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

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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

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (59)
Creative Cuisine (47)
Special Occasion (43)
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Fit for Foodies (43)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Tasting Menu (30)
Hot Spot (29)
Romantic (28)
Fun (21)
Business Meals (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Authentic (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Bar Seating (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Casual (12)
Healthy (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
People Watching (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Cozy (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Happy Hour (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (5)
Scenic View (5)
Tapas (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vegan (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
Live Music (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Jason was an excellent server!

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service, loved the Roma Fashioned, sea bass and broccolini. Everything was perfect. My daughter said her crunchy spicy tuna roll was the best she ever had!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Terrific representative of this exclusive chain. Fresh, flavorful food options in very comfortable environment. Active but not obnoxiously loud. Great service. Pricey, but very good value for comparative price point places in town. Will definitely return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We've been to Roka many times. On this visit absolutely everything was excellent.
It is quite expensive but the quality of the food and the preparation is well worth it.

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

This was the best restaurant I have ever experienced. We were upgraded to Decedent Omakase from Signature for my 18th birthday. Executive Chef Luis Padilla brought out all the courses himself and described what everything was in detail. Made for an awesome 18th and will hopefully be back soon! The lighting, music, service and food were all on point. Not a single bad word I could give about Roka Akor!

Thank you Chef!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

I took my sweetheart for her birthday. Amazing menu... appetizers and entrees were so delicious. And our server CyCy was terrific; worth every penny. We will definitely be returning.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Service was great and very helpful. A little pricey, but worth it!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We had an excellent time. Service, food and atmosphere was spot on! We can’t wait to get back!!!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

First dinner out in 2018, my partner and I decided to start the year out right by selecting the tasting menu. What an incredible experience. The wait staff was incredibly professional, the food so memorable and fresh, and Roka Akor may very well be the best dinner experience of 2018. If you have the capacity to try the tasting menu-- do so. You won't regret it.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Freshest sushi I’ve ever had!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had an incredible dining experience! Will definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was amazing. Zero leftovers were spared, and the cocktails were great!!! The ribs & black cod.... you will not be sorry. Service was impeccable as always, thank you to Rich and the rest of the staff for bringing in the new year right.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food is amazing!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Walked close to a mile is sub-zero temps, but well worth it! Ate at the bar and enjoyed watching the grilling. Such precision when slicing and plating up the food. Great staff. Veggies are amazing. Definitely coming back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My experience at Roka Akor was great. I brought my two girls, ages 14 and 11. Our server was great, very attentive and kind. He was great with the girls. The food was excellent. Ambience was nice, a little loud but not an issue at all. Would go back for sure.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Phenomenal food and service! Great for casual dining and business events!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Amazing. Everything was made with the customer in mind. Party in your mouth every bite.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

A great Japanese steak house with innovative sushi dishes and and a large selection of sake and Japanese whiskeys. Will go back.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Always enjoying your restaurant, our number 1 favorit in Chicago!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Went for lunch it was great.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Probably one of my top options in Chicago - every time I have explored new dishes / cocktails and never went wrong. The service is top notch and ready to guide you through the menu. The presentation of dishes is outstanding and unique - always surprising me. Roka has become my special place to indulge myself once a month and in special ocasiona

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas night

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was a remarkable experience for our Christmas Eve, excellent flavor, excellent service, everything excellent thank you very much greetings from Mexico City

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The whole experience was enjoyable but we found the food a little over priced for what we got compared to other Chicago steak houses and high end restaurants, not to mention the wine list which explains why most other tables only had cocktails on their tables. Not sure I’ll be rushing back.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Very good service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

One of the worst this year.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I thought it was very good. Great location and nice service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Best lamb chops and sushi. I have had dinner and lunch! Service was great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I have been a regular at Roka Akor since it opened in River North and frequent it at least once every four to six weeks. The management, wait- and kitchen-staff not only meet but most often exceed my expectations for good quality and well prepared food, beverage and service. They go the extra mile to meet my dietary meeds and most often are agreeable to the substitutions or other modifications to my entrees. The sushi & sashimi, Chilean sea bass, black cod, lamb chops and wild mushroom/rice hot pot are always great selections.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Front hostess were rude. Waiter was rude, unfriendly and stressed

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great service, but food was just ok. We had the more expensive omakase. The sashimi platter had an impressive presentation, but the quality and freshness of the fish just wasn't there. The Toro (fatty tuna) was not as flavorful as I'd expect, but I suppose this is what you expect for sushi in Chicago (middle of the US?).

The scallop dish and chilean seabass were excellent.

Wish the dessert platter was more japanese (green tea, red bean, etc) to go along with the theme, but it was mostly sliced fruit along with some pear and blackberry ice cream.

Overall, okay food with some good dishes, great service. Good ambiance. Not worth the $340 we paid for 2 people.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Shirin was our server. Amazing. Great recommendations and super attentive. Food was excellent. Got the ribeye and sushi. Both were fantastic. Overall great experience

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

I'm not a person who leaves reviews but with Roka I'll make an exception. In the past I've been to high end restuarants and I've left disappointed. I did not have that experience at Roka. It was great! I can't name what I ate because my girl ordered, she ordered about 6 things, and everything was delicious. They also brought her a small dessert because it was her birthday and I kid you not, it almost brought a grown to tears because of how good it was. When the bill came I was expecting to pay with my first born but to my surprise it was a lot cheaper than I expected. For the amount of food we ate and for the quality of the food it was a steal. I hope the restuarant doesnt read this and raise there prices. Overall, great food, great service, great prices.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Late-night Find, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Amazing food and fun cocktails well crafted

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was the first dinner of the weekend get away in Chicago. It turned out to be the best. Outstanding!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

amazing A5 kobe

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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vip
 (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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