Roka Akor - Houston

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$31 to $50
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Roka Akor brings an innovative combination of contemporary Robata Japanese cuisine and stunning design to four locations across the U.S., including Scottsdale, San Francisco, Chicago and Skokie, IL. Roka Akor’s principle Robata Japanese cuisine is prepared on a twelve-foot robata grill that uses mesquite charcoal and almond wood with flames that can raise temperatures up to 1,900 degrees. The restaurant’s name is derived from two words: RO and KA. The meaning of the first word is hearth, a gathering place where people socialize and take in the ambience; the latter stands for a burning fire and projecting energy. In alignment with the restaurant’s name, Roka Akor’s design features a centrally located robata grill that provides the heart of the visual experience, surrounded by rich wood décor and sleek lighting. Guests are encouraged to speak with the chefs about the food to create an interactive and engaging dining experience.
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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great experience! Everyone enjoyed all the food & the service was just as great! Our server, Tim was so sweet, patient & thoughtful.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kristine is amazing!!!! We had a party of 10, 8 adults and 2 toddlers. Jessica was a great help as well! Food was amazing. Definitely will be back, ask for Kristine and Jessica when you stop by!

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was unbelievable as usual. Omakase worth every penny.

Great service - our waiter was very knowledgeable and had impeccable table service timing.

Only blemish is the valet situation. No one was at the valet stand when we showed up. Wait took forever and backed a line of cars into the street. Turns out the valet guy was down the block chit-chatting, and just slowly strolled up after seeing the long line. Horribly unprofessional.

GV
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve—wonderful!!! Thanks

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

N
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I did the Omakase for our 2-year anniversary and enjoyed the experience. I personally would have preferred more nigiri and sashimi tasting but the overall amount of food and taste was more than enough for my wife and I. We love this restaurant and would definitely recommend to others.

RM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with an amazing variety of food and drink. It was like an amusement park of tastes, and Tony as our waiter couldn’t have been better!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great and service amazing.

LB
Houston
53 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome, you can never go wrong with Roka Akor! The food and service is the best in Houston! This visit we had the pleasure of having Freddie help us enjoy or evening, he was great! Thanks for making our evening with friends a special one!

N
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. I highly recommend the Omakase 6-Course option. We added an additional 3 oz. of Kobe to the course to get the most extremes of the restaurant’s leanest and fattest Wagyu A5. This was the most we’ve spent on a single meal, but well worth the experience and allowed us to check one more box of the bucket.

AM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic evening. All around, our dinner at here was perfectly splendid. Everything was just as we’d hoped. The food was especially good. Highly recommended destination.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I was served bad fish

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good. A bit overpriced.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

ML
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first experience at Roka Akor was absolutely a wonderful and memorable experience. Our waiter knowledge of the food and wines was excellent as was his sense of urgency which is sadly and noticeably missing in the service industry these days.

Thank you to the chefs/cooks/staff and management. Bon Apetit!

M
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional at the bar area. The bartender was really attentive and the food runners described the food really well! Would come back again soon!

d
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Houston. Food and service were amazing as always

GL
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Updated review: Came back to celebrate our 15th anniversary. Everything was superb and we loved our server Tim. King crab was a perfect temperature and the nigiri was very fresh. We will be back for the omakase.

T
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dining experience and our server Nick made it a very special anniversary dinner for my boyfriend and I with his excellent service by recommending dishes and constantly checking on us.

A
Houston
377 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love coming here. The food is creative and so well prepared. The service is equal to the food- great place!

RD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roka Akor never disappoints. Vicky was an excellent server and as usual, our experience exceeded our expectations.

OT
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was FANTASTIC! The food was top notch and the restaurant itself is super hip. We had an incredible evening!!

MH
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was excellent and the food service was quick. The food was delicious!

g
Houston
99 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you go there sit in the bar area or sit at the bar. We sat at the bar and Nahum And Maxine took great care of us. The grilled octopus was wonderful and the lamb chops and steak were yummy. One of my new favorite places to go to.

K
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best cuisine in Houston. Very creative and full of flavors. Will be going back soon. Brandon was an excellent waiter.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I mentioned it was my husband’s birthday but did nothing

AK
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and best in class food, service, and overall dining experience, but..... PRICEY!!

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at Roka. Our waiter was awesome and the managers came to check on us several times. The food was amazing and the chocolate cake is soooooo good.

TL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Omakase was better in both quality, presentation, and value than Nobu. The staff was knowledgeable regarding the food and drinks. Our waiter was able to answer specific questions regarding the food served and not superficial generic answers.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, exceeded our expectations by far. Can’t wait to go again.

EC
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal, fantastic service, we celebrated a birthday and they make the birthday person feel very special!

UH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!
Will return for next celebration

MD
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Izzy was a fantastic waiter. Best need we have ever had. Sushi is above average but the beef, desert, tomato salad and Brussel sprouts were incredible. Highly recommend.

RS
Houston
197 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and excellent service. Awesome wine list too. Ask for Ricky, the manger.

N
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered a huge variety of dishes. Everything was exceptional, except for the ribeye steak, which was fairly average. Looking back, we should've just splurged and gotten the wagyu, then I'm sure our meal would've been phenomenal. The service was fantastic.

AK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I would say the dishes are Ok, but they lack umami.

JC
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! Nick whom served us was great and made great recommendations. We will be coming back.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful omakase dinner, celebrating a special occasion. They made it extra special and the service was excellent! Highly recommend!!

d
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Vicky and her team. We tried several apps and a hamachi serrano roll, and chefs choice sushi and sashimi and desserts. Everything was prepared and presented wonderfully and the taste was on point. We cant wait to return.

KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wag you/Kobe beef the way it should be done. Highly recommended.