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Il Portico

4.8
4.8
1543 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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Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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 1,543 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A very good meal ahead of the Opera. Staff are friendly, helpful & very efficient. Thank you

  2. t

    tryanythingonce

    London

    45 reviews

    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Marvellous food and service as always but the room is cramped with staff knocking chairs all the time for those sitting near the till Could you open at 5.30pm during Opera Holland Park season?

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A superb restaurant, the quality of the food and wine is top. The prawns are a dream. Good wine list too. The proprietor James is a charming and kind man who always welcomes me and my friends. I cannot recommend this restaurant more. A classic. The accusation of it being homophobic is absolute nonsense. Open and welcoming.

  4. JS

    JudyS

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Delicious food and excellent service. This was a pre-opera dinner booking and the efficient service was really appreciated. Will be back.

  5. PL

    PaulL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful Italian restaurant , lovely atmosphere and relaxed, great staff and service. The food was fabulous, it was all above very good but as I am writing this I want to single out the Saltimbucca Romana... boy oh boy , the best I've ever had. Thank you to all at Il Portico for a fabulous experience. Paul

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a place! The staff are super warm and friendly and the vibe is great. We sat outside and ate a 4 course meal that did not disappoint

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Like home with best food ever

  8. B

    Bunhead

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a glorious lunch with a friend. Upon arrival we were immediately seated in a lovely quiet corner with comfy seats. A short menu is always a good sign and we weren't disappointed when the food arrived. My sea bass was cooked to perfection and my friend's spaghetti alla Vongole was heavenly. The service was attentive but unobtrusive.

  9. BJ

    BarbaraJ

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great little restuarant - very authentic Italian food, which was delicious, and very big portions. Very friendly staff and good service, great ambience. We had a chat with the owner before we left and he is a really nice chap. Would definitely recommend this - it's very cosy and friendly but also felt quite special.

  10. SR

    SamanthaR

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Great Italian food, good value, at friendly local restaurant.

  11. LM

    LondonMum

    London

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a find! Thank you JK Rowling for, obliquely, introducing us to this gem of an Italian restaurant. Il Portico is the ultimate family-run restaurant, spanning three generations and six decades — and it's easy to see why. We started with pasta — Strozzapreti Romagnoli, twisted pasta strips with creamy of prosciutto and squacquerone cheese, which was heaven on a plate. I wasn't familiar with squacquerone, but what a discovery, tangy, slightly salty-sweet, delicious. My other half had the seafood with squid ink tagliatelle, which was faultless. Super-fresh seafood, a beautiful balance of flavours. Both pastas were clearly home-madeand cooked to perfection. For mains, it was calves liver and a veal chop with a white wine and rosemary sauce. which could easily have fed two. Again, both were beautifully cooked, with classic sauces. We were full to bursting, but couldn't resist the chocolate tart made with almond flour. Yum! Rich dark chocolate, not too sweet, and that nutty base note. This really is honest Italian cooking at its best. There's no fuss or unnecessary frills, just great ingredients, cooked well — a recipe for fabulousness. There's also a good wine list, with plenty of by-the-glass options — and desert wines served chilled, as they should be. What's not to love? We will definitely be back.

  12. s

    sarahw

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    food not great, service not warm and cozy after all one expects a slice of italy. I would know I’m italian

  13. C

    Charles

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect evening thanks to beautiful food and engaging staff. Can't wait to return.

  14. D

    Delmsted

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Pre opera meal served promptly with excellent food and service. Will definitely use again

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food; great wine list; attentive service - the perfect Italian restaurant.

  16. i

    ianglasgow

    London

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent pre-opera meal. Very good food delivered expeditiously. Great service.

  17. j

    johnc

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    SERVICE AND MEAL EXCELLENT GOING TO HOLLAND PARK OPERA SO IMPORTANT FINISHED AND GOT BILL ON TIME

  18. BM

    BeckyM

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    We ordered the gamberini they were not as good as before. They tasted like rancid olive oil. Service was spotty,inattentive. You were one of our local favorites, now we don't know.....

  19. MD

    MatthewDrake

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As if possible, the food actually gets better. A superb experience.

  20. JB

    JamieB

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Second time and just as good as the first! We sat outside which was fine and quieter than we thought it would be next to the road.

  21. M

    Marco

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We're not used to visit Italian restaurants (we do it at home) but Il Portico deserves its fame. The spaghetti alle vongole, a must at Il Portico, were very tasty (very high quality clams) and not dry ("scarpetta" is compulsory). I'm not a super-fan of thin spaghetti but I really enjoyed it. My wife get garlic prawns, amazing... and my duck with aceto balsamica has been wonderful. Everything drunk with a flavoured sauvignon bianco at a glass. Last but not least, service was friendly and very lovely, exactly as it should be in an Italian family restaurant.

  22. TT

    TobyT

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great food, nice atmosphere and definitely worth a visit - will be back.

  23. a

    andrewb

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb food, fab service and a really friendly atmosphere

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous dinner

  25. ES

    ElliotS

    West Palm Beach

    146 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent restaurant with one of the nicest owners I have ever come across. So accommodating!! The food was outstanding, especially the burrata with aubergine. We will definitely return to this restaurant as well as the sister place, Pino a few doors down. Both great finds!

  26. RC

    RichardC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a very enjoyable evening. Food, service and ambience were excellent. We will return

  27. AP

    AdrianP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great food and very pleasant staff that make you feel valued. Definitely will go back

  28. JE

    JonE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I cannot fault our experience at Il Portico, as always, the food was fantastic, the staff attentive and helpful, and the atmosphere relaxed and warm...so 5 stars all around.

  29. VM

    VictoriaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favourite restaurant in London! Fab food and service!

  30. MS

    MargaretS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Nice evening but chairs not comfortable. Good good but not as good as our last visit. 2 of our guests thought it too pricey!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, looking forward to visiting again.

  32. B

    Bonappetit2015

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Feeling like eating at home with friends. Great atmosphere and great food. Thanks.

  33. M

    Matt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Amazing food Staff were ok - could have been more attentive and took a long time to get attention for ordering and the bill

  34. R

    Rose

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious as usual. First course was good but pricey for what it was (asparagus with parmigiano)

  35. JE

    JimE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent menu and wine list. Quality food cooked to a high standard and served by attentive and friendly staff

  36. S

    Skys

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great evening, great staff & interesting conversation with James the owner,passionate about farming & supporting the farming community. Farm to table a lovely evening & delicious food

  37. J

    Judi

    London

    173 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great menu and wonderful food as always matched the service

  38. RA

    RobA

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Authentic Italian excellent food and lovely ambience.

  39. MV

    MeelisV

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always happy to be back. Very friendly staff and excellent food.

  40. d

    dinnerdiva

    London

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    My friend and I hAd calves liver which wasn’t particularly tender. I thought it was pricey as it came with nothing else. Would have been nice to have one veg included in the price as in other restaurants.

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Il Portico is rated 4.8 stars by 1543 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 12 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

  • 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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