Donna Margherita

4.2
134 Reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
A restaurant and wood-fired pizzeria, we use centuries-old Neapolitan cucina techniques to serve you the bellissimo dishes of southern Italy. When food lovers want to ‘eat-out Italian’, it’s the flavour of the south that enhances their appetite. Donna Margherita is dedicated to southern Italy’s spirit of passion, warmth and loyalty — sheer charm and enjoyment-of-life from our part of the country. A really good restaurant-pizzeria is a rare treat, so if it’s consistently full of Italians, you know you’re in for something great. Dish by dish, Donna Margherita serves the most authentic flavours — not least because we import most of our ingredients from southern Italy. While we prepare complex, traditional Neapolitan food, you prepare to enjoy the experience!
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AlexS
London
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Authentic Neapolitan cuisine. Excellent pizza. Good selection of Italian wines. Reasonably priced. Staff attentive and polite. Seafood pasta was as good as in Italy.

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ChristinaB
London
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is quickly becoming our "local Italian". The food is great, fabulous home made bread and pizza dough. Great selection of inexpensive and very tasty wines. The owner is delightful, a great host and judging from the attitudes of the rest of the staff a great person to work for. Friday night is full of regulars so book!

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vipCochyn
London
293 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I've been to this place many times, and brought friends and family, especially when we've been to events at the arts centre opposite.
This visit was a mistake, though. Booking for 8.45pm was probably my error - perhaps it had been a busy evening. Service was certainly chaotic. A little dish of olives seems the easiest of starters, but it didn't arrive - until I was half-way through my pizza.

The pizza itself was delicious, though extremely doughy and perhaps undercooked.

Thankfully, the area has plenty of other places to try, and probably better value that this one.

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LizB
London
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was lovely. Food and service were great. Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was very good, we were looked after very well. Food was of typical Italian standard, nothing ‘special’. The restaurant aesthetic is really nice and we had a really lovely evening.

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KiaA
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very friendly and the food was incredible.

True Italian food which reminded me of my time living in Italy. The wine was fantastic as well and the ambiance just added to the experience.

All in all 10/10

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Izzy
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ingredienti di qualità a prezzi onesti (che non è affatto poco per una metropoli come Londra!). Il proprietario ha una vera, e altrettanto rara, passione per questo lavoro! Grazie per la piacevole serata.

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putneyboy
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, superb quality and efficient service. Food and wine was very tasty and we'll definitely be back!

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CharlotteK
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Unfortunately the restaurant did not have record of our reservation through opentable so we were sat outside. However the outside table was actually well sheltered and quieter than inside the main restaurant. Service was ok- it was quite busy with lots of MoonWalkers but the food more than made up for it. Food was tasty and authentic. Would go again and recommend.

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Christopher
London
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Thoroughly recommended: great food (albeit not the mind-bending fare that a few really creative restaurants deliver), served in a pleasant ambience at very reasonable prices.

Service was good, though once the restaurant filled up it felt like they were slightly short-staffed.

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Kate
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice atmosphere, good food and good value. We had a lovely Friday evening here and would go back.

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PaulP
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great Italian food and wine, served by friendly staff. The oven fired pizza , Quattro Stagioni was very tasty. Good place to meet up and an easy, 10 mins walk from Clapham Junction Station.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, the best service. Friendly and fun people who make every meal feel like a special occasion.

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DianeM
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The restaurant didn't have a record of our Open Table booking!!! There were 8 of us!!! We had to sit outside in the cold. The staff were great but blamed OT servers for making us dine in the dark and cold. Who is right?

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TomB
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Simply excellent, best pizza in London for sure! Will be returning.

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vipClareF
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

normally great but disappointing on Friday- the restaurant was really full and even though we had booked we had to sit outside (under heater) for 30 mins.
Then we kept having to ask for wine/ water which they hadn't brought over as they seemed so busy.
Would go again if they weren't so busy!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience3

I was there with my parents who came to see me from Italy for Christmas holidays. The staff is amazing. Everyone was friendly and made us feel at home. The food was good too. The only downfall was the missing table cloth!

I would go back again for the third time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful old world recipes superbly prepared.

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MattZ
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A truly great Italian place with authentic feel and amazing people.
Have been coming here for 5 years now and will keep returning.

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KevinW
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Waitress didn't speak good English and short staffed so had to wait to order. Food took ages and had to send two courses back because they were cold. One was remade (risotto) but the lobster and pasta was reheated which made the lobster inedible. We used to enjoy this restaurant but that is twice in a row that it has been really poor. We won't be going back.

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Caitlyn
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! The staff were really friendly and gave us good recommendations for food and wine! Really impressed for the price and will definitely be back

If you’re looking for a good Italian in Clapham look no further

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MarcusE
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Returned to the restaurant after a few years away. Sat on the balcony. Lovely summer evening. Food was excellent. Love the restaurant. Slightly annoyed that when the Rose we wanted was not available it was replaced by an alternative. This was charged to our bill. The price was fairly eye-watering and not in line with expectations £38 for an £8 wine! Felt slightly hoodwinked to be honest. (Should have asked the price but there you go)..Did not mention it as it was our wedding anniversary and did not want to taint the meal (which was lovely). Other than that I would go again

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vipjerryf
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A cute, but small 24 seat restaurant downstairs, where you are 12 inches from your neighbor’s table. A good start with nice service, a bottle of cold water on the table, and good crusty fresh bread. We would have ordered glasses of wine, but wines are only identified by varietal. No mention of producer or vintage year. No serious wine drinker would order a wine they didn’t know. We had the pizza margarita which was quite good. It could have had a bit more taste, but the crust was good. Then tried the linguine vongole. First big problem was that the clams were not in the shell. How does one know if the clams are fresh or canned? The second problem was worse. The clams didn’t taste fresh, and the sauce was oily with little or no clam juice or clamflavor. Prices are fair. But it’s not likely we would return.

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vip2kineau2
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely interior - our waiter (Don Giovanni) was outstanding - made us feel welcomed - guided us through menu items - had us sample different things - food was delicious - visiting family in the UK so only here a week - but it's on our list of places to return to.

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SuzanneW
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was everything you'd hope for and expect from a good night out in Italy without the cost of the flights! Really is an exciting venue. Fabulous menu with excellent ingredients. The least expensive white wine on the list was perfect. The staff were genuinely friendly, gave great advice and recommendations and happily went off to ask the chef if we had any other questions. They also kindly accommodated our request to move our booking back to 9pm as we had been held up.
To new, prospective customers, I would just say don't be put off by the restaurant name; sounds like a pizza joint ~ it is anything but!

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LauraD
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent fresh food, very good wine and great service.

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Victoria
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Decided to try this family run restaurant with a friend after reading good reviews on OpenTable. Happy to say it most definitely lived up to its great reputation. All of the waiters and waitresses were super helpful, friendly, efficient and upbeat which was fantastic. As we were struggling to decide between a few types of wine, the waitress very kindly let us try samples of them which I thought was great. My friend and I both ordered the lobster linguine which we cannot recommend enough. Not only do you get half a lobster with the shell and everything, the dish was so tasty and had just the perfect amount of flavour where you could still taste the sweetness of the lobster meat. It is slightly messy to eat though so perhaps not an ideal dish for first date settings, otherwise I most definitely urge you to try this! I already have plans to return here again

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vipMarco
London
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good pizza, restaurant is a bit cramped though

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MrsHollyW
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic evening at Donna Margherita, the owner/maitre d was so friendly and passionate about the menu, it felt like we were in Italy! The food was outstanding, with well timed gaps between each course to let your food go down. The wine was great, the pizza amazing and even though we were too full for a dessert, the owner brought us over a little taster of their chocolate torte which was delicious. The ambience was lovely too, so nice not to go to a chain restaurant but to somewhere independent and authentic! Would definitely recommend to anyone who loves Italian food. We will be back soon!

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JohnF
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Really pleased with the restaurant. Genuine Italian food, produced by genuine Italians. Lots of Italian customers, so that says it all.

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KianaM
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

About 20 minutes before arriving I recieved a phone call from the manager telling me that they no longer recieve open table bookings and he would not be able to seat us until another 2 hours later. Baring in mind I had booked my reservation a week beforehand I thought it was very unprofessional to tell me this whilst on my way to the restaurant with my friends who had travelled far to celebrate my birthday. I arrived at my original time anyway as I was already on my way, my fiancé spoke with the manager and they agreed to seat us, I was confused because the restaurant was not busy nor did it get any busier throughout the night. Anyway the food was average, came out quick but wasn’t anything special. There was a dull atmosphere, I guess I was expecting to experience an authentic Italian vibe but I couldn’t even hear any music playing. Either way I wouldn’t go back, and I don’t recommend, there’s plenty of better Italian restaurants in London, don’t waste your time.

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BryonyA
London
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favourite Italians in London. It's delicious. I'd recommend the pizzas and the fresh pasta, also the arancini starter is great.

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vipshell
London
37 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience3

This place was a great find! It was very cozy and you felt like you were in someone's living room, however it was a little too hot by the fire!
Food was fantastic and I could not fault the service.

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Aree
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always had great time here, service and food always good.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always a delight to come here! Has that lovely authentic homely Italian feel to it, food is delicious and a great wine list

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vipmomstur
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very authentic! The handmade pasta was unbelievably good in texture -- and we each got a different cut. Flavors were strong and the ingredients were fresh. A new favorite!

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Aree
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for my daughter’s 11th birthday with friends and family, food was good, staffs was friendly.

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Joss1
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been my favorite restaurant since I moved to Battersea a few years ago. Me and my husband tend to come for special occasions as well as mid week for a treat. Staff are friendly and food is AMAZING

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vipJuliaS
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Open Table confirmed my reservation but the restaurant was not informed and had no record of it. Luckily, they were able to accommodate our large party of 8 for a limited time slot, which happened to suit us so it all worked out well and everyone loved the food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in london, carabonara highly reccomended.

FAQs

Donna Margherita does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Just Eat. Donna Margherita also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7228 2660.

Donna Margherita is rated 4.2 stars by 134 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.