ROBATA

4.4
695 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 695 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Plastic cups for sparking water, chaotic service staff not communicating with eachother. 4 different servers, with multiple order mistakes. The food was decent but over priced.

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Ks709
London
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went there with family for my birthday. Nice small restaurant, chilled ambience in the hustle and bustle of Soho. The food was great, we went for small plates, skewers, the j. Karage chicken was yum as were the kimchi gyoza and chicken Bao bun. Good variety of Japanese inspired cocktails too. Would definitely go back! Friendly service too :)

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Messy
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just slightly less loud music would be great. People want to talk to each other when they go out for a meal.
Lovely food slightly expensive but you get what you pay for and this food was fab.

SR
SundayRoastLover
Manchester
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food & service.

SG
SilviaG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Our waiter was lovely but the GF menu and food was bland and not tasty. Sushi was average - the fried chicken is delicious. When we spoke to manager about the gf skewers she was really rude to my friend who is celiac, and suggested that they couldn’t simply create a sauce that was gluten free - when they had gluten free soy sauce and could’ve just given us that, garlic and chives or something which the waiter said he would see what he could do to help out. Felt really bad coming here, as I’d been before, and seeing myself friend treated that way. We didn’t pay service charge but I was going to leave a tip for our lovely Spanish waiter, however the manager was really rude with the bill as well and payment / was really not nice, I won’t be coming again because of that

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 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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SophieL
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was packed at Robata when I went with a friend, as such we were sat at a table (which had been booked comfortably in advance) where we had to sit perpendicular to each other which, combined with the noise level, made it a pain to have a proper conversation.
The food, which although fairly priced, just wasn't substantial and it felt all too easy to run up the bill, my friend adored the lamb skewers but found her salmon to be "plastic-y" and hard to chew. The trio of skewers I ordered (pork belly, iberico pluma and chicken) were fine but nothing special, the chicken in particular could have used a more robust marinade.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service

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BukiieS
London
1 review
Dined 5 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 6 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 💯

MT
MichelleT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 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 on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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matthewc
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere, great staff

OT
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!

OT
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.

GO
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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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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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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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

FB
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

OT
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

SB
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!!

CT
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.

KC
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

GD
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

OT
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!!

SB
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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Top quality Japanese food.

FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.4 stars by 695 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.