IL Primo

4.7
100 reviews
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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

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YL
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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

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DB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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s
London
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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GY
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good Italian food in convenient Englands Lane location

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NL
London
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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CD
London
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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FG
London
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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LR
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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F
London
17 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

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PP
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JG
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. And that
they were able to accommodate so many tables with children is quite a feat.

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

Treasure of a restaurant - food is superb, staff is wonderful and accommodating. Highly recommend.

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L
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a really enjoyable time, service was good. Restaurant was busy and had a good atmosphere.
We found it expensive for the meal we had.
It was £45 per head for two courses

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

An intimate dinner for Valentine's dinner. The service was excellent, attentive without interfering. The food varied from excellent (two chosen starters of goats cheese and the scallops in particular to good (the grilled beef was a little disappointing), depending on the dish. We will certainly return.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service, excellent food & great atmosphere.
Our new favourite restaurant

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WH
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Main course of fish over cooked and v poor. Restaurant almost empty

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SJ
London
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here to take my boyfriend's parents for a nice dinner. We had already been a few months earlier for my birthday. The service was excellent, and the food was devine. Really traditional Italian good, fooled exquisitely.

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DC
London
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time at Il Primo and we had another great meal. Third visit already booked!

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Happy to find a restaurant that serves nicely presented fresh tasty food within walking distance of the north end of Camden. Perfect for eating prior to the Roundhouse for example.

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SW
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really delicious - and I know my Italian food from having lived in Italy. The service was friendly and attentive. I was very impressed.

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n
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very lovely italian restaurant! A little gem in belsize with a v good atmosphere. Lovely italian staff

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A
Kent
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time we had eaten at Il Primo in 2 weeks. The food was as good as it was the first time.
There were 5 of us - we all ordered something different, with a few starts to share between us. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed their meal and we will all certainly be back again in the near future.

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JP
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely friendly restaurant with delicious food. We had such an enjoyable evening.

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SV
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb local Italian in Hampstead. Wonderfully friendly staff and great cuisine.

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OT
Manchester
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service & food was amazing

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Food was delicious and big portions. Definitely coming back.

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JS
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal delicious food especially the pastas!!

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s
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Food and service really good but slightly on the expensive side for a local restaurant. Comfortable seating and nice decor but a bit lacking in atmosphere. Maybe Wednesday is a quiet night

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s
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful traditional Italian food , really good ingredients.
Perfect service , so friendly .
A real gem and so yummy

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R
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eccellent Italian cuisine with a twist in a homely environment.
Excellent welcoming service.
Very friendly.

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MT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful and cosy restaurant where we were made to feel very welcome by the friendly staff. The food was gorgeous: high quality ingredients with great flavours and textures. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for something special but not prententious.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place for dinner. The owner is very welcoming and the staff are friendly and efficient. The food is excellent, the only complaint being that the excellent duck was no longer on the menu!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Quality of food and service has declined
Used to be outstanding

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Y
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Friendly local eatery with tasty classics .
Plenty of fish options too

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LG
London
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant in London! Always amazing food and great hospitality.

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l
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Home-made bread and pasta amazing quality

Seating very comfortable

Service very professional and friendly

Parking easy

Good range of dishes to chose from

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