Rok Islington

4.4
401 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Barbecue
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Open fire grill restaurant where everything is cooked over alder and oak wood. Influenced by the dining cultures of Scandinavia with a great British produce. Open for lunch, dinner and late night drinks. The menu is made up of mainly smoked meat and fish dishes with a focus on fermention such as: cures, pickles and jams. Also great smoked vegetable dishes finished on a custom built wood fuelled BBQ.

Great cocktails and they specialise in brewing their own alcohol such as sparkling wines, ciders and meads.

Late night booking are encouraged during the summer so much that you'll likely be offered a free shot of Aquavit.

A unique Scandinavian smörgasbrunch menu is available throughout the week until 4pm offering smoothie bowls, waffles, sausage and egg muffins, gravadlax and more. Great place for fika (Swedish long coffee break)
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue, Scandinavian, British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 15:30, 17:30 - 22:00

Friday: 12:00 - 15:30, 17:30 - 22:30

Saturday: 10:00 - 22:30

Sunday: 10:00 - 21:30
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020 7686 8024
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Matt Young
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Highbury and Islington, Angel
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Rok Islington is shut down. Slaw which is in that venue is a good vegan choice

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CD
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Astonishing that OpenTable continues to allow bookings, when in fact it’s now closed down. I even got a text confirmation the day before, only to show up and find out the owners have closed up shop and moved away...

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant has closed down. I went with my guests as booked but we were left sad, hungry and disappointed. Why did nobody trouble to let us know?
I keep hearing I shouldn't reserve tables and then not turn up. It's a two way street!
We had travelled a long way for this meal. In its day this was a super restaurant. Both Rok and OpenTable should have done better.

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PT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I have made a reservation in October for New Year’s Eve, confirmed with Open Table the day before . When we came on Monday 31st of December- restaurant was closed. It was our favourite place on Upper street, and we were very disappointed as no one informed us about closure or any changes for that night.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a booking for dinner at Christmas Eve. A couple of days before I got another email asking for my confirmation of the booking which I made. On Christmas Eve, I arrived at the restaurant and it was closed and no one was available by phone!

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f
London
9 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant modern take on the smokehouse that packs in more flavour than most

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p
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No need for words. Just go!
Go for great food. Go for great service.

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w
London
56 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wow can’t believe you closed! Miss you :(

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NL
Glasgow
8 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and authentic dining experience in this wonderful restaurant.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very cozy, they were very accommodating with us bringing a jet lagged baby in for a late dinner. Would definitely come back here!

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k
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have walked past Rok many times and never looked to see what was on the menu. I wish we had as the menu and food were fantastic. Between us we ordered everything on the menu and all was delicious. There’s nothing in Islington area offering anything similar so made a refreshing change and great quality. Loved it!

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N
Frankfurt Area
6 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, exceptional food with local ingredients and a nice wine selection, even though the wine was pricy. Great service and Ambiente

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EP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, nice location and kind staff! I definitely recommend this place.

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t
London
16 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Fantastic food, fairly priced, warm friendly attentive service.
My only slight dissatisfaction would be that the service was so fast and efficient that, although we enjoyed two substantial courses, we were in and out of the restaurant in barely an hour.
That’s great sometimes, but didn’t suit our celebratory birthday dinner very well.

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KG
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fourth visit for the smorgasboard brunch and my first review. I am writing because I hear a rumour that it may close after Christmas. Please don't! This place is a neighbourhood gem - one of the three best restaurants in Islington (with Trullo and Ottolenghi). The food is delicious, inventive, generous in quantity and good value. The staff are lovely. Having just discovered it I don't want to see it close. Get in there and try it while you can. If enough people do then maybe we can keep it open.

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JD
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Lacked anything special and service was really quite cold

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i
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Any restaurant serving stunning shoulder of venison - that has been cooked for 8 hours - is going to get my vote. That coupled with some top drawer scallops, pickles, sides and very helpful and friendly service, means a return visit is obligatory.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. The only downside is that they add £1 to the bill for a charity that we do not approve. They did not tell us before we paid. When we saw the bill, it was too late. I am strongly against any form of check out charity.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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EC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing quality food and service. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable, and made us feel very welcome

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JP
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent. Great atmosphere, great food and wonderful slightly wood fire smoky smell.

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r
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was consistently excellent, from the pickles to the fantastic smoked cabbage, and the wine was reasonable value for the quality.

Unfortunately, however, the evening was marred: for the main course, two of our party wanted their fish to be cooked through more (which personally I felt was more a reflection of their taste than the restaurant making any error) and returned them to the kitchen. They waited for the fish to be re-served but it never appeared. By the time staff were found and alerted, the diners felt it was too late as everyone else had already finished; and so cancelled their order.

So in summary, outstanding food but very poor service.

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W
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food; burnt cabbage was spectacular. Relaxed and happy service. Had a bit of a wait for a cab, so rather than stand outside in the rain, they invited us back in for a free shot.

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y
Cambridge
15 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing meal at Rok! After recently visiting Copenhagen we have really fallen in love with Nordic cuisine. Rok didn't disappoint with its great, authentic dishes. We had some fabulous meat mains and the cabbage side was delicious. The pickled cucumber with bread was a nice start to a Nordic meal. The decor is minimal (in keeping with the cuisine) and restaurant quite small but with a very relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Staff were fine.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Food was really salty and did not taste fresh. My starter Fish croquette was cold inside and super salty that I was not able to finish and felt really sick.

The worst thing was the waiter that served us. He was very rude and looked like he did not want to be there doing his job. He put the plate at the edge of the table and then just went off many times. When we asked for the bill, he got the bill wrong three times and did not apologize at all.

Really dissappointed at this place, no wonder it is really empty at Friday night. Food and service were both bad, not worth the price I paid at all. Would rather have pizza or burger, at least it is cheerful and filling....

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FL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

This was delicious. The woodfire oven smells brought a lot of character. Food is delicious. I just wish for at least one main as a vegetarian option! There was none. Yet, what was there was super good.

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LB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Islington. Well informed staff. Great quality food.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was really good and filling despite seeming like small dishes. We had a central table in front of the bar but despite the location, we had to chase down the server for every request. It’s a relatively small restaurant so I expected better service. But kudos to the chef!

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c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great dining experience. The food was amazing and very original. The service was correct but nothing amazing
However highly recommend

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PF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, friendly service and great soundtrack

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G
London
170 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I keep returning to Rok when I go to a gig in Islington as while there is a good choice of places to eat on Upper Street, I always enjoy the offering at Rok. Food and cocktails are inventive and very tasty. While primarily great for meat and fish, the excellent side dishes offer a great veggie alternative. Writing this review has got me thinking about visiting Rok again for another tasty adventure.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Would definitely return.

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O
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a delicious, unusual menu. I would definitely return.

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AB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my partner were blown away by the food here, they are comforting tasty dishes done extremely well. It's definitely more than we had expected and I was so pleased that I chose this place as our anniversary lunch. It was also really lovely to eat a cuisine we wouldn't normally go for, we left there with big smiles on our faces.
Thank you to the rok team for such amazing food, clearly made with love.

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LT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very interesting but short menu with picked and interesting vegetable mixes. The meat is very good quality and well prepared . Cute interiors in the front part.

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HH
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve already recommended ROk to a few people since eating there on Monday night. It was a bit quiet on Monday but have walked past it previously when it was buzzing and I am not surprised! The food was out of this world with flavour and texture, the service was fantastic - attentive with great recommendations but not pushy and obvious. The menu is very simple with just 4pickles, 4 starters 4 mains, 4 sides and 2 desserts to choose from which clearly means the chefs can concentrate on the quality of the product they produce. I can’t wait to return.

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A
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious every time. Roc serves perfectly executed Scandinavian fare. All courses were lovely and everyone was pleased.lighting inside is soft, warm and cozy. Pickles were delicious, one pot is good to share.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service! Would definitely recommend.

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KV
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Extremely tasty. Scallop was fantastic. The venison a dream.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved how intimate it was and how incredible the food was. the only thing I would say was that it was rather hot in there. the staff were very helpful and thorough throughout, explaining every aspect of the menu.

lovely and unique find

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