Il Portico

4.7
1008 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.

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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

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

Authentic good Italian food and wine. Great dinner with my wife

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M
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Table booked for 2pm, arrived bang on time. By 2.10pm we were being pressured to choose our food as the kitchen was about to close. Starters arrived promptly, mains arrived as we were still eating the starters because the kitchen had to close. At no point in the online booking process was there any indication that food had be ordered by 2.15pm and that it had to be on the table by 2.30pm. The waiter was somewhat apologetic but this is shocking customer service. I was then charged £13 per glass for two glasses of red wine - the waiter asked whether I wanted a light or full bodied red and I said full but at no point did he show me the relative costs of these choices and certainly didn't highlight that I'd made an expensive choice. I accept that I should have clarified the cost of my choice and clearly took my eye off the ball given the pressure we were under to order the food. Ever felt you've been had? I do. What should have been a relaxed leisurely lunch turned out to be exactly the opposite.

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and atmosphere, a lovely experience

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IN
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A Very enjoyable experience. Informal yet attentive environment in which to spend an evening.

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H
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a satisfying evening when dining at Il Portico.

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J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Staff does not seem to care about customers. Food is either bland or over seasoned.

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was advised to go to Il Portico by a colleague. It is a lovely posh neighbourhood restaurant with a sedate atmosphere. The waiters knew most of the elderly Kensington residents who came in while I was there. I found it slightly difficult to find a light lunch meal on the menu as I wasn't in the mood for pork belly with my pasta but they were very kind and made us a plain tomato sauce pasta.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable. The recommendations for food and wine was spot on.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my boyfriend’s birthday and it was perfect! The service was top notch and the food was something we talked about long after it was completely consumed.

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k
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fab traditional italian with table cloths, lovely place for a chat with friends

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V
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When arrived at the restaurant we were greeted immediately with smiles and friendliness, we were seated even though we are about 15-20 minutes early for a reservation. The staff is friendly, helpful, and overall excellent. We highly recommend this wonderful Italian restaurant while visiting London. The food was so good. The duck was cooked to perfection and the pasta was fresh and fabulous.

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LD
London
24 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is always a great local... a perennial favourite that happily keeps on going. Warm and friendly staff and delicious food, thanks guys.

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f
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We could sense that there was no interest by the staff to make us feel like home. Service was expeditive. Red wine was to warm. Very commercial. You could find much better italian in London. This is a has been place.

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V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Busy evening, restaurant was full. Very quick service. Food was excellent, but a bit pricey!

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MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT everything! This was our 'regular' visit whenever we are in London, and continues to exceed all our expectations.

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a
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I liked this place. Simple Italian cooking, friendly and quick service. My only disappointment was the lack of any game on the menu!

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RS
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Splendid Italian friendliness, great evening .
Food very good as well

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CB
London
23 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since moving away from London we only get to visit IL Portico once or twice a year. Always excellent , Veal chop and Calves liver outstanding, Pinot Grigio as it should be. An outstanding Family owned local restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Ambient and food wonderful host , would defiantly must do again east to reach very close to high street Kingston station

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L
Norway
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, but expensive to be italian. Not the best service the day we were there, they seemed uninterested.

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RE
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, I had the calf’s liver it really need to come with some kind of vegetable or salad, but it was excellent otherwise

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J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real gem, hard to find a proper Italian sometimes. This is one. Great food and authentic service.

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N
London
18 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place! Lovely place, lovely food, and really love atmosphere! Will be back for sure

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s
London
81 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love il Portico as soon as you go through the door you feel your in Italy. Service is tops and food consistently good. Had my Dover Sole and it was delicious and the pasta is always excellent. It’s great for s Romantic meal for two or business or a special occasion . Will be back .

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GK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

James and his team always deliver! Our favourite London restaurant for 6 years.

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JA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is my favorite restaurant in London. Superb food and great service.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening spent at Il Portico, staff were very attentive and friendly, food was excellent. Would highly recommend.

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D
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place with friendly staff,happy days,rock on next year 🍻🍷😁x

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NB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Traditional Italian restaurant with friendly, knowledgeable staff. High quality ingredients and well presented.

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IT
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A good place for quiet discussion over a glass of wine and a tasty meal.

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C
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant authentic Italian food and great waiting staff we will definitely come again

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LC
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the restaurant! Great food, great service and everyone was so friendly and helpful! We will definitely return!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding as usual. Staff is great!

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MP
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, lovely food and great wine list! Can't wait to return!

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F
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Superb food, amazingly friendly staff, a knowledgeable owner and good wine. Nothing more to say about this family run restaurant apart from we drive for an hour to try this restaurant and it didn't disappoint...... Apart from the cold draft that hit the two of us that were sitting with our backs against the wall. Not ideal on a cold, wet winters evening which is what brought the score down but that is the only negative I can think of. We'll be back!

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LD
London
24 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely 'ristorante', great service and delicious food! Good for a quiet Friday night supper.

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BP
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smallish restaurant with an excellent selection of food and wine at reasonable prices (by London standards) and a vibrant atmosphere. The staff are very friendly, courteous, knowledgable about the food and wine pairings; nothing is too much trouble! I ate their last Saturday (March 2) with friends for a multiple birthday celebration and all agreed that we would return and recommend to friends. The Gavi was almost too good to share! The Saltimboca al la Romana (excuse spelling) was divine, as were the pasta dishes. The deli board starter was delicious; we think that two boards between three is probably enough for most folk. The only problem in singing it’s praise is that it may be harder to get a table in future!

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IH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food; great ambience; we have been going for years and continue to love it

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JW
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Dishes beautifully presented and with a great balance of flavours. Wine good quality and affordable. Nice to be offered a taster of an unfamiliar red.

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SV
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious home cooked Italian food in a charming, traditional setting.

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