Sushi Roku - Santa Monica
Sushi Roku - Santa Monica

Sushi Roku - Santa Monica

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sushiroku.com/sushiroku
  • Phone: 3104584771
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm, Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm-4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday-Wednesday: 5:30pm-11:00pm, Thursday and Friday: 5:30pm-11:30pm, Saturday: 4:00pm-11:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm-10:00pm

    Happy Hour: Monday-Friday: 5:00pm-6:30pm, Saturday: 4:00pm-6:30pm, and Sunday: 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Hiroshi Shima
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View
  • Catering: Please call our Director of Catering, Sales and Special Events RuthAnne Gibson at (310) 271-6000 ext. 113 to get more information on our catering & special event offerings.
  • Private Party Facilities: Sushi Roku, Santa Monica can accommodate private parties of more than 30 people. Please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Santa Monica Blvd. and Ocean Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Located on Ocean Avenue, next door in front of Ocean Avenue Seafood; $8.00 with Validation, $10.00 after 3 hours
A word from Sushi Roku - Santa Monica
Sushi Roku combines the finest, freshest fish from pristine waters around the globe with the kind of artistry that can only be provided by a mature sushi chef ensuring superlative traditional sushi, together with a splash of California innovation. Sushi Roku is a pioneer of contemporary sushi, incorporating diverse, non-traditional ingredients from Latin America (e.g. jalapeños) and Europe (e.g. olive oil) into its edible works of art. This unique culinary experience that bridges past and present is the result of an eagerness to embrace new ideas and a profound respect for tradition. Sushi Roku’s bold and diverse menu also offers an array of hot and cold specialty appetizers and an extensive selection of exotic entrées.



RobataBar, located behind Sushi Roku features robatayaki style skewers, tapas style sashimi dishes, and sushi.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Sushi Roku - Santa Monica reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (34)hot spot (30)scenic view (23)special occasion (20)good for groups (20)neighborhood gem (13)great for outdoor dining (13)romantic (11)great for lunch (10)vibrant bar scene (9)notable wine list (8)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Birthday Celebration
    Ellie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The evening started off a bit shakey, but ended great. We were seated at a table with no room to pullout chairs. We moved to another table which was luckily available and ordered. Somehow our order did not translate to what we requested and two things had to be returned. Also, the edamame was very salty and we had to return it. The food came out at odd times, and we had to ask if they remembered the rest of our order, but when it came it was beautifully presented, and delicious. We eat here all of the time and this is the first time we had some problems, but our waiter made up for it in the end and didn't charge us for desert. Still one of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Simply Awesome
    foodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This place has amazing Sushi & Japanese Cuisine. It was an amazing dining experience with the Santa Monica Sunset as a backdrop. This was a first class dining experience under some very professional staff & Management. I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a disappointment
    OBGYM
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I hadn't been to Sushi Roku for 4 years or so. Back then the food was great. Not now. The fish wasn't so fresh. Our waitress was scatter brained. It felt like a place for the tourist set. I doubt I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Return a must
    US14
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We visited 18 months ago and on our last trip just now put it on our " must return" list - it didn't disappoint lucky to get a lovely window table and the food was exceptional as usual. Excellent service by a gorgeous young pregnant lady ( sorry no name) was gracious and friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    our server was super friendly and great at explaining items
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive!
    Uccio23
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The place is really nice and classy, the service is very good - can't say excellent as our server forgot our miso soups - and so is the food. The only bad news is that it is very expensive, even to a European!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very good sushi restaurant
    philVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I've been there several times. Never disappointed. Fish always super fresh. Good and friendly service. Will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and limited menu.
    TomMorel
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food and the service was good but frankly I thought that it was overpriced for what it was. Also the menu is very limited. I have been coming to this place over the years but I realize now that there are better options at that price level. I don't think I will return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Same great quality every time
    GuidoH
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    After been in Ruku several times for 4 years now, each time it is great food. Maybe to some others not the best sushi in the US, however my wife and I really love it ever time. Always busy, always super fresh fish and love the classics they have. For me a must have when I am in Santa Monica every second month.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice sushi restaurant
    star
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We enjoyed having sushi dinner at Sushi Roku. Every sushi was so good. We orderd ramen noodle and it was also good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great location better food
    EAAS68
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    As my title says, at the corner of Santa Monica and 1st street overlooking the beach. Food was even better than location, great popcorn glazed shrimp andchocolate volcano!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible Service
    Familyguy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I am always impressed by US service which made the terrible service here stand out even more! We arrived 9 mins early for a table and despite there being about 10 empty tables were told our table was not ready and we'd have to wait in the bar. As we had 2 children however they said we actually had to stand in the corner instead! Food was average at best with far too much overpowering sauce on just about everything. The waiter, who was basically invisible for the whole meal then capped off a miserable night by pointing out that service was not included by taking 5 minutes to add 20 stars to the part on the bill that was for a tip and then did the same again on the credit card slip. Pity he didn't spend as long actually giving good service!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Shout out to hostesses
    AprilVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I especially want to give a thank you to the hostesses. They were very friendly and accommodating. I made a reservation for 7:30 on Open Table. I decided that I wanted to get a cocktail at the Ivy at the Shore beforehand and tried to push back the reservation on Open Table but it could not accommodate me. The hostesses were more than happy to push back my reservation and actually thanked me for asking and not showing up late! They were so nice and it made my dining experience even better!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi Roku is the best
    sallybss
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    When in L.A. I stay in Santa Monica and look forward to meals at Sushi Roku. I am addicted to the place. Tofu three ways, the miso cod, eggplant dengaku and more! And the service is great, very professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced and subpar sushi
    Av8r
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The location can't be beat. However, being located in Santa Monica and right next to the Pacific Ocean, you'd think the sushi would be top notch. It certainly is priced at a premium! I've had better sushi in Wichita!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi delight!
    Caterina
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Whenever I come to Santa Monica I never hesitate in visiting Sushi Roku more than a few times during my stay. The service is impeccable, the dishes always look amazing and the flavors are superb. I really enjoy the ambiance and choice of architectural design. Whether out on the patio or indoors there's always something to appreciate. I always make sure to try the daily specials or seasonal menu to see what new innovative recipe that the chef has designed and I am never disappointed. I highly recommend the restaurant whenever I can and look forward to any future visits whenever the opportunity arises.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi with a smile
    ZanyS
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We had. Fabulous dinner here with our two kids. The waitress was friendly and super professional. She knew how to make both the adults and children happy. While the sushi was good...the other prepared dishes were excellent. We even loved the Kale salad with the fried mushrooms on it. Great place! We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dine LA lunch
    TMoney
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Some of the best, freshest sushi around..period. All three choices on the Dine LA menu were good. I had the sashimi and sushi, followed by the mango sorbet. My husband chose the cooked salmon which was displayed beautifully on the plate, and quite a big piece. However, it was a bit overdone for his taste. Great flavors overall. The view of the ocean across the street is unbeatable and the walk to the park afterwards for pictures is always a treat. The hostess was super friendly and easy-going when showing us our table. The service was spotty, had to ask for a green tea refill and would've loved a few smiles but all business. Glad we stopped in to celebrate a birthday and Dine LA!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Order the Fluke!
    AmazingVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Everything was amazing but the Fluke with Kumquat was Aaaamaaaazzzzzing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday night out
    Philly2Venice
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Seated right on time, in nook as cozy as possible given limitations. Friendly hostesses and waiter, not too pushy except with the sake (and removing bottle before we were quite finished). Sushi rolls were stellar, especially katana roll. They knew it was my wife's birthday from open table and I did not even have to remind about this. They brought out mousse sundae with a candle, compliment of the house. Very classy touch that I appreciate. Overall, excellent experience. My wife and I don't get out a lot with two kids at home and we definitely felt the freedom of a night to ourselves and roku supported this tremendously.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JessicaVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Sushi Roku used to by one of our favorite Sushi spots. However, over the years we feel like the quality has gone down. We would always order the Chillean Seabass dish, but this time we had to send it back since the fish was overcooked and had a rubbery texture to it. Even the one the brought after was almost the same. We knew something was not right, since the seabass has always been soft and flaky, not hard and chewy. We did not want to send it back another time though. Sushi rolls are average, nothing special. I also got the Miso Cod, which was a small portion and tasted the same as I can get at Izakaya by Katsuya for half the price. The tables for couples are very close together, so I kept knocking over the other tables drinks!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great experience
    GaryB
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    It was a busy Saturday night. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. They were very busy but the service was still outstanding and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I have been dining at this place probably 100 times+ during the last 6-7 years. Over the last 1-2 years, I have seen a declining level of quality. In particular when it comes to the service. We arrived for a Family dinner, with a young daughter. Took ages to get our drinks and take food order. Even longer before our food arrived, and order was mixed up. 1 starter came with 1 maincourse. Another long wait to get hold on waiter, who seemed to have lost track. Another looong wait for next dishes to arrive. Any other place would have deeply apologized, and compensated somehow. This was not the case. Food was still good (but also high priced), but the poor service made this a bad experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I paid $65 to be bored/dissatisfied
    kimberleyr
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Pros: Ambiance. Patio. View. Service. Cons: Fish wasn't that fresh. Yellowtail tuna was oversauced and the seasoning was underwhelming. Baked crab roll was lackluster - pretty much just imitation crab and mayo wrapped in some white rice paper with sesame seeds. Plating was average to boring.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The waitress wasn't too attentive and seemed pre-occupied with other clients rather than focusing on us while she was assisting us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    AmazingVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Loved every dish on their menu. We go to Sushi Roku a lot and it never fails to impress! Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    Obi1VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've been to Sushi Roku many times and I always love it. The eggplant is the best, popcorn shrimp was wonderful and the sushi is reliably good. Love going there and will go there again ( and again).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MDRFoodLover
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was amazing and staff very friendly and attentive. I really enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not recomemended
    Rodkfu
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    It seens to be a restaurant for tourits. It is at a nice locations but the japonese food is poor and besides it is expensive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DiscriminatingDiner
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The food has deteriorated. Now it's all about salt and sauces. Nothing memorable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 438 reviews are from the Sushi Roku - Santa Monica reviews archive.
  • Good but...
    suprchargit
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The food was appetizing, but portions were small, given the price. I don't like heaping plates of food when I eat out, but after spending that much on dinner, I shouldn't have been hungry again an hour later.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional Sushi Dinner
    NYCdiner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My daughter and I chose Suchi Roku for a 5 star birthday dinner. We were delighted by the fresh creative sushi presentations. The waitress timed the presentations of the different dishes perfectly so each was thoroughly enjoyed. We sat on the glass enclosed patio overlooking PCH. The entire experience was most enjoyable. Even parking was easy at a garage on 2nd street just around the block.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming C- for $$$
    CaliforniaLoveVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Sushi should have been better. I've had unimpressive food at both Santa Monica and Beverly Grove locations. C- Hostesses were not accommodating. Despite the fact we requested an indoor table in our reservation we ended up sitting outside on the side patio which has heavy traffic, less of a view and a stronger wind chill. We offered to wait for the table inside, but they said they couldn't help us. By the time we left 1 hour 1/2 later the table we requested inside was still unseated. F- Waiter and busboys were excellent, prompt and friendly. A Innovative dining also runs Katana, which has fresher fish and better dishes in my opinion. I'd recommend Katana in West Hollywood for sushi lovers or Sugarfish if you are in Santa Monica.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sushi
    Gianlu6969
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I had dinner with my girlfriend there and we both found the food extremely good. The restaurant was a little crowded and probably a bit noisy, however we could talk and have a conversation easily. Good spot.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Had a reservation at 9 pm but still had to wait 30 minutes for a table. The GM apologized though and brought us a free dish. This is not really a traditional sushi place. The food tastes good but it's all very rich and mostly fried-- or at least most of the dishes Gave the food four stars because of the wine list. But for sushi I prefer izakaya, sugarfsh, nobu, etc.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • creative and interesting
    nigeltufnel
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Sushi Roku is my favorite sushi in Santa Monica - they've got much more than sushi, although that's what I tend to order. You can always count on the baked crab handroll - one of the very best things on the menu. One thing I don't understand was the absence of room-temperature sake... no need to heat it, just leave a few bottles out of the refrigerator for those few guests who like it that way. They do this at Japanese restaurants!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Caterina
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    On a recommendation from a friend of mine who worked at the restaurant prior and is a regular I couldn't have been more satisfied with the service. The flavors and ambiance just add to the memorable experience. It's well worth the visit and future visits. I love the variety and fresh choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service had in a long time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were a party of 8 people and our server knew exactly how to serve us. He offered to do all of the ordering for us and to facilitate the order of the food and the amount based on how appetite, energy, etc. It was fantastic! The server's name is Clint. Very attentive and the food he brought out was delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good
    alhatVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Better than expected, but somewhat overpriced as compared to the superior Sugarfish only a block away.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fish quality was outstanding
    boneman
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Near our hotel, we were seated at the sushi bar on short notice. Service and selections for drinks was prompt and attentive. Good sake selection but no shochu menu. Usual wine and beers available. We started off with toro sashimi. Four nice pieces and the quality, texture and taste were superb. My partner who is partial to rolls and in deference to the locale has a california roll. I had six pieces of assorted nigri sushi. Again, they got it right with the rice, the wasabi between the rice and the fish and the cut/quality of the fish itself. My partner declared herself satisfied with the roll. Dessert was green tea ice cream which had been poured into bean paste shells and frozen. Definitely a must have. Recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate