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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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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good23%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6418
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Jo B
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were on the way back to Stateline, NV from spending the day hiking. We found Primo's almost by accident, I is i the back of a shopping center. It was early. My taste buds have been destroyed but radiation, but tis place brought them...More

Thank surfer2038
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Looked this up on TripAdvisor - decided to stop in for a quick lunch. Really glad we did. We both got Lasagna - it was really good. We planned on going back for diner but could not make it happen. Give this place a try...More

Thank Foster B
Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

We stopped in for dinner and had the lasagna. It was okay but seemed to have lots of sauce and not much pasta. I expected better for $17 but maybe that's reasonable in this resort town. Service was excellent and the atmosphere had an Italian...More

Thank Trish W
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Hi Trish, I am sorry to hear that you were not impressed with my restaurant. Our prices are definitely in line with the rest of the restaurants here, especially since we make all of our pasta, pizza, sauces, and desserts fresh in house. However, we...More

Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Good food and service. Small locals places. Non descript strip mall location. Home made pasta the fettuccine Alfredo is full of garlic not authentic Italian with nutmeg. Veal is good but a little toughMore

Thank j r
Jim P, Propietario at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2018

Hi JR, I really appreciate you sharing your feedback online, although I am sorry to hear that your veal was tough! I am grateful that you still rated us four-stars. I hope you return again so that we can provide you with a five-star experience...More

Reviewed 28 March 2018 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
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

I really appreciate your review and recommendation. I hope we get the chance to serve you again soon! Cheers, Jim Primo

Reviewed 24 March 2018

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
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Hi there, I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts here on TripAdvisor. My family opened the first Primo's back in Beacon Hill, Boston in 1962. I still use a lot of the same family recipes, and love carrying on my families legacy....More

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
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Good afternoon, I just got really disappointed reading your review. I wish I could change everything about that experience for you. As a restaurant owner, it is my responsibility to see that everyone who walks in the door is treated with kindness and respect. What...More

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 23 March 2018

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 23 March 2018

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

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
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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