Il Portico

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1084 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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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 1084 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very good evening, friendly and warm

OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic again thanks

AD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Authentic food and ambiance! Burrata, risotto and calamares outstanding

r
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

high quality, traditional reliable Italian food. Great for informal night out

G
London
36 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A favourite place....worthy of your loyalty.

AB
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food ! The Best Italian restaurant in London !

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, and the service was impeccable. Our waiter had excellent suggestions for antipasti and wine, and our group had a great evening. I look forward to my next visit already!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday with the loved one. It was incredible and on the high level❤️ thank you

OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We just moved to the neighbourhood and it will definitely become one of our favorite joints.

J
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great and friendly service.

SJ
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

LW
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

HF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

VB
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Authentic northern Italian food. I will vist regularly

BH
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, good value, pleasant ambiance and service.

PJ
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PJ
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing

G
London
36 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MC
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding Italian home cooking

J
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and a warm welcome.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were both outstanding.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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