Arabica Bar & Kitchen

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1157 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Middle Eastern
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Tapas
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Arabica Food & Spice Company trade in their market stall, for bricks and mortar to launch a full-on 80 cover bar & restaurant, serving Levantine inspired food.

Our dearly loved bare brick Victorian railway arch is home to our first restaurant in the heart of Borough Market – where our journey started way back in the early Noughties as ‘Market Traders’. Join us at the polished concrete bar to watch our chefs at work and linger over a Levantine-inspired cocktail, or hunker down in one of our banquettes for a middle-eastern inspired feast.

Atmospheric at any time of day with the lively bustle of market life and a soundtrack to lift your spirit – we’ll be serving our signature breakfast with Workshop coffee, a vibrant array of colourful meze and small plates, flatbreads from the clay oven and gently spiced meats from the charcoal grill.

A convivial place for family, friends, or solo enjoyment, anytime of day.
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CH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really lovely food and friendly service. Good portion sizes. Great selection of meat and vegetable dishes. I would go back without a doubt. I do have two criticisms 1) tables were too close together in my opinion - we could always hear the next table's entire conversation; 2) I don't enjoy drinking wine out of a stubby glass. I wish these newer places would have proper wine glasses.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Met here with a Friend. Service was very poor but food was very good for sociable eating. Quite noisy and not at all formal; service was verging on embarrassing.

s
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and good value. A bit loud under the train tracks. But that does give it character.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is our second time at Arabica and it was just wonderful. If you like middle eastern food, you'll love this restaurant. We had a few tapas dishes and a main dish each, and every single dish was delicious. The staff were very helpful, especially as I have Coeliac's Disease. Overall, we spent two hours there and loved it. No rush for the bill. Definitely try the roasted cauliflower, stuffed vine leaves and the coffee cocktail! Thank you Arabica for making our anniversary dinner special!! 😊

j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service
The halloumi and figs are amazing
Nice touch free still and sparking bottled water

KC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous as always! Speedy service and an all round enjoyable evening.

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food - delicious flavours and variety on the menu. Service was slightly frosty! And ran out of the rose we were drinking :(

DE
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place and food was delicious! great selection on the menu so need to go back to try more :)

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really tasty food but thought the portions could have been a bit bigger. Maybe I was just very hungry!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food and everything about this place and I’m definitely going there again 😊.

AS
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is very buzzy. The service was very friendly and efficient. The food is very unusual. Definitely going back to try some more dishes. This place has now become one of my favourite restaurants.

AK
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent eveng with great food and service. perfect place for a celebration. Some my find the ambient noise quite loud, especially if you were in a larger group than 6.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Met a friend here for a long- anticipated lunch and it felt ideal for the occasion. The food is imaginative and delicious and the portions a good size. The ambience at lunchtime was relaxed and convivial but not noisy and we didn't have to compete with background music. The weather was nice so the front windows were removed and open adding a breezy feel to the restaurant. The service was friendly and efficient, although they were quite slow to spot when we needed more drinks which let them down a little. A great experience overall.

TD
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food. Good service although the automatic addition of a 12.5% gratuity bothers me.

DW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We’re a bit slow on the uptake, but we’ve only just discovered Lebanese style food. We wanted somewhere to eat before we went out for the evening. Arabica is perfect. It’s a great way of eating, with small plates that you can pick and choose. The atmosphere is good and not too noisy. The decor is simple and stylish.
The service is incredibly efficient and and the staff very helpful and kind. They do cocktails and beers and spirits. All your bases are covered at Arabica it’s simply a nice place to be.

Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Responded on 26 August 2019

Donna, I greatly appreciate that you took the time to share your Arabica Experience. Your feedback is so important to us. I am delighted to hear that all aspects of food, drinks, ambience and service exceeded your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards, Jon

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, the portion sizes for mains were slightly on the small side.

MG
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food. Great attention to our gluten free and dairy free restrictions; our options were plentiful and delicious. Warm and friendly. The perfect spot before our show at the Globe Theater. Honestly, the food was tremendous. This might be our favorite meal in London.

Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Responded on 26 August 2019

Dear Mary George, I truly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We are charmed that your meal at Arabica was a major highlight out of your dining experience in London. It seems that you received the true Convivial atmosphere that we pride ourselves on. It's also great to hear that our captain was able to kindly assist with dietary restrictions. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Kind Regards, Jon

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiting staff were super attentive and made fabulous recommendations. The meal was fantastic and dishes were cooked to perfection with the right amount of flavours to make each dish memorable.

F
London
62 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was our first visit to Arabica. Great choice for Vegetarians and those with allergies. Food was to a good standard but it was really loud in the venue, the service was pleasant but very slow and it was a struggle to order further drinks or get the bill. We wanted to order a dessert but gave up after trying to get someone's attention for half an hour. Some of the dishes were more successful than others but I'd be willing to give them another go if their service improved.

D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food great service by very helpful staff a must for Mid East food lovers ... order loads of dishes

TS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing customer service, it was our 3 year anniversary and they surprised us with a complimentary glass of bubbly - a lovely touch. Ambience is relaxed, food is healthy and all very tasty. I’ll definitely be back again soon.

LA
London
12 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service, staff friendly and really helpful with suggestions on both food and wine.
This is a fun buzzy place to eat. Great place for a friends get together

RW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and this was tested when there was a seating problem and it was dealt with professionally and with such concern that we were left feeling good. The service continued to be excellent despite the restaurant being VERY busy. Food is always excellent and consistently...

g
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

9 of us went for a Birthday dinner .We had a very good time and the food and drinks were enjoyed by all.

VH
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really lovely restaurant. Just the right size and a great selection of food that suited both a meat eater and a vegan. I can really recommend the fish kebab and also rice dishes. I will come again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and delicious food

E
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place - warm welcome on the door, great service, fab food.

Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Responded on 10 August 2019

We appreciate you taking the time to share your dining experience! Our Levantine inspired hospitality and cuisine upholds everything we do at Arabica. It seems we hit all the right notes during your visit. We hope to welcome you again soon for another wonderful meal! Kind Regards, Jon

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NU
London
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food but small portions than your usual tapas places and very expensive

Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Responded on 10 August 2019

Nasim, Thank you for sharing this feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed our Levantine -inspired cuisine. The sizes of the dishes are indeed smaller , but they are in keeping with our Levantine-inspired mezze concept of convivial dining with small sharing plates. Our price points are reflective of only the best, finely sourced ingredient. We also find them actually competitive for our bustling Borough Market location. We hope to welcome you again soon! Kind Regards, Jon

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was not as fresh as before. Two dishes, I would say was reheated. I am not impressed.

Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Responded on 10 August 2019

Josey, We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience at Arabica. I do apologise that the food did not live up to your standards. Did you share this with captain during your visit? We are always willing to remake a dish that is not satisfactory. Furthermore, I can assure you- we will never reheat a dish. All food is delivered and made fresh, daily, in our open concept kitchen. I hope that you give us another chance to rectify this experience. Kind Regards, Jon

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j
Yosemite
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always just perfect - quite busy on a Friday night but inevitably charming,buzzy, perfect food, and those saffron gin & tonics are just gorgeous - taste, scent, colour

Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Responded on 10 August 2019

Thank you for this gracious review! We think you captured our convivial atmosphere eloquently! We are delighted that you were able to sample our Saffron G&T- it is indeed a unique offering which pairs excellently with our intricate dishes. We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon! Kind Regards, Jon

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IW
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality as always !! The “go to” place every time we visit London

Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Responded on 10 August 2019

Many thanks for sharing! We are thrilled that Arabica is your dining destination in London! We can't wait to welcome you back again when you're in town next. Kind Regards, Jon

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SJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, fantastic flavours and combinations of food. Amazing saffron cocktail!!

Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Responded on 10 August 2019

Sarah, Thanks for this kind review. We couldn't ask for a better way to describe our convivial style of dining! We are also pleased that you were able to savour our Persiana cocktail - It is a unique creation from our genius bar team. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best Regards, Jon

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SF
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

£100 for lunch between four after being told it was tapas so we over ordered. Everything covered in yoghurt and pomegranate. Bland and unappetising. The only nice bit was the lamb kebab. Even the veggie at the table was unimpressed. All four agreed we wouldn’t go back.

Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Responded on 10 August 2019

Sara, We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. I apologise that the menu may not have been communicated properly to you. Did you advise your captain about any bland dishes? We are always willing to make a new dish right away. Furthermore, I can assure that we have plenty of options without yogurt or pomegranate- and are always willing to withhold them from any dishes that do contain them. I hope we can tempt you back to give our other dishes a chance. Kind Regards, Jon

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DC
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We found this place a few months ago and decided it was special enough to have a second lunch there 3 months later, as a treat a few days before returning to Australia. Didn't want to miss out so we booked a table online the day before. Upon arrival our table was already occupied, instead of our booked table in the front section, we were offered one outside which we did not want, and were given the table outside the toilet. And yes the toilets did smell, every time the door opened, which was often. Not impressed. The food was good, not cheap but high quality. What should have been a great celebration to end our holiday turned into a great disappointment. Not sure if we'll go back next time.

Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Responded on 10 August 2019

Deb, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are happy that you decided to visit us again and apologise that this visit didn't live up to the first one. It seems that booking mistake was on our part - we aim to give guests that pre-book the best tables available. Your feedback is important to us and we will use it to improve our reservation allocations. We hope that this does not hinter you from returning on your next visit to London to give us another chance.

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LG
London
26 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really delicious food and very attentive service. Will definitely be back!

Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Responded on 10 August 2019

Thank you for this gracious review! Our Levantine-inspired cuisine and hospitality are at the heart of our culture - we are delighted that they made your visit so great! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind Regards, Jon

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

2nd time I have been there. Still good but not as good as last time.

Nice place if you enjoy sharing dishes. We were a bit unlucky with our waiter. Rest of staff seemed nice.

Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Responded on 9 August 2019

Danny, I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. At Arabica, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our service- therefore, your experience is extremely valuable to us . As service is a pillar to our core values, we should have done better. If you're willing to give us another chance, i'll be sure to a senior waiter takes care of you! Please feel free to contact me personally and i'll reserve you a great table. Kind Regards, Jon

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l
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked Arabica because it was our wedding anniversary and, as ever, had a lovely time. The staff were great, food delicious and the wine recommendation just perfect. Thank you!

Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Responded on 9 August 2019

Lynn, It is so great to hear that you enjoyed your special occasion with us! As we push the have the best hospitality, we're delighted to know that the wine and food were paired so well by our captains. We look forward to welcoming you again soon! Kind Regards, Jon

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ED
London
113 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly and accommodating staff. The food is delicious...!! This was a return visit... need I say more?

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and evening. Thank you!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly and helpful waiter, great food and a fantastic evening.

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