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Il Portico, London,
Il Portico, London,
Il Portico, London,
Il Portico, London,
Il Portico, London,

Il Portico

4.8
4.8
1972 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 24 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Phone number
    020 7602 6262
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Eduardo Ferreira

What 1,972 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • West London

    Italian

1,972 Reviews
  1. Lisa

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and amazing food. Always worth coming here

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic Italian restaurant Excellent food, attentive service
    Il PorticoResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you !

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  3. nespressotogo

    London

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice local Italian serving well seasoned traditional food.
    Il PorticoResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you so much !

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  4. JuliaH

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I think this lovely old family restaurant has got a little left behind and needs modernising and refreshing. The staff are perfect, on hand and cheerful. The food is only ok which is not good enough for over £50ph for a starter and a main with 1 lager and wine pp. Well over priced so we wont be returning!
    Il PorticoResponded 7 days ago
    Thank you so much for visiting and your very valuable feedback !

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  5. Walt

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A romantic birthday dinner - cosy table provided, glass of prosecco served immediately. Service was excellent and discrete. Recommendations were very good. Food superb. Will definitely be returning.
    Il PorticoResponded 7 days ago
    Thank you so much Walt !

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  6. SarahM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service - all the staff make your dining experience special, they clearly all care for the customers and are very friendly. The service is matched with delicious Italian food which is generous and full of flavour served in a charming atmosphere. A lovely local restaurant.
    Il PorticoResponded on 21 February 2024
    Thank you !

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  7. NickyS

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good but service was poor. It felt rushed. We asked for water and more bread. Never did get the bread and we had to ask for water to be replenished. Shame as nice place.
    Il PorticoResponded on 17 February 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to submit a valuable for us review. Please accept our apologies you felt rushed and if service was not up to standards. Kind Regards, Kostas Restaurant General Manager

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  8. JoyW

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Il Portico is a favourite restaurant and all my guests share my pleasure in dining here
    Il PorticoResponded on 16 February 2024
    Thank you Joy!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience for our Valentine’s Day dinner date. The food was absolutely incredible and authentic and the service was top notch. I am a travel agent and I will definitely be recommending to all of my clients who visit London!
    Il PorticoResponded on 15 February 2024
    Thank you !

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  10. KristelM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed the food a lot. The service was very good and friendly. Superb!
    Il PorticoResponded on 14 February 2024
    Thank you Kristel!

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  11. RuthA

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this restaurant for its location, atmosphere and of course it’s great food. The staff are amazing and so friendly. Had a birthday meal and it was just gorgeous, they even bring out a cake and sing happy birthday to you. Thank you for another fabulous evening.
    Il PorticoResponded on 13 February 2024
    Thank you so much Ruth !

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  12. Paul

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing vibe, food and service. Saturday night so great buzz and atmosphere
    Il PorticoResponded on 14 February 2024
    Thank you so much Paul !

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  13. EatonDSouza

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been visiting Il Portico for a few years now, and my return on Saturday was no different. A comfortable but elegant ambiance filled with homely and friendly staff taking care of your every wish. Service was quick, dinner was devineeee. The calamari was great, the lamb shank was gorgeous and that lemon cheesecake was a thing of beauty. Its moderately priced, but you pay for top tier food, ambiance and service. I will obviously be back soon! salud
    Il PorticoResponded on 13 February 2024
    Thank you Eaton for your very kind words !

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  14. NeilD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food in an intimate setting with attentive service.
    Il PorticoResponded on 13 February 2024
    Thank you Neil !

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  15. MaryA

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant so much. The food is amazing and the staff are the nicest . It is situated close to High St Kensington so perfect for a shopping and lunch day. I cannot wait to visit again
    Il PorticoResponded on 13 February 2024
    Thank you Mary !

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  16. mr42fromsac

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Italian spot l loved the squid ink pasta and lemon sorbet dessert
    Il PorticoResponded on 10 February 2024
    Thank you !

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  17. ChrisR

    Dorset

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have previously visited this restaurant whilst exhibiting at Olympia. This time it was just as great as before, the service is impeccable, the owner warm and engaging, the food an absolute delight. Well established a great menu, in fact, a delight. Highly Recommended.
    Il PorticoResponded on 6 February 2024
    Thank you Chris!

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  18. SFlondon

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful quaint restaurant. With friendly staff and amazing flavoursome food. We had the chicken and a meat pasta dish. Both were full of flavour and delicious. It’s the best Italian restaurant in London.
    Il PorticoResponded on 1 February 2024
    Thank you !

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  19. Sebb

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Il Portico never fails to deliver delicious authentic Italian food - some of the best I have experienced outside of Italy.
    Il PorticoResponded on 1 February 2024
    Thank you !

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  20. Elena

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant, good food and staff very welcoming and efficient. I will certainly come back.
    Il PorticoResponded on 30 January 2024
    Thank you Elena!

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  21. NSNS

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The tables seem to be very light and as such move very easily, it would be nicer for them to be more stable. Food was fantastic and the service was truly outstanding. What a gem!
    Il PorticoResponded on 30 January 2024
    Thank you!

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  22. DavidB

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food; lovely people; served us way too fast, presumably hoping to turn the table. Spoiled the evening. They didn't do this when we came for lunch. A shame and would put us off returning.
    Il PorticoResponded on 30 January 2024
    Thank you for your very valuable feedback David and our apologies if you felt rushed,if you visit next time please let us know so we take it more easy and relaxed which will be our pleasure.Very glad to hear you loved your food!

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  23. RickBenjamin

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Real good value for money. Would highly recommend.

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  24. Toy8oy

    Nottingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very busy due to a Trade fair but service and food was superb
    Il PorticoResponded on 25 January 2024
    Thank you !

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  25. Laughingcaterpillar

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal. Can't rate it highly enough. The quid and mushrooms had the perfect amount of char on them to make it really flavourful. The venison pasta was also very delicious. And the gelato!!
    Il PorticoResponded on 30 January 2024
    Thank you so much !

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  26. DavidM

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Expensive. Great service but menu needs to be refreshed. No specials so 'same old same old' but quality has dropped - overcooked tough calamari and portions seem to have reduced in size except for lamb shank which was excellent.
    Il PorticoResponded on 24 January 2024
    Thank you for visiting and your very valuable feedback David!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were both outstanding. Would highly recommend!
    Il PorticoResponded on 23 January 2024
    Thank you !

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  28. KayO

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, excellent service. An all round great evening.
    Il PorticoResponded on 23 January 2024
    Thank you !

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  29. ChloeG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always lovely! Busy, popular and delicious food. Our fave local restaurant.
    Il PorticoResponded on 23 January 2024
    Thank you Chloe!

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  30. Hollywoodhills2010

    London

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing authentic restaurant with simply the most delicious food. Perfect service and great atmosphere. Particularly impressed by the freshness and flavours. Great wine list. We will be back.
    Il PorticoResponded on 23 January 2024
    Thank you so much for your very kind words!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolute fabulous meal, enjoyed the whole experience immensely, will definitely be back as soon as possible..
    Il PorticoResponded on 19 January 2024
    Thank you!

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  32. NinaWo

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I live 100 miles from London. Every time I go to London I meet a friend and dine at Il Portico. The high standard is consistent and I can be sure of a pleasant relaxed dining experience. Not for young people who like a lot of noise and razzmatazz.
    Il PorticoResponded on 20 January 2024
    Thank you so much Nina for your very kind words !

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  33. LucyH

    Bristol

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was average and quite pricey Staff were very lovely Very noisy and hard to chat!
    Il PorticoResponded on 23 January 2024
    Thank you so much for visiting Lucy !

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  34. CatherineS

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A new discovery and no idea where we have been for the last 100 years to miss this restaurant. We loved it.
    Il PorticoResponded on 18 January 2024
    Thank you !

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent once again. My go to restaurant in Kensington area.
    Il PorticoResponded on 18 January 2024
    Thank you !

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  36. JulieH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal and we hope to go back again soon to try the other dishes.
    Il PorticoResponded on 16 January 2024
    Thank you !

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  37. SamanthaL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend. Excellent food with a relaxed and friendly welcome.
    Il PorticoResponded on 16 January 2024
    Thank you Samantha !

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  38. LondonDiner123

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice local Italian, with tasty food. Staff were really kind and attentive. It is a solid neighbourhood option.
    Il PorticoResponded on 11 January 2024
    Thank you !

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  39. sanjayc

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, with good service as usual always a pleasure to return back.
    Il PorticoResponded on 11 January 2024
    Thank you Mr. Sanjay for your very kind words!

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  40. PJL1946

    Chicago

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Il Portico is consistently an exceptional dining experience. Everything about our meals was very pleasing. Our mains were delicious - veal saltimbocca and osso bucco stuffed ravioli. The pistachio gelato was the best ever.
    Il PorticoResponded on 9 January 2024
    Thank you !

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FAQs

Il Portico is rated 4.8 stars by 1972 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Il Portico

277 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6NA

Additional information

  • Area
    Kensington
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Eduardo Ferreira
  • Additional
    Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining
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