Osteria Antica Bologna
Osteria Antica Bologna

Osteria Antica Bologna

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.osteria.co.uk/
  • Phone: 020 7978 4771
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Friday: 12pm - 2:30pm, 6pm - 10:30pm
    Saturday: 12pm - 4pm, 6pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 12pm - 4pm, 6pm - 10pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Italian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Marzio Zacchi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Clapham Junction Railway Station and various bus routes.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Osteria Antica Bologna
A Northcote Road favourite for over twenty years - that’s an awfully long time on the London restaurant scene - Antica Bologna is as fresh and thrilling as the day it first opened its doors, it conjures up images of hidden away village osterias in the wild countryside of Emilia Romagna or the rolling hills of Tuscany, its cheerful welcome befitting of an old family favourite. Chef Marzio Zacchi passionately believes in using fresh, locally sourced and seasonal produce having grown up in the Piemonte countryside surrounded by a family who reared chickens, grew veg and cured their own salami. However, despite his rustic upbringing, Zacchi has brought to Osteria Antica Bologna’s food the kind of sophistication that can only be gained through several years training in top London restaurants.
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Osteria Antica Bologna reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since 24 November 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambience3.8
    Value3.7
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)romance (44)special occasions (36)group bookings (31)sunday lunch (31)good vegetarian options (22)outdoor eating (19)outstanding value (18)child friendly (13)business meals (11)pre/post theatre (7)brunch (5)disabled access (5)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • Highly recommendation from myfriend
    Chegy17
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    The Italian offer in this city is quite huge, but it does not exist really good options.Than i booked for Monday dinner this week previous recommendation from one of my Italian colleagues. The location its excellent but it was our first time and we arrived 15 minutes late. Once sitting at the table the menu is very yummy, and the restaurant offer the possibility to try some dishes with white truffle. Regarding the wine list, unfortunately the offer its not really good,but we could find something interesting. We ordered a couple of starters and also risotto with truffle and one steak to finish. The quality was good but i expected much more.The most remarkable the attention of the staff. Jordan Cortes Sommelier at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
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    child friendly, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit expensive, but worth it
    daniele982
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The place is really beautiful, it really looks like you're in a small Italian restaurant and the feeling carries on as you eat, since the food is really of the highest quality. The prices might be a tad high, but what the hell....
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent little Italian
    SarahOC
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Came here for a family meal when my parents were in town. Good ambience, great Italian food with some interesting options e.g. Wild beef ragout, porcini mushrooms. I look forward to a return visit.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but a bit noisy!
    HWDS
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    It was Friday night but the noise levels seem to have increased in this,our favourite local Italian. But the food made up for it particularly the fish of the day !
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  • Little Italy
    ckfoodie
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    I met some with some old girlfriends and was pleasantly surprised with the cosy look of the place and the high standard of food. It was recommended to me by a work colleague so I was keen to try it out. Great food, ambience and service. We really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely go back with my husband.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food but too expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    This place has good quality on food but it seemed to me quite expensive in general terms
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    romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Excellent food and service!
    LizP
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Our dinner was fantastic - I've never had a better starter salad (spinach and goat's cheese), and the pasta was so perfectly prepared that the taste was exquisite. The restaurant is very casual, but there's an energetic buzz that makes for a fun evening. The service was knowledgable, attentive and friendly - we will definitely go again!
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian passion in every course
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    Antica Bologna's food is absolutely delicious plus an outstanding service...what more could one ask for! There is an uncomfortable acoustic though...if your seated next to a large table.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good food
    AndreaM
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    It is a bit noisy and the tables are to close to each other.
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    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Sunday evening
    Beth
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Lovely little restaurant in a busy area with lots of other eateries around. Great food and wine and a definite Italian vibe and ambience. It was nice to see several Italians dining as well!! Busy, without being crammed, for a Sunday. Not surprised though as it is a gem.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food in relaxed atmosphere
    HWDS
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We rediscovered the Osteria recently and can only say it has now become our favourite local Italian, particularly on price compared to the competition. Delicious simple food served well in a relaxed environment and with great service.
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  • Beautiful pasta
    MrsJones
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    We had three pasta dishes to share and each one was beautifully flavoured. The service was also very good attentive and unobtrusive. It does get a little loud when it is full of diners but that also adds to the atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodlovers
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Osteria Antica Bologna welcomed us warmly and we enjoyed our food. Look forward to going there again.
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    outstanding value
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  • Excellent little Italian
    SarahOC
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Am a regular diner on the Northcote Road but this was my first visit to Osteria Antica Bologna. I was pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent, hearty Italian fare.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance
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  • PreRaphaelite
    PreRaphaelite
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    On the whole the food is good, although my gnocchi was slightly over cooked, but it's very overpriced, particularly for the portion sizes.
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  • Great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Great night out - definitely recommend! Food and service we great and atmosphere was buzzy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Steeven
    Dined on 22/6/2014
    We've been a few days ago to this beautfiul restaurant called "Antica Bologna". Really nice food, good and friendly service with the right price. I absolutely reccomend it!
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    good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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  • Italian Classics with a Twist
    Stefano
    Dined on 19/6/2014
    Super fresh burrata, with a heap of halved cherry tomatoes - a good dish that coud have been more exciting with a different pairing. Braised leg of rabbit with peas and parma ham - a good idea that would have been even better with fresh peas; it is the season! Lemon sole with clams and crayfish - excellent idea. More hits than misses. Based on classic Italian dishes. You get the picture. Not perfect, but pretty reliable and not too expensive either.
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  • Great place
    Muppet
    Dined on 19/6/2014
    Service was attentive and friendly. Food was really tasty. I had crab pasta and can highly recommend it. Atmosphere was really good - although I agree with other viewers that this may not be the case if you're in a table out the back. Really good value too.
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    good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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  • Consistently excellent
    cmdoyle
    Dined on 17/6/2014
    Osteria Antica Bologna continues to be one of our favourite restaurants in Clapham, with consistently high-quality food, atmosphere, and service.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    I booked this restaurant for a group of 7 knowing nothing about it. It turned out to be a winner for us! Food was fabulously fresh and tasty - in particular, I ordered the sole for my main course which was superb. Staff were very pleasant and attentive but not intrusive. We will most definitely go back.
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bethhayes
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    As always, outstanding food and service. The menu is not a typical Italian eaterie's fare: very imaginative and the set lunch (£15 for 2 courses) is excellent value. The portions are huge. A small gem in the heart of Clapham!
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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  • Excellent
    vicnewby
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Love this place so much I hate to share it- great food (always outstanding) exceptional service - it's my favourite I'm all of clapham
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waitinggame
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    perfect for a relaxed mid week supper catching up with friends
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like a local Italian
    Belle
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    This is always excellent and not to be passed by. Tasty and reali Italian food.
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    business meals, child friendly, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Fab Italian
    Ustwo
    Dined on 20/5/2014
    Booked dinner here for it's good location. We were 15 mins late but this was not a problem, we received a very warm welcome. Charming Italian waiters who described the menu to us. It was a busy evening but our 3 course meal arrived promptly. DELICIOUS Vitello tonnato and a lamb special. It all tasted very authentic. Would DEFINITELY book again
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    sw19diner
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    We had an enjoyable evening for dinner with friends, but the restaurant decor feels dated, rather than classic, and the food is fine but very overpriced for what it is. I ordered gnocchi as a starter which was good but £7.50. I had steak as a main course for £17. A fairly thin and average cut of meat, well cooked topped with sautéed mushrooms (good variety of chanterelles). Dessert was a pistachio creme brûlée. The brûlée was served in a cup (rather than in a wide container, the bottom was still fridge cold and there's hardly any sugar topping. My companions felt the same - food ok, nothing to write home about, but too expensive. There was a suggested tip tacked on to the bill - but no mention of it on the menu, and no idea of its %
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  • Good food and atmosphere
    LouLou1
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I went here with a couple of friends on a Saturday evening and it was very busy. The table was a bit small for us, but overall the food and service was very good and I would recommend for genuine lovers of Italian food.
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  • Great place!
    CKSW4
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Lovely italian restaurant for a meal with friends. Food was very good (especially the pasta), super friendly service and great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.
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    group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10og
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Booked weeks in advance for a thursday 7.30 dinner with an old school friend. i had not been to the restaurant for years since i lived in the area. the outside used to be old italian,now it's bright orange. inside we were on a small round table, very close to other couples on small tables. the food was lovely, service good, but we didn't have enough space & it was very very noisy. although the meal was great, i don't think i'd go back for these reasons sadly. it would probably be better for a busy lunch.
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  • Enjoyable & intimate
    hblikethepencil
    Dined on 26/4/2014
    My brother, boyfriend and I enjoyed a lovely evening here on a Saturday. Even though it was busy, it wasn't crammed - the ambience was relaxed and the staff were friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The food was great, and as a veggie there was plenty of pasta dishes to choose from, and the pasta was perfectly made. They boys said how well the meat was cooked and seasoned. The wine list was great too, and we had cocktails to start which was fun. Have often walked past, thinking that it looked a bit cheap, but would definitely come back for the interesting but traditional menu and great service.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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  • Great experience
    btiw
    Dined on 25/4/2014
    Went there with a friend in April, sat on the table closest to the door. Didn't get too chilly as there's a portable heater nearby, which is very handy. Food was great. Service was great too. Ordered a starter and a main, and was too full to have dessert. Great value for money. Highly recommended.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and simple
    BigGVIP
    Dined on 25/4/2014
    What struck me most was the freshness of the ingredients and the unfussy cooking which brought out the best in them. Clearly popular with locals and regulars and easy to see why.
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  • Fabulous restaurant
    RosieD
    Dined on 15/4/2014
    This restaurant is an absolute joy for anyone who loves Italian food. Consistently excellent cuisine and very good value for money. Atmosphere is always buzzy. I was last here on a Tuesday night and it was packed. Great place - most recommended!
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 13/4/2014
    It was fantastic meals and good selection of wines. We really enjoyed my birthday lunch. Friendly staffs looked after us very well. Thank you.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quick lunch
    james
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    An excellent place for a quick or long lunch. We had a quick one. food extremely good and plenty of choice. service a bit slow even though there were plenty of staff milling around. Food and drink came promptly once ordered but getting the attention of staff was not easy, we were sitting inside
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    good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner with 2 friends
    Brightongirl
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I have been coming to this restaurant on and off for years. I have not been for a while because the last time I went it did not have a great choice for a vegetarian friend. However, this time the choice was great for her too. Really good food. The only slight negative was that it was very noisy as there was a big group at a nearby table.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great little local
    Cazza
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    went with a vegetarian friend and lots of options for him. unfortunately we were seated by the alley-way in the back part of restaurant, would next time ask for front section. otherwise cheap and cheerful italian
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    good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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  • Love this restaurant and have
    marco
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    Love this restaurant and have been going for a few years. Something that is actually very rare a well priced authentic Italian restaurant in London. Most are either incredibly over priced or poor trattoria serving Pizza and stodgy lasagne. The service is good but not overly fussy. Highly recommended.
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    romance, fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My starter of a selection
    scoffalot
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    My starter of a selection of deep-fried seafood was delicious. Sadly, my main course option was disappointing. I opted for the lamb steak which was quite gristly and rather chewy. My poor father-in-law ordered the pork belly but it was so over-cooked it was inedible. It's a pity because the staff worked so hard to please but the food, on the whole, just wasn't up to scratch.
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