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Primo's Italian Bistro

2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6418
+1 530-600-2220
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good23%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“homemade pasta” (25 reviews)
“bread” (24 reviews)
“carbonara” (9 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6418
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ordered Fettuchini Alfredo to go. It was almost inedible as it had too much fresh garlic in it. I’ve eaten here before and have never had fresh garlic put in my fettuchini. After about 4 bites, all family members could not eat anymore; our mouths...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Tricia0123
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Tricia, As a business owner, I am sure you understand how disappointing it is when you have regular guests that only leave a review when something goes wrong. Although the situation was out of our control by the time you got the pasta home,...More

Reviewed 23 October 2018

Stopped in at Primo's when our other destination had changed its hours so took a chance on Primo's. What a great decision. Great staff who was very attentive and worked with us on our meal choices. The food was much better than we expected and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Thomas L
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

We always visit Primo’s when we come to Tahoe. The food is excellent! Great veal piccata, excellent shrimp and calamari soup, fettuccini Alfredo, everything fresh.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Bill V
Reviewed 30 September 2018

We live at Tahoe in the summer but had never been here until recently - and will return. It is in the back of the Hills Center (look for Orchid’s) but I think the word is out because we made a reservation because our neighbors...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank LauraJ48
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2018

Hi Laura, I have a huge smile on my face after reading this. Thank you for the excellent feedback on the food, the wine, and the overall experience. I truly appreciate it! You're awesome :) Cheers, Jim Primo

Reviewed 29 September 2018

Went there for a special anniversary and were amazed at the quality of the meal. The lamb shank over polenta was the most tender and tastiest I have had in a long while. The stuffed mushrooms were great tasting. Our waiter, Chris, went over the...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jamesmichael2013
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

Traveling through and Primo’s was close by. Didn’t expect to walk into one of the finest Italian dining experience I can remember. The house made pasta melted in my mouth and their homemade sausage had perfect spices. Nice menu choices, excellent wait staff and wine...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Clyde M
Reviewed 31 August 2018

If you are hoping to enjoy an evening that is as close to authentic Italian restaurant as you can get, this is the spot. Whenever we are craving Italian that we cannot make at home we head to Primos. We always have a lovely evening,...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank LakeTahoeYoga
Reviewed 24 August 2018

I looked up best pasta dishes and Primos was the first place that popped up. I ordered the fettuccine alfredo and added shrimp. Every bite was amazing and I wished I had more. It's a small place and located on the back end of the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Mrs_Urban
Jim P, Propietario at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2018

Wow! What an awesome review to read! Thank you so much, Mrs. Urban! We were named the best of Tahoe Pasta this year, and reading your review confirms it! Thank you, and please do come visit us again soon. Cheers, Jim Primo

Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Good food not so good service To long of a wait to be served 30 minutes to get a cold cut appetizer Horrible horrible serviceMore

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Manuel P
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Hi Manuel, I am sorry to hear that this was your experience at my restaurant. Would you mind sharing the details of your visit with me so that I can address them with my staff? We pride ourselves on good food and service, so reading...More

Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for early dinner. The patio is very nice and shady. The food was fantastic, every dish is handmade. Fresh pasta and sauces. The fettuccine Alfredo and lasagna were outstanding. Friendly service, great food, I would highly recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Jo B
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

Hi Jo, I just wanted to send a quick thank you for your review. It means a lot to hear from our guests after they leave, especially when they have great experiences. I am happy you enjoyed your meal on the patio, and hope you...More

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Barbara P
17 October 2016|
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Response from Jim P | Property representative |
Hi Barbara! We sure do! Hopefully I am not too late in responding to you. Please call the restaurant at 530-600-2220 to make a reservation. Cheers, Jim Primo
8 September 2015|
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Response from Jim P | Property representative |
Hello! Our menu can be found on our website. You can always give us a call at the restaurant as well 530-600-2220. Thank you for your interest :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6418
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  South Lake Tahoe
  • Phone Number: +1 530-600-2220
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Primo's Italian Bistro serves authentic Italian recipes and boasts the most extensive selection of Italian wines on the South Shore. Large parties, catering, reservations and to-go orders are welcome. We also have quarterly wine pairing dinners.
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