About Primo Grill
Tacoma, WA 98406
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
Service is just not coordinated well. T ...
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 :
- 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.
- 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 se ...
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.
Along with Basilico in Olympia, our go-t ...
Along with Basilico in Olympia, our go-to place when we want something a little nicer than one of the local greasy spoons. The food is always good, and the service is good. One of our usual party has some serious dietary limitations, but they've always been able to provide some good for her. Parking situation leaves a bit to be desired, but you can't have everything.
I always enjoy Primo Grill for fresh, lo ...
I always enjoy Primo Grill for fresh, local ingredients used in delicious preparations. The menu features a few new offerings every time I go. I can always find something good on the wine list though that is not why I would recommend the place. Service is always great except when the place is too busy (in which case it is still good), the ambiance is pleasant and happy, and the food never disappoints.
Never once have I been disappointed with ...
Never once have I been disappointed with my meal/seat/overall experience at Primo Grill. One of Tacoma's absolute bests! Locally sourced, altruistic, close-by, DELICIOUS! (if I had an ounce of complaint for our visit Thurs 1/12/17, it would have been the uneasy dinner music. Perfect for a bar, which of course, there is one, but a bit 80's frenetic for dining. It wasn't too loud though so I didn't mention it)
The food was perfectly prepared. My wife ...
The food was perfectly prepared. My wife and I enjoyed the whole experience from the appetizer to the main course. I had the Ribeye "amazing" she had the pumpkin ravioli also amazing. The atmosphere was quite and intimate very nice. Thank you Primo Grill we will be back.
What a great find! We ate here for the f ...
What a great find! We ate here for the first time Friday. We ordered too much good because we wanted to try so many things. Everything was delicious! The brussel sprouts were everyone's favorite! Our waiter was fantastic as well. Definitely will be going back!
I've dined at Primo Grill more than a do ...
I've dined at Primo Grill more than a dozen times. This occasion was New Year's Eve, which I know can be stressful for a restaurant's staff, but the pathetic service and mediocre food didn't satisfy my modified expectations.
To begin, the server who I'd never seen before took our cocktail and wine order at the same time. He then brought the wine and the first course before the cocktails. He appeared annoyed when I told him to cancel the cocktail order.
After opening the wine ($59 Gigondas), he immediately filled both glasses and walked away. No presentation of the bottle and no opportunity to taste the wine. Fortunately, the wine was not corked.
I ordered a medium rare steak and it was served medium to well-done. When I mentioned that to the server he shrugged and walked away.
Probably the most irritating part of the evening was a sense that the staff wanted to leave by 10p. We were asked four times, if we wanted a box so we could take our unfinished food home. After the fourth time, I finally told the server to give us 10 more minutes before coming back. Due to the number of empty tables when we left, they did not have a 10p seating.
I support that Primo Grill adds an automatic 18% gratuity to the check, but in this case I would have adjusted the gratuity downward if given an opportunity.
After all these years, it great to see t ...
After all these years, it great to see that Charlie and Jaqueline still have Primo in Primo shape with great food and drinks and a professional staff that really knows what they are doing. The food was very tasty and even though we just shared some apps and pasta, it was a great diversity of flavors and since we finished off with some sticky toffee and a spicy flan, we were completely full and satiated. An excellent meal, and I'm glad they are in our neighborhood.
My Wife, son and I went to celebrate her ...
My Wife, son and I went to celebrate her birthday. When we sat down I mentioned that to our server and then again when she ordered a bottle of champagne. He came back 15 minutes later and said they were out. No other suggestions, check the list only the eighty two dollar a bottle. (No to that and not what she wanted) We ordered cocktails. Then he came back later and said she could order a small bottle that is usually served at brunch or something. She had that. When it came time for dessert no mention of her birthday or an offering of anything for her. Ok not required by primo , but generally on someone's birthday most places from the highest to the lowest price do something. He never acknowledged her occasion. I thought the minimum wage went up. Really and a minimum tip of 18% . Been to primo with large groups before, not sure why some places think they are doing you a favor by mandating huge tips and service usually lacks.
There are lots of places to dine in Tacoma. I would think places would be grateful for the business. I have a business of my own and I do some extras for customer relations. Which generally lead to repeats and referrals.
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.
Overseas visitors. Previously dined at t ...
Overseas visitors. Previously dined at the former Primo Grill and enjoyed so travelled some distance to try the current location.
We were not disappointed. Made to feel very welcome and would certainly return if visiting the area again.
Thanks to all the very friendly staff who sent us on our way feeling very satisfied.
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.
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