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BuKu

#21 of 1,115 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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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Raleigh, United States
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a party of 10 for brunch and we all enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service very much. We highly recommend this place. The server made the birthday girl feel special without being asked to and we were given the freedom to stay as long as we wanted with absolutely no pressure to leave. We were encouraged to stay... More 

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Thank Timothy S
Boone, North Carolina
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was an excellent restaurant. Both me and my friend thought our entrees were amazing. The service was wonderful, and they accommodated special requests my friend made with ease. When in Raleigh, I would love to go here again!

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Thank lisa c
Raleigh, North Carolina
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128 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Two of us for a pre-show Friday night dinner. The atmosphere is nice, the people are friendly, courteous and helpful. Service was speedy but not pushy. So far, so good. The food, while interesting in concept and selection, was mediocre. We went with a tapas style selection, ordering 6 appetizer sized plates, 3 at a time. They came quickly but... More 

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Thank DiveDog13
Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Did not like this place, maybe I went with a lot of expectations, however it was just a lot of hype no value nor taste. The portions were surprisingly small, the Japanese Devilled egg gets you 1 and a half boiled egg slices. The sushi is average. The Indian cuisine they have is tasteless, you'd rather go to an Indian... More 

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Thank DeepshikhaNath
Raleigh, North Carolina
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for a last minute brunch to enjoy with out out of town guests and what a surprise we received when we decided on BuKu! The decor was beautiful which flowed into setting the atmosphere. The food was delicious and beyond our expectation. This establishment left an everlasting impression on our out of town guests! We couldn't believe... More 

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Thank lilac104
Mount Vernon, Illinois
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353 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every aspect of our visit was tremendous. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly. The buffet selections were varied and delicious! Omelet, waffle, and carving stations were well manned and quick to serve. An overall great experience!

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Thank Michael H
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Valet parking, great buffett, and great atmosphere, etc. a variety of great food, good and hot. Hosts special events such as birthdays for youth, etc. can't veat the cost either.

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Thank 513gloriaf
Apex, North Carolina
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292 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went her for dinner with my daughters -- we shared 6 small plates. We didn't try sushi as I am not a fan but did try cuisines from many cultures -- Indian, Spanish, Chinese, Polish, Phillipino Lots of flavor with special sauces, slaws, creama, etc. The baja crab flautas and Filipino lumpia were especially good. The service was attentive, the... More 

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Thank elandja
Salisbury, North Carolina
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441 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Stopped here for lunch on our way to the coast. Didn't realize that on Sunday, there was only brunch in the afternoon. Decided to stay and were glad we did. While expensive ($22, not including drinks), the choices were extensive and all were well prepared. The grits were among the best we have had.

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Thank Gene K
Dayton, Ohio
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food. Loved the mango habanero dip with the flautas. The duck was fantastic.

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Thank M S

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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
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?