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110 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1806 (Wilmington)
+1 919-834-6963
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11:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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218 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

BuKu has a great drink and dining menu. Whether you go for Tapas or the larger plates, you won't be disappointed. The ambiance is very nice, higher end, and the staff is wonderful.

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Thank MBFNCNative
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

My boyfriend had been trying to get me to eat here for a couple of years. OMG hate I waited so long. the New York Strip is wonderful and the Sushi is nothing less than great.

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Thank Janie M
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The best thing I can say about this restaurant is that they do have vegan options and the drinks were good. Other than that, wholly unremarkable until they brought the check. Definitely over priced. Lunch was over $100 with drinks. The quality of the meals didn't justify the high cost.

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Thank Feather1454
Honolulu, Hawaii
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here with a party of 8. The restaurant is spacious and upscale. The menu is very interesting with a variety of "street food" from around the world. Everything we ate was delicious. There were no bad choices. We had Filipino deviled eggs, sweet miso eggplant, lumpia, mussels Saganaki, green tea-smoked airline chicken, the Korean bbq bibimbap and... More 

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Thank E2709NUmichaell
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145 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Before the restaurant moved downtown, we went 2 out of 4 weekends and loved every bite. Since the move, years ago we go at least 3 times a year. The menu is good and crab flautas and rolls are great. The steak was not good. I asked only for greens and got the sides which was wasteful. The steak was... More 

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Thank Doubledeacon
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best Ramen Bowl ever. Tapas to bowls to dinners. Fun fresh cocktails. Mint had lavender and rosemary. Dining outside very nice.

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Thank Karen D
Turku, Finland
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152 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here thanks to the recommendation of a friend who hasn't made a bad call yet. BuKu was every pinch as good as promised. The ramen I ordered was served in a bowl big enough to swim in, and it wasn't just for show either. The crispy pork belly, the mushrooms, everything was top notch, and just the broth itself... More 

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Thank JD S
Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

...are going to hate. This place is awesome: Chef, servers, managers, top to bottom, awesome. Complimentary Valet, beautiful space, water wall behind a well-stocked bar, private dining spaces and a gorgeous wine cellar.

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Thank Changolish
Cary, North Carolina
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I go to Buku maybe once a month for the last year. Unfortunately we don't live close. It never ceases to disappoint in the quality and variety of the food. We've had such things as - Crab Flautas - PEI mussels - Argentinian short ribs - Perogi - Empanadas Picantes - Filipino Lumpia All are really good... More 

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Thank Kevin W
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great Food!!! Great Place for Brunch!!! Good vibes from moment you walk in until you leave! Can't wait to try dinner!!!

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Thank Skyhighflygirl

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
International, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1806
    (Wilmington)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-834-6963
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?