Roka Akor - Oak Brook

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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Roka Akor brings an innovative combination of contemporary Robata Japanese cuisine and stunning design to six locations across the U.S., including Scottsdale, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Skokie, and Oak Brook, 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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Sun 3:30PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Thu 3:30PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM
Fri 3:30PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:15PM
Sat 3:30PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:15PM

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent. He knew everything about the menu and had a lot of honest recommendations. His helper Ryan was also excellent.

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal! Fresh rolls, miso soup and amazing some tuna appetizer that was amazing.

NG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW WOW WOW!!! First time here and I must say from the service, knowledge of cuisine, drinks and entrees were simply decadent.

BM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant and one of the best waiters we have ever had. Truly exceptional.

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

I was shortly after leaving the restaurant...
Believe it was the edamame

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has a great steak. Everything prepared and served is excellent. Great sushi, inventive sides all are good.

JV
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Soo many flavors. Soo much money! The wood fire action they have there is great. Just don’t get caught staring at others, get a table. I like seeing the action and sitting at the food rail.

A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience .Food was excellent, the wait staff was excellent, overall a very good experience

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. I booked at 5:30 because of the 1000pt. It was perfect, not too busy and the waiter was so attentive. I will be back. The hamachi was so fresh and the roll was delicious.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. Thanks!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is so good!! Get the sushi and the steak. Cold and Hot plates are so tasty too.Everything is of the best quality. The steak is seasoned very well. The ambiance feels like a five-star restaurant. The staff are very nice. Chefs are on the top of the game as well as our server Lee! Highly recomend Roka Akor! Well done!

g
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

First time here. They sat us down and the waitress came out. Very bubbly and smiling face as she explained us the menu. We were going to get the tasting menu but decided to make sure we got exactly what we wanted so we ordered everything we thought we would like, {much cheaper this way}. The foods came out one plate by one plate being dropped off so professionally by someone explaining each dish. They looked absolutely amazing and smelled delicious. Every dish was made with such detail. They tasted amazing and looked stunning. I would absolutely highly recommend this place to an upscale date night and make sure you get a table, do not sit next to the wall or you will be crammed next to someone, uncomfortably. LOL

CG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food every time. Not a fan of the seating near the waiter/waitress station but made up for that spot with excellent service and food.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food, great drinks!

GB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Omikase with paired spirits and Wagyu supplement, WOW!!! Easily one of the best sushi meals we have been privileged to eat. Imaginative,well executed, stunning. Thank you

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak ever

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C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our second dining experience at Roka Akor was not as good as the first one. The first time the food was very good/outstanding and the service was better and our second time dining they were not so. The service was problematic from the beginning to the end - it took a while for the waiter to take our order to begin with, the order of our appetizers and main dishes got mixed up, and one of the people in the table did not get her food until everyone else finished theirs. The manager tried to make it up by offering us free dessert but this is not what you want when you dine in an expensive restaurant. I would have given them even less stars but gave them some credit for our better first experience there a month earlier. Maybe, it was not a good night for the kitchen/servers but they should be more consistent and the manager should be in charge of the kitchen/service instead of going around and offering customers free items to make up for issues.

SC
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the second time we visited Roka and it was as good as our first. Unique drink and food selections combined with excellent, professional service. We enjoyed a mix of maki, dumplings, cod and steak recommended by our server. We look forward to coming back.

G
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality fish and every dish was delicious. Service was on top of everything. Definitely try the steak app.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

It was a nice place - casual, pricey dining and the food could have tasted a little more on par with the price point and ambiance.
They didn’t have a sake bomb as an option so we had to make it our own way which was odd but ok! Likely will not return.

SM
Chicago
106 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Delivery of the courses was way too fast. Had one of the luncheon packages. The soup and salad and a 4 piece dumpling all came out at the same time. It felt rushed. We asked to have them hold the entree until we told them to bring it . Then it took a long time to get the left overs wrapped and to get the check. This is the second Roko I’ve had trouble with. The first was in Skokie.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional as was the service.

KC
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious, meat portions were on the smaller side. Overall a very nice dining experience.

N
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was very slow in the beginning. Our server made the excuse that he was helping another table with a bottle of wine. Not quite sure why it took 25 minutes to decant a bottle of wine, nor is it an acceptable reason to put us off for that long. He should have communicated with his manager (or the manager should have noticed) that our table was waiting for assistance. The remainder of the meal after that went fine after we received our food. Food isn’t as good as it has been in the past. Not sure what has changed...but you can tell the standards have dropped in the past year or so.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, excellent service!

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

It was great!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was a little slow but not bad once the meal got going. Food was delicious but the atmosphere lacked the ambiance that is so amazing in the Chicago location. Overall I will be back again as the food was delicious.

K
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my birthday dinner and the waiter noticed that I had gifts. Was very thoughtful and we received a dessert on the house.

KA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Chef brought out delicious appetizer bite to try. Delicious. Everything was delicious! Server Ann was the best!

S
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Anniversary

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our anniversary dinner at Roka. We went with the pre fix menu and it didn’t disappoint. Presentation was phenomenal but the taste was exquisite too. Wendy took great care of us. Special thanks to the manager Ben who made special arrangements per my request. Highly recommend and will be back.

AB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We made a reservation for a nice dinner for 2 and they tried to seat us side by side on a high table in the bar area. We asked for standard seating and we were immediately moved to a table right between 2 other couples with barely any room!! We literally had to whisper when we talked so that the other people could not hear us. The food, though expensive was very good and I had the lamb chops which were probably the best I've ever had in my life. It was my birthday and they gave us a dessert for free which was excellent!!

o
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Japanese restaurant. Food, appetizers, chicken , waygu beef dumplings and main entrée ribs, sea bass were exceptional...Martini s grey goose was delicious
Did mot have dessert.
not for children

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 year anniversary with my wife. Couldn’t have picked a better place

M
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Food very good, will definitely return. Bartender knowledgeable and informed about events at the restaurant. Server, however, very inattentive, would disappear for long periods of time, and never explained the menu.

BK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife an I had our 22nd wedding Anniversary at Roka on a recent Saturday night. The food and experience was simply amazing. Super fresh sushi and most amazing steaks (including 3oz of the melt-in-your-mouth Myazaki Wagyu which we had to try before we split a porterhouse). The meats were cooked to a perfect medium rare. Lee, our server, really helped make the evening special with his meal and drinks suggestions and general banter with us. One of the best meals we've had in many years. So glad to have found a place that has amazing sushi and steaks under one roof. We will definitely be back!

G
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience, but to be honest, kind of a one and done kinda thing. It's expensive and when compared to other sushi places on the area, I'd choose RA or Kona instead. Ambiance and setup of the restaurant is a little odd and small. Sushi is good but not comparable in value to other local places.

SM
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just plane fun, excellent menu and knowledgeable waitstaff.

PB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience I've had in a while. My wife and I both opted for the decadent Omakase. We are sushi nuts, and I expected the sushi to be the highlight of the meal. When we got the sushi course, there were several things we were unfamiliar with, but we ate them anyway! LOL The salmon and chutoro were the only things we recognized, and they were off the charts good. The rest of the sashimi had skin on it, which was something i was unfamiliar with. The textures of the fish and the flavors were very unique, but the skin was a little tough to chew. That said, I think it was superb, and if there was a problem it was that my palette was not refined enough to know what I was getting.

The cooked portion of the meal was an introduction to perfection. The sea bass I was served was by far the best seas bass I ever ate in my life. After oohing and ahhing and raving about it, the guy sitting next to me at the bar ordered it as well. After eating it, he concurred that it was the best Sea Bass he ever ate, too. The tempura lobster was very good but not great, primarily because we felt the ratio or batter to lobster was too high, if that makes any sense. Would have preferred more lobster and less batter.

Next came the beef. Perfectly cooked and it melted in my mouth. In the team picture for the best i ever ate.

Finally, the dessert was humongous and off the charts good. By the time it came, we had already ate so much that we tasted a few things that were wonderful, but we couldn't come close to finishing.

All in all, the meal and the service were fabulous.

Go there!

P
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is as good as always and service from our server, Lee, is always excellent.