Il Portico

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1073 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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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London Restaurant Festival: 2 Courses £33, 3 Courses £45

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Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 18:00-22:30

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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

What 1073 People Are Saying
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SJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh pasta, very busy even though a Monday night. Staff really helpful and good service

LW
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spaghetti vongole I have ever eaten. TPO Cheese grilled and served with honey and balsamic was delicious

N
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This isn't our first trip here and as always we return because the food is not only delicious but the service is impeccable and everyone makes sure you have the best experience possible.

g
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service. The food was excellent with lots of more unusual tings to choose from

JS
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved Il Portico! Delicious food, super friendly staff and a lovely family atmosphere. We will be back!

D
London
21 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic Italian family restaurant serving classic Italian dishes. A good sign was the large number of locals eating there and the staff seemed to know everyone. If you like authentic Italian food, you won’t be disappointed.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The welcome is warm. the service friendly and efficient. The food is excellent.

HF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, James and his staff make Il Portico our “ go to” restaurant. Excellent food, ambiance, service.

VS
London
14 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent friendly service. Very honest feel to the place and very accommodating.

VB
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly place. Jolly atmosphere. Delicious fresh food. Can eat inside or outside. Good location on Kensington High Street. Happy to recommend

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at Il Portico to celebrate my mother’s birthday. The meal was on a Tuesday evening and the restaurant was very busy which created a nice ambiance.

Food and service were both excellent, I would highly recommend Il Portico!

JP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding food very well prepared. This is our third time dining here. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Only complaints are tables too close together and high noise level.

JR
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Authentic northern Italian food. I will vist regularly

BH
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, good value, pleasant ambiance and service.

PJ
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent: garlic prawns, grilled baby calamari, black pasta with lobster, ossu bucco stuff pasta, etc.

SD
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the restaurant was simply exceptional. The food was delicious, with delicate flavors. The service was fantastic and the owner came and gave us extra attention. It simply was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it!

RH
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply a wonderful evening at Il Portico. My wife, son and I enjoyed chatting with the owner, taking heed of his suggestions and loved our food.

Service was professional and unhurried. If I was still in London, I would not hesitate to return for an encore.

PL
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and excellent service all round. I would recommend this place and will be re booking for sure

PJ
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent (fresh and delicious) food and so friendly family-like atmosphere. We always look forward to our trips to London to be able to eat here.

MB
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

James who manages the place is outstanding. the food is really worth trying with the vibe really original.

DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always like the first time - dinning in Il Portico is a great culinary experience even in the 10th visit.

HB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife out for dinner,to Il Portico and we loved it. The food was perfect and the staff were professional,good team work,magnificent. They were extremely polity,recomended foods and they were very friendly and very attentive and prompt checking if everything was fine if we were happy with the food. They made us feel at home. The ambience,music was perfect. Highly recommended ☆☆☆☆☆ Defeneatly will come back

y
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing

G
London
33 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favourite place, deservedly, super friendly and reliably good food and wine

MC
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful staff and great food!
Bit too noisy, but after mentioning this we were offered another quieter spot immediately. Very enjoyable!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great find . I’ll be returning.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding Italian home cooking

J
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and a warm welcome.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were both outstanding.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old school Italian. Great food. Good sized portions. Impeccable service.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, great little restaurant! Loved the selection of wines and the food. Looking forward to coming back!

JB
London
40 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food great service everything one expects & likes about this great family restaurant - thanks for a great meal.

TS
London
24 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite family owned Italian in London. Don’t miss it! Only thing missing this trip was James, the owner, who was on a long awaited holiday. Can’t wait to return to London to enjoy the hospitality.

GW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick and very friendly service Food was good, well presented and plentiful. Recommended!!!

PC
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Italian restaurant in the heart of Kensington. Our pasta was delicious and the tiramisu divine. The service was faultless. Reasonable prices and delicious Italian home cooking.

D
London
14 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my favourite restaurant in London and serving delicious food from Emilia-Romagna cuisine. The owner is always striving to improve his food offer and has some exciting plans for the future. The service is always friendly and personal - and the sister restaurant Pizzicotto a few doors down does superb pizzas from an authentic wood-fired oven

BE
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had to eat in a hurry to get to the opera in Holland Park. We arrived a bit before they opened, at 6 pm, and were welcomed into sit comfortably and look at the menu. Our food came in very good time and was delicious. Very friendly.

JG
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Delicious warm ciabatta and good oil to dip, perfectly chilled Prosecco , tasty courgette frites, rubbery squid with inedible mushroom concoction. Pasta filled with veal... great pasta shame about the filling, so over seasoned and why was the dish served swimming in oil? Struggled to eat it, left most. Pasta with belly Pork ragout, great pasts but ragout was over seasoned and very dry, couldn’t finish it. Very expensive for what we had.

SA
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food before Holland Park opera. Friendly service. Delicious bread and olive oil.

K
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, authentic atmosphere and attentive staff. Loved it!

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