ROKA AKOR - Chicago
ROKA AKOR - Chicago

ROKA AKOR - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rokaakor.com/locations/chicago/
  • Phone: 3124777652x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch

    Mon-Fri 11:30AM - 2:30PM

    Sun 11:30AM - 2:00PM

    Dinner

    Mon-Wed 5:00PM - 11:00PM

    Thurs-Sat 5:00PM - 12:00AM

    Sun 5:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Steak, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Chef Ce Bian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call us for onsite and off site catering opportunities. We cater private events from 10 - 250 guests.
  • Special Events: For Special Events email Erin Kannett at ekannett@rokaakor.com or call 312-477-7652

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Illinois Ave
  • Public Transit: Red Line – exit at Grand, one block north to Illinois
    #22 Bus –exit at Grand (if coming from the North), exit at Hubbard (if coming from the South)…walk ½ block west
    #36 Bus—exit at Illinois (walk 1 ½ blocks west)
    #147 Bus—exit at Illinois (walk ½ block east)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is available on Clark St
A word from ROKA AKOR - Chicago
Voted one of the Top 10 Sushi Spots in the United States by Bon Appetit and Top 10 Steakhouses by Crains Chicago Business.

Roka Akor is a stylish steak & sushi restaurant that features a Robatayaki style of "open charcoal" cuisine. The freshest sushi and sashimi are carefully handpicked by region and seasonality. House infused shochus, premium sake, and a large variety of wine, liquor, and beer from around the world are available. The Roka Akor Shochu Lounge is an informal yet sophisticated environment to enjoy Japanese influenced cocktails, shochu tonics and an extensive variety of sake, liquor and beer from around the world.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
ROKA AKOR - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
207 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (129)hot spot (108)special occasion (105)good for groups (79)vibrant bar scene (59)romantic (46)notable wine list (39)neighborhood gem (36)late-night find (21)great for lunch (18)great for outdoor dining (13)scenic view (12)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • WOW - superb Japanese and steak
    FoodventurousVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were a group of six and ordered everything - martinis, sake, scotch, appetizers, sushi rolls, sashimi, wagyu - American and Japanese A5. Everything was absolutely delicious. I could not believe I had not been there before. It was unique - not your average/typical sushi restaurant. No wonder ROKA AKOR has been voted one of the best sushi restaurants in the US! Would definitely go back. It is a little loud - so don't expect an intimate conversation - but do expect to be WOWED by the food. Our server was excellent and very knowledgeable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    joemuszynski
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The Asian cuisine at Roka Akor is simply outstanding. Probably the best sashimi we have ever had. And the service is friendly and ultra-attentive. The interior is really nice - I almost checked "scenic view" because the art over the grill has such a great effect on the whole space. When there were few diners, you could feel the energy; when there were many, there was still ample room and no one is on top of you. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi and Robata
    skidocVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is a great place for sushi and Robata. They have seafood and meat items. The robota grill is an excellent option for those who do not like Sushi. There is a nice meeting area in the back or larger groups. The sushi is very good. I prefer the medium fatty tuna over the fatty tuna. The hamachi sashimi platter is quiet the treat. This is an expensive place. The wagyu beef sampling is great but costly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Management
    COBaltimoreVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I had a major waitress mess up but the manager made it right! This is still my favorite Chicago spot.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine but uninteresting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Sushi was fresh, ribeye was good, beef tataki done well. Decent selection of sake (though lacking 300ml options). Ambience was "clubby" and the music was loud. Overall, food was fine but wasn't very interesting at their price point.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food, wine & service
    LizBChicagoVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I adore Roka Akor. The menu is diverse and if you're starving, you can get a big, honkin' piece of meat, but if you're not, you can get some lovely sushi and nigiri and a veg side and be totally happy. I LOVE THIS PLACE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I never write reviews however this was one of the best sushi spots I have been to. Must try this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • table42VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    A go to spot for fantastic food and service. Always delighted. Try the Japanese whiskey flights!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great introduction to Omikasi
    Bigdavid
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Booked Roka Akor because of reviews and availability of dinner for two celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary and location across from our Hotel in River North area of Chicago. But wow! The special chef's selection Omikasi dinner was wonderful and although we had questions about the actual items, our server was very patient with us in describing each course without giving away the Chef's secrets that make this type of Japanese fusion cuisine so exciting. From the beginning to end, each course was beautifully presented and exquisite in taste. Perfect place to get introduced to a new type of Japanese cuisine and to celebrate a special occasion. Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent take on Japanese cuisine
    Afboston
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went with friends and family. Server was EXTREMELY knowledgable and tried her best to sell the specialties. We ended up with a mix of sashimi, sushi rolls and small plate offerings including Brussel sprouts off the special grill. All excellent and clearly top quality product. Would return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greatfood
    food4thoughtVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A must visit restaurant in Chicago. Great food! Efficient service. Crowded even late at night. Would recommend making reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food
    JessicaVTDG
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I love this place. The food is spectacular but a little noisy. Everybody there tend to talk almost screaming hahaha... Not cheap but worthies every penny. Asked for their mushrooms and tofu rice with any of their main dishes. Yummy
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy and Delicious
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was delicious all across the board - we all ordered a little something different off the menu. The place was busy and a little cramped and our service did suffer a little because of it. The sake selection was large and they carry plenty of Japanese scotch to finish off the night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch
    Businesslunch1
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Of course this a great spot for dinner but I like to use roko for business lunches. Much quieter, great lunch menu, and the service is of course impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    Mac21
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I chose the Chef's Menu (Omakase). Beautifully done. Food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very solid sushi in River North
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Really liked the ambience, and sushi was quite good. The lunch bento box was a great value due to the quantity of food served.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food! Excellence service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Our visit began with lovely Sherrie! She was very inviting and so sweet. The food was amazing and paired well with the sake. This was our first stop as we arrived chicago and set the tone for a great trip, we will def be back! Thanks Roka:)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    great food slow service if I was not with clients I would have complained
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Noisy
    GFranco
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food but it's a noisy place. Nice view. Good Service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sushi, Sashimi and Steak, Oh My
    paigeappleVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I really enjoyed the tasting menu with wonderful variety...ample food...and amazingly fresh fish...the tuna out of this world.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot restaurant pre-going out
    hannahbananaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This restaurant is definitely great if you are planning on going out on Hubbard St. after. My girlfriends and I went on a Friday night and the place had so much energy! The bar area is great and there was a DJ spinning tunes to keep the mood high. The food is great, standard sushi place. It seems to be more of a place to see and be seen while having a ton of fun in the process. Definitely recommend for a large group before going out on the town!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Night Dinner
    kwhite
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This restaurant was remarkable. My mom and I were having our annual girls' night out in Chicago and I decided to pick this restaurant solely based off reviews I had read. We were not disappointed. A manager introduced himself within a minute of us sitting down and explained some of the drinks. He had great recommendations for us. Our waitress was wonderful too. The food was outstanding - I got the 8 oz filet, and although it is a la carte and I wasn't sure if it'd be enough, it was! Juicy and cooked exactly how I asked. Also, try the butterfish tataki and the brussel sprouts are unlike anything I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Entertaining Clients
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Brought some potential clients here and it was perfect. Made reservations for 8pm and we were able to get a table outside. Took a little while for our initial server to show up, but after that it was all good. Food was great, service was really good. The very personable and attractive manager stopped by our table a couple of times, she was very nice. The atmosphere was good for conversation, but lively enough to not feel too businesslike.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very expensive and small portions
    raygunVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The taste of the food was delicious, the sushi was great and the service was prompt and attentive. My objection is that the portion size was quite small for the price. I ordered the Madagascan Prawn and it was only ONE large prawn (which for a prawn is not that big, remember prawn=shrimp and shrimp has come to symbolize small). It took me ten seconds to eat and it was in the entree category and priced over $30. The waiter recommended after I had devoured it that I order something else so that I wouldn't go home hungry. My wife's lamb dish looked great and if I were to ever go back, it would be for the lamb and the sushi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable for a chain place
    Foodie13
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our server was excellent, albeit scantly clad. She accommodated our request for a flight of sake which wasn't on the menu. The food was decent for a corporate-run restaurant. It does get loud because of all the hard surfaces of the decor, so don't hope to have a private conversation. Much more fun to enjoy with a group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • UltimateFoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    What really stood out to me was the service at this restaurant, it was amazing. Our server was really helpful with the menu and recommended us some great eats. The food was delicious and I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service !!
    realistic
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We went to Roka to celebrate our wedding anniversary and had a great time. The food was incredible and the drink list was impressive. We really appreciated the waitress' knowledge of the food and her recommendations. I would highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food all around
    RiskyReviews
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I enjoyed all the food I had at Roka Akor. The Waygu and Kimchi dumplings were sensational alone and added to Wafu dressing, a soy based sauce, had the perfect mix of savory, salty, and bitter. The pork belly on the robata grill was sweet with mango and caramelized fat, but still savory with a hint of salt and pepper. The complimentary Tuna-seared Tataki with carmalized onion and Yazu juice was a combination of flavors so right that I have a hard time describing it, but perhaps the most interesting dish was the 6 piece shashimi modern with its unique sauce pairings. Overall, I think the robata grilled meats edged out the fish if you have to choose just one or two dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PERFECT engagement dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We LOVED our waiter who made the experience/evening on our special occasion run perfectly! I've never been to a restaurant where I devoured every little morsel in pure delight from start to finish. High quality ingredients, preparation, timing, presentation, service..etc. everything! I finally found my favorite restaurant in Chicago - Definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!!
    cookingnurse
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our table of 4 samplead each type of food...sushi, small plates, robata cooked meat, sides...each item was perfect. Flavourful, mouth watering right to the last bite. Do not visit Chicago without going here!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply awesome & perfection!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    One of the best restaurants Ive been to in a really long time! Highly recommended.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing sushi
    luvnewexperiences
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was incredible!! Our waiter suggested we swap out one of our selections for another and he was spot on! Definitely will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food in Chicago
    EalingCourage
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My husband and I had a marvelous experience at Roka Akor on 7/29/14... so good in fact we returned on 7/31/14, dining twice at this restaurant across a 3 night visit to Chicago. Asst Mgr Brie Back ensured a marvelous experience and server Stephanie orchestrated a fantastic meal, going the extra mile in accommodating requests. The Butterfish Tataki and the Brussels sprouts are not to be missed. Request a booth on the back wall for best seat in the house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Knocked our socks off!
    Boyzmom
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My son and I eat out alot, and enjoy good food. Often the food is of good quality and enjoyable, but not remarkable. This was memorable dining---Japanese steak and sushi. We had some of each--excellent flavor, presentation, and unique. Friendly and professional service. Great experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sexxyVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great ambiance Terrific service delicious creative food Great variety
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent.
    NA11VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, Trendy, and Friendly
    TangoDancer
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My fiance and I went to celebrate his birthday. It felt as though we were being taken care of by everyone. The manager made sure to visit our table and ask us how our meal was going. Our waitress, Sam, was very patient and eager to share her favorites with us (which we tried and loved!). If you are a mushroom-lover, you have to try the mushroom risotto! We went a bit earlier in the evening, so it was nice and quiet; but as we were leaving we noticed it getting more packed and I could see that this was a cool place to hang out at night, as well. We will definitely be going back there again! My mouth is actually watering thinking about it...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter was terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The waiter forgot to put in our order and continued to blame others. He finally owned up to in and tried to make amends by giving free dessert and additional plates, but was so awkward that it made dinner uncomfortable. The food was good, but the waiter made it a poor experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost fantastic.
    TomS
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food, wine and cocktails are great. It's the waiting for your drinks that marks this place down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    LuvfreshandlightVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great food, fresh and creative, good service and a very pleasant environment.....love it for lunch and dinner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.