Ciullõsteria

4.7
647 reviews
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
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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AH
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
64 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
1 review
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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TD
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic family run restaurant - can’t recommend highly enough

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TL
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and ambiance , polite and humourous service which made the evening lovely , Thanks guys

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KY
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Will never tire of going there. Glorious lovely italian, my fave.

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LE
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. Couldn't recommend this place enough.

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CH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and good selection of wines. Very pleasant surroundings.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little restaurant with fantastically fresh Italian food.

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RR
London
44 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my favourite restaurant in Balham - delicious, authentic Italian food, amazing service, friendly staff, fun atmosphere and great value. Have been here numerous times and it never disappoints!

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a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food here is fantastic. It is my second visit and really enjoyed it. The ambience is also great, super cozy. They have an extensive menu with delicious food. The staff is really nice as well. I highly recommend this place!

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NM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant, food and setting is great and everyone is really friendly.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb birthday meal . Tasty and authentic Italian food. White tablecloths. Excellent service. Not too noisy.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bday dinner.
8 of us
Food was really good and authentic
Price was just right.

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NY
London
64 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here. My parents were visiting and they love it here too. So fantastic, the food, the staff, everything!

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JH
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great local Italian with an excellent variety of dishes, nice wine list and great desserts. Portions are also very generous - you will not leave hungry!

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is worth its weight in gold- hands down, simply the best Italian restaurant in south London. Service is friendly and food delicious. I come here as often as I can!

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NP
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love eating at this restaurant. The food is always so fresh and plentiful. Service is great and as a whole the restaurant is warm and welcoming

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance a really authentic vibe. Garlic bread is excellent!

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Visited the restaurant based on other reviews. Overall not disappointed. The restaurant is smaller than pictures depict but enough space for our party of five people to eat comfortably. The food is very good and the service prompt given it was a Saturday evening and the restaurant was full. The meal cost approximately £35 per person (starter, main course and drinks (non-alcoholic) which I thought was good value for money. I would recommend the baby roast chicken for a main course, very good. Although we did not order any, from what I could see, the pizzas are also very popular choice.

I would definitely visit the restaurant again.

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AP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took family for dinner, all shared starters and had mains. Great menu itself, a lot of enticing food. Wine selection was good to, a lot of variety at good price points. Food was very good, the seafood and homemade pasta are both outstanding.

Service is always nice - the restaurant is quite small but the staff are attentive, funny and accommodating zithout being overbearing. Expect £25 per person for food and a good bottle of wine around 30 Would highly recommend.

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MW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have only discovered Ciullosteria recently (it is easy to pass) but it is a very good Italian restaurant.
On the occasions I have visited it was lively and full and it is wise to book.
The service is good and the food excellent. I fully recommend it.

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RR
London
44 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great midweek dinner here with friends. The atmosphere is buzzing, really friendly and cosy, and the service excellent. We were all delighted with our meals - delicious, authentic Italian food at reasonable prices. Will definitely be going back!

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DR
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always an excellent meal
When taking people out , this is always the first place I try to reserve a table

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MB
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great night here. The food and service were excellent as always.

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S
London
124 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had read all the really good reviews so was looking forward to try this place. Unfortunately it was just ok nothing special. Pasta was very oily not well seasoned and pizza not crispy. The courgette frutti was good. I’ve had better in Chelsea and Fulham and not necessarily more expensive.

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OB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been looking forward to going to this restaurant for date night for a while. Excellent food which did not disappoint on all accounts. For starters we had scallops, a generous selection of meats and calamari. Steak medallion main course and truffle spaghetti continued to blow us away, not to mention the chocolate fondant and tiramisu to finish. Excellent service too. Thank you for a wonderful evening and we will be back soon!

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