Arabesque Restaurant

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149 reviews
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£25 and under
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Middle Eastern

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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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H
1 review
Dined on 6 November 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 21 September 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 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LL
London
120 reviews
Dined on 7 September 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
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

D
London
39 reviews
Dined on 15 July 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 14 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved the ambience and food in this restaurant

HE
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and plenty of it. Good value attentive staff

VI
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 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 4 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food , well priced and liked the complimentary extras

JS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 May 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
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

N
London
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely friendly and convivial place. Delightful service.

BH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, attentive service and great value for money

z
London
20 reviews
Dined on 12 April 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 6 March 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 5 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 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
1 review
Dined on 28 February 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 27 February 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 27 February 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 25 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

YC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 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 23 February 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 18 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely family Meze meal. Excellent value, quality and service

FR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

C
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 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.

PW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

BM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

DM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

SD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

GG
London
85 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

CF
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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 ; - (

TH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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!

ES
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

a
London
32 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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

p
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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