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BuKu

#18 of 1,143 Restaurants in Raleigh
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110 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1806 (Wilmington)
+1 919-834-6963
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11:00 - 00:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week 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
Jacksonville, Florida
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice place for patio dinning in downtown, variety of food options including a lot of vegetarian options. Must try - Aloo Chana chat

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Thank Rohit R
Newport, North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Celebrated my birthday with dinner at BuKu. Reservation was seamless. Our server was delightful and answered all of our questions. Food was amazing for vegans and carnivores. Will dine here again.

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Thank lindafulcher58
Cary, North Carolina
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55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 March 2017

You have to invite at least 20 + people to subsidize the price of the menu you will be ordering. I visited this place to host an organization event with NAAAP. I paid almost $300 for 5 dishes and 2 drinks to share with 12 people.

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Thank LAvenus79
Apex, NC
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72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We've gone here several times with friends for dinner and always enjoyed ourselves. Usually we'll order several of the small plates and 1 large plate to share and everything I've eaten here has been tasty!

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Thank Stefan M
Rochester, New York
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104 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

My fourth time at BuKu was as good as each of the other three times. The restaurant specializes in the finest examples of street foods found around the planet. The ramen was made with a 24 hour shoyu brith, crispy pork belly, wakame and slices of pork. Rich and satisfying, served promptly, we walked away very happy.

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Thank L F
Goldsboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Good locale for a bite to eat before a performance. Pad Thai was good, priced at $23. Probably wouldn't go back, not because of anything wrong. It just wasn't outstanding or memorable in any way.

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Thank Teresa A
Raleigh, NC
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293 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Four of us stopped in for lunch on a Saturday before a matinee show. It is a certainly an upscale place with outside and inside seating. We chose inside and were one of the few at 12:30 pm but by 1:30 there were several more parties. The hostess was not that friendly but our waiter was friendly, helpful and provided... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, 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?