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Kata Robata

Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Restaurant, and Noodle House$$$$
Greenway - Upper Kirby, Houston
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  • The experts at Eater and Houston Press recommend this place
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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)
    Camilla C.
    "The best rolls are the Rising Sun and Ocean Picante."(3 Tips)
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  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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]
  • Sami J.
    Sami JihDecember 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeSeptember 29, 2012
    The squid robata! Yummy and tender.
  • Billy E.
    Billy EllisonMay 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Local Houston Magazine
    Will be sure to delight any foodie's palate! Chef Hori's mix of both traditional and modern Japanese cuisine will take you on a journey!
  • 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).
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ed
    EdDecember 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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 R.
    John RowleyAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Katie C.
    Katie ChadbourneJanuary 18, 2015
    Very unique rolls and drink menu! Very tasty! Plan ahead and make a reservation, even on week nights.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MaAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    scallop foie gras nigiri is the best bite you can possibly order
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanMarch 4, 2016
    Some of the best Japanese food in Houston. Don't miss the inari sushi. Incredibly sweet and delicious.
  • Hubert L.
    Hubert LawAugust 30, 2010
    Try the Scallop Carpaccio with Goat Cheese. The scallop melts like butter in your mouth and the goat cheese gives each bite a creamy and slightly tangy taste to truly savor.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Robert G.
    Robert GrahamApril 2, 2016
    The sushi platter! $35 is a bit much but it wa good . We tried all the dessert options too.
  • Deb G.
    Deb GeeDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the counter and order all of the sushi...but save room for the best desserts in Houston.
  • 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.
  • Geri D.
    Geri DruckmanFebruary 18, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    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!!!
  • Alex V.
    Alex VillarrealAugust 23, 2014
    I can also vouch for the Lobster Mac & Cheese, it's delicious and a pretty good portion.
  • Simone C.
    Simone CulverDecember 5, 2013
    The Kobe beef and pork belly appetizers melt in your mouth! Definitely coming back :)
  • Andres E.
    Andres ElizondoJanuary 10
    Excellent sushi options! They also have fatty tuna belly, which was a pleasant surprise.
  • Christy L.
    Christy LandesSeptember 27, 2014
    Spicy Raman is excellent. Great happy hour. Creative and delicious specials.
  • Mike
    MikeFebruary 11, 2016
    They have a great enclosed patio. If it's crowded ask to sit on the patio when it's cold outside.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeJanuary 18, 2013
    Roll the sushi dice and try something new via the daily special!
  • AlmostVeggies.com
    AlmostVeggies.comOctober 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Caribbean Roll Joy... lobster tail & spicy tuna rolled tightly with mango, avocado, unagi sauce & tobiko. Read more
  • Blended T.
    Blended TraditionsOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit at bar. Ask for items off menu. Jenny and Son fabulous! Great Saki! Will be back soon.
  • Tanya T.
    Tanya Theige SideritsMarch 21, 2013
    Kakuni Pork Belly was amazing, and the Haberno Stud (martini) a must-try!
  • 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.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AlexanderApril 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    My absolute favorite sushi place. The Kata Ramen was also just as delicious.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeSeptember 29, 2012
    Kata Robata actually serves REAL wasabi upon request. Very radish-y.
  • Talya A.
    Talya ArbisserNovember 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything on the menu is topnotch. The sushi is some of the best in the city.
  • 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.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaApril 5, 2016
    Creative menu. Must get omakase with Chef Hori-San: mix of cold & hot dishes. 🍣
  • 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.
  • Antonio P.
    Antonio ParodiMarch 25, 2014
    You need to make a reservation for the omakase, since it takes a good three hours to prepare...
  • Reagan C.
    Reagan CreelyJuly 11, 2013
    Delicious!! The crazy Irishman is the best roll! It's not on the menu but you can order it
  • Christopher N.
    Christopher NixonJune 22, 2015
    The New Zealand king salmon sashimi!!! It's a pat of butter on your tongue!!!
  • Dana B.
    Dana BouttéSeptember 23, 2013
    Absolutely love this spot. One of my fave sushi spots. Never disappoints
  • Geri D.
    Geri DruckmanMarch 28, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Warm Banana Pound Cake With Buttermilk Sherbet - Geniusly Delicious!
  • Camilla C.
    Camilla CalhounNovember 26, 2013
    The best rolls are the Rising Sun and Ocean Picante. Fabulous.
  • Rebecca B.
    Rebecca BarbosaJanuary 12, 2014
    Caribbean roll is amazing! How could you pass up lobster and mango!
  • Houston Chronicle
    Houston ChronicleAugust 3, 2014
    Inside track: Sitting at the sushi counter is the way to go. Read more
  • Marjorie M.
    Marjorie Muniz-MonroyDecember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Sunday sushi specials are wonderful. Ramen bowls rock
  • Little Soya
    Little SoyaNovember 2, 2011
    Ask for Little Soya! Also the Texas Hamachi roll is delicious!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressMay 31, 2012
    Check out Kata Robata's Happy Hour on the Go Time Happy Hour App! Download for free on iphone, android and blackberry! http://bit.ly/NkNt2M
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FradonoApril 25, 2013
    Amazing spicy soy ramen.
  • Ed
    EdFebruary 28
    Been here 5+ times
    Lunch Combo B is really satisfying and runs about $15.
  • J. Nick K.
    J. Nick KostonJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Sunday happy hour prices can't be beat. 1pm-5pm. Try the kimchi chicken.
  • Jenn
    JennJanuary 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    A mix of molecular gastronomy and Japanese food unlike anywhere else.
  • Jojo C.
    Jojo ChantraMay 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Hamachi Jalapenos and the Big Eye Tuna Tar Tar are great appetizers! Also try out Sizzling Seafood Yakisoba!
  • Denise V.
    Denise VoylesMay 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The lobster mac an cheese is just fabulous. Also, the desserts are great too.
  • Quy T.
    Quy TranDecember 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Ocean picante roll and agedeshi tofu
  • Patricia T.
    Patricia TamayoMay 4, 2013
    Awesome kata ramen and marrow!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MaAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    bone marrow is top notch!
  • 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.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeJanuary 18, 2013
    Disappointing katsu don. Better versions of it at Blue Fish and especially at Sage 400.
  • Geri D.
    Geri DruckmanJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Seasonal tip, Winter 2012: You MUST have the ox tail ramen before the winter is over. Delicious!!!
  • Vero L.
    Vero LAugust 2, 2015
    The best roll is the Ocean Picante!!
  • Dyanna C.
    Dyanna CAugust 23, 2012
    Sea urchin with caviar. Amazing
  • Tony B.
    Tony BodeepongAugust 7, 2015
    Try the Foie Gras Chawanmushi - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanSeptember 27, 2012
    Houston Press 2012 Favorite Dishes - Amberjack Sashimi and Foie Gras
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 14, 2012
    Houston Press We Love Food - favorite Houston dishes - Snapper with grapefruit
  • Joshua J.
    Joshua JagnananAugust 27, 2015
    Thrillist says Omakase chef tasting and sake pairing
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanSeptember 28, 2012
    Best of Houston 2012 - Food & Drink - Best Sushi
  • Carlos U.
    Carlos UlloaJune 7, 2012
    The jalapeño hamachi is to die for!
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MitchellJune 12, 2013
    Make a reservation! 30 minute wait at 6:30 on a Wenesday
  • Steven J.
    Steven J.March 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Horse Feather is a good drink if u like Whiskey...
  • Dani R.
    Dani RoseJuly 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try their speciality cocktails! Awesome!
  • Tony B.
    Tony BodeepongAugust 7, 2015
    Try the Chef's Sushi Platter - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Robinson V.
    Robinson VuSeptember 29, 2012
    Best restaurant in Houston in my opinion.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SeilbackDecember 29, 2015
    Great sushi find in Houston
  • Priscila G.
    Priscila GaliciaDecember 27, 2014
    lobster mc and cheese is perfect
  • Billy E.
    Billy EllisonMay 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is only place in Houston that has been certified to serve Fugu (aka pufferfish) if you are interested.
  • Tony B.
    Tony BodeepongAugust 7, 2015
    Try the Grilled Squid - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanOctober 2, 2011
    Houston Press Best of Houston 2011 - Reader's Choice - Best Sushi
  • Keith K.
    Keith KiktaMay 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    For happy hour try the tropical spicy tuna roll. Awesome.
  • Chris✌ J.
    Chris✌ JMarch 30, 2015
    dessert was delightful
  • M S.
    M SurJuly 22, 2015
    Lobster mac and cheese. Texas hamachi roll
  • Anthony W.
    Anthony WilliamsNovember 10, 2015
    the beef teriyaki is krazy good....
  • Tony B.
    Tony BodeepongAugust 7, 2015
    Try the Uni - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Hot Sauce B.
    Hot Sauce Boss®June 18, 2011
    Pay for the fresh wasabi. Everything else is just horseradish!
  • Matt C.
    Matt ChowJanuary 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Favorite Dish: Sushi Omakase
  • Kireau K.
    Kireau KendrickJanuary 31, 2015
    great place to have pork belly
  • Aga K.
    Aga KuplinskaSeptember 5, 2013
    The lobster Mac n cheese is a must!!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MaAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    kata ramen!
  • Danvy V.
    Danvy VoAugust 13, 2013
    Kobe beef...I could eat that all day
  • Mike L.
    Mike LapidakisJune 7, 2012
    Lobster Mac-n-cheese was pretty delicious, but who wouldn't have thought that.
  • Kim T.
    Kim ToAugust 13, 2012
    Try the Pork Belly With Argula Salad
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke CandelariaApril 21, 2012
    Try the Edamame Hummus
  • Chris
    ChrisApril 23, 2011
    Happy hour is a great deal! Plus daily specials!
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BOctober 31, 2012
    Manager's a nice guy. Never went wrong here.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 20, 2012
    Best of Houston 2011 - Top 10 Sushi - #2
  • Megan S.
    Megan SchmittNovember 18, 2013
    Lobster mac and cheese! amazing!
  • CultureMap Houston M.
    The service can be hit or miss, and the portions run small.
  • Kris G.
    Kris GJuly 11, 2012
    Was really looking forward to dinner here. Now i'm leaving HUNGRY and we just spent $100 for two of us on food alone. Ridiculous.
  • Thomas N.
    Thomas NguyenAugust 23, 2010
    Get the live sea urchin when it's available.
  • Deb G.
    Deb GeeJanuary 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Uni chawanmushi
  • Jeffrey C.
    Everything
  • Redwan H.
    Redwan HuqJune 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They weren't kidding about the lobster Mac n cheese.
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CovasJune 13, 2014
    Good but not great. Can't really compare it to uchi.
  • Nabs
    NabsJuly 6, 2014
    Kobe melts in your mouth
  • James M.
    James MoudryFebruary 5, 2012
    A bit loud. But great atmosphere!
  • Dan Y.
    Dan YeoMay 28, 2015
    Not bad Sushi for a place in Texas.
  • Howard H.
    Howard HsiehMay 31, 2010
    Try the peppercorn tuna and/or salmon.
  • Katie D.
    Katie DayOctober 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the ramen.
  • Charles O.
    Charles OsbornJune 18, 2012
    Great, great sushi!
  • Saf an
    Saf anJanuary 31, 2014
    Dish: sashimi platter
  • MoiseKapenda B.
    MoiseKapenda BowerMay 19, 2014
    Cold Curry Noodles
  • Kristi C.
    Kristi ChenowethJuly 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Snapper with grapefruit
  • Jay J.
    Jay JamesonJuly 3, 2011
    Kobe beef roll pretty darn good.
  • Robert G.
    Robert GrahamApril 2, 2016
    Sushi platter
  • Benji J.
    Benji JohnJuly 15, 2010
    Gotta try the Kobe beef roll and Rising Sun!
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke CandelariaApril 21, 2012
    Try the Cucumber Stud
  • theChad
    theChadMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This place qualifies for the food porn category...
  • Alex S.
    Alex S.December 28, 2016
    Not bad, but there are better sushi places.
  • Cynthia A.
    Cynthia AzzamDecember 6, 2012
    Overpriced, bad service, minuscule portions with exorbitant price. Not returning.
  • Nancy S.
    Nancy SaldiernaDecember 18, 2015
    Good food but rude service!!!! Don't come here!
  • Kimberly R.
    Kimberly RandleJuly 4, 2011
    Don't waste your money this place is over priced and terrible
  • Jenn
    JennNovember 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    LA Rolls!! :) Sit at the bar and watch them making amazing rolls!
  • Edson R.
    Edson RiosDecember 5, 2014
    Tooooodo super delicioso
  • Dy L.
    Dy LicataOctober 31, 2014
    #everything 🍣🍜🍶🍸
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