Roka Aldwych

4.6
251 reviews
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Japanese
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
About ROKA

The name ROKA carries great meaning - ROKA is a meeting place where food and drinks are shared with friends (ro) and heat, warmth and an all-embracing energy surround (ka). The principle cuisine is from the robata grill, which originates from the fishermen of the northern coastal waters off japan, who would cook the fish on the boats with different charcoals and share the bounty with one another using their oars.

The robata grill itself is located amid diners and forms an integral design element of all the restaurants. Not just a feature, the robata is more the beating heart of ROKA, the area from which all energy flows. An energy that offers warmth and enjoyment while guests admire the respect given to the food as each dish is prepared.

ROKA charlotte street opened in 2004, ROKA canary wharf in 2009, ROKA mayfair in february 2014 and ROKA aldwych in october 2014.
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HA
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff were superb, polite and friendly. The food was good but there’s room for improvement.

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GE
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a fabulous meal at Roka Aldwych for my husband's birthday. It was a Tuesday night and the restaurant was pretty busy, however, it wasn't too difficult to hold a conversation as the music (if there was any!) wasn't overpowering the whole restaurant. The food was lovely and the staff very friendly and helpful. Would definitely dine there again.

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

Absolutely brilliant! The food is INCREDIBLE, service was fantastic. It’s expensive but really worth it for a special occasion. We will definitely be back

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

We went there for the Bottomless Brunch (check out for deals on Time Out). Service was great as was the food. Didn't feel rushed and there was definitely a lot of food and plenty of Prosecco.

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FT
London
25 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fantastic food, but it was slow to come out and waiting staff towards the end of the meal were not very attentive. It took easily 10minutes for my bill to be delivered and another 10 before someone came to get payment, in which time I was sat waiting with my credit card visibly out and ready to go!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I went for my birthday, and the food was absolutely delectable. Staff were very kind and ambiance that was created was spectacular. Would highly recommend for a birthday, especially with the desert platter they provide.

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S
London
14 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Sashimi, tempura, black cod and the beautifully light cheesecake for dessert. Would highly recommend and we will return...

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AS
London
37 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had seasonal set menu. 5 star starters and desserts, but let down slightly by nice but very unremarkable chicken and salmon main course. Would recommend but wouldn’t have this set menu again.

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R
London
12 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The front of house was good & we were taken to our table swiftly. Service went downhill from there sadly. It took a while for our food order to be taken & I had to ask for a drinks menu. The food itself was good (but there wasn't a huge amount of it on the set menu). The sashimi arrived after one of the main courses. The server volunteered to take it off the bill but then forgot to do so. I was lunching with clients but luckily the dessert & hot drinks upselling later on wasn't too awkward.
After they left, and I was sitting at the empty table to pay the bill, the server didn't come for ages (10 + minutes) so I gave up. I found her having a gossip with a colleague round the corner.
Would I go back? Yes, the food was good & I am sure that the other servers are much better! That said, probably only if the client I am entertaining has already been to the other local restaurants.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so nice, especially the lobster! But the side to the lobster wasn’t that good, and I really miss the crab rice hot pot...

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B
London
17 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food is good but the atmosphere is too noise to carry out a decent conversation. The service is not bad.

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

Great quality food!! Enough said!

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d
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was amazing
The drink service was poor. When you are on a tight turnaround insisted upon by the restaurant and you wait 15 mins for repeat drinks it’s ridiculous.

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f
London
60 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner at Roka Aldwych. The service was very good, the food delicious and the entire ambiance rather supporting of having a conversation without too much noise or loud music. Thanks.

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NP
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Had heard many good things about this restaurant and was disappointed. Left waiting by staff to show us to our table when we arrived, waiter was condescending and the food was distinctly average. Yet one of the pricier meals you’ll find outside the traditional expensive London restaurants. Can get so much better for less and so much better for more, not sure what the fuss is about.

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, the service is always fantastic, professional, not too intrusive and always available . the food is amazing as usual.

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

Great all round, friendly staff who also found and returned my wallet

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food fantastic, but service haphazard

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H
Kent
21 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was not a good start as one of the guests arrived early to be told there was no booking. when I arrived I showed the confirmation by email on my phone. This was despite phoning twice, the day before and the day. I note also that they were participating in the sake week during our dining experience and we were not offered our free glasses to try.

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J
London
32 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing, every dish was tasty and imaginative.

The service is attentive but relaxing and the waiting team had good knowledge of the menu.

Would defo go back

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HD
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an outstanding choice that was to celebrate a family birthday pre phantom of the Opera at the West end.
Felt like we have been whisked away to another country. The ambience, the food, the waiter we had, who has just completed his 1st month there, the shift and restaurant managers who came to see how we were. And of course the food, all we're top notch !!
Only downside was that when i ordered what was the best scallops I've ever had ! I ordered a skewer.. and expected a few scallops on it, when in fact there was only 1 scallop on 1 skewer :) so had to order another. If prices were slightly lower and we had more time, we would have ordered more food. But we enjoyed everything we've ordered. Fillet steaks were done to perfection as per our choice of wellness, tampura vegetables where fresh and crispy and the rice hot pot was delicious 👌 my 11 year old loved his sushi and chicken skewers and the Alaska dessert was outstanding. will definitely be coming back 💜

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RC
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a pleasant experience with very delicious food.

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M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place, we were there to celebrate a birthday. Lovely food, great service and a lovely atmosphere too.

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F
London
15 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favourite, never disappoints

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 1

Lovely food and good service. Very accommodating to the fact my wife was pregnant and offered alternate options to the food she couldn’t eat. Only negative was a loud obnoxious table next us but not the restaurants fault!

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great tasting menu. Wonderful variety and superb quality

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g
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch deal best for groups of 4 or more. Amazing pudding!

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S
London
46 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

I have been here several times and the food is excellent. However on this occasion the service was so poor I had to complain. This has not been the case on previous occasions.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was brought to the table far too quickly between courses not allowing time to appreciate the food property in my opinion. Over priced but food is excellent, just not worth the extraordinary charges so not great value, again in my opinion.

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l
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious- went for the set menu option and felt like the food all came a little too quickly. Would be ideal for a quick lunch. Lovely cocktails in the bar first.

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R
London
15 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been wanting to visit for a while and ROKA surely didn’t disappoint.
The Maki sushi was excellent , I had the lamb with Korean spices for mains and it was cooked to perfection .

We had to try the dessert platter as this is what ROKA is famous for but I was a little bit disappointed , the sorbets , cheesecake and chocolate dessert were all great but the fruits ruined it for me (personal opinion )
Apart from that ROKA gets a 9 from me and will be returning soon To try the premium tasting menu

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r
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the atmosphere. Would definitely go again!

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TC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

If you like private equity backed, scalable, Japanese themed eating experiences delivered by decent but likely none-too-well-paid young Europeans, you’re quids in. Another London machine for leasing space, decking it out to feed and then taking well-heeled diners’ money whilst leaving those doing the work wondering if they can afford the bus fare home. But maybe I’m wrong!

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PK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Christmas present lunch before theatre so kept the food light and avoided too much sashimi or rice. Tempura was light and tasty the sauces maybe a little similar Spicy beef was magnificent and the sea bream lovely with tasty asparagus
Would definitely come here again with a bigger group to choose more dishes

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H
London
11 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Average food that is over priced

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S
London
13 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I had supper at Roka on our anniversary. We had the seasonal tasting menu, starting with a glass of house champagne, and accompanied by a bottle of chenin blanc. Even though we were right at the back of the restaurant, we weren't forgotten and the service was excellent, as was the food. There was a real buzz but we could still hear each other to talk. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for pre-theatre dinner - great, swift service that we asked for was successfully delivered.
Fabulous spinach and sesame salad!

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TY
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for great food and an amazing interior design. Pre theatre was easy - seated at 6 and out to the theatre by 7:10. Each entree was fresh and very creative. In London it is a must visit

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roka is one of the best restaurants I have been to. Will definitely go back.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience at Roka

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