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The Art House

178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
+44 23 8023 8582
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“falafel wrap” (4 reviews)
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Cafe, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a decent vegetarian/vegen cafe in the middle of Southampton, located opposite Guildhall square. Despite its location its easy to go pass this place without noticing. My and the other half both had a middle eastern mezze board, which included olives, hummus, dukkah, falafels...More

Thank Sprattman2013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful place with lovely people - highly recommend a visit for the decor, atmos and vegan food. Live music, arts, chat....relaxed and cruelty free

Thank Geoff S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pretty poor service one meal came nearly 10 mins before the other. Ordered toasted pitta the pitta was not toasted. Asked for it to be toasted but just came back warmed up. Mezze platter was very very dry. Quite expensive. Pitta and humus £4.75 for...More

Thank notchdave
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely place. I love it. The food isn’t that amazing and they were missing a few of the food and drink choices. But the ethos and the social values are wonderful. Make sure you come with open minded folk. The food and...More

Thank PorkyMartin
Reviewed 28 July 2018

in the midst of Southampton's bustling City Center is The Art House, purveyors of amazingly tasty vegan food, cool art and great music!!! even those who are not vegan will love their food (although the cherry "milkshake" wasn't quite up to the rest of the...More

Thank jenifer d
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

An absolutely brilliant cafe and art space with super friendly staff that serve amazing homely food! Best falafel wrap I’ve ever had. Would 1000% choose it over any of the chains to go for a coffee in a great atmosphere. The music and art events...More

Thank Joe H
ArtHouseCIC, Manager at The Art House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2018

Thanks so much for this lovely review, we hope to see you again soon :)

Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Absolute gem. A genuinely unique creative space, right in the middle of the city. It's a fantastic little place. They've often got some really interesting acts on in the evenings and their falafel wraps are top notch. All of their food is veggie or vegan...More

Thank Dave W
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Amazing little gem would definitely recommend this place to everyone, staff really relaxed and friendly service even bought my fiance a pair of earrings x

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

Good food great musik and very cool people.we watched a gig and had some food and beer. Love this place.go back soon

1  Thank szilardrevesz
ArtHouseCIC, Public Relations Manager at The Art House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Thank you so much for your lovely review!

Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

This is THE best place in Southampton. It is an ethical, creative hub of incredibleness. The food is delicious and homemade, the staff are friendly and inspiring. It is colourful, quirky and a pleasure to be in. LOVE this place!!! :D

1  Thank LouiseMaryEdwards
ArtHouseCIC, King of Winter at The Art House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

What a lovely thing to say, we try our best! We are so glad you enjoy our space :)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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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