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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.

277 Kensington High Street
London, W8 6NA
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options:
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 7602 6262

Website:
http://www.ilportico.co.uk/

Executive Chef:
Eduardo Ferreira

Additional:
Full Bar, Outdoor dining

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Il Portico Ratings and Reviews

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Overall rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (48)
Neighbourhood Gem (41)
Special Occasions (37)
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Good for a Date (35)
Cosy (32)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Casual (26)
Romance (25)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Comfort Food (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Business Meals (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Lunch (11)
Fun (9)
Group Bookings (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Child Friendly (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Seasonal (6)
Outdoor Eating (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Organic (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on 13 January 2018

Ambience warm and friendly. Feels like Italy. Service very good and food really delicious. Will go more often!

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 (London)·Dined on 13 January 2018

Fantastic food and service. Delicious Italian food!

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 (London)·Dined on 9 January 2018

We love the restaurant and our guests agreed with us after joining us. It was their first visit. Wonderful food and exceptional service and attention. Best ib the neighbourhood.

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 (London)·Dined on 3 January 2018

very nice food and daily specials!

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vip
 (London)·Dined on 15 December 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (Miami)·Dined on 13 December 2017

We had booked a late lunch and restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived but the staff made us so welcome and did not hurry us at all. Food quite delicious! Whole experience a delight and will go again

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on 12 December 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 12 December 2017

Always a warm welcome at this family run restaurant. Food reliably consistant and delicious. Staff keen to cater to individual requests. Great atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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food4
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 (London)·Dined on 1 December 2017

Very friendly & welcoming staff & lovely freshly made food. The Antipasti platter is highly recommended!

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food5
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·Dined on 1 December 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on 24 November 2017

Great restaurant with fantastic rustic Italian food. We were served by James who was absolutely remarkable. We totally will be back

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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·Dined on 15 November 2017

We visit London frequently from the USA, and we ALWAYS include a dinner at Il Portico. Fantastic food, family owned for many years, and a wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 11 November 2017

Stunning food, will be back time and time again in the future

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 (London)·Dined on 9 November 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on 8 November 2017

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

Tags: Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on 8 November 2017

Excellent restaurant, a real gem of the neighborhood. Great food, friendly staff, friendly owner, authentic ambience. Definitely recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Buckinghamshire)·Dined on 26 October 2017

I took a journalist to Il Portico for an early evening meal and asked for a quiet table. Everything was perfect and the service particularly good. Great food too - will definitely return.

Tags: Authentic
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food4
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 (London)·Dined on 20 October 2017

A really nice neighborhood gem, in a family run Italian restaurant that has lasted for generations. If you try the exceptional offerings, such as deer, rabbit, pheasant, or other wild game, you're in for a treat.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 14 October 2017

The service and food is always exceptional here! I'll be back soon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on 13 October 2017

Always welcomed by name .A real family owned restaurant where the service is impeccable.Oh and the food is first rate.If you know a better Italian restaurant in London let me know!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on 12 October 2017

Excellent food and service. Amazing fresh pasta and locally sourced game meat. We will return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on 11 October 2017

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.

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 (London)·Dined on 30 September 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 27 September 2017

First visit. Lovely friendly staff and excellent food. Felt as though I was in Italy. Will definitely redommend and go back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Berkshire)·Dined on 23 September 2017

Have been here a few times now, and it has never disappointed. A real gem of a family run traditional trattoria!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 21 September 2017

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.

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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 15 September 2017

Fantastic meal. The service was superb. An Italian gem amongst the hussle and bustle of Kensington.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on 8 September 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 8 September 2017

Superb Italian food, very tasty and nicely presented.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 2 September 2017

Delicious food and very friendly staff and proprietor

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (London)·Dined on 17 August 2017

The usual fabulous food and service from James and his team.

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·Dined on 1 August 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 28 July 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Warwickshire)·Dined on 22 July 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 15 July 2017

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.
Highly recommended.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on 13 July 2017

What a lovely, family friendly, reliable Italian. Perfect for informal relaxed dinner.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Calgary)·Dined on 30 June 2017

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!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on 16 June 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Authentic, Fun
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 (London)·Dined on 7 June 2017

Second time we've been here after a conference with all my work team, fantastic place, the food is outstanding. Absolute gem of an Italian food spot!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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