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The Art House

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178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW, England
+44 23 8023 8582
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nipped in for some lovey vegan cake and a vegan latte. Live vocalist/guitarist playing. No hot cooked food available after 3:30pm on a Sunday though. Closes @ 5pm.

Thank Saul T
Brighton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited here to have an evening meal. The Art House have a good selection of vegan options, as well as excellent coffee and cake.

Thank Rachel S
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Art House is friendly and refreshingly individual in a world of the same old same old. We only had tea and coffee..... good selection of both. Loved the funky decor and the mismatched china. Come to think of it nothing matched except the vibe of the place with the leanings of my heart. My only wish is that I... More 

Thank Lynne D
Southampton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Came for Sunday dinner and made sure o booked before. We are all meat eaters but thoroughly enjoyed the food! Amazing. Not enough to stop me being a meat eater but close! Staff and incredibly friendly and helpful too!

Thank Stephen G
Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I don't often visit The Art House, purely because nowadays I seldom go into Southampton. However, if I do travel in, The Art House is one of my favourite places to go for a coffee and a bite to eat. The food is gorgeous. It is vegetarian, which suits me as I am a non meat eater, but I go... More 

Thank ArtandMurals
Romsey, Australia
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Art House is fantastic and is a real treat when we make it there. We have been going a fair few years now and when I was pregnant 5 years ago I could not get enough of their onion soup . The staff are always friendly and have a smile and are very knowledgable about all they sell. Over... More 

Thank L H
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have visited the art house a few times now and am always delighted at its quirky charms, it feels like a real hub of the community with artists and eccentrics and lovely people all round. The food is wonderful the atmosphere charming or electric depending on the time of day or what event may be happening. I have been... More 

Thank Becca F
Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Definitely the single best place in Southampton to spend an hour or two (or a whole evening if you can). You won't find somewhere more colourful and quirky to catch up with friends or to sit and daydream over a cuppa and cake. The staff are super friendly, the food is second to none, but the atmosphere is best of... More 

Thank KateRolfe
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a touring comedy performer I perform all over the UK and get treated VERY differently wherever I go (and not always in a good way!). However, Jani and Bik at the Art House are the most wonderful, supportive hosts I could have ever wished for. They love the arts, they run this incredibly creative, happy, inspiring venue...and the food... More 

1 Thank Paul R
Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'm always bringing my friends here because of the lovely relaxed atmosphere, you don't feel pressured to leave as soon as you've finished your cuppa. I'm vegetarian and the food is cheap, simple, fresh and tasty. Don't expect all the furniture to match or plastic wrapped food, but do expect a warm welcome and a friendly smile.

1 Thank Judith P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $12
Cafe, British, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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?