Il Primo

Price guide: Mid-range

16 Montague Street, Dublin 2

Price guide: Mid-range

Downstairs

By Yvonne Kerr , your Dublin expert

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#15 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.7
4.7
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Chilling out, People watching, Relaxation, Romance, Trendiness

Expert review of Il Primo

Il Primo is one of Dublin’s best Italians wrapped in a tiny and truly romantic package.

This is a favourite of mine, tucked away on a cobbled alley off Wexford (and Harcourt) Street, far from city centre crowds. There is superb service. Prosecco on arrival always brings a smile to my face, as do the fresh, creamy pasta dishes. Yum.

Food and drink: 

These are simple Italian dishes using fresh ingredients and no messing around with traditional recipes, for those days when all you want is an honest cannelloni or risotto. Ask for advice when it comes to the excellent wine list, mostly from Tuscany – staff members are only too happy to help and you’ll be glad you asked.

Recommended dishes: 

Why is good cannelloni so hard to find?! You'll find it here, along with tasty pizzas. 

Ambience: 

It's romantic and intimate, yes because space is limited, but minute attention to detail and attentive service means you feel spoiled and that’s the best part. Downstairs is a little more interactive as it’s closer to the kitchen, and the darker lighting down here adds to the romance.

Service: 

It's attentive and genuine and many Dublin regulars are fiercely loyal for that reason.

Location: 

Squirreled away on a narrow cobbled lane, you need to know where you’re going, but it's close to Grafton Street.

Price advice: 

The lunch specials are the best value, three courses for 19 euros or pre-theatre (Monday-Thursday 5.30-7.30pm), it's three courses for 26 euros.

Tables to book: 

Downstairs by the window, the high tables are cute and fun.

More information on Il Primo :

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian
Address:
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2
Telephone:
01 478 3373
Website:
http://www.ilprimo.ie
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Wed noon-3pm, 6-10pm, Thu-Fri noon-3pm, 6-11pm, Sat 6-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Pasta, Tuscany wine

Have you been to Il Primo ? Would you recommended it?