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ROBATA

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304 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Our lunch hours are temporarily closed until further notice.

Specialising in the long-standing tradition of Japanese charcoal cooking.

Head Chef Charles Lee has worked in a number of Michelin starred restaurants during his career before arriving at ROBATA. Possessing a strong command of Asian cuisines from across the globe, Chef Lee has devised a menu which shows the diversity of the country’s food, highlighting traditional cooking techniques and contemporary flavours, along with using the best of British produce.

ROBATA meaning ‘fireside’ specialises in robata grilled charcoal cooking, a Japanese tradition that was first introduced by ancient fishermen who took boxes of hot coals with them on their boats to warm their food at they gathered their day’s catch. While the cooking method has largely stayed the same, the menu is a modern interpretation of some of Japan’s most prized dishes as well as a number of ROBATA signatures sure to please Western palettes.

Support ROBATA during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

London Restaurant Festival Tasting Menu £55pp

Oct 1-31, 2020·Sun 12:00-23:00, Mon-Thu 17:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-23:30

Experience a delightful selection of ROBATA’s signature dishes with their most premium set menu. Guests are invited to enjoy a luxurious selection of our small plates, sushi and main dishes, all designed for sharing to encapsulate a unique Japanese dining experience.

Dine Local Bottomless Prosecco Brunch £35

Jul 8, 2020-Oct 4, 2020·Sun 12:00-17:00, Sat 12:00-14:00

5 small plates, one main and 1.5 hours bottomless prosecco. Minimum of 2 people, for the whole table. Please drink responsibly

Dine Local: Tasting Menu £55pp

Jul 4, 2020-Oct 31, 2020·Sun 12:00-23:00, Mon-Thu 17:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-23:30

Experience a delightful selection of ROBATA’s signature dishes with their most premium set menu. Guests are invited to enjoy a luxurious selection of our small plates, sushi and main dishes, all designed for sharing to encapsulate a unique Japanese dining experience.

London Restaurant Festival Bottomless Prosecco Brunch £35

Oct 1-31, 2020·Sun 12:00-17:00, Sat 12:00-14:00

5 small plates, one main and two hours bottomless prosecco. Bottomless Prosseco 1.5 hours from reservation time. Minimum of 2 people, for the whole table. Please drink responsibly

Pre Theatre Menu 3 items including drink £16.50

Jul 8, 2020-Oct 4, 2020·Mon-Fri 17:00-17:45

Choose any of the items below: 3 items - £16.50; 4 items - £19.50; 5 items - £22.50; Price per person - includes one 125ml glass of house wine or selected drinks.

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 12:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Fri 5:00PM - 11:30PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 12:00PM - 11:30PM

What 304 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.2
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.9
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Americaninlondon
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very curious staff, beautiful atmosphere and even given the early close these days they gently coaxed us out and were very professional.

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DilaraSancar
Maastricht
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious! We had tried the sushi, gyoza and yakiniku style beef, truffle fries, mochi and panna cotta for the dessert. Everything was absolutely marvelous!

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Anon
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

Very poor value, even with the eat out to help out discount. Food was average, portions were small and the squid was chewy and too salty. Restaurant itself had no personality and it had a very pretentious vibe. Wouldn’t recommend.

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SabinahJ
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff and in particular our waiter were extremely friendly and efficient.
We had the weekend brunch and the food was served in a timely manner and our glasses of proseco was never empty! Definitely will return and absolutely recommend to anyone.

KB
KarishmaB
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and experience. Would definitely recommend to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious but portions a bit small on the pre theatre menu

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AriannaF
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is amazing, great service and beautiful atmosphere.

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Kim28
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Great food and loved the September Eat out to help out offer

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Nico
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was brilliant and nicely priced, service was ok- one very attentive host (Carlos P) but the others were milling around and didn’t seem to know what they were doing and had to refer to colleagues for answers. Also there was an alarm going off constantly for the duration of our time there.
On the whole the food was excellent but the service was lacking.

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vipSecretService
London
22 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible and amazing food one of the best ones I have ever had! Must VISIT

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and will be returning for sure! Miso aubergine is an absolute must.

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Manny
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food, a bit expensive but worth it for the most part

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Only had the small plates - sea bass ceviche, soft shell crab roll, chilli squid and kimchi gyoza - all very tasty, especially the ceviche. Cocktails were slightly overpriced for the quantity of drink, however flavourful nonetheless. Highly recommend Robata to all.

MP
vipMrsPicky
London
18 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

The food is actually very good, although the portions are tiny. Black cod is always expensive, but I've never had such small portion for £28. However, what we objected to the most is the fact that the table we had was less than a metre away from the one next to us. Also, a beggar came and stood right next to us and no-one asked him to go away, although the waiting staff were around. I know it's difficult for restaurants right now, but basic Covid security must be a priority.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

The quality of the food and meat on the skewers is not particularly high, which makes the prices completely unreasonable. There are many much better options for this cuisine and price in the area.

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Jobf
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

Food was overpriced for quality and portion size, good service but definitely not worth the service charge

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was good but service was slow as probably they are working over capacity with outside tables... they did not wipe the table until I warn them as it was dusty... we had variety of dishes and they were all fessh and good.

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IssyM
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a fantastic time at Robata. Would definitely recommend it to friends and family!

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Valentina
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

The portions were TINY. My friend and I had to go for a second dinner after cause the food was just not sufficient.

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ChrisC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great selection of food, starters, small plates, bao buns and mains. Really enjoyed faultless.

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AlisonL
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for small groups- great atmosphere + tasty food!

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Foodshrooms
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The sushi was delicious and presented beautifully. Service was super quick and friendly too!

KB
KauBau
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good food, quite small portions though considering the price

WB
WilliamB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Food was nice but expensive for what it was. Also came out too quickly which meant we had entered the restaurant and finished eating within 30 minutes. Service was friendly and attentive. Good experience overall but would say it doesn’t have the wow factor you might want for a special occasion. Would recommend for a casual dinner and would go again if there was a special offer to make it better value.

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ECOD
London
29 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Robata was lovely - very friendly staff, although didn't love the front of the restaurant being full of packed up tables and chairs! Felt a bit like we were eating in a store cupboard. But the food more than made up for it.

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SL68
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food. Truffle chips at £8 a little steep in price. Would like a vegetarian bun option on menu

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ClareJ
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant, very attentive staff, amazing food!!

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MDW1
Oaxaca
18 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

The food at ROBATA never fails to deliver, and once again was great. Excellent modern Asian fusion which I would recommend trying. I’ve been here many times before and unfortunately this time the service was incredibly poor - over an hour to take an order, 90 more minutes for dishes to arrive...it wasn’t their evening. This maybe as they’ve increased their covers by offering outdoor dining in addition to their usual indoor restaurant capacity (which seemed incredibly packed even for a COVID secure dining space) on an especially busy Saturday evening and without increasing the kitchen capability. I would return as the food is great (be it expensive) but not until it is significantly less busy.

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KoroAk
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience1

Underwhelming food, not much flavor and overcooked.

Kept us waiting for 2.5 hours which severely interfered with our plans for after.

The only minroly redeeming part of the experience was that our waiter Carlos did try to apologise on behalf of the restaurant and took a drink off the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Great food, no proper social distancing at all in the outside seating area

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
25 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place food is amazing

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Lisx
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really enjoyed our experience at Robata. Food was tasty without being too overpriced. A really nice chilled ambience with attentive staff.

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NicoleD
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, abeyance, music and staff .... had a wonderful meal that was perfect from start to finish. Highly recommend. Instagram food posts cinched the reason I booked this restaurant and went to try the food!!

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vipNtensity
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Very good dishes especially the Iberian pork and the soft shell crab bao.The service was quick and high touch in the beginning. However one last dish we ordered never showed up despite waiting for a while. This left a sour taste in an evening that which otherwise was on point.

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BethanyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant and so understated! Having worked for Nobu this is a very close second and the service and staff are always so attentive, charismatic and fun!

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Amira
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Manuel was super friendly. Food was delicious! Loved it!

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Dinner4two
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

I booked on the basis that their Instagram said

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LaGringa2040
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

What a pleasure to dine again- Soho did it right- closed off streets allow for plenty of room and no fear of oncoming traffic. ROBATO was excellent- and our server Carlos super. Soft shell crab sushi, short rib buns. The only slight disappointment was the skewers which were small and ever so slightly over cooked. But we were so happy with the lively streets, the warm night air and the delicious food, we will be back!

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Foodie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent customer service and food esp. prawn tempura sushi roll, iberico pork skewers, crispy fried squid and charcoal grilled beef fillet. A bit pricey and portion is quite small but every dish is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing evening filled with even better food. The sushi was outstanding and the bao buns especially the short rib one was wonderful. Our server was very skilled too, giving us more information about certain food we enquired about. It was a 10/10 experience. Would highly recommend this place!

FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.4 stars by 304 OpenTable diners.

ROBATA does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://robata.giftpro.co.uk/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.