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ROBATA

4.4
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334 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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

Nov 1, 2020-Dec 30, 2020·Sun 12:00-17:00, Sat 12:00-14:00

5 small plates, one main and two hours bottomless prosecco. Bottomless Prosseco 1.5 hours from reservation time. Minimum of 2 people, for the whole table. Please drink responsibly.

London Restaurant Festival Tasting Menu £55pp

Oct 1-31, 2020·Sun 12:00-23:00, Mon-Thu 17:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-23:30

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-Dec 30, 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.

Tasting Menu £55pp

Nov 1, 2020-Dec 30, 2020·Sun 12:00-23:00, Mon-Thu 17:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-23:30

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.

London Restaurant Festival Bottomless Prosecco Brunch £35

Oct 1-31, 2020·Sun 12:00-17:00, Sat 12:00-14:00

5 small plates, one main and two hours bottomless prosecco. Bottomless Prosseco 1.5 hours from reservation time. Minimum of 2 people, for the whole table. Please drink responsibly

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 334 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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vipLinzee
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience from start to finish. Food was excellent, service was fantastic and they definitely put the safety of its clients first! Thank you! We can’t wait to return.

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RubyW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing and the service was great too! I’ve never been anywhere like this before. I would definitely come back ! <3

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food we have had in London!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. The service even better if that is possible. Being in Soho is a just a wonderful bonus.
Loved it!!

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Karolina
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of the best meals we ever had. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was very disappointing. Sushi was average, but the best thing compared to all the rest. The fried squid was very oily. The black cod was undercooked. The bbq chicken was very fat and had hard bits and was covered in so much seasoning that you could not distinguish any flavour.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Exceptional food. Though not the cheapest Japanese around the quality of both sashimi and the hot dishes made it more than worth it. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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yoncay
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Barbara was great, she has made our experience much better:) The food was very well, especially the bao buns. The pork signature dish was not as good as we were expecting. But overall, we have had a great time

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vipmeowme
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing food! Could do with outdoor heaters as the months get colder.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so lovely! The place is quite compact so social distancing but was a bit difficult but aside from that the food was lovely, the staff were so great. Really enjoyed our evening

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TamarK
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and kind staff, all you need for a memorable meal out.

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tiafw
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

nice atmosphere attentive staff (covid measures in place masks to be worn in social areas, order via phone, screens between tables) I really loved how the menu is presented as individual dishes this is great for sharing so you get a taste of everything! food was great!

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SinthuS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have had in a long time.
This was my second time here. I brought my boyfriend along this time round for what I hoped would be a great meal and we were not disappointed.
We highly recommend the pepper squid with the yuzu coriander dip (what an unusual twist), soft shell crab bao buns, signature pork dish (so tender and juicy) and the miso aubergine. Each dish was a delight and surprise. Topped off with great service (Manuel - seems like such a genuine and kind man!), quick turnaround & a great seat by the bar and kitchen.
We will be back without a doubt.

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IsabelleH
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and amazing food. Will definitely come back again

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Chilli
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The food was ok but service was not good

- I chance enquired if any inside tables were available (it was colder than expected). A polite no would have been enough rather than telling me “it would have been on opentable if it were”. They did become available but they still kept us outside in the cold
- they got our order wrong twice, first bringing the wrong dish then giving our food to another table

I would not recommend this.

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SteveP
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service, lovely food, too much prosecco! With hindsight!

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ClaudiaB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lanna & Carlos were such a nice staff, they did their job very good!

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JulianaN
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic!

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DinDin
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was super nice. Everything cooked perfectly, very impressed and will definitely recommend to friends!

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TraceyC
London
11 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is very expensive, but great food and atmosphere. Thx for a lovely evening

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We got there earlier than our booked table and they were happy to seat us straight away. The staff are great and have good sense of humour. Food was nice. I love the dessert!

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SalmaaKen
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was really exceptional and the service was impeccable. Thank you for the amazing night x

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Aminah
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was absolutely stunning! On the pricey side. Good visit for a special occasion!

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Sparky
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is very good, we loved the beef tataki and salmon tartar with truffle. Cocktails were also nice, sake lacked a cheaper option. Service was warm and prompt. The only downside was it was a little too cosy inside, some may like this but it’s not my preference.

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Sahir
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, prices are great for sharing. Little noisy, but service was excellent, and well taken care of. Would recommend

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TaraM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. The best Japanese food I have eaten in a long time. Highly recommended

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Lovetoeat2
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I recommend this restaurant for the quality of its good and the dining experience rather than the decor or ambience. It is an intimate setting as the seating is in bench-style.

I have now been there twice and I highly recommend it for vegetarians too. There were great options. The Avocado Rolls and Kimchi Goysa are my favourite dishes!

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PatienceA
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

WE WERE RUSHED, WAITERS RUDE AND FOOD NOT SO GREAT - PORTIONS TOO SMALL FOR PRICE. UNFRIENDLY ATMOSTPHERE. IT WAS MY FIRST TIME AND I AM NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO COMING BACK THERE AGAIN. UNFORTUNATELY IT WAS AN UNHAPPY EXPERIENCE AND I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT TO A FRIEND UNLESS THE ABOVE CHANGE. LOCATION THOUGH WAS FINE BUT SPACE TOO SMALL.

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VICA
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We went on a Wednesday night for the 50% off deal.
The service was very fast but at times a little too fast as it felt like we were being rushed through our meal and out the door.
We had the fillet skewers (which for fillet were pretty dry and tough), the pork belly skewers (absolutely delicious!), the oyster mushroom skewer (again delicious), the corn skewer (sounded really interesting but actually pretty basic in flavour) then the J fried Kaeraage (crunchy, flavoursome, 3 large pieces and delicious), the pork gyoza (I thought the best thing onn the menu, the gyoza was cooked to perfection and was the tastiest gyoza i think i've ever had), the squid (small pieces that were dry & disappointing) & the J fried chicken Bao for main course.
The bao was as bao should be, filling, tasty and soft.
As we were eating our meal. waiter came to take one of the plates we had finished with when i was going for more food which made me feel rushed and is also one of my pet peeves, unless they are utterly desperate for plates and rushed off their feet (the restaurant was busy but not full) this should not happen when you have only eaten one of your dishes, then it happened again when i still had some food left on the plate, which i had to say that i wasn't finished yet!
I know this happens a lot now, but when I eat out I like to have a really great experience, take in the ambience and feel like I am relaxed and enjoying myself not serve, take your money, now clear off.
Onto the deconstructed oreo cheesecake (to share) for dessert which was beautiful & delicious.
When it came to the bill it cost £55 that was with the discount and included an 'optional' service charge which came to £8. I felt this was a little strong considering I felt the=y were a little pushy when it came to clearing tables so I was inclined not to pay it.
The man came to take our payment & there was no 'optional' service charge option only the full £55 total.
I guess optional just means added on now, how sad.

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Americaninlondon
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very curious staff, beautiful atmosphere and even given the early close these days they gently coaxed us out and were very professional.

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DilaraSancar
Limburg
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious! We had tried the sushi, gyoza and yakiniku style beef, truffle fries, mochi and panna cotta for the dessert. Everything was absolutely marvelous!

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Anon
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Very poor value, even with the eat out to help out discount. Food was average, portions were small and the squid was chewy and too salty. Restaurant itself had no personality and it had a very pretentious vibe. Wouldn’t recommend.

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SabinahJ
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and in particular our waiter were extremely friendly and efficient.
We had the weekend brunch and the food was served in a timely manner and our glasses of proseco was never empty! Definitely will return and absolutely recommend to anyone.

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KarishmaB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience. Would definitely recommend to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious but portions a bit small on the pre theatre menu

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AriannaF
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing, great service and beautiful atmosphere.

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Kim28
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great food and loved the September Eat out to help out offer

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Nico
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food was brilliant and nicely priced, service was ok- one very attentive host (Carlos P) but the others were milling around and didn’t seem to know what they were doing and had to refer to colleagues for answers. Also there was an alarm going off constantly for the duration of our time there.
On the whole the food was excellent but the service was lacking.

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vipSecretService
London
22 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible and amazing food one of the best ones I have ever had! Must VISIT

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and will be returning for sure! Miso aubergine is an absolute must.

FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.4 stars by 334 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.