was superb with a knowledgable server ( thank you Kyle) the presentation perfect and the taste was exactly what we wanted . There were plenty of selections for vegetarians like my self and for non vegetarians like my wife. They were happy to alter the dishes. To our preferences Definitely will be back
All the dishes we got were great. The or ...
All the dishes we got were great. The ordering of the dishes was also perfect so it allowed us to eat 5 different small plates without feeling overwhelmed
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