Arlo's Balham

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Steak
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, 2018 and 2019 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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What 443 People Are Saying
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O
London
398 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Succulent beef and amazing chips. We also ordered sublime garlic mushrooms and jalapeño slaw that was flavoursome without being heavy and really cut through the fat of the meat and chips. My ice cream for dessert was heavenly. First time here but planning our next visit as we speak.

NM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic service, food, atmosphere and experience at Arlo's; the staff are some of the best I've come across in a restaurant - always friendly, passionate about their food and keen to help out. Add in some superb food and drink options, great decor and a fantastic atmosphere and I can't think of anywhere better to spend time in Balham

JL
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed our brunch here and the kids menu is great value for good quality food

BP
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, good choice of wine and great service!

p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great and so friendly and food was delicious and fast!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for an amazing steak & Shakshouka! Will visit again soon♥

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is consistently good with great customer service

PK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great little steak place with amazing milkshakes. Very helpful and friendly staff! Corkage free Tuesday and many other specials make it a good value place to go.

SK
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here for my birthday meal on Tuesday and had a very pleasant evening as a family. It was uncharacteristically busy for a midweek night. Good atmosphere, discreetly attentive staff, and
all round appetising food (only slight criticism; the bed of chips on the Bavette were a little
crispy & over cooked). Would recommend, and will visit again.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was excellent and the staff were really attentive. It’s great value and I would definitely recommend

S
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very nice quality and tasted delicious, the drinks too were exceptionally nice. The service was excellent, and the staff very pleasant and friendly. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere. We very much look forward to returning to Arlo's Balham.

PB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and good food. Lighting a bit too bright.

CY
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good steak; better than I expected. Just generally nice experience.

g
London
15 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We have eaten dinner at Arlos a few times and found it to be amazing, however brunch yesterday was a bit chaotic. Our steak and egg brunch dish (the meat was very tasty though) were on the cool side, and we had to ask a couple of times for kids cutlery. We will return as hoping it was just a rather busy day.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was amazing.loved the whole meal

E
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I went here for brunch for my birthday and the service was excellent. The waiter responded to queries about intolerances and was very patient. The food came quickly and was delicious. The team even surprised me with a birthday brownie and gave me a voucher for a bottle of Prosecco the next time I visit. Would definitely recommend and I’ll be coming back soon :)

S
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food delicious as always. Great steak! Would recommend the mac and cheese as a side

e
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was poor, steak was burnt and poorly cooked. Chips where nice but overall extremely disappointed.

j
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food immaculate service - our ages ranged from 8 - 70 - something for everyone- sensational place

CG
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an amazing service by am Spanish waiter. He is super friendly and efficient.
The food is always of great quality and the ambiance is also good.
Great to have a place like this in our area.
Couldn’t recommend enough.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you very much! Arlo's is all about local and the neighbourhood and I'm delighted that you enjoyed your meal with us so much. Marcos our Head Waiter and it is a great pleasure to be able to share this feedback, and we hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely valentines dinner! We ordered too much - wish I could have finished it all!

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you very much - and thank you for choosing Arlo's for your Valentine's Day!!

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ST
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was not what we have come to expect from Arlo’s and the service was sloppy. We had almost finished our main course when the wine finally turned up, we had to reminded the staff twice and still it didn’t come. One of the Jalapeño peppers was actually a green pepper which was a shock to our 12 year old. This said we had a nice evening but ..........

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Nice food. A little bit pricey

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you for your review though I'm sorry that you felt the food to be pricey. We do our best to offer a broad range of choices and prices, with excellent and fresh food at every point though I am sorry that you did not find this to be the case. Every review is hugely important to me to help us to improve and to be the best we can and - whilst the quality and freshness of our food will always be paramount - I will absolutely ensure that our pencil is as sharp as it can be! Many thanks, Tom

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LH
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A really lovely local restaurant with great food - steak is the main draw and really worth it. Excellent for kids too, a nice lunch menu and evening dinner.

ME
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Arlos! You’re always guaranteed an excellent steak and equally excellent, kind and friendly service. It’s a cozy restaurant that the locals love and always exceeds expectations 😊

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you! What a huge pleasure to read this lovely review on a wet Monday morning!

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PB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very good meal and went on a Tuesday when you can bring your own wine so it was good value for money. The quality of the food is high especially the starters and mains, we were slightly disappointed with our puddings though. The staff are very friendly and we thought the service was excellent. It was very busy and we did find the place a little noisy. But overall we had a really nice evening. This was our second visit and we will definitely go back.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you very much for visiting Arlo's and for taking the time to post such a detailed review. We have some new puddings in the test phase at the moment so please do keep an eye out - I'm obsessed with ice cream and the team have told me we need to broaden the choices - and we've got some belters up our sleeve! Many thanks, Tom

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JF
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great vibe. I recommend the hanger steak! The desserts are amazing.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you very much JoannaF!

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Friendly; ambient; excellent steak; and thoroughly enjoyable.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you so much!

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DR
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great service and lovely atmosphere! Loved the food too!

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you thank you! :)

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KC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our first visit here and all of the good things we'd heard about it from people was true..excellent steak, great choice of sides and sauces and lovely wine. Will definitely recommend and return!

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 6 February 2020

Thank you so much Kat - I love to read that our guests are so positive about Arlo's, and that you agreed with them. Please do recommend :) and I hope we welcome you back to Arlo's one day soon.

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AC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good spot. Fantastic local option, can't fault anything about them

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you very much!

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LW
London
11 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really, really great steak. Good wine. Delicious sides.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 6 February 2020

Really, really lovely review - thank you Liz!

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NY
London
72 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great little local place, staff helpful food good.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 6 February 2020

Thank you very much - that means a lot coming from a New Yorker!

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was all incredible, especially the steak. Staff were super friendly and accommodating. Really good value for money, will definitely be coming back!

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 6 February 2020

One of my favourite reviews ever, and it is truly a great pleasure to be able to share this with my fantastic teams. Thank you!

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TN
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. The waiter and waitress were very friendly and informative.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 6 February 2020

Thank you very much - the team are 100% there for you and I'm delighted that they were so helpful

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OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and well cooked steak, staff were a joy, would definitely recommend

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 6 February 2020

Thank you - and thank you for calling my team out so positively! They work so hard and I love to share this feedback

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RK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always enjoy a visit to Arlo’s with the family. Tend to sit in the booths downstairs, which are comfy. One small recommendation is to find a way of blocking the sound of the dryer in the downstairs loo. Not so great for ambience.

Otherwise, great food, friendly service and good menu options. Might try sitting upstairs next time 😊.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 6 February 2020

Thank you Ronik - and I agree about the dryer...! I'll look for a better solution. Thank you for coming to Arlo's - and for bringing the family; my wife and I built Arlo's with families very much in mind and it is always a pleasure to read this feedback.

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C
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal, gorgeous steak and jalepinos home made slaw, can't wait to go back already!

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 6 February 2020

Thank you! And we can't wait for you to come back!

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NO
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was good & friendly but the food was let down only by the Bavette steak - very tough to eat - the Rib eye & beef short rib was on the other hand perfect.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 6 February 2020

Thank you for your feedback and, whilst I'm absolutely delighted that my team looked after you so well and that you loved the ribeye and short rib, I'm sorry that the bavette was too tough. Bavette does have more texture and chew than the "usual" steaks but this should be a pleasure to eat rather than tough or chewy. I'm pleased that my team looked after you so well and I will be sure to pick this up with my butcher to ensure that we source only the very best beef possible. Thank you again

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable, great steaks, friendly service. The whole family love Arlo’s.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on 6 February 2020

BOOOM! I'd so pleased to read that your whole family love Arlo's - this was absolutely my goal when my wife and I opened Arlo's and it is a real pleasure to read this - thank you!

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