Arlo's Balham

4.6
315 reviews
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Steak
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • 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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AW
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
249 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
31 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
4 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
64 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
4 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
3 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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c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great evening for my partner’s birthday, lovely food and attentive staff, would definely return.

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TB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great little restaurant if you like good steak. Great value for money and good wine too

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service

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HG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at Arlo's Balham and it was just as good as last time. Attentive staff. Great atmosphere. The Bavette sharing steak is incredible. Booked again already for this week!

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F
London
18 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak!
Very friendly staff!
Strongly recommend and will definitely go back.

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LW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great steak, perfectly cooked. Sides are delicious. Puddings ok. Service was really good.

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A fantastic restaurant serving a beautiful small menu of very delicious food. Quality of steak and side we had was great. Definitely don’t mind paying for good food like this. Service fabulous too and we were very happy with our choice of restaurant for a catch up dinner.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, cosy atmosphere and super friendly staff - great place for a date night or catch up with friends!

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p
London
14 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The food took an age to arrive and there were not many people in the restaurant. My ‘well done’ ribeye steak was literally burnt to a crisp. The same for my friend. The burgers had no salad or sauce. Quite disappointing.

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SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, served by fabulous staff 😀 definitely recommend & can't wait to go again.

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HG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible steak. Great atmosphere. Going to become our next favourite Balham local.

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KR
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, great menu and great staff. Really recommend it either for datenights or for a meal with friends.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service! Nice place, felt very welcome.

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

The steak was great and the service was brilliant. The waiter was very attentive and had brought over a clean napkin for my mum before she’d even realised hers had fallen to the floor. We had a lovely evening in Arlos, it was a shame we had to leave to go to an event.

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FD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious, ambience is informal and staff is very friendly and goes the extra mile to accommodate requirements of young kids. Overall the experience is always great so we’ll be back again and again...

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We booked Arlos for a birthday dinner, after seeing all the good reviews we thought it would be amazing. Unfortunately the food was a bit of a let down, the steak was very chewy and I couldn’t finish it. That being said everything else was pretty good, service from Gulia was fantastic, she was really good fun, looked after us all very well.

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EC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service with excellent food. Despite specialising in steaks it has a great range of veggie and vegan options.

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NB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the brunch menu, which was unusual and very tasty. Definitely would recommend.

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