Arabesque Restaurant

4.3
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£25 and under
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Middle Eastern

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Pre/post Theatre
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The countries bounded by the Mediterranean Sea produce some of the finest food there is to offer. They have provided us with a vast and wonderful repertoire of recipes, ancient and new, respect for such good food is celebrated in this restaurant.
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j
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely pre theatre meal - the restaurant we busy, but the waitress was aware we had to get out in time for the show. The food was great, most dishes came with humus, so when we go next time we won't get humus as one of the dishes. There were 4 of us and we had 8 mezes, which was more than enough. We also had a free little baclava at the end of the meal.

Z
London
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The restaurant is very pretty, good decor, and food is great quality and reasonably priced. HOWEVER, they were 2/3 full on our visit and just didn't seem able to cope with the volume. They took 20 mins to serve any wine. Always a good tip to keep people calm. When food came, they forgot 25% of it. When the bill came they had all the forgotten food on the bill, as well as a few things we had not ordered - nearly 40% extra if I had not happened to check. They took it off immediately, but its a big error. In summary, ir is a lovely place, but they get easily flustered, and make mistakes. Be clear on what you ordered and go with pleanty of time

h
London
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This little restaurant is a total gem... perfect for pre theatre dinner as it’s seconds from Hampstead theatre.. the food is delicious and the service is excellent.. one of the most efficient and best waitresses I have ever encountered.. GO AND VISIT.. you won’t be disappointed..

e
London
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic value, delicious food, excellent service! Could not fault it.

s
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great Food. They only had 1 waitress, not have enough staff to cope with the demand. We got there at before 6pm and had to go to the counter to order at about 6.30pm. starter arrive at 6.45 and main at 7.10pm. we had a play booked for 7.30pm which they were aware. Hence it was not a pleasant meal as we were on edge all the time and could not really relax and enjoy food

R
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Good for the kind of post-movie informal meal which we had. Good value but rather uninspiring and mediocre food

JL
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The waitress was so rude and didn’t come up to check us if we need anything and we were there for two hours. We didn’t have the best experience because of poor customer service

C
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a real gem, and although we have visited the Hampstead Theatre many times, we were unaware of its existence, and being so close to the theatre. Great food, very pleasant service, and excellent value for money. We will definitely eat here again.

s
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We came early, so was very quiet; food quite good, I particularly liked the lamb chops.

SB
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely food, very quick, charming staff, perfect if you are going to the theatre.

H
London
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Cute little restaurant and comfy seats - although don’t sit near the door as door doesn’t close and we near enough froze. Unfortunately it did not get better. The food was bland and the chips were obviously re-fried. Service was efficient but bordered on rude. Then came the bill which, based on the quality of food and service, was high.

p
New England
105 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I recently ate at Arabesque. I had the ground lamb kabob and my wife had the lamb and chicken kabob. Each meal was great and the service was very good. I'll add the information that they now have a good wine list...an earlier review stated that you had a choice of white or red...that's changed. All in all, we had a very nice time and will repeat...the Arabesque is a hidden gem in Swiss Cottage.

NL
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing service, would absolutely recommend especially if you’re going to the theatre

LL
London
123 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Pretheatre date/ Dinner: the food was good but please go with plenty of time for your pretheatre dinner. Their speed of service is “restricted “ by the Deliveroo orders they have to accept and takeaway orders and as a result during the peak timings of pretheatre diners the speed of delivery to restaurant seating down guests are compromised. There’s only 1 woman taking order, accepting orders and serving to everyone. The decor is basic nothing fancy

TG
London
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyable meal, delicious food and excellent service. Would definitely recommend.

K
London
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food and lively atmosphere. Good place for friends meet up. Good location in Borough Market

D
London
40 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Arabesque was fine for a pre theatre light meal. Restaurant was quite empty however service was very slow and waiter/ waitress paid little attention to the diners.
Food was tasty.

MB
London
129 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved the ambience and food in this restaurant

HE
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and plenty of it. Good value attentive staff

VI
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were on vacation in London and invited my cousin & her husband for dinner. We were staying at the nearby Marriott.
The place is small and cozy. We selected the mezze for 4 persons. There were 16 hot and cold items. The food was delicious and plentiful. My cousin took a generous doggy bag home !
The wine was also good and reasonably priced. Great value for money overall.
The place was quiet the evening we went. Would go again if in the area again.

CH
London
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great little restaurant with excellent food and friendly, sensitive service. We will come again.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food , well priced and liked the complimentary extras

JS
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 5th time I have been and never disappointed. Will always go back , great food and wonderful service.

LC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem of a restaurant. Delicious food and great value for money. The lovliest place I have found to eat in London for an authentic experience.

GB
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, reasonable quickly served (though it can be slower when busy), great value

N
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely friendly and convivial place. Delightful service.

BH
London
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, attentive service and great value for money

z
London
21 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great and reasonable food. Went for pre-theatre after finding Del Aziz at the Leisure Centre had closed. On a Friday night, it was completely full; lovely staff but not enough of them and they were under pressure. We could not order dessert or coffee and there would not have been time. I would go back withough hesitation. On leaving, its' upmarket neighbour had just two tables occupied!

J
London
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pre theatre option - the food was lovely and we couldn’t eat it all.
Pleasant staff and very good value.
Will definitely return.

DB
London
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food (big portions) and excellent attentive service.

A
London
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was lovely. The waitress was attentive and keen to explain the dishes. She thoughtfully took note of our time limitations as we were watching a play nearby. She prompted our coffee order and took payment swiftly. The restaurant is very welcoming.
We would certainly recommend to our friends and will go back in the future.

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Food delicious. Waitress lovely. Totally disorganised. Table booked for 7pm. First food arrived at 8.40 pm. She brought us nothing other than olives whilst waiting. Then waited ages for main courses. Won’t go again. Wasn’t waitress fault. Management needs to get more organised

JR
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Mezza platter and Lebanese wine. They were out of or top choice of red bur recommded an appropriate rose

PG
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent - just what we wabted before the theatre. Wish there was a reataurant like this near where I live

AB
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good, simple Lebanese food at reasonable prices in a pleasant ambience.

YC
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service and tasty food. Ideal restaurant for people like me who are vegetarians. We got a nice table in the seating area upstairs- private and intimate for friends, family and lovers alike.
Would definately go there again.

VV
London
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food is good if a little slow. there was only waitress serving on a Saturday night who was kept very busy

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely family Meze meal. Excellent value, quality and service

FR
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great for a pre-theatre meal. Just round the corner from Hampstead Theatre. Lovely food.

C
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is very inventive,not the usual middle eastern fare. The service is great, especially since there was only one server for the entire restaurant.