ROBATA

4.4
393 reviews
£26 to £40
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 pal

Support ROBATA during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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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 393 People Are Saying
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ellsines
London
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing evening yesterday at Robata. Food, service, everything was perfect. 🤍

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and even more amazing food. The best food we had eaten in over a year! Will definitely come back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch. Food was amazing 👏

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only downs is should get longer than 1 hour 30 to eat

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vipElovesfood
London
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

First outdoor dining. Sat at the table to be told we had only 1 hour to order and pay. The waiter then came and said we had extra time. Service was rushed. Food was good but all came at once so it got cold quickly. Overall it was an experience but don't book the last seating as they need to pack up the gazebo. Service could be improved and overcooked chilli pepper squid. Sushi and bao buns were great

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RachM
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food I've had in years and wonderful service. Highly recommend - 10/10

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Darri
London
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the early bird menu and everything was perfect. Will definitely go again

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ClementineB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first post-lockdown meal. The food was exceptional, and the staff made us feel so welcome and were incredibly friendly. There were patio heaters, so in spite of the chilly weather we were not too cold! It was an all round great experience.

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vipDalia
London
54 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First meal out post lockdown, great food and service.

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vipChallb
London
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Excellent attentive service until we were rushed off the table, very impolitely, as the clock approached 2 hours.
I get you’ve just reopened but don’t forget how to try and re-cultivate a returning client base willing to pay you money when all this pent up demand dies down.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was good not great, service was really good.

Was sat out on the road in a tent, I booked as it had a dedicated outdoor seating area in the pictures

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Kirsty
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food again and again. Tasted so fresh after months of having to have takeaways instead of eating out, due to lockdown.
Service was great and the outdoor area was warm enough to accommodate us comfortably.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited on the first day after the lockdown ended in April 2021. They had heating and a shelter outside. Food and service were great.

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Lizzie
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service! Nice covered outdoor area with heaters.

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EMMA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on April 12th, they have a covered outside eating area in line with guidelines. Food was DELICIOUS!! Will recommend to others.

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ToluA
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great taster menu! Great service and food! Going again

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Kate
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As my favourite food is Japenese, it's fair to say I've tried a vast amount of Japnese restaurants and the food was excellent here. Great location too.

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ConnorB
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prefect all round. Decor, vibe, music, service and of course food.

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ChristineM
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic experience tasting the most wonderful dishes in the tasting menu. We would highly recommend it.

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Jeeves
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

For such a small place tucked away in Soho the food is fantastic! A bit over priced but the serving staff was very helpful and attentive doing a good job in currently difficult circumstances.

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nishar
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great lunch. Didn’t feel like we were socially distanced though at all

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SamW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and knowledgeable friendly service. Best tuna tartare ever!

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Bill
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service, good atmosphere in an exciting part of town

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for hosting an awesome dinner. Such amazing food. A genuinely great find!!! Everyone was soo lovely to our son, and we had a lovely birthday experience for my wife @tessmontgomery

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NourK
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Well priced. Haven’t had sushi this good in a while!

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Hema
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good small plates and nice vibe. Main courses average

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GMasterGeneral
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our visit to Robata in the heart of SoHo - great atmosphere, amazing food x

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sarahr
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent but it arrived very quickly. It was rather chilly as we were close to the door.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another fantastic evening at Robata. Try the beef on the hibatchi grill, its gorgeous and a great contrast after the superlative sushi. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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RosieC
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really wonderful food, especially the beef tataki. A good temporary outdoor set up with cover and heaters. The service was very friendly, potentially can tell that they are not used to operating the extra space but a lovely evening overall

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kristie
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and quick service! Waiter went out of his way to give us a better table.

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vipxcalibur
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Food was good and delicious but service could have been better specially considering the fact that I did mention it was my partner’s birthday on reservation. The table we were given was just next to the door and with their outdoor service in full swing, we kept getting draft of cold air. Whilst many other tables were empty, when requested, we were offered just one cramped up table which we politely declined.

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vipSecretService
London
23 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O M G the FOOD! IS ABSOLUTELY INSANE. We have been told that literally everything is made from the scratch in the house. No doubt that was one of the greatest food we have ever tried in London as a Japanese cuisine. Vibe was great waitress amazing/ what else do you want. SIMPLY MUST VISIT PLACE!

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RajiR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the set tasting menu and weren't disappointed! The amount of food was perfect.
The sake flight was great and we ordered some cocktails and extra on top. My sister had lots of questions and staff were patient answered them well. A great experience during a tough time for my sister's birthday

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor dining post Covid lock down

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not overly impressed, part of the food order came out late as they forgot. The black cod when it did come was burnt on top and the manager told us it was the skin which is crispy, i told him the skin is on the bottom at the glaze on top is burnt. Had black cod a few times at although it is crispy when made it should never be burned. The order was all over the show, I had a steak on the fire which I was trying to time to make up for the fact that the cod order had been forgotten and tried to use the edges of the grill to calm the heat but it just ended up being rubber. Drinks were good and the atmosphere is very busy so an enjoyable ambiance just with rubber steak and burned cod.

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RyanB
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

amazing food and service. very much recommend and will come again

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Pinkprincess
London
14 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We ordered the 5 course tasting menu. We’d been there a little over an hour and ordered a glass of wine. The waitress brought the wine and came back 5 minutes later to say we have to leave in the next 10 minutes because there was another reservation. My friend was still eating when the bill was plonked on our table. When I said we hadn’t finished we were just given a shrug and then asked how we wanted to pay the bill. I appreciate times are tough but for £170 this is a new low level of service I have never experienced. Avoid at all costs. It’s despicable.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service but quite expensive

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Jess
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was amazing and the sushi was to die for. The service though from the hostess was a little disappointing. The waitress we had was great from start to finish but at the end of our meal we were told very abruptly and a bit rudely by the hostess that we needed to pay and leave at that moment. Would have preferred to have just been asked a bit politer rather than feeling shoved out the door.

FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.4 stars by 393 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.