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Primo's Italian Bistro

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2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6418
+1 530-600-2220
11:00 - 22:00
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Sat - Sun 16:00 - 22:00
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Antioch, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner there this past weekend. We'd definitely go back again on our next visit to S. Lake Tahoe! The restaurant is nestled in the back of a small strip mall so pay attention to your directions. Food was great and the service was excellent! Be sure to make reservations for dinner, as it is a small locale.

Thank WIH220
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Hi there, I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you for your kind review. Ian happy that you enjoyed your meal at my restaurant. We look forward to serving you again in the future. All my best, Jim Primo More 

San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great local restaurant with a mellow ambiance and delicious food!! Shout out to their awesome chef Jeff Zavala!

Thank patti_mills24
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Patti! Thank you for your kind review. I will be sure to pass along your compliments to Jeff. I'm so grateful for my team, and I love hearing that my guests are well taken care of too. We look forward to seeing you again. All my best, Jim Primo More 

Fresno, California
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184 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Ate at Primo's Italian Bistro with our party of 30 and the service and food was outstanding. Served family style and more than enough food for all of us. Convenient location right on Lake Tahoe Blvd. Definitely a "must eat" place in Tahoe!

Thank Ken J
South Lake Tahoe
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Average food for an average restaurant. More an American version of Italian than authentic Italian food.

Thank Robert L
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Robert! I apologize that you did not have the excellent dining experience that we are known for. Did you happen to mention your disappointment to your server? We like to address any issues that come up while our guests are here, we want everyone to leave completely satisfied! I sincerely hope that you forgive us! Best wishes, Jim Primo More 

Plymouth, Indiana
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Family of four visiting SLT and we were hungry for Italian. We got the recommendation from a local who said it was the best in Tahoe. I'll be honest it was darn good! Service was great. They give the table bread and we were able to ask for more and they brought it without hesitation. Pricing was fair and they... More 

Vacaville, California, Usa
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98 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Decided not to stop for lunch on the way up to Tahoe. Wanted a quality meal prior to checking in to our hotel. This place was right off 50 on the main drag to the Hotels. To our surprise the food was outstanding. Home made pasta was great. The soup and salad was great with fresh sourdough bread for dipping.... More 

Thank Victor L
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Victor, I am happy to hear that you all thoroughly enjoyed your meal at my restaurant, and that you found us. We always enjoy spoiling our guests, especially our new customers. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip too. Cheers, Jim Primo More 

Jupiter, Florida
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Primos did an awesome job from the reservation we made, to having our table ready, to great service,to great food. All the things you look for in a restaurant. The food delivered a great Italian flavor that wowed all of us. We are very impressed with this restaurant and definitely would say it is a local type of restaurant to... More 

Thank Tom W
Aventura, Florida, United States
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2 reviews
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Family ski trip and craving for Italian pasta for the night, search from trip advisor pop up this restaurant with 4 stars, so I make reservation. We went there, small tiny place full of reservation , full bar. Nice wine but not expensive from Toscana. Very tasty sauce seafood pasta, my kids ate pizza. Ending with Everyone happy. Good place... More 

Thank May S
Hallandale Beach, Florida
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Always check with the local residents. We wanted Italian food after a long day of skiing. Primo's was great. A tucked away spot right off Lake Tahoe Blvd. The service and atmosphere are great! The food was amazing, homemade, fresh ingredients. Primo's is on the list the next time we are in South Lake Tahoe.

Thank Bernard C
Dallas, Texas
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132 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This was a very busy place but service was fantastic... 10 min wait on a busy night... Tried the Rissoto and the sole.... So much to choose from... wine is reasonable... Yummy must try... OOO large portions wow....

Thank MJM676
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Your review made me chuckle! Thank you for the laugh, and the kind words. I appreciate your business. All my best, Jim Primo More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$30
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6418
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  South Lake Tahoe
  • Phone Number: +1 530-600-2220
Primo's Italian Bistro serves authentic Italian recipes and boasts the most extensive selection of Italian wines on the South Shore. Large parties, catering, reservations and to-go orders are welcome. We also have quarterly wine pairing dinners.

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