Ciullõsteria

4.7
702 reviews
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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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SF
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our favourite local Italian which always offers great quality at a good price. Never been disappointed.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We would recommend that you book a table at this small restaurant as it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to eat here. Excellent menu, great specials.

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NY
London
66 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our daughter's 10th birthday dinner. My family's favourite restaurant. Always fantastic.

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z
London
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again another fab meal at Ciullosteria, the starters were superb and the home made pasta delicious. The waiting staff are so friendly and attentive! 6th time here and we will be back again.

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HM
London
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was generally good with care taken in preparation and presentation. Outstanding Spaghetti Vongole we thought and tender lamb cutlets. Friendly service too. One caveat was the long wait for the main course. Pity, because the sense of authenticity in the Osteria with discerning local patrons in a pleasant environment is strong.

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RL
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the friendly ‘family’ feel, service and good also amazing.

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AR
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always go to Ciullosteria when in in South London. The food is always great and service is friendly and cheerful. See you again next time.

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JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ciullo's never disappoints! Thank you again for delicious food, kind service and a great evening!

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PL
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and delicious food - would definitely come back again.

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MW
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely find this family run restaurant. Extensive menu, great food and ambience. Will certainly eat there again.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Main course pasta was good for us both. Starters (calamari and deep fried mozzarella) were too greasy. Wine a bit on the expensive side. Overall good.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite as always!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my partner come back here again and again. Lovely service, lovely food.

Thank you

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KV
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been here a couple of times and the food is absolutely fantastic. Fresh ingredients delicately cooked and beautifully served.

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a
London
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous neighbourhood restaurant with wonderful staff. Great for families.

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J
London
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place - great food & service - couldn’t ask for any more!

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O
London
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been many times to this gem of a restaurant in Balham. Excellent food and service.
Orlando

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AE
London
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and great service. A lovely family run Italian!

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ND
London
13 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice, authentic, family run Italian restaurant. Lovely food at reasonable prices and great service. Will definitely return.

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MV
London
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Essere a Londra e non andare da Ciullosteria sarebbe stato un peccato mortale. La pizza e' fantastica con una pasta lievitata, leggera, saporita. I piatti sono sempre curati, generosi nelle porzioni. Io vado matto per le capesante al parmigiano, ma anche il tonno superlativo. Insomma si trovano autentici sapori italiani in una cucina attenta alla qualita' delle materie prime e degli ingredienti. Un posto dove tornero' sicuramente molte altre volte!

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C
Yorkshire
19 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit to this restaurant and would return often if we lived locally. The menu was exciting and food was very tasty. The service was attentive and the atmosphere very friendly.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and attentive staff for a Saturday date night meal!

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HB
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time that I have eaten here and did not disappoint again.
This is a traditional family Italian restaurant and the menu has some old favourites for back in the day.
We went Saturday night and the place was packed, however food and service remained excellent.
Definitely will return sooner rather than later.

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C
London
22 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good local Italian restaurant with a good variety of options.

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MT
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food and great friendly service where the meals are served promptly

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J
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A go to local Italian. Good value and welcoming. Highly recommended.

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SK
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have taken all my friends and family here. The food is always good, price is reasonable, service is really friendly, ambience is great, can't ask for anything more! Probably my fav italian restaurant in London!

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JE
London
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant was very good value . The food was good . It was not haute cuisine but it was nice ingredients cooked plainly and well . I had liver and sage which wasn't char grilled but was delicious and filling . It came with an assortment of vegetables : broccoli , carrots , beans and roast potatoes ( well it was Sunday lunch ) and these were just al dente . I was not overfaced by the main dish but I was when I finished the pudding _ meringue , ice cream and a couple of strawberries . Finished with coffee and complimentary Limoncello . Service was good and attentive and an all round OK experience . I'd go there again certainly .

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ciullio's has been a long standing restaurant of choice for very good Italian cooking. As always the food was top notch with service to match. Looking forward to the next visit.

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ML
London
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding family run Italian restaurant with wonderful cuisine. The ambiance is great and there is an impressive wine list. This is a favourite restaurant of mine (and I’m well experienced dining at Italian restaurants) . I don’t see how this place could be faulted.

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R
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a table for four on a quiet Sunday luchtime with only a few other tables occupied so we enjoyed personal and attentive service from the charming waitresses. The food was exceptional. My lobster tagliolini (with home made fresh egg pasta) was full-flavoured and very well seasoned. The pizza Napolitana (with extra chilli) , roast chicken and penne arrabiata ordered by my companions were all judged to be very good indeed. Four very clean plates remained after we finished eating our main courses! Starters - especially the parma ham-wrapped tiger prawns - and desserts - wonderful semi-freddo - were also of a really high standard and there is a good value wine list. Eating here is often a bustling and typically Italian experience so it was a nice change to eat when the restaurant was quiet. Highly recommend the experience.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our family go to place in Balham. The food is delicious, especially the pasta, and lovely ambience and very friendly staff!!

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WT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant in Balham. Service personal and attentive. Starters were excellent. Portions very generous. A little disappointed with the pasta dishes. Did not taste truly authentically Italian however overall a great experience. Really good value for money. The pizzas looked superb and will be my choice on the next visit

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GK
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best hidden secret in Balham. Wonderful food always and fantastic service/ ambience.

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CG
London
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ravioli are amazing, fabulous all around! I highly recommend

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite in Balham and they always look after my mum who
Is coeliac

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H
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Great food, wine and great staff. My children are always welcome. This is our favourite in Balham!

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f
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A friendly, lovely, family run restaurant, with a great atmosphere. The food is very good, and the service is efficient and informed.

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great atmosphere, great value. Top local Italian restaurant.

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FF
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

An excellent dinner well up to the high standard we have come to expect from this never-fail neighbourhood Italian restaurant .Nothing fancy - just classic Italian food beautifully presented.Wonderfully fresh ingredients and very generous portions! We love it!

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