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

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

Really lovely. Wonderful puntarelle salad especially. We had a selection of starters and all well presented with good flavours

Daphne Keen 24 November 2016
from London

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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 132 reviews)
84% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (85)
  • lunch (58)
  • views (54)
  • business (29)
  • romantic (26)
  • value (23)
  • private dining (20)
  • luxury (16)
  • entertainment (11)
  • trendy (11)
  • afternoon tea (7)
  • large parties (7)
  • child friendly (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • breakfast (1)
  • ((((( 3 December 2016 by Dr John Harrison from London

    Excellent in every respect

  • ((*** 2 December 2016 by William Phelan from London

    Excellent table. Good service. Food poor.

  • ((((* 1 December 2016 by Toshie Takata from Ormskirk

    Service was good, food was good quality though we thought it was slightly overpriced and vegetables had to be ordered separately. However, as a pre-theatre venue, maybe inevitable.

  • ((((( 1 December 2016 by Irene Harding from London

    Lovely meal before theatre. Food well presented and delicious. Our waitress was top class and really made our dining experience enjoyable. We were not impressed by our reception and think the young lady needs a customer awareness course. Even when she dealt with payment there was no effort to ask if all was ok. Needs more customer empathy.

  • ((*** 30 November 2016 by Renee Cammack from Newark-on-Trent

    My husband and I were not impressed by the food here. The Slow roasted lamb was obviously cooked earlier and then when ordered warmed up however both mine and my husbands meat was very cold in the middle. My husband and I are not inclined to complain when our food is delivered badly because we don't like to make a scene and be the centre of attention. I thank you for this opportunity however to express our disappointment that despite such lovely surroundings and seemingly perfect atmosphere the food delivered was less than appetising. We appreciate that we had skipped courses to get to the main course but we would have been willing to wait that little bit longer for this meal to have been delivered hot. The dessert delivered a small reprieve but by this time we were not impressed.

  • ((((* 28 November 2016 by Claire Cartwright from Reading

    Lovely location and comfortable dining environment. The food was lovely and the service was accommodating as we were going to see a play in an hour and half - so time was pressing.
    It would be good to come back when we could take advantage of all the courses.

  • ((((( 27 November 2016 by Tony Purdie from Newcastle upon Tyne

    Liked the location - we had a table by the window, overlooking the lake. Good restaurant layout - we felt there was plenty of space. Service was attentive. We enjoyed our meal, good ingredients and well-prepared. If you are going to an event in the Barbican, I suggest you book a time at least two hours before the start (we arrived at 5pm for a 7.30 start) as the restaurant fills up very quickly shortly after that time.

  • ((*** 24 November 2016 by Wayne Lipman from London

    Overall not a great experience. A starter of octopus which was like eating a piece of rubber. Now No apology and rudeness from the waiter when I complained. A main course served with different ingredients to those shown on the menu. Again no apology and and answer of "the chef changes ingredients", but no thought to tell the diner. A desert with icecream served with no cutlery and a waiter asking "would I like cutlery and would I like a knife". Really? It felt like an eooside of Faujty Towers. I thought I was already in the theatre watching a farce! An expedience not to be repeated!

  • ((*** 24 November 2016 by Rhona Pearson from London

    This is a convenient location for pre-theatre dining at the Barbican. Views over the fountains, and 2 minutes from the theatre. Having dined here in its previous guise of the Gin Joint, I was looking forward to a new experience with the heavily touted "Michelin starred " chef. Sadly the food was very average. We had the octopus which was rubbery and chewy, and the crab ravioli, which was extremely salty. The service was very patchy and slow, which is not what you want pre-theatre, with a deadline. We arrived in plenty of time, and we had to ask to be served aperitifs, food and wine. We had to ask twice for the wine. One of our party was late, and instead of suggesting we pre-order, they just let us sit there. When he arrived, and ordered the suckling pig, he was told that it would take too long- surely better to pre-warn us of that so we could have ordered for him? They were pushing the pasta dishes big time -easy for them, but what's the point of an interesting menu if the kitchen can't cope? The staff were friendly and doing their best, but totally understaffed for the pre-theatre rush. We had to wait to collect our coats as the poor waitress was also covering the cloakroom and running around totally rushed off her feet.

  • ((((( 24 November 2016 by Daphne Keen from London

    Really lovely. Wonderful puntarelle salad especially. We had a selection of starters and all well presented with good flavours

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