ROKA Charlotte Street & Shochu Lounge

4.6
80 reviews
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ROKA Charlotte Street serves contemporary japanese robatayaki cuisine in striking yet informal surrounding in the heart of London’s media district. Dominated by the centrally located robata grill, fish, poultry, meat and vegetables are prepared in full view of diners at the surrounding counter and tables. In warm weather the glass walls open onto the street outside creating a semi-alfresco ambience throughout. During summer, outside tables are available for dining. The Shochu Lounge is the bar and lounge area beneath ROKA charlotte street. The award winning Shochu takes its name from Japan’s other national drink - Shochu. Known for serving traditional and contemporary cocktails as well as homemade tonics in this intimate basement lounge bar where guests can also enjoy ROKA dishes from the kitchen. Please note that from Monday to Sunday the Shochu Lounge is only open for dinner service. Shochu lounge operates an over 21 years old policy.
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KK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Of all the restaurants I’ve visited all over the world this is my overall favourite. A great allrounder. Be sure to give it a visit, especially if you love Japanese fusion food.

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! We were looked after by a brilliant man called Leboy (almost certainly not the correct spelling). He made our meal magical and gave great advice on the menu. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service

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TD
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I ordered the 15 year anniversary taster menu and we weren’t disappointed. We got to try dishes we never would have ordered and every course was wonderful!

Overall we had a lovely evening and we will definitely go back soon!

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MZ
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very nice restaurant with greatfood but a bit show off and a bit pricy for (certain) very small portions (eg. scallop skewer contains one scallop only...)

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JS
London
14 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great, recommend the tasting menu, a must for sushi lovers!

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M
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice venue,
Great design and architecture.
Fantastic decor.
Very friendly, helpful and professional staff.
Very clean and inviting look.
Top floor looks a little “clinical” and cold but downstairs is very warm and romantic.
Service is quick, friendly and always with a smile.
Food was and drinks range is varied and should allow for everyone’s taste.

Cons:
Tables are rather tight to get into and out off.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff that create a great evening from the beginning, food was fantastic and the decor is stunning. Definitely coming back soon

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great fun

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Intimate setting, cherry blossoms were beautiful, food was amazing and excellent service.

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KM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Roka is one of favourite places in London. The food is always excellent with top quality, fresh ingredients and delicious, creative flavours. The service is efficient and friendly. It has a buzzy atmosphere.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely amazing & service was incredible!

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DJ
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was alright. But nothing to write home about. Better Sushi elsewhere (including other ROKA's).

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food, great location and enjoyable ambiance. We had the taster menu with the supplemental wagyu beef and everything was delicious. I have to say, I thoroughly recommend the supplemental! Their wine selection is brilliant. The desert was a combination of exotic fruit with sweets that was just excellent. The meal is well balanced, tastes were all unique and presentation was very nice. Makes you feel you are having a special meal. They are very good at catering to allergies and food restrictions substituting dishes for delicious alternatives. It was my wife and my birthday celebration and the nice touch of a champagne glass was much appreciated. When you finish a meal like this you ask yourself what could have been better ... the answer is very little, so whatever comes next is just purely constructive and by no means intended as a criticism ... at some points the flow of information between waiters required some improvement, this resulted in a dish being brought to us and then taken away and then brought to us again ... when a meal is almost flawless you notice these things!

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MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing service from beginning to the end. I was slightly early and was shown the bar downstairs, the bar man was friendly and kept me company as my date was late.

I’m happy I chose Roka Charlotte street for our first date. The ambience was perfect and our server (Chinese lady with short hair was superb in animating our date and her knowledge and recommendations were greatly appreciated)

Thank you Roka Team.

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JP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always the place! Been here numerous times. The team has changed though but the food was good. The sake list was better this round, highly recommend. The buzz still there but the booking system should be more flexible.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been for the second time and think the food is exceptionally good.

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HC
Mexico City
8 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Premiym Tasting menu was amazing. The full table was pleased. We will certainly come back. The semi-fatty tuna melted like butter in my mouth. The cod & crab dumplings were delicious, as was the lamb and the scallops. The desert platter had something for everyone. THANKS.

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N
London
21 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fab. Food is amazing

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W
London
25 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to impress. Their lamb chops are phenomenal. It’s pricy but worth it. You get what you pay for in my view.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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b
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

My wife and I were looking forward to a taster menu. Our seating options were on a two seat table on the main thoroughfare or at the bar where Chef Mickey Mouse and his entourage yell at the top of their voice whenever there is an order of broccoli or something more costly.
The food looked and smelt awesome, but the concept is great for 10 year olds who are happy to play with their phones and not talk with anybody else at their table.
Horses for courses... and even if there were horses there, you couldn't hear them.
We left.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I always like the restaurant.Plain but sophisticated deco,good food,lovely staff

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TK
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great service. Good vibe to the restaurant. Pricey but worth it.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, with attentive service. We really enjoyed our time there.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food premium tasting menu was amazing

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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and fantastic service, very buzzy atmosphere (it was Friday night) so it was rather noisy, tables are quite close together, I'd go again early in the week when it might be a bit quieter.

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M
London
65 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good. Service not quite as attentive as previously

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DC
London
49 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always great. The food is consistently good and the ambience is wonderful. Management is great and accommodating. I find the table service somewhat condescending at time. I can understand them trying to be helpful but when you've been going there longer than they have worked there, it seems that their lack of knowledge can be testing. Small issue for such a great restaurant.

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AG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, we had a great time at ROKA Charlotte Street. Our server, Peter, was very helpful and made us feel very welcome. Cheers!

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JL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were excited about having the Vegan set menu only to find it is not currently being offered. We ate from the À la cart menu and our hope is that they bring back a Vegan set menu.

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KL
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place, good food and good atmosphere
Recommend this place

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Excellent sake. Over seasoned meat and grilled salmon, too salty and too sweet. Fresh fish and seafood. Good ambient and excellent service.

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BJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a relaxed and totally enjoyable occasion.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant / venue for a special occassion, food and service is fantastic.

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DH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I booked this restaurant for my friend’s birthday and unfortunately I was quite underwhelmed by the experience. I found the servers to be extremely attentive and not in a good way. I wasn’t sure if they wanted to rush us out or what but it got to the point where it was uncomfortable, and this was from the very beginning. To her credit she did apologise and offered us a drinks tasting sample in the bar downstairs. As for the food although it was good, the portions were not adequate for a sharing dining experience. I left still hungry and I felt that we paid quite a lot for quite small portions. I would have preferred an a la carte option. I will not come back here again I’m afraid. Don’t come here if you are hungry.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Big disappointment , was there a few years ago and loved it so we were looking forward our meal!
The one pot meal “rice” was so gooey, like gelatin, the broccoli was horrible.
The makis were fresh and tasty.
We were helped by so many different people, could barely have a conversation!
I would not recommend this restaurant !

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GC
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service was 5*. Was s great way to end the day shopping !!

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MB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our 2yr old there , who in truth was quite badly behaved , but the staff were brilliant.
Constantly picking up whatever he threw on the floor, which in the case of the Wagyu beef was hard to watch.
They even washed his little cutlery set before we left !
The adults, better behaved I might add, had a superb lunch.
Still one off my favourite restaurants and has been for the last 10 years.

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f
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant, can be noisy inside. Excellent service & food. Presentation & slelctoon of cuisine was brilliant. Bar seating around the chefs is worth doing, but make sure you’re not by the door! We sat the other side and it was much better.

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