Arabica Kings Cross

4.3
264 Reviews
£26 to £40
Middle Eastern

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Good Vegetarian Options
Borough Market favourite Arabica is now at King’s Cross

Perch at the bar or counter dining seats to watch the chefs at work and linger over a Levantine- inspired cocktail or house made soda, hunker down in one of the cosy banquettes or gather around the communal dining table for a middle-eastern inspired feast.

The menu draw inspiration from adventures through the fertile valleys of Jordan, villages of Lebanon and vibrant cities of Istanbul, Beirut, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Meat-eaters, pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans will all find plenty to please from the vibrant array of colourful meze and small plates, flatbreads from the clay oven and grass fed meat and day-boat fish from the charcoal grill.

You’ll find Arabica in the ground floor corner of the Limestone clad Aga Khan Centre building, a stone’s throw from Coal Drops Yard and Granary Square, Kings Cross, the outside terrace faces the grassy meadow of Lewis Cubitt Walk.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 264 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.1
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3.9
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TomF
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was great to be back at Arabica after the lockdown measures and we were excited to be eating albeit out on the terrace. The food was amazing always. The mysterious cocktail included in the package was unimpressive and delivered with no name or explanation - so none the wiser what it was. But when I ordered their as well Negroni it was delicious. Sadly the outside heating was a little on the weak side and the night was particularly cold so it dumbed down the experience a little. But great to have them back!!

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SimonR
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Didn't realise til got there that it was z fixed priced menu at £35 per person. As a lactose free vegetarian there was a number of items cooked in butter or diary.

Also upon enquiring thd Holloumi, (which is made with goats milk) and Feta (made from mixture goat/sheep) was was actually made from cows milk!

This is terribld for a Levant/middle Eastern specialist restaurant. Even my local Sainsbury Express sells proper authentic feta and Holloumi!

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localRoy
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Always interesting and flavoursome, even the little things. Best to go with people who share your tastes. Easier then to choose what to enjoy together. The lebanese wines are a special treat. No need to go for the posh labels; the local stuff on the Arabica list is delicious and delicate at the same time.

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SamanthaG
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Semi-set menu at £35 per head plus VAT plus service plus drinks. Complimentary cocktail tasted like watered down lemonade with no gin. Very limited menu, not the one you see on open table. Only one veggie option on main dish which meant we all had the same so no sharing. Can only choose one hot mezze and one side for the whole table so again no variety, very bland! Dessert was described by my teenager as a pistachio flavoured mcflurry, no Turkish delight or baclava as described. Other desserts were basic, sickly and uninspiring. Best bit of the meal was the hummus and pickles! We had water and two drinks. Left hungry and disappointed and cost £183!! Understand they need to recoup losses but the food is just nowhere near worthy of that sum of money, plus hard metal chairs, no cushions, no blanket! An ill thought through come back for Arabica, not providing that warm joyful feeling of dining out again!! Used to be a regular, will never return.

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HughJarres
London
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Only a £35 fixed menu available. Presumably for the duration of the limited outdoor service. It represents a decent selection from Arabica's range, but it may not be what you expect.

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iipe
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very happy with our experience at Arabica King's Cross. It was not busy and the COVID-regulations were followed well, without making the experience annoying. The food was great, love the sharing menu concept!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super delicious food! Servers were so friendly and willing to help with my dietary requirements (coeliac)

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Isabelf
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here and we loved it! Very snazzy inside and great music. We sat outside and were very warm under the heaters. Ola our waitress was lovely, our food came quickly and was delicious. Cant believe how reasonably priced it is. Will be coming here again when tier 3 is lifted!

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Sophie
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious and service even better. Lots of safety precautions in place and felt safe and well looked after. We ate so much food and it was all delicious!

JD
JonD
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice warm welcome and seats at the counter. Good food and fun watching it being prepared. Overall, a good and enjoyable buzzy experience in a nice atmosphere.

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Sajeev
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience3

This is a good place for a nice brunch and the food is really good. Please avoid if you want to sit outside during the winters (COVID restrictions an all), cos the area is quite windy and the outside heaters are basically useless. Again, good place to dine-in, just avoid outside bookings during the winter.

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Tasty
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We enjoyed our experience at Arabica and received excellent service. I think it would be useful to know a bit more info about the size of each dish before ordering as it was a bit difficult to tell from the menu, what size meal you were going to be getting. The food was very good quality though, it was delicious and having ordered several different courses we ate well. There were good covid measures throughout the restaurant.

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stephenb
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good restaurant that has adapted well to the rules in Tier2-I think a real find and I look back to coming back when we can dine properly and enjoy a drink at the very nice bar. Great design and plenty of space inside and out-the lamb chops are some of the best that I have eaten in a long time.....a real find....

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DanielleA
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was delicious and really great value! And loveky service thanks again :)

DB
DianaB
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious small plates that we shared. Everything was good.

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SarahF
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place - COVID secure and great outside space. Food was lovely and will go back - thanks

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

We all left slightly underwhelmed, I visited for my wifes birthday and was hoping for a better experience than we received. With the exception of the dips which were lovely, overall for the cost of the meal was not warranted either in terms of the size of portions or the depth of flavour.

It probably doesnt help that we were overcharged for items we didnt receive, but assuming this was purely accidental, there are still plenty of better options in the vicinity.

Overall, not the worse but we won't be visiting again.

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DennisK
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Ok food but a bit overpriced. Very nice ambience and a good location.

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Johan
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is excellent! The overall look of the restaurant is a little scruffy, the WC's were rather untidy with toilet rolls laying on the floor, looked like it hadn't been attended to in a while and there were not a huge amount of patrons.
The service was patchy. We had the set menu and when the server came to clear our starter plates, she asked whenever she could bring out the desserts, without us having had our mains.
Towards the end of service it all felt a bit rushed to get us out the door and that wasn't very late on Sunday afternoon.

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JaneS
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a table to eat outside with friends while London was in Tier 2 restrictions recently. Everything was wonderful. It was freezing though and although the heaters are a help some blankets would have helped to keep us warm, but that's the only thing I would suggest. The outside terrace is big and the tables large enough to allow social distancing. The waiting staff were a delight and the food was lovely.

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Jessica
London
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The worst service in London! A pity because the food is very good, but the manager and waitress who served us were very rude. We were unable to eat properly because all the while they were trying to expel us from the restaurant, saying that we had little time to stay at the table. We did not notice the same treatment with the people around us. We never come back at this restaurant.

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wxyz
London
40 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The pistachio chicken, kibbeh, halva daiquiris, etc etc — all delicious. Sitting outside was just about made bearable with the heaters, but definitely layer up if you’ll be outdoors in winter!

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Holly
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was really poor and service rushed and a little unfriendly. I had tried Arabica in Borough a while ago, and it was far better than this. Wouldn’t recommend on the basis of the King’s Cross branch.

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rachelW
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dined outside under the heaters- was plenty warm enough. Great food and excellent service

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JasmineH
London
18 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first time I'd seen my friends since the second lockdown ended, and one of the only times this year. We were loud, giggly, obnoxious and shrieking, and we had the absolute best time. The staff not only put up with us but made us feel completely welcome and really added to our amazing night. I want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone working that night for indulging us and giving us a few hours of escape in an otherwise dark year. Food and drinks were all perfect and I can't wait to go back again.

Thank you all again, and stay safe!

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Warning: NOT an ideal outdoor seating. I found this place after searching for a restaurant with heated outdoor seating and parasols. A very misleading information they provide. The parasols are NOT big enough to cover the chairs so even with a light rain which is common in London, you would get wet - unless you a party of 3 or less (better cover). I wish I had booked in Granary or sthg. The outdoor setting is not suitable for London winter. Even during the dryest days, it occasionally showers in every hour in London during winter.

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Mojo
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Terrible. Literally the worst service I have ever received.

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nizzard
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great last night before lockdown 2 dinner. Waiting staff were funny and attentive, food was good. Always a pleasure to go. Outside seats weren’t even too cold!

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Kiki
London
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was ok and value for money as it was the last night for 'Eat out to help out'. Had to choose from a set menu due to lockdown. Very limited for my friend as she doesn't eat meat.

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Hann
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyable evening outside under cover/ warm heaters. Great food.

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Lucie
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and staff will definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Scrapattack
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is absolutely delicious. Our group ordered a mix (some doing starters, some doing mains) but the restaurant was a bit reluctant to bring them out together. This was only a minor issue - otherwise we had a great time.

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jsurico15
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food came out so fast and delicious at Arabica! Our waiter was great, but we had to wait 15-20 minutes for our reserved table. We were also asked if we wanted a table inside, which isn't allowed for parties not from the same household! Host tried a bit too hard to get us to buy more drinks, even after we waited. So I'd say: food great; service could be better.

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Lucyn
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was terrible, they said they could not make an aperol spritz fizzy because they were to busy. And we had two cocktails which were disgusting.

The service was shocking and it took 40 mins to get a second glass of wine and we had finished our food by the time we did.

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Momo
London
53 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went for the set menu (£30 for an array of cold and hot mezzes to share plus a main and dessert each) and due to covid-19 rules, sat on the outdoor terrace. It was a blustery wet and cold evening but the heaters kept us warm. The servers (table servers and maitre d) were really friendly and helpful, even providing a box for the leftovers we couldn't quite finish! The restaurant seemed really conscious about following govt guidance but also to provide diners with a good experience. Hoping we can go again after the second lockdown!

MP
MihirP
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Mediocre food that’s overpriced! Ordered a £20 carafe of Lebanese red wine that was basically old - when we complained we were told it was “fine” and that they’d charge us anyways rather than let us change for a better carafe... only the third time in my life I’ve had to send back wine and the “hospitality” attitude was therefore pathetic. Would NOT recommend nor go back

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vipCharlesF
London
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

We took the menu which came with 2 alcoholic drinks,

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great food and friendly staff

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SMFB
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent. It’s a shame the place was so quiet as it deserves to be much, much busier.

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tetty
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious food very well cooked. If you are not keen on chilli, let the waiter know a this is used quite a lot.

We elected to eat inside as we are 'oldies' and a wind blew up.

FAQs

Arabica Kings Cross does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Arabica Kings Cross also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 3747 4422.

Arabica Kings Cross is rated 4.3 stars by 264 OpenTable diners.

Arabica Kings Cross does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://shop.arabicalondon.com/collections/shop-vouchers/products/dining-voucher.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.