Arabica Bar & Kitchen

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£26 to £40
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Middle Eastern

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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
What 1257 People Are Saying
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OT
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’ve been to Arabica a few times a year for quite a while now. The menu is varied and the food is consistently good and the ingredients fresh. Staff are very friendly and attentive.

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Lovely restaurant, food is good but service very rushed. We were told to vacate our table with food still in front of us! No time for coffee, wasn’t even offered dessert! Booked an early table at 5.30 and was out the door before 7.30 ☹️

TB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice amostophere,nice staff good food
Would recommend to everyone

N
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good quality food and service.

Everything we ordered came almost together within the first 15mins of placing the order, that was a bit strange.

No one came to check-in with us whether we wanted any additional drinks or not

Portion size is small but the taste and quality was very good

EB
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food and amazing, attentive service. Lovely atmosphere and great location in London for meeting friends going through London Bridge.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Friendly service.

T
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We really enjoyed all of our choices and the staff were very friendly and attentive.

e
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. We will definitely be back.

LL
London
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Friendly and helpful staff, really tasty food with a good range of choice for veggies and vegans. It's an attractive but small restaurant, so you're pretty up-close and personal with your fellow diners, but it's not too noisy to have a conversation.

AB
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Bog standard food at a very high price. The food was bland, the hummus you could have bought from Tesco, nothing was seasoned, whatever fruit came with the halloumi was vile and the wine was severely overpriced. Tables are far too close together as though you’re sharing with another party. Service was friendly but slow and inattentive. Only gets customers because it looks edgy and it’s in over-hyped Borough market. Wouldn’t recommend

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely evening with delicious food! When we first arrived the waitress informed us that we had the table till 20:30 but we stayed till 21:45 without any disturbance which was lovely. Would recommend!

AV
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food, a lot of choices for both vegans and meat lovers.

RS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Amazing wine! Loved the ambience of the whole place

l
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arabica was as lovely as ever and accommodated us at lunch time instead of the pre theatre we had booked.

NP
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect place to grab a light lunch in BM. Worth a visit but be sure to book

MD
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Food was delicious but drinks and service let this place down.

MF
London
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were lucky to have booked a great table for 6 during a busy pre-Christmas weekend.

The service was faultless, very attentive but not overbearing, and with a smile: the menu great and the food perfect in quality, presentation and timing. The wine spot-on.

GB
London
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arabica at Borough Market's my favourite no-nonsense, delicious food, fantastic value restaurant with a cool vibe, friendly and incredibly helpful staff consistently giving 10/10 service.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, and atmosphere very good service - highly recommend

VJ
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a casual friendly meal with a great atmosphere to match the great food and service. Prices are reasonable particularly for London. Second visit and very much looking forward to returning.

S
London
81 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Delicious food at a good price

M
London
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really awesome food, cool vibe and great set up inside. Went with a group of us and we all loved it

AB
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food and service, very noisy environment, space would benefit from some sound-proofing

CB
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round - food, cocktails, service. Couldn’t fault a thing!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We sat at the bar having asked to move from the table right next to the door - that was not a good spot.
Good choice of cocktails and really enjoyed the food. Would recommend

RB
London
14 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Never disappoints. Recently updated and simplified menu. Lovely mezes, salads and cocktails. They used to be super push on the tables but seemed chilled tonight.

GH
Kent
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, beautiful food and we were all blown away by the value for money.
Can’t recommend enough.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a great setting! Would highly recommend, Meze is fabulous!

FL
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always guaranteed a good meal here. The food is great and perfect for socialising as it is small plates.
Having been to both the Kings Cross and Borough Market establishments, the Borough one is still my favourite as the atmosphere is so nice.
All the meat dishes are wonderful.

TO
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good quick service and the food was lovely. Nice little restaurant under a viaduct. Very impressed will definitely go again

CM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall very tasty and very good service with good knowledge about which food did not have nuts for an adult who had an allergy. Not quite so attentive at the end, once food had been served. All dishes had lots of flavour and cocktails were unusual which was nice to experience. Bar a little cramped where we were sitting as there were tables very close at the window behind us. Quite noisy but it was near christmas! Overall we’d certainly go again. Would be interested in more organic produce.

KM
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good, as well as the ambience and restaurant noise level. The customer service was excellent and prices were reasonable.

DL
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is absolutely superb. I first encountered Arabica when they started their stall at Borough Market, and we used to buy food from there and take it home. The restaurant has even better quality food. Everything we ate was delicious.

It is a little noisy, but tolerable. If they had a soft floor covering it would probably reduce the noise level a bit. But despite the noise we will be going there again!

l
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is a favourite of ours and never disappoints - this visit was as good as ever. Thank you!

M
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always amazing.

NW
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lots of choice for vegetarians. Nice lively vibe, excellent service.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great service. Don't be tempted to over order!

i
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food and a nice ambience. Although I’d been a few times before, the others in my party hadn’t but everyone agreed it was lovely. Will be returning soon!

B
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely food and attentive staff but the noise can be deafening especially when the place gets busier

AR
Munich
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really good authentic Middle Eastern food. Very friendly service. Delicious open wines. Nice ambience. Reasonable prices.
Downside; seating. Tables for two very close together, we could hear the conversation going on next to us clearly. Also our table was wobbly with a loose top.
On the whole, very nice place indeed and would definitely recommend.