After 20 years in Santa Monica, Sushi Roku is getting a complete interior makeover

Hard to imagine, but in 2001 the restaurant world was very different from today. Sushi Roku’s Santa Monica has a solid history on the busy corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. With owner IDG also running the hugely popular Boa Steakhouse across the street, this part of Ocean Avenue has changed dramatically over the years, adding hotels and restaurants to make it one of the busiest eateries in town. For 20 years the Sushi Roku has been a popular place for tourists and locals with sushi, sashimi and fine Japanese izakaya cuisine. The complete overhaul focuses a lot more on outdoor dining. This openness includes a new deck and full windows that let in much more sea breeze. It’s a thoughtful makeover as customers are eager to dine al fresco in 2021. A new Omakase bar is also in the works.

Sushi Roku Dining RoomWonho Frank Lee

Sushi Roku outside in Santa Monica

Sushi roku

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Hot Dog on a Stick's Cheetos Flamin 'Hot Stick

Cheetos Flamin ‘Hot Stick Courtesy of Hot Dog on a Stick

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