About Roka Akor - Chicago

Roka Akor - Chicago brings an unparalleled combination of thoughtful design and contemporary Robata Japanese cuisine to four locations across the U.S., including Scottsdale, AZ, San Francisco, Houston and two locations in the Chicagoland area. Roka Akor’s menu changes seasonally, including a rotating selection of prime-cut steaks, seafood, and vegetables with Japanese-inspired marinades and sauces, along with sushi and sashimi. The restaurant’s design features a centrally located robata grill that provides the heart of the visual experience, surrounded by contemporary décor and sleek lighting. Guests are encouraged to speak with the chefs about the food to create an interactive and engaging dining experience.

456 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

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

Dinner

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

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

Cross Street:
Illinois Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 477-7652

Website:
http://www.rokaakor.com/locations/chicago/

Catering:
Please call us for onsite and off site catering opportunities. We cater private events from 10 - 250 guests.

Parking Details:
Valet Parking is available on Clark St

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)

Executive Chef:
Chef Ce Bian

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For Special Events email Erin Koss at ekoss@rokaakor.com or call 312-477-7652

Specials

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Join us from 5pm-9pm for a limited a la carte menu plus a $85 special tasting menu that includes Japanese Wagyu. Reservations strongly encouraged

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us for the best night of the year! Featuring an amazing $128/Person Omakase Tasting Menu plus a limited a la carte dinner menu. Decorations, Step & Repeat, Live DJ and lots of fun. Reservations required.

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:30PM - 10:15PM

Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 10:00PM - 11:00PM

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Private Dining

Whether it’s a birthday party, corporate business dinner, or a cocktail reception Roka Akor offers a trendy & culinary experience in the heart of city. Our menu features prime cuts of steaks, seafood, and vegetables with unique Japanese-inspired marinades and sauces, sure to WOW any guest!

Roka Akor - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (55)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Special Occasion (38)
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Creative Cuisine (38)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Hot Spot (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Romantic (28)
Tasting Menu (25)
Fun (21)
Good for Groups (21)
Business Meals (19)
Authentic (18)
Worth the Drive (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Bar Seating (14)
People Watching (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Casual (11)
Healthy (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Cozy (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great Beer (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Scenic View (4)
Tapas (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Vegan (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 21 hours ago

I had put my purse in the window next to my chair and when I picked up the metal handle of my purse I burnt my hand. I have bubbles on my hand from where the hot metal scalded me.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Awesome service. Thanks for everything. 5* service. Will be back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Amazing food. Always a great choice. Fun bar scene.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food and service make this spot a must do in Chicago river north.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Our waitress was superb!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

All good but a bit too loud. Hard to have a conversation

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

The +
We had a fanatastic meal. The waiter recommended us the chief special. It means the chef prepare for us a special selection. Everything was delicious i particularly appreciated the sashimi and the whabyu steak.
The staff was fantastic
I highly recommend this beautiful place.
The -
There is lot of noise and it is difficult to talk with your friends

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Very good menu. The waitress suggested our entire order and it was fantastic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

As a sushi place: they didn’t bring saucers for soy sauce. Didn’t bring soy sauce, didn’t bring chopsticks, didn’t bring wasabi. Til asked.

Also didn’t CLEAR any dirty dishes, or empty appetizer dishes when they brought new appetizer. Very odd.

Wasn’t drinking wine for the 2 of us, for beer, yet they didn’t take the wine glasses off the table.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food and service was very good. Prices are a bit high and it's easy to quickly ramp up the bill if you're not careful with your choices. This place was very crowded when we visited on a Friday night (it was relatively late too, we left close to 11pm and it was still packed) so noise level was high and seating wasn't the best. Maybe a visit at another time when it's less crowded will change my impression of the ambiance.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

In town for the weekend from Atlanta. This is the first restaurant my wife and I tried.

The food and seevuvevwas outstanding. I would recommend it to anyone that loves great food!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fabulous service punctuated by the precise and artistic creations we witnessed at the sushi bar. We opted for that Omakase six-course (more?) meal and we're wowed by one "oh my god" moment after another.

Tags: Disabled Access, Healthy, People Watching, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing food and service! 5 stars! Food was fanatastic, Best Robata Bar taste ever, highly recommended

Tags: Healthy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Had 730 reservations, there were some delays(40 min) but the managers both were apologetic and made the situation right.

Great food, great restaurant, and appreciated the efforts of these 2 - great job Roka.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Tried the seasonal menu. Not impressive. Stick to the traditional menu items / specialities

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Unusual Japanese restaurant. Great and exceptional food. Very friendly and attentive service. It's worth visiting and eating. The only problem was environmental noise. The loud music and the conversations of all the tables around, prevented us of speaking among ourselves. We had de feeling of a local soundproofing problem. It was a shame to have and intense background, because everything else was exceptional. This problem (environmental noise) devalues general score.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Appetizers are worth it. Rice w truffles!

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Everything about this place was amazing! Will definitely be back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Always perfect flavors. Great service. Knowledgeable

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had excellent service. The food was extremely good. Beware tho, with so many choices and the "small plates" choices the cost of the meal soars quickly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was amazing as always! Sea bass, wagyu beef/kimchi dumplings, dynamite scallop sushi, etc. all is excellent! Noisy and a little pricey for the atmosphere but well worth the money!

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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I was disappointed. Roka in London is one of my favorite restaurants in the world. This doesn’t come close.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Never having eaten here, just going by their reviews. We were blown away by the flavors and the overall experience. This is one of the best restaurants in Chicago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We've been to Roka before, it's just ok. Based on ambience and cost (which is premium), you would expect really good food. The entrees weren't bad but the sushi was weak, really weak. Very very expensive for what you get. Now I dont mind paying a premium as long as I walk away feeling like that tasted delicious, and my experience was great. Then I say expensive but top notch. In this case, and for the second time straight going here, the handrolls I ordered at $15 a pop we're soggy and maybe one of the worst handrails ever ordered and I've eaten sushi many places around chgo. The entire time I was eating and staring at the Sunda sign across the street wishing I had gone there. Just as expensive but I think the sushi is fresher and better tasting, and definitely prepared better. Sorry but Roka is crossed off my sushi list.....

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We had a great time. The chef sent us a small dish to start. The waiter knew exactly what sake we were looking for and brought us samples too. The food was amazing. Glasses of champagne were sent to celebrate our anniversary. We will definitely be back!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great Omakase experience, quality food on par with top Japanese restaurants across the country.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was very good with a wide variety to choose from. Enjoyed sharing each plate that was ordered. Friendly staff. Great location

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

All the food we ordered was extremely fresh, seasoned to perfection, and so delicious! I didn't think that everything would be so satisfying, but it truly was. If you're looking for a meal that is done well and worth the price, I would suggest Roka Akor, hands down. The food we ate included a prime steak dish, the jumbo prawn dish with chili sauce, the broccolini, and the smoked peppers.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Had a fabulous dinner. The best were the lamb chops and the hot pot! Though the potstickers with kimchi and wagyu beef and the king crab were also excellent. Cocktails were super good! Went for an early with dad who is 91 and with a walker and the restaurant servers were most accommodating. Service was great actually! The place is hopping and filled with festive atmosphere. It is a little loud though so be prepared if coming with older ones. Will leave dad at home the next time. ;)

Tags: Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food and extremely experienced server made the night that much more enjoyable!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Staff was super nice, we messed up our reservation but they jumped in with both feet to make it right. Food was very good however it is very expensive for a place at the mall.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

My wife and I splurged and got the Omakase Decadent and we thoroughly enjoyed it! Great personal service in an up-tempo lively environment.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent service and food!

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Food was just very late and we ended up leaving before even eating. The

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This place is amazing, I don’t think you can go wrong with any dish. The New York strip with bone marrow was to die for and the sashimi tasted so fresh. We also tried the wild mushroom and rice pot which was a great side item for sharing. Our server was wonderful as well, all the wines he recommended were very good, to the point where we went to Binnys post dinner to buy some bottles!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Awesome vibe, great food, diverse menu and good service!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great quality and service. I was brought a steak by accident by the server. I ordered a steak as well , but didn’t realize it was not mine. When the restaurant realized this, they put in on the house. Classy move!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Bday and engagement

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Aaron recommended a great Sake. Waitress was very slow and too laidback for the energy of the space.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My husband and I went out to dinner for our anniversary and had an absolutely wonderful time. The food was beyond fabulous; our waitress was knowledgeable and personable and the entire staff were wonderful! What a great experience! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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