Laku Japanese Restaurant

★★★★☆

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we love this place we live minutes from there and we have tried sake house and there is no comparison at laku we get plenty and very fresh i love the sashimi and my husband has the teriaki steak and its always cooked perfect and lots of it.one day we went to the sake house and they had the nerve to charge and extra $2 for steamed white rice we asked about exchanging it instead of veggies and they still charged and the sauce was blan so try laku and we need to keep it open that location seems to be bad for restaurants so check it out.YUM1111

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★★★★☆

we love this place we live minutes from there and we have tried sake house and there is no comparison at laku we get plenty and very fresh i love the sashimi and my husband has the teriaki steak and its always cooked perfect and lots of it.one day we went to the sake house and they had the nerve to charge and extra $2 for steamed white rice we asked about exchanging it instead of veggies and they still charged and the sauce was blan so try laku and we need to keep it open that location seems to be bad for restaurants so check it out.YUM1111

Pros: fresh everytime

Cons: to empty

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I can't believe the reviews I read are of the restaurant at which I have dined 6 times. Every visit has been greeted with excellent service and wonderful food. I have missed a good sushi place since the Tokyo House came under new (and poor) management. Laku has come as close as any I have found since. The chef is an expert in the field of fusion sushi, and the fish is fresh and firm. The sakie menu is extensive, and the combo meals can really stuff even the hungriest of eaters. Eat at the sushi bar - the Chef's freebies are as good or better as the meals.

2
★★★★★

I can't believe the reviews I read are of the restaurant at which I have dined 6 times. Every visit has been greeted with excellent service and wonderful food. I have missed a good sushi place since the Tokyo House came under new (and poor) management. Laku has come as close as any I have found since. The chef is an expert in the field of fusion sushi, and the fish is fresh and firm. The sakie menu is extensive, and the combo meals can really stuff even the hungriest of eaters. Eat at the sushi bar - the Chef's freebies are as good or better as the meals.

Pros: Excellent food; excellent service

Cons: NONE

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The first time I've ever tasted sushi in my life was at this place. And let me tell you it was GREAT! I had been there like 3 times before and ordered great food off the menu but I decided to finally try something that I had never had. I sat at the sushi bar and the chef was so nice letting me taste different types of sushi. I told him that it was my first time, and to be gentle, lol, and I ended up loving it. Besides that the service is always great. As soon as you walk in the sushi chef greets you if hostess is not at the front and once the hostess comes whether I'm eating in or taking out, they arejust so nice and friendly (like they are suppose to be). I've never went and had bad service. I love this place and will continue to eat here. The whole atmospere is wonderful. I highly recommend it to all lovers of Japanese cuisine.

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★★★★★

The first time I've ever tasted sushi in my life was at this place. And let me tell you it was GREAT! I had been there like 3 times before and ordered great food off the menu but I decided to finally try something that I had never had. I sat at the sushi bar and the chef was so nice letting me taste different types of sushi. I told him that it was my first time, and to be gentle, lol, and I ended up loving it. Besides that the service is always great. As soon as you walk in the sushi chef greets you if hostess is not at the front and once the hostess comes whether I'm eating in or taking out, they arejust so nice and friendly (like they are suppose to be). I've never went and had bad service. I love this place and will continue to eat here. The whole atmospere is wonderful. I highly recommend it to all lovers of Japanese cuisine.

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Our group of four visited Laku about a year ago on a Friday at about 6 pm. We were greeted with a complementary bowl of edamame, which we thought was nice & unexpected; this is usually not a free item. We placed our order and waited.. and waited... and waited. 40 minutes later, we finally received our orders.. most of them anyway. I had ordered a sushi platter & it didn't arrive. The waitress forgot to order it along with the other food. As I didn't want to wait another 40 minutes, I just canceled my order & shared with my wife.

The wait staff was clearly overwhelmed, which was surprising, since there weren't that many people dining. The food was mediocre and a little cold. All of this would have been just a boring, old bad restaurant visit, but this next part transforms it into our worst dining experience ever:

Remember the complementary bowl of edamame? For those of you who don't know, edamame are boiled, salted soybeans still in the pod. The customary way to eat them is to squeeze the beans out of the pod using your teeth (or fingers). The pod is not eaten. Halfway through the meal, we finished our bowl & asked the waitress to bring us another. The bowl they brought us was a bowl of empty pods. Yes, they brought us a bowl of food that was already sucked on by another table. Yummy!

The manager came to our table and apologized, but was rather rude about it. I expected after certainly being subjected to an egregious health code violation, we'd at least get our meal comped, but no chance of that. I won't be going back & advise everyone I know to avoid this place.

I miss the dive burger joint that used to be here. At least they never gave me a half-eaten cheeseburger.

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★☆☆☆☆

Our group of four visited Laku about a year ago on a Friday at about 6 pm. We were greeted with a complementary bowl of edamame, which we thought was nice & unexpected; this is usually not a free item. We placed our order and waited.. and waited... and waited. 40 minutes later, we finally received our orders.. most of them anyway. I had ordered a sushi platter & it didn't arrive. The waitress forgot to order it along with the other food. As I didn't want to wait another 40 minutes, I just canceled my order & shared with my wife.

The wait staff was clearly overwhelmed, which was surprising, since there weren't that many people dining. The food was mediocre and a little cold. All of this would have been just a boring, old bad restaurant visit, but this next part transforms it into our worst dining experience ever:

Remember the complementary bowl of edamame? For those of you who don't know, edamame are boiled, salted soybeans still in the pod. The customary way to eat them is to squeeze the beans out of the pod using your teeth (or fingers). The pod is not eaten. Halfway through the meal, we finished our bowl & asked the waitress to bring us another. The bowl they brought us was a bowl of empty pods. Yes, they brought us a bowl of food that was already sucked on by another table. Yummy!

The manager came to our table and apologized, but was rather rude about it. I expected after certainly being subjected to an egregious health code violation, we'd at least get our meal comped, but no chance of that. I won't be going back & advise everyone I know to avoid this place.

I miss the dive burger joint that used to be here. At least they never gave me a half-eaten cheeseburger.

Pros: free edamame

Cons: the free edamame is recycled! rude staff, slow service, meh food

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Laku is certainly a very different experience for those who have little experience with Japanese food. However, what I can say for certain is that Laku is the BEST option for individuals who desire to learn more about Japanese delicacies. It is a warm, open, and loving environment where the focus is on YOU. Walk in, be seated, and ask away. The staff at Laku are not only concerned with offering you a wonderful dining experience, but they are also focused on empowering you with a new-found knowledge about their culture. It is up to you to you to decide whether it is worth your time to learn or not. My suggestion... don't be cocky! Open your heart and open your stomach because great food.... well, that's priceless!

My Recommendation: California Roll TAMAKI dipped in eel sauce!

After you try that, you'll be coming back to Laku every week for another bite! I guarantee it!

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★★★★★

Laku is certainly a very different experience for those who have little experience with Japanese food. However, what I can say for certain is that Laku is the BEST option for individuals who desire to learn more about Japanese delicacies. It is a warm, open, and loving environment where the focus is on YOU. Walk in, be seated, and ask away. The staff at Laku are not only concerned with offering you a wonderful dining experience, but they are also focused on empowering you with a new-found knowledge about their culture. It is up to you to you to decide whether it is worth your time to learn or not. My suggestion... don't be cocky! Open your heart and open your stomach because great food.... well, that's priceless!

My Recommendation: California Roll TAMAKI dipped in eel sauce!

After you try that, you'll be coming back to Laku every week for another bite! I guarantee it!

Pros: Sushi is beyond belief!

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My first impression after learning about the place was that it can't be good. I've seen a few businesses take on this particular spot and never really made it. But why not, I met a friend who said that the food was good and the service was better. Upon arrival, I was greeted by the nice hostess. I sat by the bar and the chef was extremely nice. In fact, he was so nice while I was waiting for my friend and looking over the menu he prepared a sample seaweed salad. The salad was one of a kind, I've never tasted anything like it before, it was so good that I could have easily had another one. Twenty minutes later, my buddy showed up and we ordered our food. Honestly, we just ordered appetizer and it was plenty that both of us were full afterward. It didn't stop there as the chef still gave us sample of other sushi.
I returned the second time with my girlfriend and she was extremely satisfied with the food. The chef once again was so kind and extremely nice that he kept giving us samples, including a sample of the best ice cream I've ever had.
The food is fresh and the employees are extremely nice. I would recommend this to anybody who seeks a relax environment and fresh food with fast service.

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★★★★★

My first impression after learning about the place was that it can't be good. I've seen a few businesses take on this particular spot and never really made it. But why not, I met a friend who said that the food was good and the service was better. Upon arrival, I was greeted by the nice hostess. I sat by the bar and the chef was extremely nice. In fact, he was so nice while I was waiting for my friend and looking over the menu he prepared a sample seaweed salad. The salad was one of a kind, I've never tasted anything like it before, it was so good that I could have easily had another one. Twenty minutes later, my buddy showed up and we ordered our food. Honestly, we just ordered appetizer and it was plenty that both of us were full afterward. It didn't stop there as the chef still gave us sample of other sushi.
I returned the second time with my girlfriend and she was extremely satisfied with the food. The chef once again was so kind and extremely nice that he kept giving us samples, including a sample of the best ice cream I've ever had.
The food is fresh and the employees are extremely nice. I would recommend this to anybody who seeks a relax environment and fresh food with fast service.

Pros: Best Sushi in Triangle Town Center Area/Raleigh

Cons: Could be at a better location.

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First off, I really enjoy sushi. I live near Triangle Town Center so most of the time I have to jaunt across town to Waraji if I want the good stuff. Laku has been open for some time between Capital Blvd and the mall but I have been reluctant to venture in. This location has never done well in the past and I basically figured this was some cheap/stinky joint that wouldn't last either. Alas, after 6 months, I decided to at least take a peek inside. Wow, very nice decor. Contemporary Asian design but far from overbearing. I took a seat at the sushi bar and was greated by the server and sushi chef.

After perusing the menu (I honestly didn't look at the non-sushi items), I chose the spicy tuna roll and the sashimi lunch. While waiting, the chef sent over several small app plates. Seaweed salad, 2 California/Philly roll pieces and then a tempura shrimp and zuchini! I was amazed and impressed. Then came my lunch. Very fresh fish and quite delicious.

I can't really say enough. I can't wait to take my wife and friends there! I'm just sorry I waited so long to give it a try!

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★★★★★

First off, I really enjoy sushi. I live near Triangle Town Center so most of the time I have to jaunt across town to Waraji if I want the good stuff. Laku has been open for some time between Capital Blvd and the mall but I have been reluctant to venture in. This location has never done well in the past and I basically figured this was some cheap/stinky joint that wouldn't last either. Alas, after 6 months, I decided to at least take a peek inside. Wow, very nice decor. Contemporary Asian design but far from overbearing. I took a seat at the sushi bar and was greated by the server and sushi chef.

After perusing the menu (I honestly didn't look at the non-sushi items), I chose the spicy tuna roll and the sashimi lunch. While waiting, the chef sent over several small app plates. Seaweed salad, 2 California/Philly roll pieces and then a tempura shrimp and zuchini! I was amazed and impressed. Then came my lunch. Very fresh fish and quite delicious.

I can't really say enough. I can't wait to take my wife and friends there! I'm just sorry I waited so long to give it a try!

Pros: SUSHI!, service, friendliness, generosity, ambience

Cons: none

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I have eaten at Laku several times. I have only tried the sushi, and it has been great. The prices are fine. You pay for good food. The service is excellent and the staff is friendly. I am never disappointed when I get food for take out or dine in. It is a wonderful experience. Try it for yourself.

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★★★★★

I have eaten at Laku several times. I have only tried the sushi, and it has been great. The prices are fine. You pay for good food. The service is excellent and the staff is friendly. I am never disappointed when I get food for take out or dine in. It is a wonderful experience. Try it for yourself.

Pros: Sushi/friendly staff/great atmosphere

Cons: location-very busy street

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I have read all the reviews here and either everyone is crazy or they clearly haven't eaten good sushi. For those who say it is expensive-- you really haven't eaten much sushi. This was the worst sushi I have ever had-- the salad wasn't fresh and the avocados were hard and the fish...ugh the fish wasn't fresh and overall just terrible. I will never return. Save your time and money. Harris Teeter is better than this place.
I will say that the prices were cheap, the green tea was great and the server was very nice.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have read all the reviews here and either everyone is crazy or they clearly haven't eaten good sushi. For those who say it is expensive-- you really haven't eaten much sushi. This was the worst sushi I have ever had-- the salad wasn't fresh and the avocados were hard and the fish...ugh the fish wasn't fresh and overall just terrible. I will never return. Save your time and money. Harris Teeter is better than this place.
I will say that the prices were cheap, the green tea was great and the server was very nice.

Pros: tea

Cons: food

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Second Dining-Take Out Review-Take out was perfecto! If you don't have time to dine in, call in an order and do take out-it is fast and ready promptly-not your typical take out....Laku offers enormous amounts of fresh sushi and rolls that leave you wanting more even if you are stuffed! We forgot to mention the Green Tea Cheesecake-I am typically a chocolate dessert chick but I have since been converted! The array of wines and suggestions from the staff are something we look forward to perhaps tonight- for our 3rd dining experience in less than a week! Definitely a rare find in Raleigh.

First Dining In Experience-The interior is a pleasant mix of elegance of warmth from an unassuming exterior. The service is excellent and the staff cheerful and professional. The cuisine tantalizes the taste buds and satisfies the pallet. An enjoyable hour can be spent in this inviting atmosphere with good friends and family enjoying excellent food and wine. We recommend you giving this one a try.

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★★★★★

Second Dining-Take Out Review-Take out was perfecto! If you don't have time to dine in, call in an order and do take out-it is fast and ready promptly-not your typical take out....Laku offers enormous amounts of fresh sushi and rolls that leave you wanting more even if you are stuffed! We forgot to mention the Green Tea Cheesecake-I am typically a chocolate dessert chick but I have since been converted! The array of wines and suggestions from the staff are something we look forward to perhaps tonight- for our 3rd dining experience in less than a week! Definitely a rare find in Raleigh.

First Dining In Experience-The interior is a pleasant mix of elegance of warmth from an unassuming exterior. The service is excellent and the staff cheerful and professional. The cuisine tantalizes the taste buds and satisfies the pallet. An enjoyable hour can be spent in this inviting atmosphere with good friends and family enjoying excellent food and wine. We recommend you giving this one a try.

Pros: Food. Price. Atmosphere. Fast take out-large portions. Great dining in or for take out!

Cons: none

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The sushi and sashimi are consistently so good, and so fresh-they make it right there. Seem to be good prices-about what you'd expect to pay. We usually get take out since the location near Triangle Town Center a plus for us.

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★★★★★

The sushi and sashimi are consistently so good, and so fresh-they make it right there. Seem to be good prices-about what you'd expect to pay. We usually get take out since the location near Triangle Town Center a plus for us.

Pros: great sushi, nice atmosphere

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I've been three or four times now ('cause I love sushi). The atmosphere is comfortable. The staff and service are good. Like it alot.

2
★★★★☆

I've been three or four times now ('cause I love sushi). The atmosphere is comfortable. The staff and service are good. Like it alot.

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I certainly enjoy sushi, as do I enjoy hibachi. Laku was a complete disappointment. First, my waitress was very rude to me. The owner happened to be there. When I tried to speak to him about it, he just went off in a incoherent spiel about Americans not understanding 'the ethnic dining experience'. Second, I found a hair in my rice. Last but not least, I just got my credit card bill today. I put in a tip of only $4 and they charged me $8! I AM NOT HAPPY AT ALL!

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★☆☆☆☆

I certainly enjoy sushi, as do I enjoy hibachi. Laku was a complete disappointment. First, my waitress was very rude to me. The owner happened to be there. When I tried to speak to him about it, he just went off in a incoherent spiel about Americans not understanding 'the ethnic dining experience'. Second, I found a hair in my rice. Last but not least, I just got my credit card bill today. I put in a tip of only $4 and they charged me $8! I AM NOT HAPPY AT ALL!

Pros: Quick Food

Cons: Hair in my Rice

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I found this little place on Citysearch and thought I/'d give it a try. I love sushi and was hoping for a new place to go. I work at the mall so decided to stop and try it.
It wasn't very busy when I went so the service was great. My waitress was very nice. The sushi chef gave me a few extra pieces to try that I didn't order and he was also pleasant.
Everything was delicious and I like how it was decorated. I will definately go back to try the things on the menu. I only ate sushi, but loved it!

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★★★★★

I found this little place on Citysearch and thought I/'d give it a try. I love sushi and was hoping for a new place to go. I work at the mall so decided to stop and try it.
It wasn't very busy when I went so the service was great. My waitress was very nice. The sushi chef gave me a few extra pieces to try that I didn't order and he was also pleasant.
Everything was delicious and I like how it was decorated. I will definately go back to try the things on the menu. I only ate sushi, but loved it!

Pros: very friendly staff, good sushi

Cons: slightly pricey

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When we entered Laku, I thought "nice cozy little place." Our waiter was nervous but kind and tried hard to please. I ordered "Crunchy Roll" for lunch. It was $8.50. I was surprised it didn't come with soup or salad. For an $8.50 dish for lunch, it should have, especially since they were giving soup AND salad for a $1 if you ordered several of their selected lunches. I inquired about this, and was told no. That's unfortunate, because I'm a Japanese food junk-ee and would have repeatedly come back here, but now I won't. Their soup was good. The salad dressing was harsh. My Crunchy Roll wasn't that tasty. My friend's "steak" tasted gamey and was tough. But I would have come back and tried other dishes if it wasn't for the soup/salad thing. It was only an additional $4, and what's $4, but it was the principle of the thing.

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★★☆☆☆

When we entered Laku, I thought "nice cozy little place." Our waiter was nervous but kind and tried hard to please. I ordered "Crunchy Roll" for lunch. It was $8.50. I was surprised it didn't come with soup or salad. For an $8.50 dish for lunch, it should have, especially since they were giving soup AND salad for a $1 if you ordered several of their selected lunches. I inquired about this, and was told no. That's unfortunate, because I'm a Japanese food junk-ee and would have repeatedly come back here, but now I won't. Their soup was good. The salad dressing was harsh. My Crunchy Roll wasn't that tasty. My friend's "steak" tasted gamey and was tough. But I would have come back and tried other dishes if it wasn't for the soup/salad thing. It was only an additional $4, and what's $4, but it was the principle of the thing.

Pros: Nice staff, cute & little (I love that)

Cons: Overpriced, management doesn't work with you

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I finally found another place to add into my lunch rotation off capital blvd. It's a nice change of pace from the usual offerings on capital, the sushi is good as are the lunch entrees. The Laku hot rice with beef is *very* good and flavorful, a good portion for lunch. The green tea ice cream is amazing, easily the best I've had.

The staff is very friendly and the decor is pretty sweet.

This place is a definitely a must-try.

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★★★★★

I finally found another place to add into my lunch rotation off capital blvd. It's a nice change of pace from the usual offerings on capital, the sushi is good as are the lunch entrees. The Laku hot rice with beef is *very* good and flavorful, a good portion for lunch. The green tea ice cream is amazing, easily the best I've had.

The staff is very friendly and the decor is pretty sweet.

This place is a definitely a must-try.

Pros: Sushi, lunch menu, dessert!

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I don't drive by Triangle Towne Center without stopping at the new Laku. Great service-either eat in, or take out. Super sushi!

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★★★★☆

I don't drive by Triangle Towne Center without stopping at the new Laku. Great service-either eat in, or take out. Super sushi!

 

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