Il Primo restaurant

16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South

Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Italian

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122 reviews
4 stars - based on 122 reviews
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Il Primo is located on Montague Street in the heart of the city centre, making it a perfect for a casual meal out or a catch up with family and friends. This restaurant prides itself on being one of the longest-established Italian restaurants in Dublin's city centre. Offering a menu that is truly authentic and combines traditional and modern dishes, this is one of Dublin's best restaurants for Italian cuisine. For over a decade, Il Primo has been serving rustic Italian food paired with some of the best wines that Tuscany has to offer. Most of its wines are imported directly to Il Primo and cannot be found anywhere else in Ireland. The restaurant is located in a romantic period house, which has been converted into a lively, homely bar area and a cosy and intimate dining room, located five minutes from St. Stephen's Green. For a special night out why not try this exquisite restaurant? You won't regret it!

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OPENING HOURS

Mon12:00pm - 9:30pm
Tue12:00pm - 9:30pm
Wed12:00pm - 9:30pm
Thu12:00pm - 11:00pm
Fri12:00pm - 11:00pm
Sat5:30pm - 11:00pm
Sunclosed

CAPACITY
60 people

WEBSITE
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CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

FACILITIES

Veggie options available

Il Primo reviews

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Il Primo

martinchapman
Dublin
4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:50%

Reviewed 16th January 2015 (visited 3 January 2015 )

First time here in many years and I must say I think the food is not as good as it used to be. I ordered a risotto and I am afraid to say it was very bland. In addition no bread was offered to the table, and if you want you can ask and pay for a tiny portion of poor quality bread.

Il Primo

hungry09
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:37%

Reviewed 04th January 2015 (visited 7 November 2014 )

You just won't find better Italian food in Dublin. In fact, you'll be hard pushed to find better in Italy! Il Primo is small and some tables are definitely better than others, but once the dishes are in front of you you'll forget all about your surroundings. The restaurant's risotto is famed - and with good reason: regular patrons often order a started-sized portion to begin, followed by another variety for their main... I recommend you do the same.

Il Primo

JohnMcGovern
Dublin
10 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:35%

Reviewed 01st December 2014 (visited 24 September 2014 )

Italian wouldn't normally be my thing (unless Dominos counts) but the girlfriend loves this place so we went here, and I'm glad I agreed to it! I got a spicy sausage pizza and she got a cannelloni. Can't fault it it was that good I might be converted to Italian food as one of my favourites now

Il Primo

daggergirl
Dublin
34 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:60%

Reviewed 23rd November 2014 (visited 22 November 2014 )

Lovely restaurant, service was excellent and the atmosphere was lovely!! Great menu too!!

Il Primo

ashortt
Dublin
35 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:40%

Reviewed 25th August 2014 (visited 23 August 2014 )

Amazing again --- second visit to Il Primo and no complaints at all ... loved it and will return. We shared the hamhock bruschetta and smoked hake risotto to start. Then I had the pigs cheek tagliatelle and my hubby had the fillet steak and potatoes au gratin, Everything was so tasty ... great food. Unfortunately we left no room for dessert...but maybe next time we can try to squeeze a dessert in =D

Il Primo

ashortt
Dublin
35 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:40%

Reviewed 18th August 2014 (visited 12 July 2014 )

Fabulous --- best Italian in Dublin by far. Fresh pasta, tasty fresh ingredients ... loved it. I had the mozzerella salad to start and my husband had hamhock bruschetta ... so tasty. For mains I had the pigs cheek tagliatelle and my husband had the spicy sausage pasta. We shared the chocolate cake which was amazing. Counting the days til we go back next saturday ... yum!

Il Primo

Katsai
Dublin
76 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:60%

Reviewed 16th May 2014 (visited 16 May 2014 )

I had a voucher for 2 for 2 courses. The service is a bit messy…I don’t’ know why as the place is quite small upstairs! The food was ok although the menu was very promising. My starter-bruschetta- was really nice and original but then my main-an avocado and organic salmon salad-was very disappointing- and quite small. I asked for some bread-which could have been lovely but was just reheated so hard-and got charged for 2€. Will give it another try I think!

Il Primo

StTottering
Dublin
14 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:45%

Reviewed 15th December 2013 (visited 13 December 2013 )

I ate in Il Primo for our company's Christmas Night out. I had been really looking forward to it and although the menu wasn't entirely to my taste, It was an opportunity to try some new things. For the starter I went for the Porkbelly. Which was the one thing I was sure I would enjoy. Thinking it would be something substantial and who doesn't enjoy crispy pork. What I got was 3 slices of fatty cold cut pork, similar to Denny ham. With a covered of mixed leaves. To say I was disappointed was an understatement. For my main I had the Guiney Fowl with Savoy Cabbage. Savoy cabbage was lovely. However the Guiney fowl was too dry with no real sauce accompanying it other than that of the savoy cabbage. Dessert options were very limited for me. But I decided to try the Panna cotta. It reminded me of one of those set yogurts we used to have as kids. Although I enjoyed them. Can't really complain about the service. Staff were nice and friendly if a little forgetful when bringing refills of drinks. Overall a big disappointment and one I won't be revisiting again.

Il Primo

DoloresHayes
Dublin
20 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:37%

Reviewed 26th September 2013 (visited 23 September 2013 )

I don't know what 'prawnlover' is talking about. Surely not Il Primo? Myself and my boyfriend must go to Il Primo at least twice a week over the last two years and have NEVER come across bad service or poor food standards. Whether it's a Monday or Saturday night the service is always exceptional. Just last Saturday night I brought a table of 8 there for my friend's birthday. I was hoping that the service and quality of food wouldn't suffer due to the number of guests at the table. (More guests = more challenging for the kitchen and more difficult for the wait staff to serve.) There was no need for apprehension. The food was delicious and we wanted for nothing. The wine kept flowing and we were very happy with the food. The birthday boy was given a flaming sambuca on the house. Everyone was very impressed.

Il Primo

hibernia
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:50%

Reviewed 29th July 2013 (visited 27 July 2013 )

I regularly read reviews when making a restaurant reservation but rarely post one. Il Primo deserves a 5 star review however. My boyfriend and I visited Il Primo on Saturday evening and it was a perfect dining experience. The food was creative and delicious and the service was impeccable. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Il Primo is a little gem and worth a return visit.

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