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Donna Margherita

4.2
4.2
123 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:00–22:00 Lunch Daily 11:30–15:00 Dinner Daily 17:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    020 7228 2660

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 123 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. AS

    AlexS

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 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.
  2. CB

    ChristinaB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 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!
  3. C

    Cochyn

    London

    339 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    339 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 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.
  4. LB

    LizB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was lovely. Food and service were great. Definitely recommend.
  5. B

    Bcecil

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 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.
  6. K

    Kian

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 October 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
  7. I

    Izzy

    Tokyo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 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.
  8. p

    putneyboy

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, superb quality and efficient service. Food and wine was very tasty and we'll definitely be back!
  9. CK

    CharlotteK

    West Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 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.
  10. C

    Christopher

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 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.
  11. K

    Kate

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nice atmosphere, good food and good value. We had a lovely Friday evening here and would go back.
  12. PP

    PaulP

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 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.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, the best service. Friendly and fun people who make every meal feel like a special occasion.
  14. DM

    DianeM

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 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?
  15. TB

    TomB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Simply excellent, best pizza in London for sure! Will be returning.
  16. CF

    ClareF

    London

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 January 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!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful old world recipes superbly prepared.
  19. MZ

    MattZ

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 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.
  20. KW

    KevinW

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 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.
  21. C

    Caitlyn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 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
  22. ME

    MarcusE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 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
  23. j

    jerryf

    New York Area

    102 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 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.
  24. 2

    2kineau2

    New York Area

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 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.
  25. SW

    SuzanneW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 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!
  26. LD

    LauraD

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent fresh food, very good wine and great service.
  27. V

    Victoria

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 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
  28. M

    Marco

    London

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good pizza, restaurant is a bit cramped though
  29. MH

    MrsHollyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 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!
  30. JF

    JohnF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Really pleased with the restaurant. Genuine Italian food, produced by genuine Italians. Lots of Italian customers, so that says it all.
  31. KM

    KianaM

    Nottingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 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.
  32. BA

    BryonyA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 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.
  33. s

    shell

    London

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 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.
  34. A

    Aree

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always had great time here, service and food always good.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 December 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
  36. m

    momstur

    New England

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 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!
  37. A

    Aree

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for my daughter’s 11th birthday with friends and family, food was good, staffs was friendly.
  38. J

    Joss1

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 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
  39. JS

    JuliaS

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 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.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 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 123 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Area

    Clapham

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:00–22:00 Lunch Daily 11:30–15:00 Dinner Daily 17:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Delivery, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeaway, Wine

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