Ciullõsteria

4.8
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764 reviews
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£25 and under
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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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4.7
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4.6
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CD
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely evening. Great food and great people.

JS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very friendly, authentic Italian restaurant. Portions large, food tasty - homemade tiramisu out of this world. Service is not included, so beware.

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place and it never disappoints. The food was delicious with very generous portions. It really was good value for money. The only gripe is that we would have preferred a different table. We didn’t raise this with the restaurant, so there is little room for complaint. We will return again very soon.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Some of the beat Italian I have ever eaten, really friendly staff and wonderful ambiance.

D
London
20 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Vraiment formidable. Un réel italien, rare!.
Service efficace, attentif, mais détendu.
Un patron discret mais très présent, totalement dédié à sa cuisine authentique. Bonheur chez lui!

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J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing service and food! Have been before and would go again without a doubt. Unfortunately, there was a big party with about 10 kids and 6 adults with all of the kids down one end of the table, which we were unfortunate enough to be sat right next to. They were very loud and kept bumping into my chair (which was uncomfortable as I’m 8 months pregnant) but that wasn’t really the restaurants fault - I imagined they struggled too. Once the party left, about half way through our meal, the atmosphere was perfect!

JP
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent food & service and a good atmosphere

MT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Usual excellent food served in a friendly and efficient manner

SB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

My husband and I have been going to Ciullõsteria for many years. Delicious food and wine...their pizzas are divine. Friendly and attentive staff. Lucky to have this place in our neighbourhood.

NY
London
69 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an absolutely fantastic New Year's Eve dinner and drinks at Ciullõsteria. The food, the staff, the drinks and the music was fantastic. Could not have asked for a better way to ring in the new year!

p
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been going there for years and never had a complaint yet,

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time at this restaurant and we really enjoyed the ambiance and service. When I asked to be moved due to feeling a draft, this wasn't an inconvenience. Nothing was too much. The food was delicious and plentiful; we enjoyed starters, mains and a dessert each. However, we couldn't finish our mains and asked for it to be packed for us to takeaway. The wine, Merlot 2009 made me shiver from the taste, a perfect accompaniment to our meal. The only disappointment is that we'd not found this lovely restaurant sooner. We'll definitely make more visits in 2020 and beyond.

MB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food, friendly and unfussy service, just like a local place in Italy. Simple, good food, fairly priced including the wine list. Good cocktails. Welcomed 2 year old and an autistic child with empathy and kindness.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Some of the most authentic Italian cuisine I have eaten in the UK. Simply delicious. Quick service and friendly atmosphere/staff – it ticks all the boxes.

B
London
17 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I always really enjoy the food here. Three of us enjoyed everything of six dishes and the lamb dish was both generous and succulent.
The place has a great atmosphere but when full the type and tone of the music needs to be adjusted to aid conversation ...

ML
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another wonderful experience at this exceptional restaurant

LD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food is always very good and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Still my favourite in Balham! Accommodate gluten free really well, food is always lush, wine is decent and the team there are the best!

JC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and lovely staff. My friend found her dish contained chillies which do not agree with her and the dish was replaced quickly with no fuss.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and Staff are awesome!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An absolute favourite in Balham. All the food is freshly prepared and high quality. No skimping on portions either. Highly recommended.

h
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic selection of wines at reasonable prices alongside excellent, fresh dishes. The Bruschetta is a must

MM
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and food are amazing! Being from an Italian family myself, I can appreciate how wonderful it really is.

PS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Ciullosteria in Balham is our favourite restaurant and we'll definitely be going back. It's a great place to bring friends. We've celebrated a number of birthdays there and the staff are always extremely friendly and hospitable.

PM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal, attentive service and great food!
Brought some friends to celebrate a birthday and they made it special.
Wish we were closer so we could come more often

BB
London
11 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure, and always returning. Cant speak too highly of Guiseppe's food and the friendly welcome. Great food and great value.

JE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely NEVER disappoints - Giuseppe and team are so welcoming

f
London
45 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It's great to have such a good independent restaurant on a local high street. I've visited 3 times now and the food is always very good and not just the standard options for the pasta sauces. The staff are always very friendly, helpful and attentive. I haven't been at the weekend so not sure if it becomes very busy but midweek there are always enough customers to give it ambience yet still be quiet.

G
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Authentic Italian cuisine. Large portions! Would return.

B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience4

We had a reservation here for dinner on a Friday night. The atmosphere was good, a small restaurant with Italian waiters. The tables were all quite close together as the space isn't big but that was fine. We were on the point of ordering our food and were told that we had to wait 10 minutes as there was a problem in the kitchen. Shortly afterwards we were then told that there was no gas so the we could not order anything that needed the hob or grill. This left us with the choice of pizza or a few of the specials that could be baked. We then ordered the few remaining possible options (none of which we had originally intended on ordering). The food was pretty good overall and the menu is well priced. We understood that the circumstances and lack of gas could not be helped but given that our evening there had not been as expected, and we had not had any of the food that we had wanted, we hoped that perhaps a discount or a voucher for a future visit might have been given. However, unfortunately not. We then explained our disappointment and we were reluctantly given a small proportion off the bill. It was a real shame that the evening ended like this and we left feeling annoyed, even though this could've easily been resolved if the matter had been handed in a more understanding manner. We understand that the gas issues could not be helped or resolved that evening but it felt like the matter could have been handled differently, other diners on a nearby table certainly felt the same too. We live locally so we had hoped that it would become one of our regulars but unfortunately we won't be rushing back anytime soon.

JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extremely pleased with our dinner here. Food was delicious (we both had tagliatelle al ragu followed by chocolate fondant cake for dessert). Great value as well. Will be coming back!

BH
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Excellent food and service. Best penne pasta I have had in a long time. As a veggie my options are limited, but this was exceptional. First time here but I will definitely be back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food

TT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My preferred italian restaurant in london. Lovely people and delicious food.

AG
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fabulous family run restaurant, wonderful food with something for everyone. the ambiance and service is second to none. ~Would highly recommend... but book early! they are very popular and rightly so.

RF
London
18 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Our food at Ciullosteria was as delicious as ever. The atmosphere in the restaurant has always felt cosy and friendly and our waiters were lovely and it was nice to have some chats with them. The restaurant can be a bit loud, but that often adds to the atmosphere, which is very relaxed. I think it's great value for money, and tastes like authentic Italian food.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite in Balham!

MT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food as always and friendly speedy service

SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My only negative comment would be that it gets really very warm in the restaurant! Otherwise the food was amazing, everything was absolutely fantastic.

GN
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous night the food and wine was spectacular