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ROBATA, London,

ROBATA

4.3
4.3
1741 Reviews
£26 to £40
Japanese
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 pal

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2 people

19:00


Booked 21 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Japanese Speciality
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 17:00–22:00 Mon–Fri 12:00–15:00 Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–22:30
  • Phone number
    020 7287 5766
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Charles Lee
  • Area
    Soho
  • Cross Street
    Between Dean Street and Wardour Street
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Soho Leicester Square Piccadilly Circus Tottenham Court Road Oxford Circus Covent Garden
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • Japanese 8 Course Tasting Menu

    £60.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Experience a delightful selection of ROBATA’s signature dishes with our most premium set menu. Guests are invited to enjoy a luxurious selection of nibbles, sushi and small plates including a choice of one main dish.
    Japanese 8 Course Tasting Menu photo
  • 5 Course Bottomless Brunch with Free Flow Prosecco

    £35.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Experience a delightful selection of ROBATA’s signature dishes and bottomless free flow prosecco for 1.5h with a 5 course menu set menu. Guests are invited to enjoy a luxurious selection of nibbles, sushi and small plates including a choice of one main dish.
    5 Course Bottomless Brunch with Free Flow Prosecco photo

What 1,741 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

1,741 Reviews
  1. SeanY

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and very attentive service. We will be back

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    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, service was alright, definitely recommend the chicken wings

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  3. GlenO

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Can't blame the restaurant for having some VERY loud diners when we went there for date night, so even though it was "energetic" that's no bad thing. Food was all really good, but my issue isn't with its quality and more with its quantity. We had the tasting menu, covering various types of sushi, fish, vegetables and meats, and it was all really tasty. However, there was far, far too much of it! Genuinely, if each course had been half the size we would've left feeling totally full to the brim. As it was, we lost count of the courses and tried to finish them all as they came out, but two thirds of the way through we were done. Four bits of sushi should've been two, eight bits of chicken should've been four, and so on - it meant that we were too full to properly enjoy it, and had to take loads of the final courses home to eat later as we were too stuffed. Also had to drink about three pints of water each when we got home - if you don't like salt then perhaps look elsewhere.

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  4. WaiL

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great fusion Japanese restaurant as always, high quality food and good wine

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Pleasant . A little dark inside , but food was good

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  6. Jason

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed the food here, the service was great. It can get quite expensive with sake etc, the portions are fairly small so you need quite a lot of plates, would return.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Not my favorite sushi. The fish didn’t taste fresh.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed the tasting menu, even though it seemed a bit pricey, we’ve tried a lot of things, and the portions very big. Everything was tasty and fresh.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I reserved a table at Robata hoping for an intimate and quiet dining experience. The food was fine if anything a little expensive for what it was. And I would say not a good example of an authentic Japanese. My issues lie with the service. Having worked as a waiter I was disappointed as the server was overbearing and not receptive to the table’s discomfort. Besides being overly familiar, he rushed our order. Upon requesting more time to deliberate he insisted and stood over my shoulder until we had come to a decision which I did not enjoy. Also offering uninvited opinions like “the karaage is s***… like eating kfc.” There were further issues like wiping and sanitising our table after our meal, but before we had left; reprimanding other servers for assisting in other sections or not saying “backs” as they passed behind him (which wouldn’t be appropriate with the restaurant’s layout and was in view and earshot of customers); and suggesting I “down” the remainder of my drink that wouldn’t fit in the glass he poured into. Additionally, our table was close to the grill but also to where the servers gather when tables do not need assistance. It’s also where some servers seemed to charge their phones which were not on silent so were ping-ing throughout the meal. I enjoy a discussion with my server and appreciate that some people may love this interaction but the conduct here made me uncomfortable for much of the meal and has left a sour taste to the experience. At this price point I would expect servers to be more receptive to a customer’s discomfort which was not the case in this evening Considering this I wouldn’t recommend eating here nor would I return.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed our meal at Robata. Staff were great, but very quiet hard to understand/hear them at some points. Having the grill so close it great, great to see all the skewers cooked in front of you.

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FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.3 stars by 1741 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 21 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for ROBATA

56 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4UE

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Between Dean Street and Wardour Street
  • Area
    Soho
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 17:00–22:00 Mon–Fri 12:00–15:00 Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–22:30
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Japanese Speciality
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Soho Leicester Square Piccadilly Circus Tottenham Court Road Oxford Circus Covent Garden
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Charles Lee
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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