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The Art House

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178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
+44 23 8023 8582
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
South East, UK
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60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Travelled out of our way to visit... They were out of everything we wanted to order. We chose other items - including flatbreads but when they cmame they were wraps with very little inside. Upon enquiry we were told they were also out of flatbreads. Switched one meal for a potato instead. Perfectly nice people but the food was pretty... More 

Thank phoenixf3
Southampton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Went along to one of their Moving Voices events, with amateur song writers, authors, poets etc given a chance to get themselves out there. Lovely experience to share with a loved one. Had a fudge cake which was very nice, however the downside was when we were both ridiculed by the staff and other clients there because we incorrectly thought... More 

Thank Andrew S
Jani F, Manager at The Art House, responded to this review

Hi - thanks so much for taking the time to review us and we are pleased you enjoyed Moving Voices. We would like to identify which staff you had this experience with so that we can speak with them about what happened, as this is not at all the way we want to be treating people who come here! Could... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

I enjoy visiting this place; they offer a lot here in the way of events and entertainment alongside a range of food and drink. Coffee has always been good and while I've not tried it, the food looks tasty. This place gets points from me for the ethical approach they use in running this independant business and how the products... More 

Thank _contact_clare
Southampton, United Kingdom
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218 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

A lovely, comfortable cafe with great decor and comfortable tables/sofas. Loads going on pretty much every day, friendly staff great cake :) Will be visiting again to try Sunday lunch x

Thank Sarah M
Southampton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Art house café is located right in the heart of Southampton City centre. It’s a really different place compared to your average restaurant. For start it’s got quite a homely and cosy atmosphere, they have wonderful vegan food that is cooked and served by a bunch of friendly team that clearly love their work. I went there with my wife... More 

Thank Amit_southampton
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Booked weeks in advance..nice food but ran out by 5.30pm.. maybe a day time place is. Planning to try the Sunday lunch though..

Thank Beni D

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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$11
Cafe, British, 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
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?