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Arabesque Restaurant

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88 reviews
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£25 and under
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Middle Eastern
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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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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 88 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.0
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4.1
service
3.7
ambience
4.2
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on 7 May 2018

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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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

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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4.0Dined on 20 April 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 18 April 2018

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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4.0Dined on 9 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Great Mediterranean food near our Marriott hotel by Swiss Cottage.

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3.0Dined on 7 March 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 27 February 2018

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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4.0Dined on 26 February 2018

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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4.0Dined on 24 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 7 February 2018

Good food at good prices, good and efficient service.

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5.0Dined on 29 January 2018

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

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2.0Dined on 26 January 2018

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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4.0Dined on 20 January 2018

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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3.0Dined on 13 January 2018

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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5.0Dined on 7 January 2018

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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2.0Dined on 6 January 2018

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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1.0Dined on 6 January 2018

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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2.0Dined on 5 January 2018

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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5.0Dined on 4 January 2018

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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5.0Dined on 4 January 2018

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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4.0Dined on 13 December 2017

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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1.0Dined on 9 December 2017

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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5.0Dined on 8 December 2017

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

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4.0Dined on 6 December 2017

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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5.0Dined on 5 December 2017

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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4.0Dined on 4 December 2017

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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5.0Dined on 25 November 2017

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

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4.0Dined on 23 November 2017

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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3.0Dined on 10 November 2017

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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4.0Dined on 10 November 2017

Comfortable restaurant, good service, and excellent food

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3.0Dined on 6 November 2017

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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5.0Dined on 29 October 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on 21 October 2017

warm welcome, cosy restuarant perfect for Hamstead theatre

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4.0Dined on 17 October 2017

The food was tasty, service was excellent. Great pre theatre meal

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3.0Dined on 9 October 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on 7 October 2017

As usual service and food very good and good value for money

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1.0Dined on 5 October 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on 28 September 2017

friendly service, generous portions and good value

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