IL Primo

4.6
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Our kitchen has a refined Italian style of cooking, with purity, simplicity, love and care. The pasta, bread and pastries are all made in our kitchen. All of our dishes are prepared with daily fresh, rustic ingredients.

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Sun 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Tue - Sat 12:00PM - 3:00PM

What 126 People Are Saying
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MK
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Your staff, and venue excellent. I had ‘veal’, which according to menu I expected it to be a nice not over cooked piece of veal or veal chop. What turned up appeared to be milenese, it was a solid piece of something that was unrecognisable, so hard it was difficult to cut, vastly overlooked and tasteless. Sorry to have to say this, you have asked my opinion. If I’m not happy with restaurant, I don’t usually complain but never return.
With regrets
Marilyn kaffel

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Have eaten many times before. The service this time was very slow and erratic

JF
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lovely restaurant with a feel of local patronage that is important to the hosts.
Excellent food and drink. Friendly and efficient service.
Certainly a place to visit again.

W
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely intimate decor, very welcoming staff, a very good permanent menu and interesting specials of the day. We had grouper fish, rare to find in any restaurant. They will also helpfully amend your dish if you request which some chefs refuse to do! A lovely neighbourhood restaurant that deserves to be much busier as it was v quiet when we went.

KC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice neighbourhood spot with good food. Very friendly staff who gave good service. A bit noisy and brightly lit for a dinner spot though....

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and charming service.
Disappointed that I didn’t get the 10% discount on my first visit as advertised!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Pasta rather al dente for my taste. Starter small. Staff very friendly.

NZ
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent food, pleasant surroundings and very pleasant staff.

g
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Delicious food but neither the food nor wine list bore much similarity to what is on the website. This in terms of both content and where dishes were the same, price !
They should sort this as it’s a disappointing start to the experience when you have already assessed for budget and which food you like the look of.
Saying that portions were generous and I wasn’t able to finish a very tasty but just so rich Gorgonzola walnut and speck pasta.

CE
London
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual! All pasta is handmade, the veal Milanese is the best I've had in London. Highly recommend

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, gorgeous monkfish main course. Friends loved their food too. Starters rather pricey. Staff were lovely.

SM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Most enjoyable evening and will certainly go back.

GH
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious - really exceptional. Congratulations to the chef - I'll be coming back!

MD
London
23 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good neighbourhood Italian restaurant - good food, ambiance and service at a reasonable price

f
London
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and service was outstanding, will be back very soon!

MF
London
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant... Been there 2 weeks running~ and another evening booked already..
Amazing food.

BR
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Deliciously different Italian dishes not normally served in most Italian restaurants in London, all with fresh ingredients and beautifully presented. The service was excellent, and the atmosphere in this small but well-appointed restaurant was made more special by the variety of clientele, from young singles to families to older couples. A delightful evening.

MF
London
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute fantastic find... Already booked for next weekend.The best pasta I've had since living in Rome.
Fantastic~ not over the top service.
Great for an intimate dinner or a group.

BS
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great home made italian food and friendly service.

P
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had a really enjoyable meal and the food was really yummy... lovely waitress that looked after us

WI
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, wonderful food, great authentic Italian restaurant in Belsize Park!

o
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the waitress was so friendly. It was a great restaurant and I would definitely dine here again.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All the food was excellent - we had liver & halibut for mains with all the side vegetables - perfect! The price of the mains was a little high, but very reasonable for the side dishes' very generous and beautifully-prepared portions.
Service was very friendly and efficient.

JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

I recommend the variety of fried fish in the appetiser section and the pasta with shrimp as being delicious.

E
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We just had a short window to have a meal and Il Primo staff pulled out all stops to give us a great table, fast, attentive service and delicious fresh food. Thank you.

J
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Il Primo and it certainly won't be my last. A genuine Italian atmosphere and real Italian staff prevailed to complete the experience. The choice of food and wine was sufficient without being too restricted, and we enjoyed the veal Milanese as a good substitute for the hoped-for duck, accompanied by a delectable Italian rose wine called, rather appealingly, "Blush". The noise level was ok, thanks to the relatively small interior space, and I really appreciated the absence of lights being lowered and over-loud music being played which so help to to wreck one's enjoyment (are you paying attention, Carluccio?). Overall I give the highest possible rating to Il Primo. It deserves to survive and to do well.

YL
London
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Overall good place to eat, although there is room for improvement on the coffee.

DB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What a great little gem in the heart of Belsize Park. Service was great and food wasn’t outstanding. You’d be hard pressed to find better Italian food anywhere ... even in Italy. Can’t recommend highly enough

s
London
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tastes like really excellent Italian home cooking with lots of attractive options

GY
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good Italian food in convenient Englands Lane location

NL
London
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food great service and very nicely decorated. I thought I was in Italy
Well done a great restaurant

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent, neighbourhood Italian restaurant. Lovely ambience and very good home cooking.

CD
London
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

UNREAL!! Highly recommend everything was amazing, I couldn't believe it!

FG
London
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cucina italiana Ottima con prodotti veramente di qualità. Lo consiglio vivamente a tutti i turisti a Londra che vogliono godersi un pezzettino di cucina nostrana.

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TF
London
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, but felt a bit rushed. No one went through the specials with us, and our starters arrived as if they had been waiting for us. In and out in under an hour--which could have been nice for a weeknight business meal, but wasn't really ideal for a Saturday date-night.

LR
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fresh pasta is really outstanding. All the dishes we had (party of 5) were really good.

F
London
18 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

IL Primo is a real Italian restaurant in Belsize Park. I say real because so many places just do Pizza and Pasta which is only a small fraction of real Italian food, and IL Primo does the real thing. One of our party had lambs liver as a main, my starter was a fabulous Melanzane with cheese - and I could really taste the aubergine. Someone else had a seafood stew.

My one criticism about my meal was that my sea bass while beautifully presented was not as fresh as it might have been. Hence 4 stars rather than 5.

SS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Best Italian in NW London. Lovely diverse menu. Service was great, very attentive without being overbearing. Wine list is pretty good although I'd like to see some organic wines.

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Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant in Belsize Park with wonderful food, ambiance and service. Small but very satisfying selection of dishes in true Italian cuisine. Presentation is also top-notch. I will come back soon!!!

PP
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go there every few months and it never lets us down! Brilliant food