ROBATA

4.4
523 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

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Experiences

  • London Restaurant Festival: Tasting Menu £55pp

    £55.00 per person

    Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2021

    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.

Offers

  • Collect 500 bonus points

    Sun 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Mon - Thu 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM - 11:30 PM, Sat 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

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
What 523 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.4
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4.1
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3.9
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Margaux
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cokctails, nice waiters, I highly recommend!

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MFFGH
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

All very average. Not bad but not really good either.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was really tasty, atmosphere was fine but service is very “so so” - by mistake we were given different dish to what we ordered, in confusion we started eating it before realising it’s not what we wanted (there were two of us ordering food separately at different times so we weren’t sure what was ordered by the other one to spot mistake straight away). When we reported it to staff, the manager told us that we can get what we actually ordered but we are going to be charged as well for food that landed on our table by restaurant’s staff mistake, as we already started eating it…😳🤯
Such a pity as if not extremely unapproachable manager I would gladly recommend this place…

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JohnG
Bristol
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had three starters, sushi and the pork signature dish. All were excellent!

The service was very attentive and professional and the drinks options were great for choice and quality.

A good find and we will be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good good. Nice friendly environment.

ROBATA
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for your positive review. If you have any feedback for us 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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Tainium
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

very expensive to be honest not very good in value

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Aleyshia
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very quick! Really enjoyed the food, the spicy tuna roll was delicious.

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vipHowardS
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing but praise.
Alexander is a fabulous waiter with great humour.

ROBATA
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience, if there is anything we can do to make your next visit more memorable please let us know. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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viptuckmystir
London
239 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Superb cocktails, who knew sparkling sake was a thing - slips down a treat. The food was sublime - snow crab, prawn, squid - fresh and wonderful. Lamb skewer succulent but wouldn't have the port skewer again and rather chewy but the pork gyoza was stunning. Will definitely be back - lovely sitting outside on a summers evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was really nice and me and my guests really enjoyed our stay at robata. The food was absolutely amazing we really ate more than we had expected and the staff was so nice. I would love to come again for another event.

ROBATA
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience, if there is anything we can do to make your next visit more memorable please let us know. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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ReviewedbyV
London
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was absolutely divine but they were super busy so we had to wait a while to be served during the evening.

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Williams
London
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent. However the service charge was too high in comparison to the hospitality we received.

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Jenny
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!
Highly recommend the aubergine, iberico skewers.
Squid was a bit too fried for my personal liking.
Sushi was very nice.

ROBATA
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience, if there is anything we can do to make your next visit more memorable please let us know. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried almost everything! It was recommended to me and it was absolutely amazing.

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NatashaR
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is AMAZING! The fried chicken bao buns in particular are amazing.

ROBATA
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience, if there is anything we can do to make your next visit more memorable please let us know. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely staff.

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vipDL123
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Really lovely food with excellent service

FG
FionaG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty Japanese in the heart of Soho. Great sushi, good service, well worth a visit.

NN
vipNN30
London
44 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely summer eatery. Came for a birthday dinner with a friend. Sat in the gazebo outside it was lovely. Service was superb, staff very friendly and nice. The manager was lovely too. Food is delicious. Sushi was great and you have to try the bao buns and truffle fries. Next time want to try the skewers too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Japanese in town

ROBATA
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for your extremely positive review. We are delighted to hear of your enjoyable dining experience, if there is anything we can do to make your next visit more memorable please let us know. We hope to see you again soon in the near future. Kind regards, ROBATA Team

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ThomasG
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Japanese food in a great setting. Love it. Always come here if in London.

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BenF
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos our server was 10/10
Would recommend to anyone

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Syaf
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress, Lanna, made our night. Food was fresh and tasty whilst music was just right.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was very good, only to noisy.

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Aidan
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was awesome made good recommendations and was funny.

Food great,

Music/playlist was tip top.

Cocktails, different but nice and thats
what you want.

Girlfriend, happy.

Win

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a surprise date for me and my girlfriend and we loved it! Everything was perfect. A very happy girlfriend and somewhere we will be telling our friends to visit. We will 100% be returning!

CS
CaitlinS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was really really loud so I found it difficult to hear my friends and hold a conversation. The food was great but our food didn't come out all together so we ended up waiting ages to actually eat. I'd go again but ask to sit outside and be clear that we want everything at the same time as we were all paying separately.

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tamtamtamtam
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really nice time. The food was great and the staff were lovely.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Most of the food was tasty but not mind blowing for the prices. The miso aubergine was a highlight, really tender and delicious!

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AKMCA
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant! The miso aubergine and hay flamed beef were superb. Will be back again for sure.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was perfect. My only reason for not giving 5 stars on service is because I ordered off the Pre-Theatre menu and only realised after I left that I was due a glass of wine which was not offered.

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Rahim
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, I’ve been to a lot of Japanese restaurants and never really put a review but this one made me take time out of my day to give one!

Excellent food, excellent service.

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Hsuan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and beverage! The space and atmosphere really elevated at same time comfortable. Will definitely come back .

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Nick20
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, great location. Recommend for sharing in a group.

MK
MelanieK
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We found it quite expensive for 2 people. Not many vegan options, When we asked we were told to go for vegetarian option .

NJ
NaomiJ
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Super friendly staff and great food! A few vegan options which were good, would like to see a few more!

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lushly
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

waited almost an hour for our food
serving is too small
even the beer took 20mins to be served
i do not recommend it

SC
SusannahC
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Would definitely recommend

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Berna
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really delicious. Excellent service. Really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere

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lisat
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and service would definatly return when next in london

FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.4 stars by 523 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.