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Level 2, Barbican Centre, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS

((((* Italian
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 22:30

Had a very nice pre-concert evening meal here which arrived promptly. Wine was good. Staff were pleasant and friendly. Love the view over the Barbican water feature.

Frances Wetherell 18 March 2017
from Cambridge

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Showcasing Italian cuisine from multi-award-winning chef Anthony Demetre, Osteria presents a regularly changing menu of seasonal, regional produce. Look out over Barbican’s iconic lakeside and fountains whilst sipping on classic Italian cocktails and new generation wines.

In the centre of the restaurant find an old meat slicer, and table dedicated to house-made charcuterie. From the Osteria menu, try starters like carpaccio of sea bream, clementine, fennel and chilli, white onion and bread Soup, and buratta with artichokes, carrots and hazelnuts. Elsewhere on the menu, discover homemade pasta dishes such as rigatoni with Sicilian sausage, and ricotta gnudi with endive and apple balsamic dressing. Signature mains include suckling pig with sage potatoes and slow-cooked beef polenta with roast onions, whilst classic desserts of polenta cake with orange marmalade, and zabaione complete the menu.

From the Osteria bar come classic Italian wines and cocktails. Try a traditional negroni or bellini, or sample the wine list which includes an impressive array of bottles from throughout Italy.

Find Osteria London a short walk from both Barbican and Moorgate Tube stations.


Level 2, Barbican Centre, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS

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Customer reviews for Osteria

3.8 ((((* (based on 205 reviews)
83% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (129)
  • views (81)
  • lunch (74)
  • business (39)
  • romantic (36)
  • value (32)
  • private dining (30)
  • luxury (18)
  • entertainment (14)
  • trendy (13)
  • large parties (10)
  • afternoon tea (9)
  • child friendly (3)
  • al fresco (2)
  • breakfast (2)
  • ((((* 20 March 2017 by Cl Mitchell from London

    Third time we've been. Staff unfailingly pleasant but every time there's been a hitch of some sort, but fair play they always deal with it well. I thought the starters were nondescript this time (salmon tartar and beetroot & goats' cheese) but my dining companions disagreed. Main course lamb shoulder was melt in the mouth beautiful - full marks. View overlooking the church and the water v nice and we also could see St Paul's. Great venue for pre concert dining.

  • ((((( 18 March 2017 by Frances Wetherell from Cambridge

    Had a very nice pre-concert evening meal here which arrived promptly. Wine was good. Staff were pleasant and friendly. Love the view over the Barbican water feature.

  • (((** 15 March 2017 by Auriol Ashworth from Barbican resident

    Very nice atmosphere and unintrusive service but the pumpkin tortellini was a bit pasty and bland.

  • (((** 10 March 2017 by XXX from London

    Food good but underwhelming: Shoulder of lamb was nicely cooked, but salad was just a bunch of romaine leaves with cut salami
    Service too slow: For a 2-course menu pre-theatre dinner, the process took 1 hour and 15 mins, too long
    Overpriced cocktails: While the cocktails on the menu were reasonably priced, an aperol spritz at £9.50 is on the expensive side

  • (**** 10 March 2017 by Linda Williams from London Borough of Islington

    sorry we didn't really enjoy our experience, one of our party had the Lamb which she enjoyed very much,two of us had the pasta which was ok, but dry and stodgy didn't seem to have any sauce with it.
    The restaurant wasn't busy so the staff seemed anxious on time and didn't seem to really want us there. We booked for 2pm but the rush seemed to be that we had to order before 2.15 as the kitchen closed.

  • ((((( 5 March 2017 by Pat Charvonia from London

    Our order was taken promptly and the food arrived quickly, without us being hurried. The food was of excellent quality and generous quantity, rustic rather than subtle . Slow cooked ox cheek was magnificent. Service was prompt and explanation was offered on the regional menu

  • ((*** 27 February 2017 by Daniel Davidsson from London

    The location (especially the view) is great and the food very tasty. I found the service to be a little over the top and the price to be expensive for what we got.

  • ((((( 25 February 2017 by Graham Lambert from London

    Excellent . Food was perfect in quantity and quality - with an outstandingly good wine.

  • ((((* 25 February 2017 by Kurt V from London

    Searcy's has firendly staff at lunchtime delivering a pleasant and efficient service. The Italian cuisine is light, well cooked, presented as nouvelle cuisine and deliciously aromatic. Portions, though, are too small. Good price-quality balance makes this a place you won't seek to avoid. Separate dining room very handy for business lunch/dinners. Restrooms are shared with the Barbican Centre, making them slightly smelly and in need of TLC.

  • ((((( 24 February 2017 by Minna Nathoo from London

    Excellent meal service ambience and the view from the table was amazing

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