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ROBATA

4.4
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153 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Our lunch hours are temporarily closed until further notice.

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 palettes.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks

Offers

Bottomless Prosecco Brunch £35

Jul 8, 2020-Oct 4, 2020·Sun 12:00-17:00, Sat 12:00-14:00

5 small plates, one main and two hours bottomless prosecco. Bottomless Prosseco 2 hours from reservation time. Minimum of 2 people, for the whole table. Please drink responsibly

Tasting Menu £55pp

Jul 4, 2020-Oct 4, 2020·Sun 12:00-23:00, Mon-Thu 12:00-15:00 17:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-18:00 22:15-23:30

Experience a delightful selection of ROBATA’s signature dishes with their most premium set menu. Guests are invited to enjoy a luxurious selection of our small plates, sushi and main dishes, all designed for sharing to encapsulate a unique Japanese dining experience.

Pre Theatre Menu 3 items including drink £16.50

Jul 8, 2020-Oct 4, 2020·Mon-Fri 17:00-17:45

Choose any of the items below: 3 items - £16.50; 4 items - £19.50; 5 items - £22.50; Price per person - includes one 125ml glass of house wine or selected drinks.

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 12:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Fri 5:00PM - 11:30PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 12:00PM - 11:30PM

What 153 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great venue

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AlishiaD
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic food and really good service. Ideal location in Soho if you want to go for drinks afterwards.

Would highly recommend the beef and bao buns

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SusF
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was okay but nothing special. Portions were small.

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jotlondon
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my second time dining at Robata.
Excellent food and service !
Traditional Japanese charcoal cooking - robatayaki.
I highly recommend it!!

ROBATA
Responded on 16 March 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience, our team will be delighted to hear your positive comments. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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LP20
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very nice but not good value. We ordered the 4 plate deal and later asked if we could add one more small plate to get the 5 plate deal and they said no. They pointed us towards the main menu where it cost an additional £12!

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CarllaK
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, lovely atmosphere, lovely staff - it is very small though so do expect to be rubbing shoulders with other patrons

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Irina
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I had bottomless brunch with a friend. We had to share five small platters between us instead of individually, stuff like a small bowl of edamame. If we each pay for a set menu, I expect we don't have to share the small platters. Food is good but too little for the price.

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jazzy
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food in the heart of theatre land. Great for pre-theatre meal.

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rupertg
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, lovely fresh food. Had the tasting menu.... just a bit too much ... but also delicious

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VenishaA
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very good waiters didn’t get to sit where we wanted but food was good

Bad Odor I believe it’s from the Kimchee Maybe separate that when being cooked I was put off

Toilets need to be looked after throughout the night

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czdr
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

the food is not high quality in my opinion, the miso Aubergine had way too much sauce

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food consistently good. Great informal place to eat with friends.

ROBATA
Responded on 5 March 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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vipSamantha
London
82 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the brunch- such good value

ROBATA
Responded on 3 March 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience and that you loved our brunch menu. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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AntonyG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool, good vibe restaurant. Food was incredible and every mouthful just melted in the mouth. Great attentive staff and a great view sitting on the counter watching the world go by.
This is a Soho gem not to be missed!

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NumNumNum
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pros: Staff are very friendly and attentive.
Cons: We had a table under the ceiling heater and it got very hot, uncomfortably.
If you come here for sushi (uncooked) then don’t order the Taster menu as it doesn’t have much of it.

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vipNurt
London
39 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Amazing food. Very fresh and great fast service. Great restaurant in vibrant soho. Friendly staff.

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jotlondon
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I booked for a birthday lunch for my daughter, just before we headed to matinee theatre performance.
The staff were friendly, our orders were taken swiftly and food came quick . The food is exceptional - really delicious, tasty and authentic.

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NatB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here. It didn’t disappoint. Great food in a lovely atmosphere! We’ll be back!

ROBATA
Responded on 3 March 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience and thank you so much for your support. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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LauraB
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Some stuff were good but others very expensive and small portions. Depends on the things you order but you can't really know before you order. Also the door doesn't shut correctly and everytime someone comes in or out it lets the cold inside

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LouiseJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. Bao buns are delicious!

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RayM
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food. Sat by the Robata itself. The beef skewers and kimchi rice were outstanding

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Andrew
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience, with wonderful food, staff and ambience.

Slightly disappointed as they had run out of some of the sparkling sake, but it was still an amazing dining experience.

ROBATA
Responded on 27 February 2020

Hi Andrew, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience. Sorry to hear that we ran out of Sparkling Sake, we'll make sure to keep them stocked for when you next visit. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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CherryB
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We ordered the taster menu, which gave us the opportunity to try a selection of each section of the menu, which is good for people who have not tried Japanese food before.
We enjoyed the food, it was very well presented and tasty. The staff were attentive and made sure that each course flowed smoothly,

There was a good atmosphere in the restaurant, it is very dark and the writing on the menus small, which made reading the menus quite difficult.

Our table of four enjoyed our evening, and would recommend.

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YausFoodVentures
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant, great booking service and people.

ROBATA
Responded on 25 February 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your positive review. If you have further feedback you would like to let us know please email info@robata.co.uk, so we know how to make your next visit deserving of a 5*. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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vipPeter
London
87 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We chose the lunch special menu. They were mainly tasty. Some were not to my taste but it was worth trying. Overall I would recommend this restaurant for the service and trying something different and new.

ROBATA
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hi Peter, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience and will most certainly pass this on back to our team. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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KatieS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing quality food, would highly recommend and will be returning!

ROBATA
Responded on 17 February 2020

Hi Katie, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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piaW
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! All staff friendly. Highly recommend

ROBATA
Responded on 17 February 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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SimonK
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although a little cramped (seemed to be normal at all the restaurants we visited in the area) it was a lovely place to eat. The staff were attentive and friendly without being overbearing. The food choices were excellent and tasted as good as they sounded.

ROBATA
Responded on 17 February 2020

Hi Simon, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We took the £35 bottomless Prosecco brunch and while the food was relatively good, we were disappointed by the quantity/price ratio was really disappointing.
It is only worth a try if you are a heavy drinker.
And if you have the worst idea to take « a la carte », the prices are ridiculously high for what you get in quantity.

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ScottC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was great, restaurant was far too small. The tables are so close it’s difficult to have your own conversation and get in and out of the tables without dipping your clothes in someone else’s meal. Temperature in the restaurant was far too hot to the point we wanted the bill just to get some fresh air as it was far too hot. Service was great or just as expected

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7Brad7
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice food and good service. Touch on the pricy side

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JYSK18
London
19 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Great ambiance and great service. This is my favorite sushi restaurant in London Soho. Keep it up guys .. you are amazing!

ROBATA
Responded on 14 February 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience, all feedback will be passed on to our team who will be delighted to hear this. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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Slaterman
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Got sat at a rubbish table even though I requested a better one. The manager did not help at all. The food was ok but it was very small for the price. The ambiance was awful. Not recommended

ROBATA
Responded on 14 February 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your honest feedback. I would like to sincerely apologise for what seems to have been a disappointing visit. If there are issues you would like to raise awareness upon please email info@robata.co.uk. We ensure you, all the issues you raised will be discussed with the team and staff to ensure this does not happen again. We do hope that you do not allow this particular experience to deter you from visiting us again in the future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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vipSkormis
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great indulgence for a weekly treat. Superb quality sushi, creative menu and good service - recommend

ROBATA
Responded on 13 February 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience, we will most certainly past your feedback back to our team. We hope you to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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Anon
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, lovely service, great ambience. Can’t wait to go back already!

ROBATA
Responded on 13 February 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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Topanga
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing, service was quick, music was loud and dark room.

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AlexH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, good service, good music. A perfect sushi treat!

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vipFoodie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The waitress asked us to leave the table after an hour even though we had booked way in advance which is disappointing. We had lots of food and wine but she said the table was booked for other and that we were at the end of our booking. Bad service. Food is great though and the service from our waiter was good for the hour we had food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Black Forest
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Good food but location and pricing is suboptimal

ROBATA
Responded on 13 February 2020

Hi Alexa, Thank you for your honest review. We are disappointed to see that your dining experience with us did not live up to your expectations. If there are any issues you would like to raise please email info@robata.co.uk so we can provide feedback to our team and make improvements. We do hope you don't let this particular experience defer you from giving us another chance in the future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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vipJoanaVeiga
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best street food restaurant I’ve been in a long time. I’ve been twice already in 2 months.

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ROBATA is rated 4.4 stars by 153 OpenTable diners.

ROBATA does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://robata.giftpro.co.uk/.

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