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Roka Canary Wharf
Roka Canary Wharf

Roka Canary Wharf Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://rokarestaurant.com/canary-wharf/en/home
  • Phone: 0207 636 5228
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 3pm, 5:30pm - 11pm
    Saturday: 11:30am - 4pm, 5:30pm - 11pm and Sunday: 11:30am - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar

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  • Parking: No
A word from Roka Canary Wharf
The latest outpost of Roka restaurant is smack bang in the middle of London’s Canary Wharf. Like the other two branches in Fitzrovia and Hong Kong, this location specialises in robatayaki, contemporary Japanese-style barbecue prepared on the restaurant’s central robata grill. The food, and the restaurant, revolve around the warmth and energy of the grill. Décor here features light-toned wood and chic furniture, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The comfy al fresco terrace at Roka offers views over Canary Wharf, and the indoor bar sports a range of cocktails, beer and wine, as well as a selection of shochu infusions.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We booked a table for 4 on a Sunday to celebrate our respective engagements. Having visited Roka in the past we were looking forward to some exquisite food. Sadly, the wooden decor created horrible acoustics, making a moderately busy restaurant sound deafeningly loud. Our table was so close to the till that waiters constantly brushed past & buzzed around us. When we moved table, the aircon dripped on us. Overworked staff seemed distracted & struggled to take orders in the din. But food was incredible. The BBQ ribs alone would have done it. Tuna tartar, mirin aubergine & black cod dumplings wowed us. To compensate for the dripping aircon we got a free desert platter (fruit, ice cream, creme brulee &c), which was simply divine. Great gesture."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Definately go to the brunch...amazing value, gorgeous food and great service"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "My dining partner and I both had the tasting menu - which was excellent - although perhaps a little much for lunchtime. Delicious and fresh meat and fish and excellent service throughout the meal."
    dined on 30/06/2014
  • "Having been here a couple times in the past, Roka has never disappointed. The black cod is just amazing, I would recommend Roka to anyone who would like an evening with great food. It is not a quiet restaurant but there is a lot of atmosphere"
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "Had a lunch reservation and the restaurant was packed solid. The service was great and we had the taster menu with wine which we found was a lot of food for two but was gorgeous. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend Roka."
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "The brunch experience at Roka is nothing short of outstanding. Opt for the most expensive menu, it may seem a lot but the platter of sashimi is out of this world and the lobster is amazing. The wine quality is excellent and your glass will be generously topped up throughout. This is definitely an experience to be save for a special occasion but well worth the price."
    dined on 11/05/2014
  • "The only flaw was the fire alarms going off and having to stand outside for a half an hour. Other than this the experience was fabulous."
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "Roka Canary Wharf can be quite noisy on a Friday night. But other than that, I love this place. Sunday brunch is always the best deal. Miso cod is my favorite."
    dined on 27/04/2014
  • "We had a lovely lunch with 2 toddlers.the staff were very attentive and nice to the kids.the food was amazing and the kids and adults enjoyed it. "
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "Surprisly poor service from the waitress. Did not know the menu sufficiently and stated sea bream steak was a beef dish. The manager did not help the service issues as he rescinded something the waitress had agreed to without any apology, rather simply citing cost of the ingredients. There are better ways to address such situations. The 2nd&3rd wine/sake pairings were served at incorrect (late) times during the meal and when queried why we had no drinks the waitress she stated the bar was busy - unacceptable when the tasting menu with drinks pairing were our orders. When spending almost £200 for a meal for two the level of service was materially below expectations (and significantly below previously positive dining experiences at Roka)"
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Excellent food, extremely fresh and well presented. Service outstanding."
    dined on 07/04/2014
  • "Food: Great with a nice presentation Environment: The music a little bit too loud and tables are quite close to each other Service: They rushed the dish out and want us to finish the food on the plate quickly, so that there are space to place the dish on the table. (not impressed!) Overheard a number of dropping of cutlery onto the floor sound. To make it worst. One of the waiter knocked down one of our phone onto the floor. (very not impressed!) Price: acceptable, but there are better choices of the same price"
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "We love Japanese food and this did not disappoint. We had the taster menu and the food was so tasty. IT was briliantly presented with blocks of ice. it was a bit rushed maybe for a celebratory meal and I couldnt hear what the waiters were telling me we were eating."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "this is a fabulous way to introduce family to Roka's menu and is incredible value. Our booking was early Saturday lunch and it was relaxed and not too loud with small groups and families. Some of our party did not drink alcohol and the soft drink alternative of iced tea, was just as delicious as the cocktails."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Hello, We have visited your restaurant on Tuesday 1th . Went here for my birthday and I was really looking forward to it after reading some reviews and having a personal recommendation. We were greeted by one of the hostess with grunting sighs, rolling of eyes, but never once a smile. I have eaten in some of the best and worst places but I can say that the poor level of service provided on Tuesday was totally unexpected. We have ordered two glasses of champagne on arrival and wine with the meal. The waiter brought the wine and started to pour it before champagne even arrived. No one even checked if the food was ok. In short, it was a disaster. I look forward to hearing from you"
    dined on 01/04/2014
  • "Can't go wrong on a weekend brunch. Kids no longer free, though still good value given what you get. Service, as always, attentive and friendly. Great atmosphere for a weekend. One of my sons calls this place Sushi Heaven. He's got it just about right."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "Sake was superb, the soft shell crab is absolutely amazing"
    dined on 19/03/2014
  • "I had a business lunch at Roka, and it could not have gone better. The food is unbelievable, one of the best Japanese dishes I have ever had. My compliments to the Brazilian chef that is an artist in the Japanese cuisine. Service was also amazing, and, flawless. Will definitely go back."
    dined on 13/03/2014
  • "Such a good way to spend a Sunday - eating a fantastic feast (buffet of amazing sushi and other delights, main courses (the chicken is outstanding) and then desserts) with a cocktail followed by unlimited wine!"
    dined on 09/03/2014
  • "was very impressed with the quality of food, also very relaxed atmosphere i will definitely be returning"
    dined on 06/03/2014
  • "My husband and I went for our anniversary dinner on a Friday evening. Very professional and friendly staff. Nice cocktails. Our waitress was nice but perhaps could have explained menu better. Very tasty food but perhaps not the best Japanese if comparing to other contemporary high end restuarants ( we ordered sashimi, maki rolls, black cod, beef and chicken skewers). Our waitress forgot to bring out the last dish of chicken skewers which we actually did not mind as were quite full. She apologised profusely and a very nice manager also came and apologised. They gaveus free cocktails and dessert which was a much appreciated gesture. Meal for two cost around £100 ( no alcohol)"
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "Service was terrible, have been before and it was not as bad as this time. The waiter kept blaming the chef. Its worst when you see a table next to you get the same item you have ordered arrive at their table before you receive it, even though you have ordered it a long time before them. For a restaurant to charge the prices as roka, service must be off a high standard. Unfortunately service sucks!!! The food was nicely presented, however the dumplings were burnt!"
    dined on 17/02/2014
  • "First time Sunday Brunch at Roka Canary Wharf and it's definitely worth a visit. Prices range from £42, £54 and £66. The £42 menu is ample. Good choice of starters and salads at the buffet, decent range of main dishes and there's ample amounts of wine. The waiter was excellent and constantly on hand with refills. Excellent service and atmosphere."
    dined on 16/02/2014
  • "Really enjoyed he brunch, although it was very busy"
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "Roka is a great place to eat. Food and cocktails are amazing!"
    dined on 12/02/2014
  • "This was a belated family celebration, we had a fantastic time. The food was delicious, the service attentive and the drinks flowed freely. Although not cheap, the Roka brunch is good value as you know there are no hidden extras once you have decided on your choice. We went for the £54 menu and especially enjoyed the main course giant tiger prawns (more like small lobsters) and the smoked duck. The unlimited starters were excellent; lovely sushi and sashimi and grilled meat and fish. Some people have commented on the noisiness of the venue, we didnt find this a problem, it contributed to the relaxed atmosphere. Will definitely be back for another special occasion."
    dined on 26/01/2014
  • "Once again attending another ROKA Brunch, you can't get better than this! Great way to experience ROKA at a lower cost and with children! Really good service and the quality of the food is not compromised!"
    dined on 25/01/2014
  • "A group of six of us went for brunch on a Saturday and the buffet selection for starter is amazing. There was also unlimited wine with the brunch menu and overall very good value for money and the food is delicious. Would definitely recommend."
    dined on 25/01/2014
  • "I was seated in the corner next to several tables of very loud American bankers. My waitress didn't speak English well enough to help me make the right food selections and didn't explain the menu to me at all. I chose 4 small plates, assuming it would be enough food, they were brought out all at once, I was not told what they were. My 4th plate, was forgotten and only after I finally caught the attention of my waitress, it was brought to me. I was not checked on, and could not get the attention of anyone for a long time. I often dine alone but never have I felt as alone as I did at this restaurant. The food was fine, nothing special, certainly not worth the bad service and annoying ambiance. Trying to be cool, ended up too cool for everyone"
    dined on 21/01/2014
  • "We've been going to Roka for a few years now and have always rated the food highly ,however Roka now entice diners at weekends with a special deal that involves drinking copious glasses of champagne. A great deal you might say ? Sadly not as the last couple of visits we have made to Roka have been marred by lewd drunken behaviour from groups of dinners who feel obliged to shout and swear at each other ,and on this occasion (18/01/14) we endured two adjoining tables competing in terms of volume ,both vocal and consumption wise . Sadly the staff do NOTHING about the problem asides from supplying further fizz to the problem tables. Sorry Roka but I have better ways of spending £200 for the whole experience to be ruined by drunken chavs"
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "As always Roka never fails to deliver. Superb food (the pork chop was a first and it was amazing). Cannot rate the food highly enough. The sushi, sashimi and bbq mains are top of the class. The wine recommendation was a little off (I asked for a drier Riesling but it was still too sweet). Service was a little off / slow but it was midnight when we finall left so that can be excuses. Overall, it's worth the investment and I look forwars to samplimg the Sunday Brunch soon."
    dined on 17/01/2014
  • "I arrived with my husband and 2 children at 8pm and was told when we arrived they close at 9 after traveling for 1 hour from essex for my husbands birthday we were totally shocked they hadn't informed us I was told they tried to contact me but the number they had was wrong but I saw my correct number next to my name on the booking sheet! We left totally disappointed and shocked at they way we were treated."
    dined on 12/01/2014
  • "I booked this restaurant as a January treat with 8 girlfriends. We had the £42 Sunday brunch menu. I could not fault it. The service was fabulous, the food delicious. The choice of mains was excellent for a set menu and I can certainly recommend the Ribeye and the Chicken! The ribs were pretty delicious too. The wine flowed throughout lunch, they were certainly not stingy with it and it was very drinkable. Also included was a Bellini on arrival and a Bloody Mary. We arrived at the restaurant at 3.30pm and left at 7pm. Not once did we feel rushed to move. The whole meal came to a grand total of £50 per head which I thought was amazing for such a great restaurant. I will certainly be returning here to eat. Well done ROKA!"
    dined on 12/01/2014
  • "We visited again after having a really great experience last time. This visit was a huge disappointment. Although not as busy, the staff seemed half asleep and we had to ask for a Bellini as we were not offered one which is included in the set brunch price. Ditto with the wine. Ditto with the table starter: before, beautifully cooked squid brought immediately. This time we had to ask 4 times for the squid and when it arrived it was completely overlooked and rubbery. We actually helped ourselves to the wine eventually as it was right behind us and no one was paying attention to our table. We felt justified to request the 12.5% service charge be removed from the bill as the waiting staff simply did not deserve it."
    dined on 21/12/2013
  • "highly recommend. Quite simply the food is fantastic!"
    dined on 17/12/2013
  • "Amazing food with very nice staff. Very nice atmosphere. This can be a noisy place unless you are placed in the corner like we were. A bit pricy but definitely worth the money."
    dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Great food and attentive staff. Tables for couples a little too close together and can be noisy."
    dined on 07/12/2013
  • "First impressions pretty good. The menu and delivery of the food needs some explaining however, the staff failed to promote the authenticity and the food was extremely 'salty' Won't be rushing back!"
    dined on 25/11/2013
  • "Really enjoyed the whole meal, inc: the unlimited champagne"
    dined on 23/11/2013
  • "Thursday night dinner, looked after by the staff from the time I arrived to when I left. The food was amazing, good value with lots of choice. Great atmosphere and a must for any occassion."
    dined on 21/11/2013