Katana Dubai Opens Its Doors

(LOS ANGELES, CA; May 2016)—Los Angeles-based Katana restaurant opened its doors in style in Dubai with a glamorous Grand Launch party held on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The award-wining robata and sushi bar from the Sunset Strip was highly anticipated amongst Dubai’s glitterati, keen to experience the Hollywood favorite in the heart of Downtown.  Designed as a place to see and be seen, Katana Dubai enjoys a prominent waterfront position between Souk Al Bahar and The Dubai Mall, overlooking Dubai Fountains with a spectacular view of the Burj Khalifa at the base of The Address Downtown Dubai.

The Katana concept has grown to legendary status during its decade of success in Los Angeles, attracting A-list Hollywood actors and executives for indulgent sunset moments.  This celebrity clientele returns time and again to experience the signature Katana blend of modernity and tradition and its hip, award-winning interior and stylishly sleek vibe; elements that have been translated to the Dubai venue.

Katana is known for having pioneered the ‘robatayaki’ style of authentic Japanese cuisine, where bamboo skewered gourmet fish, meat and vegetables are grilled over a charcoal-induced open flame.  This traditional technique lies at the heart of the menu, which is complemented by a carefully curated array of Japanese hot and cold fusion style dishes alongside an exclusive sushi bar.

Katana Dubai is echoing this philosophy with its expert team of chefs, led by the inspirational Chef Lim, whose understanding of Japanese cuisine has been honed in some of the world’s finest restaurants.  His razor sharp attention to detail allows Katana to elevate the concept to meet the expectations of the most discerning Middle Eastern guest. Service is warm and attentive, ensuring an unrivalled culinary journey from start to end.  Highlights are presented in the form of Katana’s signature popcorn shrimp, maguro carpaccio with truffles and parmesan and A5 Wagyu steak with Japanese vinaigrette.

Guests arriving in the Dubai venue can expect an utterly unique and one-of-a-kind space with a super creative feel enhanced by hand-painted murals that give a modern twist on traditional folk art, merged with arresting lighting features.  The DJ offers a laid-back soundtrack that encourages guests to kick back and relax, taking in the action whilst soaking in Katana’s magnetic ambiance. Whether sitting at the robata counter, in the urban inspired interior or on the outdoor terrace with views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown skyline, Katana is a place for the beautiful people of Dubai to enjoy the best of the UAE’s dining scene.

This Winter 2016, Los Angeles-based Innovative Dining Group (IDG) will debut Katana Chicago, a 13,000 square foot restaurant and lounge in the River North neighborhood of the Windy City.


Founded in 1997, Innovative Dining Group (IDG) is known for its success in reimagining concepts including the steakhouse, sushi bar, and robatayaki restaurant. IDG operates seven of the most popular and successful restaurants and lounges in Los Angeles: Sushi Roku (with locations Santa Monica, and Pasadena), BOA Steakhouse (with locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica), Katana in West Hollywood, Robata Bar in Santa Monica, and the brand’s new flagship concept, ROKU in West Hollywood. The company also operates a Sushi Roku at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, one at the W Scottsdale, and a newly opened location at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. In addition to its renowned brick-and-mortar locations, IDG opened two concepts at LAX airport: B Grill by BOA Steakhouse in partnership with Areas USA, and Luckyfish in partnership with Star Concessions. Internationally, IDG operates BOA Steakhouse in Abu Dhabi, as well as Katana in Dubai. Additionally, IDG is set to debut Katana Chicago this winter 2016. All of IDG’s venues reflect bold, modern interpretations of traditional concepts, reflective of the company’s dynamic partners. For more details please visit IDG’s websiteFacebook pageTwitter, or Instagram.



Ali Stanley or Skyler Okey at Wagstaff Worldwide