Al Hamra

4.3
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153 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Lebanese

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Good Vegetarian Options
Casual
Established in 1984 and now recognised as one of the foremost Lebanese restaurants offering the very best of authentic cuisine, Al Hamra continues to fulfill its obligations to those who appreciate a varied and healthy diet for a longer sustained life. We, at the Al Hamra Restaurant aim to reach out to the West by shortening the divide with the introduction of our traditional authentic food, to tempt the taste buds and traditional wines, to raise the spirits. Please be aware that we serve a set menu which is a minimum of £35/person.

We look forward to welcoming you to Al Hamra.
What 153 People Are Saying
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PA
London
56 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was better than ever - really fresh and delicious. Great service, too

SC
Las Vegas
33 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner at Al Hamra. Have been dining at Al Hamra since the early 90’s and have always experienced great service, food and casual ambience. New booths are a nice addition to the restaurant. Kibbe is wonderful as are the falafel and hummos!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food is always great at Al Hamra.
The restaurant itself is not fancy- just an easy dining experience.

BD
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food! Great service! We have been coming here for more that 20 years. Each time we can't wait to get back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

They charged us for walking in, and added additional service charge with no written policy or explanation even though I booked for a table with no FYi. The waitress were very rude.

M
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We try to get here every time we are in London!! Never disappoints!

NA
London
13 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Good shisha.. average food

CH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Lovely food and service but nearly impossible to hold a conversation as it was so loud in the restaurant! Low ceilings and large, loud families late at night meant that we had to shout to hear each other. But the food is good although pricey.

ND
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Food was cold meat uncooked service was very poor and most of all we were overcharged when questioned the bill the waiters all disappeared got the optional service charge back but was charged for £24 for 3 lamb chops and was extremely disappointed will never recommend and highly advise to avoid

B
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great for large groups of 6-10. Tell them to order for you. They will bring the appetizers and then a selection of meat dishes. The food is high quality.

m
London
14 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite place in London. Exceptional food and service.

AW
London
19 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Five of us went for lunch on a Friday. It’s some time since I’ve been. I thought the choice in the menu was excellent and, in general, the food was good. However, the service, while OK , was a little brusque and lacked any real charm. Of course, being in the area it’s in, it’s relatively expensive. That said it’s probably better value than other restaurants in the area n

CR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

While in England we ate at Al Hamra. It was our first time experiencing Lebanese food. The people who worked here were awesome! We didn't know what to order so a nice gentlemen took care of it for us. He had several starters sent to our table and one main course to share. Our kids loved it!

a
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Realmente riquísima la comida el ambiente buen tradicional

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was delicious

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Lettuce that was brought as salad was not washed and full of dirt. Also my friend ordered meatballs with yoghurt sauce and received meatballs with tomato sauce.

SM
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I know the restaurante Al Hamra since long time, iI love lebanise cuisine i know Lebanon and up to know for me is the bests I tried in Europe.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The manager and his team were fantastically accommodating to a party of 14 reserved with short notice. The food, as always was wonderful. The chefs menu for mezze and mixed grill was a great way to feed a large party. Thanks again!

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

We were appalled that they were charging us a cover charge plus a discretionary gratuity- when we said that we didn’t want to give them the discretionary gratuity they started arguing about that - we would not go back

DB
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

A n excellent choice for great food and service with a marvelous and charming host. I isit every time I am in London from my home in San Francisco

BR
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Good food and service. The restaurant was quite full and noisy with a number of families with small children.

C
London
10 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very good food and service becoming more expensive

DM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

I was extremely disappointed with the food for the price. I honestly feel like a £4 kebab in a kebab shop is better value than what I was served and charged around £20 for. Ridiculous

NG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

An excellent lunch to celebrate a family birthday. The starters are probably the best here. Fattoush amazing, Papa Ganoush to die for and sumptuous hummus and tabbouleh.

Mixed grill just right for somebody who is uncertain as to which of the meat selection to go for. Chicken shwama was plentiful and shish taouk delicious. Lebanes rice with vermicelli provided a good accompaniment.

Nice atmosphere and good service by very friendly staff.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Have been to this restaurant a few times. Really like the food but was shocked to be charged £2.50pp cover charge on top of service charge. When I queried it and said I don’t ever recall paying this cover charge the waiter was extremely rude and informed me that he has been working there for 12years and how dare I question it! Will not be returning

j
London
57 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

really good food and friendly staff but totally empty at six thirty on a Thursday

JH
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Food exactly as expected - good but pricey. The reason why I'm bothering to review is because other, earlier, reviewers have complained about the staff being rude, impatient etc. For our part, all the staff were exceptionally polite, friendly and helpful and al-Hamra remains a very pleasant place for lunch.

OT
Charlotte
34 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We have been to Al Hamra multiple times and always have a great meal. The grilled meats are delicious as well as the hummus.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

I have never experienced such rude staff in my life. It felt they were the clients and I was the waiter! Rolled their eyes when asked for spicy sauce or even while asking them to explain a dish on the menu. Very very disrespectful and disappointing

R
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

This is a well established restaurant, but seems to be living more on it's reputation. In the past few years there has been no discernible improvement in the decor or ambience which is now decidedly dated. While the food remains true to it's Lebanese roots, being well made (well mostly...), the service levels and refinement that justify a minimum charge of £32.50 per head per meal (excluding drinks) is seriously lacking.
For the price point, the service and facilities have to be much much better. We can get similar food in other happy places. Will be giving Al Hamra a miss in the future!

JO
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful Authentic Food, Great Service very Friendly & Welcoming

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Al Hamra is an excellent restaurant to go to for a special occasion.

The food is always excellent, and served nicely. The staff are helpful if you are unfamiliar with the menu.

It is expensive though

EI
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Really good food but to many extras in the bill.i new that there was a minimum spend but did nie expect some of the extras

EM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had a very nice lunch for 6 on a Saturday. The food and service was fine. The only disappointment was the cost and extra, high charges for items like rice and vegetables and service. It made it a higher cost per head than anticipated for a ‘quick bite’

PF
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

A nice restaurant but was exceptionally busy on this occasion.

G
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. The food was authentic with excellent service and atmosphere.

MA
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

HAVE BEEN GOING TO AL HAMRA FOR MANY YEARS...NOT ANYMORE...PORTIONS SMALLER AND PRICES WAY HIGHER...21 POUNDS FOR A SMALL PLATE OF FRUIT WHICH IN THE PAST WAS ALWAYS OFFERED FOR FREE...21 POUNDS FOR 4 SMALL STUFFED COURGETTES...THE MIXED GRILL HAS BECOME MINISCULE...GREAT SHAME AS IT WAS ALWAYS A GOOD, REASONABLE AND RELIABLE LOCAL LEBANESE ...MAYBE THEY HAVE NEW OWNERS...GOOD LUCK TO THEM !!

KK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Very poor service. When we started ordering we were told there was a minimum spend of £30 pounds per person (excluding alcohol) which we weren’t aware of when booking the table. Furthermore, we were told we have to order all our dishes at the same time as the waiter was too busy to come back from a second round of orders. Another table next to us walked out upon hearing the minimum spend rule and to be honest I was so tempted to do the same but we had guests visiting from abroad so decided to stay. All in all the waiters are extremely rude and I wouldn’t go back. Such a shame as the food is actually alright.

GF
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

Do not go to this place. They charge you made up fees and ask for a ridiculous minimum spend. It is a rip off.

RL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was delicious as always. Service can be a bit surly.

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