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371 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M8, Canada
+1 613-234-6858
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun - Wed 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
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Ottawa, ON
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was amazing and the service was exceptional!! Highly recommend this place. Cute little place to have a nice dinner with your partner .

Thank DiverStephanie
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We have gone to Il Primo several times, generally as a couple, or for a family dinner. Every time, I have ordered something different, but have yet to find anything that was great. It's good food, just not anything special. This may be because I am not a fan of risotto - and I like my pasta to be properly... More 

Thank Lisa S
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I bring folks here regularly, the reason initially was the Bring Your Own Wine (BYOW), which means you can have a very fine meal at an affordable price. Service is why we keep coming back. Attentive, knowledgeable, efficient. The food is not a huge diverse menu, but very good, the Balsamico Nuevo and Sorrentino veal are regulas items for me,... More 

Thank samnomatter
1 review
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We were in Ottawa for an opening of a business. We were hungry and didn't know where to eat. As we drove down Preston we spotted this place. It was a Saturday and the place was packed. Luckily the waitress found us a table.I am so glad she did. The service was great the food delicious. I am gluten free... More 

Thank Kim P
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Came here in a date night, no reservations and no expectations. The food and service were both exceptional. The food (although not house made pasta) was fresh and incredibly flavorful. Seasoning was incredible and was overall very tasty. The service was attentive and friendly with great knowledge of their menu. I would highly recommend this restaurant for couples or date... More 

Regina, Canada
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

My wife and I have been to Il Primo several times and have never been disappointed. Excellent service, very authentic Italian cuisine.

Thank Mike S
Ottawa, Illinois
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

i only try this place for brunch; but really nothing special nor in terms of options or quality. I read great reviews, but did not have this experience for brunch. The ambiance is also not very nice nor interesting so wont try it again

2 Thank Olivia_OTT
Regina, Canada
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187 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We went here for a taste of Italy and we were not disappointed. The service was top notch. The server was the only one on the floor on a Thursday night. He made a point of apologizing in advance that he would be a few minutes before he got to our order. Nice touch. The food was excellent. Be sure... More 

Thank TravelingMac60
Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Some of the italian meals at Il Primo are better than I've had in Italy... the four cheese gnocchi and the calamari for example are fantastic!

Thank keatingannique
Richmond, Canada
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Service and choice on the menu are fantastic, Recent visit to Ottawa to see relatives, I had asked where everyone wanted to go for dinner, a quick answer came up "il Primo" in little Italy, Worked out - it was an excellent choice, from the time we walked in till we left the service and hospitality was excellent, food was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$18
Italian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 371 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-234-6858
Welcome to Il Primo! We invite you to delight in our selection of antipasto, pasta, panini, seafood, extensive 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? At dinner service on Sunday to Wednesday evenings, we will happily serve your wine. Corkage fee: $10. 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?