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ROBATA, London,

ROBATA

4.3
4.3
1689 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

19:00


Booked 35 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

  • 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
  • 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

What 1,689 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
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

1,690 Reviews
  1. VivianneH

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  2. cursonator82

    Hertfordshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was phenomenal. The service attentive. It was a very small restaurant which is ok but felt like people were so close to each other that conversations were not able to be private. The tasting menu was excellent, the gyoza and calamari were exquisite. Drinks menu was ok. Would come back.

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  3. AnnetteW

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointing. It felt like a machine room and did not give sense of welcome. Too busy and jo personal feel to it.

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  4. mccoolsa

    London

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely spot in a busy area. Nice vibe. Great food - plenty of choice.

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  5. PerO

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my son had the 8 course tasting menu. Fantastic from beginning to the end.

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  6. Nicky

    London

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and the staff were attentive and pleasant. We didn't have to wait on our table and it didn't feel cramped despite being a small venue. The restaurant itself is a small plates and large plates set up - I felt the large plates were on the smaller side compared to other places I've been. It was £32 for the beef sirloin and we had a bit of a shock when the portion turned out to be very very small even taking into account that we didn't expect it to be main course size anyway. I probably would avoid the expensive 'large' plates in future and order more of the small plates/gyozas instead as they're much better value. It's a shame they did not offer any desserts/have a dessert menu also.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Prompt service. Great little hideaway in the heart of Soho. Food was very good value for money. Will return again

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  8. IvaUlr

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The dumplings was cold. The California roll ok. The meat was good. Poor service. The experience was overall ok minus. Not good value for money.

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  9. AnnieL

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Robata was incredible, as usual. The food was outstanding. Highly recommend the crispy duck salad, and the salt and pepper squid. The service was great, everybody was very attentive, and the cocktail I had was excellent. Can’t speak highly enough of the restaurant!

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  10. AliceG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exceptional, full of flavor. The cocktails were tasty and creative.

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  11. GreigMac

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sultry lighting on an essentially black painted interior. Cleverly done. Decent sized tables, unusually for Japanese restaurants. The food is majestic. Stunning combinations and every dish was beautifully presented. The combination of flavours and spices, all loyal to traditional Japanese food but imaginatively tweaked. Please, don’t let any additional Soy Sauce be added to any fish at all! The chefs are that good.

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  12. Aatifa

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was so delicious, enjoyed every dish- defo recommend the miso aubergine and spicy tuna roll!

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  13. WaiL

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    everything is good as always. my number one place for small group gathering in London. Highly recommand.

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  14. Benlloyd

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food Nice atmosphere Really good service Will definitely visit again

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  15. HelsF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. The restaurant is small with a very relaxed feel, what i would describe as a cafe vibe. Great range of choice on the menu and all our choices were delicious very delicious, I would definitely visit again.

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  16. Nella

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    One of my partners favourite restaurant in London. We love food there, it’s a bit pricey but we use it as treat so that’s ok ;) Delicious, well presented and overall highly recommended! Service is ok, once it gets busy it’s hard to grab attention but on the other hand side if you need anything extra they are very happy to help! Would really recommend to anyone who loves Japanese cuisine FYI toilets are absolutely grim. I think my dodgy pub around the corner has cleaner, better toilets than them. Really dirty, wallpaper ripping off the walls , filth on the floor and sink plus freezing cold. So go there for food, atmosphere but try not to drink too much so you won’t have to use their loo. 👍

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was decent, nothing special. Best thing the skewers, sushi was average. A bit pricey for what you get. Service was great though, our waiter gave us a lot of recommendations and the floor staff were attentive.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was tasty, but it was expensive for such small portions.

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  19. AnnemiekeB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good food for a fair price in London. Sushi and the buns where the best!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The experience wasn’t as described in the menu here (three items rather than five), and the price was higher (£40pp. not £35). When asked why, they said that OpenTable has delayed updating their menu and prices in their app, and they are unable to honour the quoted price. In general, the food was good though.

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  21. Aaaa

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was good, small wine selection. Service was bad, our booking was at 9.30 and upon arrival they informed us the last order was at 9.45. At 10.20 we got told they needed us to leave in 10 minutes so they could close. Bill and card machine were taken to us without having finished our drinks. The booking said we would have had the table for 2 hours.

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  22. JasonJ

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The location was good. The atmosphere was very lively and loud at times. The food was good, and the cocktails were very tasty. It's definitely a place to go with a group of friends or a first date.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We were thrown out of the restaurant by the waiter who also brought the bill without us asking for it even though we had barely finished eating. I have come here many times and this has never happened before.

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  24. JohnR

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food served beautifully without fuss or frills

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  25. NavneetA

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We have been to Robata a few times before and loved it however, we were disappointed this time. The ac was too high (we asked to turn it down but were told there was something wrong with it so it could not be sorted). As well as being cold ourselves, this meant that the food went cold quickly so was not enjoyable. Also, the chips and kimchi fried rice were not as good as usual- the chips being soggy. Also not 100% sure but think some of the prices may have gone up? - which is understandable but not if the food quality is not as good. On a brighter note, we tried the iberico pork skewers for the first time and they were yummy! we even ordered more :D

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  26. Shelly

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The overall dining experience wasnt that great as we attended on the same day as a food inspector which meant we had to wait a very long time for food. As this was a group lunch meeting it was quite frustrating as some had limited time to attend. The food, when it arrived, looked and tasted nice

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  27. MillyK

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, nice and chill atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff.

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  28. ValerueM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was lovely and the staff were very helpful, service was quick .

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  29. NathanM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious, as were the cocktails. Slightly sitting on top of other customers though which makes it harder to concentrate on your own conversation!

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  30. MJ10

    London

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointed with our recent visit to Robata. I’ve been a massive fan in the past but I feel the quality of food isn’t what it was. We had the tasting menu and it was average and overpriced. The beef in particular for a £10 additional charge was weirdly poor. 4 strips of meat for equivalent of £40 - what’s going on? Possibly we caught them on a bad day - a real shame

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  31. SilviaL

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Not satisfying, we felt pushed to leave even if we spent 77 pounds each for a 8 course tasting menu. The waiters did not speak proper English, they behaved weirdly and constantly interrupted our dinner. I consider it a truly unprofessional service, although the food was not so bad in the end. However nothing that could not be eaten elsewhere, with a better service!

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  32. RobertN

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Really reliable Soho Japanese. The surroundings are a bit functional but the food tasty and good value for this part of town. The corn on the cob skewer rolled in crushed wasabi peas is really interesting, the miso cod, expensive (compared with the rest of the menu) but delicious.

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  33. RomyS

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Would not recommend - far better Japanese restaurants around. Not a great dining experience for the price point. Firstly no cloakroom only coat hooks fixed so low on the wall that most coats will drag along the floor; chose to have coats draped on the back of our seating to avoid this. The grilled meat (large plate) was poor value for money - four thin slices of meat for £32, taste was middling. Brought our side of rice a good 10 minutes before the meat was ready by which time the rice was cold. ‘Faux’ Japanese vibe to the menu serving kimchi fried rice (which wasn’t actually fried rice but steamed rice with kimchi on top and an egg) and hoisin duck salad. Plenty of better Japanese restaurants to go to (Cocoro is more authentic). Don’t bother with this one.

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  34. Harry

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We had the tasting menu. Everything was fairly average.

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  35. MatteoG

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is amazing The courses are becoming smaller and smaller every time

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very quick service, and nice vibe in the restaurant

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  37. GarethR

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was OK, nice enough but was maybe expecting a little more based on reviews

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  38. IdaG

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Great food. But to spricy. They Are hurrying on one

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  39. JohnR

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food in general tasted great and we had quick and courteous service. Pretty expensive for what we had but you need to remember the neighbourhood you are in so not VFM but not extortionate. Only real negative were the bao buns - had the soft shell crab ones which were not short on content, rather over cooked and to be honest were not really identifiable as crab. Apart from avoiding those would recommend everything else (lamb/chicken kebabs, iberico pork, truffle fris, j-chicken karage and a salmon roll).

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  40. kateb

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent all around. would definitely dine here again

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.3 stars by 1689 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 35 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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