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Kata Robata

Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Restaurant, and Noodle House$$$$
Greenway - Upper Kirby, Houston
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  • Christine H.
    "Must get omakase with Chef Hori-San: mix of cold & hot dishes."(6 Tips)
    Teresa P.
    "Try the lobster Mac and cheese and you will not regret it."(8 Tips)
    ArtJonak
    "... gingko nuts) & Uni Chawanmushi, Japanese style egg custard with fresh Uni."(3 Tips)
    Mark A.
    "The Kata Ramen was also just as delicious."(3 Tips)
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  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakFebruary 20, 2015
    Chef Hori-san up front at the sushi bar & Chef Jean-Philippe Gaston back in the kitchen pack a creatively delicious potent one-two punch that every foodie should explore on a regular basis. GoOmakase.
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakFebruary 20, 2015
    Magical flavors in both the Foie Gras & Duck Chawanmushi (egg custard with seared foie gras, duck breast, oyster mushroom, gingko nuts) & Uni Chawanmushi, Japanese style egg custard with fresh Uni.
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakFebruary 20, 2015
    Feeling adventurous? Tora-fugu, poisonous puffer fish flown in from Japan, meticulously prepared by Hori-san to remove all the poisonous parts. Served sashimi-style with mullet roe & crisp fugu skin.
  • Ken P.
    Ken PaoDecember 23, 2015
    Amazing service and sushi, went on a Sunday for their happy hour specials on tools, apps and sake! Some of the best sushi in Houston and really creative rolls, ingredients are too notch and fresh
  • Sami J.
    Sami JihDecember 11, 2013
    The Rising Sun is really good and the peppercorn tuna on top is really fresh. The Texas hamachi is also good but the jalapeños on top can be really spicy or not at all.
  • Billy E.
    Billy EllisonMay 8, 2013
    All nigiri and sashimi are excellent. Kobe beef skewers are a must. Sit near front during busy times as wait staff can be amiss for long periods. For special cold and hot plates be prepared to wait
  • Wil J.
    Wil JeudyAugust 7, 2014
    Sushi is good here, but the real star of the show is the lobster Mac & cheese. Other awesome choices are bone marrow (rich & tasty, done right) and Kobe beef (texture like butter, for real).
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LeungSeptember 8, 2013
    From cocktails, tar tar to their Hawaiian rolls they know what they are doing. Their appetizing hh pricing is irresistible. Watch out uchiko you might have found your "middle class" competitor.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 23, 2012
    For anything traditional (and sometimes not so traditional) Japanese, Kata is a must. Japanese ex-pats call it the most authentic place in town. The sushi and ramen unbeatable. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Joe D.
    Joe DuffinFebruary 16, 2013
    Nice ambience! Friday's is packed.... I recommend making reservations ahead of time. Got there around 8:30pm without reservation, wait time was one hour and a half. Parking was a mission
  • Atticus L.
    Atticus LOctober 9, 2014
    Damn good uni shooters! Needs more uni though... don't get stingy and prop my uni up with snow crab and think I won't notice. Raw scallops are the best part of the fatty sashimi for two platter!!
  • Geri D.
    Geri DruckmanFebruary 18, 2010
    My favorite Japanese restaurant in Houston! If you REALLY want to indulge yourself, sit at the sushi bar and have the Omakase (=chefs tasting), Hori-San and Philippe are Phe.no.me.nal!!!
  • Hubert L.
    Hubert LawAugust 30, 2010
    Try the Scallop Carpaccio with Goat Cheese for $12. The scallop melts like butter in your mouth and the goat cheese gives each bite a creamy and slightly tangy taste to truly savor.
  • Evie
    EvieAugust 17, 2014
    The Chirashi is well worth the $33. Sooo many types of sashimi! The duck dumpling shoyu ramen and rising sun roll don't disappoint either.
  • AskMen
    AskMenDecember 10, 2010
    Siegel-Gardner is our kind of chef. Not only does the man have pedigree - he's worked under Gordon Ramsay & Marcus Samuelsson. This is your chance to catch a great chef in his experimental stage. Read more
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TranJanuary 25, 2013
    This place left me speechless. You can't leave this place without trying the Foie Gras. It is simply the most amazing thing that's landed in my honorary mouth. Yep I said it.
  • Stephanie M.
    Awesome Sushi spot in Houston. They won't seat you unless your entire party is present, even with reservations. Happy hour during the week ends at 7!
  • Houston Chronicle
    Houston ChronicleAugust 3, 2014
    Don't miss: Uni chawanmushi; Kobe short rib with yamamomo, the tart red bayberry fruit; chirashi sushi; omakase sashimi for two; strawberry shortcake. Read more
  • Teresa P.
    Teresa PhamAugust 7, 2014
    Try the lobster Mac and cheese and you will not regret it. The ramen here is also some of the best I've had and the portions are large too.
  • Ed
    EdDecember 21, 2015
    I love the Longhorn roll and the (currently off-menu) Houston roll. It can get crowded there, so make a reservation and avoid the wait.
  • samichlaus
    samichlausMay 26, 2015
    One of the better sushi restaurants I have ever been to. Yellow tail with jalapeño was amazing. Beef skewers and fatty tuna are a must.
  • John-Henry P.
    John-Henry PereraMay 25, 2015
    I love the portion sizes here. My usual routine is going down the list on the separate paper menu, including their special cocktails.
  • John R.
    John RowleyAugust 7, 2014
    My favorite Sushi restaurant in Houston. Sit at the bar and ask the chefs to surprise you, and not to stop until you ask them to.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 4, 2014
    Sushi chef Hori-san is serving some stellar sushi and stunningly inventive dishes here in Upper Kirby. Read more
  • Natalie S.
    Natalie S.December 19, 2012
    Come before 7 during the week for happy hour menu. Pork belly bin is yum yum yum. Stick with the fish dishes and sushi.
  • Francisco E.
    Francisco EscamillaFebruary 6, 2015
    Mac and Cheese was amazing. Pork dumplings were great. Sushi was okay. A little pricey for what I would pay at a sushi place.
  • Judah J.
    Judah JohnsOctober 7, 2014
    Longhorn roll and it seems all the Japanese people were getting the ramen which I'm getting next time
  • Miriam G.
    Some of the best Japanese food in Houston. Don't miss the inari sushi. Incredibly sweet and delicious.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressJuly 15, 2013
    Fresh, flavorful, high-quality food for a lot less than you'd expect to pay, which is why it was awarded Best Sushi in the 2012 Best of Houston® issue.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MathenaJuly 10, 2010
    The O-toro is the best that I have had. And the wasabi roe is great. Order the sake flight for a fun addition.
  • Katie C.
    Katie ChadbourneJanuary 18, 2015
    Very unique rolls and drink menu! Very tasty! Plan ahead and make a reservation, even on week nights.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressJanuary 27, 2011
    2010 Best of Houston® Winner: Best New Restaurant: The delectable panko-crusted lamb lollipops with ginger sauce that are as fun to eat as they are delicious.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MaAugust 7, 2014
    scallop foie gras nigiri is the best bite you can possibly order
  • Jojo C.
    Jojo ChantraMay 23, 2010
    Hamachi Jalapenos and the Big Eye Tuna Tar Tar are great appetizers! Also try out Sizzling Seafood Yakisoba!
  • Robert G.
    The sushi platter! $35 is a bit much but it wa good . We tried all the dessert options too.
  • AlmostVeggies.com
    AlmostVeggies.comOctober 15, 2011
    Caribbean Roll Joy... lobster tail & spicy tuna rolled tightly with mango, avocado, unagi sauce & tobiko. Read more
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeJanuary 18, 2013
    Disappointing katsu don. Better versions of it at Blue Fish and especially at Sage 400.
  • Mike
    MikeFebruary 11
    They have a great enclosed patio. If it's crowded ask to sit on the patio when it's cold outside.
  • Deb G.
    Deb GeeDecember 4, 2012
    Sit at the counter and order all of the sushi...but save room for the best desserts in Houston.
  • Steve R.
    Steve RobertMay 1, 2014
    Food is great, sushi is ok but no service when you go lunch time, too busy too talk to your server.
  • Alex V.
    Alex VillarrealAugust 23, 2014
    I can also vouch for the Lobster Mac & Cheese, it's delicious and a pretty good portion.
  • W. Ross W.
    W. Ross WellsJuly 25, 2013
    If you really want to impress someone that enjoys Japanese cuisine, spring the Kata Robata on them. Damn.
  • Blended T.
    Blended TraditionsOctober 20, 2011
    Sit at bar. Ask for items off menu. Jenny and Son fabulous! Great Saki! Will be back soon.
  • Christy L.
    Christy LandesSeptember 27, 2014
    Spicy Raman is excellent. Great happy hour. Creative and delicious specials.
  • Simone C.
    Simone CulverDecember 5, 2013
    The Kobe beef and pork belly appetizers melt in your mouth! Definitely coming back :)
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeSeptember 29, 2012
    Kata Robata actually serves REAL wasabi upon request. Very radish-y.
  • Christine H.
    Creative menu. Must get omakase with Chef Hori-San: mix of cold & hot dishes. 🍣
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressOctober 17, 2012
    2012 Best of Houston Winner: Best Sushi.Check out more Houston Press Winners here:http://www.houstonpress.com/bestof/ Or go moblie with the free Best Of app.
  • Tanya T.
    Tanya Theige SideritsMarch 21, 2013
    Kakuni Pork Belly was amazing, and the Haberno Stud (martini) a must-try!
  • Denise V.
    Denise VoylesMay 15, 2011
    The lobster mac an cheese is just fabulous. Also, the desserts are great too.
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