Il Portico

4.7
927 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
020 7602 6262
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Eduardo Ferreira
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Additional
Full Bar, Outdoor dining

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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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

What 927 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sono stata con la famiglia in questo ristorante. Personale molto gentile e disponibile. Titolare simpatico e premuroso. Sicuramente un ottimo posto! I piatti curati e molto buoni. Il conto negli standard londinesi, forse un po' alto per gli standard italiani. Ma ne è valsa la pena!

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A
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We found this place when we were staying in Kensington for a few weeks. Love the food - good old fashioned Italian cooking, the way it should be.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a leisurely lunch with family. The anti-pasti whetted the appetite, the burrata being particulary delicious and we liked the food enough to have 3 more courses. Friendly service, we were happy with the recommendations.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fantastic service and atmosphere!

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PS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and will definitely be back next time I visit London. I've already recommended to my friends and family. The staff were exceptionally warm and friendly and the food was unreal. Such fresh ingredients and my first ever piece of veal was out of this world, words can't describe it, in fact I'm already starting to water at the mouth reliving the memory.

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KG
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely authentic Italian experience. It feels like you are actually in Italy with fresh ingredients. It’s not cheap but I think it is definitely worth it. Will repeat!

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MT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful family-run Italian restaurant with a great ambience. Yes, it's a little on the pricey side but believe me, it's worth it. Ingredients are fresh and good quality, the staff are a delight and the cooking is exceptional. Just need to add a vegetable portion to some of their more expensive main courses which looked rather sparse and lonely in comparison to our neighbours' massive pasta portions - and then it will be perfect.

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M
London
120 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous veal Milanese with pomedares and octopus .. great service although a little strange in finding a quiet table
Good overall

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MG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, team will do anything to make sure your experience is top not.

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CH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Having eaten at many Italian Restaurants in London, I found the service and food as good if not better than any whom charge a fortune for what should be quality basic food on what all Italian eating is all about.

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic, absolutely my favorite restaurant in London. It rivals any Italian restaurant in New York. Worth staying an extra night for.

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CP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding Italian cuisine and good “buzzy” ambience. Attentive staff

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TD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly authentic, great service, a sensible range of options for starters, pasta, main course plus specials. rather than a multi page menu. All waiting staff are knowledgable, friendly, and very effective. Wonderful ambience that is very people friendly. Food was outstanding, wine guidance was also very helpful.

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had anything other than great service and excellent food. It is one of my favourite restaurants.

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JV
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I asked for a Risotto, which got to my table under 10 minutes. Not only it meant that it was already cooked, as it wasn't "moisty" and as tasteful as risottos tipically are.

Also, I asked for a glass of wine, it only arrived after my meal started and it was too warm for consumption (the waiter didn't care which is strange considering it being an Italian house).

Lastly (I'm not from the UK) I got charged for Service and I wasn't even explained on what that was... Now I know it's something optional you can rebute. Overall it was too expensive for the overall quality with average service and average food.

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JP
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

booked very easily - restaurant telephoned and reconfirmed on day of booking. All very efficient and evening went well. definitely recommend - so popular - remember to book!

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DA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

A very nice little Italian restaurant. The food and atmosphere are just right so it will be a great place for a fun evening out but good enough for a nice romantic dinner.

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D
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great location, wonderful service, the lamb shank was amazing

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly, informal service. Good advice over the menu. Portions were generous - food & wine! - and not much to fault really. Price of truffle risotto was a bit steep but it was very tasty. Would dine here again.

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BP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Portico is an absolute gem. It is a long established, family run Italian restaurant, now in the hands of the second generation. Whenever we go we are treated as if we are part of the family. The food is traditional and excellent, but what keeps us coming back is the friendliness and warm treatment we experience every time we go. It is the perfect antidote to the corporate feel you experience in so many London restaurants.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were very good, good choice of fresh food and very friendly service.

The only downside for me was the seating arrangements, table for four was bench on side, chairs the other side and very close the the next tables meaning those on the benches feel quite trapped.

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C
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were lookin for a quiet place to have lunch. This restaurant is very full in the evenings but not so much at lunch so it was perfect. Waiter couldn’t have been nicer and even suggested we had a starter size order of risotto, he was right, it was more than enough. Very good value for neighbourhood Italian.

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W
London
52 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Ate here as we were exhibiting at a show close by at Olympia. Very nice "local" Italian - obviously very popular with local residents who all seem to know the staff and visa versa. Would happily visit again.

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AB
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the finest Italian restaurants ! The entire experince - welcome greeting and staff, an amazing food, wine and Service. It is must when in London!

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RT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We decided to venture here after visiting the design museum across the street. Lovely restaurant and the food was delish! The waiter was so friendly and engaging ( worked in the USA and his son was born there), very attentive. Best tiramisu!!
Would definitely recommend eating here.

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s
London
112 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a superb lunch here in October. Our waiter was really knowledgable, was able to make recommendations for us and the food was divine. Obviously we had the prawn starter in a zingy sauce then plumped for meat mains. You can’t go wrong with the lamb. Highly recommended.

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to. Everything tasted amazing!! Great service and happy vibes!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a terrific evening! The dinner was delicious and the setting was perfect. The staff helped us choose among the outstanding offerings. Don't miss this hidden secret!

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G
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic, upscale, locally sourced Italian. A happy random restaurant pick that way over-performed expectations Food, service, hospitality were out of this world. If London wasn't an 8 hour flight, I'd eat there weekly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is excellent.

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had a most enjoyable meal at Il Portico. James and his staff were as usual very pleasant and efficient and ensured our evening was most enjoyable. The food was superb, as was the wine we had chosen and we could not have had a better time. We look forward to returning again soon. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place with excellent service and good food. The only issue was not much choice on the menu - we could only have pasta as grouse and game were unavailable which was a shame, so would recommend calling in advance.

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GD
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An enjoyable dinner with good food and service. One minor grouse - customers seated facing the walls are subject to a draught when the door is open.

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l
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly, excellent local restaurant. Staff know many of their diners very well.

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PJ
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in London for five days, and it was so good the first time we dine there that we returned there and it was even better. This is a local family-run place that we would be eating at regularly if we lived in London. Everything about the eating experience - the tastes, the quality, the presentation, the service, the ambiance was excellent! Their daily specials, which vary, really are SPECIAL. We look forward to eating there in 2019 when we return to London, and each time we go back, thereafter.

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JL
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious and the service was good. Enough said !!

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BD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ll Portico is a special dining spot in Kensington. They serve creative Italian dishes and the atmosphere is sophisticated and relaxing. Great for conversation.

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RO
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We've been coming to this restaurant since 1975, and it's always been great.
I had the Saltimbocca alla Romana, and my wife had the Spaghetti alla Vongole. Very authentic Italian food!

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FD
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Had to ask the waiters for the same thing 2023283 times. No one was bringing us bread, they kept on asking us if we wanted to order drinks and we already had. It was just a full on mess. They brought us water and then got angry at us because we had poured it in the wine glasses - they were the only glasses on the table... how were we supposed to drink? The other glasses came over to the table later on.

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MT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Il portico proved to be a good choice for Italian cuisine in a city where there are almost too many choices for restaurants. We shared a calamari mari & monti (grilled squid salad), and I had the spaghetti alle vongole, while my husband dined on veal saltimbocca alle romana for entrees. The best part of our experience was provided by the staff, who welcomed us like family into their eatery.

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