Primeur

4.7
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448 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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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London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deeeeeelicious ☺️

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing look no further

RJ
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

H
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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.

JS
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it - menu was brilliant, great setting and lovely service

FJ
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, interesting food that thought had been put into, will be thinking about the meal for a long time to come. A menu that made you want to try new things. Pleasant service in a nice space. The wines were not a bargain but some excellent choices to be had.

SA
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A really nice place to have in the neighbourhood. Really nice service and atmosphere. The starters were a little basic (croquettes were served without a dip, crudités dip was great but otherwise we're just covered in parmesan). Will definitely go back as fish dish and wine was great, also the menu changes constantly.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food in a really nice setting. Every dish we ordered hit the ball put of the park and the small plates meant we could try more options from the menu. Service was attentive too even though the place was packed. The tables are large and shared but it doesn't feel like you are on top of anyone at all which is always a big plus in London.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always outstanding!

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great venue for a lazy Sunday lunch. Fantastic food and wine and lovely to have the big open doors brining the outside in.

KS
London
12 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice eve for couples. Fresh ingredients and menu.

YB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good balance food quality and price, great service

BD
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Every single time we eat here it's close to perfect. Varied menus, knowledgable staff, great atmosphere. Favourite spot in London.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, incredible food, amazing friendly service.

M
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd time there and it’s fantastic. High end price wise but good value for the quality.

LB
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants in London! Both the food and the service are equally incredible.

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best food experiences in London. Strongly recommend to everyone.

AS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic, the food was incredible and the ambiance was wonderful.

m
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant itself is a lovely space, beautifully decorated and feels very welcoming. The service was great from the moment we stepped in and food was even better, some of the dishes were more surprising and tasty than others but that’s just a matter of personal taste.
The wine list is also quite extensive and offers good range of prices, qualities, and pairing with the food they serve.
Overall the place is amazing, highly recommended for either a friendly lunch/dinner or a romantic date.
Loved it!

D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely way to spend an evening - in a beautiful room eating inspired, seasonal food, guided by passionate, knowledgable staff. Bravo!

NH
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful early summer evening meant the fold back doors were wide open, started with a lovely Campari spritz whilst we waited for our table and service, food, speed throughout was excellent. I’ve been waiting ages to go here and wasn’t disappointed.

e
London
14 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Disappointing evening. Service hurried. Food OK, but not great. Wine expensive.
Service was hurried and we were told our mains might arrive before the starters.
We were later told after an hour and 15 minutes that we should hurry if we wanted dessert as we only had the table for 90 minutes!! This was news to us as it had not been stated when booking nor on their website. The norm in most restaurants is a minimum 2 hours
Won’t be back any time soon

E
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

My boyfriend and I went to Primeur for his birthday. The food was lovely, however our waiter was quite rude to us. Having dietary restrictions, I called ahead and spoke to a member of staff who assured me that there would be options for us, however when we arrived we were rather abruptly told we would only be able to eat 3 dishes, 2 of which being plates of vegetables. They were delicious, but no effort was made to substitute the elements we couldn’t eat, so it was a lot of money for very little food. The waiter was quite unwelcoming and called us ‘fussy’ for having genuine intolerances. If we had known that the restaurant wouldn’t be able to cater to us or offer welcoming service we would have gone elsewhere. We’re used to not being able to enjoy the whole menu when we eat out, but not to being belittled for it. Overall we left disappointed despite the very good quality of the food we did have, which is a shame.

CS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had to sit at the bar which is not very comfortable. Otherwise it would be 5 stairs, the food is great!

JM
London
11 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food - although small plates experience can be irritating - as you lose some of the enjoyment of a sense of meal - some items felt expensive others good value.
Wine very expensive - and not great at the price I was prepared to pay

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was good but not as good as usual!
We had a very cramped end of table for 4, not enough space for the food. It’s a shame as we love this place!!!

Z
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent but we were rather hurried by the staff to order our dessert, as the reservation was reduced from 2 hours to 1.45 minutes without discussing it with us. This made the end of the meal feel less enjoyable. 2.00 hour slots are fine (if a bit tight), and that is what we agreed to, but reducing it further without asking us felt a bit rude.

Also, upon asking the staff I found out that if you pay a tip through the card machine it doesn't go to the staff, the company keep it. This is not the way I would expect a decent restaurant to operate. I would expect tips to go to the staff, and if that isn't your policy you should make that very clear to diners. Again, a bit disappointing from somewhere I thought would be better than that.

JP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small plates to share. Interesting flavours and combinations, wide selection of unusual wines.
Quite expensive. Communal tables or stools at the bar.

L
London
39 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant in unique building. Small plates but all tasty good especially the croquetas and merinque

RT
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great out of the way place!! A delicious menu that will make your palette state: “Please, Sir.. can I have some more?”

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic restaurant! You’re looked after from the moment you walk in, our waiter was knowledgable about all the wines and food on offer, and really wanted to help us in our selection. Sat at the bar was great, a little quiet in atmosphere but it grew as the evening went on. Would definitely go back

R
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Food is always fresh, delicious and tasty. Service is spot on. Tiniest of gripes is that the bar seats are sometimes bit close for comfort, but usually only if a bit of manspreading is in play.

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