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Primo's Italian Bistro

2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6418
+1 530-600-2220
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good23%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“homemade pasta” (24 reviews)
“bread” (21 reviews)
“veal” (14 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6418
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Strip Mall location with a warm appeal. Staff is very inviting and responsive. Menu offerings are all prepared and served with care. The food reflects the attention and is very appealing. Nice place for family and friends to get together after a day on the...More

Thank Bryan K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch on a day the restaurant wasn't supposed to open until 4 pm - lucky us! The food was delicious and freshly prepared, including the warm bread, the owner/host was cordial and very personable, and it was overall a very pleasant...More

Thank Sue P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My two sons and I went for lunch to Primo. The restaurant looks like a Pizza Parlor instead of a fine dining restaurant. The hanging lights look like something from a Shakey's. But the food was very good. The presentation was nice, appealing and taste...More

Thank Colleen K
Reviewed October 10, 2017

On a recent visit from UK my wife and I dined here twice. It has a pleasant buzz about it, there were two birthday parties the first night we visited, they were enjoying themselves and did not intrude upon other diners. My wife enjoyed the...More

Thank Ken W
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2017

Hi Geronimo, I wanted to take the time to say thank you for your business, and for leaving us a review on TripAdvisor. I am happy to hear you and your wife were well taken care of by my servers, and that you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed September 22, 2017 via mobile

Had some good friends tell us of this little treat in the basin . My wife , my mother and I decided to go give it a try . What a great idea it turned out to be . The food and the service were...More

Thank Jeffery H
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2017

Hi Jeffery! I am glad your friends recommended you to us, and that you had such a great experience. Thank you for sharing on TripAdvisor. It means a lot! I hope we get to serve you again soon. Cheers, Jim Primo

Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

Very pleasantly surprised! Fresh home made pasta and service that was excellent! We started with Brushetta. It fresh clan and simple. Delicious! My husband had the home Ade Lasagne. He cleaned the plate! I jade the Seafood Diablo pasta. The seafood As cooked perfectly, served...More

Thank Sweetamd
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2017

Mil grazies for your great review and photo. I will have to share it on my Facebook page. I hope you don't mind. I truly apreciate your business, and I hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Jim Primo

Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

Like many others we chose Primo's due to its rating and reviews. My Daughter and I were on holidays, traveling around the US for 4 weeks. As such we were looking forward to dinner after driving from Napa. On arrival we were told our table...More

Thank Domoliscious
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2017

Hi there, I truly apologize for what you describe as a dining nightmare. Even though the restaurant gets incredibly packed during the busy summer months, there is no excuse for impolite service...and especially not for burnt pizza! With the brick oven, there are definitely some...More

Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

Visited it yesterday with my wife for our 6 years anniversary got there around 615 got greeted and sat us on our outside table was beautiful didn't see my server for another 15 min finally after ages a server great us no name tag unprofessional...More

Thank Gczille
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2017

Good afternoon, I am so sorry to hear that this was your anniversary experience at my restaurant. It sounds terrible, and nothing like the high quality standards I hold my staff to. Had I known this were the case, I certainly would have comped your...More

Reviewed July 26, 2017 via mobile

Had my birthday dinner here and it was delicious. I had the lasagna and it was so packed with meat that it was hard to detect the pasta layers. It's a small place that is very busy. Make a reservation if you go for dinner....More

Thank FLVisitors
Reviewed July 25, 2017

We held a family reunion in South Lake Tahoe, and we opted for an Italian dinner for our group of 27. Primo's was very accommodating with excellent food and fantastic service! The entrees were good, but the the appetizers and desserts were particularly tasty. Well...More

Thank Joe C
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Barbara P
October 17, 2016|
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Response from Jim P | Property representative |
Hi Barbara! We sure do! Hopefully I am not too late in responding to you. Please call the restaurant at 530-600-2220 to make a reservation. Cheers, Jim Primo
September 8, 2015|
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Response from Jim P | Property representative |
Hello! Our menu can be found on our website. You can always give us a call at the restaurant as well 530-600-2220. Thank you for your interest :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$14 - $30
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, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, 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
  • E-mail
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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