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ROBATA

4.4
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186 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
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

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 186 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.1
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3.9
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OwenJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food. My only complaint is that we were not given enough notice to finish our drinks when the table was needed for other guests.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent !

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30somethingdiner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was absolutely delicious. It is pricey but worth it for a special occasion. The restaurant itself is a bit small and dark and laid out canteen-style so it's not particularly romantic. Miso aubergine was amazing :)

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SeanD
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Over priced booked a table for inside got out outside in the middle of the road. Food was ok good waiter very expensive to be stuck outside.

JC
JordanC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Loved how full of flavour the food was.

ME
MichylaE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Robata for my 24th birthday and it was absolutely amazing. Food was outstanding, staff were beyond friendly and attentive. 5* service.

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Mash
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really nice food and surroundings in the middle of Soho. Great staff!

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VeronicaB
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely restaurant and very nice staff. The food was gorgeous. Just a little mistake about the service was the water asked 3 times before to have but is not at all a big mistake (the restaurant was full). The tuna tartare with truffle cream and "Caviar" absolutely no!

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Hungry
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing time at Robata, some of the most delicious skewers I have ever eaten! A must try.

ROBATA
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience and that you loved our signature ROBATA Skewers, our team will be thrilled to hear your positive feedback. 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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu was incredible , there was so much food .

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JohnW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, exceptionally tasty food

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Kath
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and amazing food! Would definitely recommend

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HollyM
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The food was overpriced and poor quality comparing to other restaurants in soho. Music was too loud and out of place, not a pleasant atmosphere to sit in.

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HazelS
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food
The light was a bit too dark
Shame that can’t really see the food
Very happy with the tasting menu
Also staff are super friendly and helpful

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SabinaB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. We received great recommendation from the waiter.

ROBATA
Responded on 28 July 2020

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

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vipFridayluncher
London
46 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding high quality, yet good value food with superb service. Faultless.

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Samuel
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience! Would go again and again and again

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CaitlinE
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and quick service! We thoroughly enjoyed our first meal out after lockdown.

ROBATA
Responded on 28 July 2020

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

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vipMichaelF
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and very good food. Casual and pleasant

ROBATA
Responded on 28 July 2020

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

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Eden
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The quality and presentation of the dish, the service, and the ambience of the place were all of very high quality. Truly enjoyed my experience here, and would recommend to all.

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SarahM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food steak is a must and great cocktails too 3rd time here and will be back

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LilaR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing, the food was great. Loved the experience.

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MalcolmSG12
London
18 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very tasty food at reasonable prices. Nice atmosphere as we ate outside and the street was pedestrianised for the evening.

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RobertW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, booked an outside table but were happy to move us inside when we asked if we could sit there instead. Got a table by the window so we could watch the passers by. Food was lovely and didn't take too long to come, and was good value. Bao buns are fantastic. Would definitely go back.

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MariaC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food and great service! The squid was sooo good! I wanted to order another portion but decided to save a bit of space for dessert. Will definitely go back. Highly recommend. The staff were all helpful and friendly.

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vipxxxxxxxx
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience3

ROBATA advertised to have pre-theater menu and upon showing up at the restaurant, there was no pre-theater menu offered. This is a false advertising.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was lovely, service was lovely too. And all for a fair price!

ROBATA
Responded on 20 July 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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ThomasP
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, nice waiters, quite a lively atmosphere! The food was slightly pricey for what i was.

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EozTheNew
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Robata, celebrating my partner’s birthday. The waitress was very pleasant and helpful after I asked for some guidance regarding portion sizes and whether some dishes were for sharing. The atmosphere was pleasantly quiet and relaxing, the food was flavoursome and delightful. The dessert menu was quite limited but we both were able to find something we thoroughly enjoyed. It is a pricey dinner but completely worth it. I particularly want to thank the staff for being so understanding after two beggars walked in and attempted to steal my partner’s phone, which gave him a small anxiety attack, and our waitress was so reassuring and patient.

All in all, a great experience and I will come back to Robata for the next special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was as good as it looks on their socials! Arrived extremely promptly and we were looked after very well. Good playlist, creating a good atmosphere in the restaurant, which is needed for the smaller space. Would definitely recommend for a date or meeting a friend for a catch up. We had a lovely evening !!

ROBATA
Responded on 20 July 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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ElineA
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food - Excellent Service - Great Atmosphere.
Would 100% recommend!

ROBATA
Responded on 20 July 2020

Your reply Posted 7/20/2020 at 10:24 AM 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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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely to get out for a meal we had the prosecco lunch which was nice but a bit too vegetably for me although my friend enjoyed it. Only thing I didn't like was the fried chicken - very greasy and too much (3 pieces) I'd rather have had more sushi as that is what we really went for - but overall very pleasant and friendly staff

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vipStephP
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Food was ok but very expensive for what it is. Especially as the setting and the service don't match the price tag

ROBATA
Responded on 20 July 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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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great venue

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AlishiaD
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
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.

FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.4 stars by 186 OpenTable diners.

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

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