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Robata Bar

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Santa Monica
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1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2106
+1 310-458-4771
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17:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 17:00 - 23:00
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 23:30
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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the best kept secrets in Santa Monica. The people working are great and the food is great. You get to order off the robata menu or you can order anything from Sushi Roku. The sea bream and ribs are very very good.

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Thank csolton
Vancouver
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177 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We come from Vancouver so I guess we're very fortunate with great sushi for little money and it's basically impossible to find that anywhere else in North America. But we still went for sushi in Santa Monica and wished we'd never been. The service was terrible, it took forever to get anyone take our order, we did not get our... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

We were looking for a sushi place in Santa Monica and we decided to go to Robata Bar (they share the kitchen I guess with Sushi Roku). Their sushi is great, different tastes to what I am used to, but we liked. You should give a try their signatures sushi!

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Maroochydore, Australia
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

If you go to a restaurant and the maitre de makes you feel it's inconvenient for him to get you a table you should go somewhere else. Unfortunately we didn't get the hint. Every thing in this restaurant was too much effort for the staff. The foot waiter just dumped the dished in front of you, the waitress had to... More 

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United States
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131 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

We were walking down Santa Monica Boulevard (tourists) and saw the Happy Hour sign, so we thought we'd try it. We were not disappointed!! The half price deals were outstanding! Since we did not know what to order, our waitress, Leslie, and Richard (manager?) gave us suggestions on what to order...it was then that we just asked them to order... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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530 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

We are visiting Santa Monica for the first time in over 2 years. Having dined at Robata on our last trip in 2013, we had fond memories. It didn't disappoint this time. Mixing cocktail bar and Japanese tapas, plus live sport on TV, we again thoroughly enjoyed our visit. A well laid out menu with extensive range, true to Japanese... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

We ordered a variety of sushi and sashimi as well as a cooked salmon entree dish. They were all good but nothing special. The waitress got our order wrong so some of our food never arrived until we were leaving. The table next to us was having a lot of issues with their orders not being correct as well. Don't... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

My favorite spot in Santa Monica... love the food, but the hostess with the mostest... was our bartender, who spoiled me with continuous new cocktails and the first person who introduced me to the La Guaracha!!!! My favorite drink ever... (i'm a big mojito drinker) and this blows it away....!! Now every where I go I try to see who... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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151 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

The food at Robata Bar is excellent. We love robatayaki and they serve a nice variety of options very well. However, the interior of this place can't make up its mind if it is a bar or a restaurant and, as such, misses on both counts. It's not charming or cool, just a bit functional. Nice service, however.

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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

While the food is decent and decently priced, I just felt like the happy hour period meant that service was slower so you didn't take advantage of TOO much of their "happiness" :) The crispy rice with tuna was delicious. The veggies on the robata were ok, but I think the sauces were too sweet. The location is great in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
17:00 - 23:30
Friday
17:00 - 23:30
Saturday
17:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2106
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-458-4771

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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