Il Portico

4.7
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1192 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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 beyond. 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.
What 1192 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible! Everything was impeccable.

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ViktorijaL
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, super delicious pasta and food, clean and cozy atmosphere. Would come back again and highly recommend!

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vipTarik
London
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great to have this venerable local Italian reopened. Very good food and friendly atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent in every way.

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Pepita
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My new favourite place in London. A little spenny, but it’s so worth it!

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Jasper
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Great service. Very tasty food.

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LaurenH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Gorgeous wine and cheese; good pasta, friendly service.

Il Portico
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Nice ambience and menu sounds great but dishes were poorly executed. Quality of food was a let down.

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vipGoodgrubber
London
40 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a friendly place, lovely people, excellent food and clever wine list. Super all round.

Il Portico
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Goodgrubber!

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IvorW
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant restaurant , great food , great service and atmosphere.

Il Portico
Responded on 21 September 2020

Thank you so much!

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Nats
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant James and co are a fantastic team and the food is great

Il Portico
Responded on 21 September 2020

Why thank you!

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Customer
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

Very attentive wait staff, but we were chastised for only ordering drinks. In a time of covid-19 were you have to book everywhere, I don’t think it’s appropriate to tell customers they can’t book a table in future if they are not eating.

Il Portico
Responded on 21 September 2020

Dear Sir/Madam, nobody chastised you, but we are a restaurant. I think it is unfair to submit a one star review because you booked the wrong establishment for your needs. Of course we expect you to eat. It is a restaurant. It has been a restaurant for 53 years, and will continue to be so. If you only want drinks, I can recommend booking a pub. Please consider the effect that negative comments do to someones livelihood when they have done no wrong. Yours faithfully James Chiavarini

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JoKi
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful ambient and friendly local restaurant with delicious food. We loved it!

Il Portico
Responded on 21 September 2020

Thanks Joki!

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Jacob
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I ate at Il Portico recently with my wife to celebrate my 30th birthday. Food was tasty and traditional in both flavour and presentation. Great wines, and when I asked for Vin Santo they had it- a sign of a good, authentic Italian restaurant in my mind!

Il Portico
Responded on 21 September 2020

Thanks Jacob! Glad you enjoyed your anniversary with us, and here's to another 30 more years!!

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ZosiaT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A delicious, authentic Italian meal with prompt, friendly service and good advice about sides and wines to match our main courses. It was also clear that this is a great favourite with locals, who knew the staff by name. We had a lovely evening!

Il Portico
Responded on 21 September 2020

Thanks Zosia, hope to see you again soon!

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ChristineM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious food, friendly staff, happy to talk about the history and origins of their lovely meals

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ROBERTF
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great authentic Italian cuisine with excellent ambiance. Family owned and long standing and working hard to thrive. So if you can get in eat there

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vipjimmmmm
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great local Italian, authentic and great service..

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Long standing establishment, great food, friendly and quick service, nice wine selection

Il Portico
Responded on 21 September 2020

Thanks!!

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JamesP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing food and service is the best. If you haven’t been then do your self a favour. Great Italian food.

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JoeG
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food.. just like my mother and grandmother use too make!

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PamelaE
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fantastic ambience and excellent food. Service second to none. Just a couple of issues. Food was over seasoned with salt. During these difficult & unprecedented times please get rid of the imported service charges. This is a second tax on your food.This was a let down when we are trying to support all local businesses.

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CarolineP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The friendliness and helpfulness of the team was superlative - made to feel most welcome. The food was delicious and the whole evening a delight.

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HarryJ
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding. Thoroughly recommended. Excellent food and service.

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vipFidelGastro
London
43 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is a local favourite of ours for a reason - great food and great service.

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MichaelS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had seat outside which was amazing. Food fantastic. We had very fun evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Full restaurant in days of covid yet great service and great food

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Absolutely excellent - only niggle was the calves liver was a little tougher than expected... but I guess that is always a risk when you order liver so perhaps the slight downgrade on food is a little unfair... but would not stop me recommending and we would definitely return - really great evening and rest of food, wine and cocktails super

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RobN
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We happened to be in London for couple of days and had heard about this restaurant on the radio so gave it a try.. Would highly recommend, food was fantastic! James the owner was very friendly and all the staff made sure we were sorted.. Definitely be back!

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Julia
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have dined a few times here now and as a result can say it is easily my favourite Italian in London. The pasta is proper, old fashioned authentic handmade and the sauces are divine. The calamari was the best I’ve had. On top of the delicious food the atmosphere is so lovely and warm. You are given a warm family welcome and it does not feel as though you are anonymous diners at a restaurant. They are also doing Eat Out To Help Out!

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TonyG
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An outstanding evening’s food and service by all the team at Il Portico. Fully deserving their status of being the No. 1 Italian restaurant in London.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Best service I have had in london

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LondonSw15
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very nice night out. Great starters, mains and dessert. Will recommend and go back!

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CarolynA
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A lovely local restaurant with friendly attentive staff and delicious, authentic food,

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful experience

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vipMacy
London
33 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly staff and owner James, cosy place and good food. Will definitely visit again.

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AlexB
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful. Romantic and with a great atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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VictoriaB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun, friendly and relaxed local restaurant. Tables for families although mostly couples enjoying a quiet night with delicious food.
Staff very professional, and good service, without being in the way. Happy to recommend

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Waterside
London
14 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A traditional, friendly, family-run, Italian restaurant.

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DebN
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic family restaurant, food was fabulous, staff were very helpful & attentive, cant wait to re visit when we are next in London. Thank you

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Il Portico does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Il Portico is rated 4.7 stars by 1192 OpenTable diners.

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