Restaurants, Steakhouse Balham
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Venue says We're delighted to announce the launch of our big – and bookable – brunch. Head to our website to see the menu!

A Balham steak specialist on the site once home to Tartine.

Please note, since this review was published the £55 bone-in rib-eye is no longer served. Time Out Eating & Drinking editors, Oct 2016.

It may be ‘serious about steak’ (their words) but don’t come to Arlo’s expecting a classic US-style steakhouse, all dark and sultry. No, this Balham newbie, on the site once home to Tartine, is a bright, clean-lined, family-friendly spot.

But it does put steak – three cuts – at front and centre (literally: the menu has the steaks in a big square in the middle). Of the two cheaper options, the bavette, with its pink, tender inner and nicely charred outer, was the best (and best value, at £12). Its rival, the rump-esque picanha, is £2 dearer, for which you get more flavour but also, sadly, a tougher meat. As for the ‘sharing’ rib-eye, this may have been both full-flavoured and tender, but even with two freebie sauces and a portion of garlic-bread-of-sorts thrown in, the £55 price tag is hard to swallow. It easily serves two, but to make it stretch to three you’d need plenty of sides, something Arlo’s isn’t strong on. The ‘carbs’ were something of a washout (overcooked hand-cut fries, bland mac and cheese, chewy ‘trencher’ aka garlic-bread-of-sorts). But salads were excellent: jalapeno summer slaw packs a punch (though it may too fiery for some), but better still is the raw carrot salad, where zingy Asian flavours come with the crunch of sunflower seeds.

If this leaves you a little thin on the options, don’t worry: the decadent dark chocolate tart, with its moreish Oreo biscuit base and sharp berry coulis, may not be wildly original, but is quite addictive. Arlo’s may not be perfect, but if you order carefully, you can still get a decent steak, salad and pud for £21. Plus carafes of wine for £12.50 and a ‘no service added’ bill where any tip you leave goes direct to the staff. And you can’t say fairer than that.

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Arlo's says
Steak is what we do.

We source the finest grass-fed beef from British native breeds – because we think they're the best – and then we seek out the lesser-known steaks that would often find their way to the butcher’s table.

We shine a light on bavette, picanha and on the magnificent deckle. The sidekicks to our steaks are fresh, seasonal salads, homemade sauces and sides such as chargrilled broccoli or classic mac 'n' cheese. Our milkshakes are mixed to order using fresh whole milk and are thick enough to make your straw stand up. Our menu is short, seasonal and freshly prepared on site every day. And yes, we cut every single chip by hand.

We’re serious about steak, it’s our focus and our obsession – served quickly and simply.
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By: Tania Ballantine


Venue name: Arlo's
Address: 1 Ramsden Road
SW12 8QX
Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-11pm; Sat 10am-11.30pm; Sun 10am-10pm
Transport: Tube: Balham
Price: £25 and under
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Jessica C
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Arlo's, a stylish new steak restaurant just off Balham High Street, is a gem of a place. 

The decor and staff made a welcoming duo and this relaxed and friendly feel was a very refreshing atmosphere to dine in.

Arlo's slogan, "serious about steak" is just that: no nonsense, simple, high-quality meatMy perfectly cooked bavette steak was paired with crispy chips, fresh broccoliand an array of yummy sauces to choose from, including the classic béarnaise as well as the restaurant's own spicy modern sauce which had a perfect kick to it. If meat isn't your thing, there's other choices on the menu too...albeit limited! The desserts were delicious, rich and fruity, so that by the end of the evening I was comfortably full - all this at a very reasonable price.

Arlo's is straightforward, fun, and has a whole lot of charm. Its style and menu is similar to a trendy pop-up but its quality food and polished service is on a par with other well-established London restaurants. I would highly recommend this place...unless you are a vegetarian, and even then I'd still urge you to go!

Livvi AT

 I was excited to try this new spot in Balham; a restaurant who is serious about steak, celebrating often underrated cuts resulting in a cheaper meal- what could go wrong?! However, while this was a tasty meal, it doesn't quite match up to other similar restaurants such as Flat Iron.

With a lovely atmosphere and cool, stylish décor, Arlos offers bavette and picanha steaks with a range of sides and sauces. The steak itself was a little overdone for my liking after requesting it medium rare, and disappointingly, was cold. However, it was very tasty, with a caramelised edge and full of juiciness. The sauces, such as truffle aioli and a fresh chimichurri, really pack a punch and add something a bit different than your usual peppercorn option. The chips were probably the best part of the main- so salty, crispy and moreish.

While Arlos’ main ethos is all about the steak, the dessert was standout. A wonderful passionfruit and mango pavalova with a mint coulis and fresh fruit was the perfect combination of light and chewy; a delicious end to the meal. But at a steak restaurant, it is the insane steak I want to go home raving about- not the pudding. So while Arlos may be a lovely meal out, if you are searching for some serious steak for a serious saving, Flat Iron just pips Arlos to the post.

B Cul

Perfect local steak restaurant in Balham. It wasn't a cheap night out cause although the steaks appear cheap, once you add sides and sauces and drinks it does add up, but still affordable. I had the bavette and then shared some chips, jalopeno coleslaw (YUM!), broccoli and garlic trenchers, which are apparently just garlic breads. It was pretty busy on a Saturday night so I would recommend booking ahead. I will definitely be returning!

max o

Great great steak and that THAT pavlova. So happy to have you guys in Balham

holly s

Great staff, great owner and great steaks! Finished to high standard re the venue itself, relaxed atmosphere and a perfect place for any occasion eats.

Joe B

Great steak, sides, beer, wine and service. Best value for money steak house I have ever eaten at.

Georgina W

Excellent, affordable steak for all the family in a contemporary, friendly space - what's not to LOVE!!

Luke M

Aside from the wonderful food, the service is absolutely out-of-this-world. Love it and should be winning this hands down!

Chris W

I haven't actually eaten there yet but a colleague of mine ate there recently & highly recommends it. Excellent quality / value & friendly welcoming staff. I will certainly be trying it out in the very near future!!

Ana S

A beautiful reminder of our holiday .... reigns supreme quality and where the flavor is King! With family, friends, any time ... this is THE restaurant!! :-)

Ana S

Oh, it's so delicious, the best meat I ever had. Definitely a place to come back.


I love this restaurant! Perfect, friendly, good food, good service!
I really recommend it! Maria Cândida.

Hana D

One of the best steaks I've ever had, very tender and juicy. Tasty hand cut chips and milk shake was out of this world. Very friendly and professional staff. Will definitely visit again.

Alex B

A simple formula - steak cooked well. We took the kids and everyone was well catered for. We'll certainly be coming back for more.

tim w

An awesomely buzzy, warm and friendly new restaurant with amazing steaks, delicious sauces and original sides. Not to mention cold beer and a great wine list! I love this place

Jaime S

Fantastic new addition to Balham! Steak with sass and service with a smile.

Tim W

Personality a plenty, a warm welcome, no ponce – just great value steak.

Ruth S

This is by far my favourite neighbourhood restaurant. Always great food and a great atmosphere👍🏼

Natasa K

no nonsense steak restaurant with delicious sauces and sides. high quality food, relaxed ambience.

Emma M

Best value for money. Fantastic steaks and sides (big favourite was the Caramelised Spiced Pineapple). The best new place in Balham.

Don H

Best steak in London, love the different cuts. Family friendly but fun for an easy night out.

Agnieszka G

Amazing food and exceptional service! My family's favourite so far. Mac and cheese with burning bear rock and roll! Bavette cooked medium rare is to die for.

Will B

Fantastic affordable steak, In a lovely relaxed, family friendly environment

jane m

Lovely atmosphere - nothing is too much trouble and attention to detail is meticulous. The prices are incredibly family friendly and it is a fantastic addition to Balham's restaurants whether going for lunch with the children/supper with friends/ romantic a deux or a party. Absolutely fabulous!!!!

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