Arabesque Restaurant

4.4
135 reviews
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Middle Eastern
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Authentic
  • Casual
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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N
London
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely friendly and convivial place. Delightful service.

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BH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, attentive service and great value for money

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z
London
20 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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!

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

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

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JR
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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PG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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AB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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YC
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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VV
London
14 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely family Meze meal. Excellent value, quality and service

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FR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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C
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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PW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant place to have a pre-theatre mezze, very close to the Hampstead Theatre and Swiss Cottage Tube. We will probably go again on another theatre trip.

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BM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just had meze dishes, all delicious and very
generous portions.

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DM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely gracious service and delicious food! Had the pre-theatre menu ahead of going to the Hampstead theatre, and it was fantastic. Would definitely go again!

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SD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came here for a pre theatre meal on a cold winter night. Cosy and friendly place. We particularly loved the calimari and the very nutty baclava dessert was one of the best we had, big portions and nice teas. Overall recommended for a good reasonably priced meal.

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GG
London
85 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theatre snack. Selected our own mezze, and a glass of house red each. Charming owner/host. Plenty of warm pitta (thin, wrap type, not stoggy), and baklava bites gratis as we requested Bill. Great food, great value. A super local whether a quick snack or full meal.

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CF
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Sadly the vegetarian mezze and taouk meals included factory made fatayer and lamb sambousak that were not home made as stated on the menu but very even and standard sized - just like bulk buy spring rolls that you buy from wholesale or freezer food retailers - same pastry and texture. Not at all appetising
Dips were good and the complimentary baklava very tasty
A real shame ; - (

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TH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a very pleasant meal after the theatre - the restaurant was very busy and we felt a bit concerned for the one person who was doing all the service! We weren't in a hurry at all so wasn't an issue and we really enjoyed the food. Think it might be worth their while to more staff on for a Saturday evening!

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ES
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Early-evening meal. Space cramped and noisy upstairs, fairly comfortable downstairs. Food varied from delicate (e.g. squid) to bland (e.g. hummus). Portions quite generous. Modest pricing. Very convenient for Hampstead Theatre.

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a
London
29 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tasty excellent pre theatre choice - friendly overworked but lovely helpful waitress!

Will be coming here again! My parents would love it!

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p
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good food, attentive and kind staff, relaxed atmosphere - great for dinner before going to the theatre.

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RR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for a quick pre theatre meal. Service was very accommodating even though it was very busy. We had a seat by the door which was very cold but hey offered us free items off the menu to compensate without being asked. We hade a mezze of starters but it was all tasty and very good value. Would go again

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WI
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely people, lovely food, lovely wine!

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AW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Five of us had a lovely meal consisting of a variety of mezze dishes.
It is a cosy restaurant with nice decor.
Good selection of food which was very good value.
Our waitress was very pleasant and helpful.

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h
5 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sometimes come here after the theatre round the corner. The other night we were particularly late because the play ran over, but because we had booked, Arabesque were ready for us, we ordered quickly and our chicken kofte arrived quickly. A good bottle of Lebanese wine and we were done. We are always impressed by the willingness of the staff to accommodate us, the decor is pleasant, and the food is reliably good although never unusual - which is totally fine by us because that is why we keep coming back!

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UD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food with Authentic Lebanese taste. Also the value for money

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Recommended by a friend who is a local. Wonderful surprise!

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LM
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

A group of us sat in lovely cosy corner in the back of this brightly lit restaurant after afternoon theatre. I had the vegetarian mezze for one. They were kind enough to swap the stuffed vine leaf for squid which were the most edible part of the meal. The Tahbulah was almost inedible and more like seaweed. The Humus was sour. As I felt somewhat unsatisfied I bought a separate portion of Soujok (beef sausages) which was definitly not fresh or cooked in old oil. It was rancid. Other guests had plates of grill which they found mediocre.
I have eaten better middle eastern style food from greasy takeaways in London that are totally memorable by comparison, a Syrian take-away restaurant at the bottom of my street for instance.
Arabesque need to stick to fresh food with flavor. So much promise but I have eaten far, far better at half the price. Selling food that is not freshly prepared is unforgivable. Will not be visiting again which is such a shame because I go to the nearby theatre quite a lot.

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GB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The menu was very limited as they had no lamb available. I have enjoyed meze before at this restaurant but this time had a main meal which was just about adequate. We had booked a table for 9.15 which we thought was reasonable for Friday night and was a post theatre meal. However, we felt very uncomfortable as the staff were literally cleaning up around us and taking out rubbish, so felt the need to rush our meal. If the restaurant IS closing at ten I feel that they should not make post 9pm bookings.

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R
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had an early booking and it was surprisingly quiet, however it filled up by the time we left. All good and not expensive. Parking relatively easy.

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JG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great value, especially for the area. Would definitely recommend!

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GB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food, good prices, pleasant environment, near the theatre!

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R
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and friendly service. Given lots of time to order and enjoy our meal. We had a great get together with friends in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

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O
London
17 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We arrived late at Arabesque, having informed them of traffic problems, and were seated immediately. There appeared to be only one waitress, and the restaurant was full. She was charming and efficient but there was no way she could cope with all the diners, most of whom were scheduled to go to the theatre next door. The food was so slow in arriving, that by the time we got it, we had about 7 minutes to eat.
The food was nice but we really couldn't enjoy it.
We were allowed to come back after the theatre to pay, and were given doggy bags and gratis baklava which was welcome.
I would recommend this restaurant, but only on the proviso that they hired more staff.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good lunch and pre theatre dining. Tasty, varied dishes. Charming staff. Good value. Avoid the decaf cappuccino which is instant. They may do good Lebanese or Turkish coffee and of course tea.

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, atmosphere excellent. Can't wait to return to try another dish.

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