ROBATA

4.4
689 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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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 689 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Terrible experience on a Friday night. The outside tables are in the street and packed in tightly against each other and the other restaurants on the street. Someone stole my friends’ phone off the table during dinner and when we asked for the security footage the manager laughed at us and said “we’ll, this is Soho”. The manager was also extremely rude later on. Overall, the service is HORRIBLE and I don’t recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service

BS
BukiieS
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and affordable Japanese food with a lovely quiet atmosphere which was a relief compared to the rest of China town! Was very impressed by how good the sushi and pork gyoza was for the price! And the Panna Cotta was DIVINE! I’ll be back for sure and would highly recommend.

MK
vipMariaK
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The environment is really nice, great location and atmosphere, the food was an excellent experience.

The best of all was our waitress, Esther was lovely and so helpful with everything, she was doing her job properly and always with a smile!!!!
For sure we will be back to this place and ask for her 💯

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MichelleT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our meal was brought to us within 20 minutes of arrival. We were not asked if we wanted more drinks/ dessert. The bill was placed on the table without us asking for it and three waitresses came to our table and asked if we wanted to pay. It is not a fast food restaurant and therefore I do not understand why it behaves like one. Appalling service, would never go back.

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AislaC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service ! Great recommendations of cocktails from our server !

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matthewc
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had sold out of beer and this was at 7:30 pm. Never come across this in any type of restaurant, ever. Also Miso soup not on menu. This is very staple Japanese. Food was OK but no more. Chicken main course was very under whelming.

The bill came with an item of £83 that was something we had not ordered and not eaten. This was readily corrected by our server but still events like this are unpleasant and are inclined to cause some consideration about the establishment.

The senior waiter was a Spanish or Portuguese guy who did his best and was helpful but overall this was a disappointing experience on an occassion when I met with family (which happens rarely). I would be very unlikely to repeat a visit or recommend this to anybody else.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere, great staff

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went there after Ronnie Scott’s .. was busy but the service & food was excellent. Would suggest booking . Great place in the heart of Soho

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GrishaS
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails, friendly service, we will be back!

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Foodiegirl7
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely loved the food here, can’t wait to visit again. The skewers, the sushi, the bao buns - all delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

We was given a table right by the kitchen although there was many booths and other tables available. The waiters and a friend stood behind us talking the whole time and made us feel uncomfortable whilst eating. There was also a weird smell coming from the kitchen.

The food was okay but definitely looks better than it taste, I would only come back for the sushi. Overall the whole experience was disappointing as I had high hopes due to the reviews - won’t be returning or recommending

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Matt
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great meal. Good was delicious and even when eating pre theatre at 5:30 the restaurant didn’t once feel empty.

Drinks service at first was a bit slow but picked up after the first.

Would definitely recommend

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JamesC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Outdoor seating was terrific. Will be going again.

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GORDONC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dishes on the menu was great, we just ended up ordering to much for ourselves!

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Niresh
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty Sea Bass ceviche and friendly waiters!

NH
NormanHillier
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Amazing food, decent value, service okay, host had an attitude.

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Trowster
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food from a great menu. Service very friendly if a little chaotic at times. A really great quick and relatively inexpensive place to eat. We’ll definitely go back

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vipLalalie
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food is incredibly good, and so are the cocktails. It was a shame the experience was ruined by how pushy they were to get us out of the table on time. They seated us nearly 15 min late yet they served us with the bill 15 minutes before our time was due. I even got pressured by the manager whilst my friend had gone to the bathroom just before leaving. A total shame.

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Truth
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Not clean on entering, almost slipped on the floor and seat was dirty. Waitress proceeded to spray my leg with the cleaning product and missed the chair entirely. Staff forced the bill on us and asked us to finish our drinks before our time slot was over. Extremely rude staff, felt very rushed and was handled very unprofessionally. Felt like I was in a fast food restaurant.

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Chanel
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely find. Great selection of tasty food and excellent service! Will be back

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FrederickB
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really really tasty food. Miso aubergine, truffle fries snd charcoal fillet steak were highlights, but it was all delicious. Very friendly servers, we had to ask for the bill 3 times to get it but no big deal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Iberico pork and bao buns were sensational. Can’t wait to visit again

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing sushi! Best I've had in a long time and the staff are very attentive. Had a lovely meal. Only down side is drinks are expensive but it is London after all!!

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CarlT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We looked at a lot of other Asian infusion restaurants in London including Sexy Fish. We opted for this one as we were staying close by to Soho and the reviews looked great. We wasn’t disappointed! Honestly the food is amazing! The best we’ve had and we have eaten at Ivy Asia in Manchester and this tops it! The Bao buns are delicious, the sushi was amazing and the Pork Belly and Truffle fries topped off the meal. I would highly recommend this place if looking for high quality food at a reasonable price in Soho! Oh and the Black Cod! Wow! 😍

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AmyE
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything we tried was delicious, unique and came very quickly! Friendly staff and great atmosphere - not quiet but we had no problem having an intimate dinner. We'll be back!

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AdamF
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and well priced for the quality! Will be back

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laurenk
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The waitress asked us if we wanted edamame beans with our drinks to which we said yes and she never brought them. She also took our bottle of wine away when there was still some left. She then very sneakily gave us double the amount of scallops (which were already expensive) on the same plate so it looked like it came this way then charged us double. Disappointing to say at the least.

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KieranC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was really amazing, we had a selection of skewers and small plates followed but the black cod and iberico pork, everthing exceeded expectations

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GDSantos
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The jerk chicken bao buns were so nice, the soft texture with the crispy interior was perfect; the balance of those features were sublime making the food even more enjoyable. Absolutely loved the place

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I visited this restaurant with my friend as I had seen it on Instagram. The food was amazing along with the staff who made me free welcome.

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AfternoonTeaLover
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved beef tataki, and Miso Aubergine was so yummy as well!!

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SteveB
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to eat. We had a fantastic time and the food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Top quality Japanese food.

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MKMK
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tasty food, very small and crowded space. Slightly disorganised with no waiting staff checking on the table to see if everything is ok. Sitting by the entrance door brings unpleasant and chilly draft.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food is decent however we dent it was overpriced for the quality. In particular £25 for 5 small pieces of beef cooked over coal is hard to stomach. Also it would have been better to service the beef raw rather than already on the coal grill as some pieces were already overcooked for our liking by the time they reached the table. We were seated outside in very cramped tables. The Bao Buns were fantastic. Service was ok and the staff were pleasant enough.

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jeremymangu
London
34 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time there, buzzing atmosphere in the outside seating area, good food with accompanying sauces, had a nice time we will go back

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vipJohnO
London
21 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, friendly service and a great outdoor vibe.

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French
Bath
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

The food is really nice however it is quite expensive for what it is. Sitting outside is just really bad, it’s incredibly busy, noisy and seating is uncomfortable. Service was really good, thanks to Carlos.

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LadyC
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service. Fish was excellent and the grilled skewers had amazing flavour. Service was friendly and well timed. Really enjoyed our meal.

FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.4 stars by 689 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.