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For 2
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Time
10:00 PM

Ciullõsteria

4.7
528 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date (56)
  • Neighbourhood Gem (49)
  • Authentic (46)
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.
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine
What 528 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
value
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JaneM (London)
4.0  Dined 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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MonicaM (London)
5.0  Dined 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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JuliaF (Dorset)
4.0  Dined 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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reecey8 (London)
5.0  Dined on 3 February 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 2 February 2018

Very friendly as always.

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NYCinLON (London)
5.0  Dined 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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Berty (London)
5.0  Dined 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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AilsaH (London)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 25 January 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined 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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InVinoVeritas (London)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined 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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vipFoodie (London)
4.0  Dined on 12 January 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined 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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AlexandraClaudia (London)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on 6 January 2018

The starter and main was good, the services were nice too, it was very friendly and cozy place. I've ordered Affogato for dessert but it was a little disappointing. I think the coffee had also a bit of alcohol, which ruined the taste I expected from Affogato. Overall though, it was a good dineout.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 5 January 2018

excellent food as usual.

Lively place which is fun

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 2 January 2018

One of my favourite restaurants to eat in. Staff are amazing and generous and attentitive. Food is great quality and ingredients and very gernerous portiin sizes. Always have an amazing experience when i go!

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OpenTable Diner (Bedfordshire)
5.0  Dined on 30 December 2017

A really lovely small traditional Italian making delicious dishes

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Louise (London)
5.0  Dined on 30 December 2017

Lovely food, independent and great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend and we are quite particular!! :)

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 28 December 2017

Nice food, good atmosphere and attentive staff
Always an enjoyable meal

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 24 December 2017

Excellent food, and good attentive service. Look forward to next visit

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on 23 December 2017

I always enjoy eating here. The staff are really friendly and the food is gorgeous. It’s always my first choice for a celebration meal.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 21 December 2017

Fantastic restaurant serving deliciously authentic Italian cuisine! The service and value was first class, would definitely recommend!

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SarahT (London)
4.0  Dined on 18 December 2017

Great food and a friendly service. Will definitely come back!

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vipCP1969 (London)
4.0  Dined on 5 December 2017

If you are looking for a traditional Italian this is a brilliant choice in my opinion. The menu is extensive and the food has the feeling of home cooking which is wonderful. I had the fillet steak with gorgonzola. It was met in the mouth. The staff are also very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on 4 December 2017

All good. Would go again . Man size dishes, I approve .

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vipap22 (London)
5.0  Dined on 2 December 2017

this time around went to Ciullosteria for an early dinner with kids.
Not only the staff accommodated all possible requests from kids (and me) but also was fully aware we could not stay too long and service was super quick without compromising quality of the food. My number 1 local Italian by far in Balham

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