Il Portico

4.7
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1122 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
The oldest family run restaurant in London. Spanning 6 decades and three generations, Il Portico Restaurant on Kensington High Street has been cooking regional Italian specialities since it was first opened in the 1960"s by acclaimed chef Pino Chiavarini. Still managed to this day by the same family, siblings James and Francesca draw heavily from their roots, providing simple, authentic Italian food from their home region of Emilia Romagna and beyond. Whilst the family are always on hand to welcome you in, our Executive chef, Eduardo (currently in his 25th year of service with us) concentrates on slow, homemade dishes with a sense of history and provenance.

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Mon - Wed 12:00PM - 2:30PM 6:00PM - 7:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM
Thu 12:00PM - 2:30PM 6:00PM - 7:00PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 2:30PM

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C
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely meal as a large group of 17. Restaurant staff were welcoming and friendly, and the food was delicious.

Il Portico
Responded 15 hours ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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GJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, great atmosphere and friendly staff

Il Portico
Responded 15 hours ago

Thank you and please come back soon!

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SR
Warwickshire
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely family owned business with excellent service and food. Good location. Reasonably priced.

Il Portico
Responded 15 hours ago

Thank you!

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KF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding and presented beautifully. The service is attentive and very friendly.

I’d recommend it for any special occasion or anytime you’d like a wonderful evening out.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant local restaurant, which we always enjoy. Only downside is the wine list.

Il Portico
Responded 7 days ago

Dear seymourm, thank you for taking the time to complete the feedback form.  Im so glad that you had a wonderful meal with us and we look forward to seeing you soon at Il Portico.With very best wishesJames, Marianna, and all the team at Il Portico

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c
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We’re never disappointed eating at this terrific ‘family’ restaurant. The produce is exceptional.

Il Portico
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thank you! I'm so please that you had a wonderful time and we look forward to seeing you back soon

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DS
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambience, excellent service, and exceptionally freshly prepared food. It’s a definite repeat.

BM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute booking as I was visiting Olympia for an event, but what a great choice! This is a lovely family run restaurant with great staff and a welcoming atmosphere. The food was superb, from the monkfish and seafood soup through the the Torta de Nona dessert; but the standout dish was the Fegato Salvia (calves liver with butter and sage). Beautifully cooked and just sublime! Good choice of wines available by the glass and reasonably priced. A great little Italian restaurant!!

Il Portico
Responded on 11 February 2020

Dear BMcG, thank you for taking the time to complete the feedback form.  I'm so glad that you had a wonderful meal with us and we look forward to seeing you soon at Il Portico. With very best wishes James, Marianna, and all the team at Il Portico

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great evening. I’m from the US but always make it a point to dine at il Portico when I’m in London. They always have good specials but the menu is also wonderful. Service is outstanding. Make sure you get the fried zucchini- it melts in your mouth!

Il Portico
Responded on 11 February 2020

Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you again soon Best wishes James and all the team

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s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are visiting and staying in the neighborhood. Our hostess recommended ll Portico to us. We went and loved it so much we went again two days later! Everything we had on the menu was as good as what we’ve had in Italy.. service was outstanding as well. You cannot go wrong at this cute little neighborhood restaurant.

Il Portico
Responded on 11 February 2020

Thank you Susan! I really appreciater you taking the time to write your review Best wishes James

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were introduced to this little gem of an Italian restaurant last year. We’ve lived in the area for years but thought it was just another Italian restaurant. However, I can’t recommend it more if you’re looking for beautifully cooked Italian meat, game and seafood dishes and service that is warm and attentive.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a lovely dinner with a well established restaurant who’ve been delivering a tried and tested recipe for years.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent family owned restaurant. Very friendly staff, great atmosphere and lovely food. Would love to come back.

s
London
53 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Welcome to authentic Italian cuisine... Fresh products beautifully prepared like in Italy, dishes perfect for sharing; Beetroot salad and calamari were delicious starters, black ink linguine with lobster and shrimp as the pasta course prepared us perfectly for the sea bream to follow, melting on your tongue...

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing as usual ❤️

KW
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in this place was great. We were early but despite being about to sit down for the staff dinner the let us in, got us settled with a bottle of wine before they opened.

All the food was incredible too, we both really enjoyed starters and mains.

I will definitely be back.

JR
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top! Very good food and very friendly service! I really recommend!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Slow service. Hair in Tiramisu. Plastic in spaghetti.

PF
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for lunch with my family. The food was delicious. Our waitress from Brazil was extremely polite. The food was ready in an instant. They brought us a bread basket with olive oil before the food was ready. I value that a lot.
We had a very interesting conversation with the owner. A very nice man. There’s no one like the owner to make sure a business works. We had a great time

ED
London
13 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have regular visitors to Il Portico. The food never disappointed us with very tasty dishes and great wines.
The service was friendly and professional.

PL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Il Portion for accommodating my family's Christmas Day celebrations last Saturday.

Your help, enthusiasm, suggestions, food and service were outstanding and I cannot thank you enough, or indeed wait to revisit.

LD
London
29 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and great food in a lovely, traditional, relaxed environment. A real authentic neighbourhood gem.

G
London
39 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Like going home for warm welcome, so friendly and excellent food and wine

SO
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, and a nice, intimate place. Strongly recommended!

MV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I grew up in this area and must have passed this place so many times and never gone in. What a pity.
It has to be one of the best Italian places I have tried in London.
The food was sooo delicious and what surprised me was how big the portions were (that is NOT typical in London).
The variety on the menu was great; not your typical pasta dishes and also wonderful meat and fish dishes.
This is now my go-to when in London.
Already planning my next visit.

t
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is our second visit here.Went about 18 months ago.Food was amazing.Service is fantastic and such a lovley atmosphere.Will definitely go again when in the area.

d
London
25 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely authentic local Italian. The capellaci pasta was delish, wine list was extensive and well-priced, perfect place for a good meal and goo conversation. Also very enthusiastic service!

WN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cozy, comfortable, homey vibe. Simple dishes done very well. Very attentive and friendly staff.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious, authentic Italian cuisine for a quiet lunch. Ideal for a business meeting.

i
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An excellent evening, the host was in control, a very well run family restaurant. They obviously have a regular clientelle, this was our first visit but we were attended to with as much care as the regulars. The food was very good and the portions were big, we didn't have room for a dessert!

If we are in London again, we will definitely go back.

MM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighbourhood gem. Delicious, authentic Italian food. Always a treat.

C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank so much for wonderful meal!!

LC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I only come to London once a year & il Portico is the only restaurant I use! The food is wonderful, reasonably priced for such good food & great menu. The staff are always very welcoming & pleasant, not mention efficient! Thank you once again Vinnie!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious lunch with the girls. They very obviously use great fresh ingredients.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal with really friendly staff.
The quality of the food was exceptional with great tastes and flavours.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very good evening, friendly and warm

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic again thanks

AD
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Authentic food and ambiance! Burrata, risotto and calamares outstanding

r
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. Went with waiter's suggestions and was not disappointed.