Roka Charlotte Street

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Japanese, Sushi

Roka Charlotte Street
Roka Charlotte Street
Roka Charlotte Street
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Gold Award

“Spectacular”, “stunning”, “fabulous” … readers regularly reach for the superlatives when describing Roka’s Fitzrovia flagship, an enduring Japanese hotspot that has been rocking since 2004 and still manages to deliver “a classic London dining experience”.  

Much depends on the food, so choose from a sexy line-up of elegant sushi, sashimi, tempura and robata grill selections or splash out on the tasting menu – a well-balanced assortment of beautifully presented dishes that showcase consummate culinary skill and top-quality luxury ingredients.

There are highlights from the very start – notably slivers of yellowtail sashimi in a punchy yuzu and truffle dressing, rock shrimp tempura or precision-engineered avocado maki rolls with crispy prawn. After that, the robata grill kicks in: tender, Korean-spiced lamb cutlets are a top call and cedar-roast chicken comes dressed with chilli and lemon, while the signature black cod marinated in yuzu miso is a silky and savoury delight.  

As you’d expect, the wine list features top vintages from big names, but it’s well worth sampling some saké from the extensive selection – although imbibers should head downstairs to the Shochu Lounge for cocktails. Such quality doesn’t come cheap, though Roka’s special-occasion prices are matched by flawless service from a well-honed team of charming staff, while the buzzy vibe is equally suited to date nights and business meets.

Reserve a ringside seat at the sleek polished wood counter around the robata grill to properly experience the theatre, which lasts right through to the lavish dessert platters heaped with exotic fruit. Yes, eating here is a joy from beginning to end.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
Ambience
Fun, Lively
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Counter dining
People
Dates, Special occasions, Special occasions

Special offers from Roka Charlotte Street

Brunch with free-flowing wine or cocktails £60 per person or Premium Brunch £80 per person. Shochu Lounge only.

From: 13 August, 2019
To: 31 December, 2019
Available Sun lunch until 3.30pm, subject to availability. Dishes subject to change. Free-flowing is served for 2 1/2 hours. Includes VAT, excludes service. We comply with an alcohol and social responsibility policy. Shochu Lounge only.

Location for Roka Charlotte Street

37 Charlotte Street, London, London, W1T 1RR

020 7580 6464

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-15:30
Tue 12:00-15:30
Wed 12:00-15:30
Thu 12:00-15:30
Fri 12:00-15:30
Sat 12:30-16:00
Sun 12:30-16:00
Dinner
Mon 17:30-23:30
Tue 17:30-23:30
Wed 17:30-23:30
Thu 17:30-23:30
Fri 17:30-23:30
Sat 17:30-23:30
Sun 17:30-22:30

Reviews of Roka Charlotte Street

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Maria F

One of my favourite restaurants
31 May 2016  
Amazing Japanese resto, superb food, great quality produce, lovely service, sophisticated atmosphere yet relaxed that you could really chill out. It is definitely one of my favourite restaurants in London.
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Ms/Mrs. Monika S

Roka still rocks
04 September 2013  
Roka on Charlotte street still works for glam, taste sensation, cocktail fuelled evenings for a group of couples or with the girls. The main attraction is the food, spot on Japanese …the delectable buttery black cod (just as good as versions in Nobu and Zuma), yummy chicken yakitori, light gyoza, the freshest beautiful sashimi… If you can't get a table up top (smart buzzy restaurant), go to the bar below (Shochu lounge, same high-end Japanese food, buzzier, darker, sexier..). You can always count on Roka to rock your night. I have been 10 times at least and I will keep going. PS not cheap but so worth it for the not so ubiquitous black cod.
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Ms/Mrs. Rosie V

Delicious
11 August 2013  
Try the butterfish tataki! Its not the most extravagant dish on the menu (thank goodness!) but it is absolutely divine & i haven't had anything like it anywhere else. Amazing! One word of caution – I really like sitting at the bar around the grill but the chefs do shout a lot and seem to be getting louder and louder. Doesn't make for a very relaxed (or intimate) dinner for 2…
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Ms/Mrs. Nancee M

Excellent Experience
03 March 2013  
Compliments to Ken and Dodghe and the rest of Roka's staff. My family had great Japanese food experience and excellent customer service. Food are palatable and would highly recommend them. I had black cod, soft spider crab maki and yellowtail which are really yummy . My family will definitely visit them again. It could be very busy so book in advance , however Roka delivers a rated-5-star in almost everything. Well done Roka!
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Mr. Gary F

Terrible service, tables too close together
25 February 2013  
Very over hyped restaurant in my view. Service is terrible – I waited for half an hour for my guest to arrive only to find out they had sat her at a different table round the corner at the opposite end of the restaurant despite her having given my name (under which the table was booked), with no apology afterwards let alone a comp drink or anything. I was asked if I wanted edamame at the start and they never arrived. We were given a bowl of rice with nothing to serve it with and fish with nothing to cut it with (yes I go to a lot of Japanese restaurants & know things are different but still…) Tables are very very close together which I hate (the couple on one side were so interested in what we were talking about I almost invited them to join us). Yes food is good – but then no better than other Japanese restaurants you could go to.
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Mr. Tim Z

28 January 2013  
If you love zuma you'll love this place (and other way around) as it's obviously the same underlying base concept. If one can say so give the price tag here you could almost describe it as the slightly more downscale and relaxed (and marginally cheaper) version of zuma. Probably just a little less buzz than its sibling also due to the fact that the associated bar is downstais from the actual restaurant. Food is outstanding and servce very attentive.
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Mr. Marc K

21 January 2013  
We eat here several times a year, for both dinner and as an occasional post-shopping treat for lunch. The food is always of the same fresh, well prepared and visually stunning standard you would hope for. We have introduced lots of our foodie friends to ROKA and they all now have this place as one of their go to venues. Our favourites are the Butterfish Tataki, King Crab Wasabi rice hotpot (looks like porridge with green bits in it, but it packs some amazing flavours and textures with the green fish eggs that pop in your mouth), Korean Lamb Cutlets are to die for (always perfectly cooked with a pretty red/pink centre and a spicy adobe). If you haven't been and want something that will delight all your senses, then book it now, you will not be disappointed.
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Mr. David D

26 November 2012  
Visited Roka this evening and had a very dissapointing experience, It used to be an innovative fusion/Japanese restaurant that is now very ordinary as very high prices. There is very little difference between Roka and your local Sushi restaurant, in fact a number that I go to are much better at half the price. To night the service was awful with incorrect dishes being served to us on three different occasions and the dishes that we did order either were undercooked (Blackened Cod £ 29 a portion) or did'nt arrive at all because the waitress was in too much of a hurry to listen to the order. What did arrive (baby back ribs) were tough and the maki rolls were not up to standard. The service centered on trying to pour as much mineral water as possble into our glasses as quickly as possible so as to trigger the opening of a new one and the removal of our plates almost before we had finished eating. Altogether a lousy night out for £200 for four without any wine, cocktails, liquor, deserts or coffee.
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Ms/Mrs. gowsia H

21 September 2012  
Roka was a disappointment- starting from incompetent people trying to find reservation. We went down to the bar to have a pre-dinner drink. Bar scene was average no sign of glamour whatsoever. Upstairs the tables were pushed close to each other with no aesthetic beauty. The servers definitely need more training as we finished dinner yet there was no sign of rice or asparagus. The vodka and diet coke despite asking for ice four times came without ice! From a sister restaurant of Zuma, I expected a lot better. What a waste of an evening!
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Mr. Steven F

23 May 2012  
I'm from the USA, where sushi is a passion. I'm pleased to say that Roka, though not strictly a Japanese menu, serves lovely innovative food in a charming and friendly setting. Service was instructive as well as attentive, with the waiter steering our choices to the freshest and best of the day. The sashimi first, although quite modest in quantity for the £28 price, was totally fresh and beautifully plated. The lamb chops with Korean spices, which I had never before encountered in a Japanese restaurant, was so good that we fought over the last piece. Even the vegetables, which usually receive little attention from the chef, we're beautifully grilled and sauced, and one portion serves two generously. The cooking staff, who perform before your eyes, are young and energetic and clearly are proud of their work, as they should be. As is in general the case with Japanese restaurants, the prices are rather steep owing to the high ingredient costs, but in this case you get very good value for your money. It is unique. It is very good. You will certainly have an enjoyable meal.
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