As a casual neighborhood bar and restaurant, Primo does not accept reservations for a specific time. A limited number of guests may guarantee a waiting table at the 5:00 opening each night. Also, throughout the night guests may call ahead to the restaurant at 423.602.5555 to be added to the waiting list. The dedicated staff and lively communal environment make for a short and enjoyable wait. Come see us soon.
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We were visiting Chattanooga to combat cabin fever, and Il Primo sounded like a good choice when planning meals - and it was better than good! The food was delicious, the service good, the Coronavirus precautions as expected. We had a shrimp dish and mushroom ravioli - both excellent. The physical plant is nice, with pleasant-looking outdoor seating and well-spaced tables inside. The only letdown: the online menu included sausage and peppers as an entree, but this dish was not on the menu when we arrived and our server didn't recognize the name when I inquired. We highly recommend Il Primo for Italian food lovers.
Had to ask if there were specials...turns out two people in our party actually ordered one of the specials. Thankfully we asked.
Once again a wonderful meal and service! One of my favorites in Chattanooga. The ambiance and friendliness of the staff is first class. Never had a bad meal or experience but if I did I know it would be taken care of right away. Thank you IL Primo once again!
Too loud! Can’t have conversation!
We thoroughly enjoyed the experience for my wife’s birthday. The food was wonderful, the service was excellent (good attention without going over the top), and it was obviously a happening place! A little bit loud, but very enjoyable.
Decent place with good food but pricey for lack of details.
Very attentive and personable server. Manager was excellent.
Always good food with quality preparation. Our “go to” place.
Thus was our first visit to Primo and it definitely won’t be our last. The food was absolutely delicious and very fairly priced. We had fantastic service as well. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!
The restaurant was so noisy, it was difficult to hear someone next to me. The seats were horrible, they sat us on benches with no backs, no padding on seat and it was hot as blazes!! It’s a terrible setting. The chicken piccata and pork scallopini were very tasty. Too bad this restaurant does not cater to an older crowd. Lack of comfort while dining and loud atmosphere are the reasons this diner won’t be back.
Great place and great time with family and friends. The reservation worked out nicely since the place is small and gets crowded at popular times.
Primo always has good food. The only drawback to me is the noisy atmosphere. I love that I can get spaghetti squash instead of pasta if I wish. Primo is a family favorite
Overall, very good experience. The only problem was excessive noise. Il Primo needs to damper the din.
Absolutely the best Italian..and maybe overall restaurant in town. The food and cocktails are top notch and the service and care cannot be beaten.
I love that I can get alternatives to pasta and still enjoy the sauces, such as bolognese over spaghetti squash.
Birthday celebration for a friend
Our favorite restaurant in chattanooga!
Great food and great service. Highly recommend.
I was totally surprised with the complimentary black eye peas and collard greens. Both were great and in keeping with southern tradition of your New Year’s Day meal for luck and health.
I will return again soon for the food and next year’s New Year Eve treat.
A great way to spend your 30th wedding anniversary impress your spouse.
GREAT START TO NEW YEARS EVE, Rachael was great waitress, along with delicious food and additional beans and greens that the managed personal delivered to our table. Never a bad meal or service!
Really enjoyed our dinner and the service provided by Taylor at this restaurant. We will be back.
Day after Christmas dinner. Appetizers, arugula salad, the special: yelllowtail snapper & scallops with butternut squash risotto were all delicious.
We had an amazing meal and experience. They made sure to great us as first time guests and the food and service were incredible! We will definitely be back!
Really enjoyed our meal at Il Primo. Dishes we tried were lasagna and chicken piccata. They do bring some great bread to the table while you are waiting for your meal and the waitstaff was very nice. The only thing I could say to watch out for is...sitting outside is lovely but you will have a few flies around.
Always amazing!! Best Italian restaurant in Chattanooga :)
Our server was amazing we all work in the industry and he was far above the standard. You could tell he enjoyed his work. Mushroom ravioli is my favorite but it was smaller then usual.
Always a great experience. They never disappoint!
We had mushroom ravioli and pork scallopini...both were amazing! And we suggest the baked feta for appetizer and limoncello pie for dessert. Service was amazing as well...we will be back.
Great experience for a small birthday celebration
My favorite place in Chattanooga! My wife and I go about twice a month. Fantastic service and the food is great!
Taylor took great care of us. Introduced me to a special pork dish that was not on menu. It was delicious. Food was excellent. Little cold, we were not far from front door , and it is pretty chilly out. But overall great experience.
We have dined at Primo a number of times over the past few months and this was one of most enjoyable experiences. The service was excellent, very attentive without hovering, while the food was tasty, if a bit saltier than usual. The only miscues were being seated next to a drafty window/double door and the hostess being unable to find our OpenTable reservation, then marking us as no shows.
My family and I had been wanting to try Primo for sometime. We finally got schedules lined up and went for an early dinner on Tuesday. We were blown away! We got 3 entirely different meals and shared to get the variety. I would give this place 5 stars!!! We absolutely loved it! Also, I was thrilled with the half priced wine by the glass from 5-6. Definitely a do-over place for us!
I love Il Primo. It is one of my favorite places to dine in Chattanooga.
However, they did not have their usual bread that evening which I was bragging about. That was disappointing. For dessert you need something chocolate. They use to have a flourless chocolate tart that was scrumptious. Not sure what happen to that option.
The manager is super and was very apologetic.
The tables for six people are a bit small. We felt cramped.
Overall experience was good!
Great service!!!!!! Service was over the top!
Food was good
This is our second time to eat at Primo. The food is excellent! Will was our waiter the first time we went and we were lucky to have him as our waiter again. We took friends with us this time and they loved it. The lasagna is delicious! Actually all the meals were wonderful. This is one our new favorite restaurants.
I met a couple of friends here for dinner and drinks. We shared the baked feta for an appetizer and found it good and was plenty for three. I had the grilled trout which was excellent. My friends had bucatini with peas and crab and the chicken picatta. Both said their food was very good. I especially enjoyed the kale side item. For dessert I had the limoncello pie which was perfect! They use a local coffee company which is very good. We found, even though the restaurant was crowded, the service was exceptionally good. I had eaten here once before and had a similar experience with the food and service. I highly recommend this place.
Primo does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Primo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (423) 602-5555.
Primo is rated 4.6 stars by 38 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.