ROBATA

4.4
879 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

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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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 11:30PM

What 879 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant food, service and atmosphere. Couldn’t recommend Robata highly enough - one of the best meals I’ve had in years!

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JoannaN
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening. Wonderful food, fabulous atmosphere.

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Annacletta
London
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, the food and the drinks were great! literally cannot fault anything! Definitely one of the best sushi spots in London!

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AnnaL
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food , superb service .. we can’t wait to return x

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Jed1
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to book - flexible with tables- excellent food & wine selection, delightful staff with an energetic atmostphere.

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Rach
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I have dined At Robata a few times and always enjoy the food and the experience. However last night I was disappointed. I arrived on time however half way through the food after only an hour, we were asked for the table back. An hour is not long enough for food and we were not prewarned

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3Babki
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always spectacular and great value for money. Highly recommend!

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ThangarajD
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb food and eating experience. Every item we ordered were so delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed.

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NancyB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had some amazing food at Robata. I was disappointed that they forgot our bao buns, but to be fair I didn't realise until I got home. The waiter didn't seem very enthusiastic. We asked him multiple times to provide us with some recommendations, he eventually did but didn't seem excited by anything. It also seemed they were in a rush to get rid of us, but we managed to stay there for 3 hours so not sure why there was such a rush.

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ChrisC
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was mostly good - chicken was a little over-cooked. Good service even though waiter’s first day.

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Justwonder
London
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food is nicely presented and very tasty. Shame that you can always hear others conversations as tables are so close from one and others.

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BookBat
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a business lunch - staff were delightful and the food sensational. Am already planning my next trip.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The foods are great here,especially the beef tataki

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Rich
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience4

First time here and would return. We were sat closest the door and we had lovely heat until someone complained it was hot and the air con came on and it was too cold.
The food was really good, something so different to anything I've had before. The sushi was really good as well. Service was prompt, however they forgot 2 dishes, and one dish we don't even remember ordering, though we ate it and weren't disappointed.
Overall good and I'd go back again. Definitely worth a try if you want a change!

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AM15
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such quick service and spectacular food - so delicious and aromatic, would recommend and would love to go again

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RobynT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and the staff were friendly!!!!!!

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Maria
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff, nice and cosy atmosphere, delicious food and cocktails!

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Emz35
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, would have been perfect if the music was turned down a bit.

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AlisonC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had the tasting menu yesterday afternoon. We loved every bite but thought some were more memorable than others: sashimi j fried karaage and hay flamed beef fillet. Oh and there cocktails were amazing too!

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Vina
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, especially the soft shell Bao buns. Absolutely amazing.

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Kiran
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Early dinner at Robata yesterday. We were sat on the last table right next to the Robata grill. We didn’t mind much, but we definitely left smelling of food.

Sushi was lovely and fresh. Tried the soft shell crab, salmon and prawn tempura. All amazing

Had the Chicken Thigh and Lamb skewers both really good.

We had the half chicken. This was boneless and cut up into strips. Tasted great.

We then also had the Fried Chicken Bao Buns. This was good however the kimchi tasted off. We also got the kimchi rice which came after all our food (staff took this off our bill) and it had the same off taste.

Overall good food other than the kimchi. Paid just over £100 for two people, with a Sake flight to share (£15).

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anthonyc
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really lovely food, plenty to choose from, good value pre theaters menu - would definitely go back.

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LewisA
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food is really tasty - similar to Roka. We only had the hot plates opposed to Sushi - as I think these are the standout options.

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CathyS
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious. We needed guidance from the waitor of how much to order, he was very helpful. I didn't want it to end, I'll definitely go back. The atmosphere was also nice.

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NW1234
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great service. Tiny bit too loud to have a conversation….

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EllieS
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always delicious! Best Sushi and Bao in Soho.

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vipMissMermaid
London
34 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, lovely service, everyone wearing masks. Thank you for an amazing evening.

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DavidB
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent and service was great too. We were going on to the theatre afterwards and arrived a little late. Explained this to the staff who were happy to expedite our order so we could get to the show on time. Only small issue was that our table was close to the door - a bit chilly when other guests were going in and out.

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JessR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

lovely restaurant, very small intimate surroundings. Food was delicious, quite pricey though.

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joewills
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food and value was exceptional. I was surprised at how prompt the service was for the bill & payment. Maybe < 5mins after our food had been taken away, the bill was brought to us and the hey waited with the machine until we paid. Felt like we were being kicked out. But overall, well worth returning!

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Tee07
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Try to avoid writing anything negative however just for the benefit of people spending a lot of money on seemingly good quality food , it might be helpful!
Me and a friend went on New Year’s Eve and had the New Year’s Eve menu.
Food: the presentation was beautiful however for the price paid, the flavour and quality seemed that of a Wagammas/ Itsu vibe ( I’m sorry to say!) the main beef was quite dry as was the squid and chicken.
Atmosphere: we sat on the high seats by the door and was a tight squeeze in between two other tables however I understand it’s a small restaurant.
The music was generic commercial music which did not seem to reflect the traditional decor and vibe of the restaurant.
The very front of the restaurant where you could watch the cooking was nice to see.
Service: the service was exceptional and all the staff were so nice and attentive.
Price - £165 altogether with x2 beers

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SueJ
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little find - Fantastic freshly cooked food, with a great atmosphere!
Waiters were very helpful and attentive. Will definitely be returning

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SunitaW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Understand completely that it's Central London, and prices ££££. But, I was hungry when I left, portions too small.

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NeilH
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly delicious food, everything tasted so fresh - even the fried foods were light. Left satisfied but not feeling heavy. Cocktails were also very good. Service was very attentive and polite.

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Janice
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food is average, very crowded, not so authentic... only a few dishes worth going

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WuthinanN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a lovely dinner at Robata. I was amazed that Robata does amazing appetizers as well. We had the cerviche and king crab roll which exceeded my expectation. We then tried various robata skewers which the meat were so tender. It went so well with the truffle fries. Lastly, we finished our meals with miso grilled aubergine which was also exceptional

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FrancescoR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was really tasty and the food comes out pretty quickly, the choice is big and the price are normal

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LucasL
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks. Had our reservation cancelled twice because of lockdown but it was worth waiting for 15 months.

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ZaynabK
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

- I do not remember our servers name but he was young and brown skinned, he was very polite and made us feel reasssured.
10/10 food and customer service

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PaulR
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice meal after a music event. Good service and food.
Thank you

FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.4 stars by 879 OpenTable diners.

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.