ROBATA

4.4
375 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

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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 375 people are saying
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ToluA
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great taster menu! Great service and food! Going again

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Kate
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As my favourite food is Japenese, it's fair to say I've tried a vast amount of Japnese restaurants and the food was excellent here. Great location too.

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ConnorB
London
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prefect all round. Decor, vibe, music, service and of course food.

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ChristineM
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic experience tasting the most wonderful dishes in the tasting menu. We would highly recommend it.

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Jeeves
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

For such a small place tucked away in Soho the food is fantastic! A bit over priced but the serving staff was very helpful and attentive doing a good job in currently difficult circumstances.

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nishar
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great lunch. Didn’t feel like we were socially distanced though at all

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SamW
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and knowledgeable friendly service. Best tuna tartare ever!

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Bill
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service, good atmosphere in an exciting part of town

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for hosting an awesome dinner. Such amazing food. A genuinely great find!!! Everyone was soo lovely to our son, and we had a lovely birthday experience for my wife @tessmontgomery

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NourK
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Well priced. Haven’t had sushi this good in a while!

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Hema
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good small plates and nice vibe. Main courses average

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GMasterGeneral
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our visit to Robata in the heart of SoHo - great atmosphere, amazing food x

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sarahr
London
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent but it arrived very quickly. It was rather chilly as we were close to the door.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another fantastic evening at Robata. Try the beef on the hibatchi grill, its gorgeous and a great contrast after the superlative sushi. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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RosieC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really wonderful food, especially the beef tataki. A good temporary outdoor set up with cover and heaters. The service was very friendly, potentially can tell that they are not used to operating the extra space but a lovely evening overall

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kristie
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and quick service! Waiter went out of his way to give us a better table.

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vipxcalibur
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Food was good and delicious but service could have been better specially considering the fact that I did mention it was my partner’s birthday on reservation. The table we were given was just next to the door and with their outdoor service in full swing, we kept getting draft of cold air. Whilst many other tables were empty, when requested, we were offered just one cramped up table which we politely declined.

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vipSecretService
London
22 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O M G the FOOD! IS ABSOLUTELY INSANE. We have been told that literally everything is made from the scratch in the house. No doubt that was one of the greatest food we have ever tried in London as a Japanese cuisine. Vibe was great waitress amazing/ what else do you want. SIMPLY MUST VISIT PLACE!

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RajiR
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the set tasting menu and weren't disappointed! The amount of food was perfect.
The sake flight was great and we ordered some cocktails and extra on top. My sister had lots of questions and staff were patient answered them well. A great experience during a tough time for my sister's birthday

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor dining post Covid lock down

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not overly impressed, part of the food order came out late as they forgot. The black cod when it did come was burnt on top and the manager told us it was the skin which is crispy, i told him the skin is on the bottom at the glaze on top is burnt. Had black cod a few times at although it is crispy when made it should never be burned. The order was all over the show, I had a steak on the fire which I was trying to time to make up for the fact that the cod order had been forgotten and tried to use the edges of the grill to calm the heat but it just ended up being rubber. Drinks were good and the atmosphere is very busy so an enjoyable ambiance just with rubber steak and burned cod.

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RyanB
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

amazing food and service. very much recommend and will come again

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Pinkprincess
London
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We ordered the 5 course tasting menu. We’d been there a little over an hour and ordered a glass of wine. The waitress brought the wine and came back 5 minutes later to say we have to leave in the next 10 minutes because there was another reservation. My friend was still eating when the bill was plonked on our table. When I said we hadn’t finished we were just given a shrug and then asked how we wanted to pay the bill. I appreciate times are tough but for £170 this is a new low level of service I have never experienced. Avoid at all costs. It’s despicable.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service but quite expensive

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Jess
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was amazing and the sushi was to die for. The service though from the hostess was a little disappointing. The waitress we had was great from start to finish but at the end of our meal we were told very abruptly and a bit rudely by the hostess that we needed to pay and leave at that moment. Would have preferred to have just been asked a bit politer rather than feeling shoved out the door.

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OpenTable Diner
Bristol
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice meal here. The food was delicious and such good value for money! The servers were all very friendly and it was all COVID safe. Highly recommend

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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.

NM
vipNatalijaM
London
4 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
2 reviews
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!

FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.4 stars by 375 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.