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November 10, 2022: A reader alerts us to the fact that the restaurant has been relaunched by Searcy's as "Barbican Brasserie" having previously been Osteria.  The cuisine is no longer Italian.

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Summary

£53
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3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The restaurant formerly known as Osteria has recently re-emerged from a makeover as the Barbican Brasserie, but still operated by catering company Searcy’s”; and still with a vaguely Italian spin on its selection of modern European dishes. It’s “a smart venue overlooking the lake”, which this year was more often “recommended for reasonably priced dinner” – especially prior to a show within the centre.

Summary

£53
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3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

It’s pleasing that this monolithic arts centre boasts a respectable restaurant, in the form of this Searcy’s-run operation, which is ideally situated for a meal around a performance, and uniformly well-rated. There are niggles though – even those who applaud “very decent Italian cuisine” can note “the odd lapse” in execution, or say the overall meal “lacked finesse”.

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£58
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3
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3
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I am truly surprised at the low ratings this has received in Harden’s!” – Searcy’s seem to have pulled their socks up at their Italian brasserie and cocktail bar, which sits in the beating heart of the Barbican arts centre (making it a natural pre-theatre option), and which by day enjoys “excellent views” over the centre’s lake and St Giles Cripplegate church. Some diners do still say its overall performance is “no better than adequate”, but more fans this year lauded its “excellent food from a regularly changing menu”.

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Level 2 Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

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Barbican Brasserie, Barbican Centre (fka Osteria) Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Barbican Brasserie, Barbican Centre (fka Osteria) Restaurant in EC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Barbican Brasserie, Barbican Centre (fka Osteria) restaurant.
Steven B
Despite being a burger place, there is enou...
Reviewed 1 months, 26 days ago

"Despite being a burger place, there is enough non- meat options for the likes of us! Beetroot burger or salads. The service was the fastest ever experienced in London! about 1 minute! Food will not win awards but OK before the show. BUT the room looks unappetising. Strangely Modernised and an architectural disaster. . "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £26.00 £31.00

Traditional European menu

Pudding
£0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £26.50
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Bread £9.00
Service 12.50%
Level 2 Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 4:30 pm‑7 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 4:30 pm‑7 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 4:30 pm‑7 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 4:30 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 4:30 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 4:30 pm‑7 pm
SundayCLOSED

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