IL Primo

4.5
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138 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Our kitchen has a refined Italian style of cooking, with purity, simplicity, love and care. The pasta, bread and pastries are all made in our kitchen. All of our dishes are prepared with daily fresh, rustic ingredients.

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Sun 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Tue - Sat 12:00PM - 3:00PM

What 138 People Are Saying
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London
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

overpriced food - gaudy ambience and somewhat redeemed by excellent service, but I wouldn't dream of eating there again

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time. Lovely aesthetic. The most lovely server ever she was the best. Would definitely be back :)

AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent pasta dishes.
Duck was a little dry.
Octopus appetiser was delicious but a very small portion for the price.

TS
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Excellent italian food, fair price, but no ambiance at all.

MF
London
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4th or 5th visit...The food is amazing and 1st class service.

MJ
London
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really pretty restaurant. Took my boyfriend here for his birthday with our baby boy. They were very accomodating of us giving us a nice table out of the way. The service was amazing. The women who served us was extremely professional and very helpful. The food was delicious and our little boy loved the music! Would definetely reccommend to anyone who wants a nice quiet evening out to eat in lovely surroundings. Thank you.

PC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our second visit. Food was great both times. The service is good. The veal was a massive portion but the monkfish though beautifully cooked was a little on the small side. Although this is a local restaurant it’s local in Belsize Park a somewhat expensive area so prices do reflect that.

F
London
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Prices charged were not as advertised on the menu
Got a special that was recommended and was charged £29 even though the board had nothing for that amount.
Desert was better than the main but again advertised for £6 and were charged £7 each!
Definitely feel cheated! Would not return.

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Soup was delicious schnitzel was lovely but served with wet limp salad could have come with some vegetables.
My husbands schnitzel was enormous mine was fine but our friends but smaller so my husband gave him some of his. When it was pointed out to waiter he said that’s down to the chef and shrugged his shoulders

DS
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I’ve been to il primo several times and always enjoy the food and atmosphere . This time we felt a bit rushed to leave even thought it was only 10:30 pm

AM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband & I had a lovely traditional Italian dinner at Il Primo! The service was wonderful.
The food was very good and the wine list was very reasonable.

VP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Unfortunately the front of house staff had a very poor command of English.
The noise level was very high.
The food was vey bland and unappetising
When the issue with taste was brought to the management's attention they reacted well but due to lack of English they did not understand our problem and so were unable to resolve the issue by a simple change of dis but they continued to serve the same dish which was objected to in the first place.

MK
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Your staff, and venue excellent. I had ‘veal’, which according to menu I expected it to be a nice not over cooked piece of veal or veal chop. What turned up appeared to be milenese, it was a solid piece of something that was unrecognisable, so hard it was difficult to cut, vastly overlooked and tasteless. Sorry to have to say this, you have asked my opinion. If I’m not happy with restaurant, I don’t usually complain but never return.
With regrets
Marilyn kaffel

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Have eaten many times before. The service this time was very slow and erratic

JF
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lovely restaurant with a feel of local patronage that is important to the hosts.
Excellent food and drink. Friendly and efficient service.
Certainly a place to visit again.

W
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely intimate decor, very welcoming staff, a very good permanent menu and interesting specials of the day. We had grouper fish, rare to find in any restaurant. They will also helpfully amend your dish if you request which some chefs refuse to do! A lovely neighbourhood restaurant that deserves to be much busier as it was v quiet when we went.

KC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice neighbourhood spot with good food. Very friendly staff who gave good service. A bit noisy and brightly lit for a dinner spot though....

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and charming service.
Disappointed that I didn’t get the 10% discount on my first visit as advertised!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Pasta rather al dente for my taste. Starter small. Staff very friendly.

NZ
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent food, pleasant surroundings and very pleasant staff.

g
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Delicious food but neither the food nor wine list bore much similarity to what is on the website. This in terms of both content and where dishes were the same, price !
They should sort this as it’s a disappointing start to the experience when you have already assessed for budget and which food you like the look of.
Saying that portions were generous and I wasn’t able to finish a very tasty but just so rich Gorgonzola walnut and speck pasta.

CE
London
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual! All pasta is handmade, the veal Milanese is the best I've had in London. Highly recommend

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, gorgeous monkfish main course. Friends loved their food too. Starters rather pricey. Staff were lovely.

SM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Most enjoyable evening and will certainly go back.

GH
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious - really exceptional. Congratulations to the chef - I'll be coming back!

MD
London
23 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good neighbourhood Italian restaurant - good food, ambiance and service at a reasonable price

f
London
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and service was outstanding, will be back very soon!

MF
London
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant... Been there 2 weeks running~ and another evening booked already..
Amazing food.

BR
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Deliciously different Italian dishes not normally served in most Italian restaurants in London, all with fresh ingredients and beautifully presented. The service was excellent, and the atmosphere in this small but well-appointed restaurant was made more special by the variety of clientele, from young singles to families to older couples. A delightful evening.

MF
London
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute fantastic find... Already booked for next weekend.The best pasta I've had since living in Rome.
Fantastic~ not over the top service.
Great for an intimate dinner or a group.

BS
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great home made italian food and friendly service.

P
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had a really enjoyable meal and the food was really yummy... lovely waitress that looked after us

WI
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, wonderful food, great authentic Italian restaurant in Belsize Park!

o
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the waitress was so friendly. It was a great restaurant and I would definitely dine here again.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All the food was excellent - we had liver & halibut for mains with all the side vegetables - perfect! The price of the mains was a little high, but very reasonable for the side dishes' very generous and beautifully-prepared portions.
Service was very friendly and efficient.

JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

I recommend the variety of fried fish in the appetiser section and the pasta with shrimp as being delicious.

E
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We just had a short window to have a meal and Il Primo staff pulled out all stops to give us a great table, fast, attentive service and delicious fresh food. Thank you.

J
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Il Primo and it certainly won't be my last. A genuine Italian atmosphere and real Italian staff prevailed to complete the experience. The choice of food and wine was sufficient without being too restricted, and we enjoyed the veal Milanese as a good substitute for the hoped-for duck, accompanied by a delectable Italian rose wine called, rather appealingly, "Blush". The noise level was ok, thanks to the relatively small interior space, and I really appreciated the absence of lights being lowered and over-loud music being played which so help to to wreck one's enjoyment (are you paying attention, Carluccio?). Overall I give the highest possible rating to Il Primo. It deserves to survive and to do well.

YL
London
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Overall good place to eat, although there is room for improvement on the coffee.

DB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What a great little gem in the heart of Belsize Park. Service was great and food wasn’t outstanding. You’d be hard pressed to find better Italian food anywhere ... even in Italy. Can’t recommend highly enough