Okan South Bank

4.8
113 Reviews
£25 and under
Asian


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!

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
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
What 113 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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Sue217
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic vibe, tasty food. Really loved cheese and mochi okoniyaki!

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SaraN
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend! Amazing food and staff are excellent with customers

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Mady
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere and the staff were lovely. Yet the food was not as I expected it, having lived in Osaka for quite a while. It was good quality in comparison to those fake Japanese restaurants around London, yet I think there were some adaptations to western taste that I did not expect. Perhaps the ingredients tasted different as well? Overall good experience though!

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Bunn
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food are brilliant, easy booking, staffs are super nice.

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MagdaP
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt like little Japan! Beautiful food and drinks :)

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NatashaB
London
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good and value for money. The ambience and decoration were great too. The staff were lovely and helpful

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LLSY
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit here - takes me back to Osaka! I love sitting facing the kitchen and watching the chefs prepare the okinomoyaki which is fantastic. Good range of Japanese beers and sake served hot or cold.

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ThomasC
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic Japanese experience with amazing food and super friendly service! I'd walked past it dozens of times, tucked in County Hall, and had no idea it was there. I wish I'd gone sooner and will definitely go back.

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MaryH
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round. We were staying nearby and stumbled across this place when googling for restaurants near our hotel. Our son travelled around Japan a couple of years ago and said this restaurant, food etc was very authentic. A little piece of Japan right next to the London Eye! Great value too for London. It was also nice to go out for dinner to somewhere a bit different. Kids loved it. We would definitely recommend it, and will visit again.

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JoannaG
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute gem of a restaurant. Fantastic food and ambience.

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Ulises
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I love the place, it feels so unique.
I like the food options and the fact they cook them right there, but would also appreciate a few more options in the menu.

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redfoxjo
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Over-priced for what it was. Wouldn't choose to go back.

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EmilyC
London
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it. Great food, atmosphere, friendly staff

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HMcC
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Described as authentic and it actually was. Delicious okonomiyaki and sweet service. Happy to return!

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BilaneM
London
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The beef was over cooked, the seats were awkwardly placed and the food was mediocre for the price.

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CatherineB
London
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great food, cute setting. The okonomiyaki was so tasty! Recommend it to anyone who want authentic Japanese food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening, lovely restaurant, brilliant food, had a really nice evening with a friend reliving a trip to Japan last year! Will definitely be going back!

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IkukoBeatrice
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat at the counter so I could observe how the staffs were working; only 3 of them ( including the kitchen) but they were managing so well; cooking, serving customers, taking orders, cleaning, even washing up, all very smoothly done and with calmness. I was very impressed. The food was also very good. The atmosphere was cosy and intimate. Will definitely go back!

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anonymous
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Good 👍 good food good services

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FoodieTraveller
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife was working late, so I decided to go to Okan on my own to get a bite to eat.
The food was amazing! I've always wanted to go to Japan, and I felt very much like I was not in London, but in Japan! Staff were Japanese, and the music was also Japanese.
I felt like I had taken a 1 hour holiday to a back alley eatery in Osaka!
Loved it, highly recommend.

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vipMisc
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small venue with great food and vibes, highly recommend

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TonyW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our second visit and just as good. Food is delicious and the Japanese cocktails very addictive. It’s a small, cosy place so not suitable for large parties but great for 2 to 4 people. We shall be back.

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Annie
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The tapas style was quite nice but honestly the ingredients were poor and the mains tasted like packet noodles with bacon and the chicken curry had literally barely any chicken in it.
wouldn't recommend

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Laura
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice and authentic restaurant; would recommend!

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michelleinlondon
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

We were half-way through our main meal when we were asked to leave because the table was reserved for another booking. We had only been there for an hour and 15 mins, and had ordered a drink, appetiser and a main meal, and we weren't told at the beginning that the table time was VERY limited. I haven't had this problem in the past when dining here, and perhaps this is only a one-off circumstance. Still, it was disconcerting and will make me think again about eating here. Food is very very good if you have time to eat it!

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Bluesky
London
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Essentially you are sitting in a super casual Japanese kitchen (which I loved) so this a place to enjoy and relax. The food was delicious, the staff were really friendly and helpful. We could only eat for 1hr because of covid restrictions (which is fine) but I wished we could have stayed for longer!

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SenWhit
London
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Visiting Okan was such a wonderful dining experience. We initially walked straight past it and the inside is very small, but it all adds to the authentic Japanese street food experience. The waitress was incredibly attentive and the menu mouthed watering. Having been to japan the food at okan isn’t quite the same level, but tasty nonetheless. I’d highly recommend okan to anyone near Waterloo after an affordable bite and a different London dining experience!

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Huyu
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Authentic Japanese food. I don't know other restaurants where I can eat genuine Okonomiyaki.

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AmandineB
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tiny and unexpected restaurant which serves delicious Japanese dishes !

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DavidH
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great street food stye menu and taste, highly recommended.

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AnnaO
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely dining experience with friendly service and delicious food!

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Furiastur
London
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice cocktails, food was delicious and service was great. I would definitely come back

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vipSamL
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really recommended. Small but very authentic and lovely food.

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Sarah
London
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! great atmosphere, great service! authentic atmosphere

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MiaB
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Beautiful food and would definitely go back, was a little hard to find though as not really any signs outside. Service was perfect and the food was sooo soo sooo good.

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Jack
London
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great! Authentic, delicious and original. I’ve been to Osaka and this is the nearest you can get to going for a meal there!

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Mamuro
London
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Exactly what I needed. Thoughtful service. Thank you

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RobH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and a really nice atmosphere. Couldn't recommend enough!

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PaulC
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place.
They even let you buy a bottle to come back to!

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RobertW
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a hidden gem! Once inside, you feel like you're in the heart of a local Japanese eatery.
Snug, so it can hold only around 12 customers maximum at a time.
Booking recommended!

FAQs

Okan South Bank is rated 4.8 stars by 113 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.