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Il Primo

16 Montague Street, Dublin, Ireland (South City Centre)
1-478 3373
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Ranked #239 of 1,808 restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: South City Centre
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115 reviews from our community

84% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
north west
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140 reviews 140 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Located on a really cute back street between Harcourt Street and Camden Street, this place is just lovely. We were there early on a Monday evening and it was getting busy which is a good sign. The staff were friendly and the service efficient. The decor is attractive. We had a pre theatre menu, my friend had a rocket salad... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We had a very tasty lunch here during the week. Lovely greeting by the chef and staff. The price was very reasonable. I had a lovely quiche and salad as a starter followed by pork ribs on a bed of mash with cabbage. Good sized portions. Yes, I would definitely go back.

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6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My husband and I had dinner on the Rewarding Times deal here last night. It was our third visit to Il Primo and as usual we had a wonderful experience. The food was superb. Our waiter remembered us from two years ago when we came here on one of our first dates, which astounded us. I didn't get his name,... More

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Dublin, Ireland
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We went to Il Primo last night and were not disappointed... It was so tasty. We went for the pre theatre menu. I had the mozzarella salad and my hubby had the ham terrene bruschetta. I had the pork cheek tagliatelle and he had the spicy sausage spaghetti. We finished off sharing the chocolate cake. The service, food and price... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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173 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We ate here last night having heard great things over the years about il primo. We were very disappointed. First impressions were great. Very cosy restaurant, slightly dark and with candles on the tables. Food was average except for the beef cheek which I thought was really good. The pulled pok bruschetta for starter was soggy and just tasted of... More

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11 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Went here on a Rewarding Times voucher which means you get a specific menu. I'd never been before but have heard great things about it over the years. Not entirely sure why. My starter of mozzarella and tomato was very nice. My main course - herb crusted cod - was just ok. To be honest, it tasted like bad canteen... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

We have been there for lunch with my friend for 1st time because i get a dining room voucher and everything was perfect. Both of the waiters well so welcoming and helpful (was baby with us in a buggy), always smiling. The was was simple but tasty. I was really looking forward this lunch because we went to taste of... More

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35 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Got a Rewarding Times voucher for Il Primo a while ago, had never been and it was basically half price. When we got there we were given the option of sitting downstairs at the higher tables or going upstairs, we decided to head upstairs. the place is tiny, I found it pretty cramped. Table was fine, service was good, the... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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58 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This was a great lunch. The service was top notch, attentive but not suffocating, and very friendly. The lunch menu is short but has some good variety. The salami salad was nice but possibly lacked sufficient salami. The seafood risotto was great and had lots of fish in it. Both dishes were simple but allowed the flavour of good ingredients... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Visited Thursday night 5th June, it was 8:45pm, all bar 2-3 tables were full. It was my second visit in a month. Skipped starters, which are quite expensive at €7-11, and from what I saw there was plenty salad with the few that I saw at adjoining tables. We got the seafood tagliatelle and crab meat lasagne. I particularly hate... More

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