Arabica Bar & Kitchen

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£26 to £40
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Middle Eastern

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Our dearly loved bare brick Victorian railway arch is home to our first restaurant in the heart of Borough Market – where our journey started way back in the early Noughties as ‘Market Traders’. Join us at the polished concrete bar to watch our chefs at work and linger over a Levantine-inspired cocktail, or hunker down in one of our banquettes for a middle-eastern inspired feast.

Atmospheric at any time of day with the lively bustle of market life and a soundtrack to lift your spirit – we’ll be serving our signature breakfast with Workshop coffee, a vibrant array of colourful meze and small plates, flatbreads from the clay oven and gently spiced meats from the charcoal grill.

A convivial place for family, friends, or solo enjoyment, anytime of day
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GF
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambience- would highly recommend

Z
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, lovely and friendly service, delicious food . The wine a bit on the expensive side...but was good!

MM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Servers were not accommodating, and gave us a booth table when other tables were empty and could fit us more comfortably.

G
Gloucestershire
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely buzzing place on the edge of Borough Market. Food came fast and in stages which was ideal for our pre-theatre meal. Nice staff, lovely atmosphere. I’ll be back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty good food, nice location and good value

J
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Despite booking way in advance we had worst table next to toilets. Food all came at different times. Some finished before others had food. Wine extortionate. £44 a bottle or £11 a glass. Very loud music. Awful place

G
Cornwall
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious Middle Eastern food and a really interesting wine list.

DG
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

First visit... food was great, fresh and flavoursome but didn’t feel that 12.5% service charge was justified- as service was slow, ordering more food and the bill took a few attempts to get a waiter’s attention!

SB
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was really interesting and delicious with lots of good options for vegetarians. The ambiance and setting was lovely for a dinner with friends or a romantic evening. We were initially slow to order ourselves and the waiters were very obliging and accommodating. I think this perhaps resulted in the delays at the end of the meal and they forgot our order of tea.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent interesting good, excellent wine choice, great service

c
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great cocktails - nice place - food really good in general. One dish didn’t hit the mark - feedback given to staff in responses to ‘how was your meal today’. No reply given really.

ST
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and knowledgeable staff, my boyfriend is middle eastern and vegan and thinks it's amazing too. Lots of choice that can be tailored to meet your needs and the vegan cocktails are fantastic!

FG
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I’ll definitely be back very soon!

SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant with a good variety of dishes both for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Table was ready when we arrived, drinks didn't take long to arrive and everything was really tasty. Average size dishes (perhaps a little smaller than expected) for the price but very tasty and would 100% go back again for more.

WC
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food, all of it. Lamb cutlets to die for!

DJ
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food and great atmosphere. Would recommend this place.

SK
London
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and some delightfully different options. Loved it!

MM
London
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place, good food & good service. Nothing more to say really :-)

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly service. Perfect for friends happy to share and try different dishes.

TK
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am vegan and I liked the the fact they offered me vegan dishes even though the menu didn’t have many choices.
I was quite impressed with that.

GO
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Six of us ate here after doing the jamon carving course at nearby Brindisa. Despite having stuffed ourselves with ham, we had a lovely meal at Arabica. My wife said it was the best babaganoush she has ever had. The salt & pepper squid was great, as was the hummus.

The wine list is quirky with wines from a variety of unusual countries. We had one from the Bekaa Valley which was good but took its toll the following day.

I'd recommend Arabica with only one reservation: the two waitresses who served us were pretty grumpy, although perfectly efficient.

JJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Has potential; the food is good, though the portions are quite small for the price, the fact that its mezze (not tapas as our waitress called it!) notwithstanding. It's rather sharp practice to serve dips without bread, then charge £1 a piece for mini pittas! Not what I expect from a middle eastern restaurant.

II wasn't a busy time, but the service was a little inattentive; it was quite difficult to get our drinks ordered. Its also a tad pretentious (I suppose its Borough...), with phonetic translation of the restaurant name into a meaningless Arabic word emblazoned across the wall.

Nonetheless, everyone seemed to enjoy it so it gets a cautious recommendation.

NG
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really delicious food, lots of variety and flavour. Only reason it wasn't 5 stars for food was a couple of the red meat dishes weren't quite as tasty as the rest. Service was excellent, food arrived quickly and overall it was a great experience. It wasn't cheap but we did order a lot of food. Both me and my girlfriend will be going back. Highly recommend. My favourite dishes were the falafel, hummus with lamb fillet, Egyptian rice, vegetable freeke.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic night out with friends, excellent service, food and a lovely atmosphere

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service outstanding, including great cocktails!

PA
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Main issue was the reception from the surly unfriendly hostess who ‘welcomed’ us. So so rude and didn’t start the evening off very well at all. Unnecessarily spikey. Hardly the welcome we would have expected. Food was gorgeous, but the initial experience coloured the evening.

BD
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Buzzing with activity and oozing with fragrant deliciousness, 4 friends and I enjoyed a fab Friday night dinner here. They recommemd 2 dishes per person, I think 1 large-ish and 1 smaller side or dip each , plus some extra bread to share around is adequate. Everything we ordered was great. Staff did a cracking job throughout, impressive as the venue was packed. I plan to return.

C
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food! We tried a load of sharing dishes and loved every one. Thoroughly recommend.

SC
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A vibrant and all round great restaurant. The food and service is excellent. A real gem.

AH
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is amazing here, great variety, really good for the vegetarians and gluten free people! The waiter we had was brilliant, really friendly and lovely. The only down side was that the cocktails came out after our starters, and the mains started coming out at the same time as the starters. It would have been nice to have a bit of a break between the courses. Otherwise, the whole table (6 of us) was really happy with the restaurant, and it's usually hard to please everyone in a group of that size!

AB
London
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic food. Wish the seats were more comfortable.

OT
London
26 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice food and excellent service. The place is extremely hot though, which is the only downside :)

A
London
76 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great location and atmosphere. Delicious with a great variety of dishes. We plan to go back and try the breakfast next time.

DB
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Great food overall, the only criticism would be the bread was not a good as most middle eastern restaurants. Middle eastern bread as people know is typically amazing so that was a disappointment.
The waitress was pretty rubbish, very abrupt, no smile and in general cold.
Would definitely recommend Arabica just don't expect much from the bread.

CC
Surrey
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great ambience in a lovely location. Can’t wait to go back!!

SS
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with great staff and very good service. Portions were much bigger than we thought so we found it difficult to finish. It would have topped it off if they had been able to provide halal meat so we could have tried the other dishes. I will definitely come back again!

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I come here at least 4-5 times a year. It’s local and easy to get in without booking weeks in advance. The food is consistently good and fresh. Service is attentive. My friend dined here for lunch for the first time and was similarly impressed.

j
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, friendly staff and I liked the ambience, not only the place but the situation within Borough Market though we got lost finding it. It was my sisters birthday and they gave us some complimentary baclava which was a nice extra.

JB
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value, fantastic flavours and speedy service. Will definitely be back

MC
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night, for a birthday celebration. Fantastic service, great food. Highly reccomended.