Ciullõsteria

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671 reviews
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
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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R
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a table for four on a quiet Sunday luchtime with only a few other tables occupied so we enjoyed personal and attentive service from the charming waitresses. The food was exceptional. My lobster tagliolini (with home made fresh egg pasta) was full-flavoured and very well seasoned. The pizza Napolitana (with extra chilli) , roast chicken and penne arrabiata ordered by my companions were all judged to be very good indeed. Four very clean plates remained after we finished eating our main courses! Starters - especially the parma ham-wrapped tiger prawns - and desserts - wonderful semi-freddo - were also of a really high standard and there is a good value wine list. Eating here is often a bustling and typically Italian experience so it was a nice change to eat when the restaurant was quiet. Highly recommend the experience.

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WT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant in Balham. Service personal and attentive. Starters were excellent. Portions very generous. A little disappointed with the pasta dishes. Did not taste truly authentically Italian however overall a great experience. Really good value for money. The pizzas looked superb and will be my choice on the next visit

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GK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best hidden secret in Balham. Wonderful food always and fantastic service/ ambience.

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CG
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ravioli are amazing, fabulous all around! I highly recommend

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite in Balham and they always look after my mum who
Is coeliac

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H
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Great food, wine and great staff. My children are always welcome. This is our favourite in Balham!

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f
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A friendly, lovely, family run restaurant, with a great atmosphere. The food is very good, and the service is efficient and informed.

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great atmosphere, great value. Top local Italian restaurant.

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FF
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

An excellent dinner well up to the high standard we have come to expect from this never-fail neighbourhood Italian restaurant .Nothing fancy - just classic Italian food beautifully presented.Wonderfully fresh ingredients and very generous portions! We love it!

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming to this place for years. Always happy and satisfied. Food is on point and it’s great value for money. Service is also excellent.

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G
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Italian food, quick and friendly service, very reasonable prices

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C
London
26 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little Italian, food was so delicious and such a good varied menu. Had the Bresaola to start - yummy! And some pasta for main which was delicious as well. Service is great and ambience was nice, they are very busy so make sure to book well in advance.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal in friendly surroundings

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FH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent authentic service. Bruschetta starter was massive and great for sharing!

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KY
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian. Lovely staff. Gorgeous food & nice selection of wines.

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SD
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing!!!!! great service as always and food always freshly made

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c
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, lovely service, good ambience. Thoroughly enjoyed as always.

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MW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good find. Lovely food and ambiance. Very friendly waiters. Will go back again when in the area again.

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JL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Amazing food and incredible service.

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ES
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food as always- never had a bad experience here and always makes special occasions great! The food is always good and very attentive service!

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PW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

been coming here for years and it's never disappointed us or our guests

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DE
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening, great ambiance, food and service very good, thank you!

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FR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Italian.Good location in Balham.Very good service,great food .Highly recommended

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing restaurant! Food was incredible and staff super friendly!

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AH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, great food, authentic Italian restaurant! We had a really nice meal and the staff sung a surprise Happy Birthday to my sister! Thank you for a great night

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C
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for Valentine's day and had a lovely time. We tried 4 of the anipasti dishes and can highly recommend the baked asparagus wrapped in palma ham, jumbo prawns wrapped in palma ham and the beef carpachio 😍

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NY
London
65 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love. Everything is wonderful from service to food.

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. ...the food tasted genuine Italien, the vongole was delicious, friendly staff, made me want to be in Italy again!

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AL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic italian restaurant. lovely food and amazing choice of gluten free options!

Will definitely be back :)

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RE
London
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was exceptional - just really good people making a really good effort.

Food is delicious.
Best Italian we've had in a long time.
Portions are generous.

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b
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brilliant local italian, charming service and delicious pasta.
All very good value for money.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Other than the sasauge not being that great, the rest of the food was good.

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f
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited this restaurant for couple of pizze and some beer.
Wonderful as always, proper Italian food like nowhere else in London.
Kind and professional staff.
A Must.

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CB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful local Italian restaurant with very friendly staff who go out of their way to make your evening enjoyable. Good and well priced wine list and great food but Specials have been specials for years now.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and excellent service. A lovely restaurant

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z
London
14 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great meal at Ciullosteria. The waiting staff were very attentive and friendly and the food amazing. We will be back......again;)

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beilliant and friendly local restaurant. Great range of Italian dishes and regalry changing specials menu. Wine list is a particar highlight. Reasoanable ranhe of prices and choice of good quality Italian wines. Familiy run and family friendly, eqully good for couples. This is one of our fabourite palces in Balham.

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening with lovely food. We really enjoyed it.

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a
London
44 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Never disappointed at Ciullo! Best Italian in SW!!

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CS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as usual – always sure to have truly delicious food with a great service

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