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Arlo's Balham, London,

Arlo's Balham

4.8
4.8
444 Reviews
£25 and under
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…

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steak, Vegetarian, British

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday to Thursday: 12noon - 10pm Friday: 12noon - 11pm Saturday: 10am - 10.30pm Sunday: 10am - 9pm

  • Phone number

    020 3019 6590

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Balham

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Balham station

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 444 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. O

    Ophelia

    London

    400 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    400 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.

  2. NM

    NickyM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    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

  3. JL

    JLCL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  4. BP

    BenP

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, good choice of wine and great service!

  5. p

    pollyh

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  7. L

    Loulou

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant is consistently good with great customer service

  8. PK

    PaulK

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 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.

  9. SK

    SarahK

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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

  11. S

    Simplythebest

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  12. PB

    PBCW

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

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

  13. CY

    CristinaY

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  14. g

    gilln1974

    London

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 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.

  15. Z

    Zoji

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Steak was amazing.loved the whole meal

  16. E

    Ellie

    1 review

    5.0

    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 :)

  17. S

    Spoons

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4

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

  18. e

    eoind

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2020

    overall2food1service3ambience3

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

  19. j

    janet

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  20. CG

    ConchaG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    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 BalhamResponded 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.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    Arlo's BalhamResponded on 17 February 2020

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

  22. ST

    SimonT

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    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 ..........

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Nice food. A little bit pricey

    Arlo's BalhamResponded 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

  24. LH

    LouiseH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  25. ME

    MikaE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    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 BalhamResponded on 17 February 2020

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

  26. PB

    PBCW

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    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 BalhamResponded 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

  27. JF

    JoannaF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    Arlo's BalhamResponded on 17 February 2020

    Thank you very much JoannaF!

  28. C

    Cackhand

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Friendly; ambient; excellent steak; and thoroughly enjoyable.

    Arlo's BalhamResponded on 17 February 2020

    Thank you so much!

  29. DR

    DanielaR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    Arlo's BalhamResponded on 17 February 2020

    Thank you thank you! :)

  30. KC

    KatC

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 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 BalhamResponded 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.

  31. AC

    AndyC

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

    Arlo's BalhamResponded on 17 February 2020

    Thank you very much!

  32. LW

    LizW

    London

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

    Arlo's BalhamResponded on 6 February 2020

    Really, really lovely review - thank you Liz!

  33. NY

    NYCinLON

    London

    78 reviews

    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great little local place, staff helpful food good.

    Arlo's BalhamResponded on 6 February 2020

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

  34. H

    Hannahlv

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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 BalhamResponded 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!

  35. TN

    TonyN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    Arlo's BalhamResponded on 6 February 2020

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

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    Arlo's BalhamResponded 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

  37. RK

    RoniK

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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 BalhamResponded 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.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very enjoyable experience. The food was fantastic (the soakers are definitely worth getting) and the service was friendly. I hope this place reopens soon!

  39. C

    Cheshire1992

    1 review

    4.0

    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 BalhamResponded on 6 February 2020

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

  40. NB

    NBFOODIE

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    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 BalhamResponded 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

FAQs

Arlo's Balham offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 3019 6590.

Arlo's Balham is rated 4.8 stars by 444 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Area

    Balham

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday to Thursday: 12noon - 10pm Friday: 12noon - 11pm Saturday: 10am - 10.30pm Sunday: 10am - 9pm

  • Cuisines

    Steak, Vegetarian, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Balham station

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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