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Sushi Roku - Santa Monica
Sushi Roku - Santa Monica

Sushi Roku - Santa Monica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sushiroku.com/sushiroku
  • Phone: (310) 458-4771
  • 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: Japanese, Sushi
  • 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.
  • Private Party Contact: Farrah Smith

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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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Everything was amazing but the Fluke with Kumquat was Aaaamaaaazzzzzing!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Loved every dish on their menu. We go to Sushi Roku a lot and it never fails to impress! Excellent service."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was amazing and staff very friendly and attentive. I really enjoy it."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food has deteriorated. Now it's all about salt and sauces. Nothing memorable."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Better than expected, but somewhat overpriced as compared to the superior Sugarfish only a block away."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Service was not good.waiter too busy. Sushi was mediocre"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "My husband and I were a little late for our reservation and Sushi Roku was still able to sit us right away. We had 40 minutes before we needed to leave to relieve our babysitter. Knowing we were in a rush, the waitress got our orders in right away and our sushi came out in less than 10 minutes. Our favorites are the Baked Crab Hand Roll and the Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice. We had plenty of time to enjoy our dinner and have a little break from the little ones on a Saturday Night."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food, the fish was fresh, tasty and the sashimi portions were generous! Deliciously creative shimi roll. Unfortunately, the Sushi chef was painfully slow with large gaps between portions...the last order too long! The chef realized his error and gave us the last pieces of sushi free! I will check it out again and see if that we a one time deal...!?"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We have been here several times and it is always consistently great food and service. Love the variety and trying the off menu specials! The sushi is always fresh and love the variety is choices."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This could be 1 of the best spots in Santa Monica for Lunch... The dining experience is superb despite the feel of a renovation needed to keep this popular brand updated...."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "we set on the Sushi Bar and had an amazing plate of Shushi"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Their "tapas" style menu is wonderful. We love their edamame in truffle butter, their miso eggplant, popcorn shrimp, and sushi so many ways. Service is really friendly. Food comes out fast! And we topped it off with great green tea ice cream. Yum!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Our table ordered different sushi, grilled fish, and chicken for the kids. All was excellent. My only complaint is that the seating is crowded with the tables too close together for comfortable in/out."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Upon walking into the restaurant, we realized that this "sushi" restaurant had absolutely no special sushi rolls. There were about 5 rolls that were no different/more unique than any other restaurant. High prices for fantastic food is one thing, however, your high prices were completely unreasable judging by your food. Also, the noise level was so high that we were screaming to hear one another. We actually left and moved next door to another restaurant where you guys share a kitchen."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Great food and drinks. The sushi was so fresh and delicious! The California roles were so good and much better tasting than California rolls on the East Coast!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "We where very disappointed with sushi roku. We went for Christmas Eve dinner. The waiter was not very attentive. sushi was nothing to get exited over. Sushi roku was always "the" place to go for amazing sushi but it was a let down. It seams that nobody cares about quality. :("
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "I loved everything I ordered with my date. The only annoying part was the waiter that keep hovering around the table for orders and the bill. It was quite annoying besides that everything was great!"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Sushi is always fresh. Taste and presentation are awesome. Parking is $2 across the street. I go whenever I'm in LA."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Amazing Dining experience that was performed by Server & Sushi Chef. We met CHEF JASON, who came to our table to introduce himself after our Out Of This World Japanese Dining Experience. If You have been to Japan then You would appreciate this wonderful cuisine made by a Master of The Culinary Arts."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "I had been to Sushi Roku in West Hollywood and had had an exceptional dining experience, so when out of town guests wanted sushi in Santa Monica, I thought this would be perfect. However it did not live up to its sister restaurant in service or menu selection. Our waiter assumed we were tourists and recommended the most expensive sake and sushi rolls on the menu...he became less interested in serving us when I opted not to order the $92.00 bottle of sake. Overall, the service was rushed...it was not a pleasant dining experience...and for the price (over $350 for 5 of us), I would not recommend it. I would however highly recommend the West Hollywood site, and will definitely return there!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Great food, great service, great time. Our waiter made all the recommendations based on our direction and we had a great time. Would definitely return next time on the westside."
    Dined on 11/15/2013