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Robata Bar

Santa Monica
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1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2106
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5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 7, 2015
United States
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United States
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97 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 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 

Thank Smhd2020
Sydney, Australia
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1,029 reviews
462 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 499 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 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 

Thank Emanpee
Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 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 

Thank travel_bug7933
Herndon, Virginia
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 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 

Thank ablkmnd
Wellington, New Zealand
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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 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.

Thank FulhamMan
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 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 

Thank Chicagoan1234
Manchester, United Kingdom
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182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This used to be the first place we headed for when in Santa Monica, but I think that there's that much choice now that they can't keep up. The bar has always been small but always felt special, but now it doesn't excite or belong. We went in late evening for wine and a dessert - it was cheesecake and... More 

Thank worldwide002
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Great food, friendly and helpful waitstaff who were proactive in helping with menu choices and advice

Thank Simon W
Montreal, Canada
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74 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Looking for a fun evening of drinks with friends and in the "mood" for somewhere you can eat a little to a lot in tapas style sizes? Japanese robatayaki is NOT high end cuisine but rather intended to go along with some good old fashioned carousing. This is Santa Monica (near the beach no less) so they do a slightly... More 

Thank RyokoVoyageur
Staten Island, New York
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

Their happy hour specials were reasonably priced and their food was exceptional. I just wish that the staff was more on top of us as it took me 15 min to order another drink

Thank Randi S

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2106
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-458-4771

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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