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Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse, Seafood, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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5.4 km from Houston Museum District
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Reviewed 25 June 2022

We made early reservations so we could enjoy their happy hour, and ordered specials not being served with our dinner. Everything was served in an order decided by the chef and while everything was delicious, some were too good to try to describe, like the...robata grilled lobster. You wouldn’t think that after eating lobster for 50yrs that you would find out it had been prepared wrong every time. You have to try it, and the top grade Japanese wagyu steak is an easy upgrade to your Omakase. We reserved seats in the bar area so we could dress a lil “relaxed” and the service was still on point with no gaps or delays for our food or drink service. Omakase at Kumi in Las Vegas had been the best, but now we can eat that well here in Houston. If you can handle some spice, the robata grilled shishito peppers are delish! The deserts were overkill but none survived😜More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 23 March 2022 via mobile

A very disappointing experience last weekend at Houston’s Roka Akor. This has been one of our favorite restaurants and the service seems to have declined significantly in the past year. We made dinner reservations for our family for daughters birthday. I needed to change the...party total a few times and did so very apologetically, yet the hostess was audibly frustrated with me and told me that I wouldn’t be able to request any additional changes to my reservation. Against my better judgement we proceeded in dining here and didn’t have a great experience. The food was as good as we remember, but the service was not. Our server was mia for a good 40 minutes and we relied on the food runners for drink refresh etc. When our server re-emerged with the check I asked about a birthday song or simple celebration for our daughter, as was requested in our original reservation. Our server said that if we ordered dessert they would comp it for her birthday, but that was it, pretty matter of fact and coldly stated. We won’t be rushing back anytime soon and will consider other Houston restaurants for celebrations, way too many great food options to settle for sub par service.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Ryan S, General Manager at Roka Akor - Houston, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2022

Thank you for dining with us, we genuinely appreciate your business. I am sorry tp heart about your experience on your last visit. Warm service and genuine hospitality are the hallmarks of what we do at Roka and I am sorry we did not live...More

Reviewed 11 January 2021

We had the chance to visit Roka Akor - Chicago in August 2020 and were delighted to try for the first time their omikase experience. In January, we had a chance to try their location in Houston, and it does not disappoints. Even though we...were tempted to get the omikase experience ($300 or more for two people, including taxes), we decided to just try their regular menu options. We enjoyed their Japanese style fried chicken as an appetizer, and steaks with mixed mushrooms on the side. The quality of service provided was great as well and were glad to have had a different experience this time. If you are celebrating a special ocassion, I would highly recommend that you order the omikase. It is definitely worth it in price and you will be in heaven. Highly recommend this place and other Roka Akor locations.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Ryan S, General Manager at Roka Akor - Houston, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2021

Thank you for dining with us in Houston and Chicago, we genuinely appreciate your business! Happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us so much, it was our pleasure taking care of you. We hope to see you again soon. Have a great day.

Reviewed 27 December 2020 via mobile

First time I went here was a few years back and I remember the food was just as delicious as my recent visit here. Food was still amazing! The scallops and the shrimps were very fresh! Everything we ordered were very tasty and scrumptious! Service...was good but, I think it can do better by paying a little more attention to small details like maybe checking waters on the table without having to ask and wait? Phone etiquette of the hostess was great! Very professional compared to Steak48 hostesses. I always go to Steak48 for my birthday, but I might just change my new fav restaurant to here since my last visit at Steak48 was not very impressive.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 2 October 2020

The food was very good, but the service we received by David was what put this experience over the top. David could not have possibly been more helpful and friendly throughout our time in the restaurant. From constantly checking in on us to providing spot...on suggestions about what to order, David was on top of it all. No one from our party had a lot of experience with nigiri and sashimi, but David managed to take our preferences and turn them into the perfect set of suggestions. Based on all of that, coupled with the quality of the food, I can confidently say we will be coming back (and hopefully get to dine with David again!).More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 12 February 2020

I didn't much like the atmosphere at this place, the food was good but not great! the cocktails were very well made and overall it was a good place to have dinner.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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ryansQ2304FQ, General Manager at Roka Akor - Houston, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2020

Natalie thank you for your patronage, we genuiely appreciate your business. I am sorry the atmosphere was not to your liking. Normally this is something we got complimented on frequently so I would love to get more insight as to what you did not like....More

Reviewed 16 December 2019

Their HH food prices were around $8 a plate which I think is good for a place like this. I would recommend: -Pork belly (we ordered this twice because it is that good) -Sweet corn -Tuna tartare with taro chips -Roka chibi burger -Spicy edamame...Other dishes we got that were okay: -Heirloom tomato salad (the dressing was good tho) -Crispy fried squid -Wagyu beef and kimchi dumplings If you like to drink sweet cocktails, ask for the Lychee-tini which is an Off the Menu item. For dessert, I enjoyed the Yuzu cheesecake more than the chocolate cake because it was not as sweet.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 28 November 2019

The menu here is a mixture of tradition and innovation but I don't think traditionalists will be disappointed. The chicharrones and uni with seared lime are an example of innovation and taste. The uni were perfect. Fresh, sweet - just as they should be. Chef...selection of nigiri sushi was outstanding - had two :). Had a very nice NZ sauvignon blanc that I have not seen on other wine lists - the pleasant surprises didn't end. Ambiance is charming and service was also excellent.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 25 October 2019 via mobile

I’ve been to Roka Akor twice now and I am impressed with their menu. Roka Akor is located inside the 2929 Weslayan high rises. There’s a complimentary valet but you just need to tip them. When I arrived I was greeted by our hostess and...she walked us to our seats. Our waiter was awfully rude but then later apologized profusely for it. It was a party of 5 ladies and he was asking us if we were even old enough to drink. Excuse me? We were all in our mid 20s but regardless he shouldn’t have asked us in a condescending way... other than that, the food was delicious and well worth it.. the waiter.. not so much. Food: Toro Foi Gras (4.5/5): Very tasty and delicious. Wagyu Gyoza (5/5): The Wagyu was cooked to perfect with this dish. It was the best dumpling I had ever tried!! I ordered 2 of these. Hamachi Serrano Make (3.5/5): This one was decent, not my favorite item but it wasn’t bad. Seared Wagyu Maki (4/5): Clearly I move Wagyu. This was one of my fav rolls I’ve tried here. Very delicious! I would highly recommend Roka Akor even if my waiter wasn’t the greatest. My food experience here was well worth it!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 16 July 2019 via mobile

Such a great discovery in Houston. The food: had sushi, sashimi, maki, green tea and sorbet; all of them very well made. Fresh and tasty fish, perfectly made rice, and most of all, the maki were not stuffed with mayo :) and don’t miss the...Uni. The service: fast, efficient, smiling and friendly. Great team The decoration: contemporary and comfortable, lovely. The bill: it is true that this place is not cheap, but it does offer great value. I will surely be back.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Ryan S, General Manager at Roka Akor - Houston, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2019

Thank you for your recent patronage, we genuinely appreciate your business. I am happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us, it was our pleasure taking care of you. We look fwd to seeing you again sometime soon. Have a great day.

Reviewed 13 May 2019

My daughter wanted to go to Uchi but it was full and we managed to get a late dinner reservation here instead. Absolutely no regrets. In fact, i thought the food was much better than Uchi's. The sashimi was extremely fresh - Japan quality. The...wagyu steak was nicely cooked; and the mushroom rice with truffles was absolutely divine! Prawn tempura was also very good - served with an interesting srirachi dip. Sushi was average - stick with the sushi. If you've read my other reviews, you would know how much I love good food. I would definitely come back here again!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Ryan S, General Manager at Roka Akor - Houston, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2019

Thank you for dining with us, we genuinely appreciate your business. I am so happy to hear you and your daughter enjoyed your experience with is, it was our pleasure taking care of you both! We do get much of our fish from Japan, thanks...More

Reviewed 12 March 2019 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic. Sky, my bartender/Server was amazing. I got into my head about how “oh it’s a chain blah blah” and booked a seat at the sushi bar. Waking into the airy dining room I called an audible to sit at the bar. Trust your...professional. Trust your chef. You’re in Sky’s good hands.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Ryan S, General Manager at Roka Akor - Houston, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2019

We just wanted to thank you for you patronage, it was our pleasure taking care of you. I am happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us, especially the food and service from Skye, she is one of our best! We look fwd to...More

Reviewed 13 February 2019 via mobile

Great food - but has lost its charm for some reason. Food is still great, but the atmosphere is not as exciting. Used to be waiting list - last 3 times I have been surprised at how empty the restaurant is. Apetizer list could expand...to allow for more interesting dishes. Still some of the best Sushi in town -More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

Went to this restaurant based on reviews and struggling to find a place that was still open after a late flight into Houston. I had the chefs sashimi selection and Mizuna Salad. The service was great and the sashimi was very fresh and tasty. Every...single dish that was ordered between the five of us was great. Don’t miss out when your in Houston!More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 20 January 2019 via mobile

I had lunch here back in October, and I can’t wait to come back for dinner. Cool ambience, efficient and helpful service, this is an awesome sushi fusion restaurant. Not cheap, but cheaper than Nobu in the Galleria. I had sashimi and salmon, both spectacular,...tasty and well plated. No drinks, but the drinks we saw at other tables looked very good. Reso’s are recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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