ROBATA

4.4
349 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 palettes.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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

Bottomless Prosecco Brunch £35

Nov 1, 2020-Dec 30, 2020·Sun 12:00PM-5:00PM, Sat 12:00PM-2:00PM

5 small plates, one main and two hours bottomless prosecco. Bottomless Prosseco 1.5 hours from reservation time. Minimum of 2 people, for the whole table. Please drink responsibly.

Pre Theatre Menu 3 items including drink £16.50

Jul 8, 2020-Dec 30, 2020·Mon-Fri 5:00PM-5:45PM

Choose any of the items below: 3 items - £16.50; 4 items - £19.50; 5 items - £22.50; Price per person - includes one 125ml glass of house wine or selected drinks.

Tasting Menu £55pp

Nov 1, 2020-Dec 30, 2020·Sun 12:00PM-11:00PM, Mon-Thu 5:00PM-11:00PM, Fri-Sat 12:00PM-11:30PM

Experience a delightful selection of ROBATA’s signature dishes with their most premium set menu. Guests are invited to enjoy a luxurious selection of our small plates, sushi and main dishes, all designed for sharing to encapsulate a unique Japanese dining experience.

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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 349 people are saying
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Laura
London
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time at Robata. The food and service were incredible! I would highly recommend an will be back as soon as possible.

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REFoodie
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The service was terrible. We asked if we might be able to move tables when we arrived and they said yes, a waiter helped move all our belongings and cutlery etc across to another table, then minutes later someone else came back to tell us in a very rude tone to move back again saying we shouldn’t have moved, even though we were moved by another member of staff! Then they told us there was no taster menu at all, and some dishes weren’t available, with no apology, even though we’d booked because of the taster menu. The food arrived slowly and we were still getting food brought to our table when we were told we had to leave asap as our time was up and they had more people coming. We had two whole dishes left to eat! Again, no apology. Very disappointed as I booked for my girlfriend’s birthday and the way we were spoken to really tainted the evening I’m sad to say. The food was amazing! But service really needs to improve dramatically to match the excellence of the food. We were not treated like customers, and I wouldn’t recommend the restaurant to friends unless the service gets better.

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GillianB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

The food was amazing, however the service was extremely poor especially given the current circumstances. We turned up on time for our reservation only to be told to come back in 20 mins, we then went back only to be given a table that was free when we originally arrived! we then waited over 40 minutes for our food to arrive whilst people around us we're getting there second orders due to final orders having to be taken as it was nearing to 9.30. We couldn't quite understand how everyone was getting there last orders & we hadn't even received one plate.
The food was very good we were just very let down by the service

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The food was quite a let down - the bao bun had an off smell to it. I’m guessing the chicken or cucumber inside was not fresh. The truffle mayo had a horrible fishy taste to it too which was very strange. Everything else was mediocre in taste, I was hoping for new flavours and something exciting.

The atmosphere and service was nice, but I wouldn’t come again for the food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The place is not worthy. Food not really good for the prices. Don’t waste your time/money

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vipbbbb
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience1

The food here is really excellent - but I just found the service to be really bad, the place was really really noisy too. From the photos it looks super chilled and quiet but I was quite surprised how loud the music was. Food is really special though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We did not enjoy the food. Found it to be very overpriced, and not enjoyable. The seating is uncomfortable, and the restaurant was very cold. The experience was not good and we will not be returning.

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NatalijaM
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

More of a place to go before clubbing than cosy and nice place for dinner. The food was okay, but it's not one of the places I'd recommend going if you are after authentic Japanese cusines.

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Oyin
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our waiter was outstanding, so attentive. Everyone that served us from walk in till we left was so lovely.

I’ll defo be back because of the service. The food is good but I was not mindblown, the portions are rather small for the price, if it was a little cheaper, it’d have been perfect.

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iwearglasses
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food and nice atmosphere. I would definitely come back to try some other stuff on the menu

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OanaB
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food! Highly recommend the bottomless brunch.

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Charlie
London
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Sushi had no taste. Clearly not high grade sushi. Not worth going there to order sushi.

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AmeliaJ
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food - I arrived early and the team made me really welcome. Service fast and friendly throughout meal. We will be back !

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried a number of the small dishes and all were fantastic. Excellent friendly service too. Can’t wait to come back again!

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vipLinzee
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience from start to finish. Food was excellent, service was fantastic and they definitely put the safety of its clients first! Thank you! We can’t wait to return.

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RubyW
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing and the service was great too! I’ve never been anywhere like this before. I would definitely come back ! <3

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food we have had in London!

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MARIAND
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. The service even better if that is possible. Being in Soho is a just a wonderful bonus.
Loved it!!

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Karolina
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of the best meals we ever had. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was very disappointing. Sushi was average, but the best thing compared to all the rest. The fried squid was very oily. The black cod was undercooked. The bbq chicken was very fat and had hard bits and was covered in so much seasoning that you could not distinguish any flavour.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Exceptional food. Though not the cheapest Japanese around the quality of both sashimi and the hot dishes made it more than worth it. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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yoncay
London
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Barbara was great, she has made our experience much better:) The food was very well, especially the bao buns. The pork signature dish was not as good as we were expecting. But overall, we have had a great time

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vipmeowme
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing food! Could do with outdoor heaters as the months get colder.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so lovely! The place is quite compact so social distancing but was a bit difficult but aside from that the food was lovely, the staff were so great. Really enjoyed our evening

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TamarK
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and kind staff, all you need for a memorable meal out.

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tiafw
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

nice atmosphere attentive staff (covid measures in place masks to be worn in social areas, order via phone, screens between tables) I really loved how the menu is presented as individual dishes this is great for sharing so you get a taste of everything! food was great!

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SinthuS
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have had in a long time.
This was my second time here. I brought my boyfriend along this time round for what I hoped would be a great meal and we were not disappointed.
We highly recommend the pepper squid with the yuzu coriander dip (what an unusual twist), soft shell crab bao buns, signature pork dish (so tender and juicy) and the miso aubergine. Each dish was a delight and surprise. Topped off with great service (Manuel - seems like such a genuine and kind man!), quick turnaround & a great seat by the bar and kitchen.
We will be back without a doubt.

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IsabelleH
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and amazing food. Will definitely come back again

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Chilli
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The food was ok but service was not good

- I chance enquired if any inside tables were available (it was colder than expected). A polite no would have been enough rather than telling me “it would have been on opentable if it were”. They did become available but they still kept us outside in the cold
- they got our order wrong twice, first bringing the wrong dish then giving our food to another table

I would not recommend this.

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SteveP
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service, lovely food, too much prosecco! With hindsight!

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ClaudiaB
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lanna & Carlos were such a nice staff, they did their job very good!

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JulianaN
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic!

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DinDin
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was super nice. Everything cooked perfectly, very impressed and will definitely recommend to friends!

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TraceyC
London
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is very expensive, but great food and atmosphere. Thx for a lovely evening

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We got there earlier than our booked table and they were happy to seat us straight away. The staff are great and have good sense of humour. Food was nice. I love the dessert!

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SalmaaKen
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was really exceptional and the service was impeccable. Thank you for the amazing night x

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Aminah
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was absolutely stunning! On the pricey side. Good visit for a special occasion!

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Sparky
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is very good, we loved the beef tataki and salmon tartar with truffle. Cocktails were also nice, sake lacked a cheaper option. Service was warm and prompt. The only downside was it was a little too cosy inside, some may like this but it’s not my preference.

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Sahir
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, prices are great for sharing. Little noisy, but service was excellent, and well taken care of. Would recommend

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TaraM
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. The best Japanese food I have eaten in a long time. Highly recommended

FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.4 stars by 349 OpenTable diners.

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 reservations at the moment.