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Osteria

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

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

We booked a pre-theatre menu. Had a lovely table, and the service was very quick and efficient. I had a cold tomato and basil soup, followed by pan- fried sea bram - both excellent.

Pat England 20 July 2017
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.

Osteria

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

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Customer reviews for Osteria

3.8 ((((* (based on 283 reviews)
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  • dinner (177)
  • views (105)
  • lunch (97)
  • value (46)
  • business (44)
  • romantic (42)
  • private dining (34)
  • luxury (19)
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  • al fresco (5)
  • child friendly (3)
  • breakfast (2)
  • ((((( 25 July 2017 by Chris from London

    Pre Theatre Dinner:
    Very prompt service, friendly waitress, delicious meal at a reasonable price

  • ((((( 25 July 2017 by Trish from Shropshire

    We enjoyed an excellent pre- theatre dinner at Osteria.
    The food was delicious, perfectly cooked and a good choice available.
    Service was excellent - courteous and friendly without being too formal.

  • ((*** 24 July 2017 by David Cropp from Martley Worcester

    Hmmm, mixed response from us. Didn't seem to have recognised it was for my wife's birthday, so no extra effort tablewise or anything. Needs to be far clearer that a la carte is not available between 5 and 7. Starters poor selection, saved by the fish mains (plaice and bream) both excellent, desserts poor, scrappy small portion of orange sorbet and a hard chocolate cake (? really). Prosecco fine, but glass of white wine with main flabby and dated - so, sorry, a disappointing experience, what a pity to have come such a way to get a rather sorry evening costing £100+. As it was a birthday I wasn't going down the complaints on the evening - thats not how a birthday is celebrated

  • (**** 21 July 2017 by Stephen Cahill from Barbican

    Well... it was very disappointing. 'Osteria' definitely needs to hire more staff as the three waiters & waitresses were well overworked yestersay lunchtime. My friend and I had to wait ages for our main to arrive - and that was after a miserly starter of pan fried mackerel which was about 6cm in diameter on a bed of unknown brown stuff and a few leaves of rocket. I actually had to ask the waitress - who was doing her best under the trying circumstances - where our main was and she did assure us 'it was on the way'. When it arrived - stuffed pork loin - it defintely didn't resemble the description. Pork loin is round with a stuffing - this was flat and I suspect I was served the wrong dish of veal. The roast potatoes I ordered had an identity crisis on the way to our table and turned into Zucchini, and half of the steamed spinach was cold. Oh dear oh dear... As our matinee performance was going to start at 1:30pm I didn;t send anything back because we know there would be another wait.

    The yoghurt & chocolate cake also had an identity crisis on the way to our table as the waiter tried to serve me strawberries and cream. I said it was wrong and quickly corrected it to the cake I ordered - which was actually delicious.

    We won't be coming back.
    Stephen P Cahill

  • ((((( 20 July 2017 by Pat England from London

    We booked a pre-theatre menu. Had a lovely table, and the service was very quick and efficient. I had a cold tomato and basil soup, followed by pan- fried sea bram - both excellent.

  • (**** 19 July 2017 by Christine Doubleday from London

    Very poor meal. Dry over cooked meat. They did recompense by reduction in the bill but that's not what we would have preferred

  • ((((* 19 July 2017 by Peter Savage from London

    Usual good food and friendly

  • ((((( 18 July 2017 by Christine Riley from London

    ambience excellent,a window table overlooking the lake and fountains. Pre theatre menu good choice and food excellent

  • ((*** 14 July 2017 by Derek Robbins from London

    For a pre-theatre meal, the service was very slow with long delays between courses. The salads were tired and did not always correspond with what was promised - e.g old spinach leaves instead of rocket. we did not have time for a dessert. Our half litre of white wine was tepid and there was no way of knowing whether it was actually the wine we ordered. I think we have been to the restaurant two times before and we thought it a great improvement over what had been in the location before. However, this visit was very disappointing and disproportionately expensive. The serving staff were extremely pleasant but it was clear that the kitchen was not coping.

  • (**** 14 July 2017 by Guy from London

    We expected to be offered the advertised theatre menu but were given a completely new one that didn't appeal as much. My bresaola of beef was utterly bland, quite overpowered by the rocket salad beneath. The same was true of my paillard of chicken, also served on a heap of rocket, and tasting like the sole of a boiled shoe. The alleged roast potatoes were merely boiled potatoes still in their skins which had been perhaps flash fried in a saucepan. A request for some mayonnaise was unsuccessful. My companion had fillet of pork with parma ham which at least had some flavour. We were brought bread but no butter.
    Loud thumping music was piped throughout the restaurant which was totally unsuited to the venue and the clientele, but which was turned down after two requests. We waited half an hour to be served our first course. This used to be a good Searcy's but has gone downhill.

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