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Il Portico

277 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA, England
+44 20 7602 6262
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
277 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Old school in a good way that is. Classic dishes, very good ingredients, perfectly cooked and served by friendly staff. Exactly what you want from an Italian restaurant. Would recommend.

Thank PT5
Reviewed 1 week ago

i had wanted to book this restaurant for ages, and finally i managed to about 2 weeks ago! Menu is relatively small, which i believe is always a good sign. Food is fresh and seasonal, and cooked really well. Everything we ordered was tasty and...More

Thank GiuliaGrassi2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

Staying in Kensington, we searched tripadvisor for a recommendation and opted for II Portico. We found the staff delightful, very friendly whilst delivering excellent service. All of our dishes had a light touch, no heavy sauces, lovely presentation. It has been a number of years...More

Thank Judith H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been a number of times and keep coming back for more. Always good food, even if the service can be a little off sometimes and tables are closely packed.

Thank 7BruceC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Il Portico is a very small, intimate family run restaurant with lots of charm. We had dinner there on a rainy London evening and it was quintessentially romantic. The food was very good and creative, but retaining that comfort food quality. The bread was the...More

Thank tony c
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very enjoyable restaurant which serves authentic food from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. My Pappardelle al Ragù starter was perfectly cooked and delicious, as was my Duck á L´Orange. All of the dishes served were a success for each of us....More

Thank Timothy H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Il Portico is the most wonderful charming Italian restaurant one can find in London. It has been in the same friendly Italian family since 1967. When we entered Il Portico we were welcomed like an old family member. We had a fantastic ravioli with butter...More

Thank Niels61
Reviewed 14 October 2017

We go two or three times a year and have been doing so for maybe 30 to 40 years. When a restaurant is run with love it shows in every way. James has learned well from father and grandfather and the beneficiaries are the people...More

Thank GGCag
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

We walked in last night a very Friendly host name Michael help us found sets and also help us pick some of best dinner and Wine! We had wonderful time ! We like give the place more than 5starts!

Thank wendyosty
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Just came in from Australia and was hungry. Burrata, tomato and olives (instead of avocado) was great and then squid, chili and garlic. Staff were great and welcoming and food delicious - please eat there

Thank RossSL
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$46 - US$73
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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