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About Sushi Roku - Santa Monica

Sushi Roku combines the finest, freshest fish from pristine waters around the globe with the kind of artistry that can only be provided by a mature sushi chef ensuring superlative traditional sushi, together with a splash of California innovation. Sushi Roku is a pioneer of contemporary sushi, incorporating diverse, non-traditional ingredients from Latin America (e.g. jalapeños) and Europe (e.g. olive oil) into its edible works of art. This unique culinary experience that bridges past and present is the result of an eagerness to embrace new ideas and a profound respect for tradition. Sushi Roku’s bold and diverse menu also offers an array of hot and cold specialty appetizers and an extensive selection of exotic entrées.



RobataBar, located behind Sushi Roku features robatayaki style skewers, tapas style sashimi dishes, and sushi.

1401 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH
Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm
Saturday: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-4:00pm

DINNER
Monday-Wednesday: 5:30pm-10:00pm
Thursday: 5:30pm-10:30pm
Friday: 5:30pm-11:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm-10:00pm

HAPPY HOUR
Monday-Friday: 5:00pm-6:30pm
Saturday: 4:00pm-6:30pm
Sunday: 4:00pm-6:30pm

Cross Street:
Santa Monica Blvd. and Ocean Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 458-4771

Website:
http://www.sushiroku.com/sushiroku

Catering:
Please call our Director of Catering, Sales and Special Events RuthAnne Gibson at (310) 271-6000 ext. 113 to get more information on our catering & special event offerings.

Parking Details:
Located on Ocean Avenue, next door in front of Ocean Avenue Seafood; $8.00 with Validation, $10.00 after 3 hours

Executive Chef:
Hiroshi Shima

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wine

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Sun 9:30PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:30PM - 10:00PM

Thu 9:30PM - 10:00PM

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Sushi Roku - Santa Monica Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.4

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4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (10)
Authentic (8)
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Creative Cuisine (8)
Casual (7)
Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Healthy (5)
Romantic (5)
Scenic View (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Waterfront (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

Soo goooddd!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was fair, not great not bad. We had a good waiter, however, the overall experience wash meh.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Sushi Roku is my husband and my favorite sushi restaurant anywhere! The fish is super fresh, the variety is amazing, the atmosphere is upbeat, and the sushi chefs are very friendly. Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I was in town for business and made a last minute reservation for my friends and I to go to Sushi Roku. I had been to this one before on a few different occasions over the years and knew that it was close by the hotel where we were all staying at. We were immediately seated. The server was great about suggesting items for our table and getting our drinks out quickly. The only thing that bothered me was that I specifically told the server that I was allergic to avocado. However, half of the rolls came out with avocado and it was up to me to figure out whether or not it had avocado in it. I didn't like that. So, I didn't eat half of the food that I ordered. Other than that, the dinner that I had was good.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Open table did their job I arrive at 715 and was seated as I arrive food was GREAT will use this app again in the future

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, People Watching, Healthy, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Casual, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fun, Quick Bite
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is one of my go to spots. Food is consistently excellent. Our server on the patio was great. Had her before and she’s attentive but not hovering. So many great things on the menu and we love ordering a variety of different items. Always leave full and happy?

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had a delightful time and the service was very good and prompt

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Like Benihana, but lower quality food and twice the price

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and service as always

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I went with my wife to enjoy some sushi but this place is just too loud. We had to listen to all the drunken banter behind and next to us while we ate. The food is amazing though so I do have to say that.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

good.
very good.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I'm not one to write bad reviews, but this restaurant was pretty dismal considering that it is part of the BOA and Katana family (which are fantastic restaurants). Maybe it was because we were there for lunch? Or perhaps because the Santa Monica location is in a heavily tourist part of town, but the quality of service, smelly sticky tables, and low grade food was down right unacceptable. Every dish from the old dried up edamame to the stale rice with tuna, and low quality chicken skewers were all around inedible. We ended up walking out without touching much of the food and paying a hefty 120 dollar lunch bill fearing we might get sick from the low quality food. If you're looking for good sushi I would encourage anyone to steer clear from this place. If on a budget and looking for no frills sushi, head to your nearest Sugarfish and or if you're looking to splurge head to NOBU.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had an amazing anniversary night out with the wifey. From the server to front desk, to the cooks and music. In truly was a night to remember and they all made a night on the town magical and heartwarming. Food was so rich and earthy, clean and lean. I'm definitely going back and prices were not too bad.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always consistently good we have never had a bad meal here.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food was amazing!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

it wasn't great that we had to wait, but the host attempted to make it right :)

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was good, innovative and interesting, but a little pricey. I guess that comes with the location. The service was good, but the music was awful, loud and not conducive for dining.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Best sushi experience I've ever had. Granted, I'm from the midwest, so I may not have access to the types of dishes, freshness, and authentic preparation. The octopus with yuzu kosho, lemon, and olive oil is one of the best things I've ever eaten in my entire life. It was so bright and the texture of octopus is fun to eat. The oysters were nice, but the condiment already on them overpowered the delicateness. I still enjoyed them. Chef made a rainbow roll for me, my favorite, and then I also tried the senshi roll, which has the most delicious spicy mayo sauce with it. If I ever am in Santa Monica again, I can't wait to come back here. It's loud and bustling, which wasn't bothersome to me, but that could be the only drawback if you're looking for a quiet experience.

Tags: Late-night Find, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great experience at Sushi Roku, from the food, vibe and service. Will definitely be back on my next visit to SM.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We tried a number of the signature rolls and all were very good. The service was also very good. I will definitely be back again. There were also good options for members of our group who do not eat raw.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our waitress was the nicest lady. The food was fantastic and I will definitely be back for more!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We frequently dine here at Sushi Roku and we have NEVER been disappointed! Always the best sushi with many specials available which makes dining here always a new experience! Both sushi and cooked dishes makes this the perfect place for all who want to sample some of the best of Japanese food in town. The service here is impeccable as well!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We dined at Sushi Roku-Santa Monica for a get-together with a special friend. All 3 of us love sushi. The choices offered by Sushi Roku are extensive. We all ordered some of their special rolls. The found was fantastic! It is one of the best sushi restaurants at which I have eaten.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Disappointed that the host staff did not check me in

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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Extremely loud and the service was poor. The food was very good. Fortunately, I'll take the good with the bad and I'll be back because of the food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Sashimi/sushi could be fresher. Otherwise great.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This place has really, I mean really, slipped. The sushi was not fresh and I actually felt a bit sick afterward. The edemami looked old. I used to love this place, but now I think it's really a tourist rip-off. Better to go to Sugarfish.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Our experience at Roku Sushi was not what we expected it to be, not because of the quality of the food, but mainly the service.

When you put to eat at a premium restaurant , on a date, you expect to have something what I call a "dining experience".

- After taking our order, I told the waitress that we might order some more after. But without requesting, she just brought us the bill after we finished our first order. When she came back to collect the cheque, I asked her : You must really not like us, or you need this table. Because you didn't even ask of we were finished or if we would like some coffee or dessert!?" Her reply: "Ohw, it looked like you were finished. And I'm sorry, we don't have any dessert because the oven broke"

A broken oven can happen anytime, but how can you have a complete dining experience without dessert!? You should tell your guests UP-FRONT so they can decide if they stay if cancel the reservation. In our case, we would have cancelled. Next, after placing my card, we waited for 10 minutes but she never came to collect and totally ignored me signaling. I walked up to the front desk and complained about her attitude and not informing us about the broken oven.

After paying, the Manager came to out table and apologized and told us that actually there were some dessert options !? She gave her card and offered to "take care of us next time." So not at this moment? We were fed up and moved on to another restaurant and had a bite and dessert there.

The food was very good, but we won't be dining there again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was relishes, good variety of wines, server was friendly but I think he was a bit overwhelmed with all the tables he was in charge of.

Tags: People Watching, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Always a fabulous meal @ Sushi Roku! Great food, amazing service , freshest fish!! A perfect mix for a perfect evening!!

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

The menu is varied and rather complete but dishes are quite bland in the set. Service and setting are pleasant.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great food! Definitely worthed!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

It was terrific. Was seated quickly but really loud. Food was great. Tried to use my open table reward but could not locate it on the app... frustrating!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 11, 2017

There's a scene in Albert Brooks movie, 'Defending Your Life', where he has died and is in the 'next place' before he moves on. One of the features of this place is that there are restaurants where the food is the best you've ever eaten and that your food is instantly ready and presented to you, seconds after you've placed your order. That's what Sushi Roku was like. It felt like eating in a factory.

We ordered the following: Albacore sashimi with crispy onions, a couple of orders of sushi, and two baked crab rolls. The Albacore was delivered to our table less than 5 minutes after we placed our order and less than 2 minutes after our beverages were delivered. I hadn't yet squeezed the lemon into my iced tea. We each had one bite of the sashimi and, within another minute or two, the baked crab rolls were delivered to the table. Approximately one minute later, our sushi arrived.

I'd never seen anything like it in a sushi restaurant. And, although I hadn't been to Roku in a couple of years, I've eaten there maybe a dozen times in the past, both in SM and at the now closed Beverly Connection location on 3rd St. Never experienced this before.

The quality of the fish was very good. No complaints about the food or preparation. It is a pretty expensive restaurant, however. One appetizer, 4 orders of sushi (8 pieces of fish), 3 hand rolls, one iced tea and our dinner was, with tip, over $100. The service, although friendly and pleasant, had all the pace and charm of eating at a fast food restaurant. We felt as if they couldn't get us out of the restaurant quickly enough.

There are plenty of places where you can get good quality sushi in LA. For me, Roku will no longer be one of them.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Overpriced and an odd attempt to be very fancy and pretentious with the menu. Wouldn't recommend for someone who's looking for authentic sushi.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The food was delicious, however the only annoying and disappointing thing about the visit was that we had an 8pm reservation but didn't get sat until 8:40! What's the point in making a reservation? as a walk in time was the same wait period. May think twice about going next time.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 4, 2017

I had great, fun memories of this place and delicious food from a few years ago. This latest, weekday lunch with friends has erased them. The patio was lovely, with a nice breeze and ocean view. But the service and kitchen were a disaster. The host was frazzled and telling off waiters in front of us. Our party of 3 arrived within 5 minutes of each other. Two different waiters came to ask about drinks, which then took their sweet time to arrive. One of our friends had been seated for literally less than a minute when a waiter came to take the order, and was very upset and pushy when he hadn't quite decided, and borderline rude when he asked questions about the menu. One friend got his meal quickly, but the sashimi albacore was overcooked (yep, sashimi!) and dry, the ponzu sauce too sweet. And the rest of us got our dishes way after our friend was finished with his... To the waiter's credit, they gave us one of the dishes for free. But the big disappointment was that the food was definitely not worth the wait. The fried shrimp was mostly fried batter, very little shrimp. Everything in the bento box was very bland, except the eggplant, which was perfectly cooked and melting in your mouth.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2017

It was slow getting started but our waitress was lovely and the food really good!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Always consistently great food and service. A must everyone I'm in Santa Monica.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Went on a date night and was underwhelmed. The sushi was good, but nothing was impressive, could have been any sushi place within 10 miles. The edamame did not seem fresh and the drink I ordered, which only listed alcohol and 3 fruits was very very sweet with no noticeable fruit taste, probably just a cheap mix added to alcohol. The service was incredible and food came out very fast. It was so loud inside (7pm on a saturday) that we asked to be moved outside, which was fine if you like people watching in Santa Monica, which was amusing but would never be ideal for a nice occasion. The location should have told me everything I would have needed to know: their money goes toward rent, not amazing food. This is a restaurant for tourists.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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