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371 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M8, Canada
+1 613-234-6858
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Wed 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I went to IL Primo for Brunch on the weekend in a group of 8. The staff at IL Primo set a table for us quickly and took great care of us. The food was all hot and delicious with a few options that were Italian takes on Brunch. Specials like Eggs Benedict with trout really added splash to the... More 

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner before the magic/comedy show at The Prescott - my wife and my 13 year old son - waited over an hour for our food - waitress never stopped at our table to ask us if we wanted another drink or to update us - finally we called her over and she said the delay was the pizza... More 

2 Thank honmikemac
Vancouver, Canada
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my hosts here for dinner and was impressed with the food and the service. The wine selection though not extensive was good. I chose a 2013 Ripasso that was excellent. We had salads - the rustica and the caprese - both good. All of us had pasta. The gnocci was good and my hosts enjoyed their food. They... More 

Thank MichaelVancity
Ottawa, ON
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Food was amazing and the service was exceptional!! Highly recommend this place. Cute little place to have a nice dinner with your partner .

Thank DiverStephanie
Level Contributor
25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We have gone to Il Primo several times, generally as a couple, or for a family dinner. Every time, I have ordered something different, but have yet to find anything that was great. It's good food, just not anything special. This may be because I am not a fan of risotto - and I like my pasta to be properly... More 

Thank Lisa S
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I bring folks here regularly, the reason initially was the Bring Your Own Wine (BYOW), which means you can have a very fine meal at an affordable price. Service is why we keep coming back. Attentive, knowledgeable, efficient. The food is not a huge diverse menu, but very good, the Balsamico Nuevo and Sorrentino veal are regulas items for me,... More 

Thank samnomatter
1 review
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We were in Ottawa for an opening of a business. We were hungry and didn't know where to eat. As we drove down Preston we spotted this place. It was a Saturday and the place was packed. Luckily the waitress found us a table.I am so glad she did. The service was great the food delicious. I am gluten free... More 

Thank Kim P
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Came here in a date night, no reservations and no expectations. The food and service were both exceptional. The food (although not house made pasta) was fresh and incredibly flavorful. Seasoning was incredible and was overall very tasty. The service was attentive and friendly with great knowledge of their menu. I would highly recommend this restaurant for couples or date... More 

Regina, Canada
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

My wife and I have been to Il Primo several times and have never been disappointed. Excellent service, very authentic Italian cuisine.

Thank Mike S
Ottawa, Illinois
Level Contributor
37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

i only try this place for brunch; but really nothing special nor in terms of options or quality. I read great reviews, but did not have this experience for brunch. The ambiance is also not very nice nor interesting so wont try it again

2 Thank Olivia_OTT

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$18
Italian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 371 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-234-6858
Welcome to Il Primo! We invite you to delight in our selection of antipasto, pasta, panini, seafood, extensive wine list, and mouth-watering desserts all made in-house, including our famous gelato. We are happy to serve lunch and dinner, weekend brunch, and mouth-watering desserts made on the premises. BYOW: Do you have a favourite wine and would like to bring it out to dinner? At dinner service on Sunday to Wednesday evenings, we will happily serve your wine. Corkage fee: $10. Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Vegan Friendly: we have been offering gluten-free options for many years and have a strict protocol in the preparation of our corn pasta and other dishes. All of our plates are made to order. Several vegetarian and some vegan options are also available on our regular menu. Please mention any dietary restrictions upon arrival and/or in the comment section of our online reservation system. Grazie!

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Ottawa, Canada
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?