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About Ciullõsteria

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.

31 Balham High Road
Balham
London, SW12 9AL
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 5pm - 11:30pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm and 5:30pm - 11:30pm
Sunday: 12pm - 10:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
£25 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 8675 3072

Website:
http://www.ciullosteria.com/

Parking Details:
Parking outside the restaurant after 7pm.

Public Transport:
5 minutes walking distance from Balham station.

Private Party Facilities:
50 people for private parties.

Private Party Contact:
Giuseppe Calcagno: 020 8675 3072

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine

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Ciullõsteria Ratings and Reviews

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Overall rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.7

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (48)
Neighbourhood Gem (48)
Good for a Date (42)
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Good for Birthdays (37)
Special Occasions (34)
Cosy (33)
Casual (32)
Comfort Food (30)
Romance (28)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Group Bookings (20)
Fun (19)
Child Friendly (16)
Lunch (15)
Notable Wine List (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Outstanding Value (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Great Beer (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Business Meals (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Brunch (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Outdoor Eating (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (London)·Dined 3 days ago

Always the best for food, service and atmosphere. We're going back at least once on December

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined 7 days ago

Great staff and great food as usual!a hidden gem!

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·Dined on 29 October 2017

Great food which has become better over the 12 years that we have been coming here, the music and lighting is on point and the waiter who Oliviero is such an amazing person, so warm and attentive.
The wine and desserts are to simply die for!!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Gloucestershire)·Dined on 25 October 2017

Ciullosteria never disappoints, as always the food and service were great. It's a great place for catching up with a friend or going for date night. The food was so tasty and very good value.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food
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food5
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·Dined on 15 October 2017

A great find in Balham and definitely one I will be frequenting again and again. Everything we ordered was a delight to eat and the staff were attentive and helpful.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Great service, food and atmosphere. We would definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Always lives up to expectation on every point. Can't wait until our next visit

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Casual, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 6 October 2017

Best restaurant in Balham - lovely people who run it. Great staff, great food. Perfect local!

Tags: Cozy
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service3
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 (London)·Dined on 1 October 2017

One of the best local restaurants in the area. The fact that it has been around so long is testimony to the quality of the food and staff.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 30 September 2017

The food was delicious and good value for money. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 26 September 2017

A lovely family run restaurant. Incredibly friendly staff, delicious food that was not over-priced at all. Really loved it and will be sure to visit again!

Tags: Quick Bite, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fun, Casual, Cozy
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 (London)·Dined on 26 September 2017

Always excellent best Italian in London and the most perfect hosts!! :)

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 (London)·Dined on 15 September 2017

I've been here many times and am never disappointed. The food is absolutely delicious, the prices for food and wine very reasonable and a really nice selection of wines! The service is lovely, friendly and funny. Very lucky to have this in Balham!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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food5
ambience4
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 (London)·Dined on 6 September 2017

Really nice food, feels like you are in Italy :) I would come again

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·Dined on 27 August 2017

Delicious food and lovely atmosphere! I had the seafood special pasta and it was amazing, I would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 27 August 2017

Amazing as always. Never fails to live up to its great reputation, food and service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fun
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food4
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 (Oxford)·Dined on 26 August 2017

Lovely small restaurant in balham
Food lovely and staff really nice
Bloody good value as well!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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·Dined on 25 August 2017

I love this place! Great service and incredible food!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic
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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on 25 August 2017

As always the best place to go in South London
The food and the staff are excellent

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Casual, Seasonal, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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·Dined on 18 August 2017

Best Italian in london! I love coming here: the food is great, the wine is good and the service terrific. Proper Italian food at its best.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on 14 August 2017

Wow - what lovely service. The food was outstanding and the whole experience was very special. My son arranged for a birthday cake for me - they played Happy Birthday and presented me with a lovely cake with candle. They were very helpful with portion sizes for the children and making sure we had enough. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 12 August 2017

I am never disappointed when I dine here. The staff are welcoming and attentive. The food is tasty and well presented. They are very good at accommodating people with allergies.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 4 August 2017

We have been coming here for years for family events or just a meal out. Restaurants come and go in Balham but Ciullo is always popular because it does everything right and the welcome could not be friendlier. Unreservedly recommended!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on 25 July 2017

Always a wonderful experience with excellent hosts!

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food4
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 (London)·Dined on 24 July 2017

Excellent as always. What a local Italian should always be but so seldom is.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 14 July 2017

I've reviewed this fantastic restaurant, my favourite in London many times. It was outstanding as always. The couple who joined us for their first time there, agreed.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Casual, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 14 July 2017

Our favourite local in Balham. Never disappoints! Food is great and staff super friendly!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 6 July 2017

Went for the first time recently and loved it! Can't wait to go back.

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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 1 July 2017

Our local Italian of choice, a big thanks to all the team.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 29 June 2017

Our first time to this great little local in Balham - should have visited long ago. Authentic and delicious Italian food - wide choice and all delicious. Will be back again soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 26 June 2017

Seriously delicious authentic cuisine. Great efficient friendly service on a packed out Monday night. When 2 extras dropped in at the end of our meal they were given a sharing platter of food even though the kitchen was closed. Loved it!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on 23 June 2017

We had a really enjoyable meal at Ciullõsteria for our Friday night date. Glasses of Prosecco and strawberries on arrival, a flavoursome classic Italian dinner and a very memorable bottle of Barolo. All with friendly service and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Great local place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 20 June 2017

Great ambience and service. Food and wine were great, would highly recommend.

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 (London)·Dined on 18 June 2017

Excellent food as usual. A varied menu to accommodate all appetite requirements

A neighbourhood gem

Very good atmosphere and value

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 13 June 2017

We really need to use this venue more, instead of once a year, as the food is real Italian, good value wine, excellent fish specials. Only downside is that it gets full (do book!) and tables are close so noise in this small place does become almost unbearable. Management could add some drapes on curtain poles around the large mirrors to make conversation possible. Not good for romance or those with hearing aids... but do try it

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 (London)·Dined on 10 June 2017

This restaurant has such a lovely family-run atmosphere. The food is amazing!! One of my favourite restaurants.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 9 June 2017

We go so often, that I'm running out of new ways to praise the restaurant. I think the fact that I'm there nearly twice a month must say something. The food is always amazing and the staff always welcoming and friendly.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Nottingham)·Dined on 8 June 2017

Great cosy italian, perfect for catching up with friends!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on 7 June 2017

This is an excellent choice of restaurant for any occasion I would recommend it to anyone

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 (Bedfordshire)·Dined on 27 May 2017

Amazing really!

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