Roka Charlotte Street

Japanese, Sushi·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Roka Charlotte Street

Silver Award

Roka is 20 years old in 2024, but it still feels like yesterday that we were swooning over the sleek, geometric lines of this timber-clad Japanese restaurant on Charlotte Street. If there’s one thing you can say about Roka, it certainly doesn’t look its age - the polished wood and glass aesthetic is still very much in, and Roka’s open kitchen theatre has influenced a generation of restaurants. Once the upstart, Roka’s space-age styling is now the status quo.

The menu has a handful of new anniversary hits, but everything still fits the same broad themes - elegant sushi, sashimi, tempura and robata grill skewers, all designed around speed, dynamism and big, bold flavours. Dishes at Roka are uniformly simple but delicious. Sometimes they’re so simple and delicious it almost feels like cheating: take scallops for example, roasted fiercely over the robata grill and served with a touch of wasabi and shiso. It would surely take a genius to make these not taste good. They’re so good we immediately order another plate.

The same is true of elaborate, precision-engineered maki rolls, perfectly crisp tempura and dainty snacks. Even Roka’s desserts, which could so easily be an afterthought, are excellent - we especially enjoyed a pleasing baked cheesecake with guava black sesame crumble.

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
Japanese, Sushi
Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Counter dining, Gluten-free options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Sitting right in the heart of Bloomsbury, Roka Charlotte Street was the group’s first ever London site, and it remains one of the most beloved thanks to a combination of delicious Japanese cooking and sleek modern interiors. London is a city now obsessed with Japanese food, but Roka was part of the wave that really started it all, winning legions of fans with precise, delicious sushi platters and flavour-bomb dishes from the signature robata grill.

Inside, Roka’s contemporary styling has also won it many fans. The roaring robata grill (from which Roka borrows the first syllable of its name) sits at the heart of the restaurant, surrounded by counter dining spots on a gorgeous piece of carved wood. Floor-to-ceiling windows help to fill the whole space with natural light, which also lends the restaurant a rather glamorous evening atmosphere.

Meanwhile, Roka is beloved for its easy-going Japanese menu which has something for everyone. Sushi fans have long been coming to Roka for the excellent sushi and sashimi selection, that includes soft shell crab, cucumber and kimchi maki rolls with chilli mayonnaise, Wagyu tempura maki with karashi ponzu, and a spicy sashimi fish platter with cucumber shiso. You can also order sashimi and nigiri per piece, from a wide selection that includes shrimp, yellowfin, octopus and fatty tuna.

All that before you get to the robata grill section, which forms the heart of the Roka experience. Dishes like chicken skewers with spring onion, baby back pork ribs with sansho pepper, lamb cutlets with Korean spices and beef fillet with chilli and ginger are all cooked over the coals and flames. There are great seafood dishes too, including scallop skewers and Roka’s famous black cod marinated in yuzu miso.


Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Roka Charlotte Street?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Roka Charlotte Street.

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37 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1RR

020 7580 6464 020 7580 6464


Opening Times

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 12:00-17:30
Sun 12:00-17:30
Mon 17:30-23:00
Tue 17:30-23:00
Wed 17:30-23:00
Thu 17:30-23:00
Fri 17:30-23:00
Sat 17:30-23:00
Sun 17:30-22:30


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47 Reviews 

Nicola T

16 April 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Roka Charlotte Street

Good service, fairly priced set meals. Quite busy for a Monday lunchtime which created a nice atmosphere. Service slick, food very tasty. Will go again.


20 October 2023  
Food & Drink 5
Service 1
Atmosphere 0.5
Value 2

Diane R

28 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Delicious food served by charming, helpful staff who are eager to explain the menu. The ambiance is warm, friendly and relaxed. I live near Huntingdon and enjoy meeting friends and family here.

federica I

28 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Petros K

27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5

Very good fusion restaurant

Mike W

23 March 2022  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

Great food at fairly decent prices. Everything i\ ate was good so won't recommend anything except to say try anything on the menu it's all great

Petros K

19 March 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Very good food

Sybilla R

07 August 2019  
Fabulous food.

Virginia U

08 July 2019  
The original and the best. Some of the best Japanese fusion cooking I have ever tasted.

Lawrence R

03 July 2019  
Fantastic service, always top quality and enjoyable food. Love the view of the robota grill.
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