Arlo's Balham

4.6
334 reviews
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
At Arlo’s we have a simple and straightforward goal – to source the very best ingredients and to serve them quickly and simply. We’re determined to make Arlo’s the best possible local restaurant; the kind of place where we’d love to sit, eat, talk and drink.

We're family-owned and independent and we've picked up some fantastic awards from TimeOut’s Best Local Restaurant in 2016, the OpenTable Diner’s Choice awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and our TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2018. The Evening Standard praised our “no high-end cuts or high-end prices, just damned good steak” whilst the Metro labelled us “Brilliant for vegetarians….and a steak-eater’s paradise.”

We serve the highest welfare, grass-fed British native breed beef and we're hugely proud of our vegetarian and vegan dishes. All recipes are cooked on site - fresh & homemade - every single day and yes, we do cut every single chip by hand every day – and we always will…
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K
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

A lovely local restaurant with friendly staff and delicious food

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AN
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good selection on the menu for meat lovers and non-meat eatsrs alike. Lovely brunch and drinks, attentive service and good value for money.
Would recommend!

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GM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great steak as well as other meals. Avoid drinking the tap water on the table - taste is highly chlorinated and room temperature. But overall, Arlo's is a great little restaurant for family dining.

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GN
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

great service! breakfast was a bit expensive £18 for bacon, eggs, avo and hullumi but good atmosphere and good food

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch menu is such good value and the steak was cooked to perfection. A very nice atmosphere in this restaurant which is in the heart of Balham.

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PC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food - Bavette steak was so delicious! Everyone loved their food and was really impressed with the whole restaurant.
Amazing service and atmosphere. Will definitely be back here again soon!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quick, simple food!

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OC
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arlos always delivers a great meal. We can’t fault it.

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LW
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great steak. Lovely sides. Really good value compared to places with similarly good steak.

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SW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, lovely cocktails - a great place for a date or with a group of friends.

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D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Arlo’s Balham and the whole experience was good from the booking to the actual visit. I ordered the vegetarian brunch and my husband had the truffle mushrooms and a side of chips - both were tasty. The service is much better than Arlo’s Clapham junction which I have been to before. We wil return to the Balham branch.

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ER
Oxford
11 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice option for brunch - good food at reasonable prices with great service.

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g
London
13 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Arlos, always great food and attentive staff where nothing is ever too much trouble. Steak very tasty with amazing mushroom! Will definitely return.

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P
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly and relaxed
It was Fri but not busy
They took a photo of us

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RJ
Worcestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 1

The restaurant was exceptionally quiet and empty which led to no ambience.
However the food was excellent and the service was good so I would go again

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience with friendly staff and nice food. Brunch is good but the steak is amazing. We went for a friend’s birthday and told them in advance. They brought out a free brownie and ice cream with a candle on top. It was a lovely touch.

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KD
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is pretty good, but £14 for a small ish steak (though nice) without any sides is just too much. Flat iron a much better choice

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I’d visited Arlo’s Northcote Road before and always had great service. Unfortunately on this occasion to Balham branch, it wasn’t up to the same level. A table on four on a Wednesday evening - we waited almost an hour for our meal and when it did arrive, two of our meals had to be sent back as the steaks hadn’t been cooked to request. The staff did acknowledge this and after requesting, removed the service charge and that was appreciated. Overall disappointing but do know others have had good experiences before.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 3 March 2019

Hi Floozster. Thank you so much for visiting both of our restaurants, and I'm very sorry to hear that your recent visit to Balham did not live up to your expectations after Battersea. We are always striving to do better - and a hour is certainly too long to wait. I will have a look into our team numbers and see where we can improve, and thank you again for your candid review. If you do come back to also please do dm me at tom@arlos.co.uk. Many thanks, Tom

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ER
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good, not exceptional and the steak was a bit chewy but for the price it was fine. We had a bit of an issue with a burnt side dish of broccoli which we were told was not burnt but “chargrilled”. Either way it was black and tasted disgusting but they happily changed it for a clearly microwaved portion which tasted much better. I would go back.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 3 March 2019

Thank you Emma, though I'm gutted to hear you didn't like our chargrilled broccoli! It's one of our most popular sides - and the best way I'm found to get greens into my children...! That said I'm delighted that the team looked after you and replaced the portion. We parboil the broccoli every day and then reheat on the grill so yes, the team will have microwaved a non-chargrilled portion in order to whack the heat through without losing the bite. Thank you again for your review

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AW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very impressed by our trip to Arlo's. Staff were friendly and efficient food was delicious and it had a nice atmosphere.

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bavette Feast was amazing, great to share. Staff we're attentive, polite and good fast service. Wine went perfectly with the steak too. We will definitely return to try the 1kg Bavette!

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BG
London
252 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Limited menu, but great for brunch and the beef is very good. Excellent value express lunch menu. Will definitely return.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Yummy steak. Great sourdough soakers - ridiculously huge desert. Nom

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RC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Brilliant Food, arrived to the table very quickly. Delicious sides, highly recommend the Mac & Cheese! Service felt a bit dry. Not very welcoming, unfortunate considering the venue , food and drinks were quality. A smile goes a long way!

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CK
London
32 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Arlo's is always excellent. We now go regularly with our kids for brunch or lunch and everyone loves it.

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S
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The starters were great however the mains (the actual steak which is what we went there for) was extremely chewy! My partner had the Hanger steak cooked to medium rare but it was so chewy and just not cooked well at all. I had the Bavette which is in all fairness a cheaper cut but it was also extremely stringy and chewy. Not tasty at all. The sides were fine but the steak was not enjoyable at all. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Arlos - great red wine and steak, have the mac and cheese : )

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NY
London
65 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

That staff couldn't be lovelier. The food was yummy and the bloody Mary the best in town.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent value in this lively restaurant. Good staff, good food.

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DD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted a local high quality steak venue for my family, and certainly found it at Arlo's.
Opted for the 350g rib eye which was delicious. Treated myself to a marrow bone topping too - you only live once!

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C
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service, good food I would definitely recommend

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AL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ridiculously good food. So so delicious I can't begin to explain! I had the classic Arlo's Burger, with garlic mushrooms on the side and hand-cut chips. My friend had the halloumi burger with spiced pineapple and chips too. Every mouthful was wonderful. Our waiter was also so attentive and lovely. Fresh apple juice was great too! Highly recommended, we will 100% be going back :)

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LP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great spot for brunch - just can't get enough of The Other Arlo's (doesn't matter how many times I go and look at the menu, I just don't seem to be able to pick anything else!). Great service and reasonable prices as well.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty as always , was a little more expensive than I remember as was £50 each (although we did get a bottle of wine ) but still enjoyed , the staff were excellent and so attentive !

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BK
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food. Not overpriced! What more can you ask for.

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F
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find for meat lovers! The bavette was excellent, cooked to perfection! Great atmosphere too.

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AM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great meal, the menu has a lot of options even though it seems like its just a steak restaurant. Lots to offer - great drinks menu too! The service was also of very high standard.

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m
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and steaks and burgers were spot on as always

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MS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Booked the restaurant for a birthday celebration. Was disappointed by the lack of choices on the menu. Starter options were limited and so were the soft drinks. Asked if they did mocktails which they said no to. Food arrived and although we ordered medium well, the steak was very hard to chew and swallow felt like we were chewing for hours. Neitherless to say we were very disappointment spent a lot of money yet a couple of us left still hungry as we simple couldn't finish the meal. Felt like a rush at the end of the evening as they were clearing up for closing time. I personally will not visit Arlo's again nor recommend it to anyone. Thumbs down.

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L
London
35 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great steak and wine on a midweek night. Nice atmosphere

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