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Roka Akor

Roka Akor

Japanese Restaurant, Steakhouse, and Seafood Restaurant$$$$
River North, Chicago
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    Ana Carolina K.
    "Just 2 words: OMAKASE Decadent!!! Awesome!!!"(10 Tips)
    Exclusive Resorts
    "w/ black truffle and Butterfish tataki for appetizers."(4 Tips)
    Dana J.
    "Dining companions got (also excellent) black cod and sea bass."(6 Tips)
    Bee W.
    "Definitely try the Wagyu beef!!"(8 Tips)
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  • Mark W.heart icon on user image
    Mark WongOctober 12, 2015
    High quality Japanese cuisine (sushi and beef) with a large list of Japanese whiskey. Great environment for groups, dates or special occasions. Tasting menu available from $98-200 per person.
  • Yura L.heart icon on user image
    Yura LeeOctober 6, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Go for the decadent omakase!!! Pricey but def worth it!!! If not, Get the american wagyu ($15 an ounce) king crab, butterfish tataki, robata scallops and brussel sprouts, and truffle rice hot pot!
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneNovember 10, 2015
    Immaculate rolls with special details. Yellowtail with scallions and jalapeño stood out. Garlic shrimp and butterfish apps. Great service.
  • Natalie Z.
    Natalie ZermenoFebruary 16, 2014
    Food is amazing! Service is amazing! Definitely recommend the asparagus and the skirt steak! The sushi is amazing as well! I was VERY pleased with everything this establishment had to offer.
  • PureWow
    PureWowApril 11, 2017
    This Phoenix import gives us the choice of two omakase menus: Signature or Decadent. With regular options like yellowtail, West Coast oysters or bluefin tuna, we’re pretty sure it’s gonna be delish. Read more
  • Lexi Z.heart icon on user image
    Lexi ZajdelAugust 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The yellowtail sashimi appetizer, mango four ways sushi roll, and black cod entree are the best things on the menu. This place is absolutely delicious and has the coolest female DJ on Friday nights :)
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 2, 2017
    Roka Akor gives us the choice of two omakase menus: Signature or Decadent. With regular options like yellowtail, West Coast oysters or bluefin tuna, we’re pretty sure it’s gonna be delish. Read more
  • Dana J.heart icon on user image
    Dana JensenMarch 15, 2015
    Really good rib eye, cooked perfectly. Dining companions got (also excellent) black cod and sea bass. Portion sizes are inconsistent, but everything except the very smoky tasting broccolini was great.
  • Tania R.heart icon on user image
    Tania RionMarch 10, 2019
    Food and service were amazing! We were celebrating my birthday and at the end they brought a delicious dessert on the house. I’ll definitely go back next time I’m in town!
  • Raed M.heart icon on user image
    Raed MansourFebruary 17, 2014
    Stylishly fashionable staff, atmosphere, guests and food! Pricey but worth it. You won't go wrong with anything on the menu. Staff and management are great!
  • Ayan A.heart icon on user image
    Ayan AshkenovMarch 12, 2017
    I suggest the salmon avocado rolls and vegetable tempura rolls! Other than that, the place is very trendy and noisy. Make sure to book a table in advance!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 20, 2013
    Roka Akor only serves its ramen at lunch when the clientele is sparse. But, figuring in the miso soup and nicely dressed salad, this lunch offering is a surprising value at $15.
  • Exclusive Resorts
    Exclusive ResortsSeptember 16, 2011
    Sushi & steak - now that is a great combo. Good wine list, nice atmosphere and great food. Get the Wagyu Beef and Kimchi Dumplings, Beef tataki w/ black truffle and Butterfish tataki for appetizers.
  • Bee W.heart icon on user image
    Bee WilliamsJanuary 8, 2016
    I loved this place!! Definitely try the Wagyu beef!! Definitely worth your buck! Make a reservation though, this place gets busy!
  • Jeffheart icon on user image
    JeffAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The decadent omakase is worth the splurge. Robata grilled steaks are amazing. The mushroom rice hotpot with black truffle is a treat.
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Crain's Chicago BusinessSeptember 8, 2011
    Everything off the grill is a winner: The pork belly appetizer ($12.50) and pork rib entree ($19.50) are slow-cooked in mustard sauce and seared on the grill; a light hoisin glaze finishes the ribs. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the chef’s selection steak from our 100 Best list: Go for the chef’s selection, they’re beautifully marbled, expertly grilled over Japanese binchotan charcoal, and the best value in the house.
  • Angie O.
    Angie OsmanskiJanuary 22, 2013
    It's hard to just pick one thing. The New York strip steak is amazing with the truffles! Must have dessert, it's melt in your mouth goodness.
  • Jordan B.heart icon on user image
    Jordan BishoppFebruary 26, 2016
    Phenomenal. Everything. The butterfish roll with scallop on top was one of the best things I've ever eaten.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    Gorgeous decor and upscale (and priced accordingly) sushi, robata-grill items and high-end seafood and steaks. Read more
  • Patrick P.heart icon on user image
    Patrick PaceFebruary 18, 2018
    Try the Wagyu beef & kimchi dumplings, 4 course chief special “if your adventurous “ and their dessert.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineDecember 5, 2011
    Try: gilded wagyu tartare gunkan maki topped with caviar and wasabi and the lightly battered fried squid with jalapeño rings. Say no to the salt-grilled saba.
  • Xinnieheart icon on user image
    XinnieOctober 23, 2017
    I was definitely disappointed because they have such good reviews. Maki roll size is great but flavor is on the bland side. Crispy squid appetizer is good. Sashimi was fine. Not impressed all in all.
  • Cedric A.
    Cedric A.December 3, 2011
    Pork belly is succulent, and the teriyaki salmon is great also. Some really good sake as well (quite a large and diverse list to choose from).
  • Alexandre M.heart icon on user image
    Alexandre MunhozJanuary 30, 2023
    Beautiful space and presentation. Food had its ups and downs. Sushis and sashimis served too cold and were poorly cut. Careless. Black cod was delicious, beef and desert were boring. Very expensive.
  • Madeleine G.heart icon on user image
    Madeleine GraceOctober 19, 2014
    Wagyu and kimchi gyoza and all of the sashimi and nigiri were phenominal
  • Alexis W.
    Alexis WinterMay 19, 2013
    Roasted King Crab and Butterfish Tataki were winners. Anything off the grill is "specialty". Also a great place for groups.
  • Autumn C.heart icon on user image
    Autumn ChoiAugust 26, 2019
    Was only here for the Happy Hour, which is super reasonable for food and drinks. Will be back!
  • reian
    reianDecember 28, 2022
    The Signature Omakase is a quantity over quality affair. Yes you get full for the price but the quality ingredients aren’t there.
  • Marco H.
    Marco HowellMarch 15, 2012
    Get the himachi Serrano sushi, wagu beef dumplings, beef tataki with truffle sauce and black cod!!
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 7, 2016
    Great sushi for a business lunch. Kinda pricey but worth it
  • Madeleine G.heart icon on user image
    Madeleine GraceOctober 19, 2014
    Words cannot describe the Wagyu and kimchi gyoza
  • Yura L.heart icon on user image
    Yura LeeOctober 6, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Best sashimi. Nigiri. Makis EVER.
  • Chris B.heart icon on user image
    Chris BarclayAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Omakase all the way! Worthy date night or client dinner spot!
  • Kim R.
    Kim RMay 26, 2013
    O toro, butterfish tataki...and of course beef w ginger sauce. Yuzu semifreddo Yum...
  • Joseph L.heart icon on user image
    Joseph LazewskiJune 22, 2016
    Get the chef's special tasting menu for a real treat.
  • carlos felipe o.heart icon on user image
    carlos felipe ospinaAugust 26, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for the OMAKASE( Chef's tasting menu). It's the best thing to do.
  • Amanda C.heart icon on user image
    Amanda CooperJanuary 12, 2012
    They have the largest selection of sake in Chicago! We loved the lobster miso soup and butter fish roll.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Edward Kim, chef of Ruxbin, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Robata grilled Japanese shishito peppers. Read more
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineJanuary 5, 2012
    Penny Pollack says, "Wagyu gunkan @RokaAkorChi with green onion and caviar is a tasty way for tartare lovers to indulge."
  • franco
    francoDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to request to be seated in the main dining room if you want to enjoy the full experience of the restaurant rather than the bar scene.
  • charleenheart icon on user image
    charleenAugust 26, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    omakase , just do it.
  • Nauman N.
    Nauman NoorDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Brussel sprouts and sushi is a safe bet.
  • kate F.
    kate FELDTDecember 5, 2011
    Steak filet - one of the best we've ever had. Definitely worth coming back for!
  • carlos felipe o.heart icon on user image
    carlos felipe ospinaDecember 17, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Top 10 steak house by Crains Chicago #beststeakhouse #chicago @f_ospina
  • TableSAVVY
    TableSAVVYJune 5, 2014
    Ask about the daily market specials. Read more
  • Calvin M.heart icon on user image
    Calvin MultanenNovember 21, 2018
    Bento meals are a great deal for lunch
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LimApril 20, 2018
    Prime rib good. But only given 8 slices. Had to go eat at Halal Guys afterward.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BrennanDecember 5, 2012
    Their Winter Menu is amazing! Don't pass up the fried oysters!
  • Vincent F.
    Vincent FioritoAugust 25, 2011
    The skirt steak with sweet garlic soy is unbelievable!! Strongly suggest the Hamachi Serrano roll!
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