Arabica Borough Market

4.5
1979 reviews
£26 to £40
Middle Eastern
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’.

Perch at the bar to watch the chefs at work and linger over a Levantine- inspired cocktail or house made soda or hunker down for a middle-eastern inspired feast.

The menu draws inspiration from adventures through the fertile valleys of Jordan, mountain villages of Lebanon and vibrant cities of Istanbul, Beirut, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Atmospheric at any time of day with the lively bustle of market life and a soundtrack to lift your spirit – Meat-eaters, pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans will all find plenty to please from the vibrant array of colourful meze and small plates, flatbreads from the clay oven and grass-fed meat and day-boat fish from the charcoal grill.

A convivial place for family, friends, or solo enjoyment, drop by any time and join the hubbub.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1979 People Are Saying
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DorothyK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to Arabica and will definitely be back. The food was fabulous-really tasty food with a great variety of flavours and not overly spicy - just right; we especially liked the cauliflower dish, the winter tabbouleh and the hallomi with a delicious sauce. Our waitress was lovely, attentive but not overly so and just how I like it. Can't wait to return.

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MarkD
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were absolutely great. Everything tasted amazing (including the G&T's!). Very impressed

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1X4Y
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Delicious food, but felt very rushed… food came too quickly and the waiters kept trying to clear plates from our table even though there was still food on them. Felt like they were just interested in getting lots of covers… but other than this bad service? Food was great and so was ambience.

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krystalm
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely afternoon at Arabica.
We had booked a table and was seated straight away. We were sat close to the bar/ kitchen so it was very warm.
However the waitress was attentive and kept our water topped up and we didn’t wait long for food. The portions were great and the quality/flavour of the dishes were lovely.
Would certainly go again!

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viphelene
London
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as ever, my most favourite restaurant, another lovely evening, will be back!

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Plodboy
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food excellent service. Have returned here time and again.

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RaviM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing staff serving authentic food. Great draft beer too!

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vipHeather
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice chilling

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AdamK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

wonderful Arab food with just the right additions of some flair. V fresh ingredients and wonderful hot bread

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Gerry
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food in a pleasant atmosphere with good service. Will definitely go back

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MattR
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, location very good and staff excellent

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vipMrsHorgro
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round!

First time to Arabica and already planning when to go back. Sumptuous soft chicken shish rolled in pistachios, the best hummus with the freshest crispy veg to dip, the spiced cauliflower with raisins - fabulous - and don’t get me started on the halloumi with black honey!

Service was excellent, especially from the woman who appeared to be the manager - making a huge effort to seat me happily as I rejected the table I was offered as it was close to the loo.

The cocktail list is short but very appealing - Eastern Med takes on classic combos, and my Hibiscus & Rose Margarita with pink peppercorn seasalt didn’t disappoint.

Good vibe in there for a Saturday with a buzzy ambience (can’t say that word now without thinking of Micky Flanagan).

Loved it! Can’t recommend enough.

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CRICE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, incredible food

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AllieO
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fab food, great staff, lovely atmosphere. Wish more customers wore masks walking in and around though!

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CarysB
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Really tiny portions for full sized prices - even the beers were tiny. £70 each and we were still hungry

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Jasmine
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food was amazing, but extremely overpriced for such small portions. I was also very disappointed with the service - our hot food and bread arrived first, but we had to wait about another 20-30 mins for the hummus and dips, so by then everything had gone cold.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food, although some slightly limited menu options.
Relaxed atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! The food was amazing and loved the whole atmosphere. Definitely going back!

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Paul
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Portions are small and a lot of the menu was out of stock at 8pm. If you want pitta or other bread (which is usually included in the price with your humous/babaganoush etc) then it's an additional charge. Waitress asked if we'd finished 3-4 times even though we still had a lot of food left on our plate which was strange. Not terrible but not great either.

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Manao
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch! The service was excellent and the food was amazing and high quality, will go again!

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PaulaP
London
22 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday here with friends, the food was absolutely delicious, very friendly and efficient service and a great vibe. Cocktails are lovely too. We were a bit exuberant, but they managed us brilliantly. Will definitely be back - thank you guys

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Sasha
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely service! Will be revisiting.

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K191
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food - the kind of thing you probably wouldn’t have the time or ingredients to make at home.
Relaxed environment

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Starters very good. Main courses a bit disappointing especially the baby chicken which had little meat and lots of bones. Not much for the money.

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AndreiA
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was alright, nothing spectacular but also nothing that was awfully bad

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Nice airy space and lovely service. Love the small plates and just adding dishes as and when

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Awoowoo
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and didn't come too fast that we were rushing. Sat outside (in December) and it was nice and warm.

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RobL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, really convenient and interesting location. Couldn't fault it.

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shailajat
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, Generous portions. Th only negative for us was the chocolate halwa mousse. It didn't look very appetising-just a big splodge on a plate and there were too many flavours but the rest was superb
Very attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Thank you

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EMILYB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely restaurant and ambience. Delicious cocktails.

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vfed
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible. I booked for 3 people plus a high chair. When we arrived they had the reservation for two plus a high chair. They turned us away without even an attempt at accommodating us and cancelled my booking immediately so we lost it. My friends with the baby felt very much this was due to having a baby with us (it was only 18:00) as opposed to them not being able to accommodate.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food quality was great especially the lamb, but overpriced for the quantity

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MatthewN
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have enjoyed Arabica for the past few years and it's a pleasure to see that their kitchen and waiting staff are still on top of their game!

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AlisonN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, freshly made and full of flavour. We had a mix of hot and cold tapas.

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LyndaW
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great atmosphere with exceptional service from friendly staff.

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JoeyC
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal at Arabica. The food was absolutely delicious and I will definitely be going back. One of our friends has a nut allergy and the wait staff was great at advising what dishes could be altered, especially good service as the menu is pretty nut-heavy. Wait staff were lovely and knew their stuff and the resturant is just the right size so that service is consistent and the atmosphere not too noisy.

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GordonFackingRamsay
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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Ryan
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was attentive and the food was excellent. We really enjoyed our meal.

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JennieD
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Been here numerous times before, however on this occasion had a booking for 9.15pm & felt everything was rushed. Had to pre-order desert at same time as meal. Asked for a 2nd drink 30 mins into the meal & was told no as bar shut. So overall not the best experience compared to previous visits.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Arabica Borough Market using the Order Online button. Arabica Borough Market also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Arabica Borough Market also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 3011 5151.

Arabica Borough Market is rated 4.5 stars by 1979 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.