Buku

★★★★★
  • 110 E Davie St

    Raleigh, NC 27601

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  • 919-834-6963

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Mon-Sat 5:45am-9:30pm

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I have been a server for six years so I tend to give waitstaff more than just the benefit of the doubt. However, it seems to me that the staff at Buku knows it's a very posh, innovative place, and have become pretentious because of it.
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I have been a server for six years so I tend to give waitstaff more than just the benefit of the doubt. However, it seems to me that the staff at Buku knows it's a very posh, innovative place, and have become pretentious because of it.
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I went with my girlfriend and her family this past weekend and the experience just amazing. We had about 8 plates between all of us to share. The portions were just right and wasn't too expensive either. The quality of the food is

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I went with my girlfriend and her family this past weekend and the experience just amazing. We had about 8 plates between all of us to share. The portions were just right and wasn't too expensive either. The quality of the food is

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We went to Buku Saturday February 19th, 2011. We arrived at the restaurant at 6:50. My husband and I ordered four different items (two forms of sushi and two small plates). The first sushi dish arrived at 8 PM, the second sushi dish

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We went to Buku Saturday February 19th, 2011. We arrived at the restaurant at 6:50. My husband and I ordered four different items (two forms of sushi and two small plates). The first sushi dish arrived at 8 PM, the second sushi dish

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Some friends and I tried this restaurant back in September and were very pleased. The menu is different and interesting from other restaurants in the area. They also have a nice outside dining area that is very pleasant if the weather if

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Some friends and I tried this restaurant back in September and were very pleased. The menu is different and interesting from other restaurants in the area. They also have a nice outside dining area that is very pleasant if the weather if

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We stopped in for a quick drink after dinner at another establishment. I asked the bartender if he would suggest the sangria. He said yes while shaking his head no. So I asked if it was really a yes or a no. He then said, "Even if it

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We stopped in for a quick drink after dinner at another establishment. I asked the bartender if he would suggest the sangria. He said yes while shaking his head no. So I asked if it was really a yes or a no. He then said, "Even if it

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The Philly Steak was fantastic! The atmosphere is elegant contemporary and the food genre is global cuisine. Even though there were peppers on my sandwich after I specifically asked for no peppers, it was still fantastic. The french

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The Philly Steak was fantastic! The atmosphere is elegant contemporary and the food genre is global cuisine. Even though there were peppers on my sandwich after I specifically asked for no peppers, it was still fantastic. The french

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I have had several dinners at buku over the past month or so, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience each time. It seems that weekends are much busier than weekdays, but luckily my party had a reservation and didn't have to wait. There's also a large patio, where I've eaten the majority of the time.

Everything I've eaten has been great. The menu is large enough that I've tried something new each time. My favorite things so far have been the tuna tetaki and the short rib-- both generous servings, and excellent.

The cocktail list is awesome. They changed it up after my first couple of visits, and I love the new additions. The sangria is incredible. The cocktails are interesting, and the kind you don't see anywhere else. I also like their wine list because it was very affordable.

I highly recommend Buku, either for a date night or a night out with friends. Make sure to make reservations if you want to go on a weekend night.

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I have had several dinners at buku over the past month or so, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience each time. It seems that weekends are much busier than weekdays, but luckily my party had a reservation and didn't have to wait. There's also a large patio, where I've eaten the majority of the time.

Everything I've eaten has been great. The menu is large enough that I've tried something new each time. My favorite things so far have been the tuna tetaki and the short rib-- both generous servings, and excellent.

The cocktail list is awesome. They changed it up after my first couple of visits, and I love the new additions. The sangria is incredible. The cocktails are interesting, and the kind you don't see anywhere else. I also like their wine list because it was very affordable.

I highly recommend Buku, either for a date night or a night out with friends. Make sure to make reservations if you want to go on a weekend night.

Pros: fabulous patio, great food, wonderful cocktails

Cons: can't eat there everyday :(

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Fins Restaurant has excellent seafood. The shrimp and steak was amazing. Would recommend everyone come and dine out at fins.

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Fins Restaurant has excellent seafood. The shrimp and steak was amazing. Would recommend everyone come and dine out at fins.

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Last Friday, we tried Fins located in downtown Raleigh.

We ordered two appetizers and two entrees. They came out with our first appetizer. Then we waited it seems like the longest time, until they came out with my Sea Bass entree, and the appetizer that look like a scallop main course for my partner. We explained the mix up to two waiters. And I ended up eating my entree, while he waited for his entree to be cooked up.

On to the Sea Bass, I thought it tasted good, but then I got sick the next day. Don't want to grosse people out, but I had keriorrhoea. Googling what could be the cause came out to be Escolar or Sea Bass. We weren't looking for any sort of compensation, but my partner had called to let the restaurant manager know about me getting sick from their fish; and for them to throw out that stuff before anyone else got sick. They didn't seem to care, and said noone else reported being sick.

For the amount of money we spent at the restaurant to only get sick after a meal, I wouldn't go back to this place! It's overrated in my opinion.

I give them two stars instead of one because the manager did try to please us by giving us free sorbet.

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Last Friday, we tried Fins located in downtown Raleigh.

We ordered two appetizers and two entrees. They came out with our first appetizer. Then we waited it seems like the longest time, until they came out with my Sea Bass entree, and the appetizer that look like a scallop main course for my partner. We explained the mix up to two waiters. And I ended up eating my entree, while he waited for his entree to be cooked up.

On to the Sea Bass, I thought it tasted good, but then I got sick the next day. Don't want to grosse people out, but I had keriorrhoea. Googling what could be the cause came out to be Escolar or Sea Bass. We weren't looking for any sort of compensation, but my partner had called to let the restaurant manager know about me getting sick from their fish; and for them to throw out that stuff before anyone else got sick. They didn't seem to care, and said noone else reported being sick.

For the amount of money we spent at the restaurant to only get sick after a meal, I wouldn't go back to this place! It's overrated in my opinion.

I give them two stars instead of one because the manager did try to please us by giving us free sorbet.

Pros: Decor was nice, food presentation was good

Cons: Service mixed up. The Sea Bass make me sick!

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Fins used to be our Pre-Valentine's day dinner location (we never go out on Valentines day!) Unfortunately, 2 yrs ago we had to change that tradition because we moved to AZ temporarily. Now that we are back, we had decided to go back to our favorite Pre-Valentine's spot! We ordered a bottle of wine and proceeded with the meal.

We chose the Pris Fixe, this means that the chef will choose your dishes for you and it turns out to be a 4-5 course meal. Our waiter,Matthew, asked about food allergies or aversions. we said YES- since we are not fond of oysters, and I then told him I was afraid of the Octopus. Well, apparently the chef found this to be a challenge! When the waiter brought out the first dish as the octopus, I thought he was joking. The waiter was very serious and said the chef insisted we try it, if we didn't like it, he would buy our wine for us. Well, I am not a super adventurous eater, but I tried it... the verdict- I didn't like it, and apparently, before even being bribed to try it, hubby tried it as well and didn't like it. Oh well, on a positive note, I tried something new and got a free bottle of wine in the process!

The rest of the courses were just amazing, even other dishes that I wasn't certain I would like were all just perfectly matched and had amazing flavor.

Before we even went to the restaurant we had read one horrible review from a previous customer, and were very nervous about coming back, and after the unfortunate Octopus incident, we were REALLY nervous! But, after the octopus, the chef batted 1000!!! Typically you are supposed to have 4-5 courses, but I think we ended up with 7 in total. The dinner was amazing, and now we are trying to figure out how to come back more often. The cost of our meal was $180 and a $44 tip. The whole experience did take us 4 hours, so if you plan to do the pris fixe be prepared for a very long meal, but 100% worth it!

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Fins used to be our Pre-Valentine's day dinner location (we never go out on Valentines day!) Unfortunately, 2 yrs ago we had to change that tradition because we moved to AZ temporarily. Now that we are back, we had decided to go back to our favorite Pre-Valentine's spot! We ordered a bottle of wine and proceeded with the meal.

We chose the Pris Fixe, this means that the chef will choose your dishes for you and it turns out to be a 4-5 course meal. Our waiter,Matthew, asked about food allergies or aversions. we said YES- since we are not fond of oysters, and I then told him I was afraid of the Octopus. Well, apparently the chef found this to be a challenge! When the waiter brought out the first dish as the octopus, I thought he was joking. The waiter was very serious and said the chef insisted we try it, if we didn't like it, he would buy our wine for us. Well, I am not a super adventurous eater, but I tried it... the verdict- I didn't like it, and apparently, before even being bribed to try it, hubby tried it as well and didn't like it. Oh well, on a positive note, I tried something new and got a free bottle of wine in the process!

The rest of the courses were just amazing, even other dishes that I wasn't certain I would like were all just perfectly matched and had amazing flavor.

Before we even went to the restaurant we had read one horrible review from a previous customer, and were very nervous about coming back, and after the unfortunate Octopus incident, we were REALLY nervous! But, after the octopus, the chef batted 1000!!! Typically you are supposed to have 4-5 courses, but I think we ended up with 7 in total. The dinner was amazing, and now we are trying to figure out how to come back more often. The cost of our meal was $180 and a $44 tip. The whole experience did take us 4 hours, so if you plan to do the pris fixe be prepared for a very long meal, but 100% worth it!

Pros: the pris fixe concept, gotta love it when the chef shows off what he can do

Cons: Octopus

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This is a great restaurant and has a nice and relaxing anophshere. For more details on Fins and other great restaurants please vist www.foodcritickid.blogspotdotcom.

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This is a great restaurant and has a nice and relaxing anophshere. For more details on Fins and other great restaurants please vist www.foodcritickid.blogspotdotcom.

Thank You

Pros: The food is excelent, and had a magnificint atnospere.

Cons: It is pretty expencive but if you save up it would be worth it.

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After eating many, many superior meals at Fins at the Sawmill location, and the recent Greg Cox review, trying the new location was an easy choice to take my best foodie friends! Our table was not yet ready so going to the beautiful bar was another easy choice. We ordered our drinks, mine being my usual Bombay Sapphire martini were promptly made to order except mine came in a rocks glass since my wife got the last martini glass....gr-r-r-r-r. The table was still not ready so I had a Kir Royal which was perfect. The bar staff was superior especially the young lady who really knew her stuff. The dining area was very well appointed, roomy, modern and very comfortable. Food apps etc were ordered and then to the wine list, It was well thought out, to match the cuisine, pricing within reason., however the first 2 wines I ordered were out of stock, not a good thing....The meal, well all I can say is extraordinary! Every app, salad soup entree I sampled was excellent. as was the service. I personally had a veal dish that could not have been improved upon, my mouth is watering as I think about it!! Without the above listed MINOR exceptions this may well be the best meal I have had in a long time, and I expect to return ASAP! Bon Appetit!! Wolf

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After eating many, many superior meals at Fins at the Sawmill location, and the recent Greg Cox review, trying the new location was an easy choice to take my best foodie friends! Our table was not yet ready so going to the beautiful bar was another easy choice. We ordered our drinks, mine being my usual Bombay Sapphire martini were promptly made to order except mine came in a rocks glass since my wife got the last martini glass....gr-r-r-r-r. The table was still not ready so I had a Kir Royal which was perfect. The bar staff was superior especially the young lady who really knew her stuff. The dining area was very well appointed, roomy, modern and very comfortable. Food apps etc were ordered and then to the wine list, It was well thought out, to match the cuisine, pricing within reason., however the first 2 wines I ordered were out of stock, not a good thing....The meal, well all I can say is extraordinary! Every app, salad soup entree I sampled was excellent. as was the service. I personally had a veal dish that could not have been improved upon, my mouth is watering as I think about it!! Without the above listed MINOR exceptions this may well be the best meal I have had in a long time, and I expect to return ASAP! Bon Appetit!! Wolf

Pros: Food, service, bar staff

Cons: Wine list, shortage of martini glass

 

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