Primo Grill

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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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BS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a very enjoyable evening. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because as a premium restaurant, it should be held to a higher standard. My lamb shank was just okay. The sauce was too thick and it was a bit too salty. Another member of our party complained about the salt level as well. It bothers all of us a bit that you have to pay for bread, and the bread is not particularly interesting.
Our waiter was great, the sound level was perfect, and we were cared for very well. We had a toddler, and he was catered to as well. (He was well-behaved, thank goodness). All in all, a very nice evening, but I think they were off their game a bit with the food. We have gone there before and always thought the food was stellar. We will definitely go back again.

N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, I don't remember his name, was really spectacular. We were sitting across from the bar this night 10/12. It was a special occasion (my going away dinner with dear friend). He made the dinner together very enjoyable. He did not know that it was a very special occasion. Thank you all!

SV
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, environment, Service.

The food stands out, they use great ingredients and the food is truly excellent.

A
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner, as always. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious!

DS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed with Primo Grill. Everything from the apps to the entrees to interesting cocktails.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sean was our server and he was fantastic!

R
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a go to place. Our server was Frankie and he did an outstanding job. All 4 of our meals were perfect 👌

LD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super friendly staff and delicious food in this neighborhood gem of a restaurant. I had the smoked salmon fettuccine - divine - and the cauliflower appetizer, also delicious. Noise level was a bit high, but to be expected on a Saturday night. I would definitely recommend Primo!

B
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Primo Grill prior to a concert at the Tacoma Dome. Everything was great, we sat at the counter which turned out to be fun, as we got to watch them prepare our food. We don't live in Tacoma otherwise this would be a stable in our regular restaurants visited.

ND
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good service and great menu. Delicious with excellent presentation!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best beef tenderloins I have ever had in addition to the chocolate bourbon cake it was a night of culinary bliss ... Service was impeccable as always with Primo Grill !

DS
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very busy weekday night but they handled it beautifully. Great food, prompt and friendly service.

VD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservations before a concert saved us. Seating was packed on a Tuesday night but servers were ready. Inventive dishes were cooked perfectly, just long enough on my scallops and not to long on his brick chicken. They offer a few creative cocktails and my spin on gin and tonic wasn’t something I’d ask for again, although it was fun to try. Prices were $28 -$38 and they do the automatic tipping routine, promising most goes to server.

WS
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The service was fine....wine list was not updated, was 2 vintages off....so beware....ordered pizza, but it had little flavor. 3 of us ordered an individual pizza, one $58 bottle of wine, and our bill was $150+, because they include the top. That’s expensive pizza! Would never even consider going back, nor recommending this place.

P
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Primo has become our favorite restaurant. The food is always good and the service is good also.

OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Ribeye steak! Superb sides as well either gratin potato and fried Brussels with shallots and bacon. Well done! My husband said his pizza was good as well. It’s been quite a while since I’ve been here and now I can put it back on my list of “yes”.

S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was impeccable as always! This was a particularly impressive visit because the power went out due to a storm in the area!! The grill and staff kept putting out amazing food. Cool under pressure. And delicious. Everyone in our party of 5 enjoyed our food and the extra candlelight experience!

j
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Primo Grill continues be the best place to dine in Tacoma. Our halibut and scallops were the best that we have ever tasted. The only reason that I put moderate for the noise was that the window was up and our now-famous Saturday night storm was coming.

AR
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an excellent place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food was amazing from appetizers to dessert. My favorite was the Bacon-Smoked Onion, mozzarella, gruyere pizza. I will definitely be going back to try more items on their menu.

Y
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always pleased to be able to enjoy a family celebration at Primo Grill! The food was fabulous, and the setting perfect.

FT
Miami
66 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are big fans of Primo for it’s consistently high quality and well prepared food, it’s casual atmosphere and it’s excellent staff.

CB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great ambiance! Definitely try the hummus plate, it is to die for! Primo is great for special occasions or just getting together with friends.

S
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Primo is our favorite restaurant. It is worth the 35 minute drive from Port Orchard! I think it is the best restaurant, price to quality from from Port Orchard to Tacoma!

ZR
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice Happy Hour at the bar. Better then expected.

DH
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We would absolutely recommend Primo Grill to a friend. We love the atmosphere. The drinks are delicious -- the Black Manhattan is a particular favorite. The service was excellent again. I had the chicken under a brick and would like to have had a bit more aioli sauce with it as it was a bit dry for me, but I might be particularly difficult to please in that department.

JW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional--the food! the professionalism of the staff! the ongoing attention to excellence!

J
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had consistently good dinners at Primo Grill, but it had been a long time since our last visit. Once again, the food and service were excellent.

I had a halibut dish that was a weekend special. My wife ate a mushroom pizza; it seems like one of us orders one of the pizzas each time we go.

Both dishes were very good, with obviously fresh ingredients. I particularly like the vegetables served with entrees - very fresh and a nice mix.

The wine list is varied and fairly priced. We managed to put away a bottle of Verdejo that complemented both dishes.

S
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We made a reservation ahead of time and we were glad that we did! Four of us were seated in a solo table close the kitchen away from other tables. Our waiter, Sean was very welcoming. He explained all the menus well. We ordered calamari for an appetizer, 2 pizzas, capellini pasta, and halibut special. All the dishes were well seasoned and flavorful. Especially hand made pasta was so good! They change menus around, so we will be back to try other menus!

0
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Primo Grill was highly recommended to us a few months ago. We went there for my husband’s birthday and enjoyed a delicious meal with great service and nice ambience. We highly recommend it.

Z
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall a mixed bag: Salads were delicious., but overpriced. The house-made spaghetti pasta was first-rate, and cooked perfectly a'dente, but the sauce was only so-so. The tagliatelli with chanterelles, on the other hand, was terrific. Mini-pie for dessert was mediocre. Too much crust, not enough filling.

MP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing dinner! We were celebrating some special anniversaries and they reserved an amazing quiet table with a great view of the kitchen! Food was amazing and everyone of us cleaned our plate. What an awesome find in a cute neighborhood. Would 100% go back again.

TS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! ......................................................................................................................................................................!!!!!!!!!A

M
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service !

JS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was even better. They had the garage doors open the day we went and I was surprised that it still stayed comfortable in the restaurant. The noise level was still relaxing and the temperature was perfect. They add 18% gratuity to every check - though I usually tip 20%, it makes things worry free for most. Overall a great experience.
We will be back!

OT
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish we ordered was amazing! Drinks, appetizers, salads and main dishes. Spaghetti was so delicious! The halibut was special that night but if you have the chance to order it DO IT!

L
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AGAIN: great food and a wonderful new waitress, Natalie. We were only home hours from a month in Mexico and headed for Primo: so happy we did! Sunday night casual with a new Paella dish and great fish and veggies. Keep up the great work, Primo! We always love it there and can't wait to come back!

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the waiter (Jacob)

m
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Primo Grill has been one of our Tacoma favorites for nearly 20 years. The menu is innovative and relies upon fresh, local ingredients. Even our picky teens loved the fried Brussels sprouts appetizer. Their wood-fired pizza is always yummy, and my favorite -- the pork chop -- was cooked to perfection. We finished our meal by sharing the warm hazelnut brownie with ice cream. So good -- plus the service is always top notch. Go. Try it.

KO
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love Primo's. Spanish tortilla was delicious. Wait staff are attentive without hovering, always good food. Bill adds up, but I keep coming back!

M
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding variety of food with wonderful fresh seafood and creative dishes . Outstanding service too.

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