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“More than sushi”

Roka Akor | Chicago
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Ranked #39 of 10,814 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 50 - US$ 50
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: River North
Cross street: Illinois Ave
Transit: Red Line – exit at Grand, one block north to Illinois #22 Bus –exit at Grand (if coming from the North), exit at Hubbard (if coming from the South)…walk ½ block west #36 Bus—exit at Illinois (walk 1 ½ blocks west) #147 Bus—exit at Illinois (walk ½ block east)
Description: Roka Akor is the second location a highly regarded Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar, ranked among Bon Appetit magazine's top 10 sushi restaurants in the country in 2009. Meats, fish and vegetables are grilled over oak charcoal on a robata-style grill. Sit at the sushi bar to chat with the chefs as the slice and assemble sashimi platters and maki with fish that's flown in daily. Besides sizzling steaks and contemporary sushi served the dining room, a bar area features shochu and sake cocktails.
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Went for a work lunch while in town for a conference. Only order one sushi role which was great but there is a lot more that they offer. Favorites were the hamachi crudo and the wagyu dumplings. The roll was the yellow tail with avocado and Serrano pepper. The calamari was good not great. The wood fired scallops were good but probably one dish too many for 2 people. Went during the week for lunch and the place was wide open. Service was polite and on top of things the whole meal. Great attention to detail.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

We had dinner at this restaurant in Chicago recently, based on a recommendation of our hotel's concierge. It was such a great choice. From the moment we arrived to when we left, the service was wonderful. Our server, Jennifer, gave us great suggestions, starting with the seared scallops as an appetizer and including the item I ordered as an entrée, the Wild Mushroom Hot Pot. We had the edamame as something to snack on while we were deciding what else to have. One friend had the Glazed Pork Ribs, and my other friend had a nightly special of Chilean Seabass, which she said was outstanding. The pork ribs also were very tasty and I loved the hot pot, although it was a very large serving, and easily shared with my friends. One other item that was shared was the tempura seasonal vegetables, which were crisp and not heavily breaded. Although the restaurant was noisy, it made for interesting people-watching. Definitely worth having a meal there!

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner. Just off the plane coming from Europe, we were not very hungry and wanted just a great light meal. The service is excellent and the food is very good. Fresh fish for sashimi and nigiri sushi. Excellent real wasabi scrapped in front of you on a shark skin, the way it should be done but so rare these days.
We loved everything.
The restaurant can be very busy and noisy.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Pjverlinden
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

SO GOOD! I love sushi and this was some of the best I've ever had. Also, the brussel sprouts and corn sides were awesome as well. We will be back!

Date of visit: May 2018
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Thank John E
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Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

We found it and have not been disappointed. The Tempura with vegetables is huge. But excellent. We also had the lamb and the chicken teriyaki. The highlight are for sure the crispy Brussel sprouts. The waitress was really nice and very careful. Unfortunately we had to much food and could not try out the desert.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank 711silke
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