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Il Portico

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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Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
277 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA, England
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Reviewed yesterday

My wife and I enjoy weekend visits to London around 2 or 3 times a year, mainly to see shows or concerts, and whilst we have some favourite go to restaurants it is always interesting to discover new ones when staying in a different area...More

Thank Brian U
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wow. What a meal! My family had the best time / meal at Il Portico. The staff was so friendly and the meal was delicious! We were able to secure a table outside at 7:00pm on a beautiful July night. We had burata to start,...More

Thank seanbarclay
Reviewed 6 days ago

Love this beautifully old-fashioned restaurant, a gem before the Opera Holland Park performances. Staff are completely 100 % with one exception, perhaps not her fault. She had a hacking cough which was most unpleasant in front of the customers. We mentioned this to our friendly...More

Thank montySurrey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I find this place by casually and I was pleasantly surprised. Really good food (similar to a nice Italian homemade pasta), the service and the atmosphere. The waiters are very nice and helpful and the menu interesting.

Thank Stephanie L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a table inside and lucky the AC was on as it was 27 degrees outside. As usual, the servers were all extremely entertaining and friendly and the starters of the Gamberini and main course of the veal steak and Vonghole were tasty and...More

Thank europetraveller68
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Family owned business. Cozy restaurant. Nicely decorated. Service was average not excellent. We did not have reservations and were told we had to be out by 8 which we agreed to. Our burrata salad and my risotto were both very good. My daughter's veal was...More

Thank envy4u
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This bustling Italian neighborhood spot could be anywhere in Italy. You would not expect to find it on Kensington High Street. And yet, judging by the number of locals there, it is clearly their go-to spot for a lovely dinner. The owners are Anglo-Italian second...More

Thank P W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was divine, the service very good and very prompt, you can see that all the staff work very hard to make this the great restaurant it is, i would definitely recommend and visit again next time we are in the area

Thank williamsons2015
Reviewed 12 June 2017

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 2 June 2017

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

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James C, Owner at Il Portico, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 45 - USD 71
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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
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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