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

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

We were late for a pre-concert booking but we were promptly served in good time. The pre-concert menu suited us fine and the food, served in sensible portions, was very tasty.

David huw Jones 14 January 2017
from Londn

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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

3.9 ((((* (based on 169 reviews)
85% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (110)
  • views (68)
  • lunch (66)
  • business (34)
  • romantic (30)
  • value (28)
  • private dining (25)
  • luxury (17)
  • entertainment (14)
  • trendy (12)
  • afternoon tea (7)
  • large parties (7)
  • child friendly (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • breakfast (1)
  • ((*** 17 January 2017 by Anne Marsden thomas from London

    Meat dishes were delicious but non-meat dishes were less interesting and not particularly flavoursome. Every dish was highly salted. No point in going there if you like potatoes as none were available, even as sides. Extremely expensive. Meat portions were good but fish and vegetarian dishes insubstantial. Dark lighting made reading the menu impossible without a torch and contributed to a gloomy atmosphere. Lack of music, however, was much appreciated. Service was ok.

  • ((((( 16 January 2017 by Edwina Brown from London

    By far the best restaurant that the Barbican has hosted at this site. Good food, pleasant and efficient staff and a well-priced pre-theatre dinner. All together, a good way to start the evening

  • ((((* 16 January 2017 by Louise from London

    Dinner was very enjoyable with good prompt service and delicious food, particularly the tortellini and the sea bass.

  • ((((* 15 January 2017 by Neil Cooper from Barbican Centre, London

    This is the latest incarnation of Searcy's restaurant on this site. After Searcy's, it was the Gin Joint and now Osteria. The new name is fitting: the food is authentically simple Italian cuisine. The wine is not local of course, but representative of most regions of Italy, and bearing in mind that much of its clientele are destined to sit through a concert, most wines can be purchased by the glass or half litre as well as by the bottle.

  • ((((( 15 January 2017 by Caterina Boselli vespignani from London

    Very attentive/polite service - food incredible - we loved the venue

  • (((** 15 January 2017 by Robert Engelbrecht from London

    Good quality, too poor quantity.

  • ((((( 14 January 2017 by Mary ann Arabadjis from London

    Very, very good. Good food, great ambiance; nice to be able to converse with one's companions without shouting.

  • ((((( 14 January 2017 by David huw Jones from Londn

    We were late for a pre-concert booking but we were promptly served in good time. The pre-concert menu suited us fine and the food, served in sensible portions, was very tasty.

  • ((((* 11 January 2017 by HLS from London

    Very pleasant meal with views overlooking the Barbican lake following an art preview. The service is efficient and the food packed with flavour.

  • ((((( 3 January 2017 by Cameron Ferguson from London

    Great food, great service!

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