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Il Portico

#734 of 17,867 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Kensington and Hyde Park
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277 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA, England
+44 20 7602 6262
12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
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Champaign, IL
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Made last minute reservations for sat night and it worked out. Small but loud place, family owned. Great fresh tagliatelle ragu pasta, pana cotta dessert, and cappaccino. Minestrone soup wasn't pasta based. It more like a light green veggie soup. Grill prawn was good but sauce was too tangy. Would come back if I'm near the location but not to... More 

Thank waterlily_17_99
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was down on business, and on my own (never particularly good when dining) but seen this restaurant had decent reviews, so decided to try it. The restaurant was full, I had no reservation, but James offered to accommodate me later or put the heater on outside, so outside I went, and it was comfortable (yes, even in Feb) although... More 

Thank David R
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for lunch with friend. Like stepping back 40years! Very old fashioned/traditional restaurant. Food very good. Shared starter, both had pasta main (small portion) and gin and tonic each, bill was £66! I suppose it's London. The food was fresh and good quality. The stairs down to toilet and toilet could do with refurbishing, tatty. Kensington High street has definitely... More 

Thank ChanFamilyEsher
Portstewart, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First time to visit this restaurant and I have nothing but praise for the superb food and service. The atmosphere is homely and pleasant. This restaurant should be top of your list! James, the owner made us feel very welcome. You will need to book in advance.

Thank tmglover54
Crewe, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had evening meal last Friday. This is a lovely, lively restaurant will a really nice choice of food. The calves liver was fantastic! Would definitely go back.

Thank Alison D
London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a great meal at Il Portico. Food is authentic Italian, the atmosphere is nice and relaxing. A great place for business or personal dinners.

Thank Ale_basmi
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is a British institution, established in 1967. It's described as "This stalwart Italian restaurant still lures locals with homemade pasta and Emilia Romagna cuisine". It's at 277 KENSINGTON HIGH STREET LONDON W8 6NA and it's a family run restaurant. Second generation l believe. An elegant and beautiful space. I would like to describe it as decayed elegance, but... More 

Thank NickPinder
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We've been to Il Portico around half a dozen times and it never disappoints. The menu is limited but excellent and the saltimbocca alla romana is our favourite! The food here tastes just like it would in Italy. The staff are friendly and attentive and we have never found one bad thing to say about this place. Can't wait till... More 

Thank Rohan S
Rehovot, HaMerkaz, Israel
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff was fun, warm and friendly, talked with us the whole evening and gave us wine on the house. the Veggy pasta was so miniature, i wasn't sure that's the main... and it's a shame because it was so delicious! so, it's not for hungry people, but the place is lovely.

Thank flowergirl212
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

This family run Italian restaurant is pure class. The food is about as authentic as it gets and superb, the service well paced, warm and very attentive. This is easily the best Italian restaurant in London, if not the UK.

Thank Ricky S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$44 - US$68
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:45
18:00 - 23:00
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?