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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 good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“homemade pasta” (24 reviews)
“bread” (23 reviews)
“carbonara” (9 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6418
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had the chicken Parmesan w a salad. Quality chicken lightly breaded. Rich marinara. Friendly staff. Would highly recommend, quality food. Great salt water fish tank to watch fish and anemones.

Thank TravelingEcologist
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited Tahoe with my family for the first time and was looking for a good Italian place to eat. We decided on here because it was close to where we were trying to go afterward. I was impressed. I'm from Virginia, and we have...More

Thank JJOCEOTravels
Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

First off we had a reservation on Sat night and we’re seated promptly in the bar. We had been watching grandchildren all week and were ready for a nice evening out. Ordered a bottle of wine, bruschetta and our entrees. 15 minutes later no wine....More

Thank Ditakites
Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Great local place to eat. Fantastic Italian. The lasagna was homemade and incredible. Be prepared it takes 20 minutes. The veal parmagana was very flavorful. Awesome selection of wine. The service was fantastic. Don’t let the strip mall location fool you. You won’t be sorry.More

Thank Jzaret67
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your kind words. Our lasagna is fresh baked, well everything we make is fresh, so it does take some time! I appreciate your patience, and I'm glad you enjoyed some nice wine while you waited. Please visit again soon! Best...More

Reviewed 1 March 2018

Primo's was recommended to us by the Resort we were staying it - once they mentioned that they made their own pasta, we were sold. They had a large group and all the other tables were taken but after a short wait they seated us....More

Thank Mercy M
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Wow, OMG, delicious?! What more could a restaurant owner want to hear from his guests. Thank you Mercy. I enjoyed reading your review. I hope you dine with us again on your next Lake Tahoe vacation. Cheers, Jim Primo

Reviewed 11 February 2018

Our latest visit to Primo's will be our last. The food has gone downhill. The service has always been a little awkward and unpolished. But now the food is also sub par. The atmosphere has always been a very "strip mall", but it's getting worse...More

Thank TheNakedTruth
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2018

Reading your review saddens me. We are constantly working to improve the appearance of the restaurant, and make each recipe we prepare even better. We recently upgraded our tables so that now they have nice wooden tops and no longer need table cloths. As far...More

Reviewed 10 February 2018

We had the pleasure of enjoying dinner at Primo's Italian Bistro earlier this week with friends who have regularly visited. Our friends were greeted like old friends and we as new. The wait staff was eager to help and offered some suggestions for us about...More

Thank Richard J
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2018

Hi Richard! Please thank your friends for recommending my restaurant! And I do apologize about the burnt pizza crust. If anything like that happens in the future, please let us know while you're here so that we can remake it. I want everyone to leave...More

Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

It’s hard to come by fresh pasta made daily in house and sauces that taste like mom’s but this little gem in the wall far exceeded my expectations! My boyfriend and I ate here on the 23rd of January 2018 for my birthday dinner and...More

Thank snowwright
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2018

Hi! Thank you so much for such a great review! I am glad you had an amazing birthday dinner at my restaurant, and that you shared your experience and photos on Yelp! I was so happy that I shared it on Facebook. I hope that's...More

Reviewed 7 January 2018

Strip Mall location with a warm appeal. Staff is very inviting and responsive. Menu offerings are all prepared and served with care. The food reflects the attention and is very appealing. Nice place for family and friends to get together after a day on the...More

Thank Bryan K
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2018

Hi Bryan, I appreciate your review and the stars. It sounds like you had a great experience at my restaurant! Please let me know what we can do in the future to provide you with a five-star dining experience. Thank you! Best, Jim Primo

Reviewed 4 January 2018

We stopped here for lunch on a day the restaurant wasn't supposed to open until 4 pm - lucky us! The food was delicious and freshly prepared, including the warm bread, the owner/host was cordial and very personable, and it was overall a very pleasant...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, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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
  • E-mail
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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