Roka Akor - Old Orchard

4.6
812 reviews
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ROKA AKOR brings an unparalleled combination of thoughtful design and contemporary Robata Japanese cuisine to four locations across the U.S., including Scottsdale, AZ, San Francisco, and Chicago and Skokie, IL.
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.

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Sun 11:30AM - 12:00PM 8:00PM - 9:30PM
Mon - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:00PM 2:30PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 8:00PM - 9:30PM
Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:00PM 2:30PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM
Sat 9:00PM - 10:30PM

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service was good as well prices are fair. We be back again!

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

Our server Lee was fantastic. He answered every question we had (thankfully not many) and even made very good suggestion on trying the American wagyu beef with the bone marrow and truffle aioli. SO GOOD! My husband and I will be coming back, very soon.

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little loud but great food.

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

Solid food with outstanding service from Brian.

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AF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The place was crowded and load but not too ridiculous. Strangely, the crab legs were REALLY fishy and not really edible. For better or worse, they were nice enough to take them off the bill without incident...

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. We were there for Valentine’s Day and it was elegant. The only down side is they had a limited menu for the evening. Given food allergies and my husbands cold we did not want to order from the fixed VDay menu. I’d recommend this place.

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JK
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious. They have a coal burning grill which gave the ribeye a tasty crispy char. Wife had a deliciously flavorful black cod dish.

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Z
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and great service amazing food.

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F
Chicago
316 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a different server this time and he was very efficient and gave us quite good service. We enjoyed everything we ordered.

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FS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and cocktails! The miso black cod fish entree is my favorite! Highly recommend coming here for lunch or dinner.

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CE
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to this fine restaurant a number of times and have never been disappointed. Excellently prepared and presented food delivered by a conscientious wait staff combine for a fine dining experience.

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AA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian, our server, knew his menu options and did an excellent job of explaining the different 'Bento Box' options. The miso soup was served piping hot and ingredients in were plentiful. The salad that came with our lunch would have easily been an entree salad at other restaurants. The dressing was excellent! Our dishes came out beautifully prepared and presented.

They have a robust saki selection as well as several artisan teas

It was a very comfortable and unrushed lunch.

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AC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love going to Roka...prefer their lunch menu though but the food always taste great😊

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JP
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

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k
Chicago
149 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice spot for fresh sushi and delicious food. We had a lovely lunch, it was quiet and easy to talk too in a very pretty setting.

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P
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An all time fave for excellent ramen, sushi and bento boxes from low priced lunch specials ($10 mushroom ramen to fantastic bento boxes with all the fixings). I start with the freshly brewed green tea. My personal faves are the spicy fried tofu (not so spicy but ask for some togarashi on the side), the chili edamame (very spicy), mushroom ramen, toss up btwn the green with ginger wasabi dressing or the beet salad w miso and almonds, and hamachi any style from the crudo to the hamachi maki with serrano. Fun place with outstanding service (thanks Brian!)
for 2 or for larger groups. Lunch or dinner. Love it!

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KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very good experience here. The waiter stated that many items can be modified to be gluten free which is important to me because I have Celiac disease. My husband does not like this type of food, so I was the only one of us eating, but I had the Serrano Chili Maki and a Steak Flight they had for January which was 3 steaks for $65. Both of these were delicious, especially the steaks! They also were able to serve me a different sauce with them that was gluten free. All of the staff were very friendly, as well. Great time!

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VQ
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Four us were out celebrating a birthday and everything we had was superb! Beginning with the beet salad and crunchy squid, then adding a tuna Maki, tempura vegetables and tempura shrimp. Each small plate was superb! Can’t wait to be back!

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the premium tasting menu and then some... It was absolutely fantastic.

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C
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Been going to Roka Akor in Skokie for New Year’s eve dinner for a few few years now. Food is always great! Service was a little slow this year but overall the experience was great!

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PK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food - fantastic seared black cod, chicken teriyaki. Great table service. My only complaint- My family of three arrived - we had made reservations. There only two other full tables at the time. I requested a booth and the host told us we could not be seated there. Later, during our lunch at another table, our host seated 2 people at the table. We were disappointed we were not seated at a table we requested.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, loved the lamb chops and sushi

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S
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service.

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FR
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The portions you receive for the price isn't that good. Our server barely talked.. he needs more people skills. This was a work holiday lunch. I went with my daughter once and had the same server. He hasn't improved.

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed everything. A bit pricey

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h
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we walked in to getting our appetizers, steaks, and deserts was all amazing experience!! Great service

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only blemish was the waiter forgot to bring our 2nd round of drinks until our meal was pretty much finished. Besides that, everything else was stellar, including his sushi and sashimi recommendations. I’m a semi-regular customer and the experience reminded me how I’ve never had a sub-par experience at the Old Orchard location.

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CS
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience provided by Roku Akor chefs and staff is consistently high quality, well-thought out and professionally, artfully prepared. We enjoyed our dinner here so much, we returned 2 days later. I look forward to visiting this location in Skokie every travel occasion.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great! It was quite authentic Japanese food I could have around here.

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MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a little slow. And there are always families with kids there although it is a very stylish place. Overall excellent, especially because it is hard to find a stylish place with good food in Skokie

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L
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bryan and the rest of the staff are as superior as the food

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KH
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The sake steamed mussels are quite amazing and the portion size generous. The green tea custard is also special. The service was attentive and well-timed.

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great! Would definitely go back. I had sushi. The Bluefin Tuna and Hamachi were delicious. The salmon was not at the level I am used to and I wouldn’t recommend the albacore, but the rest was great. My date had Wagyu beef and it looked amazing and he loved it.

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AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional find for Thanksgiving while visiting my son @ Northeastern!! Couldn’t have asked for a more eclectic mix of delicious foods with a special nod towards the thanksgiving staple turkey/dressing in their rice dish! Everything was delicious. We will be making it a staple whenever we are in Evanston.

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O
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian is the best!

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MM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious, but waaaay over priced for what you get.

$22 for a chicken breast and drum stick, come on, it doesn’t matter how special the sauce is .

Filet tasted good, fair price for what you get.

Brussels sprouts are amazing as well as the cauliflower.

But you get no sides with your food, not even rice.

Now I get that this is a trendy upscale restaurant, BUT come on , you’re at the mall!!!

Worth a try , won’t disappoint, but not a let’s go there again spot.

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RE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Small portions but this should be expected for japanese restaurants I suppose. Much rather have gone to Benihanna.

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DS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything tasted great with unique flavoring. Servers are very polite and helpful, but our meal took way too long to come out. Others seated long after us received their main courses before us. I'm willing to try going there again and hope the slow service of the meal is not repeated.

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OT
Chicago
112 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great sake selection and excellent service (Brian).

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R
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. A bit pricey but I always go back!!!

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