Ciullõsteria

4.7
688 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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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Thank you

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a
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous neighbourhood restaurant with wonderful staff. Great for families.

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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
18 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.

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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!

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HB
London
4 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.

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

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

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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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J
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A go to local Italian. Good value and welcoming. Highly recommended.

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SK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have taken all my friends and family here. The food is always good, price is reasonable, service is really friendly, ambience is great, can't ask for anything more! Probably my fav italian restaurant in London!

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JE
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant was very good value . The food was good . It was not haute cuisine but it was nice ingredients cooked plainly and well . I had liver and sage which wasn't char grilled but was delicious and filling . It came with an assortment of vegetables : broccoli , carrots , beans and roast potatoes ( well it was Sunday lunch ) and these were just al dente . I was not overfaced by the main dish but I was when I finished the pudding _ meringue , ice cream and a couple of strawberries . Finished with coffee and complimentary Limoncello . Service was good and attentive and an all round OK experience . I'd go there again certainly .

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MR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ciullio's has been a long standing restaurant of choice for very good Italian cooking. As always the food was top notch with service to match. Looking forward to the next visit.

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ML
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding family run Italian restaurant with wonderful cuisine. The ambiance is great and there is an impressive wine list. This is a favourite restaurant of mine (and I’m well experienced dining at Italian restaurants) . I don’t see how this place could be faulted.

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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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MR
London
2 reviews
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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