Ciullõsteria

4.8
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790 Reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
The bustling café society vibe of London’s Balham High Road is the perfect setting for relaxed Italian restaurant Ciullõsteria. Friendly and laid back, the Ciullõsteria is inspired by the sun-infused food and chilled out nature of Southern Italy. The Calcagno family, owners of Ciullõsteria, has more than twenty years of experience in the Italian restaurant business, experience that is applied in every last aspect of the Osteria’s running – from the simple, comfortable and unpretentious design of the dining room to the always efficient yet unfailingly friendly service from staff who welcome guests as if they were old friends. But of course at Ciullõsteria it’s really the food that is the main focus. All traditional and completely authentic, Ciullõsteria provides home style Italian cookery ranging from hand made pasta to fresh, crisp twelve inch pizzas, all served with quality wines from the country’s best and most well known vineyards.
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NY
London
72 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the last night before restaurants closed. I can only hope this wonderful restaurant with it's friendly and wonderful owner and staff can weather this horrible time. I hope to write another review of my family's favourite place soon,

AM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good service, friendly authentic Italian staff and food

K
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and a warm welcome attentive service and a great atmosphere.

AC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant with good food, great service (lovely family run atmosphere with attentive but not overbearing service) and perfect atmosphere. There was a great buzz in the restaurant, but we could speak comfortably which is hard to achieve! Large portions and great value too. Highly recommend and will be back.

S
London
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice food, good service and b=nice atmosphere at the restaurant

A
London
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food here is great.

RW
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really authentic Italian local and delicious food. A little gem!

H
London
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An easy reccomend to anyone interest in great food

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our first visit to this restaurant. that’s exactly what we are missing in central London. really excellent and simple food, like in Italy. relaxed atmosphere. incredibly correct prices (even wine .....). we will be going back as long as we live in London !! thank you Chef!

G
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, lovely service and all for a reasonable price. Would highly recommend!

B
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a friendly welcome, excellent food and quite superb Italian wines that you just don't see anywhere else. Great value too

JA
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dont normally leave reviews but this place deserves it. Came mid week for a low key anniversary dinner and cannot fault it. Perfect ambience, attentive service, and delicious food. All in all a wonderful experience and will be back again !

NY
London
72 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much. Our local Italian and even if it wasn't local, I'd make sure it was anyway. The food, the people it's perfect!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such delicious food and wine! Thank you for a wonderful evening

f
London
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as usual, outstanding food and great service.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Our dinner group experienced racism from the staff.
The food was decent, but sadly their treatment towards us ruined the experience.

TS
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and they were great with our kids as we went for an early dinner with our daughters, one of whom was celebrating her birthday. Staff couldn’t have been any better

KP
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been before and keep coming back, lovely atmosphere, good food, good service and well priced what more could you want.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious, authentic and great value Italian food. The menu is plentiful, varied and my only negative was that there were no marked vegan options on the menu - which would have been helpful!

SM
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing gem of a place. The food was amazing, as well as the atmosphere and ambiance. My wife had a salad with steak, the best tender steak we’ve tasted from a restaurant in a while. The pasta did not disappoint either! Flavourful!! Good house wines, red and white, great homey Italian feel. Amazing dessert as well. It was quite busy for a Tuesday night. All round, a wonderful date night and perfect choice in destination.

NB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and friendly service. Wine available by the glass at very reasonable price. Sardines for starter were excellent.

JB
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Centrally located this restaurant serves authentic North Italian food. Good portions and delicious.
Excellent service and a good wine list

MB
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food good, very big portions bu able to take a doggy bag. Very helpful waitresses. Will definitedly return.

JS
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Authentic Italian food , with large portions. The staff are very friendly and recognised us even though this was only our second visit. Obviously a lot of Italian food comes with cheese, but as someone who is allergic to it I would have liked more non-cheese options. The premises are small, so the tables are very close together, which makes it very noisy. Not, perhaps, the place for an intimate meal. It is quite expensive - expect to pay £50 a head if you have a bottle of wine with your meal. Nonetheless, the food is very good and the staff ensure a friendly ambiance, so I would definitely go again.

MA
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A relaxed but delightful meal in what is clearly a popular restaurant with well presented and really good food. Two of our group really enjoyed the calves liver and I enjoyed sea bass very much - both meat and fish served with a generous portion of lovely vegetables and we enjoyed an excellent bottle of Merlot wine and plenty of fresh water. Staff were welcoming and attentive without being obtrusive, making our evening very enjoyable indeed.

R
London
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the third time we've been. As usual the food and service was excellent. I made an error with the OpenTable booking in that I booked for 2 when I meant 3. They still made an effort to seat us even though the restaurant was fully booked.

CD
London
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely evening. Great food and great people.

JS
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very friendly, authentic Italian restaurant. Portions large, food tasty - homemade tiramisu out of this world. Service is not included, so beware.

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love this place and it never disappoints. The food was delicious with very generous portions. It really was good value for money. The only gripe is that we would have preferred a different table. We didn’t raise this with the restaurant, so there is little room for complaint. We will return again very soon.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the beat Italian I have ever eaten, really friendly staff and wonderful ambiance.

D
London
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vraiment formidable. Un réel italien, rare!.
Service efficace, attentif, mais détendu.
Un patron discret mais très présent, totalement dédié à sa cuisine authentique. Bonheur chez lui!

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J
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service and food! Have been before and would go again without a doubt. Unfortunately, there was a big party with about 10 kids and 6 adults with all of the kids down one end of the table, which we were unfortunate enough to be sat right next to. They were very loud and kept bumping into my chair (which was uncomfortable as I’m 8 months pregnant) but that wasn’t really the restaurants fault - I imagined they struggled too. Once the party left, about half way through our meal, the atmosphere was perfect!

JP
London
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food & service and a good atmosphere

MT
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usual excellent food served in a friendly and efficient manner

SB
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My husband and I have been going to Ciullõsteria for many years. Delicious food and wine...their pizzas are divine. Friendly and attentive staff. Lucky to have this place in our neighbourhood.

NY
London
72 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an absolutely fantastic New Year's Eve dinner and drinks at Ciullõsteria. The food, the staff, the drinks and the music was fantastic. Could not have asked for a better way to ring in the new year!

p
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going there for years and never had a complaint yet,

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at this restaurant and we really enjoyed the ambiance and service. When I asked to be moved due to feeling a draft, this wasn't an inconvenience. Nothing was too much. The food was delicious and plentiful; we enjoyed starters, mains and a dessert each. However, we couldn't finish our mains and asked for it to be packed for us to takeaway. The wine, Merlot 2009 made me shiver from the taste, a perfect accompaniment to our meal. The only disappointment is that we'd not found this lovely restaurant sooner. We'll definitely make more visits in 2020 and beyond.

MB
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, friendly and unfussy service, just like a local place in Italy. Simple, good food, fairly priced including the wine list. Good cocktails. Welcomed 2 year old and an autistic child with empathy and kindness.

S
London
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the most authentic Italian cuisine I have eaten in the UK. Simply delicious. Quick service and friendly atmosphere/staff – it ticks all the boxes.