ROBATA

4.4
424 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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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 424 People Are Saying
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Sammysun
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The waitress with the pink hair was rude. She ignored us and whenever we asked her for something she would roll her eyes and not get it for us.

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Chrys
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, great service. Highly recommend! A great place for light bites and cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service4ambience3

This is what I called good advertisement. The food was so average and I can understand that due to COVID there is a need to get things back to normal but the timing on the table and feeling you need to eat quickly for the sake of the next table I did not appreciate. It was uncomfortable and unnecessary. I won’t go back. Couldn’t even had my dessert and we stayed like 1h… you can see who they are desperate to sale… the needy feeling overcome the whole experience

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food served by attentive staff

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food.... even being outside due to covid the service was really fast and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff! Delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Will definitely come back soon :)

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Sargon
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

In the circumstances the meal was as perfect as possible. The squid was slightly disappointing in its originality but the kimchi which I had never had before was superb?

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Gabby
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Their Vegan options could be better. Paid £12 for a ‘Broccoli Steak’ & pretty much just got 1/2 a steamed Broccoli. There also wasn’t much options for the side dishes. Steamed rice (which wasn’t even on the menu) or Kimchi Rice (which wasn’t vegan friendly). No other options. No noodles. Nothing. Only thing I proper enjoyed was the Mushroom Skewers.

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Alejoenlondres
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A hidden gem in SoHo. A true good option for a good dinner

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Alexa
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing, so good to eat in Robata again.

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vipMarley
London
35 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food and fantastic variety. Great service - even sitting in a street. There is a cover so would work even in the rain!

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Hi68
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Would highly recommend, from arriving to leaving the staff were all very friendly and professional. We had the brunch menu and food was delicious and Prosecco was topped up regularly , which is always a bonus. Will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch at Robata yesterday, food was delicious and the sashimi tasted very fresh. Service was brilliant, very friendly and accommodating waitstaff. Drinks are slightly pricey but to be expected so central in London. Overall very good experience and will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, service and food was great

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GeorgiaF
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bottomless brunch I think I’ve ever done! Amazing food and the value for the price is incredible. Thanks guys!

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SaffyP
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time at Robata, a great evening and will definitely be returning!

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RosieG
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service. Sushi and sashimi in particular was amazing. Under a tent outside which was warm and dry, had heaters on. They had 1 hour 30 minute policy on tables but they warned us when we arrived, and 15 minutes before the end very politely asked if we needed anything else.

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Carl
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, super sweet and helpful staff. Great experience overall.

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DavideP
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

We had an outdoor dining reservation for 1930hrs and the waiter sat us down right on time. We were told that our table was reserved for 1.5hrs which was totally fine. The courses were not served all together at the same time but rather whenever a dish was ready to go out. Our main course were on the table at 2020hrs, so we had at least 40 minutes left before we had to release the table. At 2030hrs, however, one of the waitress es came to see us and advised that we would have 15 minutes left. Despite a full plate in front of us, she kept repeating that we would have to clear the table earlier than what we expected. Without wanting to start an argument, the manager eventually came 5 minutes later informing us, that the bill was on its way for settlement. Needless to say, being told 3 times that our time was almost over was really disappointing (taking into account that we actually would have had 15 minutes longer). At 2050hrs we decided to settle the bill, however, no one really seemed to care and so we waited for at least another 20 minutes before a waiter would see us to take payment. Definitely not a place I will visit soon again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend out for a birthday dinner and could not fault the experience.

Food was exceptional and came in a timely manner.

Outdoor seating is well covered and heated - could maybe do with a few more lights for later in the evening but not a major issue.

Staff were attentive and accommodating throughout the evening.
This is evidenced by them being more than happy to bring out a small birthday dessert (a mochi ball) with a candle for my girlfriend at the end of our meal, which was a very nice touch!

We will definitely return in the near future.

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RajeshP
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The staff very good but very expensive compared to the quality.

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MatthewP
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant in London. The food is always so delicious and never disappoints! Great cocktails too

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VB21
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aesthetically pleasing food, food tasted generally nice though a little flat at times. But I would definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most underrated restaurants I’ve been to. There’s nothing less than 5 stars about it! It easily beats most well known Japanese places with their Robata dishes and their sushi too. Great quality food. So rich and satisfying. I have found I’m sure a great new regular spot for sushi and Robata grill.

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CharlotteW
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bottomless brunch, food was delicious and outside seating was heated. Will definitely be returning.

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KatherineE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely location and setting, would definitely recommend!

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vipA1993
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Worst black cod I’ve ever had. There was one waiter who was extremely abrupt. Doubt I would go back anytime soon.

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vipAM819
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were seated and served by Alexander and team, fantastic food and in particular the beef tataki and the grilled Iberico pork were outstanding!
They had some heaters and there was a gazebo with sides to prevent the wind which meant it wasn’t too cold to sit outside

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TroiH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Host & Hostess we’re dancing directly in front of the door, which is fine, just annoying when you’re trying to tell someone you’re here for your reservation and they just continue to tell you where the bathroom is. Other than that, everything was pretty good. Food sizes are extremely small, still very delicious, so I would say it’s worth the price.

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ellsines
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
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 on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch. Food was amazing 👏

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipElovesfood
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Made no effort whatsoever for a milestone birthday although it was booked weeks in advance. The outdoor atmosphere rivalled a market place not a high class restaurant and the food is very overpriced for the size of the portions. Spent over £200 and was still hungry. Nobu is much better value

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food in the main was good though £25 for very small steak was steep but very tasty. Will definitely return

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RachM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
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 on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.4 stars by 424 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.