Primo Grill

4.7
684 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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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MJ
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Primo never disappoints. Food, drinks, price point, we appreciate. Hospitality and professional service is also appreciated. Keep your quality standards and consider a standard fish entrée for those who want assurance that there is a non-meat-based go to menu item. Love the Rhubarb Collins and Olympic Mountain sorbet!

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EM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With so many good restaurants in Tacoma it is hard to pick a favorite. But Primo Grill definitely tops the list. From the moment you enter to the moment you leave the whole experience is spot on! Great food, great service and great drinks.

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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were warned that Primo might be too noisy but we went on a quiet Sunday night and had a wonderful evening. The brussel sprouts were fantastic, perfectly seasoned and done. We were told they were deep fried.

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KP
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! The service and food are always excellent. Our fave in Tacoma :-)

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MV
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Very disappointed in the food. Service was fine and ambiance is great, but the food was a huge disappointment.

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JP
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Recently moved to the area and would highly recommend Primo. Have enjoyed everything we have had there...an overall great dining experience!

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BE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each and every time, everything is Absolutely Amazing! Will be back for sure!

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JS
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Primo Grill is a consistently wonderful dining experience. The food is always good, the cocktail list inventive and the service excellent. We dine at Primo on every visit to Tacoma.

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G
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife's meal was outstanding, mine was good but needed more seasoning. Drinks were great as was the service.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Primo for our party of 5! Everyone enjoyed their meal, the appetizers were a HUGE hit (get the calamari!!) and their drink menu had something for everyone. We will definitely be back!

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a
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was lively and fresh, and consistently busy. Make a reservation!
Food menu is beautifully curated and the burrata and tapenade as well as the fried cauliflower starters we ordered were delicious and so flavorful and definitely left us anxious and excited for our main dishes. Prices were on par with neighboring restaurants and on par for the quality of food and service. We had a very attentive server, and although he seemed busy it did not put a damper on our visit.
I would highly recommend the Primo Grill and I would 100% go back to try out some of their other dishes.

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DW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was absolutely blown away by how incredible Primo was! Perfect for special occasions, date nights, or just a divine meal out. The staff was so attentive and friendly, and went above and beyond to help us get the perfect table for my Mom's birthday so we could enjoy the full ambiance. The wait staff was kind, easy going, knowledgeable, and great energy without hovering. The food was phenomenal - bold flavors, colorful presentation, and perfect portion sizes. We wanted to eat absolutely every single thing on the menu (we tried!). Cannot wait to come back again for another memorable experience. Cannot recommend enough!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service! Just a loud environment!

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t
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My birthday with the girls
Excellent waitress and service
Excellent selections on menu
Loved having happy hour menu in bar

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A great Tacoma restaurant! I left feeing very well fed, with a real variety of flavors—not just a slab of salmon plus broccolini and baked potato. Nice depth of flavor.

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L
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never get tired of writing a review for Primo Grill: that's because each time I eat at Primo, I have an outstanding experience and it just keeps getting better. This time, I had arrived after a long and traffic laden trip from Seatac, not in high spirits, yet was warmly welcomed by Jacqueline, Shelby and Rachael (and others) and had Allison as our waitress. By the time I had enjoyed a great glass of wine, had a fresh salad and the fish of the evening, I was revived and smiling. What traffic? Primo always nourishes: the wine and food, of course, but the people and upbeat atmosphere remind me of what is important in life - and to celebrate it. I can't wait to return. Keep up the great work, Primo!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food and drink were exceptional. Was disappointed I had to wait 35 min behind my reservation time of 615.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sean took excellent care of us. We were there before a special event at the Tacoma Dome. The place was hopping with great energy. Food and drinks were delivered in a timely fashion. Everything we ate and drank was fantastic from the succulent prawn appetizer, tapenade with an ample portion of burrata cheese to the special main course of delicious Halibut. Never felt rushed even with a bustling crowd coming in. My first time to Primo - won’t be my last.

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a
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Gave this place great review last weekend. Drove 45 minutes to eat here again tonight and had a completely different experience. Likely not going to return based off the service (or lack there of) when something wasn’t correct (zero bacon on Brussel sprouts which came out as part of a giant batch to fulfill multiple orders) and that HH is bar only. Would have sat in the bar had I known. Mysterious $3 upcharge for either extra Carmel sauce or ice cream with dessert. Who knows. Mentioned to both the server and owner disappointment in the Brussel sprouts, to which neither did anything. Crappy that you can’t adjust the auto gratuity in this instance. Doesn’t warrant servers to give premium service.

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DZ
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently high quality food and service. Sustainable, local ingredients. World-class chef. First-rate front of the house staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Will be going back for sure!

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JH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good, but they changed the menu and some of our favorite dishes were no longer available.

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T
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Celebrated our 30th Anniversary for dinner. Owner/Jaqueline was a pleasant greeter, sat us at a table they had preset with flowers and wished us a happy anniversary (picked up on from booking info). Flowers were not on any other table, so it was specially set. Our server, Anh, was pleasant and helpful, very knowledgeable about the menu and preparation, as well as wine paring. We had a fried cauliflower appetizer and warm vegetable salad for starters - all excellently prepared. Main dish was a fillet mignon for my wife and rib steak for me, both had complimentary vegetables and potatoes. Main dish was prepared perfectly as ordered (medium rare and medium). Chef/Owner Charlie made occasional dining room visits to meet and greet guests, providing a friendly and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant itself is not a fancy, romantic place. But it is friendly and inviting. Lots of attention is placed on the food -from purchasing ingredients, preparing it to presentation on your plate. Each menu item has it's own unique flavor you won't find elsewhere.

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KF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks are always delicious and it's a great spot for a romantic dinner or meal with girlfriends!

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L
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was perfect from the time we walked in until we left.

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CH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, average prices for a nice restaurant. Noise level got higher throughout our dinner. Miss the flatbread/prosciutto appetizer!

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our experience at Primo. Great service and ambience. Noise level was medium — we were still able to have a great conversation, but wouldn’t describe it as a quiet dining room. Great cocktail menu. The house made pasta was divine. One of our favorite meals in Tacoma.

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CM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another excellent meal.

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p
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were sat in the back, which felt roomier and quieter (at first). Service was good. Food was amazing.

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L
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Primo is reliably good. Noise level during the week is much lower.

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TV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Primo Grill for several years now. The food is always excellent and consistent.

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was our biggest problem with this restaurant. Not only was our waiter's timing off on everything, he took people's plates from the table and plopped the dessert menu down before everyone was done eating their main course. We felt rushed the entire meal. Additionally, he did not come back to ask anyone if they wanted another drink. The first round of drinks also arrived AFTER our food arrived. This place could be a 5-start if service got a total makeover.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My lady and I enjoyed our evening very much. We ordered just a little too much for ourselves, but they hit the nail on the head here.

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l
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat at the counter to watch the cook staff prepare our meal. Glad to see that they adhere to all food safety by changing their food gloves often while preparing our meal. The scallops were cooked just right tender and juicy.
My husband ordered the beef tenderloin and was perfect medium rare and the chicken my granddaughter ordered was very tasty. The appetizers of garlic shrimp was delicious along with the fried cauliflower and the 3 dips that went with it. Overall for the price we had a very delicious meal. The cooks were as friendly as the wait staff. Highly recommend this restaurant. Will come back in the future for sure.

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NM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely awesome setting with fantastic food. We shared two of the specials and they were great. Appetizers and food all came in reasonable time on a busy Friday night and service was spot on all night. Great experience.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with friendly service

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CK
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicous! Everyone in my party thoroughly enjoyed their food. I will be back! My only suggestion is that more interesting wines by the glass be added. Otherwise, everything was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good overall experience. A little pricey, but good quality food. A little disappointed that I had to pay for bread in a place trying to be an Italian restaurant.

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L
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are regulars at Primo and love LOVE the food and each server. It's our favorite place and our "go to" place all in one. This past Sunday we experienced something for the first time in years: a very loud table (of four) - loud enough it was hard for my husband and I to hear each other - and looking back, I would liked to have had a manager ask the loud table to be a bit quieter. We will keep coming back...but many folks probably wouldn't (it was that loud). That being said: We had a great meal, a wonderful server and enjoyed out time, as always, at Primo.

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PM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, a good experience. My ahi tuna entree was too expensive, though. I was expecting a larger piece of fish, and side dishes, given the nearly 40 dollar price tag. My wife and father had the lamb shank entree, which was very good, and a better value than my ahi tuna entree. Our waiter was friendly.

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