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The Art House

) #81 of 709 Restaurants in Southampton ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Cafe, British, Mexican
178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
+44 23 8023 8582
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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Cafe, British, Mexican, Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really lovely vibe, very friendly staff, good food with many vegan options available (including most importantly vegan cake!). Loads of really great events too, highly recommend the open mic night at the end of each month. I met my love here so I biasedly love...More

Thank Hazel J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In contrast to the information on their website, seemingly food service does not begin until 12-30. We visited yesterday. The food was tasty and the vibe welcoming, but we had to leave for an appointment by 1pm and although we ordered just after 12, we...More

Thank Michaela B
ArtHouseCIC, Owner at The Art House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Michaela - so sorry you had to wolf your food down! Glad you liked it, and we hope you made it to your appointment OK. Was this Sunday lunch? I've just checked our website which says "Join us every Sunday from 12 – 5pm...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Art House is a great little restaurant. The staff and volunteers are friendly and evvicient and I gather that it's a community run venue. The food is excellent quality at a good price. I had the Mediterranean Mezze, my partner had the falafel wrap....More

Thank Elizabeth E
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Just popped in wanting a sandwich, got Sunday roast and it was delicious. I'd recommend it to anyone.. absolutely scrumptious.

Thank Matt H
Reviewed 13 June 2017

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 6 June 2017

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 23 May 2017

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

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 21 May 2017

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 20 May 2017

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 12
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
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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