Kintan Oxford Circus

4.5
247 reviews
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Japanese (Yakiniku)
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"Welcome to Kintan, home of the Japanese BBQ style of dining also known as ""Yakiniku"". At Kintan, our guests instantly turn into expert chefs with the smokeless grills install at each table.

Dishes at Kintan represent a combination of authentic Japanese cuisine and contemporary take on local ingredients. "
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GH
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Our Takoyaki was cold in the centre, clearly making it quite unpleasant. I suspect it is a frozen takoyaki heated up, because the outside was warm.

I love Kintan and come often, but that was an awful experience. Salad looked very sad, cold Takoyaki and awfully slow service. It took over 30minutes after asking for the bill to leave. I had to leave before my friend because I couldn't wait any longer due to last train. My first experience in Kintan Oxford Circus was an awful one and I can't recommend this branch at all. It's a shame because I like the general impression /vibe there probably a little more than the Chancery Lane one. Very disappointed customer, please fix!!! I don't think I will be visiting for a long time now unless you can persuade me this was a one-off ☹️😢

Kind Regards, George

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N
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in London. The food is amazing & getting to cook it yourself does it!

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L
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, the food and venue was absolutely lovely and perfect for a group outing. Everything was presented very nicely and the rustic style of the restaurant was an added bonus.
However, the miso soup was a little bit salty and everything was really really expensive, but for what it’s worth we did get a lot of food for the price we paid so I guess it balances it out. :)

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NV
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great but the fire alarm kept going on so the noise was unbearable.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and delicious food! Definitely I’ll recommend it to my friends.

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MC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I would love to give it 5 stars as we love going to Kintan, but unfortunately this time in the Oxford Circus branch, the alarm went off every 5minutes and we smelt of strong smoke. It could have been a better evening.

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service, we enjoyed and we will go back again soon.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Fire alarm kept going off. Table didn’t have spoons etc and staff took a while to bring us what was missing. but the food is fantastic and I love it here.

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r
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as always. Staff were friendly and very attentive.

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NL
London
17 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Im a regular here and the food is always nice. My only negative comment today is that the quality of the service has gone way down compared to a few months ago. The staff used to be so friendly and very well trained (as you would expect from a Japanese restaurant) but on this visit, they all seemed to be irritated, fed up and demotivated. It was very difficult to get their attention and when we did, they were pretty unfriendly. The manager however was lovely as always - I just wish the staff would follow his example.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The set menu is great value for money. We were lucky enough to be placed in a private booth which was very nice. Clean and delicious!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Loved the food, the experience is awesome and more with others. Good place to bring family & friends.

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GT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A good meal but once we finished the food the waiter bought the bill over without us asking, I understand it’s busy but I don’t really appreciate that kind of behaviours. It’s not exactly a fast food price meal.

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l
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch and it was great. Amazing choices of different foods, which you largely cook yourself on hot electric grills at the table. Service was attentive without being fussy. The food was fresh and very tasty. It was busy without being noisy - lots of young couples. The booths you sit in are huge and roomy which was nice. And unbelievably reasonable - two of us ate way more than we expected, shared a large hot sake and it came to under £25 a head all in. I'm definitely going back.

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LP
London
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a really amazing experience, like always. This is the 3d time that I'm going to eat in there and I'm really happy about the food, music, staff everything then. Never disappointing. I'll come back for sure even with my friends. Amazing job guys!!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed thee food!! and i will recommend it with my friends!!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Quality of the meats was excellent. The service could’ve been slightly better though as the waiters were very inexperienced and didn’t understand English very well..

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DS
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This place would be great if front of house when you enter were more friendly and customer focussed.

Other than a lovely experience all round.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service was phenomenal. Would recommend to anyone. Only hangup is that I ordered the expensive wagyu beef (25 pounds in comparison to other cuts that were 5/6 pounds), and I could have been better, either if it was more thinly sliced like other cuts or if we were told to cook it longer (not suggested on menu as with other cuts). The beef itself was very delicious, as was everything else we had. Probably one of the best meals I've had!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great Japanese yakiniku! Good food and you can enjoy with family as well.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend. There's a reason I keep coming back.

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AK
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So,so tasty and lovely place! Staff is very welcoming and great!
Always will come back to Kintan! :) Thank you for being so great and food is lit <3

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It's nice but drinks came late and one meat looked different to the menu but it was good

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went in for 2-4-1 deal and lunch and Happy Hour on a Monday, very happy with the overall experience, would come back for more. Food is good, spicy chicken and spicy pork are definitely NOT SPICY but rather sweet instead. Most definitely come in during a deal as full price is not value enough to pay. Restaurant ambience was great, service was a bit lacking, with the waiters and waitresses basically just giving you plates and left you to your devices.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. I normally only go to the Holborn branch but this did not disappoint. The only downside is that the price is increasing.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Loved this place, totally going back!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

There were heavily crying Chinese girl because her boyfriend dumped her and we were bit annoyed. But overall, the food was great and we enjoyed.

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t
London
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended the place & it was just as good as she said. We booked a table at 1130 which was good because the place was filling up when we were leaving. The place was very comfortable & chillled out & there was enough space between tables so you can have your own privacy without the noise from other tables drowning you out. The staff were very polite & friendly, they assist you in every way & make sure you’re receiving the best service. We had a set course for 2. At first we thought it’ll be large portions but they serve just enough & you can always ask for more or less. You bbq the meat on your own but the staff always clearly teach you the best way to cook the meat & are there if you need help. The food was really good & delicious.

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G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Happy hour discount is great !

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K
Northampton
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good taste! I wanted this kind of casual Japanese style Yakiniku restaurant in the centre. Private room also available .

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CI
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service staff were so patient as it was my birthday and we kept coming at different times but the staff were so kind. They sang happy birthday and treated
Me and my friends soo well!! Definitely recommend

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JG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was as amazing as usual. However we were put in a corner seat and it was impossbile to grab the attention of the waitresses.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Would've been good if we could control the grill strength. It was ON or OFF option only and some of the meat burnt to charcoal, which wasn't nice.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The short rib were taste great, recommend!

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KV
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A good location and good food but currently understaffed which means long waiting time for service sometimes although the waitress we had was lovely but clearly run off her feet. If they can fix that issue, would be a great place overall!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The staff are respectful, the restaurant has an amazing atmosphere, sadly it was ruined by drunks, but that is not the restaurants fault.

The food was amazing, prices are alittle high but it was worth it

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k
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

good, just that day the extractor fan was not very good, we go back home stinky of barbeque food, for the rest good, i like that place

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WX
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Service level went downwards. I noticed they no longer give customers the feedback card to fill in after each meal, I don't know if it's anything to do with that. Will go back to the Holborn Kintan from now on.

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NW
London
65 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were greeted by the same young Asian male waiter who was really grumpy and unfriendly, like last time. But this time at the table we were served by a couple of very nice Japanese waitresses -- how it should be! The food was great as usual, kids tried it for the first time and they absolutely loved it.

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CT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant! A fantastic and fun concept with delicious food. Great value for money. Have already booked to return. Cannot fault anything, I would just advise to not dress too warmly as it gets very hot with the grill on!

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