Melanzana

4.2
115 reviews
£25 and under
Italian
At Melanzana, occupying the ground floor of The Raven, the oldest public house in Battersea, we promise you a true Italian night.
In a calm and cosy environment, with candle lights and soft music at the background, enjoy our range of delicious Italian seasonal dishes, typical Italian recipes, characterised by their simplicity and quality ingredients, served with your selection of the finest Italian wines.
And to complement your experience, mouth-watering homemade desserts are freshly prepared and waiting for you.
Last but not least, what would be more Italian than ending your meal with a cup of Espresso made of 100% Arabica coffee?
It is as simple as that; we promise you a typical fine Italian night at the heart of London.
What 115 People Are Saying
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MennatM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, the food is very good, consistent, menu offers a good variety of food and wines. The atmosphere is very cozy. The staff is very friendly, always with a smile. Totally recommended for an overall nice experience. Suitable for all.

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DavidT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service very reasonable food and a varied menu

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ChloeS
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A beautiful little restaurant, with a cosy atmosphere and wonderful food!

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RiaB22
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is AMAZING! The best Italian we've found in London. Staff are so sweet and the atmosphere is always great. A must visit.

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SilviaP
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely staff. I'll be coming back for sure!

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AliceG
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice food - the gnocchi was definitely the highlight! All the staff were lovely and really attentive. Cosy interior which was perfect for a long catch up with friends.

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LorraineB
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Melanzana. We were a party of 6 and all had different dishes and all were delicious. The puddings were fabulous too. The service was brilliant and everything was very clean.

Melanzana
Responded on 28 September 2020

thank you Lorraine B for your nice review we make sure that we deliver the best to all our customers thank you once again and thanks for your support manager SAM

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SuzyQ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

With coronavirus we have been reluctant to eat out, however a friend was leaving the country, so we thought it nice to take her out for a farewell meal. It was such a disappointing experience. Although the staff wore masks every time the waitress came to our the table she pulled her mask down to speak! Also the tables were close together.
But the worst of it was the food was dreadful, frozen fish to start with dreadful batter on and the mains were barely passable. We didn't want to make a fuss in front of my friends but i can honestly say i will never go there again and it was expensive for what it was.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Unfortunately, the advertised ‘Extended Eat Out to Help Out’ offer is misleading. Despite the standard EOHO being 50% off food up to £10pp, this restaurant has adapted this to 20% without informing customers. The two EOHO signs displayed today don’t mention 20%.

Businesses can apply any offer they like and I support local businesses in choosing to attract custom on a basis that suits them. However EOHO has has been standard in August (supported by government) and has been repeated on the same basis by many businesses in September. Advertising on this basis gives an expectation to the customer.

The adaption of the EOHO discount from 50% to 20% only becomes apparent when the bill arrives - that’s if you notice in time.

Starters and mains arrived together, which we forgave at the time.

We’ve twice been charged £13.90 for Carbonara when it is £11.90 on the printed menu and £10.90 online.

Please be more honest with your customers on any promotions and update the price of Carbonara.

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EeCee
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Melanzana signature dish was peppery and almost as if chilli in there, not very nice, certainly wouldn’t order again; pasta with mushrooms and sausage was reasonable but again not a repeat order; pudding fine - hard to go wrong with afogato

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HannahR
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Good Italian food. Happy to order off the menu too.

Service was friendly but got annoyed at us for asking for additional condiments or more tap water...!

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Chiara
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointed. We walked in to be greeted by a disgruntled waitress, not a very nice welcome. I told her we had a reservation and gave her my name. She did not check a diary or a list nothing she just looked around as to find space for us. There were tables available so I am not sure what she was looking for.
Eventually another waitress shouts out that we could sit at a table that she was pointing out. This very tiny table was adjacent to the till and the bar, there were no protective screens and we were right in the passage way. We sat down for 2 minutes and walked out. Yes I could have asked to change table but it's a matter of principle. I booked and I had a reservation. We should have been given a nice table like all other customers.
It's a shame we have been to Melanzana before and we had a great time and the staff was lovely. In these times if I had a restaurant I would bend over backwards for my customers, it's a real shame as the place has real potential.

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LauraK
London
10 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great little family run spot! Generous portions, super nice staff. If you are in a rush, this is not the place for you. Great chilled neighbourhood spot!

Gnocco Fritto con burrata and parma is an awesome app to start the night off right - soo gooood! Says it's for two people, easily can feed 4!

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KateG
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a lovely, relaxing place to sit and chat on a Sunday afternoon. The pasta, gnocci and dessert were excellent! Good menu, good service and a lovely lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The staff were amazing and the food delicious. Luckily we over ordered so had take away for the next day.

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FrancescoT
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely good and great atmosphere. I’ll be back again

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PeterT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Can't fault. i"ll certainly be returning!

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Leonardo
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An Itlain Taverna in the centre of Old Battersea. Clean and with a quiet ambiance, a menu that is for all tastes, from Pizzas , Salads, Pastas, to meat dishes. Excellent reasonably priced wines and excellent service with a smile. They also have a deli with oil, pasta and coffee for sale, as well as takeaway.

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SteveP
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We enjoyed really nice starters (sharing plates) which were both really tasty and good sized portions.
Out of the four main meals only one was really nice and that was the Gnocchi. The Carbonara was bland with bacon lardons which needed more cooking. The reader Veal was dry and both dishes didn’t arrive with the roasted tomatoes as listed on the menu! The roast potatoes were also extremely salty!

Overall an ok experience but wouldn’t rush back!!

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TomQ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I have seen many of the other reviews for this place and they make no sense to me. The place is really bad: poor ingredients used to make badly executed dishes ....and it isn’t cheap, either. The wine was appalling, too. Dreadful.

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GillianM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food at reasonable prices. For a Sunday evening it had a few people dining and the ambience was good and overall a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

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SUEH
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this little gem of a restaurant!
Food is consistently good and authentic Italian food, so what more could you want.

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LaurenC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food will definitely be going back. I had the homemade pasta with mushrooms and truffle oil and it was perfect!

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Chris
London
13 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us had dinner at Melanzana last week as it is conveniently close to our son’s house. It was the first time that any of us had visited the restaurant and we were delighted. The welcome was warm, the food outstanding and the wine excellent. I was particularly impressed when the manager checked that the wine that I had ordered was correct as it was quite expensive compare to the other wines - that is caring for the customer! The friendly, happy “buzz” in the restaurant complemented our enjoyment and we shall undoubtedly return - a real gem!

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Lauretta
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

One of the best casual italian restaurants in London (I m Italian :)). Lovely staff and service.

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Jennifer
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is simple, authentic and delicious. Great service and atmosphere. Highly recommend

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vipPippa
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Over 45 mins wait for the starter...even though they deleted from the bill it wasn’t nice...and the place was hardly any busy..

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vipJanet13
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food for decent price! Great tiramisu!!

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Lois
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

To be honest i didn't stay to eat there, but have before and it used to be ok.
The reason being i ordered a bottle of valdobbiadene prosecco ( the best) and was given a poor substitute already opened and poured by the waitress, then told "it's the same dear"....erm no my friend it is not...i may not be Italien but i know the difference! So if i ordered vongolè would i have got mussels!! Walked out and went to a delightful Lebanese opposite!!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent in every way

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JessicaO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations, but were able to pick where we wanted to sit. The ambiance was great. We started with a bottle of wine and an app. We were never rushed, received some great suggestions and had great conversation. I felt like we were in Rome again! My husband and I both had entrees, and then it was recommended that we could split the Tiramisu. It was incredible! We walked back to our hotel instead of a taxi or uber. Highly recommended. (And thank you for a great time).

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DavidT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was greasy not authenti service was poor and overpriced

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AlessandroC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Pretty average Italian restaurant, as an Italian I can easily judge that. Nice location next to the river walk and overall friendly staff, but not a place I would eat at again.

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JoF80
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were so lovely and the food was amazingly tasty. Will definitely be re visiting

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Cypren
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Excellent food & even a side salad made to order!

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JonathanB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and friendly service. Will definitely eat here again

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ElisaP
London
15 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Italian, very good pizza. We recommend for an informal lunch or dinner with friends or family.

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OpenTable Diner
London
17 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and kind service. This was our second visit and we will be back!

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SimonaF
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and good food!!!
They have the best gluten free pizza I have ever eaten!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

couldn’t eat the main (salty, swimming in butter) sent back but still charged on bill.
kindly offered dessert but would have expected the main, they wasn’t touched, to be removed from bill.
didn’t check on service throughout meal

FAQs

Melanzana does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Just Eat. Melanzana also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7228 5420.

Melanzana is rated 4.2 stars by 115 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 bookings at the moment.