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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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week 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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174 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

1 Thank Clive000
London, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The art house is such a lovely place to either sit for a tea and delicious vegan cake at the weekend whilst listening to live music or to have a meal in the evening of wonderful vegan and veggie food. Would definitley reccomend to vegans, vegearians and meat-eaters!

Thank Katie B
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

went with friends for valentines meal , was nice but poor husband still hungry after finishing as portion for two quite small! this is a small cosy place to visit have been before during the day and loved the homemade cakes etc. also love that they have local acts performing there

Thank pixiebellsouthampton
1 review
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Pop in regularly with a friend for a light lunch/hot chocolate and a piece of their great cakes (a special nod to their cookies too!). Also a good place to go and read your book, listen to some live music or take part in some creative workshop. The staff is always friendly, there's interesting artwork on display and fun music... More 

Thank A P
Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Never fail to have a nice time. Staff are always cheery and incredibly helpful. The sheer range and scope of events is impressive, gigs, screenings, workshops; genuinely something for everyone. They also support other co operatives like Curb Junk Food Kitchen

Thank robmilner555
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

I went with a friend to the performance of The witch in the wood. It was the first time I had been to The Art House and I was slightly concerned at the proximity of the audience to the performance area. Once the performance had started, my friend & I were completely enthralled. Lexi Wolfe gave a wonderful monologue for... More 

Thank Angela B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
Mexican, Cafe, British, 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
Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, 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
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?