Il Portico

4.6
855 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • 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 855 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.5
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 4 days ago

The service wasn’t good. We couldn’t get our waiter’s attentions. They got our meal wrong and it took a while to correct.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Another very good meal with smooth but unhurried service and a warm welcome

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4.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Good neighbourhood Italian, somewhat smarter than the average. Interesting menu - a different game dish each day. Very convenient for Holland Park Opera - if only it opened slightly earlier during the season. Pre-opera it was packed with diners wolfing food down to get there. Some tables outside, though a busy road.

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5.0Dined on 11 June 2018

We often go to Il Portico for an early supper ahead of the Holland Park Opera, where it is ideally located! The food is ‘Classic Italian’ with a nice wine list, very welcoming /friendly service, and a good ambiance.

I can recommend IlPortico, without reservation!

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

The service and food were excellent! Definitely returning!

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5.0Dined on 5 June 2018

As always you are warmly welcomed and the wait staff can't do enough to make you comfortable and to explain the menu in details. There are always Specials and the food is absolutely delicious and authentic.

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5.0Dined on 29 May 2018

Excellent food.Friendly and efficient service. Good value

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

We dined at Il Portico for our wedding anniversary, celebrating in London from the US. We loved the entire experience! The food was authentic and delicious! The bottle of wine we ordered paired just right with our dinner! The entire experience was romantic and memorable! Thank you to the wonderful staff for a delightful evening!

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3.0Dined on 24 May 2018

Rather love themselves. Over rated and expensive and food was way back on the quality promised in reviews! Disappointing.

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5.0Dined on 22 May 2018

I really enjoyed the excellent dinner and the friendly atmosphere. I recommend the reataurant for italian food lovers.

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5.0Dined on 21 May 2018

I have been coming here for over 10 years, the family and staff are amazing and the food outstanding. I had not been back in over a year, the menu was new with all my old favorites still there. It is a “must stop” for every visit to London. I will be back again and again.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Amazing experience, we loved everything we ordered.

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3.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Really loved restaurant. Food was gorgeous but found service a bit rushed. We were never asked to hurry or leave but plates lifted even though other people at table still eating.

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5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

Lovely family run Italian restaurant. The menu was varied and the choices were not the norm (which is good).
The service, friendliness and attentiveness of the staff was second to none.
Recommended

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Excellent food and service. And the staff were super accommodating as we had two toddlers and a baby. We will definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Wonderful homemade pasta - excellent service! Great wine and sitting outside with the heaters was lovely! Don’t miss this gem!

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5.0Dined on 25 April 2018

One of the best family run restaurants in London. Good honest food well cooked and served by friendly staff. The Pinot Grigio is excellent.

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5.0Dined on 25 April 2018

It was very nice for a business luncheon

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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Excellent food, service, menu and atmosphere, very highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on 18 April 2018

Very lively and authentic atmosphere. Knowledgeable, engaging and efficient staff. Authentic Italian food. Simple and tasty

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5.0Dined on 18 April 2018

Wine superb. Service attentive. Food well coked and presented. What's not to like

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3.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Fairly good family run establishment. Food variable but with some very good dishes. Good value wine list. Busy but lacks ambiance. tables can be cramped.

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4.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Great food and ambience. Been to lunch and dinner and both excellent. Great lively, authentic, friendly spot

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4.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Aufgrund der sehr guten Bewertungen hatten wir uns für dieses Restaurant entschieden. Wir wurden auch nicht enttäuscht. Essen und der Wein waren sehr gut. Auch der Service - bis auf eine Ausnahme. Eine weibliche Bedienung vergaß das Bier für meinen Gast und war auch sonst etwas nachlässig. Sonst war aber auch der Service sehr gut. Daher kann ich leider keine kompletten 5 Sterne vergeben.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

This restaurant delivers a delicious and authentic Italian meal. It was the closest meal to having been back in Italy that I have found in months! The staff was helpful and attentive and the ambiance was great. I recommend making a reservation to ensure you are able to dine at this wonderful restaurant!

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

One of the best Italian restaurants in London.

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3.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Food brilliant I like to leave a tip not have service charge added not the British way and £19 charged for a glass of rose wine but the food was brilliant and they looked after my son the Italian way which is why I would go back again

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

A lovely local trattoria. Real home cooked feel. Not cheap but very nice

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5.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Lovely little Kensington Italian restaurant! We came across it while visiting from Minnesota on Spring Break. What a nice little gem! Would highly recommend!

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3.0Dined on 28 March 2018

a nice family Italian had a lovely fish soup husband had lardo.
Not outstanding but tasty.
I had seafood pasta my husband had a meat dish, 1 glass of wine, 1 Campari and a soda.
the bill came to over £110, very overpriced.
They also charged the service charge which was £10 i didn't want to pay it but my husband was embarrassed not to and did, customers should not be put in this position.
I wouldn't go there again there better restaurants around the area which are reasonable with great food.

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5.0Dined on 22 March 2018

We stubbled across il portico whilst staying in the area,what a gem of a restaurant,it’s been a family run restaurant since 1967. The food was lovely and reasonably priced, I had the lamb cutlets ,reared from there own family farm in Kent,delicious!!

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Went on a freezing Saturday lunchtime and had a wonderful meal with great service. Highly recommended

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Excellent food & wine v friendly service - very full & a touch noisy at times but expected so not unpleasant.

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

The food was amazing! We had a lovely evening and enjoyed this spot very much! Staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the menu! Thank you very much

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5.0Dined on 2 March 2018

Wonderful authentic Italian food served by friendly staff. Always a warm welcome

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4.0Dined on 2 March 2018

Great Italian family restaurant. Warm service with all the classics. Quality always reliable. Lovely ambience. A regular favourite.

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5.0Dined on 26 February 2018

A wonderful experience. Fantastic food and lovely staff.

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

A very friendly place, with great cooking and service. Slightly traditional feel - this is meant as a real complement :) Will be going back! Thank you

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4.0Dined on 13 February 2018

An excellent Italian family restaurant. Excellent food. Good value. Comprehensive wine list with many good affordable wines. A Kensington institution. Well done.

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5.0Dined on 10 February 2018

This is my all time favourite Italian restaurant, I have taken my partner here twice now for dinner on special occasions, and you walk in and you think your in Italy, the service is brilliant, and they really cater for your occasion and make it an experience, the food is very tasty and authentic, I will never forget this gem in London and the people who work there. Thanks again and I am sure we will be back soon!

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