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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
16:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 22:00
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Sacramento, California
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed a wonderful Caesar salad with anchovies and a delicious veal Marsala smothered with mushrooms and tasty gravy. All 6 of us left happy, satisfied, and too full to enjoy one of their fabulous desserts. We all ordered different items and we're pleased with what we ordered.The restaurant is located in a shopping center.

2 Thank gkeil
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We totally found this place on accident. Thank god! We walked in and it was perfect. It was romantic while still having a home feeling. We both order a few glasses of wine. The waiter explains everything since we are first timers. Apparently they made in hous pasta that is to die for. Somehow both of us didn't get pasta.... More 

3 Thank Missjesika08
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This is a very small, not fancy, Italian restaurant, serving delicious homemade pastas. It looked like most of the diners were locals and several were families with children. We were there on a Monday, and glad we had reservations.The hot bread and dipping oil was served immediately. My husband and I each ordered a salad. The arugula, beet and goat... More 

3 Thank Sherry B
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Sherry! Thank you for the great review. I will be sure to pass along your kind words to the staff too. I always enjoy hearing that they are taking wonderful care of our guests. I am happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed your meal. I hope you come visit again soon! Best wishes, Jim Primo More 

Granite Bay, California
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124 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This place was recommended by a casino employee who mentioned this was one of his favorite local restaurants. We were staying in a rental house and didn't want to leave our dog alone, so we picked up "take out" dinner. At first, I was a little worried because the restaurant is in the back of a "not so nice looking"... More 

2 Thank AHIDAD
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

A very nice place with tasty food. We had a few starters that were very nice- Crispy brussels sprouts, Stuffed mushrooms and a salad. We then had veal cutlets, lazanya , Veal marcello, Diavolo- pasta sea food. All very good and tasty. Good service .

2 Thank Kathrine2100
El Sobrante, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

It was our first visit to Promos and this was a great find. It was Sunday and wanted an early quiet dinner. Primos opens at 4 pm for dinner a perfect time. I love eating over white table cloths. We were The first customers and our Waiter Joey was great. He explained the menu and wine list. (not a full... More 

2 Thank Josie R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Really a great meal for the price. Take the time to find this place, and do not be put off by the laundromat next door.

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Central Oregon, Oregon
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108 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Good spot for a special night out in a non-casino location at SLT. Excellent service and good food. Pastas are made fresh, and caprese salads featured heirloom tomatoes. Ample portions, enough for one of us to take some home. Reservations are a good idea, as this restaurant is small and busy.

2 Thank Barb S
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Barb! I just wanted you to know that I appreciate your kind review. We strive for excellence, so it is great to hear that we are going above and beyond our customers' expectations. Hope we have the chance to serve you again in the near future. Best wishes, Jim Primo More 

Cameron Park, California
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We wanted to try a new restaurant. We have been eating at our favorite place for 25 years need to expand since we are up there a lot. We ate at the Hard Rock the night before for the same price and got a way better meal believe me!!! Two of us for about 50.00 two apps,1 beer, and a... More 

1 Thank Craig R
Davis, California
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

This small restaurant has indoor seating and a patio. It has a cozy atmosphere, and very good Italian food They serve wine and beer; the wine list is extensive. Service starts with warm bread and a herbal olive oil and vinegar dip. A caprese salad was an excellent appetizer. I had eggplant parmesan and my spouse had the veal saltimboca.... More 

1 Thank 828SusanK828
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts online, Susan. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your food and your overall experience at my restaurant. Next time, don't hesitate to let us know if something isn't perfect - we are always here to provide you with the best food possible. You will love our... 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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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Grass Valley
4 months ago
los altos, california

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?