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The Art House

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178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
+44 23 8023 8582
10:30 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

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

Thank Lisa C
Lymington, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 possible (I don't live in Southampton), such as last night for dinner and music when... More 

Thank Arielind
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 friendly volunteer staff. If you're coming just the once, have the nachos (available with regular... More 

Thank Ian W
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Southampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 have to say, the value for money was perfect. The owner was amazing with our... More 

Thank Irisheater11
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Kevin M
Southampton, United Kingdom
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173 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
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 !!). I wish I had also ordered cake as the Nachos were very disappointing. Needed a... More 

Thank John S
Hampshire, UK
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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!

Thank Bloogroover
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We are normally very impressed with the Arthouse but sadly on our last visit the service was pretty bad. The food took 45 minutes to arrive and one meal was entirely forgotten - we had to ask for it and 10 minutes later it turned up. The food is usually very nice but one meal on this occasion was horrible.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

During a wet and dismal afternoon in Southampton, the large slice of delicious chocolate cake and pot of tea was just what I wanted. I can't comment on any of the other food, but was very impressed by what I had. The staff seemed quite friendly and there was a nice relaxed atmosphere, perfect to while away the time with... More 

Thank Mishy75

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
Cafe, British, Mexican, Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?