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Okan South Bank, London, England

Okan South Bank

4.6
4.6
533 Reviews
£25 and under
Japanese


Tiny tiny Okonomiyaki restaurant next to the London Eye. One step into Okan you will suddenly feel in the back of the street in downtown Osaka. Great Sake and Small tapas dishes available. Okan means Mother in Osaka direct. Enjoy mummy ‘s home cooking!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Asian, Teppanyaki

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    07746 025394

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Waterloo

  • Cross street

    Belvedere road

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Waterloo Station 5 minWestminster station 5 min

  • Additional

    Chef's Table, Counter Seating

What 533 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  • South West London

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  1. RL

    RuthL

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second visit to Okan South Bank and the meal was, again, excellent. Every dish was flavoursome and the staff were really friendly and lovely, making helpful recommendations. Great selection of dishes for vegetarians - we were spoilt for choice. Atmosphere is also fantastic. We can’t wait to go back.
  2. P

    lumPy

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very small, clearly popular, seemingly authentic Japanese. We went for the first time, in August, for a mooch lunch. We shall return when it is less busy so we can enjoy a longer visit.
  3. F

    Foodquestken

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No pretense - this is just what it says - Japanese street food, piping hot, delicious and you’ll be back for more.
  4. M

    Maggieo

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic staff, amazing food, and value for money. I will definitely be going back
  5. SS

    SSoo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Full of Japanese vibe. Recommend to book a seat before visiting as the space is limited.
  6. SJ

    StaalmannenJim

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Japanese restaurant with small number of seats. We had to make a reservation to get a table, but it was well worth it. Ate there twice in a row during our stay. Best place we ate at during our stay.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and delicious food! Will definitely come back :)
  8. MT

    MarkT

    London

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Was great sitting and watching the chef prepare our order right in front of us and really enjoyed the food
  9. p

    photorama

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A little bit of Japan in the heart of London. Fantastic food and service at very reasonable prices. Thoroughly recommend, booking essential
  10. BW

    BronwynW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Delicious food and would recommend the Sake
  11. B

    Bruce

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite restaurant in London! Great food, warm service, cool ambience.
  12. CP

    ChristopherP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    After viewing the website and reading the reviews, my wife booked the Okan for our daughters graduation celebratory meal, and to be honest we were not disappointed. The food was amazing and this niche little restaurant gives a perfect ambience of Japan, from the décor through to the food. Would highly recommend.
  13. V

    Virginia

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I chose Okan for my best friend's birthday, we loved every moment. The staff were friendly, the food was fabulous and the look and feel of the place was authentic, relaxed and fun. We will definitely be going back and trying more of the delicious food. Thank you for such a lovely experience.
  14. JE

    JohnE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, unique and interesting menu, will definitely recommend, perfect size , suggest booking in busy times
  15. JB

    JonB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Recommended. Quality Japanese food and the best okonomiyaki I've tasted in a good few years. Book ahead, especially if you're looking for a pre-theatre table... walk-ins were being turned away at the door!
  16. RC

    RogerC

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is for the Southbank location. Okan is a tiny restaurant so reservations are a must if you don't want to be disappointed. On the night we were there, we saw several groups turned away who had turned up hoping for a table. This is the type of Japanese restaurant that you would see in Japan selling authentic street food. The staff are fantastic and the food is incredible. My husband had the tofu and kimchi Okonomiyaki and I had the Omu, a Yaki-Soba noodle wrapped in egg, with tofu and kimchi. The serving sizes are very large and I wasn't that hungry but the food was so good we finished everything.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favourite restaurant! Sure I will visit often!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cute! Amazing food! Friendly atmosphere!
  19. IS

    IrenaS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place is amazing and we loved everything about it. We thought it was very authentic, very Japanese. But now I'm waiting for my Japanese friend to visit it and give us some feedback :) The food, the teas, wonderful friendly service- everything was great. Arigato
  20. d

    davidec

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Hidden Gem in the shadow of the Eye, a leap in Osaka for a tasty break
  21. SN

    ShelbyN

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience here. The food was so tasty and we enjoyed the vibe.
  22. g

    gbxo

    Nottingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've never been to Japan but this restaurant is how we imagine it to be! So kookie and full of atmosphere of how Japanese restaurants are depicted on documentaries.
  23. AA

    AsliA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ate was a complete 5 star. We tried Okan Special Okonomiyaki, Okan Noodle Mix with beef, Calpico as a soft drink, Kurokiri as Shochu and macha cheese cake. Delicious!
  24. CL

    CamilliaL

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nice place to have nice Japanese yaki food! Okonomiyaki were fabulous as well as yaki onigiri! We loved it!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. Felt very authentic. Will definitely be returning.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience with Japanese authentic food
  27. A

    Annie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Must be booked in advance for an authentic dining experience.
  28. HL

    HarrietL

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great high quality food! Would definitely go again.
  29. AT

    AllisonT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First- how to get here- it’s not on the side of the street with subway, locale, Starbucks etc. you must look ACROSS that street. It’s actually inside the County Hall building. It’s a tiny little place, but absolutely delicious! Second- I tried a little of everything, and it was all authentic, flavorful, and served hot! Each dish was skillfully prepared, and tasty. Third- when I made my reservation online, there wasn’t an earlier time available, but I put my phone number in the notes and asked that if something were to become available, could they call and let me know, well they did! Extra helpful customer service and I was so grateful to have a reserved table ready for me when I arrived (after not being able to find it for 10 minutes!) I highly recommend this place! It’s not your typical sushi spot, it’s real, heartwarming, delicious street food.
  30. CL

    ChrisL

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have never had Japanese street food before and I found the Okan on Google. What a really great place, no pretentions just genuinely excellent food. Helpful and pleasant waiting staff. A little hard to find, being located actually inside County Hall on the Ground floor we had to ask the Concierge. We will teturn and I can highly recommend this restaurant.
  31. KP

    KarenP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really authentic delicious Japanese food. Fantastic.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Reminds me of back home in Japan
  33. J

    Japaneseinlondon

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only authentic Japanese restaurant in London! Both food and sake taste perfect!
  34. GB

    GiseleB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience1
    Poor menu. Worst gyoza I ever ate. Wrongly advertised. We wished we hadn't gone. Outside it is very dirty. No sushi. Never again.
  35. J

    Japan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little Japanese restaurant in London. Authentic food and nice service.
  36. S

    Sachi

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there with my friend who was the first time to try Okonomiyaki. She really enjoyed it and also the decorations of the restaurant were authentic traditional Japanese style. Definitely will go back again.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Italy

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A piece of Japan in Central London, suggested if you want something different from a sushi restaurant.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding!
  39. DH

    DeniseH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! A real find and one to come back to. The food was lovely and we had things that we had never tasted before. It was freshly cooked in front of us, which in itself was great to watch. Lovely relaxed, authentic atmosphere and for a very reasonable price. Honestly couldn't fault it. Highly recommend!
  40. D

    Domo

    London

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the hospitality of the staff and smile and care. Thank you for lovely time. ;-)

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Okan South Bank is rated 4.6 stars by 533 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Okan South Bank

Belvedere Road, London, England SE1 7GA

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Belvedere road

  • Neighborhood

    Waterloo

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Asian, Teppanyaki

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Waterloo Station 5 minWestminster station 5 min

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Chef's Table, Counter Seating

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