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$20 - $35
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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1.1 miles from Carmel River State Beach
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Reviewed February 7, 2020 via mobile

This place should be avoided. The sushi rolls are packed with rice and very little fish. The sushi is prepared in the back kitchen, which should tell you something about their attention to quality. (Have you ever had good sushi that isn’t featured in a...case and prepared by an authentic Japanese chef?). My friend ordered a sushi roll and chicken and I’m not kidding when I say fast food restaurants could deliver a better chicken plate. We dined on a Wednesday night (With a half filled restaurant) and the service was still highly average. It pains me to write this review because I used to have great meals and fun here many, many years ago but obviously that was under different ownership. You could not pay me to go back here.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed December 8, 2019

I found a place for lunch during car week which wasn't slammed with tourists. I got here about an hour before they closed for lunch service and it was pretty chill. I ordered the lunch bento box with teriyaki salmon and chicken katsu, it came...with miso soup and a small salad bowl. I also ordered the spicy tuna roll (eight pieces). Beverage: green tea. It was a pretty satisfying lunch. Service was quick and attentive. Hope to be back soon.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed June 18, 2019

I have visited this Japanese Restaurant on Memorial Day 3 years ago and I had the volcano and this Japanese Resturant was the only Japanese Restaurant in Carmel Valley.

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed May 5, 2019

Wonderful sushi is a cozy atmosphere is what you get at Robata. The outdoor firepits are a nice addition!

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

If you want to come for a loooong night this is the place! We visited Robata with family for a early Friday night (6pm) dinner with family. We made a reservation for an outdoor table as we brought our dog. We were seated right at...6 and after 10 minutes our waiter came over and realized we didn’t have menus (that should have been our first clue). After 30 minutes we finally placed our food and drink orders, meanwhile several other patrons had been seated. The drinks came out a few minutes later, as we had our drinks we started to notice several patrons getting their apps even though they came into the restaurant well after we were seated. At 7:02 a waiter brought food out to the two tables next to us that had come well after us, that’s when we had had enough and left the restaurant. We understand it’s Friday night but when other customers seated well after us receive their food before us you have to wonder why? We have been to this restaurant many times but never again, really bad service!More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We go here around once a month, and the food is always consistently good, and the prices are reasonable, especially for the Carmel area. It's our favorite spot for Japanese food in the area.

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed August 29, 2018

Not sure what happened.?possibly changed ownership.? Been comming to robatas with my family since they opened. My favorite place to come and eat. Birthdays,Special occasions. No longer able to eat there!!!! Service changed, not very friendly, food is not up to my standard!!!! Tables empty!!!...so sad! :( Going to miss this place...RTMore

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

The service was appalling. There was not enough room on the table so the waiter just handed us plates and walked off leaving us holding them. 20 minutes after arriving they were stacking chairs on tables around us. The food was awful and we didn’t...eat most of it. The place needs cleaning.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed July 11, 2018

Could not get anyone to look at us when we walked in. Finally after about 10 minutes, we were seated. After another 10 minutes of no one acknowledging we were there, we got up and left. Robatas use to be our favorite Japanese restaurant but...I don't think we will be back. Too bad.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

I used to enjoy their lunch menu even their dinner. Apparently some idiot bought it and decided to change the menu! You don't change something that works! I was really disappointed, not going back again. If your looking for other places there are plenty in...Monterey that haven't changed. You lost my business, also plan on telling friends that come from out of town.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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March 7, 2017|
Response from mswiseguy | Reviewed this property |
We were there twice in the last month. Both times the service was fine. Both times we just had a wide selection of the appetizers (1/2 off specials) and couldn't find any fault with the food. As a long time resident I... More
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