Roka Charlotte Street

Japanese, Sushi·
Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of Roka Charlotte Street

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

About Roka Charlotte Street

ROKA Charlotte Street is part of a small London mini chain which has sites in Aldwych, Canary Wharf and Mayfair too (with an additional restaurant planned for Dubai). The space is dominated by a robata grill where meat and fish are cooked with flair, with the kitchen focusing on high quality ingredients elsewhere to turn out plates of the very freshest sushi, soups and salads.


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


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 12:30-16:00
Sun 12:30-16:00
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


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40 Reviews 

Sybilla R

07 August 2019  
Fabulous food.

Virginia B

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.


28 June 2019  
Excellent service coupled with unrivaled flavours.

Charlotte H

30 April 2019  
Best sushi!! Lots of variety and choices - always a go to sushi restaurant.

Anthony L

05 August 2018  
My old favourite never disappoints.

Eirlys P

31 July 2018  
Attention to detail can't be faulted. Visit time and time again, never failed to provide excellent service and spectacular food, both taste and presentation. Loved the cherry blossoms in April.

Sam C

27 June 2018  
Stunning food and great ambience.

Scarlett W

27 March 2018  
Where better to escape London but to this delightful ex-Pub - be it in winter snuggled up to the roaring fire - or Summer in the pretty garden. Julie Griffiths and her team have been excelling in providing great food and a warm welcome for decades.

Rebecca L

09 June 2017  
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole Roka experience. Food, waiter service and ambience were all top class.
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