Ciullõsteria

4.7
631 reviews
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Italian
Top tags:
  • 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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TD
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
2 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
39 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
1 review
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
61 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
40 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
122 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
1 review
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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SK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a double date here and everything about this restaurant was great! Food was lovely, service was so great and you can tell this family-run restaurant has loyal customers who keep coming back. Definitely my new fav restaurant in London. Never change!!

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JB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to this restaurant many times, the food has always been incredible. Very relaxed and unpretentious vibe, great service, reasonable prices. My mother left her mobile phone and when I called the next day the manager had kept hold of it and returned it to me.

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LY
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local restaurant. Friendly staff. Nice décor. Lovely, well presented food with a great choice of desserts.

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GK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the best local Italian in London. The food is always delicious and the service is exceptional. Fantastic family run feel about the place and lovely ambience too.

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ZA
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food lovely staff. Definitely will be back one day

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, excellent service, warm atmosphere - good old fashioned fun. We will most definitely be back. Just wish we'd found the place sooner !

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CS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly the best Italian restaurant in Balham!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Throughly enjoyed myself here on a Saturday evening. Even though the restaurant is on the smaller side, it never felt cramped. There is a good selection of food and after recently coming back from Gozo, didn't feel out of place from any of the food I experienced there.

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NY
London
62 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We take everyone who visits to Ciullõsteria. My cousin, a foodie, nearly cried with joy after tasting the black truffle pasta, I can't blame her, it's magnificent. As usual, the staff were helpful and friendly and lovely.

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing restaurant. It has tremendous style and the food is the best Italian we have ever had. We come as often as we can, but if we lived locally we'd be regulars that's for sure. The staff are wonderful, warm, welcoming, friendly and attentive.

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GL
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service overall great experience!

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KW
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favourite Italian restaurant in London! Didn’t expect it to be so busy on a Thursday but goes to show how great the food is

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect little family run Italian. Great food and service at very reasonable prices. Highly recommended.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. One of the best Italians. Menu was great. Authentic. Great service. Ambiance is very cute. Also good prices. Highly recommend

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Really tasteful enjoying Italian food at this local Balham restaurant. Good portions

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