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Robata Bar

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1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2106
310-458-4771
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5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Fun Japanese-style bar with good (not GREAT) food

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Montreal, Canada
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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 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 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

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

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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 

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Staten Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

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

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Geelong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Went here with my two daughters and we've all been raving about this place ever since. Excellent sushi and meat skewers are so good. After 3 weeks in the states this is still probably the best meal we've eaten. The only bad thing was we went there on the last night of our stay in Santa Monica so we couldn't... More 

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Ventnor City, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

Our primary interest was sushi, but we didn't realize until we were seated that this establishment primarily concentrated on skewers of food cooked over super-high heat. Guests can also order from the sushi menu of the adjacent sushi restaurant, which is all really one big restaurant. The manager suggested two different robata selections one at a time, which was good... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

After help from the young lady making reservations we decided to eat in here and not Sushi Roku. You are able to order from both menus here. The wait staff were busy but always took care of us, including the manager. We tried too many things to mention all of them. Everything was great!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I've been at Robata a couple of times already. I must say the food is good, we'll prepared and very high quality. I always enjoy going there because there is a variety of options, from sushi to fried rice to grilled meat. Both times I do get a bit negatively surprised when I get the bill but then everything is... More 

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Additional Information about Robata Bar

Address: 1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2106
Phone Number: 310-458-4771
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Japanese

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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
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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