Il Portico

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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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miranda
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really beautifully made pasta. Perfect level of attention from staff and lovely ambience. Good value for money. Highly recommend.

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HelioB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is the second time my husband and I go to ILL Portico and we love it. Went there to celebrate my birthday and was welcomed with a glass of bubbly champagne ,also a candle in a tiramissu cakeall not included on the bill. We were very welcomed by the all staff, we love talking to Vitor a lovely gentleman with stories and knowledge. all staff are warm and often checking if all is alright,if glasses are empty,gorgeous background music,with laughter of people enjoying the environment and food. We definitely recommend Ill Portico,for all ages and occasion. 5* We will return

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patriciac
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a treat to be back. Everything was very well organised , it was a real celebration being back at this lovely restaurant. The food was totally delicious , we had a fantastic evening, thank you to everyone.
A huge thank you to James for keeping us going with his fresh food boxes during lockdown .

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JennS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is almost always fabulous, whenever we go, and the people and service always good and kind.
It was especially nice that you offered outdoor seating for our over 60 yr old guest. It allowed us to relax in these risky times. First meal out in five months. We had a wonderful time!! 🌺☀️🍷🌈 Thank you 🙏🏼

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BenP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic to be able to return to my favourite restaurant in the world.

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KellySweetingGalvin
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simone was our waiter and what a thoroughly lovely and knowledgeable chap! Our first time and won’t be our last PERFECT! Had king prawn to start, pasta and gnocchi for main and lemon torte for dessert - our wine was the white from the PUGLIA region of Italy our cancelled summer holiday was meant to be in this region so this was the closest we could get. We sat outside. Perfect.

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PaulB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very excited to see the email from James pop up that il Portico was to open on Saturday 4th July and immediately pounced on reserving a table as it just so happened to be my wife's birthday that night as well. James was there to greet us at the door and was his ever charming and friendly self. The waiters were extremely professional and friendly - 1st class service as always. We had the grilled calamari & seafood soup to begin with, followed by our favourites, the rack of lamb and saltimbocca and a decent bottle of chianti. The complimentary glasses of prosecco on arrival and limoncellos to end it all were an extra nice touch. A big thank you to James and his team for making the birthday treat and our first post-lockdown foray very memorable and a very happy evening. Terrific food, great owners, very cosy atmosphere and well worth the money.
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FionaE
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous traditional Italian food. Wonderful friendly and warm service. Combines old fashion traditions with a fun and modern atmosphere. The owners are totally dedicated to to good delicious food. That's why I go!

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TamG
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian food and wine, service was lovely.

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vipStanJ
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant providing authentic Italian food and serving its local community by offering deliveries, not just of food but of household essential, for its customers who are more vulnerable and may need support in the current pandemic. 5x all round.

Il Portico
Responded on 16 March 2020

Thank you Stan, That is very kind of you to say, and I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your dinner!

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Kimberly
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Portico is the best restaurant in Kensington (and my favourite restaurant in the entire world). My husband and I love everything about it - the food is incredible, the ambience is lovely, and the staff are just nicest people you will ever meet.

Il Portico
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you! You're too kind and please come back soon!

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Aisling
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming and warm staff with excellent food. They get lots of regular customers which is a great sign! Happy to support them as they support their local community during this difficult time.

Il Portico
Responded on 12 March 2020

Thank you, and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your night out with us. Anytime you need a table, just ask! Best wishes, James and all the team at Il Portico

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ChristopherN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, one of my favourite restaurants!

Il Portico
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thanks so much and please come back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service from everyone in the authentic Italian ambiance

Il Portico
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you for your kind review!

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FelixG
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great neighbourhood Italian.
Delicious Gamberoni and solid selection of quality pasta or meat dishes are available.
Family owned and you feel that authentic touch. Owner is wonderful guide when it comes to wine list and more

Il Portico
Responded on 5 March 2020

Thank you so much and please come back soon!

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Andy
Kent
25 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great, authentic place. Lovely service. Quality traditional food.

Il Portico
Responded on 4 March 2020

Thanks! I'm really pleased you enjoyed your dinner and please come back soon!

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Caro
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely meal as a large group of 17. Restaurant staff were welcoming and friendly, and the food was delicious.

Il Portico
Responded on 25 February 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to write and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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GrahamJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, great atmosphere and friendly staff

Il Portico
Responded on 25 February 2020

Thank you and please come back soon!

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SharonR
Warwickshire
6 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely family owned business with excellent service and food. Good location. Reasonably priced.

Il Portico
Responded on 25 February 2020

Thank you!

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KevinF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding and presented beautifully. The service is attentive and very friendly.

I’d recommend it for any special occasion or anytime you’d like a wonderful evening out.

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seymourm
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant local restaurant, which we always enjoy. Only downside is the wine list.

Il Portico
Responded on 19 February 2020

Dear seymourm, thank you for taking the time to complete the feedback form.  Im so glad that you had a wonderful meal with us and we look forward to seeing you soon at Il Portico.With very best wishesJames, Marianna, and all the team at Il Portico

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vipcelticlondoner
London
10 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We’re never disappointed eating at this terrific ‘family’ restaurant. The produce is exceptional.

Il Portico
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thank you! I'm so please that you had a wonderful time and we look forward to seeing you back soon

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vipDeeSky5
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambience, excellent service, and exceptionally freshly prepared food. It’s a definite repeat.

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BMcG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute booking as I was visiting Olympia for an event, but what a great choice! This is a lovely family run restaurant with great staff and a welcoming atmosphere. The food was superb, from the monkfish and seafood soup through the the Torta de Nona dessert; but the standout dish was the Fegato Salvia (calves liver with butter and sage). Beautifully cooked and just sublime! Good choice of wines available by the glass and reasonably priced. A great little Italian restaurant!!

Il Portico
Responded on 11 February 2020

Dear BMcG, thank you for taking the time to complete the feedback form.  I'm so glad that you had a wonderful meal with us and we look forward to seeing you soon at Il Portico. With very best wishes James, Marianna, and all the team at Il Portico

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great evening. I’m from the US but always make it a point to dine at il Portico when I’m in London. They always have good specials but the menu is also wonderful. Service is outstanding. Make sure you get the fried zucchini- it melts in your mouth!

Il Portico
Responded on 11 February 2020

Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you again soon Best wishes James and all the team

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susanh
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are visiting and staying in the neighborhood. Our hostess recommended ll Portico to us. We went and loved it so much we went again two days later! Everything we had on the menu was as good as what we’ve had in Italy.. service was outstanding as well. You cannot go wrong at this cute little neighborhood restaurant.

Il Portico
Responded on 11 February 2020

Thank you Susan! I really appreciater you taking the time to write your review Best wishes James

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Monty
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were introduced to this little gem of an Italian restaurant last year. We’ve lived in the area for years but thought it was just another Italian restaurant. However, I can’t recommend it more if you’re looking for beautifully cooked Italian meat, game and seafood dishes and service that is warm and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a lovely dinner with a well established restaurant who’ve been delivering a tried and tested recipe for years.

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Sylv
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent family owned restaurant. Very friendly staff, great atmosphere and lovely food. Would love to come back.

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sunshine9
London
53 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Welcome to authentic Italian cuisine... Fresh products beautifully prepared like in Italy, dishes perfect for sharing; Beetroot salad and calamari were delicious starters, black ink linguine with lobster and shrimp as the pasta course prepared us perfectly for the sea bream to follow, melting on your tongue...

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing as usual ❤️

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Guildford1
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great welcome and lovely authentic food . Great choice on the menu if both food and wine . We’d def go back

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KatieW
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in this place was great. We were early but despite being about to sit down for the staff dinner the let us in, got us settled with a bottle of wine before they opened.

All the food was incredible too, we both really enjoyed starters and mains.

I will definitely be back.

JR
JoanaR
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top! Very good food and very friendly service! I really recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Slow service. Hair in Tiramisu. Plastic in spaghetti.

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PauFer71
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for lunch with my family. The food was delicious. Our waitress from Brazil was extremely polite. The food was ready in an instant. They brought us a bread basket with olive oil before the food was ready. I value that a lot.
We had a very interesting conversation with the owner. A very nice man. There’s no one like the owner to make sure a business works. We had a great time

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ED49
London
13 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have regular visitors to Il Portico. The food never disappointed us with very tasty dishes and great wines.
The service was friendly and professional.

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PhilipL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Il Portion for accommodating my family's Christmas Day celebrations last Saturday.

Your help, enthusiasm, suggestions, food and service were outstanding and I cannot thank you enough, or indeed wait to revisit.

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vipLondonDiner
London
29 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and great food in a lovely, traditional, relaxed environment. A real authentic neighbourhood gem.

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vipGoodgrubber
London
39 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Like going home for warm welcome, so friendly and excellent food and wine

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Il Portico is rated 4.7 stars by 1139 OpenTable diners.

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