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110 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1806
+1 919-834-6963
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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International, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
110 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1806
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a lovely restaurant in downtown Raleigh. There was a huge selection of food though the room appeared to be small. Must haves the fried chicken, french toast and they have smoked salmon for omelets or just to eat. Everything I tried was really...More

Thank Monaysmom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must place to visit, it has a separate gluten free menu and beer. The food is fantastic and is a must visit place.

Thank edodowd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The name is a play on words and the menu is a collection of dishes from around the world. The Filipino duck was super. Their take on Chinese pork buns was delicious but more like a taco. We tried several wines by the glass all...More

Thank James N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with the in-laws, one of whom is pescatarian. Lots of choice on the tapas-style menu for all. It got super cold & windy whilst we were sat outside & unfortunately there were no seats left inside, but we were warmed up with complimentary coffee...More

Thank heyhosooty
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service is great. The ambience is superb. The service is gracious. The food looks lovely. Then why only 3 stars? Sigh. Maybe it's me. The ahi tuna poke was alright but I was looking forward to the ramen. Alas, it disappointed. Looked gorgeous but...More

Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

I tried Buku for lunch the other day. I read great reviews so my hopes were high. I was really craving Ramen. For $20 I was a little hesitant but I figured it was worth a shot. The Ramen was mediocre, certainly not worth $20....More

Thank Kamalineequa
Reviewed 8 September 2017

We came here for lunch but also returned another evening just for drinks on the terrace. Great atmosphere and delicious food that's an interesting twist on 'street food'. Good selection for vegetarians and helpful and friendly staff. Definitely recommend.

Thank short_scuba_diver
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Bringing street foods from all over the world. Our group of 40 had a room to ourselves. It was fun atmosphere, service was great, and food really tasty.

Thank World1day
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Very unusual but mouth watering menu. Filipino duck was amazing. And as for the desert , out of this world. Good selection of local beers and whiskies too

Thank mooredominic
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Stopped in Buku for lunch. Very quiet. Gorgeous decor. Friendly knowledgeable server. Corn on cob with toasted coconut delicious. Sticky buns with pork, dumplings, and pad Thai all very good. Overall nice quality meal. A bit expensive for small portions, but enjoyed the uniqueness of...More

Thank jjric
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30 August 2017|
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Response from L F | Reviewed this property |
It's walkable.
Corinne K
24 February 2017|
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Response from kamala m | Reviewed this property |
sorry, didn't bring our own wine
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1806
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-834-6963
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 Polish pierogis, Colombian arepas, and Thai barbecue prawns served in a banana leaf with green papaya salad can be found on the street corners of Warsaw, Bogota, and Bangkok. 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.
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