Robata Grill and Sake Bar – A little bit of Japan in Carmel, California

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I recently had  dinner at the Robata Grill & Sake Bar, which I understand has been a locals’ favorite since opening back in 1980. 

Here you can enjoy the ambiance of a traditional Japanese setting with its rustic wood interior, low ceiling and its quiet graceful hospitality. The cuisine is as authentic as the decor; with fresh sushi, light tempura, and selections of quality fish, fowl, meat, and vegetables grilled on an open hearth.

I especially liked the BBQ steamed rice.  There are no BBQ sauces involved in this side dish, just a modest-sized ball of Japanese rice cooked on the grill.  Their soy sauce has aromas and flavors with a depth and breath all its own.  Fantastic!

The wait staff was consistently prompt, kind and courteous.

The restaurant is located in Carmel, CA near the intersection of Highway 1 and Carmel Valley Road.  Go east off Highway 1 on Rio Road and then left on Via Nona Marie.  There is ample free parking and lots of interesting shops and other restaurants.

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