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5.2 /6 Excellent 191 Reviews

Donna Margherita

Battersea Italian, Pizzeria ££ +100
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About Donna Margherita

Dear diners, please note that reservations for the terrace area of this restaurant must be made by contacting the restaurant directly. To reserve for groups of more than four people, a deposit will be required to secure the booking.

Close to Clapham Junction station in London’s Battersea, Donna Margherita has been serving up a dazzling array of authentic Neapolitan dishes for over ten years. This Italian restaurant on Lavender Hill is home to a traditional wood-fired stone oven, turning out some of the best-loved pizzas south of the river, made with ingredients imported directly from Italy. Of course, superlative Neapolitan pizza doesn’t exhaust the possibilities here: there’s a classically-structured Italian menu to work your way through, curated with as much care and love as the pizza.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 12:30 - 17:00
  • Saturday 12:30 - 18:00
  • Sunday 12:30 - 22:30
Donna Margherita, 183 Lavender Hill, SW11 5TE London

Further Information

It’s June 11, 1889. Pizzaiolo Raffeele Esposito of Naples is to bake the ‘royal pizza’ in honour of visiting King Umberto I and Queen Margharita of Savoy. Esposito goes with strong visuals: Green basil, white mozzarella, and red tomatoes on his pizza symbolize the Italian flag, the pizza goes on to be known as pizza margherita – and is one of the many reasons we cannot contain our joy when visiting Donna Margherita on Lavender Hill in Clapham. For over ten years, the restaurant has delivered the very best in traditional Napoli-style Italian food, very much in the tradition of Esposito.

Using only the freshest ingredients and having them imported from the South of Italy, Donna Margherita stands for a culinary experience like no other. Wood-fired oven, centuries-old recipes, and a very kind and friendly service make Donna Margherita a great place to enjoy some of Napoli’s finest in South London.


191 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 191 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
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2 reviews so far 6
23.09.2017 18:11

Best pizzas in London! Tasty dough, nice ingredients and well made. Easily beats Franco Manca and others claiming to do proper Neapolitan pizzas. Try it!

1 review so far 6
07.09.2017 11:20

Great pizza and friendly service - a good little local Italian that's always busy and has a nice atmosphere. Definitely worth visiting with friends or family

1 review so far 6
03.09.2017 15:14

Excellent food. Friendly service. Great choice on the menu. Just a shame they had run out of the lobster ravioli. We will be going back.

1 review so far 6
28.08.2017 13:49

Super friendly, welcoming and helpful staff and a very nice meal as well. Will definitely return if the occassion arises. Thanks to the folks at Donna Magherita!

1 review so far 6
10.09.2015 09:26

What to say about Donna Margherita... I've lived around the corner for almost a year and always noticed how it seemed to have a good steady trade regardless of the day of the week. I never tried it myself until last week and now I know why it's always busy - Food was delicious, service was good & the Puglian red wine suggested by our server was delightful and relatively reasonably priced- Top marks all round!

1 review so far 6
28.01.2015 23:44

I'm very picky when it comes to rate italian restaurant, even more if it's a typic southern one (which is where I come from). The waiters and all the stuff is very welcoming and I felt at home (yes, like I'm in southern Italy!). The food was more than perfect, I can definitely say that is was the best pizza I've eaten in london so far. The dessert was wonderful, I've got a very nice pastiera, and it was tasting so fresh and genuine like I was in Naples. They've got an amazing selection of wine coming from almost all regions, I've got a very good Salice Salentino to drink, they served it perfectly, letting me taste it first and then serving. If I can say, everyone that want experience a pure and genuine italian experience, should try it!

1 review so far 5
16.05.2017 12:35

A super-authentic Napolitan (and I mean Napolitan, not Italian!) restaurant and good value. Very attentive waiting staff - maybe a bit to keen to get our orders much of the time. A couple had poor English but my Italian friend sorted that problem. Very interesting range on menu although not always easy to decipher the Google-translate versions of the Italian dialect writing! Excellent ingredients, tasty meals and quick service. Tiramisu a bit dry and not enough Amaretto for my personal taste, mushroom pasta very tasty indeed, my slided meat/cheese selection started was huge. Not many wines by the glass but what there was, was excellent. Felt very authentic sitting in the canopied trattoria section and they had heaters too. Interior decor was a bit stark and all very open and cafeteria-like. The restaurant is a good 10 minute walk from any rail/tube stations but it is worth the effort for a true taste of southern Italy.

1 review so far 6
08.08.2017 13:55

My parents were visiting from Italy and I thought that Donna Margherita could be the right place for them. Actually, they loved the place, rigorously in Italian style and tables with cotton napkins. We ate pizza and it was delicious! We could see other dishes and they looked really tasty too! People were friendly and smiley! Absolutely worth to go!!!

1 review so far 1
16.10.2015 13:46

We went to Donna Margherita for an early dinner for my husband's birthday before going to another event at 8pm. We ordered main courses from the specials menu given to us by the waiter. The waiter then returned to ask whether my husband would be happy to substitute boar for lamb in his dish, as the chef didn't have any lamb available. We said this was fine. Our starter of dough balls, which was lovely, came and went. Other diners who had arrived after us had already finished their main courses and yet ours had not arrived. An hour after we first arrived we asked a waiter to check on our mains, as we were very short on time. He first came back to ask use whether we had eaten them?! He checked again with the chef and returned to say that because we had ordered from the previous day's special menu (given to us by the waiter, and presumably with the knowledge of the chef, since we were asked about substituting the lamb) the chef hadn't cooked our food! Without asking what we would like to do, the waiter went off to ask the chefs to cook us the dishes we had ordered, but by this stage we didn't have time to wait and we asked another waiter to cancel the order. Now extremely hungry and running late, we were getting ready to leave when the waiter returned with the bill. Having waited for well over an hour for food we were being charged for the dough balls and one drink each. When we politely expressed our discontent the waiter began to argue with us. After some time we realised an impasse had been reached and we asked to see the manager, who was reluctantly fetched. The manager asked what the problem was and was sympathetic. He apologised for the mistake with the food and immediately cancelled the bill. The little food we ate was lovely, but the service was appalling. We understand that mix-ups happen. However, we were left extremely stressed, running for a train and hungry -- not quite the birthday treat we had anticipated.

4 reviews so far 6
25.05.2015 17:42

Absolutely delightful meal served by lovely staff. My mum and I came for a pre-theatre dinner before a play at BAC opposite; I had the papperdelle with mushrooms (gorgeous mixture of delicate flavours) and she had a napolitana pizza - plenty of capers and fresh-looking sauce on fresh, obviously hand-stretched, paper-thin bread. The staff hit exactly the right balance of friendly/attentive and letting us get on with our meal; when we chose caffe correttos for after they gave great advice without being patronising. And all very reasonably priced for the area. I don't find myself in this neck of the woods often, but if I'm back I'd certainly head here.

1 review so far 6
18.02.2016 10:42

The food is the best I have had in London, so far. Homemade pasta and wood-burning oven for the pizza and the seafood is very well sourced and prepared. They offer a wide selection wine, by region, and the bottle we had was silky smooth and delicious. He staff are very pleasant and engaging. Only minor negative is that the table and chairs were a bit IKEAish and the music was a bit too intrusive (loud). But the decor was very attractive and well done. I particularly liked the portrait of Sophia Loren. All in all a great Valentine's Day experience and will definitely go again.

13 reviews so far 4
12.03.2017 19:55

Donna Margherita has always been a landmark in London for a good Italian meal. I hadn't been there in years and I have to say that even though the service is always great and very friendly the variety of food is probably not as good as it used to be. I also found the place very dark for lunch. Overall it's always a pleasant experience and will be back in the near future.

1 review so far 6
29.09.2016 09:04

Donna Margherita is special - no doubt about it. The authentic cooking was way above the norm. Ordering our meal was a pleasure. Suggestions for wine and food were helpful and accurate rather than just encouraging you to spend a bit more money. Didn't want to leave!

1 review so far 5
11.03.2015 08:01

I Was at Donna Margherita for dinner because I wanted to enjoy The taste of my home place and I was really satisfied with The service as well as with The food. The portions are quite good although I found the starters a bit expensive. I loved the gnocchi and I will definitely come back!

1 review so far 6
01.02.2016 09:15

This was our second time at the restaurant and we were so impressed the first time round that we were worried our second visit would not meet up to our now very high expectations. Luckily, the second time was somehow even better than the first. The food is exceptional, as is the service. When you walk through the door, it feels as though you have been transported to Italy. We would highly recommend this restaurant and will be returning ourselves on many occasions to come.

1 review so far 6
07.08.2016 08:34

Whilst this restaurant may be away from the London Tourist trail it was well worth the £9 taxi fare to get there. Food is superb, portions really generous and the staff very friendly and helpful. We sat in a part of the restaurant that gives the feeling of being outside. We had doughballs and olives to start followed by pizza. No room for a dessert. Washed down with some Chianti. The atmosphere is great with traditional Italian music in the background. Thanks to all.

8 reviews so far 4
07.02.2016 09:14

The pizza at Donna Margherita was good although the service was a bit slow. The restaurant was busy but not completely full so it could have been quicker. We shared 3 different pizzas and we enjoyed them all. The Diavolo could have had a bit more meat for me. A good local pizza place and not too pricey.

1 review so far 6
23.12.2014 09:55

The food is amazing and the tiramisu is the best tiramisu I have ever had in my life. Service is great too, people who work there are so friendly. Donna Margherita is definitely my favorite place in London!

1 review so far 5
17.09.2017 08:38

We had a lovely evening in this busy anthentic Italian restaurant, the real star being the superb southern Italian cuisine, all of which is freshly prepared and cooked to an exceptionally high standard. A slight delay to the arrival of our main course was easily overcome by attentive and friendly staff, including a certain Brazilian Italian waiter by the name of MacGyver who dreserves particular praise. Overall, one would, in all probability, find it difficult to beat the quality of the dining experience at any other local restaurant.

1 review so far 6
13.02.2016 17:49

Meet up with a friend on Friday night at Donna Margherita. Great food, great wine ( in lovely glasses!) and despite being very busy the service was good, fast and friendly. We will be back.