Il Portico

4.7
1028 reviews
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Italian
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  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • 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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JG
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

These are Italians who understood food and love food. They take for granted other fake Italian restaurants can only dream of. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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

Met some old friends and thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the service was perfection!!

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R
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, in taste and in presentation. Service was also great.

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IF
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUtstanding service and food. Perfect end to our European vacation.

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AW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous staff and food. We had a Celiac in our group and they took a lot of trouble. We only had an hour for dinner and the service was quick and the food delicious. Would definitely go back there again 10/10

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SJ
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great meal when out on a business trip. Very busy but managed to find us a table. Thank you

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MF
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Most enjoyable night, food was very good, starter of squid and mushroom excellent, however the prawns in my linguine dish were tasteless and I thought had been froze. that was the only negative on the night.

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London
14 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, lovely people.

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c
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So good, authentic and welcoming, I will be going back for sure!

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I wouldn’t come back to this place. The restaurant itself is quite nice but food wasn’t good. We were served the antipasti without bread, the mains were very difficult to digest and desserts weren’t nothing special.

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t
London
39 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great traditional Italian restaurant very good prompt service and lovely food slight problem with the bill corrected immediately
Very well located for Holland Park Opera

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N
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a real gem of a restaurant serving no nonsense, great Italian food. We started with the burrata, had the excellent calves' liver and a fabulous saltimbocca and finished with an affogato and a tiramisu. Everything was beautifully cooked. We chose a very good Valpolicella from the extensive wine list. Service was really friendly and efficient. Prices are quite high, which isn't surprising for the location, but the quality of the food and wine justified the final bill.

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c
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gem of an Italian in High Street Kensington . Love the ambience and service and last but not the least, food. Definitely not a stuffy place. Staff are attentive and service is fast & smooth. No wonder, the restaurant has been there from so many years.Don’t forget to reserve before going.

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MP
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes it was very good indeed. Staff were great and food was lovely.

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AP
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, good service and a lovely little restaurant. Liked how there was a limited choice of food which means they really care about what is served. Will definitely go again.

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Z
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic lunch, great, friendly service. Lovely for families and couples alike. The food was plentiful and very tasty. Would throughly recommend and happily visit again.

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F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Never fails to impress. Wonderful food and friendly efficient service.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Portico was both elegant and reassuringly warm and homely. The staff were wonderfully welcoming,
Informed and attentive throughout the evening. And the food was delicious - very fresh, well-sized portions, with enough but not too much choice. It was perfect for a birthday meal out, but clearly there were regulars there for whom it is their local/ preferred choice giving it a really agreeable and friendly ambiance. It’s an understated jewel. Thoroughly recommend.

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Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food, Italian owned and proud of the food and it shows. We had great service. We will go back again.

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p
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Authentic good Italian food and wine. Great dinner with my wife

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Table booked for 2pm, arrived bang on time. By 2.10pm we were being pressured to choose our food as the kitchen was about to close. Starters arrived promptly, mains arrived as we were still eating the starters because the kitchen had to close. At no point in the online booking process was there any indication that food had be ordered by 2.15pm and that it had to be on the table by 2.30pm. The waiter was somewhat apologetic but this is shocking customer service. I was then charged £13 per glass for two glasses of red wine - the waiter asked whether I wanted a light or full bodied red and I said full but at no point did he show me the relative costs of these choices and certainly didn't highlight that I'd made an expensive choice. I accept that I should have clarified the cost of my choice and clearly took my eye off the ball given the pressure we were under to order the food. Ever felt you've been had? I do. What should have been a relaxed leisurely lunch turned out to be exactly the opposite.

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and atmosphere, a lovely experience

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IN
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A Very enjoyable experience. Informal yet attentive environment in which to spend an evening.

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H
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a satisfying evening when dining at Il Portico.

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J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Staff does not seem to care about customers. Food is either bland or over seasoned.

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S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was advised to go to Il Portico by a colleague. It is a lovely posh neighbourhood restaurant with a sedate atmosphere. The waiters knew most of the elderly Kensington residents who came in while I was there. I found it slightly difficult to find a light lunch meal on the menu as I wasn't in the mood for pork belly with my pasta but they were very kind and made us a plain tomato sauce pasta.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable. The recommendations for food and wine was spot on.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my boyfriend’s birthday and it was perfect! The service was top notch and the food was something we talked about long after it was completely consumed.

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k
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fab traditional italian with table cloths, lovely place for a chat with friends

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V
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When arrived at the restaurant we were greeted immediately with smiles and friendliness, we were seated even though we are about 15-20 minutes early for a reservation. The staff is friendly, helpful, and overall excellent. We highly recommend this wonderful Italian restaurant while visiting London. The food was so good. The duck was cooked to perfection and the pasta was fresh and fabulous.

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LD
London
24 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is always a great local... a perennial favourite that happily keeps on going. Warm and friendly staff and delicious food, thanks guys.

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f
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We could sense that there was no interest by the staff to make us feel like home. Service was expeditive. Red wine was to warm. Very commercial. You could find much better italian in London. This is a has been place.

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V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
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 on 17 April 2019
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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L
Norway
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, but expensive to be italian. Not the best service the day we were there, they seemed uninterested.

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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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