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489-491 King Street, Newtown | Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales 2042, Australia
+61 2 9550 1119
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Ranked #2,018 of 5,257 Restaurants in Sydney
Price range: $21 - $43
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Dessert, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Bar
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Arabella was established in 2002. The man behind the burners in Arabella's open kitchen is head chef Mohamad Zouhour. Mohamad has over 22 years experience & has shared his talent in some of the world's greatest kitchens in Beirut, Canada & Dubai. Mohamad's finishing touches to his Lebanese cuisine menu is what has labeled Arabella the tastiest Lebanese Restaurant in Australia. Arabella is a sleek, discreet restaurant, bathed in muted chocolate browns & warm greys. It has a modern & funky fit out with banquettes & a luxurious cushion corner among the alcoves secreting Middle Eastern artifacts. Along with the finest dishes served Arabella offers exceptional & welcoming service & is suitable for any event including birthdays, hens nights, engagements, corporate functions & many more. Arabella strives for all it's diners leaving the restaurant with a "WOW" impression. For a true Beirut night life experience right here in the heart of Sydney, Arabella is the place to be.
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English first
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I had a great experience at Arabella, my ultimate favourite dish would be the falafel! Most recommended, it falls apart like a cookie in your mouth! You can read more about my experience here: http://journey-fromwithin.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/arabella-newtown.html

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Arabella restaurant is believed to be one of the finest dine in spots in Syndey, because of its great environment and authentic food.

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Sydney
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27 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A friend and I ate here on a quiet week night. We each ordered the mixed plate for $32pp and whilst the food was generally good, I felt it was a bit expensive. There was nothing particularly amazing, just your average lebanese selection - hommous, baba ganoush, a single falafel, tabouleh, a couple of skewers and bread. Being one of... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This restaurant is disgusting. I am Lebanese and I eat lebanese food almost every day. It is the worst place I have ever eaten in. It is dirty and the food is not fresh, the service is bad and the manager, Mohammed, is not nice at all. Avoid this place, trust lebanese opinion, it is far away from the authentic... More

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Sydney, Australia
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26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Lovely food with a good selection of tasting plates - all very authentic. Belly dancer was a lot of fun and everyone in the restaurant got into the swing of things. Service was attentive and very quick - our waiter could not have tried harder to make our meal an enjoyable one. The restaurant was busy with two large groups.

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Sydney, Australia
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52 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We visited this restaurant on a Friday night, it was quiet when we first arrived but it soon filled up with couples, friends and a birthday party. Our waitress was a little inexperienced, must have been her first night but one of the managers/owners soon came to her rescue. We had the best hummus we have ever had and the... More

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Mumbai
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

I normally don't write negative reviews, bit in this case I will make an exception. My colleagues had been to this place earlier and had got really bad service. However, they said the food was pretty good. We had a confirmed reservation for 7pm on Saturday. When we reached, there were many empty tables. The hostess showed us to our... More

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London, United Kingdom
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114 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

4 of us had a good meal here.Very tasty lamb dish and others had varied meat platter which also went down well.Decent bottle of merlot.Service was helpful and friendly enough.Found the inside a little cold.Some kept jackets on as a result.Fairly expensive but everyone loved the food so felt worth it. I would recommend it and go back.Cheers.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I have just moved to Newtown and my flatmate and I decided to wander our local section of King St looking for some take away food for our dinner. We came across Arabellas and were immediately struck with how busy it was for a Sunday night... this is a very good sign! The manager was super friendly and they were... More

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sydney
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18 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

It's not often I take the trouble to write about a restaurant. Unfortunately this is to warn people to stay away. This was undoubedly the worse Lebanese food I've ever had. The meat was dry and tasteless, there was NO atmosphere and it was outrageously expensive.

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Additional Information about Arabella

Address: 489-491 King Street, Newtown | Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales 2042, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9550 1119
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 43
Cuisine: Dessert, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Bar

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