IL Primo

4.3
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141 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Our kitchen has a refined Italian style of cooking, with purity, simplicity, love and care. The pasta, bread and pastries are all made in our kitchen. All of our dishes are prepared with daily fresh, rustic ingredients.
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TomB
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly Tasty Main (King Prawn Tagliatelle)

The Pudding was mind blowing (Lemon Cheesecake), So soft and creamy filled us up nicely.

I would definitely recommend this place for the pleasant and polite staff, Relaxed attitude and no pressure when you are eating/drinking.

Thank you.

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Vmenu
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good cuisine, and an absolutely excellent service. This is a neighborhood restaurant which feels luxurious. The waitress was particularly attentive to our needs. Her recommendation of wine was excellent

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foodlover1
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice Italian local. Lovely service. Lots of cheese in the starters.

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malcolms
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

overpriced food - gaudy ambience and somewhat redeemed by excellent service, but I wouldn't dream of eating there again

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time. Lovely aesthetic. The most lovely server ever she was the best. Would definitely be back :)

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ArleneM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent pasta dishes.
Duck was a little dry.
Octopus appetiser was delicious but a very small portion for the price.

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Anonymous
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Excellent italian food, fair price, but no ambiance at all.

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vipMarkF
London
15 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4th or 5th visit...The food is amazing and 1st class service.

MJ
MichelleJ
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really pretty restaurant. Took my boyfriend here for his birthday with our baby boy. They were very accomodating of us giving us a nice table out of the way. The service was amazing. The women who served us was extremely professional and very helpful. The food was delicious and our little boy loved the music! Would definetely reccommend to anyone who wants a nice quiet evening out to eat in lovely surroundings. Thank you.

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PeterC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our second visit. Food was great both times. The service is good. The veal was a massive portion but the monkfish though beautifully cooked was a little on the small side. Although this is a local restaurant it’s local in Belsize Park a somewhat expensive area so prices do reflect that.

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Francis83
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Prices charged were not as advertised on the menu
Got a special that was recommended and was charged £29 even though the board had nothing for that amount.
Desert was better than the main but again advertised for £6 and were charged £7 each!
Definitely feel cheated! Would not return.

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Luv2dine
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Soup was delicious schnitzel was lovely but served with wet limp salad could have come with some vegetables.
My husbands schnitzel was enormous mine was fine but our friends but smaller so my husband gave him some of his. When it was pointed out to waiter he said that’s down to the chef and shrugged his shoulders

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DebbieS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I’ve been to il primo several times and always enjoy the food and atmosphere . This time we felt a bit rushed to leave even thought it was only 10:30 pm

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AMDLanc
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband & I had a lovely traditional Italian dinner at Il Primo! The service was wonderful.
The food was very good and the wine list was very reasonable.

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VivecaP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Unfortunately the front of house staff had a very poor command of English.
The noise level was very high.
The food was vey bland and unappetising
When the issue with taste was brought to the management's attention they reacted well but due to lack of English they did not understand our problem and so were unable to resolve the issue by a simple change of dis but they continued to serve the same dish which was objected to in the first place.

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MarilynK
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Your staff, and venue excellent. I had ‘veal’, which according to menu I expected it to be a nice not over cooked piece of veal or veal chop. What turned up appeared to be milenese, it was a solid piece of something that was unrecognisable, so hard it was difficult to cut, vastly overlooked and tasteless. Sorry to have to say this, you have asked my opinion. If I’m not happy with restaurant, I don’t usually complain but never return.
With regrets
Marilyn kaffel

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Have eaten many times before. The service this time was very slow and erratic

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JonF
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lovely restaurant with a feel of local patronage that is important to the hosts.
Excellent food and drink. Friendly and efficient service.
Certainly a place to visit again.

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Westhamster
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely intimate decor, very welcoming staff, a very good permanent menu and interesting specials of the day. We had grouper fish, rare to find in any restaurant. They will also helpfully amend your dish if you request which some chefs refuse to do! A lovely neighbourhood restaurant that deserves to be much busier as it was v quiet when we went.

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KellyC
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice neighbourhood spot with good food. Very friendly staff who gave good service. A bit noisy and brightly lit for a dinner spot though....

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Carlie
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and charming service.
Disappointed that I didn’t get the 10% discount on my first visit as advertised!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Pasta rather al dente for my taste. Starter small. Staff very friendly.

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NZer
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent food, pleasant surroundings and very pleasant staff.

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grahams
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Delicious food but neither the food nor wine list bore much similarity to what is on the website. This in terms of both content and where dishes were the same, price !
They should sort this as it’s a disappointing start to the experience when you have already assessed for budget and which food you like the look of.
Saying that portions were generous and I wasn’t able to finish a very tasty but just so rich Gorgonzola walnut and speck pasta.

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ClaraE
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual! All pasta is handmade, the veal Milanese is the best I've had in London. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, gorgeous monkfish main course. Friends loved their food too. Starters rather pricey. Staff were lovely.

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StevenM
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Most enjoyable evening and will certainly go back.

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GabrielleH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious - really exceptional. Congratulations to the chef - I'll be coming back!

MD
vipMikeD
London
23 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good neighbourhood Italian restaurant - good food, ambiance and service at a reasonable price

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fannyp
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and service was outstanding, will be back very soon!

MF
vipMarkF
London
15 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant... Been there 2 weeks running~ and another evening booked already..
Amazing food.

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BarbaraR
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Deliciously different Italian dishes not normally served in most Italian restaurants in London, all with fresh ingredients and beautifully presented. The service was excellent, and the atmosphere in this small but well-appointed restaurant was made more special by the variety of clientele, from young singles to families to older couples. A delightful evening.

MF
vipMarkF
London
15 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute fantastic find... Already booked for next weekend.The best pasta I've had since living in Rome.
Fantastic~ not over the top service.
Great for an intimate dinner or a group.

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BertrandS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great home made italian food and friendly service.

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vipPixie
London
10 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had a really enjoyable meal and the food was really yummy... lovely waitress that looked after us

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WILLIAMD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, wonderful food, great authentic Italian restaurant in Belsize Park!

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oliviam
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the waitress was so friendly. It was a great restaurant and I would definitely dine here again.

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Muli
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All the food was excellent - we had liver & halibut for mains with all the side vegetables - perfect! The price of the mains was a little high, but very reasonable for the side dishes' very generous and beautifully-prepared portions.
Service was very friendly and efficient.

JM
JeanneM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

I recommend the variety of fried fish in the appetiser section and the pasta with shrimp as being delicious.

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Embracinglife
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We just had a short window to have a meal and Il Primo staff pulled out all stops to give us a great table, fast, attentive service and delicious fresh food. Thank you.

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IL Primo is rated 4.3 stars by 141 OpenTable diners.