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
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.
Ok - to be fair, I'm a fan. Yet again, I ...
Ok - to be fair, I'm a fan. Yet again, I found Primo as wonderful as always. Service great, food creatively and deliciously prepared, sustainable sources (my dinner companion asked the tough questions) and beautifully prepared. This place is a gem...and we have it in Tacoma (not much time on I-5 for us). Can't say enough about Charlie and Jacqueline and their staff. Go there - enjoy!
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!
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