Roka Akor - San Francisco

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ROKA AKOR brings an unparalleled combination of thoughtful design and contemporary Robata Japanese cuisine to five locations across the U.S., including Scottsdale, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and Skokie, IL.
Roka Akor’s menu changes seasonally, including a rotating selection of wagyu 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 5:30PM - 5:45PM
Mon 1:30PM - 1:45PM 5:30PM - 5:45PM
Tue - Thu 1:30PM - 1:45PM 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 9:15PM
Fri 1:30PM - 1:45PM

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SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very happy with the service and quality of food!

RH
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi, steak, and experience, I have had in a long time

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special Japanese food with taste and a zest of creativity

S
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a rez upstairs, but, as our party gathered, we decided to extend our time in the bar and have dinner there. The wait staff was slammed with a table of 20(it seemed) as well as all other tops taken. I want to compliment all of them for their efficiency and politeness. We had a 7pm curtain 3 blocks away and their attention made it possible for us to get to the theater right on time!
By the way--the food is always superb!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went on the last night of our holiday, as we had been earlier in our stay. The food is excellent,our only complaint was that it was sometimes difficult to hear each other talk.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend’s Birthday

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and Service were outstanding!! it was a bit louder than usual :(

RJ
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite SF spot for sushi! Great food! Great atmosphere! Great service!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful! Always the best food and service. Roka Akor is our special occasion restaurant!! The food is impeccable. Omakase is worth the price and is a spectacular surprise.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went to dinner here to give their omakase experience a shot. We must say that it was more like a "menu sampler" than an omakase. It was definitely not the same omakase feel that we get when we go to other omakase restaurants.

The food we got was just okay. The sashimi course didn't really wow us. What really wowed us were some of their other dishes that came from their appetizer and vegetable part of the menu. The red meat course was pretty good.

The service was great! There were 2 servers that served us throughout the night and another server that came by to make sure our water glasses were always filled.

We liked the atmosphere cause it was a larger sized restaurant, but it did lack the intimacy of conversing and getting to know more about the dishes the chef decided to serve.

Overall, the 4-star rating is an average of the great service they provided compared to the food being served. Would we come here for omakase again? Not likely. Would we come here to try their wagyu dishes instead? Probably. It was definitely a different and interesting omakase experience.

AC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was average but very expensive, Omakase was not great.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Megan was amazing. Expensive restaurant

TT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the omakase selections and the robata grilled A5 wagyu was great.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

顧客との会食で利用しました。料理も美味しく、スタッフの対応も良いと思います。普通に飲んで、食べてひとり税金、チップ込みで15,000円位かと思います。
商談をするには賑やか過ぎますが、顧客のもてなしする場としては良いかと思います。

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C
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was quite good but the place is very noisy and we couldn’t hear the waiter when he spoke. Service was slow and ambiance was lacking.

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately we were allowed to make a 1:15 reservation. I guess it was too close to closing time as we were rushed through our firm's lunch. We arrived on time and only one other table of 2 was in the restaurant. They even opened all the blinds in the restaurant to let us know it's time to go. We were not even offer coffee to accompany our desserts. We've been here on several occasions. This was by far our worst lunch experience ever. Our displeasure was voiced to the server. Thank you Roka Akor!

E
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Japanese-California fusion food, elegantly presented and impeccably served.

r
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food and everything was good. Except this feeling of unease we had with our server. He was nice enough but we couldn’t help but feel that if it was up to him, he won’t be the one serving us. When he was explaining/describing the dishes to us, he seemed annoyed when I asked him to repeat something coz I didn’t quiet hear/understood what he said. I only did that once but he seemed annoyed. Not to worry, we still left him a good tip.
But I don’t think we’ll be coming back. There are plenty of other restaurants in SF we can try.

JT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and beautiful preparations with high quality fish. The only reason I don't frequent Roku is their prices which are overly inflated. For the cost of this dinner with several shared smaller plates with a few glasses of sake, we could have dined at a number of Michelin starred omakase restaurants that would have blown this very good meal out of the water. Also a word to those diners who are sensitive to smoke - the fumes from the robata grill can be overpowering at times. Bottom line, a really nice meal but even diners who are not price sensitive will notice the pricing is off.

a
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their lunch choices. Have switched from always having the $28 business lunch to enjoying their chirashi with a glass of wine. The perfect lunch, made even better with our server Oscar always remembering exactly what we order, right down to the wine we drink!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, high prices. I liked the atmosphere.

ML
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are in SF for a weekend getaway and found this restaurant on Open Table. The food did not disappoint. My husband ordered the wagyu filet and I ordered the black cod. Both were perfectly cooked and full of flavor. The service was phenomenal and our food came out at just the right time! We will definitely return.

LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is outstanding ~ go hungry as there are so many good options to choose from, also a great drink menu.

C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A “must try” restaurant! Service was fantastic, if you haven’t tried the A5 Wagyu “Drunken” it’s a must try if it’s on the menu! We were on the way to France & were waffling between steak or Japanese food. This place fit the bill perfectly as we were able to “kill two birds with one stone!

AL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Highly priced and food is mediocre at best. I went with my friend and we both got sick after eating the steak tartare. Followed up with the restaurant but they didn't respond.

KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group loved it. That was the best meal I have had in a long time. Absolutely outstanding! The Wagyu was worth every cent. Best steak I have ever had in my life.

G
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent value/superb food and helpful and friendly staff . I am disabled and hostess accompanied us to the bar via elevator . She went the extra mile and made a great impression. We will be back on our next trip to San Francisco

j
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I had one of the Wagyu, absolutely amazing. The Salmon belly was also delicious. Loved this place so much, can’t wait to come back again.

t
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The business lunch was fabulous. all three of us enjoyed it very much. Service was excellent. Very good value! Highly recommended!!! My only suggestion is to NOT use disposable chopsticks at such a fine establishment. Everything else is perfect!

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a birthday which they remembered and that was great! But they put us wayyyyyyyy back in the corner around a wall blocked off from the rest of the restaurant. Food was great, service was great, def will go back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food were tasty but also really salty. Also The ambiance is really loud.

A
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

The food is amazing but really expensive in my opinion. Plus the restaurant is so noisy you can barely have a one to one discussion.

S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food never disappoints! Fresh and flavourful! Great place for colleagues and friends. Amazing desserts - sorbet and ice cream made fresh and flavours change daily. Always pleasantly surprised.

T
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing Food. W.O.W

s
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

When last at Roka Akor 4y ago, the sablefish was brilliant and fresh and smoky, and the hamachi as good as any in the city.

I don't know what's happened, but the prices are up and — based on this one dinner — the quality is down. The sablefish was slightly overcooked and somewhat fishier than this fish should ever be. The lamb was fairly insipid, with little mutton flavor and an unexciting rub. And the hamachi and maguro nigiri were unremarkable.

The butter corn and the fancy and unagi gunkan were top notch, so the restaurant can still perform. But not evenly.

Service was cheery and unusually competent for San Francisco, which has very low standards.

I hope this was a Monday-kitchen blip. I'll try again.

KZ
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We were charged over $100 more than we expected. If there was a second Omikase menu price, it was not disclosed to us until we saw the bill. We tried to contact Roka Akor and have not heard back.

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

Everything tasted amazing and the server gave us free champagne for sending the wrong order. The desert was AMAZING and the portions were huge. So glad Ingot to spend my birthday here with my friends.

k
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had omakase with sake pairing. It was one of the most delicious meal i’ve ever had. Their sushi quality really good and omakase comes with a lots of variety that u don’t feel like sick of eating same stuff. 5 course meal was more than i could eat. The dessert at the end of one of the best dessert plate i’ve ever had. It has two different a scoop of sorbets, fruit pieces, mango pudding and the divine chocolate lava cake with Madagascar vanilla ice cream. I had many chocolate lava cake but this was the best!!
Sake pairing experience was superb that something different then wine pairing and It was well thought out. Every sake was complementing the food that was paired with also cleaned the palate every bite.
The star of the course was A5 samurai wagyu. They serve it on the ceramic plate with green tea leaves with smoke. It was very appetizing from the presentation. It’s almost hard to explain how good the wagyu was.
I highly recommend this place!! And yes please upgrade to A5 or samurai wagyu for the full experience!!

OT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a client, this was a nice new find for lunch in San Francisco!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it. Always do at Roka!

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