Primeur

4.6
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497 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
Primeur is a communal and counter dining restaurant occupying the space of a 1920's former car mechanics garage on the Hackney/Islington border. The restaurant specialises in serving a daily changing assortment of sharing dishes showcasing honest British and European dishes. The wine list changes daily too, introducing terroir driven wines from producers who work naturally to preserve the true expression of the fruit and its indigenous ferments from the vineyard through to bottling.
What 497 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.7
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KatharineL
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never leave reviews but Primeur was so amazing last Sunday that I felt I had to. Amazing ambience, delicious food, chilled but lovely service. We were a table of 7 and it was perfect. Thanks guys!

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Miranda
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Having been to Primeur before and enjoyed it, was very disappointed this time. The wine was terrible, we were seated as three on a weird shelf without being notified first and when we asked for serving implements for shared plates explaining we were worried about CV, we received a huffy response from the waiter that 'this is a sharing restaurant'. Sadly never going back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely communal atmosphere, impressive wine selection, seasonal menu and high quality ingredients. We had a great night.

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MaggieH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family met up here to celebrate two birthdays and we thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. All the dishes were delicious with something to please all tastes and there was a good choice of wines. The service was excellent- friendly, unhurried and efficient. My son had recommended the venue as he and his family know the sister restaurant well.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite spots for date night. Always amazing food, service and of course wine!

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KimR
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved the atmosphere, pace of service was good, food really interesting. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
11 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

brilliant!

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MarineG
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good food and great atmosphere! would definitely go back and recommend

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amelcc
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Primeur is a beautiful little space with a delicious menu, no doubt about it! But after visiting Jolene the week before, primeur felt like it’s snootier older sister.
We found the service quite cold, as much as our waiter was very helpful in regards to allergies on our table, we felt rushed to order and were reminded a couple of times that there was a booking three hours after ours. If you’ve been reminded at the time of confirmation hours before over the phone, then on arrival and then again when ordering food, it then feels like your booking is an inconvenience to them. The food itself was delicious and we had a lovely time. But I would suggest Jolene for a friendlier and more relaxed vibe.

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Claudia
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi! Just loved the ambience and food.
Only comment would be there was too much garlic in the food. Delicious still!

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buonissimo
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect local - fabulous food and friendly service. The baked custard was outstanding

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PippaT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went to Primeur for an early Valentine's day date and it was perfect. We'd already been to Jolene and were pleasantly surprised by each dish at both restaurants. Lovely ambiance, service and flavour combinations. We look forward to returning.

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E5er
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Fab food but small selection for vegetarians and if you are vegan, you'll miss out on so many of the flavours probably worth going elsewhere. Dishes come as they are cooked which is fine except between tow of us we had four in about 20 minutes then waited over 30 minutes after we had finished those for the lamb which we could see being put back in the oven more than a few times. As that was for my wife (I'm the veggie) it a bit asymmetrical! I found the portion sizes quite big, so I'd recommend two dishes per personals at least one dessert and the wines amazing... Lovely staff, all in all I'm definitely going back!

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Michael
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been meaning to go here for so long, having lived across the street back in 2007 (well before Primeur opened) and it was worth the wait!

It's a lovely, atmospheric restaurant, perfect for couples dining and, even though tables are shared tables, you sit next to your 'date', which is very underrated. I love it. The service is personal, informative and relaxed, lending itself perfectly to a very enjoyable evening ambience.

Food-wise, it's sharing plates, which gives you the opportunity to all try some of the skilfully prepared morsels on offer: for us, the silkiest, softest gnocchi with taleggio and chestnuts that I've ever had the pleasure to have eaten; soft polenta, salsify and wild mushrooms, excellently balanced; and a moreish and rich roast lamb,purple sprouting broccoli and anchovies. All delicious and more than enough for two. The wines are pretty decent too, though a little pricey.

We'll be back.

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eleonorad
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The restaurant was so too noisy, the seat at the counter very uncomfortable and the food under any expectation. The quality was good, but too heavy and fat.

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Romy
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely ambience with friendly and informed servers. Menu was exciting and offered something new. Great place for a date night or intimate catch up with friends.

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JohnKelvin
London
14 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with amazing atmosphere and creative yet flavourful/comforting food. Appreciated the low intervention wine list with new flavours. Shared seating makes space compact and loud, but very cosy.

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NiklasF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was top notch apart from their fixation for all natural wines. Selling table wines (yes basic table wines) at extreme prices is disappointing. There's a myriad of choices of better wines with the same import price range that makes me think that serving this poor quality is just lazy.
Praise to all the rest of the crew (apart from Wine guy)

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JohnB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite restaurants. Always excellent food and great, knowledgable and friendly service. Great ambiance as well.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I knew beforehand that they normally sat groups of 2 to 3 people at the counter, and wasn’t too keen on that. However, on the day we were sat at this quirky little table/counter by the side of the restaurant and it ended up being pretty cool/romantic.

The food was delicious, the waiter recommended great wine, and overall we had a great time.

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Nina
London
11 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our second time, this time as a family for our daughter’s 18th. We all loved it and will return.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Canteen style tables and 'enforced' sharing not to my taste - especially when my wife doesn't eat meat and I do. Starters of jamon and winter tomatoes very good but main dishes pretty so so. Sand sole spoilt by overly tart pickled veg; paprika pork an average cut of meat and pretty similar to old school goulash. Wine list toppy for this kind of place and overall not great value for money. Service OK but not very attentive in replenishing fresh side plates - pretty key when you have to share.
Bit disappointing.

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oldoyster89
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food is good, but service makes or breaks a place like this. Sadly, we felt abandoned. Had to ask for everything (drinks order, food order, dessert menu, ordering dessert). We came on the back of a wonderful meal at Westerns Laundry last year and this fell flat in comparison.

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Jonnnay
London
19 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, lovely food and very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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DrConn
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch at Primeur! The food is outstanding, but don’t leave your booking to the last sitting as you might find a lot crossed off the menu. It would be nice if there was some more non alcoholic options to drink. It is understandable that they chose not to offer hot beverages, stylistically; but it would feel more accommodating if they did. Not every diner will be there to drink Natural Wines.

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StevenD
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early dinner but the place was soon lively. The ever evolving menu shows the talent of the kitchen and makes for an excellent local.

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Jason
Melbourne / VIC
8 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was great and the staff were very nice and accommodating. Would return again for sure n

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LauraB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice and fine food to share, good wine and pleasant atmosphere !

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AndyP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Bit cramped and hardly had anything left on the menu for our 9:30 booking. Things kept been wiped off the board as we ordered ...

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KateB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit (1st time as meat eater, 2nd as veggie)...amazing both times. Possibly my fave restaurant in london

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vipCarman
London
31 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really good service and nice wine & food, though a few dishes were a bit mediocre.

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Emily
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious. Great wine. One more veggie option would be great.

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Cookie
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Right from the start we knew we had a 2hour booking. We got it. We get it. We are not stupid. However.....we were reminded of the 2 hour rule, as the black table had my name - 7.30pm chalked on it, and under it 'Hugo - 9.30pm'.

We were a party of 4, and 3 of us arrived together and on time, at 7.30pm. (The last member of the party was delayed by 45 minutes due to child-minder issues.) We ordered 2 bottle of wine (£48 and £52) and 3 starters straight away. We then ordered 3 mains. When the final guest arrive we ordered another main.

Our main server was frosty right from the start. No smile. No explaining that she wanted us to have a nice time, but would help us pace our meal, etc. Just surly attitude. When I ordered the mains she said "is that all", and then went into the kitchen to complain / discuss our shortcomings with the chef!

When our final guest arrived I ordered another main, the restaurant manager curtly told us "you won't have enough time". It was 8.30pm! Funnily we did have enough time and the final main was served and we ate it, with over 35 minutes left on our booking. The waitress then came over with a half smile to tell us we had enough time for dessert or more drinks. We refused both.

When my partner paid he removed the service charge, and explained why. The manager just could not get it. How dare we not be grateful for the privilege to give him our money.

Primeur thinks it is doing you a favour by allowing you to eat there. You are sat a long tables that are sectioned up. The people next to us, a group of 4, were squeezed on to the end of the table, were even 2 people would have felt squashed.

The food is good. The wine is overpriced. The attitude is terrible - patronising and rude.

This is a restaurant for trust fund Hugos!

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Highburygirl
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Going downhill. We used to enjoy Primeur when it first opened in the neighbourhood, but its become increasingly pretentious, the quality of the food is hit and miss, and its become increasingly poor value for what is on offer. There are much better choices elsewhere. A shame as it had a positive run early on but management have gotten a but carried away and lost touch. Friends no longer want to eat there and we all agree it’s not what it once was.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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QueenRosalind
London
13 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We tried all but one dish on the menu, which I think was 11 dishes and 9 of them were excellent

One was a little over priced for the size and the other too salty

But everything else was delicious - interesting flavours and great for sharing

Its a beautiful room to sit in and the staff were lovely and the meal well paced

The wine list could be improved I think

Generally a lovely evening

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Poor selection of vegetarian options. Chickpea was nice as was bread and olives
Disappointed with all other veg options.

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DAVIDW
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a special find. Amazing food. Great lighting. Good and personal service.
The noise level is a lot, so if you're hard of hearing you may struggle. (Unless it's in the summer when I assume the large doors at the front of the restaurant are open).
It's an absolute must. A place where I leave feeling well fed, from exquisite food. A place for a very special night out.

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KateM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Unfortunately they try and seat parties of 3 along the bar area despite you having booked more than a week in advance. I found this really hard given we had my mother in law with us who had flown in for a birthday celebration. We were then offered a table but only had an hour to eat. My husband also found shot in his meal which we weren't warned about - can only imagine what a catastrophe that would have been had that been in my mother in laws meal. Overall not the level of service you would expect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great menu, a choice for everyone. Sharing dishes is the way to go. Nothing pretentious about this place. Just great food! A massive favourite of mine.

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