Il Portico

4.7
994 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.

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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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London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Busy evening, restaurant was full. Very quick service. Food was excellent, but a bit pricey!

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MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT everything! This was our 'regular' visit whenever we are in London, and continues to exceed all our expectations.

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a
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I liked this place. Simple Italian cooking, friendly and quick service. My only disappointment was the lack of any game on the menu!

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RS
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Splendid Italian friendliness, great evening .
Food very good as well

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CB
London
23 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since moving away from London we only get to visit IL Portico once or twice a year. Always excellent , Veal chop and Calves liver outstanding, Pinot Grigio as it should be. An outstanding Family owned local restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Ambient and food wonderful host , would defiantly must do again east to reach very close to high street Kingston station

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RE
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, I had the calf’s liver it really need to come with some kind of vegetable or salad, but it was excellent otherwise

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J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real gem, hard to find a proper Italian sometimes. This is one. Great food and authentic service.

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N
London
18 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place! Lovely place, lovely food, and really love atmosphere! Will be back for sure

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s
London
80 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love il Portico as soon as you go through the door you feel your in Italy. Service is tops and food consistently good. Had my Dover Sole and it was delicious and the pasta is always excellent. It’s great for s Romantic meal for two or business or a special occasion . Will be back .

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GK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

James and his team always deliver! Our favourite London restaurant for 6 years.

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JA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is my favorite restaurant in London. Superb food and great service.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening spent at Il Portico, staff were very attentive and friendly, food was excellent. Would highly recommend.

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D
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place with friendly staff,happy days,rock on next year 🍻🍷😁x

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NB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Traditional Italian restaurant with friendly, knowledgeable staff. High quality ingredients and well presented.

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IT
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A good place for quiet discussion over a glass of wine and a tasty meal.

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C
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant authentic Italian food and great waiting staff we will definitely come again

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LC
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the restaurant! Great food, great service and everyone was so friendly and helpful! We will definitely return!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding as usual. Staff is great!

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MP
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, lovely food and great wine list! Can't wait to return!

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F
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Superb food, amazingly friendly staff, a knowledgeable owner and good wine. Nothing more to say about this family run restaurant apart from we drive for an hour to try this restaurant and it didn't disappoint...... Apart from the cold draft that hit the two of us that were sitting with our backs against the wall. Not ideal on a cold, wet winters evening which is what brought the score down but that is the only negative I can think of. We'll be back!

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LD
London
23 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely 'ristorante', great service and delicious food! Good for a quiet Friday night supper.

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BP
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smallish restaurant with an excellent selection of food and wine at reasonable prices (by London standards) and a vibrant atmosphere. The staff are very friendly, courteous, knowledgable about the food and wine pairings; nothing is too much trouble! I ate their last Saturday (March 2) with friends for a multiple birthday celebration and all agreed that we would return and recommend to friends. The Gavi was almost too good to share! The Saltimboca al la Romana (excuse spelling) was divine, as were the pasta dishes. The deli board starter was delicious; we think that two boards between three is probably enough for most folk. The only problem in singing it’s praise is that it may be harder to get a table in future!

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IH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food; great ambience; we have been going for years and continue to love it

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JW
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Dishes beautifully presented and with a great balance of flavours. Wine good quality and affordable. Nice to be offered a taster of an unfamiliar red.

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SV
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious home cooked Italian food in a charming, traditional setting.

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OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. One issue we had was that the saucing of
the fish dishes was a bit too lemony which slightly spoiled the dishes

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was so nicely prepared and was completely delicious! From the bread on the table to the desserts at the end, every dish was delicious and exactly what you want from an Italian restaurant: High quality, super fresh flavors and generous portions. The service was super friendly and accomodating, if a little too quick, but otherwise we really enjoyed our evening and can't wait to take future London visitors to Il Portico!

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JB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and staff were friendly and made us feel like old friends. Perfect last meal in London.

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KP
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, delicious food & friendly staff. One of our favourites!

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NA
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family owned restaurant, delicious food and outstanding service!

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SW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You feel you have found a little bit of Italy when you visit this Kensington eaterie. The food is excellent and staff really attentive.

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E
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and authentic Italian food. The ambiance was lovely for Valentine’s Day and didn’t feel rushed or pressure to leave. 10/10

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional and friendly service. Fantastic food. Whatever you choose test really delicious. Best Italian restaurant in London.

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LL
Buckinghamshire
54 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Booked an early meal there and requested a quiet table as I was entertaining a journalist. Nice table tucked away. Food was of good quality although possibly a tad on the pricey side. The service was very good. Will definitely return

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G
London
31 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All perfect as always

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CR
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I may fly back to London just to eat here again, amazing!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ll Portico is a consistently fantastic experience. Service, quality, ambiance, food always amazing.

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s
London
80 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous restaurant, made to feel at home as soon as we arrived. Lovely welcome in to what appeared to be a lovely local Italian restaurant. Almost felt we were in Italy.
Great food also I had a beautifully cooked Dover Sole off the bone just for convenience otherwise I would have left it off as it stayed warmer. Great sauté potatoes and Zucchini Frito. My wife had a lovely Veal Milanese and also had the sauté potatoes and shared some of my Zucchini.
Puddings were divine Affogato and Tiramisu. Wine by the glass was excellent and not over the top , good Italian varieties.. overall a great experience and we will recommend and revisit on our next trip to Kensington. Another to add to our fav restaurants.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food, the staff, the whole evening was thoroughly delightful

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