Primeur

4.7
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478 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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.7
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JB
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

N
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.

OT
London
3 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.

o
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.

J
London
19 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DC
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.

SD
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.

J
Melbourne / VIC
7 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

LB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

AP
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 ...

KB
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

C
London
30 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

E
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

C
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!

H
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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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QR
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

OT
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.

DA
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.

KM
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.

OT
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.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always. A brilliant gem of a place.

ID
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always a great one at Primeur, my favourite neighbourhood restaurant. The food and the wine never disappoints! This time, I took my parents and for them it was a bit too noisy. Maybe curtains or other elements in the interior design could be added to reduce the noise? would be my only remark.

r
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and great value, wine list really expensive. Dishes come at random which is great, but some of the wait times between plates was too long

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food absolutely superb. Great service too and at the right price. Highly recommend.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food

V
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The location is beautiful, the food is good however the restaurant is overpriced and the dishes are boring

WS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place for a friday evening meal. The restaurant was buzzy and packed in a good way. We really liked the table layout and comfy chairs. Food was pretty good with some exceptional dishes (mussels) and some disappointing dishes (mozzarella). Their short drinks were really good and house red was pretty decent as well. We got stung with the other bottle of wine suggested by the waiter which was a little annoying. Like many reviews on here I would say that the menu is overpriced for what it is but on the plus side we had an awful lot of fun. Definitely worth a visit!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deeeeeelicious ☺️

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I visited Primeur with a friend who is vegetarian and so we ordered mainly vegetarian dishes. I think they were lacking in taste. Pasta with anchovies was fried and so quite heavy, the aubergine was ok and beetroot salad was nice. The best dish was hake, but that makes is one dish out of four. It is a shame.

HL
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant evening at Primeur. Beautiful food and backed with great service.

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant that has never disappointed. Third time here and always impressed with the quality and variety of the menu. Haven't had a bad dish yet. Attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing look no further

RJ
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great lunch of mussels and pork belly all using phenomenally herbs and sauces.
The wine selection is well priced and enjoyable to try some high cost wines by the glass without paying a premium

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Slightly dear but we knew what to expect having been before. Would happily come again

LB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Exceptional food as always. There are very few restaurants I can have total faith that whatever I choose on the menu will be of the highest possible standards. This was no exception.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative and tasty food in lovely relaxed setting. Staff knowledgeable and fun.

H
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Primeur used to be one of my favourite local restaurants but lately I find it hit and miss. Not sure if theres a difference between lunch and dinner service - we visited at lunchtime. A couple of the dishes were delicious but we also ordered the duck which was overcooked and luke warm so that was disappointing. The meringue pudding was really chewy and sticky. Service was also slow which was unusual - maybe it was an off day and we were just unlucky.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Had high hopes but was put in a rubbish table (uncomfortable and kept on being hit by the staff rushing past), food was average and bill was fairly high. Won’t be back in a hurry. Real shame.