ROKA Charlotte Street & Shochu Lounge

4.6
96 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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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I've been here three years ago and the food (tasting menu) was amazing. We orderd tasting menu this time but it's just fair.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

busy place with nice service, food is good but expensive

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service !!

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HP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I would not go to Roka or recommend it to my friends . The food was tasteless and we ordered lots of varied dishes and could say that we did not enjoy a single dish, not worth the money or experience. I would definitely not go again

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C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great quality food, good list of drinks and good and friendly service

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BO
London
105 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Roka remains one of London’s best places to eat Japanese food. It also serves excellent wines by the glass - but order promptly because wine service is very slow. It’s not as busy as it used to be and service is patchy as you don’t get a dedicated wait-person but the food makes up for Everything

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DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time at ROKA. We celebrated my birthday with the tasting menu and it was delicious! It takes you to a point where you are perfectly full. The service was amazing, our waiter knew exactly what we need, he was very professional and we had a chance to bond with him.

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E
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Roka is one of my Favourite restaurants. Such tasty and well presented food.
The tempura is to die for. Lots of variety too

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KP
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional and food was cooked to perfection. Great atmosphere and ambiance.

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FF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Maybe I was expecting more sushi, maybe the bill was just too much (£90 each with no expensive dish and one bottle of white wine), but it didn’t meet my quality-price expectations. Atmosphere is too casual and service a bit rushed. Sake-no-Hana and Akira are far better choices.

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TC
London
13 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As ever the food in the Shochu Lounge was delicious but considering we only had one Kirin beer, £75 a head was a LOT! Roka is not cheap. However, it is a wonderful setting. Be prepared to drop a lot of cash and you'll be fine...if not be very selective with the menu!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Loved it!!the food was incredible everything we ordered was so yummy and the soft shell crab one of the best things I’ve tasted!
The only downside was the waiter who for some reason noticeably cooled as the meal went on
Started off soo helpful and welcoming and then he really wasn’t happy by the end.. must’ve upset him somehow.
Must’ve learnt his skills in Rome
Anyway I still enjoyed it and will definitely be back
Thank you Roka

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J
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service.

Our waitress Sara was so helpful and friendly, but also very quick. She really reflected the overall attention to quality service.

But great though the service is, the real shining star is the food itself. It has a genuinely unique and modern twist that separates it from anything we’ve had before. The sea bream simply melted in the mouth and was an absolute highlight. There wasn’t one dish that didn’t deliver on flavour and style.

It’s expensive, but certainly worth it. The wine list is probably the only element I would say is not value for money, but the cocktails proved to be better value and pretty well made.

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N
Gloucestershire
17 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great meal here with friends, lovely atmosphere. Would definitely recommend

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LE
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional as usual. We didn’t get the ribs (which are to die for) but tried the chicken instead and it was totally worth it.
The food is fresh, full of flavour and overall amazing.

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Acapulco
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El lugar muy agradable, un servicio excelente y la calidad de la comida mis respetos. De lo mejor qué hay.
Es precio calidad

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KK
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
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
26 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
29 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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