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The Art House

178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
+44 23 8023 8582
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“cake” (22 reviews)
“nachos” (11 reviews)
“greek meze” (3 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Mexican, Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're after Starbucks-like dull, bland homogeneity, then The Art House may not be for you. But if you would like good local, seasonal food cooked and presented with care in a friendly atmosphere, then this warm little cafe hits the spot. Absolutely worth your...More

Thank Abi S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Art House is a really wonderful place with friendly staff and volunteers, delicious vegan food and great live music throughout the month! I quite often pop in on my own to draw and always feel welcome and looked after. Definitely recommend this place if...More

Thank Caroline M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

food yummy, not badly priced was ok - atmosphere lacked a little - but meant to better in the evening

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I discovered The Art House in 2012 when I had jury service in Southampton and an extra-long lunch break one day. Whilst wandering about looking for a place to eat, I came upon it and felt compelled to try it. I've returned as frequently as...More

Thank Arielind
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here for dinner before a Martha Tilston gig in the function room upstairs, but we've been many times before for music events and often dine here before the music. The vegetarian food had always been uniformly excellent and good value, served by very...More

Thank Ian W
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

The pies, the pies! Just eaten an absolutely gorgeous lunch. Come and do the same, you will not regret it. I hesitate to even mention that it is vegan, just think of it as lovely lovely food.

Thank Sean W
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

We went out for a small family gathering and found ourselves a wonderful little spot. Everything was quirky and unique on the inside and all of the food looked delicious. We had a couple of coffees, some light bites and some adult beverages and I...More

Thank Irisheater11
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Ignore any review that says otherwise. Best Nachos Ever! Lovely staff. Great Music. Excellent food..

Thank Kevin M
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This is a strange venue that perhaps its name made us expect but we are only judging the café rather than the artwork ! Really great, and large, pot of tea and, as other reviewers have said, fantastic chocolate cake (my wife said so !!)....More

Thank John S
Reviewed 6 April 2017

The Art House is so much more than a cafe. If I could get away with spending my whole day here (instead of just lunch breaks) I would!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$11
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
  • Phone Number: +44 23 8023 8582
  • E-mail
Community run - for love, not for profit. The Art House is not your usual cafe. An arts venue, cafe, craft shop and gallery in the heart of Southampton. Enjoy lunch, supper, tea & cake, wine and a selection of locally brewed beers. Open: 11am - 10pm Tues - Sat, 12 - 5pm Sunday when we serve veggie roast lunches! All food is suitable for vegetarians (though many of our customers are not!)And ALL dishes can be made vegan. Freshly made, with love, on the premises using organic ingredients, many of which are locally sourced. Our drinks are all fair trade and our cakes are homemade, vegan, from the best fair trade, organic ingredients (gluten free options are usually available. Delicious, wholesome and environmentally conscious - and all the food and drink you buy funds local art! We are fully licensed with a great selection of wines, ales, beers, ciders and aperitifs. Most of our crew are volunteers who give their time to make this wonderful space for you to enjoy. There is art on the walls, a Boutique with crafts and clothes and an exciting programme of events. All of the money we make goes back into the organisation, so that we can grow and offer more to the creative community of Southampton.
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