Il Portico

4.7
896 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
020 7602 6262
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Eduardo Ferreira
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Additional
Full Bar, Outdoor dining

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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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 896 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is excellent.

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J
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place with excellent service and good food. The only issue was not much choice on the menu - we could only have pasta as grouse and game were unavailable which was a shame, so would recommend calling in advance.

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GD
Manchester
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An enjoyable dinner with good food and service. One minor grouse - customers seated facing the walls are subject to a draught when the door is open.

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l
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly, excellent local restaurant. Staff know many of their diners very well.

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PJ
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in London for five days, and it was so good the first time we dine there that we returned there and it was even better. This is a local family-run place that we would be eating at regularly if we lived in London. Everything about the eating experience - the tastes, the quality, the presentation, the service, the ambiance was excellent! Their daily specials, which vary, really are SPECIAL. We look forward to eating there in 2019 when we return to London, and each time we go back, thereafter.

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JL
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious and the service was good. Enough said !!

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BD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ll Portico is a special dining spot in Kensington. They serve creative Italian dishes and the atmosphere is sophisticated and relaxing. Great for conversation.

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RO
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We've been coming to this restaurant since 1975, and it's always been great.
I had the Saltimbocca alla Romana, and my wife had the Spaghetti alla Vongole. Very authentic Italian food!

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FD
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Had to ask the waiters for the same thing 2023283 times. No one was bringing us bread, they kept on asking us if we wanted to order drinks and we already had. It was just a full on mess. They brought us water and then got angry at us because we had poured it in the wine glasses - they were the only glasses on the table... how were we supposed to drink? The other glasses came over to the table later on.

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MT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Il portico proved to be a good choice for Italian cuisine in a city where there are almost too many choices for restaurants. We shared a calamari mari & monti (grilled squid salad), and I had the spaghetti alle vongole, while my husband dined on veal saltimbocca alle romana for entrees. The best part of our experience was provided by the staff, who welcomed us like family into their eatery.

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R
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a delightful experience in every way. So lovely to see a family restaurant continuing from my early days as a child growing up in th 1950’s-60’s.
Thanks to all staff and James.
Rosemary Collins

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c
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and staff. We will definitely go back. We have also dined at their more casual Pizzicotto which is also excellent.

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JC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Hand-made pasta was amazing. I ordered gnocchi on request and it was fantastic. My husband ordered the veal filled ravioli and he loved it. While waiting on our reservation, we strolled around the lovely Holland Park.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in class in London..... hands down

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LJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful authentic Italian food. Lovely inimate setting. Felt like you were in Italy!

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very traditional old style Italian with excellent service and food.

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G
London
29 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The friendliest of welcomes, good varied menu and wine list, super service and delicious food - all this at 10pm in the evening.

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CN
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a perfect restaurant to meet friends and enjoy good food and wine.
The service and friendly atmosphere is worth traveling across the eotlc yo experience.
This is my choice of restaurant whenever I visit London.

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best authentic Italian restaurants I’ve dined at and so lucky that they are around the corner from where I live.

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S
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family feel and wonderful homemade pasta. The staff was friendly and accommodating

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Il locale si presenta molto bene ed è sufficientemente accogliente, anche se è stretto, abbiamo mangiato alla grande e i dolci sono curati. Bravi

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BZ
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Ii Portico on our last evening of our trip to London. The experience was wonderful. Both the food and service was great. Vinnie our waiter explained the menu and directed us to best menu selections. We had a great time talking with him.We also met the chef whose father started the restaurant. I had a linguine dish with prawns and lobster and my husband had angelhair with vongole.The Starter was a delicious selection of pruiscuto parmesan and balsamic. We highly recommend the restaurant.

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DD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good home cooked meals, full of flavour. Friendly, attentive service. Enjoyable, relaxing lunch time meal

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LH
Austin
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service is always fabulous. James is a very gracious host.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good service and typical Italian food - big thumbs up !

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A
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food, lovely welcoming staff. Close to Holland Park.

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BG
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food quality was spectacular. A wonderful experience and a fantastic evening.

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SL
London
130 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable dinner at La Portico. Grilled prawns - which they helpfully did without the garlic - and veal cutlet were both excellent, and my wife's pasta was both tasty and very filing. Excellent prompt and friendly service.

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m
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always good for pre-opera meal with friends. Service excellent and food likewise.

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TH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable lunch at this family-owned Italian specialising in food from Emilio Romagna. Excellent pasta, also main dish although the sapphire served with my fish was very salty.

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m
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my wedding anniversary here with my wife and another couple. All 4 of us loved the whole evening, the service, food and ambience were all first class, would highly recommend.

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Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

London's Hidden Italian Gem!

Delicious and fresh with amazing service!
A must try if you're in town

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J
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

first time I have visited Il Portico - we all enjoyed it very much and would go back again,.

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N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was a bit slow, which was disappointing since the restaurant had called me in the day to check if we had an onward reservation (which we did). We only had time for main course in an hour & a half. What we had was tasty & reasonably priced given the location.

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TS
London
22 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our regular stop on any trip to London. Great food, service, like visiting family. Till next time!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining in experience in London!

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely Italian restaurant, with a family run atmosphere, a great menu and a good list of Italian and other wines.
Very prompt with food, drinks and wine. Excellent staff & chef.
We think it is real treat going there.

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Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st night in London, celebrated our anniversary at Il Portico. We were treated very well, and food was delicious! Would recommend to anyone staying in the Kensington area of London.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s hard to find 10/10 consistency in London anymore. Well done!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is a very very good neighbourhood italian with genuine service

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