Robata JINYA

4.7
242 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Modern Japanese-Izakaya style restaurant on 3rd Street.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday || 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday || 5:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Saturday || 5:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Sunday || 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM

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Phone number
(323) 653-8877
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 242 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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AC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food..sushi quite good, robata is the best..vegetables, seafood, meatballs, way guy and of course the shrimp toast....noise level is outrageously high...bring ear plugs...

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a brilliant restaurant. Staff are on point in spite of a hectic environment with dishes going everywhere. Food is delicious - keep it up!

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K
Oxford
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food, rude waiter (supervisor). The music too high.

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d
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service! I highly recommend the Happy Hour menu

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KM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great Happy Hour Menu. It is a great casual place with reasonable price and good quality food. Inside is too noisy.

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DA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food a little loud for me but overall good spot

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J
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

first time there. great place, great vide, great food.
I will definitely go back.

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TK
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food came out all at once ... was like a bombardment

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OH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Server was not paying attention to the tables all the time. They let bunch of 2-5 yrs old at patio seat and ruined the scene.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really good quality sushi and yakitori at great prices. Happy hour is an amazing value.

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and outstanding food / service. I highly recommend, try the wagyu steak.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place.

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JA
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated quickly, kindly fed quickly, will go more then three times a week if I can!

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TS
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come almost every week for their ramen. It has to be some of the best I’ve ever had.

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FA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Very disappointed with Robata Jinya. We are frequent diners to this restaurant for special occasions or just for everyday dining. However, the service significantly declined, we had to call the attention and remind our server a few times to follow up on our orders, from the meals to the drinks. The appetizer and another roll we ordered came towards the end of the meal and their excuse was that the waiter delivered our orders to another table, so who's gonna pay for that order? The menu has also changed, servings are relatively smaller, like the california roll for example, 8 tiny pieces cut to about less than an inch, what happened to the contents of the roll? where's the avocado, crab meat and the other ingredients that makes up a california roll? They were so minute that you'd think they were from a kids meal. The meat on their tapa/skewers also shrank in size and quantity. A simple miso soup order arrived in a tiny-tiny bowl compared to previous times we would order this soup. What happened to the Robata quality? No wonder there were so many available seats open.

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KY
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I usually like to sit outside because the inside is a bit dark/loud. Food is very good. Happy hour dishes are good deals.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

service was good everything but the sushi was amazing

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a
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best yakitori places! Everything we ordered was delicious! Fun energy and attentive service - we will be back for more!

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GK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My friends and I have ordered from Robata Jinya plenty of times for dinner delivery and never been disappointed (food comes well-packaged, flavors are on-point, overall delicious). This was our first time going to the restaurant in person, and unfortunately we will not be coming back and instead stick to ordering. We ordered a lot of favorites - and were served old meat (the foie grois was particularly unappetizing), sashimi that was poorly cut and not fresh, very undercooked miso eggplant that had little flavor, the list goes on. The service was also not exactly on par for the night either. It was just disappointing overall - especially given how much we enjoy delivery from Robata.

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MR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food and enjoy seating on the patio. I come here about once a month and have always enjoyed the food. One complaint is that the owner insists on playing loud music all the time and it makes it difficult to talk. Patio is quieter, but still too annoyingly loud. The food is good enough to put up with the noise, but would go more often if quieter.

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WD
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always constantly good. I eat here a lot, and the shrimp toast is incredible.

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AG
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brought my boyfriend here for his birthday, it was our first time coming to Robaya Jinya, & my first time trying Japanese cuisine. The food was delicious, creative, and fresh! Each small plate was timed perfectly in between one another, we were able to try many items on the menu. Our server Bobby was extremely professional, friendly, and very helpful in guiding us through the menu. He was very knowledgeable of the menu items. My boyfriend said this was by far his favorite birthday dinner thus far!

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MH
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

More expensive and less value on the menu. Portions smaller, price higher. I suppose it's the pressure of rising costs. That will end with the next recession and the birth of lower cost alternatives. Used to be our favorite sushi place.

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S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s great. I love this place I wish the music was softer and that they would bring back some of the old dishes

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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JJ
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here relatively often, and every time is better than the last. Inventive dishes, delicious food, and super friendly and accommodating staff. (I always opt for the counter seating so I can see the sushi chefs working away!)

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I came to Robata Jinya for their Ramen. The Creamy Vegan Ramen. We love it! But every time we come we also find awesome appetizers. The edamame is awesome, subtle spice and the right amount of Garlic. And their skewers are very good. We've had the pork belly, salmon, and chicken skewers and they are all great. And come with a nice trio of dipping sauces. A cilantro lime of some sort, a spicy option, and a wasabi like sauce. All choice. I've already recommended family to this place.

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SP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, nice ambience and very good service. Highly recommended!

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M
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This is my second experience here.
1st Time was very horrible so we didn’t come back almost 1 year.
The server was not bad but when we open Sake bottle she didn’t even open the cap.
So we cut our hand cuz of cap.
This is so sad no one educate to open the bottle for customers?

We won’t sue them but they supposed to change it immediately.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We’ve dined here several times- it’s now a go-to for us!

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C
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is always great! I recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to have fun
And enjoy delicious food.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very favorable past experience was reason to come again. Menu change left off our favourite items of the past. We were disapointed.

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FH
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best izakaya in Los Angeles. Great value from 5-7.
Vegan raman is alone worth the trip. Great service from a lovely staff that welcomes you and makes you feel at home.

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GF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must try: Foie Gras as appetizer. Crispy sweet rice sushi rice topped with Foie gras - simply amazing.

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RR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Robata was certainly one of the best Sushi places in LA for a long time. We used to go at least twice a week. However, since last year, something has changed. Every time we go, we say never again. We stopped going for 6 months, and we heard it's got better again. This time we tried it and it was just OKAY, nothing like last year but not disastrous either (like few months ago)
Robata is no longer the same as it used to be.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I prolly won’t go back but it’s good to try I liked the ambiance and service .. very clean and organized nice decoration

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JB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This is the second time I have been to Robata Jinya and once again I was not disappointed. My teenage son is not easily impressed and the food blew him away. The small plates are so delicious and great for sharing. The Miso Black Cod is to die for! The Salmon with Mushroom Truffle sauce is also a favorite. The bite sized portions on skewers means you can try a wide variety of dishes and not get too full. Make a reservation because they are always busy. Once you order, the food comes quickly one dish after the other. The seating inside is a little too tight for my liking so I like to dine on the patio and it has heat lamps.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server, every runner was cordial. Every course brought out was better than the last.

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GD
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The yakitori is some of the best in town. The restaurant is low key with a hip and sexy vibe. They do not have a full bar, but we tried their lychee martinis and they were great. My favorite dishes of the night were the salmon belly and the steak and garlic. They also had a fish belly sampler that was to die for. Everything we tried was spot on. Our server was quick and professional.

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