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Il Primo

#410 of 2,309 Restaurants in Ottawa
$$ - $$$Pizza, Italian,
371 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M8, Canada
+1 613-234-6858
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (23 reviews)
“potatoes” (6 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (3 reviews)
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Pizza, Italian, Contemporary, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
371 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M8, Canada
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1 - 10 of 131 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for Sunday Brunch. We tried to order cranberry juice for the kids but they were out of it. We felt a little uneasy being in an empty restaurant and them being out of a simple staple. So we ordered a basic breakfast to...More

Thank FL1979
Reviewed August 1, 2018

I read a couple of favourable reviews on this restaurant and was very excited to go to Ottawa's Little Italy for the first time in a long while to have a great Italian meal two Sundays ago... I was totally disappointed. The pasta I got...More

Reviewed July 28, 2018

We love italian food, so we often explore Preston street restaurants, by far this is the worse italian restaurant, food was terrible, small portions, we really did not like it. Service was good.... this place needs some face lift too.

1  Thank ARC1001
Reviewed July 23, 2018

My friend recommended this restaurant when she saw that Il Primo was one of the many restaurants participating in an event that showcasing each restaurant’s most popular fare, coupled with items selected to showcase their kitchen’s capability and creativity. Each restaurant was offering a prix-fixe...More

Thank AudLav08
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

My friends and I went there for a birthday dinner, the service was excellent, the food was average. The atmosphere is very casual. I have also had lunch there before and enjoyed it. It’s a nice restaurant for a casual night out.

Thank Jevy13
Reviewed March 21, 2018

Regularly enjoy wonderful service and delicious meals in this intimate setting, all in the heart of Ottawa's Little Italy..

2  Thank nightstreams
Reviewed February 27, 2018

This place is small and lacks pizazz. The food is ok but not great. Feels almost like a front for something else... I think it used to be better?

Thank Trish W
Reviewed November 10, 2017

Very good food but lacking ambiance. The place looks neglected and in dire need of a facelift. the food however is wonderful and very well prepared. Friendly servers. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Thank Francine D
Reviewed October 29, 2017

We dined here after an outdoor activity. We liked the cozy ambience. The smoked salmon pizza was average. The chicken parmagiano was very good. The penne arrabiata was also average. Service was good. Really nothing special.

Thank cebcolpitts
Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

Went there for a celebratory lunch with 4 colleagues, and was duly impressed! Ryan went above and beyond to make this a memorable and fun lunch! The mimosa’s and food were very good as well. I will go back, and will recommend!

Thank KathinOtt
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Questions & Answers
Valerie C
December 15, 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from craig613 | Property representative |
Hello, We are sorry but it is not, due to the age and size of the building. Thank you for your consideration.
Leslie M
December 9, 2015|
Response from IlPrimoRistorante | Property representative |
Hi Leslie, We open for lunch at 11:30am and for dinner at 5pm. Brunch starts at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays. Grazie!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$18
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 371 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-234-6858
  • E-mail
Welcome to Il Primo! We invite you to delight in our selection of antipasto, pasta, panini, seafood, extensive and fairly priced 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? Available always for a modest $15 corkage fee. 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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