Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
About Il Portico
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.
London, W8 6NA
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
£26 to £40
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
020 7602 6262
Full Bar, Outdoor dining
Send a Gift Card
Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.
Il Portico Ratings and Reviews
We sought out the restaurant by looking on-line for family-run ones and were not disappointed. We were dining early so the two of us were given the opportunity of sitting at a table for four, providing us and our bags and baggage (having arrived earlier in the afternoon by train from Doncaster and before checking into our hotel) with ample room. The starter and main courses were delicious and satisfying, and my indulgent and delicious dessert was prepared nearby by our waiter who said it was the first time that he had prepared it for a customer. If that was his first attempt, I can't wait to get back there to try it when he's had more practice!
Wonderful food and service as ever. The game specials (which are continuing) are worth catching - wonderful, tender venison last week and pheasant Italian style before that. However, wonderful at the simple things too - I dream of their tortelli in brodo and their gambaretti.
This is one of my favourite, family run Italian restaurants. We think it is better than many restaurants we have been to in Italy. The atmosphere is cozy, friendly and slightly old world (in the best sense of that). The standard dishes are exceptional and the specials are always a nice surprise.
we had some of the best Italian food we've ever tried at this place. We ordered a variety of dishes and honestly we couldn't decide which one was the best - everything was so fresh and cooked to perfection. The staff was also very friendly and attentive but at the same time not trying too hard. Overall, couldn't be happier with the experience, highly recommend! We will definitely come back!
I have known James and Francesca, and before them their parents, for many years.
Il Portico has been our favourite local restaurant for years. I usually have the veal, because it's the best, however it's cooked. Everyone is so friendly and attentive. All the wines are affordable, and the bill never horrifies ! The decor has changed subtly over the decades and the ambience is just right. It's good place to meet old friends, who like us, return time after time.
We have enjoyed two excellent dinners here.
It us a real neighborhood restaurant run by charming friendly staff
And the Itakian food is really delicious. A small but varied menu with many classics.
On the fist visit I I had very good prawns in garlic and chili. Followed by perfect monkfish tail . My husband had Saltimbocca which he loved. On the second visit we had the prawns again and I had very good calves liver cooked with butter and sage. Our waitress from Treviso looked after us beautifully and recommended a very good Valpolicello
Was in London to visit my lovely daughter who is studying and doing an internship. Our new friend, Abdul, recommended it because I was telling him how much I love Italian food. Well it was very good and if I ever come back to London I will sure try and get here again! Only negative are the tables are too close to each other.
We had a great evening at Il Portico. From the moment we got there it was warm and inviting with very friendly service. We had prawns and squid for starter followed by a seafood pasta and all were absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend and definitely want to go back again to try some more dishes!
We've been coming here since 1975, whenever we visit London. It has never disappointed us with a bad meal and staff are very welcoming. I had the Papardelle with pork ragout sauce and it was outstanding. My wife had the Spaghettini alla Vongole, and it too,
was delicious. I have never had better Italian food outside of Italy.
Il Portico is a lovely place to dine. The food is delicious, the ambience is very pleasant and the staff are extremely pleasant and efficient. I enjoy visiting there very much. My last visit was with a friend who had not been there before. He was most impressed with the wine list too.
Il Portico is a good example of everything I personally love about an Italian restaurant. Whether it actually is or not I don't know but it feels like a traditional family run restaurant which hasn't changed for many years. The food is delicious, fresh and well prepared with a good choice of authentic - what I call 'proper' Italian cooking. The staff are all delightful, helpful, efficient and reassuringly Italian :) and it is excellent value in a city which is scarily expensive at the best of times. A perfect place to eat before going on to a concert in Holland Park though I would definitely visit again if we are anywhere nearby in the future.
Amazing place. Food was fantastic and the staff were polite, considerate and friendly throughout. Next time we're in London will definitely be booking in again. The duck I had was the speciality of the evening and was to die for. Would recommend this place to everybody if they want a quiet, authentic Italian experience.
My wife and I enjoy weekend visits to London around 2 or 3 times a year, mainly to see shows or concerts, and whilst we have favourite go to restaurants it is always interesting to discover new ones when staying in a different London district. Having found Il Portico in this way we were delighted at the friendliness of Lucia at front of house, and our enjoyment continued throughout the evening with a dinner of outstanding quality and flavour accompanied by a superb Ripassa. Service was excellent and unhurried and we will definitely return.
Il Portico serves the best italian food I've ever eaten. People come here for the prawns, they're really special but that doesn't take away from the range of meat available which are cooked to perfection. Prosecco was wonderfully dry and the red wine velvety smooth.
Dinner was amazing from start to finish! The service was impeccable and the food absolutely amazing. All pasta hand made and done perfectly! Because of the quality of service, food, presentation and portion size, i give this restaurant 5 stars. It was our first visit there and we will definitely be back!
We have been to Il Portico now 5 or 6 times for dinner. Each time the service and food has been consistently very good! James, the owner at Il Portico, greets us and is always available to answer questions about the menu/wine. The wait staff is professional and knowledgeable about the offerings. It is a very comfortable atmosphere as well.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.