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Primitivo Wine Bistro

4.0
371 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies

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Take a culinary tour through Mediterranean cuisine at Primitivo Wine Bistro. Established at the turn of the century, this Bistro-style restaurant serves small plates and a fine selection of wine. The cozy setting comes complete with rustic d�cor, linen drapes and a lovely outdoor patio. Primitivo Wine Bistro's menu features an assortment of hot and cold items, including optional low-fat gluten-free dishes. Diners rave about the herb-marinated fried chicken, the paella with shrimp and the grilled rib-eye.

A favorite with many of the locals, Primitivo Wine Bistro is tailor made for a casual dining experience with friends or a loved one. The restaurant�s hipster ambiance and art-lined space also make it suitable for a fun, romantic date.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday, 12:00-2:30 pm. Dinner: Daily, 5:30pm - closing. Happy Hour: Sunday - Thursday 5:30-6:30pm.
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Phone number
(310) 396-5353
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eddy Shin
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Private party facilities
Semi-private patio rental available.
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Private party contact
Eryn Thomas: (310) 396-5353
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Valet and street parking available.
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Special events & promotions
Wine tastings and wine dinners.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
4.0
ambience
4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDrLN (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2015

This restaurant has been our neighborhood gem for 14 years, when we moved in! Jimmy and Erin, cannot think of a better management team, they took the time to get to know each and every patron, knew our habits, made us feel special every time we came in! They will succeed in any endeavor they take, love and respect conquers all!! Cher, Jenny, Daniela, Anthony (now in SF) and Papa Miguel, you were our family for so many years, will never forget you!! Cher has become an adjective in our life, if it is a "Cher" pour, it was substantial! Thank you Daniel for everything and our wine choices, Merci Beaucoup! Good luck with all! For new owner: Maintain the local vibe!! Linda and Alex!

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SaraB (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on August 23, 2015

Booked this reservation for one last visit to Primitivo before they close forever. Waitress was top notch. Food very good. Only complaint was that they had sold the last bottle of the wine we ordered...but then our waitress suggested an alternative that was just right.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 21, 2015

A wonderful combination of Spanish, French, California. Been there many times, never had a bad - or even mediocre - meal.

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vipmidwestfoodies (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on August 21, 2015

Had a fantastic experience here on our first visit. Couldn't wait to return only to find out that the restaurant/menu is changing after 13 years. Our only question "why"? It's a great formula, unique but not pretentious. Go there before it's too late and have the paella or the lamb chops or the bacon wrapped dates or the brie....the list goes on and on

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on August 7, 2015

We have been to this restaurant about half a dozen times. Never disappointed. Tasty food and God wine. One problem with this recent visit. I forgot to take a $5 bill that was in visible from the front seat of the car and, of course, the money was gone when the valet returned our car.

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TommyG (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined on August 1, 2015

Cosy little place with lots of character. Good selection of appetizers. Very good food, I had the Sea Bass. It was very good, lots of flavors going on and was cooked just right.

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lecker (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2015

Good for sharing and getting a taste of a few different things.

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vipkathe90035 (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on July 19, 2015

This was my first time at the restaurant. There were 6 of us and we sat on the patio. The noise level was too high and we had slow, indifferent service. My duck, however, was good.

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OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on July 10, 2015

A nice find while on vacation in LA area. Great service, good was light, fresh and tasty.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on June 28, 2015

We always enjoy Primitivo. There is great variety of tapas. One of these days I must try the main dishes but so far we always order tapas! It is great to go with a group so you can taste lots of different tapas! The white sangria seemed a little watered down this time, almost like fruit and water....The indoor ambiance is so-so but it was a little chilly outside so we stayed indoors. The service was also a little sketchy this time - everything came at once instead of staged so we were a little overwhelmed! The waitress might have been a little more attentive to that problem; the restaurant wasn't crowded.

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theonlycza (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Great food and loved the patio. Service was quick, but not intrusive allowing us to enjoy several different tapas dishes. The bacon wrapped dates and beet salad were fantastic.

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vipJDeez (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on June 21, 2015

My fiancee and I chose Primitivo for brunch on Father's Day. Not our first time there so expectations were high. Food was great as usual. I had a lobster roll from the special Father's Day menu. We sat on the outside patio which is always a winner. Only downside this time was our server. They do bottomless mimosa/red sangria/white sangria as a $15 add-on for brunch. We spent A Lot of time staring at empty glasses! Enough said on that.

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trickyd (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 8, 2015

Primitivo was great. We sat on the outdoor patio and enjoyed the white sangria and many of their delicious tapas dishes. We loved the paella and the croquettes, the bacon wrapped dates are always good too. I will definitely be back soon.

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viplindalou (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2015

We had one of those Travel Zoo, or some type of deal where we each got a glass of wine, a tapas, salad, and main dish along with desert. The Burrata/Tomato was awesome, as were the shrimp. The scallops were out of this world to die for. I can't think I've ever had better scallops. They can be difficult to cook perfectly, and these were absolutely perfect, and delicious. The desert was also outstanding. Highly recommend. We had a great date night and would be happy to go back

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Woolfy (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on June 2, 2015

The culinary part was very old style french cusine with huge portions that make no sense. The Hummus portion was huge, served with mountains of pickled red peppers, artichokes, onions and feta cheese. The presentations on all dishes were outdated and bland. The Chorizo mussels and clams were small all not worth the price with a cost of $2.50 and selling for over $20. The chicken breast was good on Cous Cous but no color or vegetables.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 31, 2015

We went to Primitivo on a Travel Zoo deal. It was an excellent deal and an excellent find. We had a fabulous experience for essentially what it would have cost to take our family of four to Outback.

When we arrived we were greeted warmly. They had a window table set aside for us which was the perfect mix of indoor/outdoor. These service was solicitous without being intrusive. The food was amazing. I had the ribeye, which was done to perfection. We split a couple appetizers - the patatas bravas and the baked brie. Yum! We also had wine and dessert.

It was a wonderful birthday meal. I'd definitely go back.

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Gigi (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 30, 2015

I drove from Long Beach to try Primitivo at 11:30 am on a Saturday. Valet parking in the back lead me to the front of the restaurant (that was empty). The only people there were the bartenders and the hostess conversing amoung themselves. I said the first hello. I requested to sit outside. The ambiance is really nice. There was a fresh garden and little delightful touches here and there. My server was very nice. I ordered the Paella. Something they are famous for. When I got it however, the sausage was over cooked , the shrimp was bland and the chicken was chewy! I was disppointed. The rice and the mussels were good though! I told the server and all she had to say was "I'm sorry I'll be sure to let the chef know." I'm not expecting her to say oh no we can't have that let me see what I can do since you are one of the only clients here. No no that type of service is usually at a mom and pop spot. So I sipped my mimosa and enjoyed the scenery until I had my fill. I would still recommend this spot . It was a really nice space and maybe the chef was having a bad day or the ingredients was not as fresh as expected. Some times restaurants have an off day.

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vipRichy (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 22, 2015

The food is wonderful and the wine list is extensive and great.

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vipKm123 (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on April 10, 2015

The food is okay, some dishes better than others. I really like the idea of this place, but it always seems to fall short. Bacon wrapped dates were decent, but not that exciting. The flatbread was the best thing we ate. Sliced pork was in a very off putting sauce, but the pork was prepared well. The shrimp in a sort of tomato sauce was good. What annoyed me the most was the paella. It was basically a large mound of rice. It had very little seafood in it to begin with and then one out of the three muscles wasn't opened. What kind of place serves seafood that is potentially harmful and not edible? Plus, there were 4 in our party, 3 of whom wanted a muscle. When we pointed this out to the waitress she said, "That seems to happen a lot." Not, "Oh I'm sorry I'll tell the chef and make sure it doesn't happen again." Or better yet, "I'll bring you another muscle." The waitress was very kind and brought out a tasting of a wine I wanted to try before ordering it. That was very nice. So, my suggestion is if you dine here, come for wine and flatbread and then move on to another restaurant.

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vipFSUJenn (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on March 28, 2015

I went here with a meetup group, there were 10 girls and it was a great time. The waitress was attentive but also gave us our space. Everything we tried was delicious, from the wine to the tapas/entrees and desserts. I will for sure be returning as I'm already craving the paella! Next time I will try to grab space on the patio, it seemed nice out there and was a *tad* warm in the restaurant. (That could have been from the wine.....)

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RNSL (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on March 14, 2015

We went there with another couple, we had a window seat and I loved it where we were sitting… I had no idea how big this pls e is. They also have outside dining area, hoping to sit there next time.

There is an entree for everyone's liking. The only thing that I didn't like was the brussels sprouts, the seasoning was great but it wasn't cooked well enough for me… It's was very hard and raw--

Their salads are fabulous, the mezze platter was great. My Husband loved the shrimp and the meatballs.

I definitely recommend you trying this place.

Will definitely go back.

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vipJDeez (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on March 14, 2015

This was a great experience. Sat on the back patio on a beautiful Saturday morning. The service was excellent and the food was too! They offer for $15 a Bottomless Mimosa, Red Sangria and White Sangria. Yes, you can switch it up between the three! Our server was awesome too.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on March 6, 2015

Scallops - only 3 so not too filling. Rib eye and lamb generous. Beet salad on point

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BellaLA (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2015

From the service to the food to the atmosphere, this place has everything you are looking for. Casual business lunch, quaint brunch spot, festive group outing or romantic dinner location, this place with its stellar Mediterranean fare is sure to please everyone. Don't miss the paella or the specials. We will be back for sure....

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vipFood4Thought (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2015

Great tapas! I would suggest ordering one or two at a time. They come fast! Turning tables has been mastered here with small plates and great service! Excellent business model. Great food and super "place to be" vibe. Will definitely return and take my time!

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vipdoghouse (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2015

You don't normally see Fried Chicken at a tapas restaurant, but they have it on special now, and its amazing! Very light;y fried, with an amazing sause on it and a generous portion. I have been going monthly to Bouchon for fried chicken night there, but Primitivo's is better! They have other great new dishes as well and the old favorites are still yummy.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2015

We were seated in the covered and heated patio in back. It was reasonably quiet and very nice. In contrast, the room in front has a DJ and is very loud. We would not have enjoyed eating there. So worth asking when you reserve.

We shared all the dishes, and all were quite good and enjoyable.

Like many restaurants, this one offers sparkling water without listing the price. It turned out to be $5 per bottle.

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vipJayRy (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2015

There are so many great options at Primitivo from the delicious appetizers to the high quality wines by the glass. We always end up over ordering because there are so many great choices - the scallops, the Brussel sprouts, the best salad... It goes on and on. Yummy food and friendly service. The patio is great to sit on too because you feel lost in a garden. Well done

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on December 11, 2014

We enjoyed our first time at this restaurant only a few weeeks ago. This was our 2nd visit and it turned out to bad overall. Waitress was not helpful with menu and getting a refill of water was almost impossible. Even the table next to us was having the same struggles. Our food was cold and even the taste bland. Steak came out cold, flat bread was almost not cooked all the way. Later that evening we ran into the people sitting next to us at Primitivo at another bar and talk about how bad the place was. Very disappointing.

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vipSuperlative (Edmonton)
4.0  Dined on November 22, 2014

When I booked our reservation, I wasn't aware of the happy hour, which meant that we could order some very fine tapas and sangrias at half the price. The bacon-wrapped dates were my favourite, followed by the beef skewers. It was too dark for me to read the menus, so I had to rely on my friend's judgment. He chose only red meat tapas, so I did not get a chance to try any vegetarian, poultry, or fish. I will definitely come back -- hopefully, with flashlight in tow.

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