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
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.
We were looking for somewhere to grab br ...
We were looking for somewhere to grab brunch before leaving Raleigh and this was a perfect walking distance from our hotel. It wasn't very busy but it was pretty chaotic because they're not organized very well (made to order items and toasters should be on the ends of the table lines, not in the middle). I was craving bacon but the omelet line was so backed up and no one even had room to move so I could grab some, so I had to go back after a bit. Our server was sweet but awful, we were at a small 2-person table and I was done with my second plate (including bacon!) before the first was taken away. We had to flag her down for drink refills. Overall though, it was very good, just the organization was a bit off for Sunday brunch, especially at the price point. But if we are back in Raleigh, we may try it for drinks or dinner sometime.
The waiter was excellent (wish I remembe ...
The waiter was excellent (wish I remembered his name). Very careful with explanations, wine pairings, etc. Very attentive to food sensitivities. The food was excellent. It was a bit noisy for me, but most restaurants seem to be. It appears to be a trend.
Every time we go to buku we have a wonde ...
Every time we go to buku we have a wonderful experience. While we have our go-to favorites we like to try new things, this time it was the Aloo Chana Chaat... a spicy potato cake that was very different and very good. And the drinks are good and original as well, definitly want to have another Strawbanero Sling! Server was -- as usual -- very attentive and professional.
Left halfway through dinner. Our sushi ...
Left halfway through dinner. Our sushi roll (caterpillar roll) was good. The pan seared dumplings were adequate. The mussels ended up making my wife sick and our pork buns were sent back twice (once for a bug and second time for being large pieces of grisly fat without any meat). Yes I understand it's pork belly but it was extremely low quality. Server was kind and tried but poor performance by the kitchen and no apology from management despite bringing us the check was unforgivable. Will never go back! Avoid
Food was extremely disappointing. Steak ...
Food was extremely disappointing. Steak was very fatty - not a $34 cut of meat! Pad Thai sauce was very over seasoned. Sickeningly sweet/tangy. Very little chicken added. Sea bass was a bit dry. Overall not a great experience.
First visit for a birthday Sunday brunch ...
First visit for a birthday Sunday brunch. Very good selection . Enough vegetarian items for the non meat eater. Great sweet potato salad. One member of our party opted for an omlette with quite an assortment of ingredients. There is a patio, but weather too humid the day we went.
We went for Sunday Brunch. The food was ...
We went for Sunday Brunch. The food was excellent and there was a wide variety of choices. The omelet station was fast and the chefs were very attentive. All in all we had a very good meal without ever feeling rushed.
BuKu never disappoints! The food is amaz ...
BuKu never disappoints! The food is amazing, no matter what you try, the drinks are original and the restaurant is chic and fun. I went with a large group and we were easily accomodated and had no problems getting a reasonably timed reservation. I love BuKu for a special occasion or just a tasty meal out!
We have gone to Buku many times and this ...
We have gone to Buku many times and this time did not disappoint. The table shared several wonderful appetizers. The only issue was one of our group ordered "vegetarian" ribs and she received normal pork ribs, another ordered salmon rare and it was more cooked than it should have been. The waiter immediately fixed the situation with no issues what so ever. This is our "go to" when we are taking someone new to dinner.
We were at the restaurant for a business ...
We were at the restaurant for a business meeting. We did not appreciate stepping away to the bathroom and having our portfolios removed from the table and the table cleared off of all other items. We felt as if we were being rushed off and that our business was no longer needed.
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