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ROBATA, London,

ROBATA

4.4
4.4
1111 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 pal

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Japanese Speciality

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    020 7287 5766

  • Payment options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Charles Lee

  • Neighborhood

    Soho

  • Cross street

    Between Dean Street and Wardour Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Soho Leicester Square Piccadilly Circus Tottenham Court Road Oxford Circus Covent Garden

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 1,111 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. HC

    HonorC

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Sadly some very drunk noisy people sat next to us.
  2. RS

    RosieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food - fresh and flavoursome! Definitely on my list to return and try more.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    The food was good and the service was fast BUT we had a major issue with our experience here. We ordered bao buns and were wrongly given the beef bao buns - we didn’t know this and ate them. The mistake was only told to us on paying the bill - now we are Hindu and don’t eat beef for religious reasons. This was a big issue for us - and yet the waiter and manager showed complete disregard for the seriousness of this issue. I’m sorry but simply taking the item of the bill is just not good enough and bringing the correct dish after all the plates had been cleared and we were ready to leave was of no use. Not impressed - the manager eventually gave 20% off the bill as a gesture of goodwill but we had to fight for this and there was no sincerity on their part for the seriousness of their mistake. In this day and age, you cannot just disregard people’s beliefs or values like that.
  4. GR

    GillianR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. All delicious and beautifully served. High recommend. Will be visiting again. Service was friendly and efficient. A fabulous lunch. Thank you.
  5. D

    Dyset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were extremely nice and down to earth friendly. The food was very efficient and quick. Everything was hot and tasted good.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The sushi and skewers were outstanding and the waiting staff were so attentive and kind. The only thing lacking was slightly noisy restaurant but it in no way spoiled our evening. Loved it and will definitely go back!
  7. SJ

    SJO86

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An enjoyable lunch, having opted for the Early Bird menu. We had four dishes each, which was more than enough. My dining companion had visited previously, and mentioned how excellent the food again was. Very good sushi. Perfectly cooked edamame, with the most amazing spicy sauce. The miso aubergine was 👌🏻. My only critique is that the pork belly was a touch chewy - smaller cuts, may have helped tenderise the meat when cooking. Will definitely be back when in/around Soho, or London’s West End. 5/5
  8. FF

    FoodFrenzy

    Atlanta

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Pricey but great service and food is delicious.
  9. GE

    GregE

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you like Japanese grilled food, this is the place for you A little pricey but worthwhile
  10. MM

    MartinaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food amazing and nice staff! I will come back definitely!
  11. 1

    1234pt

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    The restaurant does not take cash and is not displayed anywhere or told to anyone at the time of booking. No signage of this. When I disputed this the manager just dismissed this and said I’ll take it and pay on my card. Squid was really dry. Sushi was good! Wouldn’t return very basic.
  12. LF

    LukeF

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I recommend kimchi gyoza, black cod, mushroom yakitori and miso aubergine
  13. LS

    LauraS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The sushi and Iberico pork were excellent. Service was fine but missed some details on our order. Definitely return for the food.
  14. NN

    NatalyN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Last time we visited Robata in October last year,that’s was an amazing experience, yesterday nobody asked us for dessert, another drinks… Food excellent,service need to improve,but overall everyone very nice ,we will definitely come back.
  15. DC

    DavidC

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere
  16. n

    notonadiet

    London

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We regularly go to Robata, it’s consistently excellent. The bottomless brunch is incredibly good value for money
  17. HS

    HollyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Came here for a birthday dinner with my friends. The food was nice, I especially liked the miso aubergine. However we were charged £5 for bottled water, which was quite surprising as the waiter didn’t ask if we would like bottled or tap water. On reading previous reviews people were given birthday deserts and I was surprised that they didn’t suprise me with anything.
  18. L

    Lauren

    Newcastle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and cocktails were incredible, especially the prawn tempura sushi!
  19. CH

    CathyH

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Robata for the first time last night. It was our son’s 25th birthday and he wanted Japanese so we were really hoping it would be good. It was excellent. The service was friendly and efficient and the food was super tasty. The special sushimi selection and the pork gyozas were particularly good. The bao buns were also really good, We will definitely be going back!
  20. MF

    MarioF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and excellent service. We got the tasting menú and the staff carefully explained every item.
  21. AZ

    AnZay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Japanese restaurant in Central London with great tasty food! Highly recommend!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant food and lovely waiter.
  23. J

    Julie

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great tasting food in a casual lively atmosphere. Been here a number of times and always enjoyed fantastic service. Last night was no different...Rhianna was superb. Service with a smile and a great personality
  24. R

    Rasco

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Overpriced and very small portions, would not reccomend.
  25. FK

    FredK

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Es war unser zweiter Besuch im Robata nach der ersten, sehr positiven Erfahrung. Wir hatten einen Tisch für gebucht. Bereits 9:20 teilte man uns mit das ‚Last Order‘ für Essen und Getränke ist. Schwierig bei einer Küche die aus vielen kleinen Portionen besteht. Geschmacklich ausgezeichnet.
  26. C

    Citygirl

    New York Area

    124 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely food and great for sharing with friends.
  27. EG

    EmmaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, amazing service! Would definitely recommend and return!
  28. DN

    DNdining

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    Good food, but the service was a bit lacklustre for the prices charged.
  29. FK

    FredK

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Erster Besuch. Etwas schwierig abzuschätzen, wieviel man bestellen sollte, besser zweimal bestellen. Essen absolut köstlich! Etwas laut und die Klimaanlage hat gezogen. Wir kommen auf jeden Fall wieder.
  30. B

    3Babki

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    Food was fantastic as always, but the service was poor. A dish we ordered never arrived despite asking for it twice. The noise level was unbearable because of two tables. Usually this place is a hard 5/5, but last night this wasn’t it.
  31. H

    Hatts

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best sushi I’ve ever had. All food was delicious and atmosphere was very cool.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very enjoyable meal & evening
  33. DW

    DavidW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fresh, carefully prepared and tasty. The service was attentive and drinks including cocktails were great. It proved a good choice for a lovely pre-theatre lunch.
  34. ME

    MohamedE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful staff, great cocktails and amazing food! (noisy at the front, quieter at the back)
  35. SN

    SeanN

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great skewers and short rib bao. The Iberico is a must try.
  36. AO

    AmaO

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was lovely - the staff was so kind and the food was excellent 👌
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Awesome food, like always!! Very noisy inside but hopefully they will add tables outside soon. Their bao buns are one of the best!
  38. E

    Elizabeth

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The black cod was unreal, so delicate and just flaked apart. The sushi rolls were delicious as-well and if you get spicy edamame i would save some of the juices for your rolls to dip in. Deep fried chicken thighs are also a must! Scallop skewers were also yummy and everything went well with the house white. cocktails were nice but could of done without.
  39. NC

    NinaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Every single dish we ordered was delicious and full of taste. The soft shell crab Bao buns were great, but messy to eat. The iberico plum a delight.
  40. DF

    DouglasF

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific meal and friendly staff. Would definitely recommend Robata.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

ROBATA is rated 4.4 stars by 1111 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


Google Map for ROBATA

56 Old Compton Street Soho London, W1D 4UE

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Dean Street and Wardour Street

  • Neighborhood

    Soho

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Japanese Speciality

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Soho Leicester Square Piccadilly Circus Tottenham Court Road Oxford Circus Covent Garden

  • Payment options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Charles Lee

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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