Arabica Borough Market

4.5
1577 reviews
£26 to £40
Middle Eastern
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

Support Arabica Borough Market during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff 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 1577 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AbiM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Absolutely delicious food - so flavourful and an exciting take on classic mezze dishes. A shame that it wasn't clear when we booked that we would be seated outside.

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richardp
Kent
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great tasty food lots of variety and really attentive service

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ChristinaG
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Rainy evening in Borough Market while we still have to be outside due to lockdown. However the staff where very up beat and welcoming when we arrived. They found us a lovely table out of the rain, near a heater and provided us with a free welcome drink of gin,lemon and tonic. It was a set meal for £35 per head which was good value and plenty to eat. Will go back.

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SamC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Staff were efficient and friendly but the food was overpriced and nothing special. £19 for 3 tiny maze plates.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Not the quality it used to be... I used to come a lot 5 years ago, and I was very disappointed yesterday. The food quality was not as it used to be. I will not be coming back.

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ElCo
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food, good friendly service and a well covered outside seating area

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Joey
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food. Highly recommend the tasting menu.

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ClareS
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Lamb koftas were especially yum! Followed by a few rhubarb cocktails

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TBD22
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

The overall experience would have been good had it not been for the 'welcome drink' which came across as complimentary and was served out to everyone (i.e. waiters did not ask whether customers would like one but just handed it out with a smile saying it is a 'welcome drink') and then customers were charged in the end. Poor business practice, needs review.

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Vjmblackheath
London
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

A bit chilly! I was told that the tables under the heaters were for 4 and the tables for 2 were further away from them so it was cold. As a result the hot food went cool quickly. They were giving some walk-ins in 2s the warmer tables so as I had booked it felt a bit unfair but it is what it is given the situation and can’t complain about anything else!!

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TraceyT
London
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The only recommendation I have is to have some sort of heating for all of the tables. We got cold quickly so it was difficult to stay for too long.

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Noodles
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great meal, speedy service and despite being limited to a set menu, the food was fantastic and felt it was good value. Definitely come hungry as it is a lot of food! Nice to be amongst the buzz of Borough Market. The main drawback was that as seated outside, it was absolutely freezing even with several layers and a coat (as we were in the line of tables not next to a heater) and choice of mainly ice-creams for dessert compounded that - perhaps nice to offer a blanket and a warmer choice of dessert if considering outdoor meals.

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china
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice food, good service. So happy to be out again!

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JackieJ
Kent
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our first visit but not our last food Devine and lunch offer fabulous value.
Absolutely loved it such a wonderful place.staff friendly!

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vipConfordpark
London
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food as always. The only problem is the outside ground causing an alarming tilt to the outer tables. Perhaps that will be less of a problem once everyone can eat inside.

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Anastasia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food, amazing cocktails, really good value - perfect setting for a dinner with a group of friends.

MM
vipMyMeals
London
81 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Despite going to Borough Market frequently, I had never come across Arabica - but what a find! Still in the final stages of social distancing, we ate outside from a shortened lunch menu. The food was absolutely delicious - all veggie and fresh as a daisy. In particular the Spring Man'ousheh and the Beetroot Borani.

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NMorgan
London
9 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were initially seated on a slightly wobbly table and moved immediately without saying anything! Service was so friendly - Mel in particular really looked after us and really wonderful. Food was incredible - we had the set menu and even had leftovers to take home! We left happily stuffed and before leaving I made a reservation to return next month.

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Bruce
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good set menu. The staff were lovely. Great location!

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Jojo
London
9 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great spot for an outdoor lunch, protected but not cold. The menu is currently short but delicious and great value for money.

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Mauro
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

Small portions
Service wasn’t great
Poor value but ok if you want to sit around borough market

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

The lack of a full menu spoilt the experience a little for us.

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Johann
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and great value. Food and cocktails were delicious! Will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

I called ahead and asked about my specific allergy diet requirements vegan, Jain etc and I was told it would be fine and that I would have a choice etc. I did think the lady on the phone wasn’t really listening as she seemed overly confident considering I struggle with most establishments, I booked anyway. Unfortunately it was a different story once at the restaurant, we had some issues as most dishes were pre made. However to my genuine surprise the first dish I had was very nice considering but honestly my hopes weren’t too high, the 2nd dish I picked at and left half.

My friends who ordered were given and charged for 2 platters and only ordered 1 but there were about 4 different servers who came to our table so that could have been the confusion. However with so many plates I can appreciate that, that’s how the food comes out, in good time. One of the waitresses spoke so fast and with a very thick accent and spoke over us when we were talking to the point that she had to keep calling out the supervisor/manager. But she was nice it’s just it was busy and a stressful environment, perhaps her awareness was everywhere at the same time, as you can imagine.

Overall the atmosphere was nice and although my friends left the majority of their dishes without desiring a take away box, they enjoyed it. I did order another tea that I reminded 2 waiters about but alas it never came. Under the circumstances of covid I commend the establishment but I do feel things could have been handled differently.

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RebeccaJ
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautifully presented and tasty food, nice warm outdoor table under heaters, great service and fun atmosphere. Will be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very attentive waitress, super polite and welcoming. As everything is still outside you’re all on the stools which may not be appropriate for everyone and saw some people having to stand. The tables are closer than in some places due to it been in the market I think. Food was tasty. Jigsaw trying to squeeze all onto one table so we had to combine a few of the plates to make room. The staff were very helpful and are doing all they can in the current environment. Will definitely be back when the inside opens up.

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RachelA
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Delicious meal at Arabica! Slight mix up at some point with service as we waited 45 mins to get our starters but once we pointed out we have been waiting too long we were served immediately. Also got a free cocktail to recompense.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great set menu with attentive staff, good atmosphere in the market

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thesecretfoodie
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, excellent service; the staff were friendly and made the evening a treat.

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AliceH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely Food, all tapas options was delicious! And service spot on! 👍

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vipcrow
London
30 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Fabulous seasonal food. Ambience score only low because it was freezing outside but that is hardly their fault!!

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HeatherL
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

We ate outside ( because that is all we can do at the moment!) . The staff did all they could to make us comfortable, even though it was wet and chilly.

The set menu was great value, and the food was delicious!

We will certainly be back

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CaronS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous restaurant, a definite to return to, food and service were wonderful

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SimonS
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Having used Arabica many times before lockdowns I was disappointed to find there was only a fixed price menu at £35 per head
It meant we would not be able to have the freedom to order what we wanted to sometime 2 of the same dish and sometime only one starter and normally no deserts
The menu did not allow that
So for some nibbles, squid and two ‘main courses £35??? Sorry poor value
The chicken and lamb however was superb!

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Clarky
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We had a meal deal for lunch, and it was all delicious and good portions.

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Emmm
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was a nice setting right next to the Borough Market. A nice wine selection.

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SpicyLondon
London
14 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Fab food as always

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AbiO
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Really good food and nice location. Staff were also really helpful with allergies and altered dishes to accommodate.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food place! Only criticism is the 2/3 pints are definitely not 2/3.. but otherwise great food, great staff!

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Mebdem
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had a lovely lunch with a friend. Good service but not rushed, despite the time limit on the table. Really enjoyable food and great cocktails. Would definitely go back

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Arabica Borough Market using the Order Online button. Arabica Borough Market also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Arabica Borough Market also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 3011 5151.

Arabica Borough Market is rated 4.5 stars by 1577 OpenTable diners.

Arabica Borough Market 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.