Arabica Bar & Kitchen

4.4
1137 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Middle Eastern
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Tapas
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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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
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.

D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
3 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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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for a get together in London with a friend

EM
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and a lively, friendly atmosphere. The staff were lovely. Great location for checking out the market.

D
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and good service. Had a hard time understanding the waitress as she spoke very fast, but apart from that it was a fab evening.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. However, the mains were a little.too.small.

V
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Sime was good, some was bad.

PM
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous fresh food. Good service. Well situated. What more could you want?

d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely food and drinks, the only downside was that I feel it slightly too expensive for the tapas style plates.

M
London
50 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasty small plates served with a smile. We found the bread a little disappointingly dry (crucial for dipping into all the lovely dips!) and definitely on the pricier side. Soft serve desserts were made for Instagram but fell slightly below expectations of the promised flavours. Layout of the restaurant is on the cosy side.

Arabica Bar & Kitchen
Responded on 10 August 2019

Momo, We truly appreciate you sharing your experience at Arabica, Borough Market. We apologise that our bread and desserts did not live up to your expectation during this visit. As we are consistently looking for ways to improve, your feedback helps us to enhance each step of service. Nonetheless, we are thrilled that you enjoyed the rest of your dishes, delivered by a friendly captain. We hope that you give us another chance whenever you're in the area! Kind Regards, Jon

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MD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at this restaurant and I will definitely be going back there! I loved the variety in the food, it was all well presented and delicious. The service was excellent and the overall experience great. I would recommend you give this place a try, if you like Middle Eastern cuisine.

VJ
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous tasty food and excellent service. Highly recommended.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, lovely staff, tasty food and value for money. Fun atmosphere

FB
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food,great location just all round great. Love it, cant wait to eat there again soon

R
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food is great, small portions though. Tables are small outside too small for group of 3.

AS
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time here. Won’t be our last. Waiter was really lovely and food was as delicious

m
London
16 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were surprised by the quality of the food, every single dish we ordered (and they were about 9 of them due to the sharing concept) was really good. Prices for Aperol Spritz are a little high in comparison to the food prices but equally yummy. We'll be happy to be back.

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wide choice, also for veggies. Lovely dishes to share. Good, fast service. Would go there again.

DM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite places to eat in London.

AF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Light, delicious and fresh tasting.... three of us chose a mix of dishes, hot and cold, meat and veg. The staff is very allergy-aware, asking before you order, if you have any allergies, and then drawing a line through items you should not choose. Intrusive? Not if you have a serious allergy. Good to know they know their ingredients . Thank you!

K
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely fresh food. Staff are friendly and helpful. Highly recommend

AB
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good place to meet in Borough market. In our group we had meat eaters, vegans, non-dairy and all were happy!

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