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

((()* Italian
  •  - London
  •  - London
  •  - London
  •  - London
  •  - London
  •  - London

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Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 22:30

We enjoyed it - pleasant service. Menu choice a bit limited, but acceptable. Nice wine.

Keith 14 January 2018
from London

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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 398 reviews)
76% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (233)
  • views (145)
  • lunch (126)
  • value (59)
  • business (57)
  • romantic (50)
  • private dining (46)
  • luxury (23)
  • entertainment (18)
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  • large parties (14)
  • afternoon tea (12)
  • child friendly (7)
  • al fresco (5)
  • breakfast (4)
  • ((*** 19 January 2018 by SM from London

    It was just an ok experience. The bar seemed buzzy and fun and the service was good. However, the food was very so-so. Everything felt like it was pre-pared and straight out of the fridge. My husband had the beef tagliatelle and the sauce was basically like a weak stock - so watery. I als had tagliatelle but it was a little over cooked and again felt like it had come out of a microwave. The starters were ok but I had some carrots with my burrata which tasted like they had been pickled in a very medicinal tasting brine. We didn’t want to sample desert and only booked the place as we were seeing an exhibition in the Barbican. It was quite disappointing. The views are nice and the staff were very pleasant and professional. Shame about the food. Spent the entire meal wishing I’d gone elsewhere.

  • ((((* 14 January 2018 by Keith from London

    We enjoyed it - pleasant service. Menu choice a bit limited, but acceptable. Nice wine.

  • ((((( 13 January 2018 by Dr John Harrison from Lonndon

    Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambience, and excellent value

  • ((((* 13 January 2018 by Andrew Hunter from Hitchin

    Enjoyed meal. Pear starter dish very nice. Beef cheek main course rather plain and uninteresting. Nice wine. Atmosphere in restaurant good and whole meal not overpriced. Attentive staff and service.

  • ((((( 12 January 2018 by CW from London

    Good food and excellent service. Nice ambience. We had a window table overlooking the lake and St Giles, very atmospheric.

  • (**** 7 January 2018 by Mags Mccormick from Winchester

    No didn’t enjoy it
    Food main course arrived very badly presented but my husbands was acceptable
    Manager just said someone must have carried it wrong

  • ((*** 5 January 2018 by Peter Hill from London

    Overall I was quite disappointed, the pre theatre menu didn't have much variety, the braised beef dish wasn't good, the waiter didn't know the cheeses in the cheese selection. Overall quite underwhelmed

  • ((((* 4 January 2018 by Mike Humphrey from Spalding

    We had a very enjoyable visit to your restaurant. The meeting on arrival was welcoming and service from then on was what you would expect. The food was delicious and again what we would expect. Prices again what you would expect to pay at a Barbican restaurnt. Overall very impressed with one criticism. I do not agree with a surcharge at the rate charged. I found it to be extortinate. I always leave a tip for the staff and I would have been more than happy to do so at a % of my choice.

  • ((*** 3 January 2018 by Emma Taylor from London

    Service pretty poor, left waiting gor a long time for service, 3 of the dishes feom pre-theatre menu were not on offer.
    Several tables around us complained.
    Bar staff jumped on us the moment we walked in and didnt give a chance to read the pre drinks menu thrn talked over us and made us feel very uncomfortable.

  • ((((( 3 January 2018 by Jacqueline Mould from Bishops Stortford

    Stunning view of the lake, very friendly and efficient staff. Gorgeous food, especially tagliatelle.

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