Took my son out to celebrate his new job. Food was exceptional and the service was great. He said it was the best meal he has ever had!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Night out with the girls...
What a wonderful place to share a meal with friends. My only suggestion would be to instruct the bartender in the correct mixology of a Long Island Iced Tea. With fantastic food, it was a shame to wash it down with so poorly constructed a beverage. Waiter kind enough to bring Diet Coke to cleanse the palate. OTW a beautiful spot.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food....As good as it gets
We expected great... And we got even more. The selection and flavors were fabulous. Will definitely return next time in Chicago.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sushi, Sushi, Sushi!
My wife and I dined at Roka based on the recommendation from our hotel staff and boy are we glad we did. The food was delicious and the service was prompt throughout the night. We'll definitely be back during our next visit to Chicago.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and service
The fish was fresh and wonderfully prepared, the server was kind and helpful. The sake list is very well thought through and varied. A good experience over all. As a warning the decadent meal choice is very very very plentiful.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for birthdays
We love Roka Akor. We go to the Scottsdale location usually but were visiting Chicago and celebrated my Sister's birthday there. My kids are 6 and 8 and love the chicken teriyaki and avocado rolls that make up just the way they like them. The dessert chef accommodated my Paleo diet with a beautiful topical fruit platter. We love the steak and cod and mushroom hot pot with truffle. Yum! The service is always prompt and attentive. Thank you Rola Akor for your consistency in high quality across the country!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
ROKA AKOR is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. The food is always excellent and the service is terrific. The butterfish appetizer is a must.
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Every single dish that came
Every single dish that came out was IMMACULATE! If I had to pick the LEAST favorite, it might have been the Wagyu Dumplings, only because after eating the acutal Japanese Wagyu Steak that came from the Robata grill that literally melted in my mouth, I thought that it should not be chopped up in stuffed in a dumpling. It was our girl's night and there were 6 of us total and also celebrating 2 birthdays. We all shared the following: Pork Belly (aaamaaazziing), Scallops, Oysters, Wagyu Dumplings, Summer Salmon Roll, Hamachi Serrano Chili Roll, Special Duck, 6oz Japanese Wagyu, Wild Mushroom Rice w/ Black Truffle, & a bottle of Sake. Literally, everything was delicious and our server Alex was also very helpful and friendly!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
wifes birthday dinner
Good food..good ambience..prompt..was a bit thrown back when I reserved with restaurant this is my wife's special bday as also the waiter Brian anounced his acknowledgement of the occasion...yet nothing came of a lil shoe in for a comp desert or anything...and even knew the waiter for years at a previous restaurant chain.. I just found that to be a bit odd. Valet was expediant..however couldn't help to think of sunda through the window as I was tipping the 25%..which seems customary.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Flavorful dishes fit for sharing
We ordered some of everything, and nothing disappointed! Small serving sizes, meant for sharing, so you'll need to order several plates, but each came with own dipping sauce and distinct flavors. Overall, the food was great. A bit pricey for what you get, but also a nice ambience.. I wouldn't quite call it romantic b/c of the noise level.. it can get loud. My husband/I opted to sit next to each other so we could hear over the noise (and b/c we are inseparable :). I'd recommend Roka Akor for the experience, but probably won't go more than couple times a year.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gotta go here. Between Roka, Sunda and Japonais, these restaurants headline Chicago's amazing asian-fusion scene. The service was excellent, drinks were good and food was out of this world.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Experience of the Trip
Roka Akor was the only positive experience I had in Chicago. I'm not accustomed to the big city. Stayed in Tinley Park with my girlfriend for a long weekend, which was a great idea (30 min from Chicago). Everything I had planned for the day in Downtown Chicago went to he!!, and was a big waste of time and money; EXCEPT Roka Akor. I have a life long experience in fine dining, growing up with a father as a 5 star chef, and being a head chef myself for a few years. This restaurant was enough to make up for the entire disappointing day. Our server was the best I've ever experienced, and he was very helpful in guiding us through the experience of authentic Japanese dining. Expect to spend ~2 hours for a full dinner experience you won't forget.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We all ordered the set dinner and were not disappointed! The food was fantastic, although it was quite a bit so bring your appetite! It was a bit loud but the ambience was nice.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
BETTER THAN ALINEA
Even though Roka Akor has no Michelin stars, my wife and I agree that it was the best meal we have ever had. We had the decadent Omakase, which included sashimi, wagyu, lamb, lobster, crab, truffle rice, various desserts, etc. Simply amazing! Alinea left us impressed too, but it was more of an artful, and high level service experience; some dishes we did not care for.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed my visit. I am one of those picky eaters and wanted to try things I had never had before. Everything looked so enticing, I had no problem trying new things. The head chef also let us try a special dessert he is working on for the fall and it was delicious. Our waitress was extremely helpful, answered all of our questions. Even the bus boy was courteous and polite. I would definitely recommend and visit this restaurant again.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A must try place!
The restaurant was inviting and the service was great. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and the selections of sushi were amazing. Our group of 4 had no complaints. Definitely will be back soon!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my new favorites
One of the best culinary experiences I've had in Chicago for a long time. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Creative, fresh and tasty food and cocktails.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has never let me down. The sushi menu is small but it is incredible quality. Be sure to try the Fatty Blue Fin Tuna. I can't wait to go back.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been wanting to try
I have been wanting to try this restaurant for a while now and it was everything I imagined it would be. I loved the bar scene and all of the bartenders. They were so friendly and took very good care of my girlfriends and I. The food was phenomenal, and just what we were looking for. The chef sent us tuna toasts out, on him and the bartender gave us a drink on him as well. The lobster tempura was to die for, well worth the expense! The waiter was a little off that night but it could have just been a weird day for him. Anyways, overall we loved our visit and would definitely recommend it to anyone!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, improved service
The food and scene at Roka has always been good, but the service has been average to worse. However, after not dining at Roka for a couple of months, we found the complete package on this visit. Great hostess up front, very attentive bar service, a waitress who was there when you wanted her and busboys who kept things clear and water glasses full. As usual, the crowd was lively and happening and the food was excellent. Roka is back on our rotation.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came here for a friends birthday and Roka Akor never disappoints. The food was amazing! We shared everything. We got a few rolls, scallops,salad,asparagus,rice and a filet from the Roboto section. We even got desert. We were very happy when we left!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A work colleague of mine highly recommended ROKA AKOR- it was my first visit to Chicago and I'm glad we followed his recommendation. The sashimi sampler platter was delicious- we wished we had gotten 5 pieces instead of only 3. We both had the Black Cod (house specialty) and were not disappointed. The atmosphere was pretty electric and the restaurant was full all night long. On my next trip to Chicago I hope to try more of this cuisine.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
You Just Have To Try It
The menu is a little intimidating so we went with the chef tasting menu. Turned out to be the best decision. The presentation was amazing! Everything we received looked incredible. Thy serves things that we wouldn't have normally ordered - we would have missed out on some incredible flavors so really happy that made that choice.
The quantity is a little heavy so don't feel like you need to polish off everything they put in front of you (though you'll want to because the taste was incredible).
Also, give yourself at least 2 1/2 hours to enjoy the meal so not a place to go if you're in a hurry.
Overall, I would highly recommend tryin this restaurant.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Among the best sushi in Chicago.
Among the best sushi in Chicago. Very fine quality fish. Not many sushi places in Chicago can compete with high-end New York sushi restaurants, and Roka Akor does. We went back again on Wednesday night.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
fabulous omakase menu and sushi
service outstanding was there for birthday celebration wanted to try omakase tasting menu but concnerend about size of courses so they took one course out and reduced price and let us choose what kind of tiems we wanted included and any allergies
large portions took home leftovers
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very fresh and FUN
We had a teriffic seat right by the window so people watching was especially fun. I'm so sorry I dont remember our servers name but she was EXCELLENT. She explained the entire menu and basically ordered for us. Evertyhing she suggested we tried and LOVED. Thomas the Manager also was a pleasant experience and very knowledgable. The kimchi dumplings and Maki rolls were fantastic! Totally love ROKA and cant wait until my next visit!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious, but not amazing
I went with a couple girl friends for an early evening supper. We got some sushi and a few smaller plates to share. Everything we had was very good...but nothing blew me away. But then again, I've heard a lot of hype for this place, so I had very high expectations going into it. So, I would definitely recommend Roka Akor, it was very good food and service. Also...we shared two desserts, both of which were fantastic. By far the best part of the experience! :)
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about Roka is great!
We had a group of 7. They were extremely accommodating. The waiter was helpful and made excellent suggestions to make our meal even better.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was outstanding, although
Service was outstanding, although we did dine at 6:00 on a Friday. It was filling up fast. Our server made wonderful recommendations. We shared a few appetizers, four rolls (there were four of us) and the skirt steak. The rolls were deliciously layered and surprisingly light (as rolls go). I would definitely go back.
Interesting that its location is right across the street from Sunda.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome Japanese and Asian food
I am a regular visitor to Chicago from Germany. Ever since the concierge of my hotel recommended ROKA AKOR to me I keep returning there. The food is absolutely awesome, I always order the OMAKASE (chef's selection) and was always surprised about what I got... in an extremely positive way.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took some friends for dinner last weekend and can't say enough great things about our experience. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious and our server couldn't have been more attentive and helpful. And when it comes to cocktails, there's a jalapeno infused martini that in my book is a must try. I'd go back just for that!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
anything you want
What I especially like is that the chefs will usually work with you to create dishes not on the menu based on what you like ( and product availability). I just ask the server what the chef can prepare. And I always start with the butterfish!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Roka Akur Dinner
Restaurant has outstanding food and it is beautifully presented. The location in Chicago (close to Michigan Avenue) is ideal, safe and gorgeous. The wine list is great. My only disappointment was that the prices are too high -- this restaurant is incredibly expensive.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
food was great, but don't
food was great, but don't get the sampler menu, too expensive. Just pick and chose the items that seem most appealing.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every dish is outstanding. There is not a bad item on the menu, I ordered the butterfish tataki twice it was so delicious.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I recently had the pleasure of hosting a few out of town guests at this restaurant. We were an international table of people from the US, Spain and Germany. Everyone at the table has eaten in different countries all over the world. Our waiter, Alex, was outstanding and had the wonderful idea to allow him and the chef to prepare our menu for us. It was brilliant and the most amazing experience. From appetizers to entree, the food was incredible. The sushi and sashimi were the freshest we've ever experienced and the presentation was beautiful. So much so, everyone took pictures. But, the highlight was by far the Korean Spiced Lamb Chops!!!! Truly the best thing we have ever eaten in our lives!!!! I can't wait to experience it again!!!!!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food, good ambiance
Excellent food, good ambiance but very pricey. One could get just as good quality food in Chicago for less..
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good meal
2nd time to Roka Akor; it did not disappoint! We tried the Omakase menu - very good selection of food including octopus, fish, pork belly, steak, sashimi… My guest and I were very pleased with the variety within the meal and how the food was prepared. Excellent service as the wait staff were attentive and friendly.
Will definitely come back the next time we visit Chicago!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for sharing entrees
Great for sharing entrees with a small group. The sushi was excellent and the best brussel sprouts I have ever eaten! A little on the pricey side...
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Almost TOO attentive
Really hard to complain about this, but they were almost TOO attentive. Several times we had to stop them from taking a plate we were not quite finished with yet. The food was delicious. The Butterfish Tataki and Dynamite Scallop Maki Rolls are a must. Our server was outstanding and the wine selection was very good.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was the spot picked for my mthly girlfriends outing. The drinks were wonderful and strong which is the way that I like them. The food was quite delicious and the service was beyond compare. There was never a point where we went without attention, whether it was from the manager or the wait staff. They were awesome!! There was no room in the main dining room when we got there but it was ok. The bar area chairs and table are comfy and the atmosphere is energetic but you don't have to scream to hear each other. I was worried b/c the maki roll selection looked ordinary but they were far from it. Actually, every roll was delicious!! I look forward to going back and trying the steak. Loved it!!!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my wife there for her
I took my wife there for her birthday and it was great. We had the chef's tasting menu, a little pricey ($130 pp) but well worth it. Our server, Guy, was phenomenal. We will definitely go back.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Food Ever!!! Outstanding!!!
This restraunt not only has a great atmosphere but the food was amazing! Christian Cho helped make my experience here truley memorable. I will definitely be back! I was blown away by the service. This restraunt is a must see.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Super good food, great wine list. But servers stand out for me!!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Roka Akor was amazing. I got he Chef Tasting Menu and tried a bit of everything, best meal I've had in months. The fish is incredibly fresh, the steak and duck are immensely flavorful and the brussels sprouts are out of this world. Truly an impressive and memorable meal.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Met a girlfriend for dinner to catch up on a Thursday night. We waited at the bar for a drink while our table was ready and ended up staying at the bar to order dinner and continue drinking. The bar is really where it's at! The bartender was super attentive, gave us great food suggestions and was very engaging.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every morsel from the chef's complimentary shot of tomato miso soup to the appetizers, sushi and entrees was amazing. It was fun to order family style and try as much as possible. Fresh ingredients like real fresh wasabi made the experience more unique. The we came with a group of 7 and everyone ordered something different yet the kitchen was able to arrange it in an order that made sense. Completely unpretentious and just delicious Japanese inspired cuisine. We loved everything.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went to Roka with wife and two other couples. We did the tasting menu. Great tasting food from start to finish; awesome presentation and very good service. Coupled it with two French wines for a special dining experience. Not a place for intimate dinner given noise level
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Superb dining, one of the best Japanese places I have dined at. Glad to have made it after missing on San Francisco Roka Akor a week earlier. Will be back soon despite a 250 mile drive.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Non-Sushi Fan Until....
As a person who is not a fan of sushi, but my better-half is, I have to admit I am a fan thanks to the great folks at Roka Akor. I would strongly urge anyone who falls in to my former category (and has an open-mind) to give this place a try. You should definitely order the Omakase. I was impressed by the selection and the taste of everything served. The presentation of the each dish was exceptional. I will definitely be returning!
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM