Il Portico

4.7
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1111 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.

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Mon - Wed 12:00PM - 2:30PM 6:00PM - 7:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM
Thu 12:00PM - 2:30PM 6:00PM - 7:00PM 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 2:30PM

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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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4.5
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a lovely dinner with a well established restaurant who’ve been delivering a tried and tested recipe for years.

S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent family owned restaurant. Very friendly staff, great atmosphere and lovely food. Would love to come back.

s
London
50 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Welcome to authentic Italian cuisine... Fresh products beautifully prepared like in Italy, dishes perfect for sharing; Beetroot salad and calamari were delicious starters, black ink linguine with lobster and shrimp as the pasta course prepared us perfectly for the sea bream to follow, melting on your tongue...

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was amazing as usual ❤️

KW
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we walked in this place was great. We were early but despite being about to sit down for the staff dinner the let us in, got us settled with a bottle of wine before they opened.

All the food was incredible too, we both really enjoyed starters and mains.

I will definitely be back.

JR
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top! Very good food and very friendly service! I really recommend!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Slow service. Hair in Tiramisu. Plastic in spaghetti.

PF
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went for lunch with my family. The food was delicious. Our waitress from Brazil was extremely polite. The food was ready in an instant. They brought us a bread basket with olive oil before the food was ready. I value that a lot.
We had a very interesting conversation with the owner. A very nice man. There’s no one like the owner to make sure a business works. We had a great time

ED
London
13 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have regular visitors to Il Portico. The food never disappointed us with very tasty dishes and great wines.
The service was friendly and professional.

PL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you Il Portion for accommodating my family's Christmas Day celebrations last Saturday.

Your help, enthusiasm, suggestions, food and service were outstanding and I cannot thank you enough, or indeed wait to revisit.

LD
London
29 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly service and great food in a lovely, traditional, relaxed environment. A real authentic neighbourhood gem.

G
London
39 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Like going home for warm welcome, so friendly and excellent food and wine

SO
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, and a nice, intimate place. Strongly recommended!

MV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I grew up in this area and must have passed this place so many times and never gone in. What a pity.
It has to be one of the best Italian places I have tried in London.
The food was sooo delicious and what surprised me was how big the portions were (that is NOT typical in London).
The variety on the menu was great; not your typical pasta dishes and also wonderful meat and fish dishes.
This is now my go-to when in London.
Already planning my next visit.

t
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is our second visit here.Went about 18 months ago.Food was amazing.Service is fantastic and such a lovley atmosphere.Will definitely go again when in the area.

d
London
25 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely authentic local Italian. The capellaci pasta was delish, wine list was extensive and well-priced, perfect place for a good meal and goo conversation. Also very enthusiastic service!

WN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Cozy, comfortable, homey vibe. Simple dishes done very well. Very attentive and friendly staff.

S
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious, authentic Italian cuisine for a quiet lunch. Ideal for a business meeting.

i
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

An excellent evening, the host was in control, a very well run family restaurant. They obviously have a regular clientelle, this was our first visit but we were attended to with as much care as the regulars. The food was very good and the portions were big, we didn't have room for a dessert!

If we are in London again, we will definitely go back.

MM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a neighbourhood gem. Delicious, authentic Italian food. Always a treat.

C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank so much for wonderful meal!!

LC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I only come to London once a year & il Portico is the only restaurant I use! The food is wonderful, reasonably priced for such good food & great menu. The staff are always very welcoming & pleasant, not mention efficient! Thank you once again Vinnie!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious lunch with the girls. They very obviously use great fresh ingredients.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent meal with really friendly staff.
The quality of the food was exceptional with great tastes and flavours.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is amazing!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very good evening, friendly and warm

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Fantastic again thanks

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Authentic food and ambiance! Burrata, risotto and calamares outstanding

r
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was wonderful. Went with waiter's suggestions and was not disappointed.

r
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

high quality, traditional reliable Italian food. Great for informal night out

G
London
39 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A favourite place....worthy of your loyalty.

TA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Not the best Italian experience, maybe I didn't know what to order but also you expect more help from the staff when you're unfamiliar with the dishes names.

AB
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food ! The Best Italian restaurant in London !

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing, and the service was impeccable. Our waiter had excellent suggestions for antipasti and wine, and our group had a great evening. I look forward to my next visit already!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated my birthday with the loved one. It was incredible and on the high level❤️ thank you

OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We just moved to the neighbourhood and it will definitely become one of our favorite joints.

J
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great and friendly service.

SJ
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great fresh pasta, very busy even though a Monday night. Staff really helpful and good service

LW
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best spaghetti vongole I have ever eaten. TPO Cheese grilled and served with honey and balsamic was delicious

N
London
12 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This isn't our first trip here and as always we return because the food is not only delicious but the service is impeccable and everyone makes sure you have the best experience possible.