Ciullõsteria

4.8
717 reviews
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food. It’s one of the rare gems I’ve discovered. Service can be a tad slow and you can of course get better service elsewhere (even though it wasn’t bad) but the food is simply great.

It’s hard to stand out as an Italian restaurant in my view. But, this one does! Highly recommend it.

PS - the pizzas are also fab.

ML
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ciullosteria really is our favourite Italian restaurant in South West London, and we keep coming back! Food is delicious, atmosphere really cosy, and service impeccable. We will surely come back with friends and family!

NY
London
67 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favourite place. Love the food and the staff! Always a treat to eat there.

CR
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Living nearby I use Ciullosteria a lot, meals with friends and family. I have never experienced a bad meal or service there. I think the restaurant speaks for itself judging by the full house most nights. Excellent Italian restaurant.

KG
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best secret ever. I love how it’s a family run restaurant (or it feels like that). Beautiful balance of intimate, cosy and classy. Then there’s the food, amazing, to match the service itself. I’ve been going there for about 8 years and I’m 31.

RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing neighborhood italian. Great service and even better food.

AH
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been returning customers now for the past 8 years and as always, really amazing food and the place is just wonderful!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite Italian Balham!! Always a lovely visit! Delicious food and service ☺️

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firm local favourite with great wine list, consistently good menu and specials all topped up with friendly happy service.

UD
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian in the area by a mile. The fish is cooked to perfection and the ingredients of their dishes exceptional.

GC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect place. Great food, friendly staff. Well worth a visit for a casual dinner or a special occasion.

EG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing home cooked Italian food. The staff are very friendly & I love eating here.

DT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG! This place is perfect! Homemade pasta and wonderful attention to details. We loved everything we had!

OT
Switzerland
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfetto! Never fails to deliver great. Gf is Italian and she likens it to home cooked food by Nonna. No better accolade

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb all round restaurant- staff attentive but not fussing. Food delicious, fantastic choice of food and of course excellent wine. Would highly recommend

SF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our favourite local Italian which always offers great quality at a good price. Never been disappointed.

SB
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We would recommend that you book a table at this small restaurant as it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to eat here. Excellent menu, great specials.

NY
London
67 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our daughter's 10th birthday dinner. My family's favourite restaurant. Always fantastic.

z
London
14 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again another fab meal at Ciullosteria, the starters were superb and the home made pasta delicious. The waiting staff are so friendly and attentive! 6th time here and we will be back again.

HM
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was generally good with care taken in preparation and presentation. Outstanding Spaghetti Vongole we thought and tender lamb cutlets. Friendly service too. One caveat was the long wait for the main course. Pity, because the sense of authenticity in the Osteria with discerning local patrons in a pleasant environment is strong.

RL
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the friendly ‘family’ feel, service and good also amazing.

CR
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always go to Ciullosteria when in in South London. The food is always great and service is friendly and cheerful. See you again next time.

JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ciullo's never disappoints! Thank you again for delicious food, kind service and a great evening!

PL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and delicious food - would definitely come back again.

MW
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely find this family run restaurant. Extensive menu, great food and ambience. Will certainly eat there again.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Main course pasta was good for us both. Starters (calamari and deep fried mozzarella) were too greasy. Wine a bit on the expensive side. Overall good.

OT
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite as always!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my partner come back here again and again. Lovely service, lovely food.

Thank you

KV
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been here a couple of times and the food is absolutely fantastic. Fresh ingredients delicately cooked and beautifully served.

a
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous neighbourhood restaurant with wonderful staff. Great for families.

J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place - great food & service - couldn’t ask for any more!

O
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been many times to this gem of a restaurant in Balham. Excellent food and service.
Orlando

AE
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and great service. A lovely family run Italian!

ND
London
13 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice, authentic, family run Italian restaurant. Lovely food at reasonable prices and great service. Will definitely return.

MV
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Essere a Londra e non andare da Ciullosteria sarebbe stato un peccato mortale. La pizza e' fantastica con una pasta lievitata, leggera, saporita. I piatti sono sempre curati, generosi nelle porzioni. Io vado matto per le capesante al parmigiano, ma anche il tonno superlativo. Insomma si trovano autentici sapori italiani in una cucina attenta alla qualita' delle materie prime e degli ingredienti. Un posto dove tornero' sicuramente molte altre volte!

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C
Yorkshire
19 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit to this restaurant and would return often if we lived locally. The menu was exciting and food was very tasty. The service was attentive and the atmosphere very friendly.

T
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and attentive staff for a Saturday date night meal!

HB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time that I have eaten here and did not disappoint again.
This is a traditional family Italian restaurant and the menu has some old favourites for back in the day.
We went Saturday night and the place was packed, however food and service remained excellent.
Definitely will return sooner rather than later.

C
London
22 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good local Italian restaurant with a good variety of options.

MT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food and great friendly service where the meals are served promptly

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