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

((()* Italian
  • Osteria - London
  • Osteria - London
  • Osteria - London
  • Osteria - London
  • Osteria - London
  • Osteria - London
  • Osteria - London
  • Osteria - London
  • Osteria - London
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:00 & 16:30 - 22:00.

We enjoyed our three-course pre-theatre dinner. The restaurant was comfortable, the atmosphere relaxed and the service excellent.

Anne 21 May 2018
from Maidenhead,

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A sophisticated spot for cocktails, lunch or dinner near The Barbican, Osteria is a modern Italian restaurant in London brought to you by Searcys. Enjoy fabulous views of the Barbican’s iconic lakeside and fountains from inside the landmark Barbican Centre.

The Osteria menu features bold, ingredient-focused Italian dishes served in a bistronomy style, with a focus on Italian produce and seasonality. 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

3.7 ((()* (based on 445 reviews)
76% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (260)
  • views (162)
  • lunch (144)
  • value (66)
  • business (63)
  • romantic (52)
  • private dining (51)
  • luxury (25)
  • entertainment (19)
  • trendy (18)
  • large parties (16)
  • afternoon tea (14)
  • child friendly (7)
  • al fresco (5)
  • breakfast (4)
  • (**** 13 June 2018 by Stuart from London

    Great menu, good value, excellent location but oh, such slow service, especially when I had a show starting at 7.30. I was finally served my main course 20 minutes before showtime after two requests and had to gulp my food down. Such a shame.

  • (**** 6 June 2018 by David from Banbury

    I dined here 12 months ago. That was good. This recent experience was very bad! Besides being FORCED to order off the pre theatre menu, the food from the kitchen was good. The service and the people working were very mechanical. No warmth. Just push the people through! We arrived before 6pm. Just after 6.30 we had completed our forst and main course. Menus presented for desert.Nobody bothered to EVEN ask if we wanted pudding for OVER 30 minutes. At 7.10 we requested to bill. These are not nice people working here.

  • (**** 6 June 2018 by Adam from London

    Where do I start? I had visited the restaurant before, and previous experiences were good, if not great. I had booked a table for 5 and asked for the à la carte menu when given the option to choose between that and the pre-theatre menu. Two of my guest arrived before me, and were taken to a table for 3. They explained that the booking was for 5, and were moved to a table for 5 before I arrived. We were given the pre-theatre menu, without being offered the à la carte which had been requested. We drank a bottle of prosecco while waiting for my remaining two guests. They were late, but there was still an hour and a half available to eat. The head waiter made a very good recommendation of white wine. Our orders were eventually taken, and the starters arrived after some delay, but were good. However, it proved virtually impossible to attract the attention of waiting staff to get more bread, water, etc. There was another, longer, delay before our main courses arrived, with the exception of mine. I tried to attract waling staff's attention, with little success: one waitress saw that there was nothing in front of me, looked horrified and rushed off - away from the kitchen. I eventually grabbed the head waiter (more than ten minutes had now passed), who delivered my seafood linguine. These had obviously been sitting under heating lights for all this time, and were therefore dried out and horribly overcooked. The waiter did offer to replace the dish, but since there were now fewer than 20 minutes until the performance began, there was little point. I ate the inedible. There was no time for coffee or dessert - we had to come back to enjoy these, but were made to pay for our first and main courses (admittedly, less the cost of my inedible main course) before we left. My guest enjoyed their food, and said it was good. However, my memory of the occasion was damaged irretrievably. Fawlty Towers in the flesh. I'm afraid I won't return.

  • ((((( 21 May 2018 by Pat from Lechlade

    We arrived slightly early for our table, were seated promptly and well looked after by Thomas, who ensured our every need was meet. The food was delicious. Thank you to all staff at Osteria, we will return!

  • ((((* 21 May 2018 by Anne from Maidenhead,

    We enjoyed our three-course pre-theatre dinner. The restaurant was comfortable, the atmosphere relaxed and the service excellent.

  • ((((( 20 May 2018 by Andrew from Shipdham

    Food and service were excellent

  • ((((* 6 May 2018 by Cynthia from london

    Our pre concert diner was delicious . Menu suited all ages from 7 to 70 ! Main course took a bit long to come ... leaving the dessert rushed . I know it's a busy time but that happens every night I presume so you should be able to cope .
    Friendly helpful service ..... in spite of delay .

  • ((((* 4 May 2018 by JennyM from London

    A very relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant was quiet at lunchtime and we were not hurried. There was a good choice on the set menu and portion sizes were generous. Service was patchy. We seemed to have about three different servers. They did jitcwritecdien the orders then came back to check, out the wrong dishes in front of each person and side dishes cane far too late. Nice food, good location and good value. Also nice and interesting toilets!

  • ((*** 20 April 2018 by J from London

    The restaurant only offered a pre-theatre menu as it was between the hours of 5 and 7, at which time they are apparently too busy to serve the entire menu. There were during the entire time we were there a maximum of 3 tables (much less than 10% of capacity) occupied with diners. I'm not suggesting it doesn't get busier on other days than the Tuesday we were there, but there was definitely no reason to restrict our choice that day. The food served was rather poor and very small portions. The gnocchi starter we had was very plain and boring, with a slightly acidic tomato sauce and gnocchi that seemed shop-bought in texture. The main courses were slightly better in quality although certainly not flawless (they wouldn't call it restaurant quality if you served that on Master Chef), and they really can't be had without an expensive side as there was hardly anything there.The restaurant itself seemed to have an issue with the heating as it was very hot inside and many of the windows were wide open to cool it down a bit. That shouldn't be necessary when it's 10 degrees or less outside.

  • (**** 9 April 2018 by David from Meltham West Yorkshire

    Very disappointed. The bar was a pleasant area to have a pre-meal drink but when we went to our table booked for 16:45 on April 5th our party of three were refused the a la carte menu and had to choose from the pre-theatre limited selection. We sat down at the table at precisely 17:00. Two of our group chose the chicken dish which was tough and overdone, especially the vegetables that looked and tasted as though they had been pan roasted for the afternoon. Fortunately, I ordered a side order of zuccini friti which was beautifully prepared - the only dish I enjoyed. With hindsight I should have complained, but I was hosting a special guest and did not wish to cause a scene.

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