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Open since 1980 Robata is one of the area's iconic restaurants that has stood the test of time while constantly striving to improve and innovate.

From the privacy of our booths to the warm openess of our full bar your family and friends will find just the right ambiance for your meal.

At Robata, we provide a wonderful array of dishes that is sure to please any customer. From traditional, casual, to adventure-seeking eaters, our menu offers delicious cuisine that is rich in flavor and artistic in presentation.

For catering or private parties call our manager Mitsuko at (831) 624-2643.

Full Bar & Wine List
Specializing in Sake & Japanese Beer

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(831) 624-2643

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“This is my favorite restaurant. Robatas consistently provides an outstanding eating experience with friendly service and incredible food. The atmosphere is warm and comfortable while giving the experiance of dining in Japan at a first-rate restaurant. ... The food is delicious, healthy, and always fresh. The food and experience at Robatas always adds happiness to my day. "

Nate via TripAdvisor
Reviewed September 26, 2012

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"A Local Landmark! Favorite Japanese Cuisine!

This authentic scrumptious Japanese cuisine has brought us back to their doorstep year after year, for the last few decades. The sushi bar and ambiance are always a delight.

The spices and flavors of asia are a treat to the senses.

Enjoy the experience!"

by Kim via UrbanSpoon

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“Best Japanese Restaurant
in the area....

We live in San Francisco and Carmel. Because San Francisco has so many outstanding Japanese Restaurants we had never tried Robata. We missed the boat. This is an wonderful restaurant - in fact better than any Japanese Restaurant in San Francisco (other than Fuji, which closed down). It has beautiful wood interiors, Japanese lanterns and small booths. My wife had sushi, which she raved about and I had Tonkatsu, which was the best I have ever had anywhere...”

Jim E Carmel, via TripAdvisor
Reviewed April 14, 2012

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Robata Grill & Sake Bar Restaurant Review: Movie producers may want to scout Robata’s cave-like chambers for their next film. The atmosphere is part of the reason Robata, now in its third decade, has not lost its popularity with Carmel Japanese enthusiasts. Same goes for the forever-gracious service..."

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"Thanks for the reminder Robata.

Recently ... my parents took me there for my birthday present and it is still as good as ever. I usually order the tuna sashimi (Maguro). Their fish is so good, fresh, and thickly cut you don't need to bother putting it in a roll. All you need is the small size and a bowl of rice and you are good to go. Seriously, it made me realize that all these other sushi places- which I've been thinking are great- are not THAT great.

You forget what fresh fish tastes like. Thanks for the reminder Robata."

Rose H. Seaside via YELP

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Best Japanese/Sushi ...
'02, '03. '4, 0'7

An impressive sushi bar and expert sushi chefs are the centerpiece of this colorful Japanese restaurant adorned with paper lanterns, intimate albeit rustic dining booths, and deep rich woods. For those with an aversion to raw fish, Robata keeps the mesquite grill hot, offering salmon, chicken and red meats. Robata also prepares numerous side dishes and appetizers with a flair for the unusual. Try the Mushroom Madness, several varieties of exotic mushrooms in a mouth-watering stir fry, or grilled eggplant in miso sauce. Deep-fried soft-shell crabs and artichoke tempura are also highly recommended. It's also one of the rare Japanese restaurants with a full bar.

Monterey County Weekly

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Robata Grill and Sake Bar, 3658 The Barnyard, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone:  831-624-2643 • Fax:  831-624-0360 •

I was born in Osaka Japan. The Quality of Japanese food has always been extremely important in my life. My employees and I have always taken great pride in providing the highest quality of food and service to our guests.  I am certain that you will have the best and most memorable experience possible in Robata.  I am grateful toour loyal guests who continue to support Robata.  

I grew up in a restaurant my mother owned in the historical town of Kyoto. The warm welcome and traditional Japanese food she had provided is always my inspiration.
Since 1980, Robata has been dedicated to providing authentic Japanese food harmonizing with the Central Coast's bounty of fresh seafood and locally grown produce. Please dine with us, and enjoy our exceptional food and service.  You will leave Robata's happy and content