Primo

4.7
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44 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Primo, which opened in the spring of 2014, is restaurateur Nathan Lindley’s tribute to his own North Chattanooga neighborhood, presented as a classic American-Italian neighborhood restaurant. Taking its culinary direction from the traditional Italian restaurants of the Northeast, Primo celebrates the rich and comforting dishes that were inspired by Italian cooking and influenced by American prosperity.
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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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Arrived early let us sit at the bar before moving us to table. Excellent service knowledgeable staff had some food allergies they accommodated. Fresh everything drinks were delicious. Can’t wait to go back! A LOT

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LindaM
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal! Excellent service, excellent food, nice space on the patio, good wine, great evening!

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AmieS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great Italian restaurant off the beaten path of the North Shore. Our meal was wonderful (lasagna and chicken picatta). Definitely get the Lemoncello!! Our server was great to start with but he was quickly overwhelmed and forgot about us a bit.

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TNDOC
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing!

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vipMslp
E. Tennessee
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always good food! The new okra dish is wonderful. I like that I can always get my "pasta" served over spaghetti squash for nice gluten free option.

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vipSmitty72
Atlanta
76 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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NancyM
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to ask if there were specials...turns out two people in our party actually ordered one of the specials. Thankfully we asked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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NancyM
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Too loud! Can’t have conversation!

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BillY
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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SStt
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Decent place with good food but pricey for lack of details.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very attentive and personable server. Manager was excellent.

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vipDon61
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good food with quality preparation. Our “go to” place.

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EmilyW
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

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.

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AshB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMslp
E. Tennessee
15 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you!!!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Overall, very good experience. The only problem was excessive noise. Il Primo needs to damper the din.

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VincentL
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMslp
E. Tennessee
15 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love that I can get alternatives to pasta and still enjoy the sauces, such as bolognese over spaghetti squash.

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NancyM
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration for a friend

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vipTnTitans
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in chattanooga!

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WeLoveCetrella
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Highly recommend.

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WEST
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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Nation58
E. Tennessee
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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ALLANA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner and the service provided by Taylor at this restaurant. We will be back.

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Addy
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Day after Christmas dinner. Appetizers, arugula salad, the special: yelllowtail snapper & scallops with butternut squash risotto were all delicious.

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WhitneyC
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipamazing
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJenniferR
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!! Best Italian restaurant in Chattanooga :)

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cindyp
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipNotYourAverageFoodie
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. They never disappoint!

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JennaJ
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipKris
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for a small birthday celebration

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vipdoylec
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in Chattanooga! My wife and I go about twice a month. Fantastic service and the food is great!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipJazzFan
E. Tennessee
58 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

FAQs

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 4.7 stars by 44 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.