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“A great Neapolitan restaurant in Lavender Hill!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Donna Margherita

Donna Margherita
183 Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TE, England (Clapham / Battersea )
+44 (0)20 7228 2660
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Ranked #584 of 16,892 restaurants in London
Price range: $53 - $53
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Clapham / Battersea 
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“A great Neapolitan restaurant in Lavender Hill!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

In busy Lavender Hill on a Saturday night managed to get a table for 4 in this busy, bustling restaurant. Great charm, friendly and helpful waiters, lots of atmosphere, efficient service. The food was excellent, particularly the starters, where we had, amongst others: Borlotti beans with Italian pork sausages, white wine, onions, tomato sauce and chilli; Beef meatballs in tomato sauce and parmesan; Lentils with friarielli and chilli; Baked fried aubergine with tomato sauce, basil, mozzarella and parmesan. The bean and aubergine dishes were very good. On eof us had a pizza, but thought the base was not quite cooked enough, otherwise the whole meal was memorable. Price was reasonable for London (and that's saying something!). Highly recommended.

Visited January 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
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English first
London, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Stunning Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012 via mobile

Italian restaurants are commonplace in most British High Streets.Most independents and chains serve tolerable authentic tasting food ; Donna Margherita stands out by serving Italian food that is as fresh and tasty in Central London as you would expect from a favourite Italian aunts kitchen. This restaurant is brilliant in every way and despite London having enough restaurants to fill a lifetime without going to the same one twice , I will be going back repeatedly .

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great little find, authentic italian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

We had supper here on a weeknight after recently moving into the area. The food and service was excellent, as were the wine recommendations. We started with olives which were lush and I had pizza which was cooked in a wood fired oven. My friend had the seafood special and said it was delicious.
Make sure you book on the weekend, it gets busy!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“So, so disappointed”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

On dear me. We have been before and are locals of 7 years. In the past we have eaten well. This Sunday 6 of us booked for a birthday lunch and had the worst meal I can remember. Slow service, awful food. My parents in law were horrified and so was I. Guys - you need to sort out lunchtime service urgently as this whole experience was just bad. A real shame as it used to be a different experience.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Probably the best pizza in London”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

The place is run by Italians and, as an Italian myself, that is usually a guarantee that the food served is truly Italian. We had fritti to share as a starter and that was nice but really small portion, then we all had pizza. The pizza is very soft and you can really taste the freshness of the ingredients. I was surprise by the cost of an espresso (I think was £2.25) and a small shot of limoncello (around £3.50) usually is free if you eat a meal in Italy. Rather than than the food is very good and the service is professional as well.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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