Roka Akor - Oak Brook

4.6
462 reviews
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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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Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Offering a special Father's Day tasting menu for both lunch and dinner along with our full a la carte menu

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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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 - 9:30PM
Fri 3:30PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:45PM 9:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat 3:30PM - 5:45PM 9:30PM - 10:00PM

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great appetizers and strip steak. Companions enjoyed the black cod. The mashed potatoes were more like a sauce or purée. The dessert was just okay combining chocolate, banana and green tea. Would go again.

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L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the second time in a row I've had Sam as a server. He really is the best. Covering everything from menu introduction to wine suggestions and knowing how to pace out our meals. We will absolutely return.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was wonderful and all of the staff was attentive and extremely knowledgeable. Despite the high price point, it still felt like great value because of the variety and volume of different plates we could try. We left properly full and already wanting to come back with friends.

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i
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always everything was perfect. Never disappointed at Roka.

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A
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was more expensive than average yet underwhelming. The steaks were not great honestly, and the sushi was nothing to write home about either. Service was good, a bit bustling but they were busy so it’s understandable. Overall atmosphere was loud although it may have been because it was crowded. Decorations were nice. Overall, I don’t regret trying this place but I don’t think we will be returning.

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t
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to say what was more fabulous-the food, the cocktails, or the service, Chris was a fantastic waiter-super friendly and knowledgeable. Roka Akor ROCKS!

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JR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good for groups. Salmon avovado roll ok, as was the fried squid. Black Cod, Japanese fried chicken, Hamachi rolls, brussel sprouts were great. Service was very good and good ambiance, a little loud but not as loud as other restaurants in the area.

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SM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A bit pricey, but highly recommend! A bit of the big city vibe in the Subs! The super yummy NY strip w/ truffle mayo was outstanding! The robata scallops & robata pork belly were great too. The crispy spicy tuna, hamachi, crispy squid, beef gyoza dumplings & chocolate cake were also good. I would pass on the tempura shrimp though (small & super greasy).

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing as always! The level of service & attention not up to par as the Chicago location. Overall, great place.

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JG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation at 8:15pm, checked in at 7:52, confirmed with the host to get us when the table is ready. Somehow, by 8:30 we still were not contacted. I went to the host and she seemed to have forgotten. The manager and waiter were apologetic and made kind gestures to make up for the mistake. Food is always excellent and service from inside the restaurant also, outstanding. As the for the hostess part, additional training maybe necessary.

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a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

this roka location is our favorite. its got its ups and downs. on this particular day, it took almost an hour for the food to be served and it was not very warm anymore. but the taste is always great.

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S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Went when they opened and everything was delicious! My lychee martini was fabulous, sushi was excellent. However, last night, my lychee martini didn’t even taste like my first visit and all sushi tasted alike. Things have definitely changed. Unfortunate.

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OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere! Celebrated my.birthday with dear friends, and we had a great time.

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SG
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very expensive but i did not feel that the food nor services measures up to the pricing

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E
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic. Paully was attentive and answered questions about the menu. Cocktails were wonderful. I can’t wait to go back.

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w
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The signature maki rolls were delicious. The chef’s choice sashimi was wonderful and beautiful. I will definitely come again.

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SR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Been there many times before but it keeps getting worse and worse I’ll never go back terrible Sushi and the soft shell crab supposedly in season was spoiled!! And way overpriced too!!

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D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall the experience was great. Our server Sam was very attentive and was very good about suggestions. The only issue was being seated by a large loud group which is no fault of the restaurant but the last thing you want on a quiet relaxing evening away from your toddler is a loud group of overgrown toddlers.

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C
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an awesome experience all around. From the food to the drinks to the service it was outstanding.

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DM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, great food, great venue

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience as always. Ordered the dessert platter for a birthday, did not disappoint.

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MB
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great and over the top, but I love the service. The waiter knows my name, remembers stuff about my order, and the chef's are very friendly. It's the difference between being a friend and just a customer.

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L
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely ladies lunch with my Ma recently. She was beyond thrilled at the level of service, the food and most of all the wine suggestion made by our server. We had a wonderful time.

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M
Orlando
50 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, excellent, excellent! Love the food and service. Very accomodating.

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DB
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the tasting menu with a very nice bottle of sake. Each course built on the last and we were well satiated at the end with a comfortable atmosphere the whole time. The staff was very attentive and friendly. This is the Japanese I remember from traveling in Kyoto with a few new world twists. I wonderful find.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner on a random Wednesday night out with a friend. Our server Michael was excellent and explained the food to a “T” when we had questions. My only criticism was that the wine was very pricey. But we enjoyed that too.

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JL
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service by Sam and overall exceptional!

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VZ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much for making my birthday very special. Our waiter Lee was amazing. He even remembered that I have a severe shellfish allergy! I can absolutely trust this restaurant to make sure there is no contamination. I have stayed away from sushi for years because I could never be sure, but now I can have tuna and salmon sushi and nigiri without worrying. And the quality is the best! We sat at the sushi counter and it was like sitting at the chef’s table. There are not enough stars to give this restaurant for quality of the ingredients, or the service. Thank you again for a truly wonderful birthday. We will see you again soon.

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J
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place just keeps on getting better. Service, presentation, food and beverage all top of the line

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GK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Our waiter was incredibly attentive. Can’t wait to go back.

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l
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent lunch! I had the Black Cod skewers that came with a salad, miso soup, 2 dumplings and rice. Black Cod is an expensive fish but this lunch deal is fantastic! (and delicious) The miso soup contained mushrooms which I am unfortunately allergic to; I mentioned that to the server and his first response was "are you okay?" I had not eaten any so I was fine and the cup of soup was off the table in a flash! A minute later a got a fresh hot soup sans mushrooms. My friend had some beautiful rolls that were also delicious (spicy scallop and something with Serrano pepper). I look forward to my return.

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VB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Roka to celebrate my husband & son's birthdays. It was a truly amazing experience. Our waiter Lee guided us thru delicious menu. Everything was delicious! Service was superb. The food was outstanding. The hostess was friendly.
There are so many great restaurants in Oakbrook, but we picked the best one. I can't wait for another special occasion to return to Roka!

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MP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good but pricey. The service was subpar. Perhaps our server had a bad day, but she was rushing us and didn't seem too friendly. At one point she tried to take a plate away with a piece of sushi still on it (we had to stop her :). Overall, a nice place with good food, but charging premium prices for an average experience.

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VM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating a birthday, and Pauley made the night really special. We were impressed with the great food and wine recommendations. This location is attached to a mall, so the crowd is expectedly eclectic. It didn't stop us from having a wonderful time!

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OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Paulie was exceptional. He was very helpful with menu items and recommendations. He made our experience great. Will be back.

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g
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Waited an insanely long time for a very very expensive entree. No apology or explanation was given until we finally managed to get the attention of our server who was doing his very best to ignore us. Jusst not good enough for the price!!

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S
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant... gorgeous presentation, best dessert I ever ate. Exquisite menu and service.

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M
Orlando
50 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Service is outstanding and food is very creative, tasty, and fresh.

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