Arabica Kings Cross

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60 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Middle Eastern

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Good Vegetarian Options
Casual
Our new restaurant is housed in a ground floor corner of the Limestone clad Aga Khan Centre building, designed by world renowned, Pritzker prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki. Our outside terrace faces the grassy meadow of Lewis Cubitt Walk and the hotly anticipated Persian-inspired Jellicoe Gardens due for completion in November 2020 by multi-award winning landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith.
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CB
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, unique cocktails with a Lebanese twist. Tasty, good sized portions of food. Reasonably priced wines. Excellent service.

j
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Bar seating not ideal in a group of 3.

d
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Over priced and a great disappointment after visiting Arabica in Borough Market.. treated my friend and embarrassingly I raved about the food to him but the experience fell flat after the first dish.. fried fish dish was good but every other dish lacked attention and the flavour that encouraged me to try this branch having assumed it would be equal to Borough.. sorry it’s a no to value and a no to returning or recommending this place :(

MT
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I've been to Arabica in Borough Market quite often. The food in the new Kings Cross branch is just as delicious (although the menu seems to be smaller) and I really enjoyed it. The only drawback for me was that it is quite noisy. And when the restaurant is busy, as it was when I went recently, why do you need to have loud music playing? It just makes people talk louder and louder.

DP
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food! We were recommended around 8+ dishes for two!! I would recommend around 5 as we ended up having a lot left over. Prices on the high size and drinks are astonishingly high for the quantity.

SG
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food with portions more generous than I was expecting. Great menu too

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

They ran out of falafel and the other vegan option early on Saturday night. Was v disappointing

SA
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

great place for lunch with interesting food, cosy place and friendly staff. Food is very good particularly the daily fish with sesame seeds!

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, the Hummus is the best I have tasted and accompanied with gorgeous fluffy pittas. Totally delicious!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Generally good service, except a couple of dishes took quite long to come out. Most of the dishes we had were excellent, though portions a little small

A
London
30 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely amazing - I highly recommend the mushroom and truffle flatbread, and the halloumi/fig combination, but happily it's one of those places where literally every dish on the menu is good so you're pretty safe to order anything you like.

The restaurant also offers a lot of options for vegetarians, pescatarians and coeliacs. The server was so lovely and determined to make sure that my coeliac friend knew what she could safely eat. It's such a relief to find this inclusive, helpful attitude - it makes all the difference.

This branch of Arabica has an open kitchen so if you like watching the chefs prepare the food, ask to be seated at the kitchen bar. Totally fascinating.

Will definitely be back!

HB
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really excellent and imaginitive mezze - delicate, well-balanced flavours and just super-tasty. Very good value, and noise levels were really good - we could chat easily and comfortably, no shouting, which is something I look for and don't always find.

NC
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My colleague (from the Middle East) recommended Arabica and, it proved an excellent choice. Tucked behind Kings Cross this was a fabulous find. We picked a number of warm and cold starters and a couple of dishes from the main course. The mushroom & truffle Man’ousheh and Lamb Frito were my favourite. The only downside was that we bid not leave sufficient room for dessert!

AS
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Food hit and miss
Starters great, mains not so good

Lamb was dry and burned to a crisp
Beef was chewy and tasteless

JS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Red pepper hummus is a must.
Attentive service with a great ambience. Can’t wait to go back.

LW
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 4th visit with visitors from Australia and Netherlands who were blown away by the quality of the food and service tonight. Thanks for validating our decision to entertain with you again.

EC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The food is good, ya need ta know that portions a small. We thought 2 each would be fine! We should have listened to the waitress!

j
London
56 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

solid middle eastern food, nice space. would return

S
London
18 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal, would definitely recommend.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good new location.
Will be good to test the outside space in nice weather

JJ
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food, really tasty fresh ingredients and fantastic cocktails. Cant wait to try everything on the menu, the spiced cauliflower was sublime. Service a wee bit hit and miss with empty plates being overlooked. We also asked for 2 digestives that never transpired (but we were not charged for them anyway) definitely be back despite this

GK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Food was not bad, portions were quite small everything was ridiculously expensive.

P
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The food was very good, the Turkish Pizza and the Boregi were great and all the dips were also excellent. I would certainly go back for the good fusion of Turkish/Levantine dishes, nicely cooked. I want to try more of them. Unfortunately it was INCREDIBLY NOISY! the music was running between 80-90 decibels on my handy iphone app. Thus everyone was shouting, so that added to the it being nearly impossible to hold a conversation. As I tend to go to restaurants with friends I want to talk to, this is a problem. The staff were great, and the manager was lovely; we told him about the noise when he came to ask how we had enjoyed our meal, and said he would take it on board. Here's hoping.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were late but were very accommodating and gave us a great table. Food is fantastic. Only comment, really undercooked a beef dish but apologised and took it off the cost. Will definitely be back.

P
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

A bit average. The food was nice but not amazing and I’ve had better Turkish food elsewhere.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Desperately disappointed as I love Arabica in Borough. Our Waitress was dozy, everything from the olives onwards tasted wrong - the olives tasted bitter and our other courses all tasted the same - slathered in sauce. Our Harissa arrived after we’d eaten our chicken - which we’d ordered it to accompany. When we said all this the Waitress remained disengaged. Overall, terribly disappointing.

HK
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and decor. Loved it! Great value.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food in Arabica was delicious. Fresh, interesting and wonderful. We had 9 small dishes between 3 of us and I can honestly say that I more than enjoyed every single one. I will definitely go back. Next time I would like to try their breakfast.

DB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food expensive, unremarkable and portions very small. If it carries on in this manner, it’s survival must be questionable

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience great service and it was relaxed....food was amazing especially the lamb ribs and the dessert...overall the whole place was great.

v
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good choice for all of us including vegetarians. excellent flavour combinations

ED
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing all the way through. The food is heavenly and the seating I requested to be conducive to a bunch of friends catching up was fab. From starters to desserts everything was fresh and full of subtly balanced flavour. We were so happy. Reasonably priced given the quality of food and experience. Will be back!

EM
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and we were able to order in phases which was really good when sharing. Comfortable booth for a group of 5, towards the back. Good amount of choice for the vegetarians in our group.

FF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service were very good. Would go back again.

MG
London
13 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We ordered 3-4 starter plates & 3 mains between two of us as recommended by waiter.
All 7 dishes were delivered to our table in rapid succession within less than 10 minutes! No sense of pacing either from the kitchen or the servers.
Food was mediocre to poor, felafel, lamb balls and beef & marrow were all over-cooked, slightly charred on the outside and very dry on the inside. Fish and pita bread were good, the rest uninspiring to poor.

Decor is big open area, lots of glass and hard surfaces. When full it will be unbearably loud and clatter.

Looks like a chain, feels like a chain and tastes like a chain. No charm nor flair.

g
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really good service! The food was amazing - especially the mezze.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were there for a business lunch on Wednesday. Service was on the whole very attentive but there was an initial delay in getting our first round of drinks.
One of the party was a coeliac and our waitress guided us carefully through the menu options.
We throughly enjoyed all of the food and the Ortega wine from Kent was delightful.

JB
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, great for lunch although and sharing, although I would suggest 2 dishes per person is enough (especially if going back to the office to avoid food coma!!), we ordered a bit too much and felt a bit guilty about the leftovers.

On a side note, the juices . and soft drinks were exceptionally good.

E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm friendly service, delicious food, dangerously delicious cocktails and great music. Stand out dishes were the dips, the beef Shish and house salad which was incredible. Looking forward to sampling the larger cuts of beef when we return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Great food and attentive service. It was lunchtime and the place was only half full but the acoustics and music made it a little more difficult to hear our conversation than was comfortable. Costs were £45 per head but we over ordered and took food home.