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ROBATA, London,

ROBATA

4.3
4.3
1731 Reviews
£26 to £40
Japanese
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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2 people

22:30


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Japanese Speciality
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 17:00–22:00 Mon–Fri 12:00–15:00 Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–22:30
  • Phone number
    020 7287 5766
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Charles Lee
  • Area
    Soho
  • Cross Street
    Between Dean Street and Wardour Street
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Soho Leicester Square Piccadilly Circus Tottenham Court Road Oxford Circus Covent Garden
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • 5 Course Bottomless Brunch with Free Flow Prosecco

    £35.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Experience a delightful selection of ROBATA’s signature dishes and bottomless free flow prosecco for 1.5h with a 5 course menu set menu. Guests are invited to enjoy a luxurious selection of nibbles, sushi and small plates including a choice of one main dish.
    5 Course Bottomless Brunch with Free Flow Prosecco photo
  • Japanese 8 Course Tasting Menu

    £60.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    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.
    Japanese 8 Course Tasting Menu photo

What 1,731 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

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1,731 Reviews
  1. OliverG

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the skewers were a little undercooked and service could be a little more efficient rather than having to constantly flag the waiter.

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  2. Rusalina

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall very happy with the experience, as except for a couple of dished, the rest we had was really, really good. We visited on a Saturday evening and it was super busy, so I attribute the not as attentive service to that. I would go back and would recommend it to others, even if just so they can try their black cod dish!

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  3. DavidT

    London

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food with impeccable service. Good value Japanese food.

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  4. Sophie

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely friendly service, food was great, good location

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  5. foodlover

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very busy, cheerful - and fairly noisy - atmosphere, but if you don't mind that, the food is great and the service absolutely charming.

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  6. PSC4321

    Surrey

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very enjoyable pre theatre meal, all the small plates were very good. I’ll be back

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  7. Pebbles78

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good value. Super tasty. The ceviche and beef tataki were superb. Absolutely loved the kimchi rice too. Would definitely recommend for anyone looking. To try a a load of small plates of Japanese food.

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  8. CaroB

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food in a lovely venue. Absolutely delicious and I will definitely be going back.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good value for money. Great service. Crispy duck salad disappointing - happily replaced by staff but even second serving was crisped to point of tasteless. Not up to the great standard have known before. Regardless, overall good food and experience - would always recommend a visit to Robata!

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  10. LucyM

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our meal and experience at Robata yesterday evening. The service was great and the food totally exceeded our expectations. Delicious! There was a lovely vibe in the restaurant too. Totally recommend!

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  11. namaste

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Lovely food but the noise level is quite unbearable. It is a small space and people talking are loud enough, the piped music is totally unnecessary. It doesn't help at all and actually ruins the evening. Restaurants in general should review the music policy, it detracts me from booking certain places.

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  12. Rachel

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I liked it but I wouldn’t go back. Food was nice but not amazing considering the price. We had to return the black cod which is EXPENSIVE (£34!) because it wasn’t cooked on the inside. Should have just got the small plates. The spicy tuna sushi was stunning as were the bao buns but everything else was just very average for the price. Also it’s a tiny venue. I had high expectations unfortunately so did leave disappointed. Just overall very average…

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  13. RhysB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, outstanding service and lovely ambience. Will be visiting again.

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  14. Aimee

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Our experience at Robata was okay. The food in terms of quality is very good, but we found it expensive for the portion size. They also served the food as it would come out/be ready which in theory is fine as it's suppose to operate as an izakaya style restaurant, but we were being served our mains before we received our white rice. I know it's supposed to be izakaya style, but eating white rice at the end of the meal wasn't really how we wanted to experience our evening. Staff was friendly and polite, and they allowed us to stay at our table for a good amount of time as it wasn't super busy, but for the price point and portion size, I wouldn't hurry back.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
     Good Food presentation stuff very helpful overall satisfied

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  16. Bi001

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went there with a couple of friends for the Prosecco bottomless brunch menu. Portions were great for snacks and small plates. Main course was on the light side. Staff were super nice. Service was great.

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  17. RyanT

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Although overall good there were a few downsides- cocktail was poor , the waitress had a strong body odour smell and the pork skewers were very fatty even for belly pork. The rest was good

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  18. Shakeandvac

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice food. They could do with a more extensive wine list for those who don’t want sake.

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  19. TRCT

    Dubai

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The tasting menu is well worth it and pairing it with the sake makes it all the better. The service was great with the staff being super helpful and informative. It’s a shame you can’t sit by the chefs anymore but would recommend nonetheless

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  20. SnehaS

    London

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Tasty food and friendly service. However for an 8 dish tasting menu at £60pp, you’d expect to leave pretty full - both my husband and I were still pretty peckish afterwards. The main dish (we’d ordered chicken and black cod respectively) were delicious but could have benefited with 1-2 side dishes to accompany the dish. The restaurant is also not super clear (especially the downstairs section where the toilets are).

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  21. MichelleS

    London

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great Japanese eatery in the heart of Soho. Great cocktails, delicious food, excellent service.

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  22. JoanneF

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here for my Son's 16th Birthday. The food was outstanding and great value for money!

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  23. StephanieK

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Great drinks, food, and overall vibe!

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  24. MuratA

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We liked the food very much, sushis were good as well.. service was very helpful..thank you

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  25. Malalalalalalalal

    Switzerland

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The sevice was an absolute disaster! And charging 12.5% service charge is an offense!!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Really good food and the atmosphere was loud but nice, we really enjoyed everything although service was a little slow

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  27. ChathurangaR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and drinks. Staff is amaizing as well. Highly recommended

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Place was amazing. Best food in London. Cannot wait to come back.

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  29. WoodEstherGoBack

    London

    34 reviews

    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We went for the Bottomless £35 a head option which was supposed to be for 5 courses too. Alas on arrival they had changed the menu to £40pp and for 3 courses only. I thought they may honour the £35 but no… The food was however good and the Prosecco flowed. It was very quiet so not a lot of atmosphere.

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  30. DiscerningDan

    London

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The prices on OpenTable as advertised were not on offer at the restaurant ie £35 for bottomless Prosecco and 5 courses became £40 for 3 courses. Not a great experience but ok.

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  31. AriannaC

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very small and cozy place in the middle of Soho. Food is delicious and served in a nice way. Service is friendly and helpful. Highly recommended, make sure you book.

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  32. VivianneH

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, didn’t like the high table and service was mixed

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  33. penelope

    London

    95 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is good for the price but not up to Nobu or Roka standard (but you are not paying that price). Staff were excellent and really friendly and helpful which always makes for a great experience. Could not fault the service

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  34. AndrewR

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was nice but expected it to be a little better was a bit hit and miss, good service though.

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  35. Michael

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have eaten here probably a half dozen times and just impressed by the food. On the Robata menu the wasabi corn is ridiculously good. The steak served over a mini charcoal grill delivered to your table allows you to pull the steak off at your perfect temperature. Whatever it is marinated in is also fabulous. Highly recommend this place.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was overall good. Liked the black cod especially-highly revommended. . Boa buns were also good but expensive. The skewers were also nice but small. Part of menu was not available as they had an issue in the kitchen. Expensive for what we ate though. Not too keen on the sushi that we had from them. Better alternatives for sushi. Stick to food from the grill at this place.

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  37. LuRa

    London

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The set menu we’d booked on OpenTable had changed so we ended up ordering from the main menu, as it was only slightly more money for exactly what we wanted. The food was excellent, a really good mix of sushi, skewers and bao buns. The pork skewer was so good I want to go back just for that!

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  38. LaraW

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was great but the food very mediocre. The skewers were very fatty and the squid, deep friend to an inch of its life. Rice was hard. Would not go again

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  39. mattA

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was attentive and pleasant, food was very nice but i wouldnt say outstanding, door opening was a tad draughty and food was served a little too quickly, felt like the table was rammed with everything. Good vibrant atmosphere.

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  40. VivianneH

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice food, loved the skewers, sushi and the tuna tartar was amazing.

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FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.3 stars by 1731 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

22:30


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for ROBATA

56 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4UE

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Between Dean Street and Wardour Street
  • Area
    Soho
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 17:00–22:00 Mon–Fri 12:00–15:00 Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–22:30
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Japanese Speciality
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Soho Leicester Square Piccadilly Circus Tottenham Court Road Oxford Circus Covent Garden
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Charles Lee
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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