About Roka Akor - Old Orchard

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.

4999 Old Orchard Ctr
Skokie, IL 60077
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:


Brunch: Sun: 11:30AM - 3:30PM
Lunch: Mon-Sat: 11:30AM - 3:30PM
Dinner: Sunday: 3:30PM - 9:30PM
Dinner: Mon-Thurs: 3:30PM - 10:00PM
Dinner Fri-Sat: 3:30PM - 11:00PM

Cross Street:
Old Orchard Ctr & Skokie Blvd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 329-7650

Website:
http://www.rokaakor.com/locations/old-orchard/

Catering:
Please Contact our restaurant for menus and pricing

Parking Details:
Public parking is available. We are located on the East side of the shopping center facing Skokie Blvd near the 2-story parking garage by Lord & Taylor and The Gap.

Executive Chef:
Boyd Cheong

Private Party Facilities:
The entire restaurant can be booked for private event or booked in our intimate enclosed patio for up to 24 guests. This room has retractable windows and blinds on all four sides of the room

Private Party Contact:
Erin Kannett: (847) 329-7650

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We feature monthly events such as Featured Chef Dinners where we invite guest chefs into our kitchens to prepare full pre-fixed dinners along with Wine and Beer Dinners hosted here at the restaurant with pairings or light bites.

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Roka Akor - Old Orchard Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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88% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (8)
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Good for Anniversaries (6)
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Fun (5)
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Notable Wine List (4)
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Cozy (3)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Overpriced, average food. Service was slow. Will not be back

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great Food,Great Service, Great selections. This is my go to place when I'm in the area.
As a bonus they have home made ice cream to die for and sorbets just as creative as the food. It has a comfortable and friendly atmosphere where friends can visit while eating a variety of Japanese food.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great spot for lunch or dinner. Food was great. The staff was awesome. I would recommend Roka Akor to anyone.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

They have the same management and waiters for years. Good service and some real nice wait staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The prime steak ramen noodles were delicious. The prime steak appetitizer was very tasty.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Service and food quality never fail. We come 1,100 miles to eat here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Exceptional service and great recommendations from our waiter. All meal items well prepared and aesthetically presented.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

More expensive than Japanese restaurants I’m used to.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was very good. Nice atmosphere. Staff was very genuine and knowledgeable about the dishes. Desserts were original and tasty. Our family was there for a birthday and the staff brought out a candle and some ice cream. Very Nice done. Would recommend. The place was small and quaint but large enough to accommodate all your needs

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic. The one in the City is fancier, this has less choices on the menu, but we picked very good food. The waiter was kind, very knowledgeable and the service was very fast. We had a great experience. The beef with truffle and the treat the cook sent were awesome. Tempura was so delicate and their Toro was melting in our mouth.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a great time, as always. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. The good was amazing! We'll be back again for sure.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always great! Food and service are terrific. The steak melts in your mouth and the sushi tastes very fresh.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Among the best Japanese both for Sushi/Sashimi and cooked food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great service, delicious meal, and relaxing ambience. Look forward to a future visit.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was so good, we reminded ourselves how we use to eat before we had kids 😉 Great sushi & tasty meat from grill .
Will be back for sure.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had lunch at Roka for something different. My husband loves sushi and Roka is his favorite. Our service was outstanding and it’s always outstanding at Roka. The restaurant is perfect. I love the music. Very relaxing and romantic. We started with the Edamame with sea salt followed by Miso soup and the best tasting salad with wasabi ginger dressing. Light and fresh. I had the Chicken Teriyaki with Broccoli Bento Box. My husband had two Maki rolls and sushi. The food is top quality and you have to pay for it. It’s well worth it.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

What bothered me was that the table was sticky. The waiter wiped the table to clean but still sticky

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Loved the food! Service was exceptional. Staff was very polite and accommodating.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Consistently good food and outstanding service. Never disappoints.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We always enjoy our visits to Roka Akor in Old Orchard. Our server, Lee, is an excellent server and he always helps to make our experience special.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food and service were both outstanding - the beef tataki was especially delicious - and we'll definitely go back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great lunch, quiet so conversation can be heard and food delicious and nice change

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

My friend and I had a nice lunch. I was attracted to the restaurant for a couple of reasons. 1. it is a relatively new place and I like to try new restaurants. 2. it was rated by Bon Appetit as one the best places for sushi. I was expecting a lot. Lovely décor, welcoming staff and off to a good start. The lunch menu had some nice options but no description of the sushi rolls. I would have asked the waiter to describe them but I really could not understand a thing he said. So, I ordered a sashimi bento box. Fish was very fresh and beautifully presented. I have no idea what was in the box with the salmon and tuna. Oh and they do not have brown rice, white only which in my mind is not keeping up with the times. The server tried very hard - described the sushi when serving, water glasses always filled, checked in to make sure we were doing well. I listened carefully to no avail. Perhaps we should have asked for another server but did not want to cause a stir as he was trying to do a good job.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Really enjoyed the food, the cool vibe and the service. Definitely expensive but high quality and a lovely evening

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My husband and I celebrated my birthday here. He said the blackened cod was the best he'd ever had (and I second that!), and my sushi was awesome. The staff was very attentive and always available, but never hovering. It was a wonderful experience at a restaurant we've passed by a million times and finally had the occasion to visit.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was delicious. The service was impeccable. It is a little pricey but the quality is fantastic. The roasted beet salad is fantastic. Server was very knowledgeable about the menu.

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

The food was out of this world and our waiter made a terrific wine pairing for our appetizer.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2017

First time there and will absolutely go again. We had an excellent meal and really excellent service. Everything was outstanding I really can't say anything bad about it, well worth checking out.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was yummy. Service was great as always

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Amazing food with very attentive and friendly staff!

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Food was amazing! Love the starters and bento boxes!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 23, 2017

If you like Japanese food this is a great place. Really good sushi, for those who don't eat sushi they have steak options. We love it there!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

One of my favorite places to enjoy a business lunch. Service is unmatchable and the same can be said about the food. Their bento style lunches have great value and the staff's passion is electrifying. Perfect place to impress a business partner in a casual upscale setting.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2017

I always treat my Niece and Nephew to dinner here when I visit Chicago. They love the Sushi and I love the half rack of Ribs. Also order the grilled corn. Their menu items are pricy - I won't lie - but it is totally worth it. The servers are fabulous and the food is amazing. There are also mixed drink specials that are very unique and worth a try.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Love this restaurant's food and stellar service. It is a go to place for us.

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·Dined on September 7, 2017

We had delicious food and excellent service. Although the lighting is a bit odd and dim.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We ended up celebrating my birthday with an "adults only" family dinner on Labor Day. We tried about 10 restaurants that were all closed on Labor Day. We picked Roka Akor because it was open. We were thoroughly surprised by the quality of the food and service. Usually mall restaurants are mediocre, but not this one. We'd go there again for a casual dinner or family celebration. Our waiter, Peter, was totally delightful, and I appreciated the birthday dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (London)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I'm not a raw fish fan and will eat it a couple of times a year because wife likes it. The salmon sashimi at Roka Akor could change my mind. Our server Jennifer was wonderful

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Exceptional service and very accommodating to a gluten free guest.

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