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Kata Robata

Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Restaurant, and Noodle House$$$$
Greenway - Upper Kirby, Houston
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  • Matt C.
    "Favorite Dish: Sushi Omakase"(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.
  • 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.
  • 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]
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeSeptember 29, 2012
    The squid robata! Yummy and tender.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Miriam G.
    Some of the best Japanese food in Houston. Don't miss the inari sushi. Incredibly sweet and delicious.
  • 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
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MaAugust 7, 2014
    scallop foie gras nigiri is the best bite you can possibly order
  • 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 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.
  • 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
  • Robert G.
    The sushi platter! $35 is a bit much but it wa good . We tried all the dessert options too.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alex V.
    Alex VillarrealAugust 23, 2014
    I can also vouch for the Lobster Mac & Cheese, it's delicious and a pretty good portion.
  • 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.
  • Simone C.
    Simone CulverDecember 5, 2013
    The Kobe beef and pork belly appetizers melt in your mouth! Definitely coming back :)
  • Christy L.
    Christy LandesSeptember 27, 2014
    Spicy Raman is excellent. Great happy hour. Creative and delicious specials.
  • 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!!!
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeJanuary 18, 2013
    Roll the sushi dice and try something new via the daily special!
  • Christine H.
    Creative menu. Must get omakase with Chef Hori-San: mix of cold & hot dishes. 🍣
  • Tanya T.
    Tanya Theige SideritsMarch 21, 2013
    Kakuni Pork Belly was amazing, and the Haberno Stud (martini) a must-try!
  • AlmostVeggies.com
    AlmostVeggies.comOctober 15, 2011
    Caribbean Roll Joy... lobster tail & spicy tuna rolled tightly with mango, avocado, unagi sauce & tobiko. Read more
  • 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.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeSeptember 29, 2012
    Kata Robata actually serves REAL wasabi upon request. Very radish-y.
  • Blended T.
    Blended TraditionsOctober 20, 2011
    Sit at bar. Ask for items off menu. Jenny and Son fabulous! Great Saki! Will be back soon.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AlexanderApril 18, 2013
    My absolute favorite sushi place. The Kata Ramen was also just as delicious.
  • 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.
  • Christopher N.
    Christopher NixonJune 22, 2015
    The New Zealand king salmon sashimi!!! It's a pat of butter on your tongue!!!
  • Antonio P.
    Antonio ParodiMarch 25, 2014
    You need to make a reservation for the omakase, since it takes a good three hours to prepare...
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