Our first visit last Monday won't be our last. Delicious food, excellent service and very good prices - we had a pre-theatre meal, with grilled chicken cubes, various dips and salads and bread, followed by coffee which was served with small baklava. Service was very good and efficient, given that our waitress seemed to be the only one serving. Will definitely go back next time we are going to Hampstead Theatre.
Booked on line for 8 of us.
Must say, a real gem. The hostess was extremely attentive and helpful. We decided to get the large Mezze for all of us. Absolutely great food, really tasty and such good value for money.
We had a pre theatre meal and it was lovely; prompt, courteous service, food was delicious & location perfect.
A pre-theatre meal. Service very friendly. Food took a while to come and was ok. It's small, and certainly not quiet, but if a restaurant is quiet it usually means it isn't popular.
not much choice around Hampstead Theatre.We tried Arabesque out.Food was fine and a bit different.Good pre-theatre option.
Great Mediterranean food near our Marriott hotel by Swiss Cottage.
A handy place for a quick bite to eat near the Hampstead theatre , decent reasonably priced food
We booked a table here before watching a play at Hampstead Theatre. There was just one lady at the front of the house, but she was super efficient. When we told her we had a play to attend, she ensured that we were served quickly. Portions are huge and tasty. I would have definitely packed the leftovers, if we hadn't been going to the theater. The complimentary baklava at the end was fantastic.
We had been recommended to Arabesque for a pre-theatre meal and enjoyed a very tasty well cooked meal. A charming waitress looked after us and nothing was too much bother - excellent service.
Delicious food, vegetarian or meat-eater, lot of variety, options for big meals or smaller snacks, good value, nice friendly atmosphere, cosy, interesting decor. Have to go down winding stairs to loos which bit difficult.
Excellent food & lovely waitress. A large glass of good house red each, lamb superb. I didn't want rice or frites so was offered griddled veg instead. My friend had a side of aubergine for her lamb, I had harissa & yoghout. Pitta auto. Perfect pre theatre dinner. Or any day dinner! A pleasure & great value.
Good food at good prices, good and efficient service.
Delicious food, cute and cosy atmosphere, incredibly close to Hampstead theatre and Swiss Cottage tube, attentive service. Highly recommend
Food was fair and the mezze options pr a good pre-theatre bite.
House wine both red and white really not at all great - would give it a miss.
Few mins walk from the Hampstead Theatre so really useful for a pre theatre supper. Friendly, relaxed, helpful place. Smallish downstairs and cosy. More room upstairs. Interesting Lebanese food, with lots of choice, and we enjoyed it. We were there for a family get together before seeing a play, and we had a lovely time. Bill very reasonable for what we had.
Good meal but initial service very poor - had to go downstairs to order our meal.
Very tasty food with the exception of a very rubbery haloumi.
Excellent service, and tasty food (try the lentil soup!), with a nice range of options. Hospitable staff. Quiet -- good for a conversation.
Food was good, but there was only one person waiting on the whole restaurant, so it took 45 minutes after arriving before getting any food or drinks. The waitress didn't write our order down, and inevitably missed something, but figured it would take too long to get it by that point.
The first time I have ever walked out of a restaurant. Feeling the need to do so after waiting 25 minutes for our drinks/food order still not to be taken. The restaurant only had one member of staff working who was the host, order taker, barperson and waitress in a busy pre-theatre slot on a Saturday evening. The restaurant was near full!
We had chosen a table on the mezzanine level which was seemingly a huge mistake as the waitress was so busy attending tables on the ground floor she couldn't get up to attend to two tables on the mezzanine.
Put on more staff and you will have happier customers.
Unfortunately very low on flavour. Heavy batter on the squid and the prawn starter was in a gloopy tomato sauce of indeterminate flavour. Minced lamp kebab was greasy and flavourless.
Excellent service and food was delicious. It was a pre theatre dinner and we didn't feel rushed. Would recommend highly.
Went for the pre-Theatre menu. It was different to that on the WEB site but there was plenty of choice and the food was very good and delivered promptly. Very good choice of wine too including lots of Lebanese as well as more usual types.
A few minutes walk from Hampstead Theatre so excellent for pre-theatre dining. Delicious Middle Eastern food, good menu and friendly staff. Very good value.
We told waitress we were going to theatre but food took 45 minutes to arrive. Our grilled meat was burnt. The chips were barely warm. The waitress offered us free desserts and coffee but this did not make up for the disappointing meal.
Great food and atmosphere. Friendly service, good value. Highly recommended.
This is one of our locals, easy to get to, they never mind if we turn up right at the end of the evening - which we did the other day. Service always with a smile! Nice wines, good, easy to eat and easy to order food.
We chose this restaurant for my wife's birthday. It isn't a very posh place, but it's very relaxed and the food is good - we don't know the area well, and we weren't looking for anything especially upmarket: just somewhere we could have a quiet evening with some good friends. The Arabesque fit that bill perfectly. The front of house service was just right, and the food was good and very plentiful: we had a doggie bag, and they gave us some flatbreads to go as well, no extra charge. Normally one would expect a bit extra if one tells the restaurant it's a birthday - but we didn't do that, and they still were lovely people. Value for money? Yes. Wine at a reasonable cost, loads of food, and you're looking at about £25 a head. We will be back.
A firm favourite with me for a pre-theatre bite to eat. There is plenty of choice whether you opt for a meze or have something from the grill. Service is always good.
Lovely place with pleasant atmosphere, tasty food and good service.
We arrived late, after an evening at the local theatre. The manager couldn't have been more welcoming. The food came quickly, was delicious and well presented, and the bill represented good value.
Excellent food. Went post Theatre having booked but realized that was not necessary as the restaurant was totally empty! Pity as the food and service good and the £24 bottle of Chateau Musar was lovely.
Comfortable restaurant, good service, and excellent food
An excellent place for a bite to eat pre-theatre theatre. There is plenty of choice and it is very good value for money.
The menu offers a good range of meat and veggie dishes, all of them (so far) quite tasty. But it's not an overwhelming menu. Nice teas and coffee drinks, too. The portions were healthy, meaning I couldn't finish my meal, despite having come in with the raging hungries.
The hostess is warm, yet professional and unobtrusive.
warm welcome, cosy restuarant perfect for Hamstead theatre
The food was tasty, service was excellent. Great pre theatre meal
A very good value restaurant. The food is good with lots of choice. Service is good although this evening the place was very busy and a little understaffed. This was my second visit to Arabesque and will definitely be returning next time I'm in the area.
As usual service and food very good and good value for money
I used to go the Arabesque years ago when it was really good and tasty but it seems like a restaurant in terminal decline now. All food except the meat was lousy, the service was negligent and absurd, and the atmosphere was ... well there wasn't any to describe.
I think Arabesque knows it's had its day. Complimentary dessert was handed out before the main course was cleared, and with no attempt to sell a third course. And what's the point? Everyone's looking to leave Arabesque quickly: diners and staff alike.
friendly service, generous portions and good value