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About Primo Grill
Primo Grill is a chef driven Mediterranean by Northwest restaurant showcasing the best of local bounty. Local wild caught fish, meats from local farms and foraged produce feature from the grill and brick oven. Owners Chef Charlie McManus and Jacqueline Plattner offer a relaxed yet sophisticated experience with an emphasis on Washington wines and hand muddled artisanal cocktails.
Tacoma, WA 98406
Mediterranean, Northwest, Italian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: M-Th 4:00pm-10:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-11:00pm
Dinner: Su 4:00pm-9:00pm
Monday - Saturday 4:00pm - 6:00pm 9:00pm - close
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Quarterly wine dinners
Regional dinners featuring cuisine of Mediterranean
Primo Grill Ratings and Reviews
As always, a delicious meal with great service. This time we had a new waitress, Kaitlin, who was such fun and a delight - as well as Charlie, the owner and chef, who chatted with us at our table (since the evening wasn't as booked as it can be). We chose a lean option and the kitchen crew helped to keep the oil down and calories minimal. We can't wait to return!
This has become one of our favorite Tacoma spots. We love that they actually do locally source their ingredients, and they even list those sources on the menu (many restaurants claim an "effort" to locally source their ingredients, and then you'll see a Food Services of America truck unloading out back before opening). Their menu is specialized but has great variety, and it's just consistently amazing.
The food here is excellent and always an interesting combination of flavors. Also very friendly service and we never feel rushed. My only complaint is that it is too noisy so if you have more than 4 people at a table, it is difficult to hear one another. But I keep coming back because of the quality, freshness and creativity of the food.
I found this place while looking online for a restaurant and it didn't disappoint! The food was really good and full of flavor. The only negatives are the prices (kind of on he higher end) and it was cold inside, we all kept our coats on. We will definitely return.
The cappellini with truffles were a special, i normally only order my amazing pork chop but i tried something different. The noodles were horrible and the dish had no flavor. I was bummed. Still paid full price. Definitely learned to order what u know! Still dig it there. 💖
Primo is my favorite restaurant in our area (Tacoma, Lakewood, UP) and we go there often. The service is excellent, the food suburb and the atmosphere lively and upbeat. Every dish has always been delicious - we keep going back. I cannot recommend this lovely place highly enough.
We have been going to Primo for years and always enjoyed it, but this last dinner was exceptional even for them. The prosciutto appetizer was so good I thought about just ordering a couple more and making that my dinner. Ambience didn't get 5 stars because I'd prefer a little less noise (but that criticism applies to virtually every restaurant in existence these days). Service didn't get 5 stars because of a couple of smal things (like an order for a glass of wine that didn't get put into the bar for a while) but it was Valentines Day and the place was very busy. All in all, it would have been very hard for the experience to get any better.
The last time I dined at Primo, I wrote a somewhat unflattering review. I'm pleased to say that everything I called-out in the previous review has been resolved . . . the presentation of the wine, the accuracy of the order, the pace of the meal, etc . . . everything was back to the high standards I've come to expect from this innovative and pleasant dining establishment.
Every restaurant makes mistakes, but a truly great restaurant recovers quickly and vows never to repeat their errors. And, that's why I'll continue frequently Primo.
We made reservations and waited approximately 10 minutes upon arrival. Our table was not available, so we were seated at a table near the bar/table right where the door was and the waiting area was. As guests entered they stood in front of our table and every time that the door opened a gust of wind greeted us. Our bill was approximately $130, for 2 and one drink each and for the price you'd expect an amazing meal and great ambiance neither or which we got.
Good, but a little overpriced for what it was. I got ragu bolognese with spaghetti and it was no better than I make at home. Definitely good but I was expecting a bit more. It also was not very saucy, a kind of dry sauce (i.e. mostly meat). Also I would have loved more of a braised short rib, slow cooked ragu, instead of just ground meat sauce. The husband got a ribeye that was flavorful but overcooked. Disappointing for 36.00! They were busy that night because it was V-day weekend, but still...
But otherwise the brussel sprouts and scalloped potatoes that came on the side were good, our mussels app was awesome (they ought to serve it with some bread, though), my blood orange sparkler drink was tasty, and our desserts were so yummy. I got panna cotta with huckleberry topping and it was to-die and he got tiramisu, that was decadent but a bit boozy.
All in all, nice place and the service was good, but it's overpriced to the point where I can't say it's a good value. I don't mind dropping $140 on a meal for 2—especially when drinks and dessert & coffee's involved—but the food needs to be more than passable. I don't want to feel like I could've eaten just as well at home :-/
Best meal out we have had in a long time. We had the salmon special, Rib eye Steak and the Chicken - all were great tasting, presented well and just plain delicious. We had the calamari appetizer that was garlicky good. Liked the fact that the calamari was not breaded. Looking forward to going again.
The restaurant was nice and good ambience but the food was not up to par for the price. I had an Applebee's meal at a Stanley & Seaforts price. The lamb was cooked good but was bland and the steak was not to the correct cook but had some good flavor. I knew before going there to eat there was an 18% gratuity but not fitting for the overall meals. Another thing to note is that's sodas are $3 a price with no bottomless refills. I must have missed it on the menu but the waitress never said anything like that's a common thing around restaurants not to mention. I won't be promoting primo after this past dinner service.
Overall I was mostly pleased. I did not like the $3 up-charge we received for substitute squash(cheaper than broccoli) for broccoli due to an allergy. Food was excellent and service was good. We had the fig pizza and halibut with toffee pudding for dessert (which was simply amazing). We would come back again. Most likely for happy hour tho
Service is just not coordinated well. This is out second mediocre experience and we're ready to jump ship given the decline since years back. Facts on our experience :
1. Ordered two Martini's and two appetizers to arrive as my wife arrived. Got the Brussel Sprouts within 2 to 3 minutes- bravo. BUT, drinks did not arrive for another 6 minutes and the second appetizer waited an additional 3 beyond that. You know better than I, I am sure, drinks in a timely manner first, appetizers next and together, warm. BTW- restaurant was half full at the time.
2. Ordered our Martini's specifically to have onions and olives, if you had both. Was told by waiter "we may not have onions". I stated fine, no problem, olives alone were great. Martini's arrived late with onions only. This ain't rocket science and at the price of the Martinis and an additional charge for the onions and olives in them, you should ensure all regarding the drinks are perfect.
These are small inconveniences, but at your prices they shouldn't happen and poor service (with your pre-added 18% charge already on the bill) is unconscionable. Buck up you guys- you charge the price- provide the service par excellance!
After they ran out of Mahi-Mahi I was served a tasteless swordfish whose blandness was made worse by side-dish cauliflower with harissa sauce which I had just had for appetizer. I mean cauliflower and swordfish this does not go together; it is like it was improvised by the underlings in the kitchen without any gastronomical good-sense.
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