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Il Portico

277 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA, England
+44 20 7602 6262
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
277 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My partner and I wanted an Italian meal and found this gem near our hotel. We were in a rush to get to a show and were accommodated in our desire for a quick meal. The staff were attentive yet not overbearing. The wine list...More

Thank TheBear058
Reviewed 6 days ago

I booked this hotel for our party of 5 as it was relatively near our hotel and had received some good reviews. Established in 1967 it is testament that it is still going strong today under the management of Jamie the owner. He was very...More

Thank fourlamas
Reviewed 6 days ago

Traditional family run trattoria. Fairly good service but tables rather cramped. Unusual menu but variable in quality. Good and reasonable wine list. Rather dated but continues to be very popular.

Thank Nigel M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Short London visit and had a Birthday celebration upon arrival so made reservations at thus small but busy restaurant based on the reviews and I am so glad I did, everyone was very accommodating and very nice ambiance!!! Great menu and superb food!!! The owners...More

Thank pepas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was excellent, the staff friendly, attentive and funny which made the overall experience one to remember. Cannot wait to go back!

Thank TJayPete
Reviewed March 6, 2018

An authentic taste of Italy on Kensington High Street, a few blocks from the Kensington Palace and the luxurious Milestone Hotel. The decor is straightforward yet elegant, the prices reasonable and the Italian cuisine we sampled was divine. The service was friendly, welcoming and efficient.

Thank Sharon B
Reviewed February 15, 2018

Very welcoming and relaxing environment with amazing staff. Wonderfully appointed and one could imagine that it was situated in one of the callé of Venice where I was last week. Excellent menu crafted with care. Food preparation was superlative and my dishes of burrati and...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

My second visit to this fabulous restaurant and the service was perfect, so very good. I loved it and I loved to food. Amazing calamari and I had Risotto to follow which was just gorgeous. Absolutely recommend this place for real Italian food.

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

We where a group of 10 and had booked a table in advance. An e joyable evening good food and wine. A bit difficult paying because we were so many, all paying individually.

Thank AnitaBarbara
Reviewed December 20, 2017

Ate here with some work colleagues in November The food was very good and the waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. Would return

Thank Paul B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$50 - $78
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 277 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Kensington and Hyde Park
  • Neighborhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7602 6262
The oldest family run restaurant in London. Spanning 6 decades and three generations, Il Portico Restaurant on Kensington High Street has been cooking regional Italian specialities since it was first opened in the 1960"s by acclaimed chef Pino Chiavarini. Still managed to this day by the same family, siblings James and Francesca draw heavily from their roots, providing simple, authentic Italian food from their home region of Emilia Romagna and surrounding area. Whilst the family are always on hand to welcome you in, our Executive chef, Eduardo (currently in his 25th year of service with us) concentrates on slow, homemade dishes with a sense of history and provenance.
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