Il Portico

4.7
1214 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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SIMONP
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Old school Italian charm. Loved it.

Il Portico
Responded on 22 November 2020

Thanks Simon!

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GeraldineP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, excellent service, fabulous atmosphere.... thank you

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KayB
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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,

Il Portico
Responded on 22 November 2020

Thanks Kay!

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docjohnno
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

Il Portico
Responded on 22 November 2020

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.

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SteveH
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. I will highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the Kensington area.

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BarryS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a very pleasant time, great food and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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AmyH
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, great service. I would recommend to a friend!

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CHRISTINE
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants. Amazing food and great service!!

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ReiseB
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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vipLumpydump
London
25 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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LouiseR
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service and ambience. Very well received and looked after.

Il Portico
Responded on 15 October 2020

Thank you Louise! Welcome back anytime!

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vipDavid
London
15 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful to be back after months of not being able to eat out. Food and service as good as ever.

Il Portico
Responded on 15 October 2020

Thank you David! So glad you had a lovely dinner with us

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JaneG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything from the food, service and ambience were fantastic. Cannot wait to visit again

Il Portico
Responded on 13 October 2020

Thanks Jane, that is very kind of you to say!

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Unacceptable
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

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.

Il Portico
Responded on 13 October 2020

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

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peterh
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A super venue for a great supper with my wife
Great food and a good wine list

Il Portico
Responded on 12 October 2020

Thanks Peter! Hope to see you back soon

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OsmanY
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Second time to this restaurant.
First visit was excellent but this second visit was awful.

Il Portico
Responded on 10 October 2020

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

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CraigB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Il Portico
Responded on 10 October 2020

Thanks Craig, so pleased that you had awonderful experience with us!

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WendyN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Il Portico
Responded on 10 October 2020

Thanks Wendy!

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Tashai
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly staff and very good traditional Italian food

Il Portico
Responded on 10 October 2020

Thank you Tashai!

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BenH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quality of food was fantastic and the staff were really friendly.

Il Portico
Responded on 10 October 2020

Brilliant, thanks Ben

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible! Everything was impeccable.

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YumYum
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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ViktorijaL
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, super delicious pasta and food, clean and cozy atmosphere. Would come back again and highly recommend!

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vipTarik
London
11 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great to have this venerable local Italian reopened. Very good food and friendly atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way.

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Pepita
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favourite place in London. A little spenny, but it’s so worth it!

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Jasper
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Great service. Very tasty food.

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LaurenH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Gorgeous wine and cheese; good pasta, friendly service.

Il Portico
Responded on 25 September 2020

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Nice ambience and menu sounds great but dishes were poorly executed. Quality of food was a let down.

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vipGoodgrubber
London
39 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a friendly place, lovely people, excellent food and clever wine list. Super all round.

Il Portico
Responded on 25 September 2020

Thank you Goodgrubber!

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IvorW
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant restaurant , great food , great service and atmosphere.

Il Portico
Responded on 21 September 2020

Thank you so much!

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Nats
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant James and co are a fantastic team and the food is great

Il Portico
Responded on 21 September 2020

Why thank you!

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Customer
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Very attentive wait staff, but we were chastised for only ordering drinks. In a time of covid-19 were you have to book everywhere, I don’t think it’s appropriate to tell customers they can’t book a table in future if they are not eating.

Il Portico
Responded on 21 September 2020

Dear Sir/Madam, nobody chastised you, but we are a restaurant. I think it is unfair to submit a one star review because you booked the wrong establishment for your needs. Of course we expect you to eat. It is a restaurant. It has been a restaurant for 53 years, and will continue to be so. If you only want drinks, I can recommend booking a pub. Please consider the effect that negative comments do to someones livelihood when they have done no wrong. Yours faithfully James Chiavarini

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JoKi
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful ambient and friendly local restaurant with delicious food. We loved it!

Il Portico
Responded on 21 September 2020

Thanks Joki!

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Jacob
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I ate at Il Portico recently with my wife to celebrate my 30th birthday. Food was tasty and traditional in both flavour and presentation. Great wines, and when I asked for Vin Santo they had it- a sign of a good, authentic Italian restaurant in my mind!

Il Portico
Responded on 21 September 2020

Thanks Jacob! Glad you enjoyed your anniversary with us, and here's to another 30 more years!!

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ZosiaT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious, authentic Italian meal with prompt, friendly service and good advice about sides and wines to match our main courses. It was also clear that this is a great favourite with locals, who knew the staff by name. We had a lovely evening!

Il Portico
Responded on 21 September 2020

Thanks Zosia, hope to see you again soon!

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ChristineM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, friendly staff, happy to talk about the history and origins of their lovely meals

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ROBERTF
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian cuisine with excellent ambiance. Family owned and long standing and working hard to thrive. So if you can get in eat there

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jimmmmm
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great local Italian, authentic and great service..

FAQs

Il Portico does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Il Portico is rated 4.7 stars by 1214 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.