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Osteria Antica Bologna
Osteria Antica Bologna

Osteria Antica Bologna Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.osteria.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 978 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: Italian, Comfort Food, Mediterranean
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood Vegetarian Options
Diner Reviews
  • "Booked a table for eight people for my daughters birthday, the food was tasteless , mostly overcook and unappetising . The staff made no effort to explain the menu if fact they seemed totally uninterested in anything . I would certainty not go back."
    dined on 10/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 07/08/2014
  • "On the whole the food is good, although my gnocchi was slightly over cooked, but it's very overpriced, particularly for the portion sizes."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Great night out - definitely recommend! Food and service we great and atmosphere was buzzy."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "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!"
    dined on 22/06/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 19/06/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 19/06/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "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!"
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 09/06/2014
  • "perfect for a relaxed mid week supper catching up with friends"
    dined on 04/06/2014
  • "This is always excellent and not to be passed by. Tasty and reali Italian food."
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 20/05/2014
  • "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 %"
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "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. "
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "Lovely italian restaurant for a meal with friends. Food was very good (especially the pasta), super friendly service and great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend. "
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 01/05/2014
  • "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. "
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 25/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 25/04/2014
  • "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!"
    dined on 15/04/2014
  • "It was fantastic meals and good selection of wines. We really enjoyed my birthday lunch. Friendly staffs looked after us very well. Thank you."
    dined on 13/04/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 08/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Went for an evening with a friend. It was busy and the food and service were good. It was a nice relaxing atmosphere and would definitely go again."
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "I've been going to this restaurant on and off for years and it never fails. My salad starter was simple but with a delicious dressing and the calves liver was cooked to perfection which is not always the case. Friends ate the deep fried courgettes followed by pasta and reported unfussy perfection. They don't overload the plates which meant there was space for dessert - a highly praised creme brûlée served in a cup and a similarly applauded tiramisu. Service just right. I shall definitely return."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "Really good meal, proper traditional Italians, pasta was incredible, steak was very very good, nice selection of reasonably priced wine (mostly Italian), friendly efficient service, nice ambience (traditional trattoria rather than posh or fancy), reasonably priced, busy and buzzing atmosphere."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "I have really high standards and usually find something to "improve", this restaurant was wonderful. Absolutely delicious & great service."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "Went with three friends and we tried a number of the specials that day - including fried artichokes, monkfish with cherry tomatoes, spinach and black olives and rump lamb. I enjoyed fruit misto followed by the monkfish dish, which were both delicious. We also enjoyed a very nice bottle if Chardonnay from Friuli (one ov May favourite Chardonnays) and this was well- matched with the food. One if my friends had quite a lot of fat on her full Lamb but this was soon changed for another dish. A very nice meal all round."
    dined on 13/03/2014
  • "This restaurant is like stepping off Northcote Road and into an Italian gastronimic delight. The staff are efficient and helpful, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is charming and slightly rustic. The wine list is perhaps slightly short and limited but that's more than made up for by the food and the ever changing list of specials. If you like your food you'll love Antica Bologna!"
    dined on 08/03/2014
  • "Two of us went to Osteria on a Monday night and even though we were the second table in there, it soon filled up, albeit being a small restaurant. The waitress was excellent and service was generally very good. The starters - Courgette Fritte and N'Duja Bruschetta were both excellent as was the main of the Wild Boar Ragout. The wine list seemed decent and nicely priced. The mains took a little while to come out but the service was attentive without being over-bearing. Overall a lovely little find on Northcote Road and would defintely come again."
    dined on 24/02/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner. The food was very tasty, the wine was lovely and service was very good. We couldn't have asked for a nicer evening."
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "Four of us had an evening meal with one having to leave early. The restaurant accommodated our need for speed for one of us. Relaxed atmosphere. Thankfully we were not asked 5 times whether all was well with our meal, yet the waiting staff were there when we needed them. Thoroughly recommend this excellent restaurant."
    dined on 17/02/2014
  • "Not knowing the restaurant well and having had some inferior Italian meals recently....this was a Happy Surprise. Wonderful food and delicious wine. An affordable and delightful evening for discerning foodies!!"
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "Having had an expensive but disappointing dinner at Murano's on 10th February, we were delighted that the valentine's dinner we had at this restaurant was superb. The Crab and avocado salad to start was mouth watering, and the antepasto of fresh lobster linguine was full of taste and actually contained lots of chunks of fresh lobster. The T-bone steak for main course was excellent quality and cooked to perfection. Whilst the ambience was lacking slightly, the overall experience was so much better than at Murano's where the food arrived at the table cold, and the bill arrived too hot to touch!"
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "We spent Valentine's in Antica Bologna, we've lived nearby for years and for some reason have never made it in! It was a really lovely evening, the service was superb, the food delicious and the atmosphere warm and relaxed. All in all a great place to eat, and our new favourite in the Clapham area..."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Home-made beef ravioli and pan fried sea bream with the zucchini fritto and salad - absolutely delicious, as always. There is always a nice 'hum' in the restaurant without it being overbearing. Looking forward to our next visit."
    dined on 11/02/2014