Arabesque Restaurant

4.0
95 reviews
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£25 and under
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Middle Eastern
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 10pm
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Phone number
020 7041 9793
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Payment Options
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Public Transit
Swiss Cottage station
Additional
Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Takeout
What 95 People Are Saying
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London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Well cooked food, good service, pleasant atmosphere. NO LOUD MUSAC, hooray.

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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended. Service was genuine, food was excellent (lots of it) and the prices were very fair, especially for London!

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N
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good variety of Middle Eastern dishes that combine for great meal. Excellent service.

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D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were both great. Small family run restaurant which made it more special.

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GG
London
84 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday lunch pre theatre. Food so fresh & authentic. House wines good. Great value (& large portions!).

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s
London
17 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly atmosphere, great service, huge portions and a good choice of dishes. A grilled spring chicken was overly salted but tasty. Divine nutty and not too sweet baklava-like pastries delivered before the bill.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

As usual a very good meal and courteous and efficient service. Excellent value

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VT
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.
Highly recommended!

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SH
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a pre theatre meal and it was lovely; prompt, courteous service, food was delicious & location perfect.

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CW
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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m
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

not much choice around Hampstead Theatre.We tried Arabesque out.Food was fine and a bit different.Good pre-theatre option.

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M
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Mediterranean food near our Marriott hotel by Swiss Cottage.

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VV
London
10 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A handy place for a quick bite to eat near the Hampstead theatre , decent reasonably priced food

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KP
London
34 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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C
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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GG
London
83 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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L
London
27 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food at good prices, good and efficient service.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, cute and cosy atmosphere, incredibly close to Hampstead theatre and Swiss Cottage tube, attentive service. Highly recommend

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BG
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

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.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, and tasty food (try the lentil soup!), with a nice range of options. Hospitable staff. Quiet -- good for a conversation.

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A
London
23 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

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.

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London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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C
4 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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.

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Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food was delicious. It was a pre theatre dinner and we didn't feel rushed. Would recommend highly.

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C
London
19 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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g
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

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.

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RH
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Friendly service, good value. Highly recommended.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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C
London
97 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with pleasant atmosphere, tasty food and good service.

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London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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c
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

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.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Comfortable restaurant, good service, and excellent food

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C
London
97 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

An excellent place for a bite to eat pre-theatre theatre. There is plenty of choice and it is very good value for money.

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