Ciullõsteria

4.8
955 reviews
£25 and under
Italian
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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Lloyd
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, lovely people. A special little restaurant See you again soon!

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Thomas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a casual dinner. Dairy free options available.

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vipNicAN
London
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a good meal, however overpriced and scampi with garlic as starter were over cooked. Best dishes were mussels as stater, fried calamari in the mixed fried fish and tiramisu. Seafood pasta was also good. Nice atmosphere

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Harrison
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Lovely food and staff. However I was a bit disappointed as when booking I chose the birthday occasion and there was no acknowledgement of that throughout the meal. I was a bit sad to come away without that little something special for my boyfriend on his 25th Birthday. Something to consider if you're also booking for a special occasion.

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KatieD
Lancashire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal - food and service always brilliant. Thank you!

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bunnyd
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

super food was always incredible so elegant and service was fantastic

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SilviaH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always

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TomB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, delicious truffle pasta and the house white was delicious and the perfect temperature. Perfect for the midweek bite that we were after - and we've also enjoyed more lavish nights out there in the past. A Balham highlight!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the service was very attentive and very courteous

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant all round! Will be back

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MikeB
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and staff very welcoming. If anything there was too much food in some of the starters but we couldn't leave any as it was so tasty. No room for desserts unfortunately. Maybe next time. Would thoroughly recommend.

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PaulG
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first visit here.
All the staff were very welcoming and helpful.
We both really enjoyed our meals and there was a good choice of wine

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AlexanderS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best Italian in SW London. The food is simple, unpretentious, generous and absolutely delicious - the way Italian food should be.

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Helen
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a lovely atmosphere. This place is a local gem.

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Gemma
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! What a great find! Food was great, atmosphere was great, we had a lovely time! The owner (and chef) and staff were all lovely as were the regulars! Will be back soon :)

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ZoeC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic evening, the food was delicious with large portions. The service was impeccable and staff friendly and engaging. Would 100% recommend and will be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is truly delicious with a great menu. The portions are a great size, worthy of every penny. The service was perfectly timed and everyone was friendly. Would recommend to anyone who loves Italian food!

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SAP2
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great authentic family run restaurant with great ambience. It was a Tuesday and very busy. I had the meat platter for starters which was amazing and a pasta alla marinara dish for the main meal which was disappointingly very very salty, I drank about a litre of water whilst I was in the restaurant, otherwise we had a lovely evening

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Delasoul
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a birthday meal here, and the food and the service was excellent. They really did pull out the stops. Good quality, flavoursome food is what you will get from this restaurant along with exceptional service

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TimW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed this. Would never have gone to Balham to eat except my daughter has recently moved nearby, she’d never been here either. Food was excellent and atmosphere really nice, good service and the bill at the end a very pleasant surprise. I expect we will eat here again (bit of a trek from Norfolk to go just because of a restaurant) but I’m sure she will.

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LucyH
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been multiple times and the food and service was impeccable as always! Would highly recommend!!!

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Sonk70
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, so well seasoned, fresh made pasta, some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had. The waiting staff was friendly, happy to help with advice on what to order. Excellent wine selection too. Would 100% recommend.

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RyanA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy birthday dinner

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DianaS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fantastic and authentic. Service impeccable.

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ShonamK
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and service, my favourite Italian in south west London.

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Suziescotland
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and great service

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Nico
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely authentic restaurant.
Excellent service and friendly staff.
A little gem of a place in Balham

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Beee
London
47 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

This is a pleasant neighbourhood restaurant, but I have enjoyed better tasting Italian food elsewhere. The tables are also too close together and it felt like we were in a party of six instead of two.

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PedroS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, the quality of the food, the service, the wine, we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent family run restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good value, good local Italian to have

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MaggiB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Charming and friendly service. food delicious .. especially the baked sea bass … perfectly cooked and very fresh. Highly recommended.

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RoisinD
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italians in London full stop! Classic, authentic and everything you would want from an Italian meal.

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HaroldP
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food
Good wine
Good service
Everything one expects in good restaurant
Strongly recommended

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Martina
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful family restaurant. Food was delicious and owner was very funny. Definitely will be back.

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vipPari
London
158 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great portions at excellent value. And absolutely delicious! Waem service...you can feel that it's family owned abd they care. No wonder it's so popular! The best Italian I've had.

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Dani
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff are very sweet, the food is real Italian food. Pasta made by hand.
What more could u ask for

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal here. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. Highly recommend.

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vipBryobry
London
14 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife’s birthday

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ciullosteria and have been regulars there for some time now. The food is always excellent. My 21 year old daughter thinks the pizzas are the best she has ever had. Definitely our favourite restaurant.

FAQs

Ciullõsteria does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Ciullõsteria also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8675 3072.

Ciullõsteria is rated 4.8 stars by 955 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.