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Il Portico

) #722 of 18,123 Restaurants in London €€ - €€€ Italian, Mediterranean, European
277 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA, England
+44 20 7602 6262
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
12:00 - 14:45All hours
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
277 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Only booked it because it was within walking distance of the apartment we were staying in, but great food, and great service, with the owner always around to check we were all enjoying ourselves - and we did.

Thank John M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice food, shame about the service. Quiet and more staff than customers on a weekday lunchtime but still poor service. It can't be difficult for professionals to serve the right food to the right customer and to know what they are serving! Won't be going...More

2  Thank Jinty27
James C, Owner at Il Portico, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are disappointed to hear that you had a less than perfect meal with us. Good, genuine customer service is something that we take very seriously and we all always try to ensure our guests...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for a business meal - service was very good with no rush - we ordered some wine and the waiter was very helpful - what I liked he pushed a wine that was in the lower priced segment. Pasta dishes were amazing

Thank horstim
James C, Owner at Il Portico, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We're very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the service! With very best wishes, Marianna Chiavarini

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food, great wine, excellent service, great value - we would highly recommend this beautiful restaurant x

James C, Owner at Il Portico, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We do hope to see you again soon! Very best wishes, Marianna

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Somewhat unpretentious but extremely good. There are so many so-called Italian restaurants in London which are only so so. This has the real feel of a small town restaurant everybody trying to please and the dish I had was superb...spaghettini alla vongole was better than...More

Thank kattyukres
James C, Owner at Il Portico, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your food, the atmosphere and service. We do hope to see you again! With best wishes, Marianna

Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

It was my first visit to il portico..after reading alot of good reviews, my expectations were already high..But the food and the excellent service beat all expectations..restaurant is warm and cozy and the food is out of this world..I had lemon prawns for a starter...More

Thank Cajsa L
James C, Owner at Il Portico, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for review! It's great to read that you and enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you soon! Many thanks, Marianna Chiavarini

Reviewed 17 April 2017

We sat outside and ordered butterfly prawns in chill garlic sauce, spaghetti Bolognese and spaghetti Vongole. All the food was freshly made and well prepared; the prawns were the star of the evening and a must try. Our server was extremely helpful and efficient. All...More

Thank europetraveller68
Reviewed 17 April 2017

This was an evening meal after a busy trade fair at Olympia. The restaurant was very busy (we had booked in advance) and buzzing. The food was good Italian cuisine and the wine, recommended by the waiter, was good also. Although the service was friendly...More

Thank Colin B
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Stumbled upon it by accident. Their pizzeria was closed so we ended up at Il Portico - wanting something Italian - our 3 boys were thinking pizza. What a serendipitous find, having the 3rd generation owner, James keep an eye out for us and direct...More

Thank banjogo
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner here last night after reading reviews on TripAdvisor. Small, friendly, wonderful ambience and the food was perfect! I can recommend the calves liver and skate wing - both were faultless. The staff were attentive and Vinny looked after us really...More

Thank TravellerSouthport
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$44 - US$70
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 277 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Kensington and Hyde Park
  • Neighbourhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7602 6262
  • E-mail
The oldest family run restaurant in London. Spanning 6 decades and three generations, Il Portico Restaurant on Kensington High Street has been cooking regional Italian specialities since it was first opened in the 1960"s by acclaimed chef Pino Chiavarini. Still managed to this day by the same family, siblings James and Francesca draw heavily from their roots, providing simple, authentic Italian food from their home region of Emilia Romagna and surrounding area. Whilst the family are always on hand to welcome you in, our Executive chef, Eduardo (currently in his 25th year of service with us) concentrates on slow, homemade dishes with a sense of history and provenance.
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