Calamari Mari e Monti
Grilled fresh squid, chilli, garlic & oyster mushrooms
Pinot Grigio, San Michele Appiano, Alto Adige 2013
But the restaurant didn’t open due to COVID!!!!
Every visit to Il Portico is always a pleasurable experience! Delicious food guarantees. The staff are always lovely too. Can’t wait until it reopens again.
Food amazing, potions huge, service fabulous - this has become my new favourite local
Il Portico is one of my favourite places to eat in London. The food is exquisite (this week I had the best prawns of my life) but the warm welcome and family atmosphere that is fostered by James and Mariana makes it feel like we are being cooked dinner by friends, not a faceless restaurant. It’s always lovely to sit around people who are clearly regulars - I’m quickly becoming one of them!
Great service and food. Lively atmosphere! Will go again.
One of the best neighbourhood Italian restaurants. Great to visit again and again.
James and Marianna is wife make a friendly and professional team. They make you feel like family and make sure we are well taken care of every time we dine. The food is high quality and always absolutely delicious. I also recommend their cook at home dishes on the Home James side of the website. Simple and scrumptious.
A great afternoon with good food and good service we will be back
The service, ambiance and food were absolutely perfect, we will definitely be back!
Nearly thirty years between visits but as good as I remember. Still out favourite Italian restaurant in England
Thank you Peter, and please don't leave it another 30 years!
Top form as always and great to be back. Fantastic fresh produce beautifully cooked.
Thanks Nic :)
The best outdoor eating place ... food delicious ... authentic Italian
We had a great time. Old school Italian charm. Loved it.
Beautiful food, excellent service, fabulous atmosphere.... thank you
Absolutely loved my experience and it certainly lived up to the reviews. I’m from West Yorkshire and we have some pretty amazing restaurants here but wasn’t disappointed with Il Portico, I will return,
Had a table booking for 2pm and arrived on time. Immediately told when sat down that i had to order food immediately as the kitchen closes at 14:30. Was waiting for my friend to arrive. The waiter was so rude and when I challenged him on taking a table booking for 14:00 when the kitchen closes half an hour later he became agitated and poked me on my arm with his finger. Needless to say I left straight away.
Dear Sir, Whilst the kicthen closes between 3 & 6 (with last orders at 2,30) I am normally on site all day & guests often stay longer. Whilst you arrived on time, your guest was running late, and certainly past the kitchen cut off time, so after awhile the waiter tried to get your order in so you didnt miss out. Having known him for over a decade I've only ever seen him be very friendly. Regardless, I apologise for any misunderstanding & please call me if you would like to chat further.
Food was outstanding. I will highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the Kensington area.
Had a very pleasant time, great food and atmosphere.
The manager and staff are always so welcoming at this cosy authentic local Italian. The food is simple fresh and delicious. We keep coming back!
Very good food, great service. I would recommend to a friend!
One of my favourite restaurants. Amazing food and great service!!
This was a nice intimate atmosphere, the food was nice. We enjoyed the night and also got to meet the owner James - very personable and approachable!
Staf all lovely, friendly and helpful. Felt the central section was a bit too busy given we’re going through Civid19 pandemic. Although tables were spaced out that. Idle part is too congested. Enjoyed the meal nonetheless.thamks.
Lovely food, great service and ambience. Very well received and looked after.
Thank you Louise! Welcome back anytime!
So wonderful to be back after months of not being able to eat out. Food and service as good as ever.
Thank you David! So glad you had a lovely dinner with us
Everything from the food, service and ambience were fantastic. Cannot wait to visit again
Thanks Jane, that is very kind of you to say!
The menu is varied and caters for everyone's taste. The food was good but the attitude and behaviour of the waiting stuff must be addressed by management. This was my second time going to eat out at Il Politico. We arrived on time and placed our orders. Not once did any of the staff ask if our food was okay. I requested the bill and took stock that there was an extra tax/charge on the bill for 12.5% service charge. This is a global pandemic with several restaurants closing, yet the sheer greed of this company is to tax me for coming to support you. The service charge was imported from America where waiters are paid 2 dollars and 10 pence therefore their reliance on tips tops up their wages. Can you re-evaluate this as it can't be right to have a sense of entitlement expecting tips when those saving lives Drs, Nurses are not tipped whilst providing a first class service nor do the police, bus drivers, shop assistants etc. When I requested the waiter remove this service charge explaining that this is not a reflection on the food but rather it is treat to eat out and I pay enough taxes as it is. The young man's non verbal communication reflected the upset he felt and there was no thank you offered for our custom. I will never support this restaurant again simply because they do not value and appreciate their employers, us the public who came to spend our hard earned money so they can continue in business. What an absolute disappointment this is.
Hello, I'm sorry if no one came to check that everything was ok. The problem with the new regulations ensuring everyone is out by 10, means that there is a rush of customers at 8pm on a Saturday night, so things can be a bit frantic, expecially if understaffed. Apologies once again. With regards to a service charge, I think this is pretty standard across London, but yes, it is of course (always) optional and we are happy to remove where neccessary. Best wishes, James
A super venue for a great supper with my wife
Great food and a good wine list
Thanks Peter! Hope to see you back soon
Second time to this restaurant.
First visit was excellent but this second visit was awful.
Hi Mr Yusuf, Hope you are well This is very confusing. I spoke with Victor and Stefi who looked after your table & they told me that you were very happy with everything and you complimented them highly on the dinner. What makes it more perplexing is that your group are very friendly regulars here, so I’m a bit baffled by your review. As you know I tried calling you a few times to understand more. If you could return my call on 0207 602 6262 that would be much appreciated. Best wishes James
What a great experience! Went for my anniversary dinner and were extremely well taken care of from start to finish. The food was great, and they handled special requests as well. This was our first time there and we will definitely be back!
Thanks Craig, so pleased that you had awonderful experience with us!
Gem of a place. Made to feel welcome by all staff. James the owner came to speak to us whilst victor our waiter was charming friendly and gave great advice. Will definately return with friends.
Very friendly staff and very good traditional Italian food
Thank you Tashai!
Quality of food was fantastic and the staff were really friendly.
Brilliant, thanks Ben
Incredible! Everything was impeccable.
Family run business with great service. Very good wine list. Squid and mushroom dish is one of the best dishes in town! Can’t recommend il Portico enough.
Great service, super delicious pasta and food, clean and cozy atmosphere. Would come back again and highly recommend!
Great to have this venerable local Italian reopened. Very good food and friendly atmosphere
Excellent in every way.
My new favourite place in London. A little spenny, but it’s so worth it!
Lovely restaurant. Great service. Very tasty food.
Il Portico is rated 4.8 stars by 1226 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.