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
Food is fantastic as is the venue. Reco ...
Food is fantastic as is the venue. Recommend it highly
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
Good food, very nice ambiance, sometimes ...
Good food, very nice ambiance, sometimes sketchy service.
Always a great place to celebrate friend ...
Always a great place to celebrate friends birthday. Love sitting outside!
Great concept. Good food. Excellent ser ...
Great concept. Good food. Excellent service. We ordered the empanadas and the aloo chaat to start. The empanadas were perfect - light, crispy with delicious filling and garnish. The aloo chaat was a wonderful combination of textures - spicy, earthy, cool, crisp. Best of all, it was all gluten free. We followed it up with some great cocktsils, the Chilean sea bass, the Dominican pollo guisado and the Argentinian short ribs. The fish was not that special but the other two entrees were wonderful. We ended with a trio of delightful creme brulee minis.
Our go-to place for brunch in Raleigh
We don't do brunch often, but we've been to buku a few times. It is very good. The menu has not changed in the past few months, so if you are looking for new experiences, you may be disappointed. But the offerings are very good and enjoyable for a brunch, and you can certainly mix up a variety of omelette orders if you want something different on each visit. Service was pretty good, despite a very crowded Mother's Day/Graduation Day. But the food was hot and fresh.
I've dined twice and enjoyed my menu selections. Had heard great things about brunch. The food was great and a good price. My suggestion....move people to stations to avoid one looooong line.
Buku had been on our family's list of restaurants to try. Our taste for food is very diverse and Buku did not disappoint. The menu had many different international flavors. Everyone enjoyed the varied tastes. The value is very good for this diversity. For our family, a special occasion was the impetus for our visit. The service was excellent! The food was really good and the craft drinks were superb. Thanks for an enjoyable time.
Very good food and service. Son flew in ...
Very good food and service. Son flew in to town for the one night and we took him there. Our first time but not our last. Very different food and hostess very helpful telling us about the portions of the dishes. We sat outside just so the noise level was high, but that was out choice. Would recommend to others.
Best brunch in town! Buku is the go-to place!
Buku's Sunday brunch is fantastic! Well organized, clean, great variety of dishes, wonderful service, good value. Can't go wrong.
The best brunch in Raleigh! Everything w ...
The best brunch in Raleigh! Everything was spectacular! The service was excellent, as were the cocktails. Definitely will be going back for again!
Buku Brunch Hard To Beat
The buku Brunch is the best value in Raleigh. Terrific menu with excellent presentation
Couldn't have been better
My foody in-laws were in town and wanted to eat somewhere downtown and we settled on Buku. The experience was phenomenal. Our waiting, Justin, knew the menu inside and out and provided excellent recommendations on small plates, large plates, desserts, and even a few local bourbons from the bar. The food couldn't have been better. One of the best meals in awhile!
Food for all
Great food and a great variety - gluten free, meataterians, vegetarians, pescaterians, dairy free, and normal people! Good variety of beer on tap and friendly service. There are parking garages nearby so I hope that you too get the opportunity to enjoy food focused on South Asia.
I've been to Buku a few times, and this particular visit was for my husband's birthday. The food is always amazing here. I got the Scottish Salmon, my husband got a steak, one friend got the pho, and another friend got one of the Korean bowls. We had the triple crème brûlée for dessert. Oh, we also got the Baja crab flautas for an appetizer, which honestly was probably my favorite part of the entire meal. My husband is very, very picky about his steak and he was very impressed with his meal. Everything was very fresh with amazing taste and quality. As for the drinks, we were impressed by those as well. The Thai iced tea is great. My husband and his friends ordered a cocktail that had cilantro in it. I can't remember the name but they loved it. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and attentive to us. The environment was quiet enough that we could enjoy a nice chat without hearing other people's conversations.
Service was amazing.
Service was amazing.
Food was amazing. New spring menu. Liz w ...
Food was amazing. New spring menu. Liz was delightful
The food was very good. Service a bit sl ...
The food was very good. Service a bit slow, but I think they had a larger early rush than they planned being prom season.
Wonderful dining experience
We had a marvelous server who went to great lengths to make sure my questions and concerns were addressed. I had the jicama corn sweet potato soup which was a happy surprise to my tastebuds. My entree was the Dominican Pollo Guisado. " Mojo-spiced airline chicken breast, grilled sweet peppers, red onion, Spanish olives, yucca-plantain mash, cilantro, lime." I left as a very happy camper!
Not the experience described in other reviews
We visited the restaurant for brunch because of seemingly positive reviews and location (it was close to our hotel). Nice interior and friendly staff. But, the food was not appealing. The French toast was undercooked...slicing into it resulted in batter spilling into the plate. The bacon was undercooked with an out-of-package appearance. The eggs had an "interesting" aroma and flavor. Although I must admit, the fruit was very good...even the melon was ripe & tasty. Very disappointed. We hope it was a fluke for us & everyone else has a good experience.
Went to brunch for my mother's bday and ...
Went to brunch for my mother's bday and it was great! She loved the waffle station as did I. I really liked the assortment of differ t meats as well as the breakfast items it was plentiful!
One of the best Gluten Free Menus in RTP ...
One of the best Gluten Free Menus in RTP! I love coming here for business or personal - for lunch or dinner. It is safe for Celaics.
Buku always delivers. Food, service and atmosphere are wonderful.
It was my first visit to Buku with my grown daughter for a Mother/Daughter night out. Our experience was excellent. The location is great and it was nice that since it was raining, we could park in the parking deck and go through the Red Hat building and never go outside except for a very short walk underneath a covered area. Very nice parking situation for downtown Raleigh if you don't mind the $5 parking fee, which I did not mind it. We enjoyed Buku very much!
The food was great and our server was at ...
The food was great and our server was attractive and friendly. It was an extended family get together and everyone found great options for the particular good interests. A+
One of Our Favorites!
This is one of our favorite downtown Raleigh restaurants. The food is always wonderful and the service is very caring and personalized. The servers want to make sure that you have a wonderful dining experience. We enjoy the variety of items on the menu and everything is always delicious! We love to take friends and family here as well as they know it will be a good evening for everyone! Great wine selections!
I really liked the Bass starter we got b ...
I really liked the Bass starter we got but the Indian Naan and the Ramen were definitely not that great.
Food was amazing, got the Filipino duck, it was the best cooked duck I ever had. The food display came out great and the scenery is great. Highly recommend Buku for a nice dinner occasion, grab a drink and appetizers with some friends, or even to try new food from different spots of the world.
Ginger pear salad was great. Empanadas w ...
Ginger pear salad was great. Empanadas were very good. We really enjoyed everything here.
The Chaat is our favorite! Hands down! ...
The Chaat is our favorite! Hands down! Enjoyed a nice dinner of small plates with our teen son. Sushi always a hit.
Excellent Food in a fun environment
We dined here Saturday evening as a part of a bachelorette evening. The food was very good, the service was excellent, and we all enjoyed ourselves. Would definitely recommend.
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