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.
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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/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
Food was excellent. Service excellent. V ...
Food was excellent. Service excellent. Very nice restaurant . My only complaint was they charge for bread. It's an Italian restaurant, bread is part of every meal. It was not the money. I ordered mussels for our app, they were served with this excellent sauce but with no bread to soak up the wonderful sauce the mussels were swimming in. I ordered bread and when I got the bill there was the charge. Next time won't order bread, will bring my own . Probably will get a bread age charge, kinda like a corkage charge. I will definitely go back tho.
One of our favorites for years (going ba ...
One of our favorites for years (going back to Charlie McManus running the Altezzo Restaurant in the Tacoma Sheraton). Charlie continues to create a great menu and his staff does a fantastic job executing it. The service is always top notch.
Primo Grill is a little jewel of a resta ...
Primo Grill is a little jewel of a restaurant in a city not necessarily known for its food (sorry Tacoma!). We've been there several times with good friends who live in Olympia and it's perfect location wise. Service is always excellent. Nice, friendly staff who enthusiastically answers all our questions and everything we've ever had, from appetizers to desserts, has been excellent. You won't be sorry.
I'd been to Primo previously on a couple ...
I'd been to Primo previously on a couple of occasions and loved the food so I chose it for my daughter's High School Graduation dinner. It surpassed my previous experience. We were placed in the back room with another large party. It was nice to have the big room between the two of us, although the other party was pretty loud. That's my only negative though, and that's only because my mother is hard of hearing. Since we had seven people it made sense to put us back there. Our waiter, I think his name was Jackson? was great. He was friendly and helpful and came around just enough to so we didn't have to wait, but not so often that he was interrupting us. He made great recommendations and everyone loved the dishes they chose. Two of the diners had the pork chop, which is one of the dishes that Primo is known for. It is huge and delicious. And since both people who had it had plates that looked like they had been licked clean I'm pretty sure it continued to live up to that reputation. One diner had the salmon fettucine and that was wonderful. The graduate had the ribeye, and since I got a bite I can tell you that it was delicious. I had the special which was swordfish and it was cooked to perfection. One of our party was a pretty finicky young eater and he loved the pizza, so that was a hit as well. I can't remember what the other party had, but she was smiling afterward and cleaned her plate. We also had several appetizers. The peppers stuffed with cheese were good. I loved the calamari. It is not breaded and a couple of the people at the table didn't like it because of that, but I figure that's because they don't actually like calamari, they really just like the breading. It was not chewy and the sauce was delicious. We also got the lamb meatballs which were delicious. The bread and balsamic drizzle were good too, although I don't like the current trend of charging people for bread. I think the bread was probably an Irish soda type bread. It was a great experience.
Grad night on the Ave
Our party of six was treated very well from making the reservations to enjoying very fine meal. We were seated at a round table near the kitchen which fit us perfectly. There were two other groups of doctoral graduates also in the restaurant. It was quite a celebratory atmosphere! I enjoyed the prime rib and morel mushroom pasta dish as my husband and I shared. The pork chop was also fantastic as we tasted each other's great meals. The waiter recommended a wine that suited all of our meals. Overall wonderful experience!
Great food & service
We returned to Primo Grill for the second visit since moving to Tacoma a month ago. Once again we found the food (a fettuccine dish with smoked salmon and an unusual pizza) to be very well prepared, and our server was personable and helpful in answering our questions.
We particularly like the emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and the variety of wines available, along with the excellent service we experienced on both visits. We'll be back.
The new location will be great in the su ...
The new location will be great in the summer, but with the roll up windows closed the atmosphere is lacking. The staff and service were top notch. wine prices were reasonable. My pasta dish was very average. My wife's salmon was quite good. I have been to Primo Grill several times, and always walk away with the same feeling that although the food is good, is not equal to the price
As always, fantastic. An absolute Tacoma ...
As always, fantastic. An absolute Tacoma gem! First Copper River Salmon of the season, and probably the best we'll have this year. One of Primo Grill's best qualities: consistency. Consistently excellent food, wine and service. We love this restaurant so much that we're afraid we're going to get tired of it some day. We've been dining here for 17 years and we're still coming back regularly. We're not tired of it yet! Our other favorite restaurants? They're either in Seattle, Los Angeles or France.
Primo serves delicious food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The staff is knowledgeable, good-humored, and not at all intrusive. Charlie and Jacqueline are the perfect hosts--setting a high standard in both cuisine and comfort for their neighborhood bistro. The cocktails are beautifully realized and always interesting and nuanced. Primo's support of local growers and locally-sourced ingredients guarantees freshness and high quality. This is an environmentally aware and really tasty dining experience.
Excellent dining experience!
The occasion? My birthday dinner (4/27)!
From the moment we walked in, the staff demonstrated friendliness and professionalism. We enjoyed a bottle of red wine, appetizers, grilled vegetable salad, fungi pizza, shrimp risotto, and porcini-crusted halibut. (the halibut was a substitute for the cod which was sold out.)My man was thrilled to learn halibut was added to the menu (it's one of his favorites). It was 5 🌟delicious!
I appreciate that Primo's is a farm-to-table establishment and supports our local farmers. All of this deliciousness was topped by exceptional customer service by our server. I can't remember her name, but she was phenomenal and a great asset to Primo's. Well done, Primo's, we'll be back!
A very pleasant dining experience
I had heard from two of our group about the quality food and atmosphere at Primo Grill, but that was for their previous location. This was a first trip for all of us to their current location. All in our group were very satisfied with the food, service, and value of the meal, two of the group preferred the atmosphere of the previous location. As I had not been to either, before I was quite satisfied with the current location. it was a very pleasant and warm evening and we were seated next to one of the open "garage" doors so had an alfresco experience as well. We lingered long over the meal and drinks which is a sign of satisfaction for our group. I would recommend Primo grill to anyone.
No the best experience.
My friend had a great experience here before, however ours was not that great. The cocktails we ordered should have been smooth and ours had a bite that we weren't looking for. The pear and cheese appetizer was nicely presented and tasted good. Our server was okay, but came across as a bit ruffled and the outfit didn't reflect the hip vibe the interior suggested. A glass accidentally spilled water onto the floor and our server and a bus-gal responded promptly with considerable attention to wiping it up as our server cited that the floors cannot be wet because of a special expensive oil that is on them. While we thought that was interesting for a restaurant to put in non-get-wet floors, what was disturbing was one of the floor towels was used to also wipe the table. The bus-gal was the most lively and fun part of our visit.
Visiting the kids
After much searching for a dinner on a Saturday night, we ended up Primo grill. We had a table in the back and with a large group that worked well. The server very helpful and all the waitstaff was too. We will definitely be back to enjoy another meal.
Second great experience at Primo Grill
This was our second visit, and each time the food was delicious and the service was attentive and courteous.
We went early on a Friday evening and were surprised by the Happy Hour menu, which included most or all of the pizzas on the regular menu. Both of our pizzas were quite good, as was the wine,
Delicious food and yummy cocktails
The reason why I'm giving a four star rating instead of five stars is this: made reservations 3 weeks in advance for Valentines Day. Received numerous emails reminding me of reservation date. Received numerous calls. First call with voicemail noted it was a reminder and that if I needed to cancel to please call and let them know. Wasn't cancelling, didn't call. Second call with voicemail noted confirming reservation. Third call with voicemail to please call and confirm. So I did. Received 2 more calls up to the day of and each time I called back and confirmed. Gotta admit I came close to cancelling because this was really annoying. How many times does one need to confirm? The appetizer, drinks and food were really wonderful and the service was really nice so we will try again.
Wonderful service. My father's 80th was ...
Wonderful service. My father's 80th was on Valentines Day, yet we were accommodated and our party of 14 were given respect and great service. So nice that we were able to take my parents to their favorite restaurant in Tacoma. They always go here after attending an opera by the Tacoma Opera. Thank you Primo Grill!
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