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489-491 King Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales 2042, Australia
+61 2 9550 1119
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Arabella is amazing! I have tried many of middle eastern places around the area and Arabella holds its own as one of the best. If you have more than 3 people, definitely do the banquents. 3 of us tried the Arabella Special and could barely finish it. The staff were friendly and the venue has real charm. If you don't... More 

Thank Jack K
Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have travelled Australia and it was one of the best Lebanese feeds I have ever had. Melted in mouth and I coudnt stop. Amazing chef and service

Thank Christopher F
Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best Lebanese food so fresh, service excellent,there hummus so creamy and the fattoush so tasty good place for groups I will go back for sure

Thank ameer5515
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment we arrived the staff were attentive & friendly. We ordered the chef's banquet for 13 & the food just kept coming! Everything that was served was amazing. We forgot the birthday cake so the owner brought a small cake & candle from the café next door for my father in law & had the whole restaurant sing... More 

1 Thank AmberGarcia
Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took international visitors here for lunch and were appalled by the terrible service received by the single waiter we saw in the whole restaurant. He did not smile or offer a friendly greeting. He basically threw the menus at us, took our order and left. He did not deliver a drink we ordered so we had to ask again... More 

Thank Angela P
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to this place a few times now. Each time I've had interaction with the manager he has been awful. He bullies not only his staff but the customers as well! He basically told us what to order and was impatient with us when we didn't want to order what he suggested. A horrible man

1 Thank Laura R
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Poor service... highly priced Table of 9 Chefs Banquet $60 per head Abundance of breads...a few veggie dishes and sauces ... 2 small dinner plates of cubed meat ... exactly 2 pces each 1 lamb cube 1 chicken cube. I small pce of baklava...no coffee or tea offered. No one asked how our meal went.. We had to go to... More 

Thank Christine G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

We stumbled here on Christmas Eve, seeking refuge from shopping, tinsel and carols. Thank your Higher Being for Lebanese food and surroundings. Not a Christmas tree or bearded geriatric in sight. Instead, lots of chickpeas and garlic in every mode. We ate ourselves into a stupour, washed down with an excellent dry rose. What a great way to avoid the... More 

1 Thank Sean H
Cologne, Germany
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

I love Lebanese cuisine, but this is not the place to go. The food is prepared quite well with fresh ingredients, but the portions are small. For an entreé of four small spinach pyramids you'll pay $16. For two people you need four entreés for satisfaction. then come two mains at $25 or more. For two persons that's already $110+... More 

Thank Dr Michael E
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Amazing food! BYO. And no problem in accommodating 3 different dietary requirements!! We had the banquet - Great price too. Staff were friendly. Look forward to returning. DELICIOUS!!

1 Thank JacintaCW

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $31
Turkish, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Late Night, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 489-491 King Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales 2042, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Newtown
  • Neighborhood: Newtown
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9550 1119
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Newtown

Neighborhood Profile
A Bohemian inner-west suburb known for its alternative music scene, Newtown is a diverse community offering a multitude of restaurants, art galleries, performance spaces, thrift stores and bars. Home of some of the best live music venues in the city, shows can be found everywhere from the official theaters to the neighborhood pubs. From its humble beginnings as a neighborhood primarily known for its many Thai restaurants, Newtown has evolved into a foodie's paradise with a delightful array of highly innovative cuisines from around the world. It is still possible to eat on a budget, but if you crave a more sophisticated menu, Newtown will not disappoint.
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