Arabesque Restaurant

4.3
112 reviews
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Middle Eastern
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • 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.
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Surrey
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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a
London
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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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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GB
London
3 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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OT
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
London
2 reviews
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
38 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
29 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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OT
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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