Il Primo

Address: 16 Montague Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Telephone: 01 478 3373

- Mid-range

4.4

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
4.3
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Food and drink
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Ambience
4.6
90%
Location
4.5
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Trendiness
  • Chilling out

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