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.
- 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
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.
Great food, great service. I keep recommending it to friends and families! Love the vibe! Never disappoint you. Food quality is at the top and their own bread to die for!!
5 of us ate there 19/07/17. Food and quality of wine were both excellent. We would recommend as a much better than average local Italian.
Great food, super friendly service and a relaxed environment. There are not many authentic Italian places like this left in London. We will definitely be back!
Great authentic Italian. Lovely staff and delicious food - could not fault it . We had the tasting menu which was very good value, great coffee too.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
The food and atmosphere was nothing shirt of fantastic. Staff are very friendly and informative and happy to recommend wine and food depending on your preference. My girlfriend went for pizza on recommendations from others and I went for the lamb ragus special both of which were delightful. Topped off by a pearl tart to share we were happily stuffed. Will be bringing friends here in the very near future.
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.
It was our first experience here and we wished to try the pizza, that we expected to be truly Neapolitan style. Our expectation wasn't disappointed at all, since it was one of the best pizzas around the town, really challenging the ones you may taste in Italy (and in Napoli itself). We are sure we'll come back to try some of the several temptations offered in the menu.
Celebrated my son's 2nd birthday for lunch. Staff were very welcoming, accommodating and friendly. My son had a blast! Food was great, they bake their own bread and the pizza is authentic Italian! Wine list is very long, and so is the menu. Plenty of choice there. They also serve colorful alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. I would go back for any other occasion and would definitely recommend.
Donna Margherita is the perfect local Italian restaurant - wonderful owners and staff, and lovely food. I'd recommend it, but then I might not be able to get a table any more... 😉
Great local spot. The service was good, the food was excellent. Lovely ambience, too. I had the buffala mozzarella to start with the bruschetta - both were super flavourful and delicious. My pasta was a special, and I really enjoyed it (can't go wrong with homemade pasta!). For dessert, I had the tiramisu, which was excellent. Can't wait to come back and try the pizzas!
The restaurant was already getting busy when we arrived 30minutes ahead of our booking, but the staff found us a seat, plied us with Prosecco and left us to wait for our colleagues. Staff attention was excellent throughout with dishes explained, wine offered for tasting ahead of purchase, and quick service once food was ordered. The food was tasty and well presented. We all agreed we had enjoyed our evening and would come back.
I chose this for a catch up meal with a family friend, his son and wife my boyfriend. Great time was had my all. The pizza is just delicious! Lots of choice on the menu, had the calamari to start which was lush. Booking essential even on a weds night as it gets packed out. Would definitely go again!
Friendly service throughout our visit and the food was excellent. It is rare to find Italian food that doesn't taste mass produced and our experience at Donna Margherita was of authentic Italian cooking.
We had a pleasant welcome by staff, great service, brilliant atmosphere, food vey tasty, quite buzzling for a Thursday night, if was the first time my colleagues visited this place (5 of them) and they were all impressed and pleased with my selection of restaurant. Definitely a place not to be missed
The food was good, service was very very poor. When we arrived we were promptly told that the restaurant was having a very busy Monday night before being seated and not to expect quick service. A table arrived after us but were given their food first, when my colleague said that we were ready for our mains the waiter berated him, almost shouting, repeating that he was having a busy night. My wife also attempted to buy a bottle of champagne in secret, as a surprise to the rest of the party but the waiter just looked at her and loudly said 'I'll get a bottle of brut then'. My wife also asked for the champagne to be put on a separate bill but this did not happen and with the service and attitude from the waiter she refused to follow this up. I cannot recommend this restaurant after this experience.
Booked Donna Margherita for a pre-Christmas lunch with 9 friends. Friendly service, good food and very reasonably priced. All in all, 10 very happy customers!
Visited on Mon 8th May 2017. Arrived at 18:00 and had the pleasure of being greeted by Massimo. This gentleman was so full of passion for the food that came from his colleagues kitchen at instantly made us feel welcome. The food, atmosphere, drinks and company were great! Highly recommended.
Once again, another great time at Donna Margherita - delicious food, great service & atmosphere. Highly recommended for lovers of good Italian food and wine.
Fantastic Italian food and great experience. Donna Margherita has got many original and typical choices from the Italian cuisine at a reasonable price. Highly recommend.
good value, authentic southern Italian food, with cosy atmosphere! bit of confusion with our booking at the start which led to a long waiting time, but we didn't mind as it allowed us to take time over dinner! totally recommend the calzone. only negative the table behind us was SO loud, made it difficult to sustain conversation in the end,
Arrived on a Monday evening and glad we had pre booked as it was packed out. The food was very good and there was a nice atmosphere (although it was quite cosy as the tables are close together). Food prices were very reasonable although I thought the house wine was a bit over priced. Would definitely return again.
Very attentive and courteous staff. My friend had a question about her dish (after it had been made) and the waiters were more than willing to explain the ingredients and even asked her opinion on how to describe the dish in the future. My food was delicious. Recommended!
Our food experience was lovely, and the ambiance was joyful all around us. However the service attitude changed instantly when we only ordered soft drinks, as if we were not spending enough. We would come back but purely because of the good food. Maybe the service had an off day, but it would of been nice to have a check back in the in the time we where there.
Overall a very good meal. The service was speedy & helpful but not in your face and the pizza was good, very tasty. After reading a positive article about the restaurant we werent let down and look forward to coming back in the future.
The food delicious, the service excellent. It was the first time, in three years I'm living in London that I ate a Pizza in as is done inItaly. I would like thanks a lot Gabriele the owner and Emilio a very friendly waiter.
Really great service and food. Love authentic Italian food by Italian :) Second time at this restaurant on a recommendation. Daily menu changed quite significantly in a short period of time. The seasonal choices were exceptional. Make sure to try their Tiramisu!
Very casual restaurant, we had three starters , pizzas and pastas as main dishes , they were all amazing. The food was good and the service friendly . Authentic neapolitan dishes with good quality ingredients. Recommended !!!!! I can't wait to come back to try some other dish.
Perfect, as always. Great service and atmosphere. As a Neapolitan there isn't much to ask for a London pizza to be honest. They have managed to accomodate our needs at their best - great place to watch Napoli, too!
Had a brilliant night in a group of eight at Donna Margharita. Excellent pizzas, very good wine list and superb service. The waiters made us very welcome and really added to the atmosphere of the night. Would highly recommend.
Lovely food and great wine. Beef was tender and soft though could have been rarer. Some things were off the menu which was a shame ( the pork and all the fish) but still enjoyed what I had.
Great food, friendly people, good value, go there! We had 3 pasta dishes and a desert, all of which were really nice. Some of the other food coming out for other people also looked good, especially the pizza.
Good food and good service: I ordered the carpaccio which was average my friend ordered the pasta and I think it was a better choice. The dessert choices and quality of the sweet do not much the food, I was alittle bit disappointed by them.
Second visit took four friends raved s out the place and hoped I wasn't let down, and I wasn't, the food was still as extraordinarily excellent as it was on my first visit! Strongly recommend this restaurant!
Just as amazing as the first time I ate there. I will go back definitely to try the meat and fish dishes, but as for the starters, pizzas and pastas it's really top of the class!
Awesome Italian restaurant. Lovely ambience and friendly staff. Very authentic. The food was great and we had a lovely Italian wine to go with it as recommended by the waiter. Will be going back. Thank you!
This is my favourite restaurant in Clapham. The food is always excellent, staff are attentive. I particularly love the pizzas here - I has the four seasons and it was really delicious. I highly recommend.
Lovely restaurant, great service. I was a little disappointed with my food as found it a big bland. Very strange as usually Italian food is full of flavour. My friend really enjoyed her food so maybe it was just my dish.