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ROC Kitchen

Restaurants, Chinese West L.A.
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanThree Cup Chicken at ROC Kitchen
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanScallion pancake at ROC Kitchen
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanROC Kitchen
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanROC Kitchen
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanXio Long Bao (pork) at ROC Kitchen
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanShanghai rice cakes at ROC Kitchen

Dim sum fans on the Westside know that they don't have to hike it to the SGV for quality dumplings—they just have to go to ROC. Sit in the industrial-chic space as the kitchen steams signature xiao long bao—choose juicy pork or fresh Dungeness crab—and fires up the wok—try Three Cup Chicken with fresh chiles, Thai basil and roasted garlic. Other menu items include Chinese staples: Shanghai rice cakes are tossed with chicken, Napa cabbage and spinach, while scallion pancakes are paired with a bright ginger-soy dipping sauce.

By: Vanessa Lavorato


Venue name: ROC Kitchen
Address: 2049 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Daily 5:30-10pm
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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ROC looked too hip to be a down to earth authentic Chinese restaurant, but they proved us wrong as they've nailed every dish we ordered. The oxtail beef noodle soup is five stars, it comes with a mustard green pickle that I couldn't get at the most hardcore hole in the wall noodle shops. Scallion pancakes, rice cakes and soup dumplings are amazing as well.


You know this place is good because it’s always crowded and they don’t even have a restaurant sign at the Playa Vista location. The Sawtelle one is also always crowded. 

They don’t take reservations, so be prepared to put your name on a list and wait around for a little while if it’s during a peak time.

Totally love the soup dumplings (the trick is to grab it carefully by the top pouch part, put it carefully onto your soup spoon, bite the top, drink the soup, then eat the rest). The garlic crab fried rice is so good and also super easy to overeat cause it’s so good. They have hot sauce galore, so definitely ask for some (chili oil, chili sauce, sriracha) along with some fresh ginger if you are into spicy food.

Pretty much none of the dishes disappoint!


Had never had Dim Sum before -- the soup dumplings were so delicious! We came here for a client lunch and loved it. Left full and satisfied! 

One of the best places for Dim Sum, especially their scallion pancake (Can't remember the exact name) but pretty authentic!


A lot of people come to ROC for their xiao long bao, and while I don't find it as good as Din Tai Fung's version, the shrimp and pork option is certainly a treat. Service is friendly and fast, and I've generally enjoyed most dishes I've tried here. It is on the pricy side, though, and portion sizes are a little off.