Kintan Oxford Circus

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£25 and under
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Japanese (Yakiniku)
"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. "
What 444 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal and great value. Fantastic experience

ML
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Epic amazing food great location and superb service

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

Always a nice experience to have with friends because it’s unusual to have the opportunity to cook the food by yourself!

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Happy Hour
The price is affordable
Sweet soy is too sweet for me
Big slice onion,would be better to cut smaller.
But overall is good,include the vibe and food.
I would like to come back.

ND
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely delicious and really fun! Go if you can

DK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere, very different experience. Love it!

R
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good, though the staff were a little rude at the end. The moment the bill was paid they were more or less forcing us out the door with our drinks still in our hands.

TF
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Very friendly and helpful staff!
Very welcoming and immediately took action when they discovered it was my partners birthday!!
Definitely returning, it was a lovely night!

Y
London
20 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It is always nice to dine there specially with teenagers as they are picky but they can enjoy picking up their favourite ones for their way to cook!

JB
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I frequent Kintan when I'm craving Asian cuisine. Ambience is great, service is also excellent and the food is amazing at an affordable price. Great discounts during happy hour. Highlyrecommended.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The place is really good and the food we got served was great! This was our first time in the restaurant thus we were taking our time going through the menu. We were a bit rushed to order but I understand as the place was a bit busy. We end up ordering one of the menus the restaurant already has preset. We were not brought all the dishes the menu had (we were charged the complete menu and tip). We noticed this at the end of the meal as there are numerous dishes. We did let the server know, she offer to bring the dishes but we denied as we had already finished eating. This was only a minor issue, and I do plan to return as the food was great I’ll just keep an eye on the number of dishes.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, great hospitality.

CW
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my boyfriends birthday. They went above and beyond, got him a little cake and sang to him. The food was amazing and so well priced. The staff were very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed. Would 100% recommend and we definitely want to go back.

JV
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Love the place, never disappoints! Try the spicy pork!

T
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great experience, tasty food and good service! I already want to return!

R
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my second time at Kintan. We had a bigger group this time around and while the drinks took a while to come in the first 30mins, after that, the service improved. The food was great and the atmosphere was amazing as always.

GD
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Awesome place to celebrate birthday with friends. The food was good,they brought everything quickly and overall it was amazing experience. I feel the staff can be bit more polite , they looked like they were overwhelmed and were just rushing like crazy. We had to order everything quick since the staff won't wait at the table for more than 30 seconds. Also they forgot that we are celebrating a birthday and brought small dessert with candle when i reminded them after we asked for the bill. But all good, i definitely go there again because the food was delicious. :)

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The people who working there had no smile at all. They are miserable. They won't say anything when they leave dishes on our table or take dishes from our table, although when we say ”thank you”. flood wasn't especially good either. We had a bottle of very good sake but they gave us shot glasses, instead of sake cup. They say they do ”Japanese style bbq” but they don't pay attention enough for the details. Nowhere near ”Japanese style”

NL
London
25 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I’ve been to Kintan many many times but this time, I felt the quality has gone down a little.
We ordered some meats, Ebi Furai and Spicy Tofu, which were all nice but the Garlic Rice was a real let down. It was dry and lacking in flavour. I think there wasn’t enough butter.
The service was pretty bad. We found ourselves trying to get the staff’s attention multiple times but it was like we were invisible which was really frustrating. When we did get someone’s attention, they would tell us that someone will be with us soon, and then we would wait a long time again. I guess they have some sort of designated areas they look after but this shouldn’t affect the customer.

I don’t feel like going back any time soon, which is such a shame because I used to love coming here.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were so lovely and informative! No matter how small a request or question was, they were just so accommodating and friendly! Also the quality of meat was great especially for the affordable price! Even the little touch of ‘いらっしゃいませ!’ as you enter just gave that little sparkle of home. Would definitely recommend and we are already planning our next visit!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd time going there and amazing as usual! The manager, Aman, looked after me and my girlfriend very well.
The other 2 waitresses that served us were also a delight! We had a slight issue with the bill at the end due to a system glitch but was quickly sorted out! I’d definitely recommend this place. Food is delicious, staff is caring and attentive and ambience very fun! Will be back soon!

K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Would have rated it 5 stars if the service wasn’t so slow. There is a happy hour menu on all food and they have sharing deals perfect for large bookings.

MS
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great value for money, great food and location, great ambiance, very close to my Yakiniku experience in Japan, great place for a date or just a party with friends!
Only downer was that the waiting staff was very inattentive and we had to wait quite a bit to find someone to order drinks from mid meal.

EW
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food quality was good. Staff was friendly. But the ambiance was not nice as the noises of staff smashing dirty plates into their cleaninh tray was unbelievably loud and was literally 1 meter away from our table. Would be nicer to keep this away from dining area.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

I felt uncomfortable. The waiter does not work. It doesn't come even if I call accounting 5 times. I waited nearly 40 minutes. I like this BBQ. I hope staff will be improved.

AK
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always lovely . Staff is absolutely professional and lovely ! Thank you so much for making every dinner special.

CD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Awful service and average food. Disappoint. I would not recommend it to anyone.

JB
London
27 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like trying something new and love beautifully seasoned meat, this is perfect for you

TS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a fun dining experience with a good combination of ready prepared food and food you grilled yourself, available on the Grand Menus. The Grand Menus were excellent value for money given the central London location, with plenty of food provided. The food was completely fresh. The staff we encountered were charming, helpful and very attentive even on a busy Saturday night.

SW
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to enjoy perfect Japanese style barbecue. Been here many times. Friendly staff and 10/10 warm service. Better to reserve in advance. My favourite bbq in London.

RD
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time. The food was good, staff was a little chaotic but the friendliness more than made up for that!

A
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing! Definitely, recommend. Kintan is going to be a regular for me.

K
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

My daughter’s dessert (Smores) just arrived at the table, and the bill was put down. She hadn’t even started grilling the Smores yet. To make matters worse, I was charged full price for my Pint of beer (Monday is Happy Hour all day).

Was told it was policy to give out the bill “as soon as the dessert hits the table”. If true, then that is really shoddy management.

Not even an apology for getting the beer price wrong.

Don’t think I’d be visiting again soon.


Used to love this company.

AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Great food and price but the service is always so bad. Please train your staff.

NN
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere and food, staff is friendly
Had a great experience

S
London
10 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love coming to Kintan during their happy hour, makes it really good value. I wouldn't bother getting the premium meats as I don't notice a big difference in taste. Great place to have a meal with a group of friends or a casual meal. The service can be a little hit and miss as the place gets super busy during happy hour, but most of the time it's great and friendly.

VM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and very affordable. We really enjoyed it.

J
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The food quality is just about okay and it's still very very far from real Japanese BBQ. As the other reviews said their service is not good. Also plates were really really dirty and we had to ask them to exchange but there was no apologies. Even after we got the replacement, the plates were still dirty but we decided to give up. Also the toilet was really dirty considering this restaurant is supposed to be slightly high-end. Lots of improvements are required.

HA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I was kept waiting more than ten minutes whether there was little number of salesclerks until I sat down in my seat though I made a reservation.
The restroom was messy by the submergence, too.
Though it was Japanese rotisserie, I was sorry that there was not a Japanese salesclerk.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

This is my worst dining experience ever! A green big worm serving in a chicken karaage🤢🤮🤮🤮. The waitress apologized but not sincerely, and how “generous” of them to offer a £5 discount for my bill, the hygiene problem and the service attitude are terrible af. Before we were leaving, the waitress told us “you can only to pay the beverages bill, but you don’t come here anymore”. I quoted her exact words, we didn’t give her a hard time, idk why she said such words. I loved to go to Kintan, but it disappointed me this time, me and my friends are not going Kintan whatsoever in the future.

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