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5.2 /6 Excellent 127 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.


127 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 127 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: excellent
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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.

2 reviews so far 6
18.04.2017 04:47

Another great meal at this restaurant - the staff were friendly and attentive as normal and the food was delicious. Best restaurant on the High Street.

1 review so far 6
10.04.2017 08:46

The food was delightful, the service was incredible and they made my birthday meal so special! Would definitely recommend to anyone, for anything from lunch to a celebratory meal.

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!

9 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.

1 review 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

1 review so far 6
23.11.2014 12:10

Very good evening for a birthday celebration, friendly service, food good and came without any long wait but tasted freshly made . Also we brought two birthday cakes by mistake and these were dealt with in very good spirit by the staff!

1 review so far 6
18.02.2017 08:28

We had a lovely evening at Osteria. The food was delicious, the menu options are varied and not your usual run of the mill choices. We'd highly recommend the duck and pear! The staff were also warm, friendly and helpful.

1 review so far 6
28.02.2015 09:21

went for my birthday with some friends, we had a lovely meal - very generous portions, my friends ordered a small sharing platter and thought it was the big one, service was excellent and the food was great. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 5
30.04.2016 09:49

Fabulous restaurant, very helpful staff and utterly delicious food! We had the garlic, tomato and pesto bread to begin which is always amazing, then combination of steaks, crab pasta and pizza for mains - all absolutely perfectly cooked and the staff are very attentive with drinks too!

1 review so far 5
23.10.2016 16:58

Great friendly service and great food. Sitting fairly close to the entrance meant that it was quite noisy (only to be expected in that location) so I'd recommend sitting further back. However, that did little to detract from the occasion and we'd certainly go back.

7 reviews so far 6
24.11.2014 07:07

Good food and good value for money, friendly staffs and the service! ! The atmosphere is lively, the restaurant has two sections, the front section is nice , the back section can be a bit crosse phobic

1 review so far 6
27.02.2016 07:53

As someone who has spent a lot of time in Italy, I rarely eat out at Italian restaurants in the uk, but this place is excellent. Fabulous pizza, great aperol spritz, lovely atmosphere, will definitely be back!

3 reviews so far 6
15.10.2015 07:36

I have often passed by and never entered, but last Sunday I booked for lunch and was very surprised on all counts. The staff were pleasant and the food was great. Will certainly go again. Marc

1 review so far 4
25.11.2014 12:08

The welcome you get at this restaurant could not have been better. The team are warm and friendly. The food is okay. We ordered salads which were fresh although the tuna in the Nicoise Salad was a little tired and the dressing somewhat bland. The house wine was just about acceptable.

1 review so far 6
23.03.2016 12:30

Lovely, personal restaurant, great value food and wine. Staff were very friendly and attentive. We were a group of 5, but it would be a perfect place for date night too. Will definitely recommend.

6 reviews so far 6
19.03.2015 17:26

Great food, service & ambience - this is such a great place to go when you have a range of tastes to cater for as it's great for veggies, meat and fish lovers.

1 review so far 6
25.03.2017 08:39

Food is amazing - definitely as tasty as you'd expect in Italy! The staff are all so friendly and the cosy but chic atmosphere is just perfect - love love love this place!

1 review so far 6
20.05.2015 10:40

Good service, amazing staff and marvellous food!!! Real Italian pizza, really hard to find it in London nowadays. Just one suggestion, would be great to have fresh fruits in the menu ;)

1 review so far 6
26.11.2016 02:43

Amazing food, perfect service, very nice atmosphere, easy to reach. If I could I'd have lunch and dinner every day there. Trust the suggestions of the staff, you won't be disappointed.

1 review so far 6
12.02.2016 07:26

We had a really warm and friendly welcome of the staff of this little, cozy restaurant at Clapham High Street. Very good pizza and affordable prices. We will definitely come again!

2 reviews so far 6
26.11.2014 02:08

Very good meal;usual warm welcome; cheerful, light environment on a dismal November day. Excellent courgette soup; fish casserole; home-made ravioli; rosemary bread;good sicilian red wine. Could hear companions' conversation too.

1 review so far 6
07.09.2014 12:16

Super-friendly, family run restaurant with a 'home made' menu. Food on our visit was fresh and delicious. They also baked us a birthday cake especially for the occasion. Highly recommended.

8 reviews so far 6
08.12.2015 15:58

This restaurant is fantastic! Delicious food. Fabulous wine. Amazing service... really attentive and friendly. The Christmas menu was incredibly good value. Thank you for making it a wonderful evening

1 review so far 6
11.05.2015 09:47

Very nice Italian restaurant with a very friendly staff. The food is great and there is a lot of art on the walls that appears to be for sale.

8 reviews so far 6
04.01.2016 07:49

Great food ( I had the duck with pear which was a stunning combination) excellent wine list and of course fabulous service. I would thoroughly recommend this hidden gem

11 reviews so far 6
14.09.2015 08:15

As always great food in a nice setting. We love their pizzas and the starter of fried squid was amazing. Attentive service from Daniela. We love coming back here.

1 review so far 4
12.10.2016 18:33

All good, quite tight on space in some seating areas. Service was inattentive towards the end of the evening but food was good. Overall good Italian menu with some great variety to the normal drudge of commercial Italian on offer from chain restaurants.

1 review so far 5
29.08.2016 11:54

Staff are always welcoming and friendly. It's nice place for a sunny day because they have the restaurant front open. I love the pizzas, it's a shame that we didn't have room for dessert!

1 review so far 5
12.06.2016 21:16

Love this local Italian. The food is great, I keep returning as a good local Italian staple. Not to expensive & pretty authentic. The specials are always worth trying. Good service - very accommodating.

1 review so far 5
15.02.2017 10:00

Great service and great food. Price middle-high but the quality is top! Totally recommended for a romantic dinner or even an aperitivo. The selection of food is medium-small but ok for vegetarian or not.

2 reviews so far 5
21.09.2014 14:40

Love this place. Been about ten times and never disappointed. Food, service and atmosphere are excellent. Specials are always interesting and definitely worth going for although the pizza fiorentina is probably the best ever.

1 review so far 6
19.04.2016 17:44

I love this place! The specials are always amazing! Our favourite Italian in London! The staff are always welcoming with a big smile and the food is fantastic!

1 review so far 6
18.04.2016 09:57

I went for brunch on Saturday with a group of friends. the place was easy to find, good location, and had a great decor. good food and choice

6 reviews so far 6
08.03.2016 10:58

This restaurant never fails to impress. The food is great - catering for a wide range of tastes, and the staff are brilliant. I will keep coming back!

1 review so far 5
19.02.2017 09:00

The food is nice and not expensive and services good as well. Friendly people and atmosphere. We spend a very good evening and I am definitely coming back. It's a bit loud though.