ROKA - Aldwych

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353 reviews
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£41 and over
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Japanese
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.
What 353 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFxGx2012
Surrey
15 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service
Fantastic food
Super-fab cocktails

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

First time eating here on a Sunday evening. Won’t be doing it again. Restaurant only offering a £50 (pp incl tip) set menu, of what seemed like left overs from the last couple of days (eg potato salad). If this is all they are prepared to offer, they shouldn’t bother opening, it has a detrimental impact on an otherwise great brand.

FV
vipFoodieVegan
London
44 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic attentive service, and wonderful fresh tasty food

LF
vipLuvFood2
London
15 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and the team is great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Very very slow service...

party of four; some ate at 8 some ate at 9:30... forgot to bring the wine... kept forgetting to bring food and drink... ice cream took 1 hour from order to table...
Disgraceful really

DG
DonaldG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theatre menu was excellent and pretty good value for money. Happy Hour between 5-7 too!

BP
vipBPet
London
11 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good service from our waiter and when we complained about he size of the salmon sashimi, they promptly brought another portion no extra charge. Overall the food was very tasty but portion sizes were smaller than the Canary wharf branch we went to the previous week.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Table was given to us 30 mins late despite us saying had theatre booking. Answer was couldn’t get rid of the unlimited brunch people..... poor reception people were let down by management. Eventually given table by bar which meant no service. Took four requests to get water....

Desserts - we were warned off those taking ten minutes due to our time pressures. The cold desserts we chose then took over ten anyway....

Chaos

Shame as food is good

MB
MarianaBS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Incredible ingredients, although this time due to being very busy the confection of the food was not as good as usual

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Ok but the bill has an optional 13.5% service charge which I had to ask to be removed

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brilliant experience - all the food was lovely. Especially enjoyed the crispy chicken & mushroom hot pot. Will be back again soon

KM
KellyM
Switzerland
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Overall the food was great and the staff very friendly. The only negative was that we got a table which was at at the very end of the hall so the noise was quite high.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
14 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really wonderful meal here. Even though we only had the pre-theatre menu the service was excellent and there was no sense of being unduly rushed. Staff were also very careful with allergies and able to offer advice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my birthday at Roka Aldwych last night. I woke up remembering the delicious food! The back cod and the spinach leaves with a sesame dressing stood out in particular but it was all amazing. The service was lovely too: thank you Lole!

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited different Roka sites so was always going to be a request of my partner for her Birthday. Once again the restaurant did not disappoint, it also gained rave reviews from another couple that joined us to celebrate.

Will be back again and again and again l, may as well give me a loyalty card now.

PS the Korean Lamb chops are to die for.

PB
PhilipB
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, and quality service, I will definitely return to ROKA

NY
NingqianY
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Too noisy and the food quality varies. Signature dishes are okay and won’t recommend on robata ones.

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Sakis
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and comfortable environment perfect for business dinners. The food is very tasty nicely presented and the service is st very high level.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favourite restaurants in London with delicious food! I love it here! Have the yellowtail sashimi with yuzu truffle dressing and the Korean spices land cutlets!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful as always.

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vippcuu
7 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice food & nice service👍 Would recommend for Japanese cuisine lovers

RS
RitaS
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We had great time at ROKA for our anniversary dinner, the food was amazing and we got a quiet table in the corner. However, service could be improved. Although everybody was very polite and courteous, we didn't hear any recommendations regarding the menu (and we hoped to since it was our first visit), the menus were taken away from us before we even finished our order, and we had to ask twice for servers to take our drinks orders throughout the evening

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happytodine
London
54 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food but a little noisy. Excellent service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Been there few years ago, the food was amazing. This time the food was good but not excellent. Every dish came too quick, especially the hot food, end up eating it cold. Feels like they are rushing to get rid of us. Otherwise a good
place to dine.

a
antastic
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as always - even if they did forgot two dishes!

PB
vipPattiB
Kent
15 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous brunch. Free flowing Prosecco way beyond our time limit.
A great place to go.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The food quality doesn’t match their price.
The place is too noisy. Can’t talk or relax.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Essex
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food .. GM Lowry was outstanding with us

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Rich
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, fantastic!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Worst Roka I’ve ever been..
Service is terrible! They forget you .. ignore you. Drinks we had to ask 3 times.
Foodwise so so borderline Roka quality. Super noisy restaurant which is not their fault yet it is s small place unlike Mayfair or Canary Wharf..

HS
HazemSA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, service. and superb food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid, reliable quality across all of the locations I've been to is upheld by this venue. Roku offers an approachable, diverse menu with both raw and cooked dishes that are a cut above in quity and creativity compared with any other sushi chain in the city.

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Sarah
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with great service. Was a lovely meal out

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mymeows
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing vegetarian/ vegan food. Favourite place to dine especially pre-theatre!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will be back definitely I’m going to have to make it my regular place of eat

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The black cod was good though other dishes were very mediocre.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushis and tartars are amazing
I recommend also the dumplings and grilled king prawns and for dessert the yogurt and almond cake!!
Scallops are overpriced (we thought it was £8.70 per skewer of 2 or 3 scallops but it is actually £8.70 per scallop)
Good cocktails

HA
HassanA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Not as great as Roka Mayfair. Good food but way too noisy and the service is disorganized.

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ROKA - Aldwych offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7294 7636.

ROKA - Aldwych is rated 4.5 stars by 353 OpenTable diners.

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