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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
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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
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Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2016

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.

Thank csolton
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177 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 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 

Thank Najebo
Toulouse, France
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 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!

Thank Jorgecf90
Maroochydore, Australia
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 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 

Thank globalbabe50
United States
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135 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
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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1,248 reviews
577 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 589 helpful votes
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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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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
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
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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376 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

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Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
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
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: +1 310-458-4771

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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