Robata Bar - Santa Monica

4.6
44 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese

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Inspired by the pubs of Tokyo, Robata Bar combines modern style and ancient practices. This sultry, inviting setting centers around Robatayaki, a time-honored tradition of grilling skewers over an open flame and binchotan charcoal. This technique adds a smoky richness that intensifies the flavor of our premium meats, fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables. Alongside this Japanese comfort food, we serve a delicious selection of traditional and California-inspired Asian cuisine. Sushi chefs artistically prepare rolls, sashimi and nigiri with seafood flown in from Japan. Robata Bar also offer hot and cold signature dishes from our inventive kitchen. At the bar, they house a vast collection of sake, Japanese beer and whiskey, and craft cocktails, all hand-selected to accompany our delectable, flavorful fare. Located in Santa Monica, Robata Bar also features an outdoor patio overlooking the Pacific.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMissM
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Warm and inviting atmosphere, casual. Good food, although I wish they had a few more vegan options.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Unfortunately the fish did not seem very fresh. Maybe it was because we ordered from the happy hour menu. I was very disappointed.

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vipRach
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Was a little confused with the location, it's directly next to another sushi restaurant, and they actually share the same kitchen. We were very confused walking into the restaurant, seeing both restaurant names on the inside. Owned by the same people presumably, their menu is simpler with fewer items than Sushi Roku next door. Extremely overpriced, but expected considering the location. Spent over $100 on two rolls, 2 cocktails, 8 pieces of low scale nigiri, and a single skewer of 3 BBQ'd previously frozen shrimp.. Wasn't blown away by anything in particular. Left hungry.

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Carina
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was very uncoordinated; could be easily solved with a dedicated host. Portions were small for the value and the unexceptional quality.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small tasty plates. Just divine!

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vipBirgitR
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Waiters was super great. Food was mediocre. Sake was off so they compt us the first round of drinks which was very nice of them. Cocktails are good but on the sweet side. The sushi and the grilled skewers were good but not excellent. Good tourist place. Not for foodies.

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CatalinaT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I just loved it. The food was great and came fast! Drinks were awesome and came fast too. Happy hour has great options for food and drinks!

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KatieG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than expected - a new favorite! Great food - absolutely delicious - wonderful service. Will be back, love the laid back vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very much a tourist’s restaurant. While the menu looks good, the staff are checked out and the food quality was mediocre at best. Skip and try to find another Japanese restaurant away from the promenade.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is a great place for light bites ! I didn’t wanna commit to a huge dinner for my birthday - the skewers did the trick ! The sea bass is life changing ! Loved the birthday sparkler :)

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vipMarcS
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service both very good. Ambience nice. Music was too loud, but overall a positive experience! Will be back.

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stephs
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The bar was great, food was great, little amount for the price. And the staff was more interested in greeting other returning customers, employees, extras going through the bar into the back door???!!

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice waitress, really good ambience, and great food! Pricey but understandable since it's santa monica.

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DONV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great place for happy hour and their skewers and small plates. After happy hour the price of the skewers doubles and triples. Still, most of them are pretty tasting, and of course the full bar helps!

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vipCarluca
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t even eat sushi and I love this place- the truffle edamame is delicious and came out hot. Chilean sea bass yaki is the best.

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RYANN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service food setting and just overall good time here

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vipMRSmiller
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice option for something a little different. We loved the truffle tempura roll, super good and vegetarian.

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vipMiddymom
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We went during what was happy hour pricing for certain items and ordered from both regular and happy hour (hh) menu. Black Cod Robata was best item by far (wasn’t on happy hour menu). Tuna on sticky rice was also delicious. The hh deal was 3 Robatas for $7. We tried chicken meatball, shrimp and tomato w bacon for this deal. First 2 were good but tomato and bacon inedible as bacon was downright soggy. We still had a our menu and host freaked out that a drink was on top of menu and asked us to move the drink. Def a bit OCD there. Server Melina was wonderful but couldn’t shake being scolded by host. Skip the happy hour drinks as they are def sweet or low quality (no Chardonnay: Pinot Grigio was offered for special pricing). Sushi items were standard offering-nothing to write home about. Would come back for specific items and perhaps when we aren’t being watched like a hawk.

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Scott
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

decent food... VERY overpriced. Would not return. Better values elsewhere!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first date spot! Food was incredible and the service was great!

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vipMsmack
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently good. Tried the truffle Brussel Sprout fries. Delicious! Sushi yummy.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was adorable! I really liked everything about it! The fish was delicious! I’ll definitely go back :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Didn’t even pay attention to the birthday request.

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vipDinewithJB
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic choice of dishes, best Yakitori in town. Great service, reasonably priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and amazing spot to go to for small plates to share. Especially great for a date.

DJ
vipDinewithJB
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, comfortable ambience, service with a smile... best Yakitori in town... never get tired of dining at Robata Bar.

DJ
vipDinewithJB
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All around excellent choice of Japanese pub food. Excellent Yakitori, the highlight in my opinion. The rest of the menu was also excellent. Courteous and friendly service which is always important.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and great environment to be in.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Not great. Food was overpriced for what it was

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EricC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! Everyone and everything was amazing!

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vipErgoProxy
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was ok for a robabta bar, I wasn't impressed as I have been to others with more choices.
It was a nice place by the ocean however as a Santa Monica resident, I won't be going back.
Sushi wasn't good at all.

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vipPhilB
New York Area
169 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Above average sushi with great drinks and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Just so you know about happy hour - it’s only good if you sit outside or in the bar. We were on a girls’ getaway trip and my friend and I had our 4 daughters with us so $5 sushi rolls sounded perfect but alas - we were seated at a table. When we mentioned happy hour the manager came over and in a not so polite way informed us that happy hour didn’t apply to us since we were seated at a table. She then blamed Opentable because Opentable she said hasn’t let them make this clear. And didn’t even offer a free edamame or anything else to keep things happy (which would have cost them like 50 cents). Talk about passing the buck. After that, the service was decent and so was the food. Just was a bummer start to our dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

You must check out their happy hour menu. They have wonderful food options. I especially liked the grilled asparagus and shiitake mushroom skewers. The grounded chicken and chicken with green onions were delicious too. I even found a good happy hour drink with the help of my wonderful server Kathy. She recommended the cold sake and I liked my beverage too. The happy hour is from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. nightly at the bar and totally worth checking out. It’s a great value with warm and attentive service in a beautiful setting just one block from the beach.

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Scott
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem, I've been going for the past 3 years. Excellent Sushi and Sashimi. Innovative dishes, excellent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Just went after reading a review. The food was fine- quite expensive - cost us over $150 for three and that was with some of the food from the happy hour menu. Servers were very nice. We sat outside which is nice but nothing exceptional.

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vipWilliam77009
Houston
68 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Solid robata menu with some very good items. Best items were the grilled shishito peppers with garlic, grilled chicken wings and Wagyu beef skewers.

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Fashan
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The room was very dark and had trouble reading the menu. They have a great selection of sushi and robata dishes, all delicious!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good time. Best girlfriend ever.

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vipJJ52
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a good American dinner with a twist. Surrounded by locals and travellers, normal people having normal food. Lots of basics but the muscles and the flat breads are great. Extra tastes added to everything making the meal an adventure. Even the margarita comes with a chilli kick!
If you are looking for good food at a reasonable price in a friendly place then you will find it here.
Jennifer, our waiter, was great fun and went the extra mile.
Street parking outside.

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Robata Bar - Santa Monica is rated 4.6 stars by 44 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.