Primo Grill
Primo Grill

Primo Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.primogrilltacoma.com/index.php
  • Phone: 2533837000
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: M-Th 4:00pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-11:00pm

    Dinner: Su 4:30pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Charlie McManus
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th and Pine
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Primo Grill
Primo Grill is a chef driven Mediterranean by Northwest restaurant showcasing the best of local bounty. Local wild caught fish, meats from local farms and foraged produce feature from the grill and brick oven. Owners Chef Charlie McManus and Jacqueline Plattner offer a relaxed yet sophisticated experience with an emphasis on Washington wines and hand muddled artisanal cocktails.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Primo Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (49)fit for foodies (38)special occasion (29)romantic (15)good for groups (14)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (8)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Always a great place for dining. The staff is welcoming, polite and attentive. Food always well prepared, tasty and too my taste. New ambiance is pleasant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice experience
    DeviantDetroiter
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Me and the wife went there for the first time the other night. I tried the rack of lamb and she had salmon w/ pasta. Both were prepared wonderfully, and the service was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    Ksell028
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were celebrating our anniversary. It was a beautiful sunny warm evening and we were seated next to the open window ...perfect table. We started with the calamari which was the best we have ever had. We asked for bread to soak up every last drop of the sauce. We shared a Caesar salad. I ordered the salmon and my husband had the scallops. Both were very well prepared and beyond delicious. It turned out that we had a wonderful celebration of our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    ReallyTTown
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The move to the new Primo fundamentally changed the place. Limited menu and wine list. No ambiance at all. Now basically eating in a bar instead of a good restaurant. Now just like every other restaurant on 6th Ave. Nothing special.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Customer of many years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Lively ambience. Great bar. Friendly service. Calamari appetizer, fig-prosciutto pizza, and saffron crab pasts dish were very tasty. Definitely will come again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • former location better
    fooddandy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The new location of Primo Grill just isn't the same as the old one, nor was the experience. This location is open and noisy. It was packed on a Saturday night on a holiday weekend, so I'm glad I made a reservation for my group. The bar is larger - helpful for alcohol sales. However, one can no longer sit on the line and watch the cooking action, which was one of the special things about the old primo location. the old primo was intimate and interesting. This set up is nothing special. The food I had this time (crab with homemade fettuccine) was not up to Primo's usual great standards. Meh. I'll be back and hopefully will have a better experience to report.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and Miss, Mostly Miss
    JPaige
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We loved the old Primo Grill and were looking forward to their new update and location. I am sure they will be much busier In the new location but we won't be back. Decor is like a cheap pizza parlor. Tables are close together and the waiters have to lean over other guests to talk to you because it is so noisy. Our waiter was horrible: sweaty hands whisked dishes and silverware away between courses and never brought us new ones, water never refilled unless we yelled someone down, never offered to explain menu or tell us about specials, didn't know wine list. Plus when you come in off the street there is no space to wait for table; you are just crammed in by the door. Food was fine but everything else was so bad we barely noticed!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable food
    susyq
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent food...a carryover from the former location. (All my visits to Primo Grill over the years have been memorable.) The service was also excellent, making for a leisurely dining experience. The only drawback to the new location is the horrendous noise level when it's crowded. I would have given the restaurant 5 stars except for the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still My Tacoma Favorite
    WildBill
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The new location features terrific cuisine and delightful choices. The restaurant was airy and light. The service was prompt and attentive but not bothersome. Jacqueline and Charlie still prowl the premises cheerfully and cordially.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 6th Avenue
    jane
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The new location of Primo Grill is wonderful, BUT, parking is difficult on a busy Saturday evening and with the windows open, the traffic noise often overwhelms the table conversation. The food is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfecto
    Cato
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wait staff was amazing and the food was perfecto and very impressed with their wine selection - especially good choices on Oregon Pinot Noir. Thin Crust Prosciutto pizza was a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant has changed.
    PspaceO
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Missed the grilled bread and shrimp. Flat bread OK (more bread less cheese), Calamari and grilled vegetables were great! Rest of meal was OK. The real problem was, I think, because the staff is still trying to get there bearings at the new location. There seamed to be a lot of stress. At the old location staff was much more relaxed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New location
    Timloves2eat
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Long time Tacoma operation updates/changes their location and changes the menu. We tried lots of different items and cocktails. All were fantastic! Primo opened up their new building just a coue weeks ago and if their were any kinks to be worked out they clearly had. We had a 615 reservation and by 7p the place was rocking...cheers to Chef Charlie and wife Jackie....well done.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Linda
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Dinner was excellent. Cost of MP fish was outrageous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pierce's Best
    Best
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Whether watching the chefs from the Cook Line or enjoying a comfortable table I consistently receive the best service and finest meals in Pierce County. The menu offers many fine choices, which I appreciate since I don't eat beef and do eat gluten free and dairy free foods. Charlie and Jacqueline have don't an awesome job with this new space. Congratulations!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vibrant, updated Primo
    MJAbe
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Love the emphasis on seasonal dishes. Also liked more lower price options in pizzas and pastas. Enjoyed the light, open feeling of the restaurant. We will visit the bar now that there is more room versus the previous location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Location, Still Great
    SkipB
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Primo Grill has moved a couple of blocks east down Sixth Ave. to a slightly grittier part of the same neighborhood. The new space will take a little getting used to but the food is still excellent and the service is very professional and friendly. Give them a try if you haven't dined there before, and go check out the new location if you are a Primo fan from the past!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable Dinner in Tacoma
    KBLS
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Good service. Nice opening to outside and street activities. Great specialty cocktails, good main courses and tasty dessert (but they were out of vanilla ice cream). Could have used a little more bread with the appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was OK
    Fatty
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The atmosphere is really pleasing at the new location, and the open air feel was really pleasant. Our bruschetta was burnt on the outside of the bread, and middle became soggy extremely quickly from all the tomato juices, which made us regret that we ordered it. We both enjoyed our pasta, although the portions were on the smaller side. Service was great, and our waiter was very friendly. Overall, I'd give it a C. I doubt we will be back, as for the price you pay at Primo Grill does not reflect the quality or portion sizes you should get. **additionally, despite their website saying they have a happy hour, we were informed upon arrival they no longer do this at the new location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sweetpea
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We frequented the Primo Grill at it's old location many times and were anxious to try out the new spot. The decor is lovely, the food is still as wonderful and the service is great. We missed seeing some of the old wait staff and some of our favorite dishes (grilled bread salad with veggies and sausage) and looking into the kitchen now that the kitchen area is in the back and only viewed by a few tables. We were a little disappointed to see that the wine list had changed and parking isn't so great(but it wasn't great at the other location either). Still, we had a wonderful dining experience and will certainly come back for more!!! Good luck in the new location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Primo is primo!
    MikeM98465
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We hoped that in their move to a new spot, they didn't "mess things up." They didn't. Great food---from the pizza a child had to the Pork Chops, Salmon, Spaghetti or Seafood Pasta dishes others had, everyone commented how tasty the actual food was. The appetizers we had as well---a chick pea fritter small plate as well as Bruschetta, was also very tasty---the Bruschetta seemingly overflowing with local tomato goodness. We also liked the specialty cocktails--some more than others. The desserts were also good--a companion said the brownie sundae was "the best brownie ever"! The little pies had a flaky crust, were good but could have been great (lacked salt?). It was noisy because it was full on a weeknight, but in a good way. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had a great time and a great meal! Love the fresh, new location
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night out
    smltwngrl
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We spent our fifth anniversary and first night out away from our four month old here. Enjoyed the food immensely, and the new location. Ambience wasn't quite as romantic as the last location but still very nice. Would come back to this restaurant often.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    DineeTami
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I had the scallops and the other party had the lamb. Both were excellent. Perfect portion sizes. Nice Wine... Could offer more beer on draft.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the Primo
    Kelly
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    You can never go wrong with the Primo. My kids love the pizza!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite restaurant
    Cookslove2eat
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We always sit at the cook line bar. We are both cooks and love to watch the artists cook this wonderful food over a wood fire and a wood fired oven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Uncanny
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I enjoy sitting at the counter to watch Charlie and his crew prepare their outstanding food. It is a great show along with wonderful food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    burni
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Highly recommend. Service was spot on. Ribeye Steak and Cojo Salmon was cooked to perfection. Good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Restaurant
    DiningwithCharlie
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I have been going to Primo Grill for over 10 years and am never disappointed. it is equally good for parties of 12 as for intimate dinners. Our grandchildren love to eat here, although it i not a family restaurant. The owner/chef is talented. His specials are truly special. A few nights ago I had a halibut dish that was incredibly delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always. The
    Lizbeth
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Copper River Salmon was available and deliciously prepared. Our table had 4 different entrees and all were savory and expertly prepared. There service is quick and friendly. A great place for family friends or that special evening. Our favorite restaurant in Tacoma-by far.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • more than happy hour
    jndndmVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    we came for the happy hour specials but went with the main menu instead, everything on the menu is fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Content with Life
    blessed2eat
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This place was brand new for my wife and me. We loved it! We really felt the food was exceptional and done at a level that was well worthy of any fine dining restaurant. The atmosphere and decor was simple but had a relaxed elegant feel to it--it definitely had a romance to it. The server was personable, friendly, attentive and everything you would want a host to be. Also, the wine list had a great selection of wines you wouldn't just see anywhere. Primo Grill is truly a place you would go back to over and over again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Primo Grill is our favorite quality dining experience in Tacoma. We go for the extremely high quality food mainly, but the reputation for buying from local farmers and then serving them and caring for the community is a very close second for our reason for returning when we have dining funds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • izze1
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Primo is a great restaurant. The food is always prepared with a flair and the flavors are absolutely wonderful. We had copper river salmon - the salmon was cooked perfectly and the risotto was to die for! I always love Primo!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 15 reviews are from the Primo Grill reviews archive.
  • UPS Area Dining
    SonomaDave
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This restaurant was very nice. Although near UPS, it is priced above the college crowd, and so we were able to get in at the last minute graduation weekend. Service was good as was the food. Noise level was tolerable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to bring a date!
    Brandon
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I took my date for prom here, not knowing at all what the place even looked like and just going off online reviews. I was thoroughly amazed at the overall ambience and location of the restaurant. It is in a nice quiet part of Tacoma that isn't too busy. I was seated right away and taken care. After putting my order in I got my food within 10-15 minutes, it was amazing! The food was so amazing although somewhat pricy ($15 min. dishes) the price was well worth it. Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The Primo Grill had been recommended to us. We were not disappointed. Great menu. Delicious food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Dinner 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have been to Primo for special occasions several times. They always exceed our expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Primo Mothers' Day!
    SkipB
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We brunched at Primo Grill on Mothers' Day and enjoyed an excellent meal, choosing among breakfast items and lunch/dinner items as each person preferred. For my 13yo daughter they made a cheese pizza that wasn't on the menu. Everyone enjoyed their selections and the service was accommodating and timely. The noise level is a little high for my taste, but fellow diners were more to blame than the establishment (no loud music, just loud talkers). This restaurant is moving to a new location in the near future so we look forward to continuing to visit regularly!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We keep going back
    FormerTucsonite
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We have been many times to Primo Grill and love it every time: consistent, creative and excellent quality. Love sitting at the cook line. Try the saffron tagliatelle with truffle butter. Unbelievable.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.