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Donatello Brighton

A Brighton institution, Donatello's is an affordable family friendly, family run Italian restaurant in the heart of the Lanes.

Donatello Brighton – Italian restaurant and pizzeria

Donatello is one of Brighton’s longest standing Brighton Italian restaurants, opening over 30 years ago in the heart of the iconic Lanes. It has remained an independent restaurant and has become a Brighton institution for hearty, real Italian dishes and outstanding Brighton pizza. 

exterior shot of the Donatello, busy al fresco dining area

Family run

Donatello is a family-run business that employs nearly 100 local Brighton industry staff. The Brighton pizza restaurant prides themselves on their authentic family Italian spirit which radiates from both the staff and the atmosphere at Donatello. 

Donatello Brighton staff in red t shirts serving customers

In 2020 Donatello won the Brighton Restaurant Award for Brighton’s most Family Friendly restaurant in; a vote made by families for families and won by a family!

Quality is key at Donatello Brighton

Diners visit Donatello for many reasons, and consistency of quality is one of them. From the food to the drinks and service, this venue remains the market leader in town for reliability. Authentic, well-priced and expertly cooked Italian dishes are served to guests with friendly and approachable service. This seems to be the winning formula for building a reputation on the foodie scene in town as this is where to eat in Brighton.

person eating mussels dish served in white plate and with glass of wine at Donatello Brighton

Central Lanes location

Perfectly located, Donatello sits within the heart of the Lanes. Whether it be for a bite to eat after a long shopping trip, for an aperitif in true Mediterranean style in Brighton’s summer heat or for a long Italian feast with friends and family, Donatello really does offer something for everybody. Seating up to 300 people, this is also a brilliant venue for events and gatherings, with pre-order menus available for ease if needed. 

four girls having a toast with their drinks at Donatello Brighton

Dining on a budget

Donatello is also a fantastic option for dining on a budget, with prices beginning at just £10.95 for two courses (we’re looking at you, students!). No skimping on quality is in sight though, as deliciously fresh Italian ingredients make up the dishes on any menu options with the same love, care and attention invested into every plate of food served. 

close up shot of the delicious looking pizza at Donatello Brighton

From summer to winter

The menu is split into sections meaning choices are easier to make, given the whole menu sounds divine. We love the sound of antipasti on the roof terrace during the summer months, washed down with a brilliant Aperol Spritz, and during the colder days enjoy an expertly cooked Brighton pizza with a glass of Valpolicella ‘La Scala’. 

pasta in the red tomato sauce at Donatello Brighton

Italian wine list – Donatello Brighton

Donatello Brighton pride themselves on their all-Italian wine list sourced by experts and award-winning company ‘EuroWines’. Sit back and enjoy a glass of something delicious, transporting you to the South Coast of Italy while you devour a plate of Bruschetta with no guilt in the slightest. Discover what our ladies thought about the whole Donatello experience on their ladies night out at Donatello. 

wine collection at Donatello Brighton 

Private parties, weddings and corporate’s

Due to its size, this Brighton restaurant is also brilliant for corporate events, private parties and weddings. Pre order menus are available to choose from, as well as different room hire options depending on how many people the event needs to cater for. 

wine room at the Donatello Brighton

Supporting the community – Donatello Brighton

A strong ethos at Donatello Brighton is supporting the local community. The venue works with local charities and community organisations, as well as sponsoring local football teams, school departments, universities and the arts. Another reason to love this Brighton restaurant. 

lady drinking her cocktail at the table with girl friends at Donatello Brighton


  1. Andy Hopewell

    Great value, traditional italian. Good food and plenty of variety.. great for large parties, quick service.

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