Primo at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Primo at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

Primo at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.primotucson.com/
  • Phone: (520) 791-6071
  • Hours of Operation:
    Happy Hour: Daily 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    CLOSED Mondays & Tuesdays

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Melissa Kelly
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We cater specialty, high-end parties.
  • Private Party Facilities: Make your dining experience, a private one.
  • Private Party Contact: Lori Scheffing 5207916051x

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Primo now has a private complimentary parking lot, steps from the restaurant. Proceed past the hotels main entrance, it's on your right hand side. The Host will validate parking.
A word from Primo at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Local. Fresh. Modern.

Primo restaurant offers a fun and casual environment with a menu featuring fresh, locally sourced and organic cuisine made in our 100% scratch kitchen. It’s the perfect place for families to business diners. Experience what’s new at Primo with our inventive and robust Italian cuisine influenced by Mediterranean, French and Spanish flavors.

Executive Chef Melissa Kelly is the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards winner of the American Express Best Chef, Northeast Award. Chef Kelly was named one of the upcoming chefs of the 90's by Food & Wine magazine, Nation's Restaurant News, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Chocolatier, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Travel and Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Town & Country, and New York Magazine, among others, have all recognized her culinary talents. Her restaurant was listed as one of the "20 Most Important Restaurants in America" by Bon Appetit Magazine in 2013.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Primo at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (14)scenic view (13)romantic (12)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (7)great for outdoor dining (5)notable wine list (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)neighborhood gem (4)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    Marc
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Overpriced. Food was average, the menu not particularly original and the wine mediocre. All together a bad experience, perfectly in line with our stay at the resort. We will not be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wedding
    varelanl
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My reception dinner was a fantastic experience! Everything was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Primo - as good as Italy
    TDW123
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Having spent more than a week in Italy last year I can easily say our meal and Primo was at least equal if not better to any meal we had in Italy. It's hard to compete with a table in Venice for views but I can say Primo certainly can compete with the cuisine. And the views are still great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting
    Chris
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was great. The menu is not huge but enough variety to satisfy every guest. Duck was very good, so were the fresh pasta. Delicious beignets for dessert if you wish to indulge! Patio was disappointing, very small and kind of bare. I was expecting a nicer patio for this category of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Took clients to dinner. The service and food was top notch. Would recommend to anyone for a business or personal meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Maria
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Loved this restaurant. The food was delicious and the staff was wonderful. Definitely go to Primo for a great dining experience. Sarah was my server and so pleasant and and made the experience even better. She is great!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service and a great view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza & Affagato
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Was there on 9/19. I have been to Primo several times. Best the pizza has ever been and the best Affagato I've had there. I love the food!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Happy Birthday
    closetoit
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Booked Primo for my husband's birthday. We live close to the restaurant and have dined here before. It was a wonderful experience and the food and service were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Primo
    dinelocal
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Everything at Primo was outstanding. The food and service couldn't have been better. We definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    Dr111VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We stayed at the hotel and ate dinner here. It was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a mixed bag
    eatnOut
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    They were out of the by the glass wine we wanted, how does that happen? And there was very loud woman in the bar area, we could hear her from our seats in the restaurant. She was screeching throughout our dinner. Spoiled the ambiance. Food was okay, salami and cheese plate very small for the price. Service was perfect, meal well paced, and the blood orange martini outstanding
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could not pass up the pizzas
    agoodeaterVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We always sit at the chef's counter, and usually can resist the pizzas being made in front of us, but the special that night was with garlic, fresh mozzarella, figs, etc. and we couldn't resist. I'm also happy to report that the zeppoles are back to their previously light, airy state.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Primo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was excellent. Marcos is an excellent waiter. He is attentive, funny, and VERY professional. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 330 reviews are from the Primo at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa reviews archive.
  • Callie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I was very disappointed in Primo. This was our third time there and third time was not the charm. The snapper was over cooked and had no flavor. Not Primo's fault but don't bother dressing up. People were in swim suit cover ups and shorts. Also lots of families with screaming babies, not good for a romantic meal. The prices reflect a high end special occasion restaurant, but it really isn't. Keeping in mind it's a Hotel restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Soup's on!
    agoodeaterVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband is a soup-lover, and every soup here has been a winner. The shrimp bisque was excellent, as usual, but the chef made it extra special this time with shrimp and a puff garnish. My bone marrow was delicious, and enhanced by its three terrific sauces (spicy ghost chile pear, chimichurri, and eggplant caponata). IF these specials are on the menu, don't miss them. (BTW: I can't wait for the outrageous pork belly special to come back!)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderfully fresh food.
    Daytona
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had a great evening. Kevin the server was excellent, all his recommendations were spot on. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite spot
    Triz
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Primo is a favorite spot for us, just for a quiet neighborhood dinner with friends or a special place to bring out-of-town guests. This weekend's dinner with friends was outstanding, as usual. Visiting family will be staying here next week, and we plan to continue the fun with several Primo dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    mjv1
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    It's a great experience all the way around. From the grill bar setup for one if necessary to the beautiful ambiance of the dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievable!
    VandraVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I love this place. Every time I return I have another memorable experience. The servers know the menu inside and out and are quick to offer suggestions if asked. The atmosphere is understated elegance, and it's perfect for dining alone, with friends or someone special. I haven't had even an average meal yet, but be sure to try the squid-ink pasta, which comes with fat, juicy scallops. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Judy
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had a great time. The food was excellent and the servers a delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great sommelier!
    Travelingfoodie45
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The sommelier joined us late in the evening and sat with our table to discuss the finer points of our wine. He was very knowledgable and a terrific addition to our table of friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu selection and food quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The menu selections were limited due primarily to off season reduction of diners. The duck was undercooked (raw and barely warm). The quality of the food that evening was not as we had expected. We had dined at Primos before and the fare was far superior. It was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Enjoyable
    Azgirl
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had a lovely time and dinner there. Food and wine suggested was a great pairing. Wait staff all friendly and polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very disapointed
    sadexperience1
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Reservations were at 6:30. Didn't get done until 9:15. Our waitress was great. But the process in which the food came out was very poor. You shouldn't have to wait for 3 hour from start to finish to have dinner...Wanted to go see the entertainment on the patio but only got to enjoy it for about 20 minutes. Very disappointed...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and atmosphere
    rev114VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Locating the entrance around behind the resort and parking is a bit of a challenge
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Figs were in season
    agoodeaterVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The fig tree in the side yard yielded wonderful figs for the bruschetta - don't miss it if they're still ripe and on the menu. Scallops with black in linguini was delish.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Mother's day
    Haardrock1141VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    In the past our experience with dining out on Mother's Day has not been met with great success. PRIMO surpassed our expectations by a wide margin from the service provided by the wait staff to the great food prepared by the kitchen. The staff was very attentive to our needs and engaging in light conversation when appropriate. The Cioppino that I ordered was prepared differently than I have had elsewhere, including San Francisco, but was as good as I have had. If you are in Tucson and wanting fine dining, PRIMO should be at or near the top of your list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining at marriott resort
    BuckeyeVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    This restaurant was a pleasant surprise at the Marriott Star Pass Resort in Tucson. Interesting menu with food excellent as was the service. First night we ate from the full dinner menu. Another night we returned to the bar area for a lighter meal and the appetizers, pizzas, etc were also outstanding with attentive service. Nice wine list also.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was outstanding, desert
    Tbrown
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Food was outstanding, desert reminded me of some of the best places in Little Italy and the waiteress we very personable and lnowledgiable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Primo at Starr Pass
    Mrlifts
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Very nice setting with exceptional service from the moment you arrive to departure. The lighting and music levels are very relaxing and elegant. The food selection is impressive and very flavorful. Truly a enjoyable evening with everyone in our party.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a celebration.
    Mike
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We have celebrated birthdays and anniversaries there. Always enjoy the food and service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Primo
    ipassgas
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Had a great experience at Primos. Food and service were both outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a delightful evening
    Megunticook
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    It was a delightful evening in every way. Three of us sat outside, and had the patio to ourselves (visiting from Maine, we found the February evening plenty warm in Tucson). The server knew the menu thoroughly, and there was much of interest to choose from. The menu could be described as sort of "enlightened traditional." Sophisticated yet hearty, and thoroughly delicious. We wondered if we were going out on a limb when ordering fried artichokes (a personal favorite), as my dad was there, and it wasn't something he was used to eating -- but it was a conversion experience for him. Good wine, which we had by the quartino so that we could have some white and red, some Rhone and Chianti. Thanks to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and not so good.
    Jdx2VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    When we first arrived the service and attention was awesome. However as the meal progressed the servers were nowhere to be found. We had an awesome mussel with lobster and shrimp starter. For dinner we had scallops and shrimp - the scallops were quite nice and on their own would rate very high. The shrimp unfortunately were way over cooked and were so encrusted in black pepper it killed the dish. Gelato for dessert was awesome. All in all we would probably try again and hope we just had some bad luck.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge portions, surprising
    GoYo
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Huge portions, surprising for a classy place like this, especially with local organic ingredients. Wanted to try more, but left too much food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Primo
    K1p2
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    This was our second dinner here and the food, beer and wine selections are wonderful . Staff is superb. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge disappointment
    Devstar
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    I've been a big fan of Melissa Kelly's cooking in all the years she's had the restaurant in Rockland. However here the food was appalling. It was salty overcooked meat and fish. The pizza was doughy and inedible. The desserts were excellent and the service was great but the starters and mains were shockingly bad. My dining companions all agreed and we'd all eaten in Rockland. The only saving grace were the desserts which tasted as if Price had made them and very attentive service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    K1p2
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Staff is wonderful and very helpful. Food was exactly as they described.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foothills dining at its best!
    John2
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Primo was TERRIFIC. We were greeted warmly by the hostess and promptly seated. The service throughout the evening was excellent by Sarah, our server. She was attentive without hovering over us. The food came out quickly from the appetizer right through dessert. Portions were just right, and the selections were perfectly prepared. The wine list was as good as one would find anywhere. The desserts menu made it difficult to choose just one, and the one we chose was sinfully delicious. We could not have had a better evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.