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5.2 /6 Excellent 134 Reviews

Osteria dell'Arte

Clapham Italian, Pizzeria £££ +100
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About Osteria dell'Arte

Right inbetween Clapham Junction and Clapham Common: Experience the true taste of Italy. Daniela and Franco invite you to their local, friendly, family run ’art’ restaurant – Osteria dell’Arte. Their restaurant on Clapham High Street has a wonderful, quirky setting surrounded by work from local artists, with exhibitions changing regularly. Open from 10 am to 5 pm for Italian brunch and from midday until 6 pm they have their special ’Assaggi’ menu, offering tasty Italian dishes.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 18:00 - 23:30
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 23:30
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 23:30
  • Thursday 11:00 - 23:30
  • Friday 11:00 - 23:30
  • Saturday 10:00 - 23:30
  • Sunday 10:00 - 23:30
Osteria dell'Arte, 126 Clapham High Street, SW47UH London

Further Information

Many restaurants claim to be true ’ristorantes’, claiming to deliver authentic Italian flavour and way of life. But it’s places like Osteria dell’Arte that keep it fresh and wonderful, being true to heritage and offering a wonderful and warm welcome so typical of the Mediterranean. With a great Brunch six days a week as well as a quick and succulent lunch, Osteria dell’Arte on Clapham High Street stays true to top-notch form and delights with the authentic flavours of the south.

Add to this an interesting and inspiring exhibition of various artists. Osteria dell’Arte carefully curates a host of local and international artists that spice up the atmosphere of the restaurant on Clapham High Street. A fine array of authentic Italian dishes and ingredients will have you come back to Osteria dell’Arte time and time again – and one thing’s for sure: each time keeps being better than the last time.


134 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 134 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: short
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
08.09.2017 10:28

I would highly recommend Osteria dell'Arte. It's a beautiful Italian restaurant in Clapham. The food was delicious, reasonably price and the service was exceptional. Perfect for any occasion really!

1 review so far 6
25.08.2017 18:13

Friendly staff who are able to describe the dishes accurately. We ordered the mussels as a starter and they were delicious then the diavolo pizza which was very good. Service unrushed and attentive. A lovely place to have lunch.

8 reviews so far 6
12.07.2017 13:47

This is without doubt my favourite restaurant in Clapham. The staff are always really friendly and there is a great atmosphere. Nothing is too much trouble. They have an extensive menu with a particularly good value lunch menu. The wine list is great too. Highly recommended!

1 review so far 6
26.06.2017 16:47

Delicious fresh or home made food (bread and pasta), very friendly service and a setting that makes you feeling at home. Award winning pizza chef.

1 review so far 4
05.09.2016 19:17

I've dined with my family at Osteria on 3 occasions in the last 2 years. The restaurant has a nice buzzy atmosphere, the food is generally good and it's usually very busy (which is a good sign). My sons typically go for the Pizza and rate them very highly (and they know what good pizza is like) On our last visit, it was ok but there were are a couple of small-ish things that I was not so happy about. They are not things that should put people off going but things the management should reflect upon. When I am paying £5 for 3 pieces of Bruschetta, I don't expect it to include tiny 2" long end-of-the-loaf pieces, nor (and this was the big one) do I expect some of the bread to have been burnt completely jet black. Mistakes happen, If you burn the bread, put it in the bin, not on my plate. I should have sent it back really. "You don't want to have the beef raviolli with that red wine sir, you should have the roasted beef instead". Really? What's wrong with beef raviolli and a decent red wine all of a sudden? It came across as upsellng (or we need to shift some of this beef this evening) and I didn't appreciate it. I knwo that they were busy but I still felt that the staff could have been a little more attentive (and better trained and informed in one case). i.e empty beer bottles should be collected more quickly (i.e. within 15 mins). Osteria also seem to follow the modus operandi of many restaurants whereby, once you have finished your meal, they just ignore you and attend to other customers. I had to actually go up to them to take my card payment as I had grown bored of waiting over 20 mins to pay the bill. Finally, after delivering my food, don't come over with a 2' long pepper grinder to ask if I want pepper on my food. How should I know if I want pepper, I haven't actually tasted the food yet. Are you concerned that the chef may not have seasoned the food correctly in the first place? (Just put condiments on the table and allow me to season my own food without all the ceremony).

1 review so far 6
18.05.2015 19:14

We were late for our table but the staff at Osteria dell'Arte kindly kept the table for us despite the fact that it was a busy evening. Every dish we had was delicious. The staff were very friendly and attentive. We weren't able to sample the wine as we were en route to do the Moonwalk. We'll be back and will check out the wine list then.

1 review so far 5
20.12.2014 17:08

A very welcoming restaurant. The table/waiting area layout and quirky decoration makes you feel secluded with some privacy which is difficult to achieve in a restaurant of this size. You don't get rushed in anyway which really adds to the evening. Fish dishes are delicous and the chef clearly enjoys presenting food well. If fried polenta is on the menu have it. The beef carpaccio with peccorino, truffle shavins, wild mushroom and dill was amazingly well balanced. You dont get bread/olives brought to the table unless you ask. Umbria wine at £25 was a fantastic choice too. Duck breast was well under cooked when ordered as medium, so worth asking the chef to make sure the middle is in fact cooked. You will recommend this place to everyone though, happy eating!

14 reviews so far 6
22.05.2016 07:53

We were given a table in the back area, which i didn't know existed before now. To be honest we were happy to be away from a large group of 40 in the main restaurant and our area soon filled up After we arrived. The waitress was very attentive, explained the specials and gave us recommendations. The food was really good, tasty and very reasonably priced. My only gripe was perhaps my pasta was a little too al dente, but it didn't spoil me enjoying it. A complimentary drink on the house was served with the bill, which is always a winner in my book. Definitely recommend.

1 review so far 6
14.02.2017 23:32

Really warm welcome in Italian of course! Menu was explained politely. I was in a bit of a rush but our lovely waitress sped things up and adapted set menu. Food was absolutely delicious and couldn't fault it. Only wish we had more time to absorb the wonderful environment and sample more. We will definitely be going back and very soon. I'm very picky about service and food so extremely happy to find this piece of Italian heaven *****

1 review so far 3
01.01.2016 12:39

Had dinner on NYE. The service was very slow as the restaurant was busy, had to wait 45 minutes for the starters, which was ok as he had time. The waiters were nice but some of them hardly spoke english. The tomato bruschette were not good as the tomatoes were bad (very hard and tasteless) and there was nothing else on the bruschette (no olive oil ?!). The aubergine and goat chees bruschette were very good. For the main my boyfriend had the lamb which was good. I had the crab linguine and there was hardly any crab in the pasta, did not taste much like crab. The pasta was very disappointing. The wines are cheap and the bottle we had was good. Overall i would say the prices are okay, the atmosphere of the restaurant is nice, but the food is uninteresting and does not taste much like Italy. Will probably not go back.

1 review so far 5
27.08.2014 10:53

The restaurant is situated in a vibrate part of London. full of young professionals out 'on the town' to let their hair down. The staff were friendly and accommodating, especially as we had two small children in our group who were a little bit overwhelmed by the experience. The food, was very good, so would not hesitate to recommend it or to take other friends. These friends were Italian and Argentinian. They highly complemented the food.

2 reviews so far 6
06.08.2016 19:55

I had a lovely meal with my friends at Osteria dell'Arte. We had the set menu which has great choices and is very reasonably priced. The service was fantastic!

6 reviews so far 6
08.07.2016 10:11

Yet another great evening at the Osteria dell'Arte. Great food and service and lots of choice to suit different tastes. Looking forward to my next visit!

1 review so far 5
07.10.2015 19:55

Lovely little place, visited a few times now. Food is all delicious, pretty simple Italian stuff but that's a good thing - good Italian is about simple bold flavours coming together. The menu is pretty big so just going for the specials is my tactic. Staff very nice, friendly and casual atmosphere, pleasant interior, decently priced. Very much recommend.

6 reviews so far 6
06.11.2014 10:20

I love this place, excellent food and lovely friendly service. Good place to go with my family as I'm a veggie, my dad loves fish and my mum will eat anything so there's a good range of options to suit all tastes. Beautifully presented food. A gem in Clapham.

1 review so far 6
23.12.2014 09:50

I've been here for breakfast a few times and have a great experience every time so I was intrigued to see what dinner was like. It turned out to be just as excellent. Great service, awesome food, cute little restaurant. Best kept secret on Clapham High Street.

1 review so far 5
18.06.2017 19:34

Lovely meal and great service but very noisy due to the traffic on Clapham High Street (engines clearly struggling in the heat, especially the buses - clearly not the restaurant's fault and it was cooler with the windows open onto the street; it was still very hot inside though - could almost have been in Italy

1 review so far 6
26.01.2016 05:58

We had a great time at Osteria del' Arte last Saturday. We have organised a surprise birthday party and we had 21 people for dinner. The staff was super helpful in terms of making it easy to plan this event. Excellent food, as always. Thank you!

8 reviews so far 6
29.03.2017 09:02

The perfect place to be treated to a mothers day lunch. I had the duck with pear sauce. absolutely divine! There is always a wonderful atmosphere and all the staff are so friendly. A little bit of Italy in the heart of Clapham. Love it!

8 reviews so far 6
05.01.2015 09:16

This is fast becoming my favourite restaurant of all time! We went there for NYE and they looked after us amazingly well. The food was fantastic and extremely good value. The service was outstanding and so friendly. This place is a real gem