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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Sun 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 9:30PM
Fri 9:30PM - 10:30PM
Sat 9:00PM - 9:30PM

What 430 People Are Saying
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CY
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

g
London
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was amazing.loved the whole meal

E
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

e
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

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

j
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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 February 17, 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 February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 17, 2020

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

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ST
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Nice food. A little bit pricey

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 17, 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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ME
London
1 review
Dined on February 13, 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 February 17, 2020

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

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PB
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 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 February 17, 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
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you very much JoannaF!

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Friendly; ambient; excellent steak; and thoroughly enjoyable.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you so much!

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DR
London
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you thank you! :)

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KC
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 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 February 6, 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 January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you very much!

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LW
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 6, 2020

Really, really lovely review - thank you Liz!

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NY
London
71 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great little local place, staff helpful food good.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 6, 2020

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

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H
London
1 review
Dined on January 27, 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 February 6, 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
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 6, 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 January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 6, 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 January 25, 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 February 6, 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
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 6, 2020

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

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NO
London
1 review
Dined on December 29, 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 February 6, 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
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 6, 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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EQ
London
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Amazing food and service as always. Would highly recommend for any occasion or a nice date night

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you very much - amazing food and service is exactly what we hope to offer!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cracking Food which Began with Tempting Starters leading to an Impressive Main finalized with an amazing Desert!

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 6, 2020

A clean sweep through the whole menu - I'm delighted your enjoyed Arlo's so much and thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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AV
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, and very friendly staff! Would definitely recommend to others :).

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you very much, and please do recommend far and wide :) !!!

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R
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was really good as was the food! Great steak and a great evening!!!

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you very much!!

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r
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I had read really good reviews about Arlos so gave it a go with some friends.
Can’t fault the service or ambiance of the restaurant.
But I had higher expectations of the steak.
I would rate the rib eye as average. Both on quality and taste.
That said, it’s very hard to find an outstanding steak house. The search goes on.
Sorry.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you for your candid review Richard. I look at every review as an opportunity to improve and I am pleased that you enjoyed the ambience and, of course, the service from my fantastic team. That said Arlo's is absolutely a steak house and this is where we aim to be at the very top of our game. We buy only the best of British beef that we can source (and we test exhaustively) but I will absolutely be picking this up with my butcher straightaway and I appreciate the feedback, thank you.

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely steak restaurant, it’s a cosy spot and the service was fantastic. Great value, I only marked them down by one star because the steak was a bit overdone but just ask for rarer than you usually do

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you very much Jennie - I'm delighted you enjoyed your time at Arlo's and that my team looked after you so well. Thank you for your feedback on the cooking of the steaks, I'll ensure we tighten tighten tighten up on this - it is essential of course!

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V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The bavette was far too chewy even though it was cooked medium rare. We were made to pay by cash for our large bill, not a great way to end the night.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you for your review Vishmundo. First of all I'm sorry that you found the bavette to be chewy, it is supposed to have texture and more bite than a traditional or more usual steak cut such as fillet or ribeye, hence it's enviable reputation as a butcher's cut but I am sorry if you found your steak to be chewy. I am also so sorry that we had to take payment in cash, the wifi crashed completely and so the card machines would not work at all! I am sorry this had an impact on your group!

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NM
London
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent meal to be had at Arlo's Balham, with great serving staff who are prepared to go the extra mile for their customers. Delicious food, quickly served and at a reasonable price too. It's why I keep going back for more!

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you so much NickyM, what a lovely review to share with my team!

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AA
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lovely local restaurant but the steak lacked flavour and the chips were not great. Better off going to Flat Iron which always makes me feel full.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you for your feedback Amirah though i am sorry of course that you found the steak and the chips were underwhelming and am gutted that you did not leave us feeling full! I will absolutely check absolutely all of our processes and I appreciate the candid feedback. Thank you very much - and enjoy Flat Iron, a wonderful business and I love their steaks, just not quite as much as bavette...! :)

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AE
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty 😋, Need More Chips, Beef 🥩 fabulous good size.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you very much AnthonyE - we've just brought on a Try Them All steak feasting plate - a truly huge plate just in time for Christmas...!

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M
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and a lovely relaxed vibe for a Sunday brunch with a friend. Highly recommend!

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you thank you !!

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GG
London
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time visit. Will definitely go again. Food could have done with being a little hotter, especially the chips. Staff super friendly.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you Gillian and I'm sorry the chips weren't hot - they should be piping, steaming, crispy and crunchy hot - it's why we chip every one by hand every day. Thank you for the feedback - we will see where and how we can improve the speed from fryer to plate! Best, Tom

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GM
London
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit, very impressed with the restaurant, feast was our choice.
tender and seasoned beef loved it, decent wine list so we will certainly re-book a table soon

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you very much - and great first choice with the Bavette Feast! We have a brand new wine list just launched and also a "Try Them All" plate of our bavette, hanger and ribeye next time you're passing by...! :)

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