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“700 degree stone cooked meals by yourself, $32 8 oz filet mignon to die for”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of ROK bistro

ROK bistro
Ranked #12 of 377 Restaurants in Sunnyvale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $50
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Evelyn
Transit: Caltrain Sunnyvale station
Description: Located on Historic Murphy Ave. in downtown Sunnyvale, Rok, Stone-Age Fondue & Steakhouse is a truly unique dining experience. Our signature specialty is called Hot Rok. Premium entrees are delivered to your table seared and sizzling on hot volcanic Roks. Diners bask in the aroma as their entrees cook right before their eyes. Every bite is hot, juicy, and delicious, ready to be enjoyed as is or dipped in a variety of our specially-created dipping sauces. We also offer the best part of fondue...cheese appetizer fondues and chocolate dessert fondues. If you combine Hot Rok with fondue in a pot (we call it the Rok n Pot) we guarantee a wonderful evening of dining enjoyment. Our full bar features fruit-infused vodkas and a wine list that offers many varietals by the glass. If coming just for the Rok, you can be in and out in an hour. If enjoying the Rok n Pot, you should plan on approx. 2 hours. Please join us for the ultimate evening of dining enlightenment.
Sunnyvale, CA
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“700 degree stone cooked meals by yourself, $32 8 oz filet mignon to die for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2014

Once there was the ice age, then the stone age, then the middle ages, then the industrial age. Now there is the age of Rok and Roll in this restaurant on Sunnyvale's historic Murphy street!

It was my wife's birthday. Which birthday? Well just add up the two entree prices we ordered!

We come on a Thursday at 6:30pm, no reservation needed, as the millennial crowd is largely absent, still wasted from the Wednesday night rock and roll summer bands playing here. You do not want to go to Rok while the rock and roll bands are playing, as the congestion and noise will drive you bonkers!

The maitre d' is a young attractive lady dressed in fashionable hip hugging jeans, with a smile on her face. Nice and friendly, unlike the watering hole next door which has a 35ish man smoking a cigarette acting as a gatekeeper-bouncer. Sets the tone for the place being clean and casual -and expensive!

We are shown a table inside, next to the bar, as most of the booths are filled up.

Nobody is at the bar, despite the 49ers playing on the wide screen TV on the wall. Not a big happy hour place, but a great first date place for casual dressers. Lots of unmarried couples in their late 20s and 30s, with the women dressed up in fashionable summer dresses, and the men in clean jeans and Birkenstock sandals -but with their hair well groomed. Dating , Silicon Valley style 2014.

There are a lot of exotic dishes on the menu, like wild boar, kangaroo, alligator, etc, but we stick to what we like best: the wife orders the $28 8 oz lamb tenderloin, and I order the $32 8 oz filet mignon. Each dish comes with two sides, and we each get steamed vegetables, although sweet potatoes were available.

Service is very prompt, and it should be, as how long does it take to cook up some vegetables, as we will be cooking the meats on the heated stones ourselves!

The raw meat comes on side dishes with the 700 degree heated stone in the center of a tray, with the sides on the edges of the tray. The stone is both a cutting surface and cooking surface. And no, they didn't have cooking stones in the stone age -where they cooked over an open fire!

Whatever you do, do not put the cooked meat back on the side dish that the raw meat came on, as there are blood and raw juices from the uncooked meat on that side dish!

Too much furniture on the 22" wide table for two people, and the hosts see our predicament, and move us to a four person table next to the outside window.

The filet mignon is to die for, especially when combined with the side containers of mushroom and spinich juices! I'm in meat lovers heaven!

We skip the $22 chocolate fondue desserts, and get out of there for $60 plus $7 wine for the two of us, before tax, tip, and discount certificate. We have stockpiled those $25 restaurant.com certificates for future use.

Now which birthday was it for my wife?

  • Visited August 2014
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Austin, Texas
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“One ytime experience for out of towners”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

Some European colleagues and I ambled into this place last night, and had a good dinner experience. Pretty cool approach and execution, but it would not be on my return list of eating places. We had the Rok n Pot Jr., 2 buffalo medallion & 1 top sirloin, and true to our servers advice the top sirloin was a bit chewy. The buffalo was flavorful and tender. We started with the Apple Cider & Bacon fondue, which was heavy with bacon and light on apple cider.
Outside dining was wonderful and service amazing. Too pricey for quality & quantity to be a regular stop, but try it once if your in the area.

  • Visited August 2014
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Belmont, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Rok Rocks!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

While the cheese fondue here here is just mediocre, the hot rock meals are great. Wild Boar is my favorite. The dessert fondues are also good.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Thom D
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Anchorage, Alaska
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“Entertaining eating, high price, okay atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

Three adults and one child visited on a Tuesday night. We were pleased to find plenty of open tables at 6pm and were quickly seated away from the TV at the bar. Three of us ordered the Rok 'n Pot Jr. with different types of meat: Hawaiian ono, top sirloin medallion, and New York steak. The salads that came with our dinners were fresh, well plated and delicious. The waitress made the cheese fondue at the table, and served it with bread and a variety of vegetables. It was delicious and generous enough for the three adults and one child to share.

Soon our meat arrived on hot rocks. All three of us felt that the meat was delicios and of ample size. We all had two sides. The sauteed vegetables and sauteed mushrooms served alongside were delicious, but a little cold. No problem warming them up on our rocks.

The child ordered a pizza which is served on a cold rock. It appeared to be a frozen pizza and had not been cooked all the way through. We sent it back and they cooked it a little bit more, but the crust still wasn't cooked all the way through. Kids' menu prices were very reasonable, but it felt silly trying to cook the pizza on our rocks.

Though the food was good, the atmosphere of the restaurant lacked a little polish. Finishes in the dining area and bathrooms were worn and in need of refurbishing.

Visited July 2014
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“A cool concept and really quite good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

We've been here twice and the concept is fairly cool, you finish cooking your own meat over a 700 sizzling rock.

It's a kind of fun way to try a meal, and my steak was pretty good. One nice thing is that you tend to cut small pieces and cook each one individually, so you don't eat too quickly - which can be good for people trying to watch their weight. On the other hand, they also push both cheese and chocolate fondues, which can be very caloric.

They had a variety of meats, including elk, buffalo, and kangaroo the night we visited. Although it's interesting to try kangaroo, it is a game meat and so tougher than the steak. They also have chicken, which doesn't cook as well on the hot rock, it can come out a bit dry.

The cheese fondue was OK, the chocolate fondue was good. I had both sauteed mushroom (really good) and vegetables (not very good). Food is at least 3.5 stars, but I give it 4 for the fun ambiance,

Be warned that he costs can jump quickly with the fondues. Our party of 6 spend just over $300 (incl tax/tip) with 6 entrees, 4 appetizer fondues, 3 dessert fondues, and no alcoholic beverages.

  • Visited June 2014
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