Cilicia Restaurant

4.5
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381 reviews
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£25 and under
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Mediterranean
By day, Cilicia is a smiley, come-in-as-you-are café serving (all day) big breakfasts - the full English (veggie version) features grilled halloumi – and lunches. Then at 5pm sharp, it changes into a cosy restaurant serving unpretentious Mediterranean grills, seafood, mezes, casseroles and pide. Traditional desserts include baklava and sutlach, a kind of creamy rice pudding. The mix of orange-painted walls, bare brick, assorted artefacts and multi-coloured hanging lamps give the place a real warmth.
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R
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a lovely independent Mediterranean restaurant, with the menu having a blend of turkish, and greek style options - from meze to kleftico. It has been recently refurbished (2019) to a high standard with very comfortable seating. The portion sizes are very generous so make sue you do have an appetite. The service is very efficient and friendly. The wine list isn't extensive but it seems they've thought about what goes well with the food. It including a Malbec for £32, which was very drinkable.

IM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team were absolutely superb. Timing of our order, drink was perfect.
The quality of the food was 5 star.
Thank you.

JM
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant with wonderful food and service. Reasonably priced.

T
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cilicia and try to dine here at least once a month. We are so happy it has reopened after the refurbishment! We missed it!
Wonderful fresh tasty food and excellent service.

A
London
16 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service with friendly staff. Food was awesome and tasty with great veggie options.

PB
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A great little Mediterranean restaurant in Muswell hill... We booked for later Saturday afternoon and it was very quiet when we arrived, but it started filling up slowly. Kami and the team looked after us very well, making some recommendations on menu choice, and always being there, without being intrusive. We started with the shared mezze and it was great, very tasty , then I had the mixed grill which was huge. Really enjoyed the meal, in an unhurried and very relaxed setting. Thank you.

B
London
31 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely meal. Really friendly staff who were genuinely interested in giving us a good experience. Great food, good prices, and will definitely be back.

A
London
16 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as always, food and service were perfect despite being a busy evening.

c
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Great food, just too much of it!
Improve profit overnight and cut portion size by 30% and you will still be generous!

OT
London
35 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really nice/good quality kebabs and starters. Friendly staff.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good value for lunch with friends and the decor is very pleasant. I would recommend.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a place I go to fairly regularly and am never disappointed. Starters are good and so are the main dishes and there is plenty of choice. It is also a very welcoming restaurant.

LR
London
16 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We had a good friendly evening with friends with good food and pleasant ambiance

S
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Cilicia is a perfect place for a quiet evening out with a friend, quiet enough to chat, busy enough to be cosy and friendly. The service is excellent, the bottle of wine we had was delicious, and the mezes varied, colourful and authentic. I will definitely be back!

o
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasty, freshly prepared food and prompt service, warm Middle Eastern ambience

A
London
16 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and friendly staff. Lots of options, even for vegetarians. Highly recommended and great value.

MR
London
39 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a nice meal at Cilicia but would have liked the vegetables served with the meat dish to be a lot less oily. Perhaps the chef could stir fry them with about a quarter of the amount of oil? This was a shame as it spoiled an otherwise enjoyable meal.

DC
London
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always brilliant! Service and food. It has become our regular place to go on a Friday!!!

CL
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Another lovely meal. Friendly, helpful service and excellent meze

TG
London
22 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fantastic veggie options and great ambience - overall a lovely neighbourhood place in Muswell Hill.

A
London
16 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cilicia is a great place to enjoy some excellent food with a wide variety of choices including a large number of options for vegetarians. The staff and extremely helpful and friendly. My wife and I had a extremely wonderful evening and didn't even realise how the time had flown by. We will be back soon... Highly recommended!

M
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good and attentive service, drinks were brought quickly as well as the main meal which was delicious, my dish-lamb oregano was superb, I've been there many times and always ordered the same dish, lamb is very tender and tasty. Easy to book online, even got a reminder. Always bring friends here if they are visiting London or if they are locals.

P
London
14 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very warm welcome always on arrival, hearty Mediterranean Food. The Mezes both meat and vegetarian are super tasty and you get so much and are great dishes to share. We have been here a few times now and would highly recommend.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I foolishly left my camera behind at Cilicia Muswell Hill but the helpful staff kept it safe for me and phoned me to let me know, I was very relieved to get it back and thank the staff very much.

b
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2015
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Unfortunately when we arrived the waitress had no knowledge of my booking through Toptable even though I booked more than 24 hours before arrival. However as tables were available it was fine and we were seated straight away. There is a lot to choose from on the menu and everything we ordered was very well presented and extremely tasty.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2015
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Cilicia is a very nice restaurant, very cosy indeed!
The humus and the mussaka they make is one of the best I have ever had.l. Unfortunately our main course with chicken and aubergines was a bit disappointing...the chicken was not tasty at all with a lot of tomatoes sauce to cover the frozen flavor..
The staff was very attentive. Good service overall.

MR
London
39 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Once again we had a lovely meal at Cilicia. The food was delicious, the portions very generous and the staff are unfailingly friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat here at least 3 or 4 times a month, with friends and family. Cilicia is perfect for a relaxed Sunday brunch. It has a great Mediterranean menu, very good breakfasts as well as burgers, sandwiches, tapas and many other lunch options. The food is fresh, good portions and very good value. They do great coffee too.
Loads of options for veggies like me.

c
London
175 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Just what was needed to cheer up a cold windy Saturday evening - delicious tomato and aubergine based warming and comforting Mediterranean dishes,temptingly presented, and served by friendly staff nearly with countenances as warm, and welcoming as the ambiance. the fish dishes are highly recommended too, as if the bread and house red wine. Top value laid back bistro - highly recommended, thank you to all.

MR
London
39 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very good meal at Cilicia. The staff are very pleasant and welcoming and the restaurant is very pleasantly decorated. The food portions are very generous and the food was very good indeed. A thoroughly pleasant experience and we will definitely return.

SB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Found this place on open table and we not disappointed at all! The lady that took the order was very warm and friendly. Food was very enjoyable and would definitely go back again.

SR
London
59 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The staff are so friendly and helpful and the food is so delicious and good large portions. I like to go for brunch and have the Cilician breakfast with spicy garlic sausage and hallumi cheese so quite different from the full English. However, if that's what you prefer it's also available and just as good. The atmosphere is really nice and I would recommend this to anyone.

S
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Enjoyed a lot. Great atmosphere. Thoroughly recommend

F
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Saturday lunch time, an excellent meal which was very good value. The menu was interesting and different from the norm with a wide range to choose from. I really recommend this restaurant.

H
London
46 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was excellent and very good value for money. We were last in the restaurant but did not feel hurried out. It is a pretty cosy place with good friendly but not overbearing service. A great place to suit all budgets and would be good for a group of friends. Will definitely head back!

KT
London
44 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always, good Turkish food at value for money. Lovely service and friendly atmosphere.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After reading the reviews and the menu decided to book and try. This was my first time at Cilicia, together with family (4 of us) for lunch. My family loves Mediterranean food and they weren't disappointed! Tasty food, Service was very friendly and they accommodated us very well. Would definetly recommend

a
London
74 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

think they have slightly changed the menu but really yummy and good value food!

G
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Had a very pleasant evening out. Food very nice and service most friendly and good. Had a noisy child at the table next to us on a Saturday evening. The manager very kindly moved them to another table.
Liver was a little oily but generally very nice good. Thank you

CM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2014
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We have been here twice now and both times the food was excellent. The service was lovely, but the food Is definitely the selling point. There is a lovely selection of Mediterranean food, I recommend the hot maze starter and the chicken cubes! I have tried a few restaurants with the same type of food but this is definitely the best.