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About Robata Ramen and Yakitori Bar

Specializing in authentic Japanese ramen and yakitori. Located in the center of the Overton Square entertainment district. Extensive, premium sake and schochu selection. Full bar. Great patio. Kid friendly menu options.

2116 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Yakitori, Izakaya

Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 11 am to 9 pm
Monday through Thursday: 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 11 pm
Friday: 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 12 am
Saturday: 11 am to 12 am

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(901) 410-8290

Website:
http://robatamemphis.com/

Parking Details:
Limited, free, street parking. Free parking in lot behind restaurant. Paid parking available in garage across Madison Avenue.

Executive Chef:
Atsushi Matsumoto

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Robata Ramen and Yakitori Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

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Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (5)
Authentic (3)
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Spicy (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for a Date (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vegan (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great Ramen.....my husband has had Ramen in Japan and he was thoroughly impressed!!!

Tags: Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Spicy, Organic, Casual
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

So glad we made a reservation. It's a hot little place. We tried a variety of the starters and the eggplant with spicy tuna was out of this world. Biggest regret was only getting one order of the chicken wings. We were licking the plate with no shame, the sauce was that good. We got a couple of plates of yakisoba, and a couple of ramen bowls. The portions are just right, no need to share!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We have enjoyed every visit. This one was the best since they’ve added the new ramen bowl with chicken meatballs! It is fantastic. I look forward to having it again soon.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food was outstanding but this is the second time in 8 months that I have been there. Both times my friends and I were bombarded with fruit flies and ants. We even had a fruit fly in one of three glasses of a whiskey flight. I won’t be going again if they continue have this problem.

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I love this restaurant because of the food, but the service is always lacking. This time I came, it took forever the waitress to come outside and check on us, I had to ask for a fork twice before I finally got one. I love the food so I will continue going here, but they really need to, either hire better servers, or train the ones they have.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Casual, Quiet Conversation, People Watching
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had an excellent meal and wonderful Service. We went for my Fiance's birthday and sat outside. This was our first time going and we can't wait to come back and eat there again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was great, they were kind of busy on a Saturday night so the service was a tad slow but good.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food and drinks. My date and I had a wonderful time. We would be back soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Organic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 21, 2017

It was great. I got the garlic edamame, fried garlic, and a ramen bowl. Lots of food at a pretty good price.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We were seated at an empty patio. Two other tables were seated 10-15 min later. Server eventually came out and took our order. Instead of turning it in, she took the other guest's orders. She then turned in three rather large orders at the same time. Food came out approx 4o minutes after we were seated. The restaurant was empty except for one or two other tables. We chose the restaurant on a beautiful Sunday because we were hoping to get served rather quickly at your near empty restaurant. I hope this helps. Thank you for passing along to your servers and management . Ann

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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Great local spot for Ramen. The ambience was fun and energetic. The service was a bit slow, but she made a wonderful recommendation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Gluten Free Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Good food, good drink selection, great location. If you're a ramen guru, there are not as many options as some other ramen spots that I've been to. Overall, great place for something different than the normal Memphis food scene.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Overall, just a great place to eat. The ramen is wonderful with a wide variety of customizable options.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Crab Ragoon wss great. Miso corn was too salty to eat.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 16, 2017

It's decent Ramen for Memphis. Broth needs a little more umph. I wish there was a spice ball available not just chili flakes that don't dissolve like the ball of spice

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 (Memphis)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Everything was fantastic. I will be coming back for sure.

Tags: Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Coffee, Disabled Access, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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 (Memphis)·Dined on May 12, 2017

more than enough food. Great price for the size. even eating late, the food tasted fresh and crisp. Cocktails were delicious as well. Service was excellent and we weren't forgotten.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Has great potential. Close to authentic. Need to serve food that is supposed to be hot, hot.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Chose Robata for a birthday dinner and the food and service was great. Overall atmosphere,being in the center of Overton Square, was awesome as well. My only complaint would be, the bottled beer. It's served at room temperature.
The waitress said they're all served at room temperature and recommended we switch to draft so we did. Since it was a birthday dinner, it was a bit of let down to be in a festive area, a nice restaurant and having to drink draft beer because the imported beers were all room temperature. I hope there's a plan to address this in the near future.

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Spicy
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 (Memphis)·Dined on March 18, 2017

This was the first time I had ramen and I loved it! Our waiter was nice but just took a long time! At one point, my friend had to go up to the waitstaff talking at the bar and ask for more water because all of our glasses were empty. But the food was really good, just wish the service was better.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Memphis)·Dined on March 14, 2017

The food was good, but I have a hard time justifying $10 ramen. But maybe that's because I associate ramen with college and after-the-bars-close food you buy from a street truck! The service was mediocre at best. The server was young, disorganized and seemed uninterested in serving us. But he was young so may just need time to learn. Of note, when we showed up (on time) for our reservation, the hostess said there was no table available in spite of the fact that there was an open table directly in front of her. When we pointed it out to her, she did allow us to sit there. After leaving, I received an email from Open Table stating that the restaurant had cancelled our reservation! Overall, the ramen was good and it's nice to have some restaurant variety in Memphis so I can recommend it.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Memphis)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Robata had always been one of our favorite restaurants. The last two visits have been disappointing from a good standpoint as well as a service standpoint. I'm not sure what has changed but it was not welcomed change. The food lacked flavor and the service was equally dissapointing. I hope Robata gets its act together, we really miss our favorite spot!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on February 4, 2017

It was very loud- so much so I couldn't hear the person in front of me. I did not get served the right dish but yet my server told me it was correct.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Even though we were given two seats at the bar for our reservation (which was odd) and we were seated right near a wide open door (which was very cold), the bartender/server was great and attentive and the food was warm and worth hanging around for. We got quite a lot of food for a decent price, and we would definitely be back. A fun date night!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Casual
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Too smoky. Lots of gnats. Severs so so. All too bad bc the food is just great and the courtyard is awesome.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 28, 2016

My wife and I went on a Wednesday and it was nice and quiet. Our waitress was kind and polite. The food came out nice and hot, so overall we were very satisfied as first time customers.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 26, 2016

I love the crispy eggplant appetizer, the pan-seared gyoza, and the miso pork ramen. The food has been good the few times i've been there. However, the staff has consistently been slow. Twice now the bar has brought out my drink extremely late, once having to send it back because we were done with our meal. I've had one good experience with the bar, which was when I sat up there to eat and we had a friendly bartender. Would not recommend for people who like to drink before/with their food or have big groups.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Enjoyed everything from the raman noodles to the short ribs! Great dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 9, 2016

We had such a good dinner. The service was quick, but not rushed. The food was amazing! Robata has the best food for the prices in Overton Square. We will definitely go again!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Our dinner was fabulous! So much so we went the next weekend too. The outdoor seating is very charming!

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Cozy, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 30, 2016

We sat on the patio, and the weather was wonderful and that was really the only plus. Our server was slow and she made multiple mistakes with our orders. Additionally, the food was very bland. We had the fried oyster, squid and cragb rangoon appetizers. Only the rangoons were tasty. For main entree, our table had the salmon flake fried rice, the fried chicken fried rice and several skewers. All were very bland, no seasoning and the fried rice was just steamed white rice in a bowl with the meat thrown on top. Maybe their Ramen is the house favorite? I doubt we will go again, but if we do, I will try the Ramen. Overall, this place was not even close to some of the good reviews we read. I would not recommend.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2016

I know this was not a typical night at Robata. I have been many times and had a great experience... Probably the worst service I have ever had tonight. The waitress very rarely came by to check on the table for basic this... like water or any other beverages. We waited 2 hrs from door to bill. In most of that time other patrons were seated and served entrees before we even got all of our appetizers out. when entrees were finally brought out they were cold. The bartender came over offered a 20% discount and to take the food back to be warmed up. When it came back out it was lukewarm at best. At that point I was over it and got my check. The promised comp did not occur... at best it was 10% and they completely botched the check for the other couple we were with. No apologies for the poor service, no apologies for the poor quality of the food nothing. Robata Ramen and Yakitori Bar as a walking distance resident I find the staffing tonight lackluster and the overall experience to be shameful.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 11, 2016

Delicious, fresh and delicious. Memphis may be home to some great barbecue but this place is a great change of pace.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Not very impressed. Place was not busy. Disappearing staff.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 6, 2016

Great food and service! Absolutely delicious!

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