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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-6418
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A small restaurant set back from the street at the end of a strip mall. They have an outside dining area. Food very good for price. Fine service. Especially good for lunch. For leisurely dining, not a fast place.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped in for lunch yesterday and it was yummy. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. Nice little find.More

Thank cfionatx
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Fiona! Thank you for taking the time to share your kind words online. I am happy that you found us, and that you had a nice lunch. I will pass your compliments on to Lauren as well. I always appreciate hearing nice things about...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently ate dinner at "Primo" while visiting South Lake Tahoe. Although we thought the food was good (with the exception of the spinach stuffed mushrooms) we felt the atmosphere was a bit dull and shabby. The service was average and the prices were what...More

Thank Maui2014NMR
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there! Although I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your food, it saddens me that you did not receive the quality service that we are known for. I'm also sorry that you were not impressed with the decor. We are constantly updating it,...More

Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

We stumbled upon Primos 2 years ago when we got engaged in S. Lake Tahoe, aboard the Tahoe Queen. The food was amazing, and we found out the server and owners are from MA! We felt instantly at home and decided to have our Reception...More

Thank Melaniej71
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Hi Melanie, It was such a pleasure to meet you, and share your special occasion with the entire family. I am glad that you found us, and we were able to connect over our common East Coast roots. Did I tell you that my family...More

Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I are vegetarians and we're looking for some lighter Italian fare. This fit the bill to perfection. The bruschetta was fresh and bursting with basil and olive oil flavors. The warm bread with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip were good...More

Thank Shankar R
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to share your review online. I am glad that you and your daughter both enjoyed your meals, and I appreciate your nice compliment on the pasta too. I hope that you come visit us again next time you...More

Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

My wife and I are visiting Lake Tahoe for vacation from Kansas City and stubbled upon Primo's Italian Bistro. Small place with amazing food and the service was impeccable. My sister in law joined us from Sacramento so there was 3 of us dining. We...More

Thank Glock A
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

I am always very grateful reading reviews like yours. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Do you visit Lake Tahoe often? We would love to have you join us again. Best wishes, Jim Primo

Reviewed 5 April 2017

Had dinner there this past weekend. We'd definitely go back again on our next visit to S. Lake Tahoe! The restaurant is nestled in the back of a small strip mall so pay attention to your directions. Food was great and the service was excellent!...More

Thank WIH220
Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Hi there, I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you for your kind review. Ian happy that you enjoyed your meal at my restaurant. We look forward to serving you again in the future. All my best, Jim Primo

Reviewed 27 March 2017

This is a great local restaurant with a mellow ambiance and delicious food!! Shout out to their awesome chef Jeff Zavala!More

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Jim P, Owner at Primo's Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Hi Patti! Thank you for your kind review. I will be sure to pass along your compliments to Jeff. I'm so grateful for my team, and I love hearing that my guests are well taken care of too. We look forward to seeing you again....More

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Barbara P
17 October 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
8 September 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
US$ 14 - US$ 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
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
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
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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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