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…

Specials

Weekday Set Lunch: £10

From the “A Spot of Lunch” Set Menu. One Course £10, Two Courses £15, Three Courses £18. The prices includes VAT but does not include an optional Service Charge. One course; Main Course, Two Courses; Main Course with either one Starter or one Pudding, Three Courses; One Starter, one Main and one Pudding.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: December 16, 2019

Ends: January 31, 2020

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00PM-3:00PM

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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 408 People Are Saying
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OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RK
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 😊.

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!

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.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

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!

AV
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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.

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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LP
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak perfectly cooked. Fantastic friendly and attentive service. Would definitely recommend and go again.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you Lynda - a full house of 5 out of 5 stars!! The team will be delighted - thank you so much

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I had a lovely meal here, the steak was fantastic quality! Along with delicious starters and a great wine. Our waiter was lovely, very welcoming and helpful with what to choose on the menu. Overall a great place And you will leave very full like we did !

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you very much for your review and for all of the detail! It is such a pleasure to read this feedback, though an even greater pleasure to share this feedback with our wonderful teams!

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h
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely steak so tender and juicy. Roof range of sides too.
Good choice of wine and great service

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

BOOOOM! Thank you very much Holly!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you thank you!

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d
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in London! Great food with excellent service from staff that really care!!!

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

What an awesome review!! Thank you so so much!

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CL
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant in Balham. Lovely steak. Had the sharing 1kg of steak with chips and ordered a few extra sides. Mixed starters were delicious too. Would recommend to anyone visiting the area.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you very much Charlotte! If I knew how to do a thumbs up / fist pump / thank you emoji I'd do it here.....!

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KW
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arlo's lived up to expectations. This family run, independent restaurant served up a great steak in a cosy and warm atmosphere. Definitely recommended and would go back again.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you Ken, it means a lot to the team and I to read these reviews - thank you for taking the time to post.

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K
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Us usual Arlo's didn't disappoint. Great food in a great environment and great staff.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you very much Kirstin - it's all about the team, they're brilliant!

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M
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and lovely staff. Would definitely recommend

Arlo's Balham
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you very much Molly - please do recommend away! :)

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MP
London
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly service, great food cooked to your request. Nice ambience.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you Marion, and thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts. Best, Tom

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K
London
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arlos was absolutely Exceptional!!! The steak was cooked to perfection and the side orders were very tasty. Lovely team of people provided great service all night and the whole feel of the place (Balham) was superb. Will 100% come back and recommend to friends :)

Arlo's Balham
Responded on October 8, 2019

What a huge pleasure to read this Kate, and thank you so much for taking the time to post your thoughts! Please do recommend away! Best regards, Tom

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JC
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service and fabulous food!! Will def be back!

Arlo's Balham
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you Julie, I' so pleased you rate us so highly and I hope we see you back again soon. Best, Tom

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Little day night with my partner. Decided to try Arlo’s and what a great choice, the food is really tasty and can tell of good quality. The staff members are friendly. Amazing place give it a try you won’t regret it.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on October 8, 2019

What a lovely review, and thank you for trusting us with the crucial date night....!!!

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FM
London
24 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place and great food - pricing is a bit punchy for the Full Arlo’s - but more or less worth it!

Arlo's Balham
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you very much FionaM! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your food though I'm sorry you felt the pricing for the Full Arlo's was punchy - my goal is the bets food, best service and the best possible value - and so I'll definitely take your feedback on board. Thank you for visiting Arlo's, and for taking the time to review us, Best, Tom

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D
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Found this place on Tripadvisor and the pictures just looked fab. Thought the food looked good too on the pictures but when we arrived it was much smaller than expected. Got a table outside which was nice as it was a nice day. Waiter was very friendly and helpful. The food arrived and it was very disappointing. Presentation was 1 out of 10. I am not a good cook but I could have probably cooked that myself. Or my 10 year old. Small plate looked like a side dish. And then we were charged nearly 20 pounds per small plate each. I felt robbed. We didn't even finish it. Never going again. The price should have been half of that. Meat was very tasty but that was it. Sorry. Real shame.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on September 16, 2019

HI Dutchmum. Thank you for visiting Arlo's and for your review and, while I'm delighted you enjoyed the steak I'm sorry you didn't like our presentation or portions - we're usually told off for being too generous! Could you let me know what you ordered so I can check back with my team please? I'm also confused as I don't have any dishes on my menu for the "nearly 20 pounds each" that you mention in your comments. This would be very helpful so we can improve. Thank you and best regards, Tom

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r
London
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Bad service, waiters did not care of pay attention one bit until it came to pay the bill and then it was all smiles. Won’t be going back

Arlo's Balham
Responded on September 16, 2019

I'm so surprised and sorry to read this Rachelw! Thank you for bringing this to my attention a- we were super busy on Saturday and my waiters should always be smiling and looking after our guests. I'm very happy that you liked the food and thank you for bringing this to my attention - we will certainly use this to get better and better! Best, Tom

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B
Brighton
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice restaurant tucked around the corner from the main road. Friendly staff, very comfortable and cosy decor. Burgers and chips were divine, only slight negative was the Eton Mess for desert.. didn’t quite live up to the menu description and could not find the fruit that was promised but other than that lovely evening. Thank you!

Arlo's Balham
Responded on September 16, 2019

Thank you so much Becky! The Eton Mess is our signature pudding so I'm gutted that it didn't meet your expectations....I'll check back with my team first thing tomorrow and we'll make a few more. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit Arlo's and for the very helpful feedback. Best, Tom

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always and great service. We’ll be definitely back.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you very much!!

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NA
London
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, really good service and the price was fair.

Arlo's Balham
Responded on September 16, 2019

BOOOM! Thank you very much

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Lack of choices, overpriced food and average quality. Do not recommend

Arlo's Balham
Responded on September 16, 2019

Thank you for your review though I'm sorry you wouldn't recommend us. My aim is to "do less, better" and to cook always from scratch with the best and freshest ingredients. Definitely we have less menu items than many restaurants, and so choose to offer less choice, but we also aim to offer very generous portions and the bet quality imaginable. I'm sorry that you didn't feel this way and thank you for your review and feedback. Best, Tom

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AF
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars and the food is always on point.

Great value and Tuesdays are bring your own bottle and the starters for a tenner is awesome, as is the £45 sharing steak meal.

It’s on par with NYC steak joints and in Balham 😌

Arlo's Balham
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you very much indeed! A slice of the Big Apple finest steaks in Balham....what a joy to read!

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FW
London
19 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good saturday night meal, casual neighbourhood venue

Arlo's Balham
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you very much!

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