Il Portico

4.8
1348 reviews
£26 to £40
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.
What 1348 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.6
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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daidrum
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, a proper Italian restaurant, attentive service, fabulous, fresh ingredients

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ValerieP
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful ambience. Friendly attentive waiters. A relaxed traditional Italian vibe.
And the food! Don’t get me started.
Amazing. Super fresh. Try the calf’s liver cooked with sage or the four rack of lamb.
I cannot wait to go back and try the deserts.
A truly mouth watering memorable experience.

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KaliopiM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing local gem. Highly recommend! Worth visiting!

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LilianW
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue. Great food and service. First time eating here but would definitely return. Staff were so welcoming.

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EGilmour
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant - they looked after us superbly for a pre-Opera Holland Park meal.

The Calamari Mari & Monti was one of the best dishes I have ever tasted.

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VivienneB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and friendly atmosphere

Service good staff friendly and helpful

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dinerman
London
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent local restaurant, good old school Italian cooking

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JolantaJ
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very attentive service, good fish dishes. Calamari was a bit tough, since rating of very good, not exceptional.

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VickyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband asked to come here for his 40th birthday and the experience was lovely. Great ambiance and delicious food. The staff were lovely too.

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Waynec
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual
Service was excellent
Food and wine excellent

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vipFNANY
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Fresh made pasta vongole were fantastic. Great prawns as a starter. Good wines by the glass. Will go back and back again.

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LukeB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The perfect Friday night in London - beautiful restaurant, amazing food, staff were fantastic, especially Vito. Great wine list

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CharlieL
London
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb chops were delicious, service is great and the negronis were fantastic!

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FionaEW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Portico is the most fabulous family run restaurant. Wonderful food, wonderful service and wonderful ambience. Proper Italian in every way!

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TonyC
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here recently for my partner’s birthday lunch. Lovely food and wine, great service. Make sure you’re hungry. Big servings!

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planterJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food, the prawns are to die for. Lovely restaurant and happy staff, we'll be back.

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Nati
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely to be there, great food and amazing quality/price

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TK19
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely dinner at the Il Portico, great food and friendly service. will return

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MartinS
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my family last night for dinner. Fantastic meal. Great service and ambiance. Definitely going back next time in London. Highly recommended.

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RichardS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lived up to all our expectations. Just as good as the food as you get in Italy.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic evening with impeccable service! Food was brilliant and wine too. Can’t wait to come again.

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WillS
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were made to feel very welcome when we arrived and the service throughout the night was excellent. The food was amazing and we would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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AllyH
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute gem of a restaurant. 5 star everything.

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MarkC
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful in all ways. Family run friendly place with delicious regional Italian food. A fabulous place to go for a really enjoyable evening.

DM
DennisM
N. Ireland
4 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious evening meal in this lovely homely Italian restaurant in Kensington. The family touch was clear for all to see. We wish we lived closer to London so that we could come again. Highly recommended.

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EmmaM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Perfect quick dinner before the opera. Very friendly and attentive service. In and out in an hour

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vipStanJ
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Still the best. Lovely to see it full. thank you James and team

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SR23
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great traditional restaurant with amazing service, great food and fair prices.

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KatrinaB
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and hospitality! We will be going again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were made very welcome, had lovely food and we were so happy to eat at this restaurant once again after many months. A very enjoyable meal. Thank you

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NicholasC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been coming to Il Portico since 1972. It has been owned by the same family since 1967. Very good food and service. The present owner, James, has been very proactive during lockdown - he hasn't just sat around saying "Oh dear, isn't it awful". We are very lucky to have Il Portico on our doorstep.

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MaxVologni
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Going to "Il Portico" by James is always a bit like coming home to Italy and finding top quality dishes, recipes, products and ingredients cooked with care and attention! A truly recommended experience! Excellent service with great care for customers.

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DAWNT
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I arranged a team dinner there for some of our high value executives and have recieved nothing but great feedback from them all. The food was delicious, table service was excellent. We had such a lovely time we. Thank you to the staff for making the night such a success. We will definitely be back.

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SophieW
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food at il Portico was delicious! We had the prawns, the calamari, the vongole and then shared the cheesecake for dessert. My only feedback would be that my friend that I was with, doesn't drink and there wasn't really any alcohol free options. Like a seedlip and tonic or becks blue for example. Not then end of the world, of course, but I know it would've been nicer for her if she could've had more drink options. The vongole was the best I've ever had and very decent portions, so I will definitely be back!

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AlecM
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent to be back properly. Spent a very enjoyable couple of hours and really appreciated it.

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deblina
London
32 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely cozy authentic family run. Would suggest some diversification on the menu especially to add soups and salads and lighter summer pastas

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MDWF
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A lovely, friendly, Italian atmosphere with delicious food

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JohnB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, quality if food and ambience
Cannot wait to return!

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AndrewH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great authentic food with great service. Thanks for an enjoyable evening

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LouiseC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely lunch with delicious food and lovely warm service

FAQs

Il Portico is rated 4.8 stars by 1348 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.