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Il Portico

277 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA, England
+44 20 7602 6262
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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277 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA, England
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1 - 10 of 423 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

We go two or three times a year and have been doing so for maybe 30 to 40 years. When a restaurant is run with love it shows in every way. James has learned well from father and grandfather and the beneficiaries are the people...More

Thank GGCag
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked in last night a very Friendly host name Michael help us found sets and also help us pick some of best dinner and Wine! We had wonderful time ! We like give the place more than 5starts!

Thank wendyosty
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just came in from Australia and was hungry. Burrata, tomato and olives (instead of avocado) was great and then squid, chili and garlic. Staff were great and welcoming and food delicious - please eat there

Thank RossSL
Reviewed 7 September 2017

First - the good news. Food, ambience, wine, service - all wonderful as it has been on previous visits. So why is there bad news? On the table next to us were more interested in eating each other than the food. My wife suspected that...More

Thank sirjasper2014
Reviewed 6 September 2017

II Portico….Is a fabulous traditional Italian restaurant in the heart of Kensington James and his family have been welcoming regular guests and residents of Kensington High Street for over 50 years. Great pasta “especially if you like Seafood”

Thank robertshorter
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Although we've lived nearby for years, we'd fallen out of the habit of coming here and forgotten how perfectly it balances comfort, cucina, and the very best of Italian ingredients. Our knowledgeable waiter, Vinnie, encouraged us to try the Culatello di Zibello as an antipasto,...More

3  Thank Richard001673
Reviewed 21 August 2017

This was a great venue to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. We have visited previously and is a super venue with Italian food at its best with very attentive service.

Thank davey58
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Love this family run restaurant. Service and food are always great. It is family run and you are likely to have an opportunity to chat with the owner who will make sure you are enjoying your meal. They have made spaghetti pomodoro for our children...More

Thank CanadianinParis_10
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were walking down Kensington from Hyde Park and popped into this unassuming sidewalk restaurant . She had the Rocket greens with Parmesan and we split a wonderful pappardelle bolognese. The pasta was perfect al dente . Don't forget the glass of...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Dinner service was busy. We were never served water despite repeated reminders. We had to wait for a while for our food. However, it was one of the best risottos I have ever tasted.

Thank Caleb H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 46 - US$ 73
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, 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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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