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Il Primo

371 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M8, Canada
+1 613-234-6858
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible9%
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“pasta” (23 reviews)
“red snapper” (2 reviews)
“brie” (4 reviews)
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Italian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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371 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M8, Canada
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Reviewed today via mobile

Went there for a celebratory lunch with 4 colleagues, and was duly impressed! Ryan went above and beyond to make this a memorable and fun lunch! The mimosa’s and food were very good as well. I will go back, and will recommend!

Thank KathinOtt
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Il Primo is where we regularly go to when dining out on Preston. The service is usually impeccable, the food wonderful and the experience enjoyable. Such was the case on a recent visit with two other couples on a Tuesday evening. Few other people made...More

Thank Shorty B
Reviewed 24 August 2017

I have visited this restaurant before and really enjoyed the experience. My latest visit was memorable for all the wrong reasons. The food was definitely mediocre and did not come across as any way Italian. They got the orders wrong a number of times and...More

Thank ericon991
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Glenn, the head waiter is amazing. I sat at the bar as I was flying solo. The beer glass was chilled without asking. The specials were quickly announced. Blackened salmon smelled incredible. Relaxing at the bar, Glenn took the time to attend to myself and...More

Thank Leica5150
Reviewed 13 August 2017

I've been here before for brunch and it was like a 4 out of 10. Thought we would try again. After seeing Cirque du Soliel in Ottawa, we ventured here. I can't even make this up, and never do, as reviews are really important! We...More

2  Thank FrancesFC
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Arrived on a rainy Monday night with one other couple in the restaurant. Order the antipasto platter that had no prosciutto on it even though the menu indicates it does. All the items on the platter seemed like they came out of a jar and...More

Thank FrancescoP1957
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

We have now taken this establishment off our to go list. I have never seen veal picante presented like a schnitzel with no sauce and the potatoes tasted like the cook had made them the day before. The place was obviously understaffed and the waitress...More

Thank Claudette V
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Had q wonderful late night meal with my husband.pasta cooked to perfection with a wonderful light cream sauce. Crime brûlée delicious .. Highly recommend it. Service very attentive and appreciated. Will definitely rerun

Thank Ctd D
Reviewed 12 July 2017

This small restaurant serves up fantastic Italian dishes! Given how busy the small restaurant was and their limited staff (of 3), service was friendly and efficient. The gnocchi, fettuccine and fish special (pan seared trout topped with maple glazed bacon) was simply delicious. I would...More

Thank se2f
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Went for Sunday brunch, we were a large party, but got seated in a reasonable time, waited a while for coffee, which was slow in coming throughout the meal, took a while to take our order, and ages for it to come. Food was OK,...More

Thank Yorky201024
craig613, Owner at Il Primo, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Thank you Yorky201024 for your review. We appreciate all comments both good and bad as it only helps us do what we need to best serve our guests. Regarding your public comments though; you should, to be fair, mention that it was Canada Day 150...More

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Questions & Answers
Valerie C
15 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from craig613 | Property representative |
Hello, We are sorry but it is not, due to the age and size of the building. Thank you for your consideration.
Leslie M
10 December 2015|
Response from IlPrimoRistorante | Property representative |
Hi Leslie, We open for lunch at 11:30am and for dinner at 5pm. Brunch starts at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays. Grazie!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 19
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Good for
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 371 Preston St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 4M8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-234-6858
  • E-mail
Welcome to Il Primo! We invite you to delight in our selection of antipasto, pasta, panini, seafood, extensive wine list, and mouth-watering desserts all made in-house, including our famous gelato. We are happy to serve lunch and dinner, weekend brunch, and mouth-watering desserts made on the premises. BYOW: Do you have a favourite wine and would like to bring it out to dinner? At dinner service on Sunday to Wednesday evenings, we will happily serve your wine. Corkage fee: $10. Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Vegan Friendly: we have been offering gluten-free options for many years and have a strict protocol in the preparation of our corn pasta and other dishes. All of our plates are made to order. Several vegetarian and some vegan options are also available on our regular menu. Please mention any dietary restrictions upon arrival and/or in the comment section of our online reservation system. Grazie!
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