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, 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
I don't like being forced to pay a fixed ...
I don't like being forced to pay a fixed gratuity in advance without knowing how good the service was. and I don't like paying tax on top of that gratuity. I wonder of the washington state tax people know.....I think I'll let them know, look for standard sales tax, and also look for sales tax on the gratuity.
Modern cosmopolitan seaport neighborhood ...
Modern cosmopolitan seaport neighborhood hospitality! Reminded me of Camino in Oakland, CA, only more relaxed. Delicious, and glad to have this nearby! The leftovers would have been really good, and I can't wait to return!
I used to love Primo Grill in their old ...
I used to love Primo Grill in their old location. It was cozy, romantic and had great ambiance. The food is always good though so I have been back a few times since they moved. However, on this last visit my friend and I, a party of TWO, were slapped with a mandatory 18% gratuity. Now, I normally tip 20% for good or even normal service but that is my choice. I have never been to a restaurant that charged a mandatory tip for a party less than 8. When we questioned the server about it, even she said that we should complain to management. She would have gotten 20% instead of 18% and I would have been able to choose the amount of gratuity I felt appropriate. If the service had been poor, I would have tipped less. But if you don't mind being forced into a tip, then you won't mind Primo Grill. Oh, and the new locale feels like a boring PNW pub, not a nice Italian Restaurant.
Hidden Gem fit for foodies from the Big ...
Hidden Gem fit for foodies from the Big City! I travel to NYC, Chicago, Seattle often and have a hard time finding something palatable in Tacoma. This place qualifies for sure! Adorable ambiance, great menu selections, and the servers were OUTSTANDING! Top notch service for certain! Definitely will return (I always stay at Hotel Murano - and the selection is LIMITED) "downtown". Cheers to Primo - I'll be back!
The service was outstanding- quick, atte ...
The service was outstanding- quick, attentive but not overly so. Food selection was great- several salads and entrees and thin crust pizza. I opted for fig and prosciutto. A little soggy on the bottom- would try a different one next time. I will be back.
Great find in an uptown neighborhood ne ...
Great find in an uptown neighborhood near Univ Puget Sound, as opposed to the downtown waterfront area. Solid food, very fresh mussels and salmon; wish the mussels came with toasted bread, but that was about the only miss of the evening. Wife loved the pesto beneath the salmon, which had a hint of crushed pistachio in the pesto. Daughter really enjoyed her fettuccini. Staff service was excellent; while the restaurant tacks on 18% to all bills, any server stepped-in whether refilling water glasses, bussing plates or serving dishes. Will invariably return here during future visits.
The menu was limited. The prices were v ...
The menu was limited. The prices were very high. For example, I think we paid $15 for an appetizer of baked calimari. It was about 1/2 cup all together and came without any bread. Four tiny slices of bread cost $3 extra
Nice dinner. Only complaint was that the ...
Nice dinner. Only complaint was that they initially tried to seat us at a tiny table in a back corner of the restaurant that was crowded in behind another table. Clearly it would have been the worst seat in the place. I politely asked for a better table so they moved us to a nicer one by the window. I would have cancelled out reservation had they insisted we sit at the bad table.
Primo is one of my favorite restaurants ...
Primo is one of my favorite restaurants in Tacoma. The chicken under a brick is outstanding as is the pork chop. Some good vegetarian choices as well. Service needs some polishing--our server removed my plate before the other two people at our table were done eating. Not a very big deal though and our meal was great
The food is always great here; well prep ...
The food is always great here; well prepared, inventive and tasty. But this is our second visit in a row where the service has felt very rushed. Our server was friendly and attentive but we had barely taken our first bite of our appetizer when our meals arrived. I don't know it's a matter of bad timing in the kitchen or if they just really want to turn tables over as quickly as possible, but it's awkward and does not make for a relaxed dining experience. It's frustrating because this has always been one of my favorite "nice" restaurants in Tacoma. Still love the food.
Attentive wait staff, excellent food, so ...
Attentive wait staff, excellent food, some menu changes with the seasons. You can dine inexpensively on good pizza or treat yourself to more expensive fish or steak. It's all good, with great appetizers and desserts as well.
As usual, the food and service were exce ...
As usual, the food and service were excellent--the menu includes many options (all tasty and beautifully presented) at a variety of price points. And, oh my goodness, the cocktails! Yummy. Charlie and Jacqueline and the Primo staff create a welcoming, personalized dining experience. Love the attention to detail, the focus on locally-sourced menu items, and respect for the environment.
I requested a table that was not next to ...
I requested a table that was not next to the bar and not noisy and they were very accomodating. I also like that one of the owners was there, stopped by to say "hi" and make sure everything was ok. The personal touch really means a lot to me.
Picked Primo Grill as an easy, central l ...
Picked Primo Grill as an easy, central location for an after work dinner with friends thinking it was a place where we could have a nice dinner and good conversation. We all had drinks plus shared appetizers, pizzas and desserts, all of which were very good. Especially enjoyed the crispy thin pizza crust. Service was very good as well. Our experience went downhill pretty fast when they opened up the large windows onto 6th Ave. First of all, it was too hot! Second, being right on the street, the traffic noise was awful. Third, many, many people were smoking as they walked by and it was all blowing right on us! Everyone moved their cell phones and purses away from the open window due to the number of drunk, loud, swearing people right on top of us as they stumbled up and down 6th Ave.
It is unfortunate that the simple act of opening the windows ruined was was an otherwise pleasant evening. We also did not realize that--at least on Friday night--it seems to be much more of a bar than a restaurant. Maybe a weekday evening would be more suitable for those of us who prefer good food and conversation to noisy & smokey, but hey, we like to go out on weekends too!
They have instituted a policy of chargin ...
They have instituted a policy of charging an automatic service charge of 18% before tax on each bill. Not sure how that will work out for them since it is usually the customer's option to tip according to the level of service rendered. An 18% tip assumes a very good level of service. That does not always happen.
The restaurant was very sparsely populated the Saturday evening we were there. Maybe the new service charge is the reason. If they are trying to pay their help more to meet minimum wage requirements, I would rather see higher food prices and leave the tipping to the customer.
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