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Il Portico

#609 of 17,848 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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277 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA, England
+44 20 7602 6262
12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
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18:00 - 23:00
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Delicious food, great wine, excellent service, great value - we would highly recommend this beautiful restaurant x

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299 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Somewhat unpretentious but extremely good. There are so many so-called Italian restaurants in London which are only so so. This has the real feel of a small town restaurant everybody trying to please and the dish I had was superb...spaghettini alla vongole was better than I had tried in Italy.....my wife's mozarella salad was equally good. Do go!

Thank kattyukres
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4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was my first visit to il portico..after reading alot of good reviews, my expectations were already high..But the food and the excellent service beat all expectations..restaurant is warm and cozy and the food is out of this world..I had lemon prawns for a starter and the skate wing that was on specials was superb..can also recommend the veal escalop... More 

Thank Cajsa L
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148 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We sat outside and ordered butterfly prawns in chill garlic sauce, spaghetti Bolognese and spaghetti Vongole. All the food was freshly made and well prepared; the prawns were the star of the evening and a must try. Our server was extremely helpful and efficient. All in all a nice evening.

Thank europetraveller68
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

This was an evening meal after a busy trade fair at Olympia. The restaurant was very busy (we had booked in advance) and buzzing. The food was good Italian cuisine and the wine, recommended by the waiter, was good also. Although the service was friendly we did have to ask more than once for the extra bread, the second bottle... More 

Thank Colin B
San Francisco, California
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Stumbled upon it by accident. Their pizzeria was closed so we ended up at Il Portico - wanting something Italian - our 3 boys were thinking pizza. What a serendipitous find, having the 3rd generation owner, James keep an eye out for us and direct us on all food and wine. Pasta cooked perfect al dente, James emphasized they'll cook... More 

Thank banjogo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner here last night after reading reviews on TripAdvisor. Small, friendly, wonderful ambience and the food was perfect! I can recommend the calves liver and skate wing - both were faultless. The staff were attentive and Vinny looked after us really well.

Thank TravellerSouthport
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

We had lunch after a extenuated day. We were received by and greeting and cheerful employee. We had the specials and they were very fresh and tasteful. Really happy with the random choice! Definitely a must go place when in the surroundings.

Thank Ângelo N
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Had a business evening meal and I must say it was great. The homemade minestrone soup was delicious. For mains I had the risotto which was wow. Great friendly service I would highly recommend this place.

Thank Connecttraveller
Carrboro, North Carolina
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Il Portico is a very Italian restaurant: starters, pasta, mains (with sides), and desserts are on the menu in that order. Many items use Slow Food ingredients. Everything is well prepared. We're kinda foodies and took our London host for a bit of a splash out. We ate well, relaxed, drank good wine. We all had antipasti ( I recommend... More 

Thank Tom T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$45 - US$71
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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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