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Ciullõsteria

4.7
551 reviews
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£25 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 5pm - 11:30pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm and 5:30pm - 11:30pm
Sunday: 12pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
020 8675 3072
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Private Party Facilities
50 people for private parties.
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Private Party Contact
Giuseppe Calcagno: 020 8675 3072
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Parking Details
Parking outside the restaurant after 7pm.
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Public Transit
5 minutes walking distance from Balham station.
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine
What 551 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
value
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely excellent service and food of the highest standard. Generous portions, beautiful flavours, and the loveliest possible staff.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

My monthly review. At this point, I probably won't ever move house because I can't imagine life without Ciullõsteria a three-minute walk from home.

Everything is amazing, the food is mind-boggling good. The staff is beyond friendly and fun. (My daughter and one waiter came up with a special handshake).

P.S. the pannacotta is the best you'll ever taste.

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5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

The food never fails to disappoint - the pizza base bread at the beginning is a lovely touch - Awesome as ever - thanks Giuseppe and team!

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Absolutely delicious and authentic Italian food with staff that are passionate and very hospitable. My father had a great birthday as a direct result of the food and service at this restaurant. This is one of those restaurants you have to keep coming back to until you've worked your way through the menu.

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Such a wonderful find! Great service, and great food. Perfect local Italian

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

As always a fantastic evening of great food and service. So grateful we found this please and will always and happily travel far to visit! Very worthwhile and you will not be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Unpretentious and authentic. A great local Italian. We'll be back!

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4.0Dined on 26 April 2018

Have been there on numerous occasions and always received a warm welcome. Food is delicious. I usually never have desserts but can’t resist at Ciullosteri.

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5.0Dined on 24 April 2018

We had a wonderful authentic Italian food, it was like being in Rome with generous Italian service, attentive enough not to intrude, but good interaction when wanted. Definitely will return on a regular basis.

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5.0Dined on 17 April 2018

Another fantastic evening at Ciullosteria. Delicious food, wine and we were looked after so well. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Our local italian of choice, as usual very good. Thanks to all

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

We always have a fabulous meal and never disappointed. Has a lovely family run feel of the place and intimate atmosphere; service and food wonderful - nothing is ever too much.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Amazing food and great service!!

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

A delicious meal as always. This is a favourite local restaurant and we are lucky to have it so near! Well done Giuseppe and team for all you do.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

This is our favourite local Italian because the staff are lovely and the food is great - especially the seafood!! If we ever fancy an Italian, Ciullos is our choice!

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Great authentic Italian food in a well organised family restaurant! Never lets us down

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4.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Good local family run Italian.. cosy and with charming service. Somewhat noisy when full but atmospheric. Nice food and large portions. Service was particularly welcoming and good.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Ciullo’s is a real authentic Neighbourhood Italian restaurant with all the classic Italian menu favourites with a great selection of seafood. Our kids loved the pizza and pasta selection while the adults were tucking into more classic dishes. Look out for the fried courgette in the vegetables.

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4.0Dined on 6 March 2018

When visiting London went to the restaurant following a recommendation from our daughter. We were made most welcome and had a very enjoyable and reasonably priced meal. Will definitely return when we next stay over in London.

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5.0Dined on 2 March 2018

Excellent food, homely Italian cooking that any Nonna would be proud of! Would feel at home in an Italian piazza.
It was our 9th Anniversary, and the staff made us feel welcome and special. They even suffered through my terrible Italian.
A truly excellent evening, I'm delighted to have found the restaurant and look forward to coming back often.
Thank you very much all!

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5.0Dined on 1 March 2018

My friend and I thought we'd try out this little restaurant last week and we loved it. I especially enjoyed the warm welcome and attentive service. But the food was what stood out the most. I had the crab and chilli and ginger tagoliolini and they don't scrimp on the portions - lots of crab and a very healthy sized serving of pasta /unhealthy if you subscribe to the school of thought that carbs are the devil... but, after this meal I wonder, how bad can hell really be?

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5.0Dined on 1 March 2018

Splendid dinner as always at this favourite place. I asked for a wine recommendation around £28 and the Sicilian PetraLava White was outstanding . The antipasti and tuna carpaccio were perfect and my crab tagliolini superb.
The staff are all lovely and friendly and quick . There is nothing but praise .

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4.0Dined on 25 February 2018

We enjoyed our meal here. The service was very personable, food was tasty so overall it was what we were after.

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4.0Dined on 15 February 2018

A local favourite. Wide and delicious food menu, good wine list, lovely staff, great atmosphere. use for many different occasions and people. Never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on 11 February 2018

I cannot recommend Ciuollosteria enough. It is a regular for Sunday lunch for my family. Some of the most delicious, authentic, italian food we have ever tasted. It’s great for kids, large groups or a romantic meal for two. Try it! You will never want to eat anywhere else again!

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4.0Dined on 10 February 2018

We were in Balham for a party and didn't know the area or the restaurant; we had booked online. It is a real gem - small and intimate, we were warmly welcomed, with attentive service and spotless table linen. Great music playing but not too loud and a good atmosphere. The food was authentic, home-cooked Italian cuisine - delicious! You definitely need to book at the weekend; excellent - thoroughly recommend it; we will be returning!

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5.0Dined on 3 February 2018

Highly recommend. Great food. Great service. Great ambiance. All round win!

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5.0Dined on 2 February 2018

Very friendly as always.

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5.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Our favourite place. Probably eat here once a month and have never been disappointed. The staff, the food, everything is just wonderful!

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5.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Good genuine Italian food and paste made on the premises, I can’t understand why I don’t go here more often. They are helpful, welcoming really nice people and I’ve never had any food I can fault. Wine list is better value for money than many places. Perhaps a bit noisy when full but that is fine if your not looking for intimate chat, unless you want close tables to hear too.

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5.0Dined on 25 January 2018

Great service and fantastic food. My mum forgot her scarf and staff went out of their way to return it.

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5.0Dined on 25 January 2018

As always, amazing food and service, best Italian in Balham.

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4.0Dined on 23 January 2018

We have just moved into Balham, and Ciullõsteria is the first restaurant we went in this neighborhood.

The service was outstanding and we felt very welcome. We went on a Tuesday night and the atmosphere was very peaceful. The food was really nice - I had a Pizza with Burrata - which was really tasty, and my partner had the Sea Bass, which was really good as well.

I highly recommend this lovely family place, which is perfect for a romantic dinner, family meal or friend reunion.

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2.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Fairly run of the mill Italian. Somewhat tasteless food (over chilled, prepared too far in advance) and the pizza dough was unchewable. We mentioned this and in fairness they deleted the cost of the pizza from the bill. BUT, this is an Italian restaurant and the pizza should be excellent.
Unfortunately I won't be returning.

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4.0Dined on 13 January 2018

Good food and the service was excellent.
A little more attention required to the washrooms which were not attended too for quite some time , as the Paper Towels were falling into the sink getting wet and the bins were overflowing in the ladies

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5.0Dined on 13 January 2018

What a local gem! First time here and I loved it, the food was amazing- the bread with goats cheese and red onion was insane (I could have had two!)
Portions are also very generous, safe to say we were very well fed.
All the staff were lovely, attentive and knowledgable. I can't wait to come back already.

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4.0Dined on 12 January 2018

Authentic and delicious. Very accommodating and attentive service. Booking is advised.

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5.0Dined on 11 January 2018

Excellent service and great Italian food. The staff were exemplary and made our meal all the Moreno enjoyable

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4.0Dined on 10 January 2018

Always a pleasure and sure to return. A relaxed yet upmarket local. Becoming regulars and enjoying each visit more and more. Excellent Limoncello!

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4.0Dined on 6 January 2018

Spent a lovely Saturday night at Ciullosteria. The food and service were wonderful. Will definitely be going back, and would certainly recommend to anyone else looking for a nice place to dine in Balham (or even worth the trip if you are travelling from elsewhere!)

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