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Primo's Italian Bistro

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2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6418
+1 530-600-2220
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sat - Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Really a great meal for the price. Take the time to find this place, and do not be put off by the laundromat next door.

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Central Oregon, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good spot for a special night out in a non-casino location at SLT. Excellent service and good food. Pastas are made fresh, and caprese salads featured heirloom tomatoes. Ample portions, enough for one of us to take some home. Reservations are a good idea, as this restaurant is small and busy.

Thank Barb S
Cameron Park, California
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to try a new restaurant. We have been eating at our favorite place for 25 years need to expand since we are up there a lot. We ate at the Hard Rock the night before for the same price and got a way better meal believe me!!! Two of us for about 50.00 two apps,1 beer, and a... More 

Thank Craig R
Davis, California
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

This small restaurant has indoor seating and a patio. It has a cozy atmosphere, and very good Italian food They serve wine and beer; the wine list is extensive. Service starts with warm bread and a herbal olive oil and vinegar dip. A caprese salad was an excellent appetizer. I had eggplant parmesan and my spouse had the veal saltimboca.... More 

Thank 828SusanK828
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts online, Susan. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your food and your overall experience at my restaurant. Next time, don't hesitate to let us know if something isn't perfect - we are always here to provide you with the best food possible. You will love our... More 

Kirkwood, Missouri
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

After reading the reviews for this restaurant, we were anxious to try it. We all came with high expectations, but decided it was just mediocre. We each had something different, but three of us had the red sauce that did not meet our expectations since the server mentioned how good it was. These entres were lacking in flavor, as we... More 

Thank Marilyn M
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Marilyn, It is difficult to read reviews like yours online, as my kitchen staff and I strive to provide the highest quality of food possible. We ship our tomatoes in from Italy to make sure that our sauce is 100% authentic, so it is hard to hear that you did not absolutely love it! Needless to say, I am... More 

Millbrae, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

Lovely little restaurant serving warm bread and all the usual Italian food choices along with daily specials. All very well done! We sat outside on a warm summer's evening under the lights with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra singing in the background, what could be better?

Thank kalenalily
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

I called to see if there was a wait and was told it was 20-30 minutes. I made a reservation and we were seated quickly upon arrival 30 minutes later. We chose to sit on the patio which is small and tables are close but comfortable. The antipasto salad for two was great and would make my Italian Aunt proud.... More 

Thank RickSanders
Norfolk, Virginia
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26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Our intent was to take a picture of the meal when it was served. As you can see that didn't happen. The bruschetta was fresh and tasty. The lasagna was light for a lasagna. Really it is because of the homemade pasta that was not doughy or heavy. The homemade ravioli was also very light. The sauce was ample and... More 

Thank kc111962
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

We ordered take out Italian from here while staying in a Tahoe cabin. Excellent food! The outdoor patio looked adorable with string lighting. We would have dined there if it wasn't so late.

Thank travelingCAgal
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Hi there, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your review online. I always appreciate hearing from my customers. I am happy to know that you enjoyed your take out, and I hope that you join us again next time you're visiting the lake! Cheers, Jim Primo More 

Jarkarta Selatan
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

We were on our way back to Fremont after staying one night in Tahoe that we decided to have lunch before the long trip. We saw this small Italian restaurant so we thought we would like to give it a try. We don't regret it AT ALL. The service was friendly (eventhough the lady was working by herself), the food... More 

Thank Meyanti Tirtowa... H
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Meyanti, Thank you for sharing your kind words on TripAdvisor. I will definitely be sharing your review with Lauren. It makes me smile to know that my staff is appreciated. The best Italian you've ever had is the ultimate compliment too. You just made my day! Grazie! Jim Primo More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$14 - $30
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6418
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  South Lake Tahoe
  • Phone Number: +1 530-600-2220
Primo's Italian Bistro serves authentic Italian recipes and boasts the most extensive selection of Italian wines on the South Shore. Large parties, catering, reservations and to-go orders are welcome. We also have quarterly wine pairing dinners.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?