For over thirty years Oki Japanese Steakhouse has been Rhode Island's number one destination for authentic Japanese cuisine. After a short hiatus we are back and better than ever. Our restaurant has been renovated from top to bottom. It is the perfect place to dine with friends, grab a drink in our lounge or let our expert sushi chefs amaze your taste buds. We have 16 brand new Hibachi tables where you can sit back and enjoy an extraordinary culinary performance. Our Highly trained chefs will dazzle you with knife and spatula tricks while preparing your meal to perfection. It is sure to be a dining experience that you will not forget.
1270 Mineral Spring Avenue
North Providence, Rhode Island
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The History of Oki Japanese Steakhouse
Yukio Oki was born in Osaka Japan. Oki grew up working in his family’s sushi restaurant where he learned the secrets of preparing fresh fish and the secret to great customer service. As Oki got older, he continued to work in his family’s restaurant while he attended college. During his studies Oki began to become very interested in American culture. As the relationship between Japan and the United States grew stronger, Oki ceased this opportunity to leave Japan and ambitiously venture to the U.S. in 1967.
His first stop was Hawaii. Although Hawaii was beautiful, it was a little too relaxed for the young ambitious Oki. Looking for more, he headed to Los Angeles, which was very nice, but it lacked the real qualities and values he was accustomed to in Japan. Oki had an old friend who had opened a Karate studio on the east coast. His friend told him that the people there were very ambitious, industrious and they valued family, friends and good food. Excited about the similarities to his home life in Japan, Oki set off to visit his friend in Rhode Island.
While visiting with his friend, the little state of Rhode Island began to make a big impression on Oki. It wasn’t long before he found work at The Magic Chef on Mineral Spring Avenue in 1968 and was mentored by the restaurants owner, Anthony Manzo Sr. It was at the Magic Chef where Oki became accustomed to American culture and he paid very close attention on how to operate a business in the U.S. He worked his way up from dishwasher to finally becoming a partner in 1973. Oki loved The Magic Chef and greatly appreciated the opportunity that the Manzo family gave him, but Oki began to miss the traditional Japanese food that he grew up with. This would lead to a turning point in his life where the young and very motivated Oki knew it was time to open his own restaurant. Oki wanted his restaurant to feature Hibachi Steak, Sushi and traditional Japanese food. Although Rhode Island had great restaurants, it did not have a single Japanese restaurant and that was the key that opened the door for Oki to create and share his vision.
On July 6, 1976, Oki opened Oki Japanese Steakhouse at 1270 Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence, Rhode Island. This was the first Japanese Hibachi style Steakhouse of its kind in Rhode Island and the surrounding New England area. Oki’s entire staff was brought in from Japan to make sure the quality and authenticity was second to none. As time went on, people fell in love with Oki’s one of a kind dining experience, and it was only a matter of time before others would try to emulate Oki’s success. Many have tried through the years, most of these being opened by former chef’s that were trained by Oki, but none have been able to duplicate the success, quality or the experience of dining at Oki Japanese Steakhouse.
In 2012, Oki decided to retire and he sold Oki Japanese Steakhouse. However, in July of 2013, the restaurant abruptly closed. As the founder, Oki was very disappointed to see the restaurant that carried his name and legacy come to an end. It did not take very long before Oki’s strong sense of honor and commitment lead him to start the undertaking of rebuilding the original Oki Japanese Steakhouse. In the fall of 2013, Oki assembled a very ambitious team to remodel and bring back the original quality and excellence that he started with. Most importantly this includes many of his original chef’s and staff that were honored and very excited to be part of this endeavor. With Oki’s determination and lifetime of experience, Oki Japanese Steakhouse will continue to be second to none and the legacy will continue to live on.
Open Sunday: 1pm - 9pm
Mon - Thurs: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri & Sat: 5pm - 11pm (Lounge until 1am)
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