Kurobuta - Marble Arch

4.0
134 reviews
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£25 and under
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Japanese
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Kurobuta takes its inspiration from the Izakayas of Japan, where tapas-style plates are served to accompany drinks in a casual setting. Originally a pop up, Kurobuta has been such a hit with diners who fell for the unique chilled out ambience and exceptional Japanese food, it’s now a permanent fixture in London’s Marble Arch and Chelsea’s Kings Road.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 12.00pm - 10.30pm
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Phone number
020 7920 6440
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
What 134 People Are Saying
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3.6
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3.7
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3.4
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very over priced and poor service

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff certainly made sure we felt welcome, I rolled out of there we ate that much food in the end. The prawn tempura was a highlight.

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j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, a very enjoyable night out! Quiet as it was Monday... am sure it would be more lively other week nights. Am definitely going back

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l
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I loved this place when it first opened but hadn't been back in a few years. Showed up to a rude maitre'd, a waiter than can only be described as high off something, and horrible food. Do yourself a favour and give it a miss.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was embarrassing. The restaurant was empty and dirty. We asked for three dishes, and two were wrong. I asked for a roll without avocado, they gave it to me with and when I said it was wrong all they did was take the avocado out of the plate. This is unacceptable. The dishes were overall poor and tasted very badly. Extremely low quality. What was worse, is that two waiters were high on marijuana and smelled like weed. Not very professional is it?

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M
London
14 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Never disappointed with the food. Always delicious and full of flavour. Great cocktails. Service could be better as it wasn't too busy. Always one of our favourite restaurants though so will definitely be back soon.

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LP
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the all you can eat buffet option. Well worth it.

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A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Food quality is not very good and the service was very slow. I would not recommend it

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HB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The value for money ratio is very low. The food is OK but the price is too high.

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CM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious, though fairly pricey food. If you can bare with the dreadful Billy Joel and other 80's music mix tape, it's a good night out.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Birthday and they gave a free shot - cheers!

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o
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

good food but far too noisy to have a conversation or understand what the waiters were saying

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c
London
15 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Service and vibe of the place was great. The food, however, was a let down! Such a shame as I was really looking forward to it. The waiter recommended a few dishes- none of which we were impress with!

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PM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great food and really great service.
Make sure you order a few different things and share it. Great music too!

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JA
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We didnt get that this was some kind of tapas restaurant until it was too late. Would have been great with a little help from the waiter to help us get it right. We ate our food and too late realized we had gotten it all wrong.

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A
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was a bit heavy and oily though tasty. It is a good place for a hearty meal but it is not the healthiest one. The staff is friendly although a bit in a hurry. Overall ok experience but not going to be a returning customer.

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ST
Nashville
34 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were visiting London to watch the NFL game and needed a place to go eat that was close to our hotel and not Fish and Chips!!! We found Kurobuta which was a close walk and decided to try it out.

The food was fantastic and the Menu had lots of choice. The wait staff were very friendly and helpful. We say the Tuna Roulette which was a Spica Tuna roll with one piece having super spicy hot sauce on it. The idea was you would each take a piece and the winner gets to do the shot that came with it. We still talk about it.

Check it out - have some fun and enjoy.

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Good food, fair ambiance, good music but too loud and so so service.

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KW
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Scandalous... The service at our table was nithing less than scandalous bad, and almost anything they did went wrong. As a start, they let us alone at the tablke for almost 15 minutes, they never asked us for a drink as an introduction, they took our order but 3 out of 4 first servings were wrong... Several drink orders did never arrive our table, and in general the service staff had no system nor control at all. In fact, some of the waiters seemed to appear and be influenced by drugs... Totally lost and completely confused.

They had a birthday party in the bar area, and the noise level was furious and NOT aceptable. A lot of the tables and people close to the bar section were really annoyed by this.

The food we got was quiet nice, but the whole dinner experience was ruined by bad service and extreme noise. It is really sad, because the kiotchen and the food in the menu seemed interesting and tempting.

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FF
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, great quality and fast service. Fun and friendly staff. A bit loud but the quality of the food makes up for it. Also very good quality for the price you pay. Will definitely be back.

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ED
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was really disappointed in the restaurant. I’ve been told it was a great place, with a nice atmosphere and really tasty food. However, it wasnt very classy, was very noisy and the food was greasy and very expensive - considering the portions that were super small... Weve paid the same price than another really good chef restaurant we’ve been at. If Michelin rated it well, I believe it might have been years ago, or I would like to believe that the one on Chelsea is better...

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PR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We went here because it was recommended by a friend and they have posted on the door that they have won a Michelin Star three years in a row. The service was somewhat slow and it seemed they only had on waiter for the whole dining area. They got our order wrong and brought out ribs for one course rather than pork belly. Some of the tastings were pretty good (Wagu beef sliders) while others were meh. Really not what I expected from a Michelin Star restaurant even if it is on the less expensive side.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best asian food I’ve had. Japaneese with a touch of awesomeness. Drinks were great as well

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DS
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food - some great unusual "Japanese tapas" style dishes. Great for people who love Japanese food and would like to try something a bit different. It's really best when you go with at least one other person who likes the same sort of things (e.g. can eat fish or meat) so you can share, but there are fantastic veggie options too! Only downside I'd say was the price can be a bit high, especially for drinks - we were surprised that the small-ish cokes were £5 each. Overall though I'd say it's worth the money for a treat and definitely if you're looking for something a bit different to the regular Japanese offerings.

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PU
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not quite at the level of specialist sushi places but the hot food and generous drink service made up for it. Staff were very funny and altogether a good time.

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YB
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Food was average at best. Avoid.

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J
London
17 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, fabulous service, really attentive and fun. Menu was filled with many great sounding dishes, hard to choose, the waiter made it easy for us to pick a varied selection. All extremely tasty. Highly Recommend.

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G
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, amazing food, only sometimes the wait for food was a bit long, but it was superb! Absolutely returning!

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KT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Disappointed with my visit to Kurobuta. Usually an all time favourite but realy poor service on the day. Lond delays in arrival of food. Its meant to be a sharing dish type of restaurant. First 2 dishes arrived late and then waited a long time for the rest to arrive which just arrived all at once..staff didn’t behave professionally at all when we compained. Seemed like it was all a bit of a joke for them..!

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time for our first visit to Kurobuta. We will return for sure. Ambiance was excellent and staff very attentive and friendly. Food was wonderful, with some really creative options. Music was spot on too! Great place!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Last time we went was 3 years ago when the original chef was cooking up a storm. Sadly since he's left the overall offering appears to have suffered. Was OK, passable, but at £45 per head with only 1 drink each (so could easily have been more) I'm not sure it's worth it anymore

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EF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

I am utterly shocked at the service we received this evening from your manager ‘chico’ at the Marble Arch branch. The service was horrendous, we waited an hour for our food we were the first ones there (on not a busy night) and everyone was served before us.

We asked how long the food would be Chico said ‘its not like I can cook it myself, it’s up to the chef’

After waiting 25 mins for the birthday dessert, we asked for bill and I politely said ‘dont Mean to be rude but given the amount of bill and the service charge it’s shocking what type of service we recieved’ And Chico responded ‘I knew you were going to complain so I already took of fries didn’t u notice that’ to which I said ‘do you think that this is appropriate for a manager to say’ he said ‘what do you want me to say it’s a busy night’ to which I replied ‘it is hardly busy, what’s your name?’ To which chico responded ‘you wouldn’t know how to spell it, it’s italian’

I’m so shocked we paid almost £300 pounds this evening for horrific and horrible service and I have to say this isn’t the first time at this branch.

I hope you deal with that branch because the food you serve is incredible, if only the service standard was up to par.

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ED
Liverpool
22 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This used to be amongst my favourite restaurants, but the menu has changed, the bill was eye watering and the food average - thankfully I enjoyed the company I was in: she agreed too though

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CW
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, really chilled atmosphere and service that was the perfect blend of chilled, knowledgeable and attentive. Would definitely recommend - the Chilean seabass was an absolute highlight!

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AA
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

excellent food, enjoyable night out
good service
was quiet on a friday night

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B
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I've been here a few times but the last visit was a couple of years ago so its been a while. It did not disappoint at all and the person I was with loved their first visit. The service from the moment we walked in was great, served straight away and first dishes at the table in less than 5 minutes, which is great when you're starving! Food was amazing quality without the crazy west end price tag that you would get in other places. I love the casual vibe here as you don't need to dress up and it's not pretentious in any way, it's literally all about the food. I'm a massive foodie and have eaten in some amazing places, and this is up there. Nice for a date, couples, groups, any occasion.

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E
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited here for lunch with my mum. Friendly staff and delicious food! The only downside were the toilets weren't particularly clean!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Tiny portions for what you're paying for. We were recommended to get 4-5 items to share, and we thought that we would be full on these but because each plate was small we could have ordered double. At that price, I expected more

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a
London
32 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great choice of small dishes, very tasty. Amazing staff, very good music

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JP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and drink, a little slow service at the start but picked up a little afterwards

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