buku | Global Street Food

919 • 834 • 6963
Hours: Mon-Thur:11-10pm
Fri/Sat: 11-12am
Sun: 10-3 / 5-10pm

About Us

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 in cities 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 and that have been honed over generations. Foods like Polish pierogis, Colombian arepas, and Thai barbecue snapper served in a banana leaf with green papaya salad can be found on the street corners of Warsaw, Bogota, and Bangkok. Their predecessors, prepared in kitchens and over outdoor cook-fires for hundreds of years, are popular favorites that have transformed into street foods to meet the demands of changing times. 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.


Valentine’s Day @ bu•ku


shutterstock_119749168Please join us for a very special evening on Saturday, February 14th 2015. We are offering a 3-course prix fixe menu for $65 per person, with optional wine pairings for an additional $34.  Reservations recommended!

First Course

Mussels de España
saffron-cream broth, Spanish chorizo, roasted red pepper, capers, scallion oil, … +More

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NewYearsEveTime to ring in the new year!  This year we are offering a 3-course prix fixe menu for $69 per person (does not include tax and gratuity.) Stick around after dinner for music in the bu•ku bar and–of course–bubbly at midnight to toast 2015.  Seating is limited, so make your +More

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2nd Annual TROPHY BEER DINNER: August 27, 2014


trophy-stickerPlease join us for a very special evening with Trophy Brewing Company! As part of Raleigh Beer Week, we’ve partnered with our good friends at Trophy to bring you a 5-course dinner paired with–what else!–Trophy brews!  Seats are limited, so email Mandi @ or call 919-834-6963 for reservations!


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