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Il Portico

4.8
4.8
1553 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Phone number

    020 7602 6262

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Eduardo Ferreira

What 1,553 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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    Italian

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  • West London

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  1. FJ

    FrancisJ

    London

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Absolutely lovely food, dishes were very tasty. An Italian gem
  2. FN

    FNANY

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent Italian food, served by a friendly staff. Great wine list.
  3. JB

    JennyB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A simple but brilliant menu. Can't go wrong with anything to eat here. It was all lovely and the staff were so nice. Highly recommend if you get the chance to go here
  4. EL

    ELRTC

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Service a bit chaotic and spotty although friendly. Food was classic and delicious. And ambiance rather quiet. It is a small place and not particularly jazzy, people come to enjoy food mostly.
  5. C

    Colin

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Two of us enjoyed an absolutely splendid and long lunch at Il Portico on Wednesday 29th June. We arrived at 12.15 noon and stayed until well after 3 p.m. and felt totally welcome throughout. The staff could not have been more friendly. We had a spacious table at the window with very comfortable seating. The white table cloth added a sense of occasion. We decided tio have a number of shared dishes and were given small stylish plates to help ourselves from the dishes on the table. First we enjoyed a Negroni cocktale, balanced and well garnished. Since we intended to have fish and meat dishes, we ordered a bottle each of the house red and the house white. These were very good value indeed and complemented our many dishes. We began with plates of prawns and calamari, each served in a luscious sauce which we mopped up with the excellent bread. Our next course was the venison ragu tagliatelli, home made, melt in the mouth with a very plentiful serving of the delicious ragu. Then we ordered sea bass, simply served but so freash along with the saltimbocca a la Romana, again cooked to perfection and with a lovely sauce. For dolce I had the silky coffee caramel and my companion had - I was so entranced by all the pleaseure so far that I cannot recall but I know he enjoyed it. We were offered complimentary grappa to finish. The bill pe rhead, including a generous cocktail, a bottle of wine each and five dishes to share as well as a desert, came to just over £100 per head. This is an amazing bargain in these inflation-addled times. We shall certainly be back. Thank you Il Portico for a wonderful three hours of Italian indulgence! And thank you Revd Giles Fraser for recommending this wonderful restaurant in your Unherd column a few weeks back! Long may it flourish!
  6. SM

    SusanM

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit to Il Portico since the 1970s when I lived nearby and it was our local trattoria. It did not disappoint- very rare achievement in a London restaurant. Thoroughly enjoyed by whole party
  7. MR

    MichaelR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentically Italian. Top quality and excellent value for money.
  8. MR

    ManuelaR

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience1
    the food was very good, however the waitresses were so rude to be hard to believe they could speak with client that way, just an example when i arrive and told about my booking this lady told me ‘sit there’ , i though i misuderstood and waited to be walked to the table as in every restaurant, but having seen i was not doing as told she repeated ‘sit there’. Having said that the french waitress was fine. The environment is not very nice and if you go down to the toilet and see the area of the kitchen maybe your appetite may go away. Another negative was the the bottle of wine was hot, maybe was kept near the kitchen, nothing is worse that warm wine, overall when the bottle is not cheap.
  9. AW

    AnthonyW

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very friendly Great food Good value Prompt service
  10. A

    Alex

    London

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top marks across the board. All our dishes were excellent including my Saltimbocca. Service was quick, efficient and friendly. And the Brunello was a very good price. Will definitely go back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very good meal ahead of the Opera. Staff are friendly, helpful & very efficient. Thank you
  12. t

    tryanythingonce

    London

    45 reviews

    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Marvellous food and service as always but the room is cramped with staff knocking chairs all the time for those sitting near the till Could you open at 5.30pm during Opera Holland Park season?
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A superb restaurant, the quality of the food and wine is top. The prawns are a dream. Good wine list too. The proprietor James is a charming and kind man who always welcomes me and my friends. I cannot recommend this restaurant more. A classic. The accusation of it being homophobic is absolute nonsense. Open and welcoming.
  14. JS

    JudyS

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and excellent service. This was a pre-opera dinner booking and the efficient service was really appreciated. Will be back.
  15. PL

    PaulL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful Italian restaurant , lovely atmosphere and relaxed, great staff and service. The food was fabulous, it was all above very good but as I am writing this I want to single out the Saltimbucca Romana... boy oh boy , the best I've ever had. Thank you to all at Il Portico for a fabulous experience. Paul
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a place! The staff are super warm and friendly and the vibe is great. We sat outside and ate a 4 course meal that did not disappoint
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Like home with best food ever
  18. B

    Bunhead

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a glorious lunch with a friend. Upon arrival we were immediately seated in a lovely quiet corner with comfy seats. A short menu is always a good sign and we weren't disappointed when the food arrived. My sea bass was cooked to perfection and my friend's spaghetti alla Vongole was heavenly. The service was attentive but unobtrusive.
  19. BJ

    BarbaraJ

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little restuarant - very authentic Italian food, which was delicious, and very big portions. Very friendly staff and good service, great ambience. We had a chat with the owner before we left and he is a really nice chap. Would definitely recommend this - it's very cosy and friendly but also felt quite special.
  20. SR

    SamanthaR

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great Italian food, good value, at friendly local restaurant.
  21. LM

    LondonMum

    London

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a find! Thank you JK Rowling for, obliquely, introducing us to this gem of an Italian restaurant. Il Portico is the ultimate family-run restaurant, spanning three generations and six decades — and it's easy to see why. We started with pasta — Strozzapreti Romagnoli, twisted pasta strips with creamy of prosciutto and squacquerone cheese, which was heaven on a plate. I wasn't familiar with squacquerone, but what a discovery, tangy, slightly salty-sweet, delicious. My other half had the seafood with squid ink tagliatelle, which was faultless. Super-fresh seafood, a beautiful balance of flavours. Both pastas were clearly home-madeand cooked to perfection. For mains, it was calves liver and a veal chop with a white wine and rosemary sauce. which could easily have fed two. Again, both were beautifully cooked, with classic sauces. We were full to bursting, but couldn't resist the chocolate tart made with almond flour. Yum! Rich dark chocolate, not too sweet, and that nutty base note. This really is honest Italian cooking at its best. There's no fuss or unnecessary frills, just great ingredients, cooked well — a recipe for fabulousness. There's also a good wine list, with plenty of by-the-glass options — and desert wines served chilled, as they should be. What's not to love? We will definitely be back.
  22. s

    sarahw

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    food not great, service not warm and cozy after all one expects a slice of italy. I would know I’m italian
  23. C

    Charles

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect evening thanks to beautiful food and engaging staff. Can't wait to return.
  24. D

    Delmsted

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pre opera meal served promptly with excellent food and service. Will definitely use again
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food; great wine list; attentive service - the perfect Italian restaurant.
  26. i

    ianglasgow

    London

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent pre-opera meal. Very good food delivered expeditiously. Great service.
  27. j

    johnc

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SERVICE AND MEAL EXCELLENT GOING TO HOLLAND PARK OPERA SO IMPORTANT FINISHED AND GOT BILL ON TIME
  28. BM

    BeckyM

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    We ordered the gamberini they were not as good as before. They tasted like rancid olive oil. Service was spotty,inattentive. You were one of our local favorites, now we don't know.....
  29. MD

    MatthewDrake

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As if possible, the food actually gets better. A superb experience.
  30. JB

    JamieB

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time and just as good as the first! We sat outside which was fine and quieter than we thought it would be next to the road.
  31. M

    Marco

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We're not used to visit Italian restaurants (we do it at home) but Il Portico deserves its fame. The spaghetti alle vongole, a must at Il Portico, were very tasty (very high quality clams) and not dry ("scarpetta" is compulsory). I'm not a super-fan of thin spaghetti but I really enjoyed it. My wife get garlic prawns, amazing... and my duck with aceto balsamica has been wonderful. Everything drunk with a flavoured sauvignon bianco at a glass. Last but not least, service was friendly and very lovely, exactly as it should be in an Italian family restaurant.
  32. TT

    TobyT

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, nice atmosphere and definitely worth a visit - will be back.
  33. a

    andrewb

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food, fab service and a really friendly atmosphere
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner
  35. ES

    ElliotS

    West Palm Beach

    146 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant with one of the nicest owners I have ever come across. So accommodating!! The food was outstanding, especially the burrata with aubergine. We will definitely return to this restaurant as well as the sister place, Pino a few doors down. Both great finds!
  36. RC

    RichardC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very enjoyable evening. Food, service and ambience were excellent. We will return
  37. AP

    AdrianP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and very pleasant staff that make you feel valued. Definitely will go back
  38. JE

    JonE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I cannot fault our experience at Il Portico, as always, the food was fantastic, the staff attentive and helpful, and the atmosphere relaxed and warm...so 5 stars all around.
  39. VM

    VictoriaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favourite restaurant in London! Fab food and service!
  40. MS

    MargaretS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice evening but chairs not comfortable. Good good but not as good as our last visit. 2 of our guests thought it too pricey!

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Il Portico is rated 4.8 stars by 1553 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Il Portico

277 Kensington High Street London, W8 6NA

Additional information

  • Area

    Kensington

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Eduardo Ferreira

  • Additional

    Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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