Ciullõsteria

4.7
614 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
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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Area
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine
What 614 People Are Saying
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AP
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
111 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
61 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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E
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place we ever been in London always our first choice of me and my miss

A presto ragazzi 😊😊

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CS
London
29 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good at this neighbourhood delight - it remains a firm favourite with the whole family.

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NY
London
61 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I pretty much write a review every month. Ciullõsteria is my family's go-to restaurant for everything. I never tire of anything about this place. I could probably eat here every day.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner, food was excellent and really liked the service and family feel of the restaurant. It was pretty much full but service was friendly and attentive, and no delays with the food.

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NR
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really authentic italian with friendly servers and tasty food. Portion sizes were great, pasta was fresh and the pizzas were delicious!

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AF
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and great value and the service even better - made my birthday for special!!

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AD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and staff, would recommend to my friends as a neighbourhood gem!

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A
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday dinner and we were really pleased by the quick and attentive service provided by the staff. As we like to keep our Birthdays low-key we didn't alert the staff, but it was fun to see another Birthday girl get a desert with sparklers and Birthday music being played. The food was great, and very authentic. Reminded us of food we have had before in Italy. Not an anglicised Italian at all. We will definitely come again and recommend it to our friends.

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NY
London
61 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite local restaurant. The food and service is always perfect.

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a
London
43 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

You can never get it wrong at Ciullosteria! Food is great and staff extremely friendly. Feel like home all time I go

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CC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary, it was delightful. Great food delicious wines and wonderful atmosphere. The kindest staff we will definitely go again and again.

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BD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was authentic, service friendly and atmosphere quiet. Lovely would definately recommend.

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really beautiful food and great service can't believe this place has been on my door step and I've only just tried it. Definitely recommend.

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NL
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great ambience. A really good, authentic Italian!

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LR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never fails! The food is incredible, great portion sizes, super tasty and all of the staff as very attentive and friendly. Best restaurant in Balham.

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GQ
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always such delicious food! The pasta is amazing, and prawns always so fresh!

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t
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very poor quality food. Would strongly advise not to go here

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