Roka Akor - San Francisco
Roka Akor - San Francisco

Roka Akor - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rokaakor.com/locations/san-francisco/
  • Phone: (415) 362-8887x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: M-F 11:00am-2:30pm

    Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-11:00pm

    Happy Hour twice a day 7 days a week. In Roka Bar until 6:30pm daily and again at 9:30pm until close.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Steakhouse, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Roman Petry
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Occasional DJ performance in Roka Bar
  • Special Events: Join us for $1.00 Oysters in Roka Bar every Sunday

    Happy Hour daily from 4:30pm-6:30pm and again at 9:30pm to close.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jackson & Montgomery (entrance on Jackson)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and Street Parking is available
A word from Roka Akor - San Francisco
ROKA AKOR San Francisco is an exciting new addition to the vibrant luxury dining scene, a stylish prime steak, seafood and sushi restaurant that specializes in Robata "open charcoal" cuisine. Located in the heart of Jackson Square, the restaurant features a main dining room area anchored by an open-flame Robata grill, and an underground ROKA BAR, which serves handcrafted cocktails, whiskey, super-premium sake, house-infused shochu and an extensive wine list. ROKA AKOR’s menu features prime cuts of steaks, seafood, and vegetables with unique Japanese-inspired marinades and sauces, along with sushi, sashimi, tempura, and extraordinary desserts. ROKA AKOR is committed to locally sourcing as many ingredients as possible. The menu will change regularly to reflect seasonal offerings.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Roka Akor - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
172 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (114)special occasion (91)good for groups (69)hot spot (65)vibrant bar scene (44)romantic (43)neighborhood gem (37)great for lunch (33)notable wine list (26)late-night find (14)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great experience
    carlotina
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Amazing food, spectacular service. Will come back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Have been here a half dozen times and the food is just superbly prepared with a wide variety of options from sushi to grilled dishes from a Kobata grille. We had a party of 8 so we had the luxury of choosing a variety of dishes to be shared in a communal setting. Dishes to try include skirt steak, tuna roll, short ribs and definitely the sea bass wrapped in a Leaf. Jury still out on the Madagasgar shrimp and Japenese hot pot rice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent place!
    Luvsushi
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Liked everything we ordered. 2 rolls in particular we would order each time we come here: hamachi with Serrano chili and salmon avocado! We sat at the bar so got to watch the chefs make the sushi--true art form! The wait staff were friendly and helpful as well. Great job everyone!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SusanMac
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We had a 5:30PM reservation on a Monday so it was relatively quiet through most of our meal, but by 7:30 the place was hopping. Excellent and friendly service. We ordered the Omikase for 2. Our waiter was very knowledgable about the menu and wine pairings. We've been to the Scottsdale and London restaurants and found this one similar to London with the bar downstairs. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good overall
    MollyVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We had a wonderful lunch, the food was good, our server Jesse was attentive, very cordial and polite. However on the expensive side
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was excellent and the portions surprisingly generous. The lunch combinations are a particularly good deal. Service was geat. Only small complaint - the back cod miso skewers were a little sweet and texture was a bit soft for my taste. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service!
    SamanSimVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    One of the highly recommended restaurant for great menu, delicious foods, friendly and attentive servers. Overall service was outstanding and very accommodating. Will definitely come back with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    WlamirVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Terrible service. Horrible ! Stayed more than 15 minutes without anyone coming to the table. Service is not compatible with the food and placê.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Totally worth it!
    ShalynVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Absolutely great experience. We came in only for happy hour but had 5 of the happy hour appetizers and each delicious! Thanks so much. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Went out with family to celebrate our daughters 10th year birthday. Shared different sushi appetizers and entrees. Everything tasted great and was delicatly presented. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    LetsKW
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great restaurant for all lovers of Japanese cuisine. Killer hot and cold apps. Special props to beef tataki with shaved black truffle and truffle jus. Hot apps were all standouts. Sushi both rolls and nigiri hold their own. Steaks also stood out especially sirloin strip served with bone marrow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time, exceptional visit
    Foodiesf65VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This is possibly the best all around higher end japanese dining experience in the City of San Francisco. From the impeccable service to the exceptional course, one after another, we loved our dinner at Roka Akor. Everything was excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food Selection
    MedsReviewsFood
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We ordered the Crispy Fried Calamari, Soft Shell crab roll with Kim Chee, Crispy Fried Brussel Sprouts, Prime Filet and Madagascar Tiger Prawn and Chocolate lava cake for dessert. everything was EXCELLENT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved!!!!
    ndg40
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Loved this place. Can't wait to go back ... Food was amazing. The service was impeccable. Pricey so more of special night out.
    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.
  • I don't know what this box is for.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Interesting food well prepared but on my visit the service was poor. It took 10 minutes for our waitress to come to our table and the servers were not well versed on the contents and preparation of the food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    SDA1VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We dined here on a recent vacation. The noise level is so loud that you can't hear the person across the table. Sushi was very good. Dinners and vegetable dishes were well prepared but very rich. I ordered a cocktail that didn't arrive until we had finished our meal. Staff was friendly. Given all the amazing restaurants in SF, I wouldn't return to this one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Front staff has PROBLEMS
    akorfail
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Standed in the front for over 30 mins, even though we were early for our reservation. Front staff needs more training in hospitality. They obviously could care less and it shows.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best sushi
    AmyP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Such good sushi and deep sake menu; attentive wait staff, although they tended to clear the dishes rather fast. Comfortable large seats. Other tables that apparently ordered greater quantities of sushi were served centerpiece arrangements of sushi that looked like artwork. Wish we had had a better explanation from our server as to how to order so as to receive the nice centerpiece rather than the standard sushi board. Also, all of the waiters, bus people and sommelier were male and all of the people in the kitchen were male on the night we attended. Besides the female hostesses, does this place employ women?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Dinner!
    SFDINKS
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We took some clients to dinner on Saturday. It was my 4th trip back and it was just as outstanding as it was the first, second and third time I went there. The presentation of the food, the excitement of seeing the chefs in action was unique and special. It was a great night. My clients loved it! The price point and the fact that we order so much food every time we go makes this more a special occasion place for us. The lounge/bar on the lower level was amazing and it was the first time I ever stopped there. I could see myself going there on a more regular basis for a smaller dinner and drinks. The lighting downstairs is darker and more loungey. The music was a cool mix of current and throw back 90's which we loved.
    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.
  • Impressive presentation!
    Reservation4oneVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Business lunch. Nice environment. Good lunch menu. Impressive presentation. Too bad they forgot one of our orders but everything else was fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food again. Worst service
    jal3137VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I just ate at Roka Akor for the 3rd time. The food continues to be really great, and I love the atmosphere. This was the first time the service was horrific. Each of the other time it was exactly the opposite - amazing. But I'll still go again, and would recommend it. Very full menu with almost too many choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cost
    Mastro
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    It is pretty expensive. Cut rolls are like $12.5 to $13. Spicy Tuna was not at all spicy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love2eat
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Everything exceeded the standard. Details make a big difference. Their focus on details has not gone unnoticed. A very satisfied experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Justd2ofUs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Foods are fantastic and good for special occasion, service are excellent and on time,highly recommended :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    AaronA510
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food and service were impeccable. Both the wagyu kimchi gyoza and the scallops were some of the best I have had. The steak was melt in your mouth good, seasoned and cooked perfectly. Our server was great, she was attentive without being intrusive. All of her recommendations were spot on. Everyone who ran food to the table was knowledgeable and explained the main component of the dish, the sauce, and garnish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience!
    Kgmomtom
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Love the fusion experience! It was perfect for all palates as it included steak and seafood all infused with the Japanese vibe. We came for the Dina About Town and it was worth every penny! Delicious menu and lovely flavors that excite your senses! Will definitely return again. The Miso Marinated black cod was grilled to perfection and the Prime Beef Filet steak melts in your mouth. Then they topped it off with the best panna cotta I've ever had and rich delicious chocolate tart, yummy! I'm still drooling!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed visit and salty foods
    SF280VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We visited during Dine About Town Week for lunch. Only thing we liked was beets salad. Chirashi sushi was SO TINY (even to me I am a small Asian woman), there were very little portion and very little cube size sashimi and there was a bone on one of fish and they tasted not so fresh. My husband rib was a bit dry. Miso soup was a bit salty and, we liked how their texture was but brussels sprouts were drenched in a VERY SALTY. Our waiter was nice but the food runners were no near fine establishment level. They just put down foods anywhere on the table and she squeezed a rice plate in front of my husband and by moving other dishes with a rice plate , which caused rice to get stuck to other plates. Decor was nice but very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome on all fronts
    Sarahkamb
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food was classic but taken up a notch or eight. Attentive, efficient service with personality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • did I go to the wrong restaurant?
    NeverAgain
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Seating - the "text"my phone part doesn't work. Server, she gave us a fork, spoon, and knife after I ordered dessert. Why in the world would I need all that silverware for Panna cotta? She took forever with our main course, but yet got the rib eye to come out as my other guest's appetizer, when I asked for it after. Didn't get our other appetizer that we did want first cause "something happened." Couldn't find her every time something was wrong, but seemed to appear when her coworkers were irritated that we bothered them than her. I'm needy, so what, find another job and be better at it. I was nice to her the whole time, but she did nothing to ensure that nothing else was wrong after each mistake whether it was her or the kitchen. Absurd.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Stephbubble
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I started with an unwelcome impression so I didn't enjoy my lunch. When I arrived, the host checked me in with a long face and said they ONLY have bar table available and asked if I mind. There are 1/4 empty tables on the floor. I said ok becoz I have a meeting afterward so don't want to wait for a "table". When I sat down for 10 mins, no server came and offered me a drink. FINE. I finally called someone to take my order. At the meanwhile, there are probably 5-6 parties after me, and they all sat at the TABLES. Maybe those guests do mind to sit at bar and thus the host honored them a table. However, if tables are available, I have no idea why the host didn't offer that to me. I will not recommend Roka to my fds because of the service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AylaVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The food here is amazing, but the service here is awful. Everything I've had here has been perfectly prepared. However, the service is curt. I had made a reservation and 45 min - 1 hour later is when we were seated (my reservation was at 8:45 so we were seated around 9:45). While I wasn't too happy about the waiting, I could understand. What bothers me though is that they said "we will take care of you," which did not happen in any shape or form. The service was the same as it was the first time I came here: cursory and a bit snooty. I love the food but do not say something you have zero intention on following through on and do not mean. I would rather you say sorry or thank you for waiting but do not tell me lies. That is just plain rude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Management should know better
    Hazel
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Eel sashimi was delicious; Butterfish Tataki succulent. Robata beef actually did melt in your mouth, with delicious counterpoint in the accompanying garlic-chili sauce. But the tart of the Valrhona Chocolate Tart was bone dry and inedible, and the raspberry jam overpowered the chocolate -- something I didn't think possible. Worse, when I arrived the host kept PRESSURING me to sit at the bar, despite the fact that I'd reserved a table and told him I preferred the table. (I have an injury.) And I have NEVER been rushed through a meal so fast. To seat me 15 minutes late, bring each course the *second* the last was cleared, and have me out the door in 40 minutes top-to-bottom does not encourage me to recommend the restaurant or return. Ever.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Must try their steak! It's one of the best thing I have had since I've been to Japan. You don't even need the spicy sauce!! The price is pretty high for the amount of food you get though...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service killed it, sadly
    AnneP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The food at Roka is nice, although not amazing considering the price; the set lunch is a great deal and should be a reason for me to return again and again, as I work in the area. Sadly, the unbelievably slow hostess and slow-then-rushing-us service really killed the meal for my family, and I don't think I'll be back unless I'm out of other, better options. The servers were perfectly nice and nothing went horribly wrong, but who has over 1.5 hours to spend on a set lunch they then feel rushed through at the halfway point?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My experience here was through Dine About Town and I must say I had a lovely time! Ambiance is contemporary and a bit noisy. Service was amazing (thanks, Audrey!). Food was yummy and drinks are amazing!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mek919VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Enjoyed the food and good service. Black Cod was excellent. Wine was great but didn't like the cocktails so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food with a few misses
    Normando
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had a wonderful meal that was put off a bit by a server who forgot to put our order in. After a half hour wait there were apologies and some freebies, but it spoiled an otherwise perfect meal. The stark modern design of the restaurant can lead to high noise levels. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Beautiful
    TTSFVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Came here for a Dine About Town lunch with a group of coworkers... The food is delicious, a lovely balance of traditional and modern, and absolutely stunning to behold. The presentation and flavors are great! The only knock we had was a slightly harried expediter yelling pick ups from the open kitchen and therefore a slightly rushed waiter - we watched our apps go to another table who looked as confused as our waiter until we flagged him down. Pacing could have been a little better given a working lunch, and the entire crowd was business-folk. I look forward to coming back for a more relaxed dinner (and to try to cocktails).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inconsistent service
    JoyEatsVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I have been to Roka Akor several times and have heartily recommended it to everyone I know, however this most recent visit's service was quite poor. I still don't know if we had one or two or four servers but a couple came around and never came back mid-lunch. We were a group of 7 who ordered quite heartily, however one of our appetizers didn't come and instead we got one that we hadn't ordered, then a server attempted to give me two of the wrong entrees because she didn't know whose they were. No one ever checked in after we got our food, and we waited for a potential dessert menu but that never came so I had to flag someone down to get the check. I was disappointed with the experience and hope that it won't happen again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    LOUD GROUPS! The room is loud in general, but with noisy tables it's really pretty annoying. Definitely not going to recommend it for a romantic date spot... The food was hit and miss. In some respects I was reminded of Benihana, but overall the cooking is refined enough to rise above that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic