Buku is a trendy dinner spot in the downtown Raleigh area, but did you know they also serve lunch as well? We can’t think of a better escape from the daily grind! Buku is known for serving the best in global street food. Their culinary team just launched a brand new lunch menu recently to add excitement to your lunch hour. Though there are fewer options on the lunch menu than the dinner menu, there is still a great variety of dishes from around the world, and most items are either vegetarian or have a vegetarian option.

Most of the fantastic meal options are also hardy, so you will definitely make it through the rest of your day without getting hungry.

A Foodie Escape

For many of us, our lunch hour is precious. It is our brief escape from our desks and those long meetings! Buku offers a beautiful dining atmosphere that is also quite comfortable. Much like the dinner menu, the lunch menu features global street food from around the world. For a light, healthy lunch, I recommend the Mediterranean Mezzo, which includes housemade pita dusted with cumin, beet hummus, carrot labneh, harissa chickpeas, cucumbers, and carrot salad. So refreshing and delicious!

If you need something a little more substantial, the Lobster Roll and Buku Cubano are for you. Both of these sandwiches come with hand-cut fries. Wash it all down with beer, wine, or even a cocktail, if you are having one of those days that demands a strong mid-day beverage.

Buku’s lunch menu is available Monday-Friday from 11am – 2pm and dinner service begins at 5pm. On Saturdays, the full dinner menu is offered throughout the day. Sunday is all about the famous all-you-can-eat brunch buffet from 10am-3pm, and the dinner menu makes a re-appearance at 5pm.

The name “bu•ku” comes from an international slang twist on the phrase, “Merci, beaucoup,” meaning, “Thank you, very much.”


Impressive Business Lunch Spot In Downtown

If you are entertaining clients from out of town, why not take them to one of Raleigh’s best local restaurants in the heart of the city? The beautiful dining area is large enough to accommodate groups, and the space is relatively quiet so you can have those important business conversations while treating your guests to the finest in global cuisine.

The “water wall” in the bar area provides a tranquil atmosphere to put even the most stressed person at ease. If you need a bit more privacy, Buku also has a private dining room that seats about 30 people. Who knows? You may make your next big deal at Buku!

More Buku News + Developments Coming SOON

Buku recently opened its 2nd location in Wake Forest, and is certainly making quite an impression on the new crowd! That location isn’t serving weekday lunches just yet. In other Buku news, this year, the restaurant celebrates its eighth year in downtown Raleigh, thanks to visionary owners Sean Degnan and Tony Hopkins who, early on, recognized the potential for downtown Raleigh’s revival through dynamic restaurants.

Almost a decade later, Buku – whose cuisine is inspired by the pushcarts of street vendors in cities across the globe – has spawned a restaurant empire which continues to grow and spread its wings, now with a South American concept – Soca – in Cameron Village; and, thanks to Buku’s longtime success, the team partnered with longtime friend Todd Ohle, to open a second Buku in Wake Forest earlier this Spring.

Degnan and Hopkins also recently announced that Buku in Downtown Raleigh – located at 110 East Davie Street at the Red Hat Building – will be open through the holidays and New Year’s Eve service, and will then move to the former “AN restaurant” space in Cary in January 2019.

A Visit To Buku Will Delight All Your Senses

Inspired by the pushcarts of street vendors in cities across the globe, we harvest an array of unique and distinct flavors and present them authentically in a virtual kaleidoscope of plates. The common link being, 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 our Peruvian Hokkaido Diver Scallop Tiradito, Empanadas, and Indian Aloo Chana Chaat can be found on the street corners of Lima, Oaxaca, and Delhi. These are foods that have been shared and developed in their communities for hundreds of years. At Buku, we strive to convey the immediate thrill a traveler feels as these foods first cross over the cart and exchange hands into the urban setting.

Our Global Street Food menu is a new type of dining, designed for the type of mix & match tasting and plate-sharing that sparks conversation. We are a locally owned and operated restaurant that opened to fill a growing niche in the Triangle; a place where people with different backgrounds and nationalities can come to eat something familiar, while at the same time, locals can try something they’ve never had before.

So what are your favorite lunch bites at Buku in Downtown Raleigh? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at FB.com/919Blog and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Downtown Raleigh Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN