Robot Restaurant Review – Japan’s Most Bizarre, Must See Show (2020)

Robot Restaurant - The waiting room

Robot Restaurant Review – Why You Need To Visit

When pitching the idea to myself about writing a Robot Restaurant review, I almost felt overwhelmed.

Take Google’s quickfire description of the Robot Restaurant as an example:

“Theme restaurant/bar featuring a raucous pop-culture show with robotic monsters, dancers & lasers.”

What other place could even imagining selling themselves like that!
Robot Restaurant - Like somewhere you've never been before
Robot Restaurant – Like somewhere you’ve never been before

How’d you even begin to describe a show like this?

It’s like something you’ll never see again, and have never seen before.

It’s Japan, in a nutshell. An incredible country, with wonderfully polite people, but my word, is the country in a world of its own in so many ways!

In its own world in a weird and wonderful way may I add. The fashion, the style, the cuisine… it’s all very different to not just the western world, but other Asian countries too.

Japan is like nothing you’d experience in China or Korea. Japan is its own entity, which makes it such a catch.

The Robot Restaurant is an experience all first timers must experience when visiting Japan for the first time. Not because it’s the greatest show on earth, because it’s Japan!

You leave speechless, yet with so many questions. Why, how, why… don’t even try answering them!

Robot Restaurant Review – How to Book Tickets?

Robot Restaurant Review – How to Get There?

Robot Restaurant Review – Arriving

Robot Restaurant ReviewOnto the Show

Robot Restaurant ReviewFinal Thoughts

Robot Restaurant ReviewFAQ’s

Robot Restaurant Review – How to Book Tickets?

There are a number of websites you can book tickets from.

This would be the best way, get them reserved. I would not turn up and expect a seat. The stage and seating itself is much smaller than I expected (there are only 3 rows in total) and it’s usually in high demand so… BOOK ONLINE.

Bianca booked this as a birthday surprise for me through the Go Voyagin website.

You can also book on the following websites:

TIP #1 – This is a tourist attraction, and therefore prices are reflected. It’s not cheap, but it’s an experience, a show, and it’s well worth an evening.

TIP #2 – This is not a restaurant, if you are hungry and thinking of somewhere to eat, you don’t just go to the Robot Restaurant. Remember, it’s a show. We just ate popcorn. Treat it like a movie.

If you want to eat, we recommend you try out the nearby Teppan Baby which is a brilliant Tokyo Teppanyaki experience.

In a nutshell though, booking the tickets was fast and simple according to Bianca.

Robot Restaurant Review – How to Get There?

The Robot Restaurant is located right in the heart of Tokyo, in Kabukicho in Shinjuku district.

Unsurprisingly this is one of the more raucous areas of Tokyo let’s say, where it all the fun seems to happen, if you get my drift!

The Robot Restaurant is a short walk from Shinjuku Metro station as shown in the map below.

There are giant signs for the restaurant all around the nearby area, as shown in the image above, all in bright, aggressive colours, so you shouldn’t have too many issues finding it!

ADDRESS – Japan, ใ€’160-0021 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Kabukicho, 1 Chomeโˆ’7โˆ’7

ADDRESS IN JAPANESE FOR A TAXI DRIVER – ใƒญใƒœใƒƒใƒˆใƒฌใ‚นใƒˆใƒฉใƒณ

Interestingly the romanization for the above Japanese sounds very similar to English (robotto resutoran) so you could even say it in English and they’d probably get your drift.

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Robot Restaurant Review – Arriving

Upon arrival you’ll need to join a queue to confirm your reservation before moving to another building opposite to enter.

Robot Restaurant - The waiting room
Robot Restaurant – The waiting room

The process is all very well sign posted making it easy to get around, with English available pretty much everywhere given the strong tourist nature of the place.

The experience then begins, as you are taken to a waiting room which is filled with chrome and colour.

Chaotic on the eyes.

As people continue to filter in a robot will come around and grab a selfie with everyone, before a mini-show begins on stage with his fellow robot friends.

Essentially they are a band there to get the crowd going.

It works.

Whilst in the room you have the chance to grab drinks, even food and relax with everyone else. Just note that of course as the place is a tourist haven let’s say, prices for drinks aren’t the cheapest.

All in all, it’s a tidy way to start the experience.

As we were one of the first ones up there I must admit we took great enjoyment of watching each small group of people arrive with varying facial expressions. These ranged from sheer shock at the dazzling display, to just outright laughter and WTF faces. Very funny I must admit.

Overall I’d say we were in the room for about an hour, with people arriving all the time.

After the band do their thing, they give a quick rundown of what’s the come, and you are shipped down some equally hectic stairs to the “arena”.

Robot Restaurant Review – Onto the Show

We’ll not give too much away here, although to be honest words and photos (even videos) do this place no justice whatsoever.

You can watch as many videos and take in as many photos as you like, just go, see it for yourself, and take it all in.

As with the expressions I mentioned before, it’s great fun following everyone’s faces in the room. People struggle to believe what they are watching.

Robot Restaurant - Seconds before the impending carnage
Robot Restaurant – Seconds before the impending carnage

Some useful details we can give you though:

  • I had this pre-conception the place would be huge, and more restaurant focused. It’s actually a small underground room with just three rows on either side. The rows are facing each other with the stage in the middle.
  • There are two breaks during the show which allow for toilet pit-stops and drink/food top-ups. Don’t be late, they are strict with latecomers.
  • The room is small, the noises are loud and the lights are bright. If this sounds like your worst nightmare it’s best avoided.
  • There are shows at numerous times throughout the day so this doesn’t have to be an evening thing.

The show lasts for about 90 minutes in total and it must be said, all the performers involved do a cracking job. They get the crowd going and put on a unique show.

The scenes are great fun too but as said, we don’t want to give anything away. There are some lovely touches in there and they try to get the crowd involved as much as they can to.

If you are front row be careful, and keep your eyes on what’s going on. The stage is small and there is a lot of stuff flying around!!

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Robot Restaurant – Final Thoughts

Robot Restaurant - The coveted ticket
Robot Restaurant – The coveted ticket

We hope our little review has give you some form of idea on what to expect.

Bianca booked this as a birthday surprise. It was our first trip to Japan, long overdue, and it was a real highlight of our time in Tokyo, there is no doubt about that.

Summarising the Robot Restaurant Review…?

Expect the unexpected.

Go into this with a completely open mind.

It was odd, when we came out I summarised the experience by saying…

That was everything like I expected it to be, but nothing like I expected at the same time.

Makes no sense, right? That’s the whole point!

Robot Restaurant – FAQ’s

Where it the Robot Restaurant?

It’s based in the heart of Shinjuku district in Tokyo, barely a few minutes walk from Shinjuku Metro station

What is the address of the Robot Restaurant for a taxi driver?

ADDRESS – Japan, ใ€’160-0021 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Kabukicho, 1 Chomeโˆ’7โˆ’7
ADDRESS IN JAPANESE FOR A TAXI DRIVER – ใƒญใƒœใƒƒใƒˆใƒฌใ‚นใƒˆใƒฉใƒณ

Can I book tickets for the Robot Restaurant online?

Yes you can, quite easily as well. Try any of these
Go Voyagin website
Shinjuku Robot

Is the Robot Restaurant food any good?

Despite the name, this is all about a show, not so much the food. You can get typical snacks like chips, chicken, wraps etc but this isn’t a place to enjoy Japan’s fine cuisine, but to enjoy Japanese culture instead.

Is the Robot Restaurant show full of bright lights?

Yes, a lot of them, probably more than you could even imagine, so if that’s a problem, we do not recommend you visit the Robot Restaurant.

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