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Okan South Bank, London, England

Okan South Bank

4.6
4.6
984 Reviews
£25 and under
Japanese


Tiny tiny OKONOMIYAKI canteen next to the London Eye. Okan means Mother in OSAKA direct. Enjoy mummy ‘s home cooking! There's no need to fly all the way to Japan. Just step through our door and you'll feel like you're in a back street in OSAKA. Great Sake and Small Izakaya tapas dishes.

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2 people

21:30


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Asian, Japanese (Teppanyaki)
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 11:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    020 0000 0000
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Waterloo
  • Cross Street
    Belvedere road
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Waterloo Station 5 min Westminster station 5 min
  • Additional
    Chef's Table, Counter Seating

What 984 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • South West London

    Japanese

984 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful! Amazing food & lovely, cosy ambience - highly recommend!

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  2. Behere

    Hertfordshire

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exploring restaurant with different vibes is quite enjoyable

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  3. FotiniV

    London

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The experience was not as great.. However I have to admit that did not get any omelette that is their specialty but.. the vegan sides we have gotten were very bland and waist of money… The ambience was also quite smelly from the cooked pork/bacon.. It is a canteen but not a pleasant or particularly tasty one.. :/

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  4. TinaW

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very authentic Japanese food, love it, will come again :)

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  5. StevenL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, great service, lovely independent restaurant

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  6. RichB

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Extremely uncomfortable surroundings and very average food, we watched as the food was removed from packets and cooked. Could’ve done that at home, nothing impressive in any dishes we had. Service was inattentive and then a service charge already included on the bill. Give this one a miss.

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  7. DianaM

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice serving people, food could have been better .

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  8. MelissaM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Loved this small, off-beat, slightly scruffy Japanese okonomiyaki in County Hall. Excellent service, tasty authentic Japanese teppanyaki and good prices make this a perfect place to try Japanese food that is not sushi or ramen. Great find!

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  9. A1BV7

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brought back happy memories of Osaka. Highly recommend

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  10. CliveP

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is tiny - but the service is charming, the food AMAZING - the best Japanese food I have every had in the UK - and the ambience is unbeatable - for 2h, we felt we were transported to a side street canteen in Osaka. We had the table at the very back so could really soak up everything

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  11. EmilyC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing, staff were very attentive!! the food was so authentic and definitely the best i’ve had the UK. the interior is lovely looking, although small but love the vibe. 10/10 would recommend

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  12. Heidi

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not easy to find real( authentic) Japanese restaurant nowadays but so glad found good old Japanese restaurant. Brilliant!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was lovely. It was a very small place but the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Thank you

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  14. HomerL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice Osaka style okonomiyaki. The sides are very good as well. However, you may need yo book in advanced especially Friday/Weekends dinner.

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  15. DanB

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a terrific place with simple but delicious dishes and friendly service. Always busy so best to book.

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  16. chatp

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Quiet hole in the wall, Japanese, excellent food and choices very authentic especially the okonomyaki

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  17. EdL1973

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It satisfied my tappenyaki craving with a decent ambience and good value meal. My 8 year old son described it as the best noodles ever, he certainly polished off the plate in record time!

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  18. RebeccaC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My daughters favourite place to eat in London. Always make sure we book. Friendly authentic street food. Don Buri bowl was yummy!!

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  19. RebeccaH

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing decor and the food was incredible, would recommend the spicy miso udon soup.

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  20. Alice

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing overall experience! The food is delicious and the service is really friendly. Only downfall the music is really loud and is a little hard to talk but it wouldn’t stop us from coming back

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  21. SimonB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great authentic feeling Japanese food with some unusual dishes like Okonomiyaki. Great value and ambience.

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  22. LukeM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a favourite! Food never disappoints, with friendly service.

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  23. EstelleG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and we also lived the decor. It felt like we were in Japan. I highly recommend.

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  24. HelenTTT

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Fifth visit, fourth visit was such a disappointment but due to how excellent it had been in the past we returned, sadly no improvement, ramen extremely salty, no depth of flavour, not much pork in pork ramen, service very slow, would no longer recommend.

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  25. NavpreetD

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good place definitely need reservation its an intimate space, food was amazing

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  26. SamM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My first visit to Okan - enjoyed the authentic vibe and watching the food being freshly cooked in front of us. The Japanese pop music was part of the vibe but intrusively loud. I will go again!

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  27. ChristineH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience took me back to Japan. Very good! Really friendly service.

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  28. JordanM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff and servers were lovely and friendly. Food was prompt, and the venue itself is still as first and pleasant as it always is when I visit. The only thing slightly jarring was the playlist that varied a bit in tone, but overall I always enjoy visiting Okan- it remains a hidden gem 💎

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  29. Susan

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great night here - small restaurant, low level of noise, good food, nice service. Would definitely go back.

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  30. Eureka

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The decor of the restaurant was nice which was the main reason of coming to this branch. I put on the booking it was my birthday, but there was no acknowledgement of this, it would’ve been nice to have received a desert as other restaurants do. We were quickly rushed off and then even as we collected ourselves outside the restaurant were told we couldn’t stand there.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    London

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Authentic Japanese food in the area. The place is so small and the portions were tiny.

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  32. SamB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really special place and everyone is so lovely. The staff work super-hard. I would suggest they put their prices up by at least 10%.

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  33. MarcoV

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfetto! Tutto buonissimo e di qualità! Mangiato a bordo bancone dove preparano il pasto difronte a te sembra quasi di essere in Giappone.

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  34. Anita

    London

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The set up is similar to an izakaya. It’s pretty small with only 5/6 tables and a counter set up for dining in front of the chefs. My friend and I ordered a squid okonomiyaki to share as a starter; squid was slightly chewy but flavours were great otherwise. We then shared an aubergine small plate (disappointing, not very flavoursome and presentation was poor) and a chicken donburi (quite dry). Overall, I prefer the other locations (Brixton is excellent) so I wouldn’t come here again. It seems to be set up for tourists who want a quick meal.

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  35. JoSo1

    London

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really quirky place! Small and pokey - uni canteen vibes. Loads of veggie options that why I picked it! As nice as the food was, sadly I did have an upset tummy. :(

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  36. Dianne

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely staff and amazing food! Would definitely come back here - good prices.

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  37. AmandaE

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely authentic Japanese kitchen. Would definitely recommend

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  38. AmyW

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cosy restaurant with an authentic feel and excellent value for money. Friendly service.

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  39. DavidR

    West Sussex

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Location is brilliant- prices are great. You’ll need to book - a very small place. Been there six times so far 😂

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  40. KateT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely, small and bustling Japanese eatery. Feels authentic and tastes delicious!

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Okan South Bank is rated 4.6 stars by 984 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

21:30


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Okan South Bank

Belvedere Road, London, England SE1 7GA

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Belvedere road
  • Area
    Waterloo
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 11:00–22:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Asian, Japanese (Teppanyaki)
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Waterloo Station 5 min Westminster station 5 min
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Chef's Table, Counter Seating
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