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Il Primo

371 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M8, Canada
+1 613-234-6858
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
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“brunch” (10 reviews)
“pasta” (21 reviews)
“red snapper” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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371 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M8, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have now taken this establishment off our to go list. I have never seen veal picante presented like a schnitzel with no sauce and the potatoes tasted like the cook had made them the day before. The place was obviously understaffed and the waitress...More

Thank Claudette V
Reviewed 4 days ago

Had q wonderful late night meal with my husband.pasta cooked to perfection with a wonderful light cream sauce. Crime brûlée delicious .. Highly recommend it. Service very attentive and appreciated. Will definitely rerun

Thank Ctd D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This small restaurant serves up fantastic Italian dishes! Given how busy the small restaurant was and their limited staff (of 3), service was friendly and efficient. The gnocchi, fettuccine and fish special (pan seared trout topped with maple glazed bacon) was simply delicious. I would...More

Thank se2f
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for Sunday brunch, we were a large party, but got seated in a reasonable time, waited a while for coffee, which was slow in coming throughout the meal, took a while to take our order, and ages for it to come. Food was OK,...More

Thank Yorky201024
craig613, Owner at Il Primo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Yorky201024 for your review. We appreciate all comments both good and bad as it only helps us do what we need to best serve our guests. Regarding your public comments though; you should, to be fair, mention that it was Canada Day 150...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the Carbonara Primo and my friend had the Penne Anita. Both dishes contained overcooked, dry chicken. Portions were small for the price. The waiter was friendly but ignored us for most of our stay, perhaps due to being the only front of house...More

Thank Janet E
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

My husband and I have tried a few so called authentic Italian restaurants in Ottawa and although we might think all the ones located in little Italy are great choices, that's unfortunately not the case. Il Primo though is our top favorite Italian restaurant by...More

Thank Karla S
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

I went to IL Primo for Brunch on the weekend in a group of 8. The staff at IL Primo set a table for us quickly and took great care of us. The food was all hot and delicious with a few options that were...More

Thank @a_plater
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Went for dinner before the magic/comedy show at The Prescott - my wife and my 13 year old son - waited over an hour for our food - waitress never stopped at our table to ask us if we wanted another drink or to update...More

2  Thank honmikemac
Reviewed 30 April 2017

I took my hosts here for dinner and was impressed with the food and the service. The wine selection though not extensive was good. I chose a 2013 Ripasso that was excellent. We had salads - the rustica and the caprese - both good. All...More

Thank MichaelVancity
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Food was amazing and the service was exceptional!! Highly recommend this place. Cute little place to have a nice dinner with your partner .

Thank DiverStephanie
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Questions & Answers
Valerie C
15 December 2016|
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Response from craig613 | Property representative |
Hello, We are sorry but it is not, due to the age and size of the building. Thank you for your consideration.
Leslie M
10 December 2015|
Response from IlPrimoRistorante | Property representative |
Hi Leslie, We open for lunch at 11:30am and for dinner at 5pm. Brunch starts at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays. Grazie!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$19
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 371 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-234-6858
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Welcome to Il Primo! We invite you to delight in our selection of antipasto, pasta, panini, seafood, extensive wine list, and mouth-watering desserts all made in-house, including our famous gelato. We are happy to serve lunch and dinner, weekend brunch, and mouth-watering desserts made on the premises. BYOW: Do you have a favourite wine and would like to bring it out to dinner? At dinner service on Sunday to Wednesday evenings, we will happily serve your wine. Corkage fee: $10. Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Vegan Friendly: we have been offering gluten-free options for many years and have a strict protocol in the preparation of our corn pasta and other dishes. All of our plates are made to order. Several vegetarian and some vegan options are also available on our regular menu. Please mention any dietary restrictions upon arrival and/or in the comment section of our online reservation system. Grazie!
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