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Primo's Italian Bistro

2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6418
+1 530-600-2220
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good23%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6418
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We dropped in for lunch yesterday and it was yummy. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. Nice little find.

Thank cfionatx
Reviewed 3 days ago

We recently ate dinner at "Primo" while visiting South Lake Tahoe. Although we thought the food was good (with the exception of the spinach stuffed mushrooms) we felt the atmosphere was a bit dull and shabby. The service was average and the prices were what...More

Thank Maui2014NMR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled upon Primos 2 years ago when we got engaged in S. Lake Tahoe, aboard the Tahoe Queen. The food was amazing, and we found out the server and owners are from MA! We felt instantly at home and decided to have our Reception...More

Thank Melaniej71
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Melanie, It was such a pleasure to meet you, and share your special occasion with the entire family. I am glad that you found us, and we were able to connect over our common East Coast roots. Did I tell you that my family...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I are vegetarians and we're looking for some lighter Italian fare. This fit the bill to perfection. The bruschetta was fresh and bursting with basil and olive oil flavors. The warm bread with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip were good...More

Thank Shankar R
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to share your review online. I am glad that you and your daughter both enjoyed your meals, and I appreciate your nice compliment on the pasta too. I hope that you come visit us again next time you...More

Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

My wife and I are visiting Lake Tahoe for vacation from Kansas City and stubbled upon Primo's Italian Bistro. Small place with amazing food and the service was impeccable. My sister in law joined us from Sacramento so there was 3 of us dining. We...More

Thank Glock A
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

I am always very grateful reading reviews like yours. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Do you visit Lake Tahoe often? We would love to have you join us again. Best wishes, Jim Primo

Reviewed 5 April 2017

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!...More

Thank WIH220
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

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

Reviewed 27 March 2017

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

Thank patti_mills24
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

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....More

Reviewed 20 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!

1  Thank Ken J
Reviewed 6 March 2017

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

Thank Robert L
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

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...More

Reviewed 2 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...More

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Questions & Answers
Barbara P
18 October 2016|
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Response from Jim P | Property representative |
Hi Barbara! We sure do! Hopefully I am not too late in responding to you. Please call the restaurant at 530-600-2220 to make a reservation. Cheers, Jim Primo
8 September 2015|
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Response from Jim P | Property representative |
Hello! Our menu can be found on our website. You can always give us a call at the restaurant as well 530-600-2220. Thank you for your interest :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$30
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, Kids
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
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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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