Primitivo

(310) 396-5353 | View Website

1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA | Directions   90291

33.992151 -118.471690

Open Hours

Brunch: Sat, Sun 11am - 3pm; Dinner: Sun, 4pm - close; Mon - Sat, 5:30pm - close

 
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Tags: Date Spot, Family Style Dining, Group Dining, Online Reservations, Outdoor Dining, People Watching

Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Payment Methods: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: West LA, Venice

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Menu
Patatas Bravas, Sauteed Tiger Shrimp, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Croquetas de Jamon, Grilled Shrimp Salad, Pan Seared Skuna Bay Salmon Salad, Winter Radicchio Salad, Primitivo Caesar, Seasonal Vegetable Breakfast Frittata, Polenta & Poached Egg... more

Reviews for Primitivo

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

perfect atmosphere – It is a quaint atmosphere which is usually quite crowded, but there's a reason. The wine list is amazing, and the tapas are great. It's a wonderful place to meet some girlfriends for dinner, talk business over a glass of wine, or have a romantic date.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great atmosphere, delicious food. – Went to dinner here with my boyfriend and we both enjoyed everything ... the sangria, the lamb and shrimp were excellent. We also had the spinach salad with strawberries which was also wonderful. This place tends to get crowded, so reservations are recommended. Our waitress Amber was great - very helpful and great food recommendations. We will come back for many more dinners. Don't forget to check out their great happy hours deals too.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Please Bring Back the PRIX FIXED LUNCH! – I love your restaurant! I especially loved the Prix fixed lunch you used to offer. It was my favorite lunch option around. Please bring it back. It was so much fun to get a little bit of many things at great deal. I look forward to seeing it come back in the near future.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

LOve – By far one of my favorites! Beautiful food and wine list, and the service is always superb! I love this restaurant! Very romantic as well

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great Sangria – Primitivo's tapas are great and the pitchers of Sangria keeps the fun coming. I prefer on their outside patio in the back, as it's a lot more quiet and less crowded that the main restaurant. It gets really crowded on weekends, so definately make reservations.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Sangria and Tapas – One of the things I found most intriguing about Primitivo was the adaptable atmosphere that lended itself to either a romantic dinner by candlelight or a fun, friendly meal made feasible by the colored pencils and paper tablecloth. I made a reservation for 7:30 and was seated immediately in the little patio in the back garden, which definitely seemed more quaint and airy compared to the bustling indoor dining room. If you are one to typically watch carbs, this is definitely not the place to skip on the bread basket. The aioli sauce and olive tapanade that was served alongside the fresh sourdough bread is not to be missed. Between the two of us, we ordered four small dishes, three of which were incredible. The caesar salad, though creative in the way that they sauted the lettuce, was low on flavor and lacked the crispy texture of a typical salad. Everything else, including the refreshing citrus ceviche, the calamari and the steak that lay atop a bed of crunchy pomme fritte in an aged balsamic reduction was perfection. As a nice complement to the meal, order the sangria, which has just the right amount of fruity flavor yet doesn't overwhelm the taste of the actual wine.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

wonderful food, wine, service, night out!!!!! – I love going out to eat, and I really love going to Primitivo Wine Bistro. The staff is fantastic, everyone from the hostess to the food runners. My wife and I love to have our friends meet us there for some great wine and delicious food. I love the steak and fries and the paella with mussles chorizo and chicken. My wife who is a vegetarian can't get enough of grilled romaine salad and her new favorite asparagus risotto. They also have some great wines that won't break the bank. I suggest some South American reds!!!!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Wonderful Desserts & food + service – I come to Primitivo almost once every month and i have never had a problem with the food or service , it has wonderful tasty food for a price that won't make your wallet cringe and the wait staff are always attentive,always have a good attitude and are nice. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys great food , great wine selections and a wonderful atmosphere. I've read most of the reviews on this page and just think that some reviews ( mostly the bad ones) are a bit exagerated and well don't always believe what you hear so for you to judge the place yourself , you'll just have to come and visit the restaurant yourself .

I rate this restaurant an A+

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Terrible service at Primitivo - den of thieves! – So, I went to Primitivo last Saturday for my wife's birthday, there were 10 of us. We brought a Cold Stone ice cream cake with kit kats on top and gave it to the waiter (who notified us of a cake cutting fee of "a few dollars per person").

He brings the cake out after the meal, my wife puts out the candles, and then it got very weird. When he comes back with the slices there are no kit kats. So after we finish our slices I asked him to bring out the rest of the cake for us to polish off.

The cake shows up . . . no kit kats. I ask "where'd all the kit kats go", to which he kind of grins and says "Uh, that I cannot say."

Basically, someone ate all the kit kats, which I think is extremely trashy. Especially for a place that charges a cutting fee. But it gets better. I stare him down a la Larry David, and he says "Well, I gave a piece to the cake cutter, but I don't know that anyone ate the toppings." So basically, it's ok at Primitivo to charge customers to cut their cake, then steal part of said cake, including all the toppings.

It gets worse. He comes back and offers to remove the fee, which I thank him for, but I figure the manager should know that the staff is eating people's food and ask to speak with him. He comes out and demands to speak with me away from the dining room. I begin to explain the situation to him, and he interrupts with this zinger: "Listen buddy, I don't know how much you've had to drink but you need to tone down your attitude real fast."

At this point I just stare at him. He asks if I've ever worked in a restaurant, to which I respond "What does that have to do with anything?" Straight out of middle school, he asks again and demands an answer. I say no, and he says "Well, if you did you'd know that the cutter always takes a piece for himself, and I don't know anything about any toppings being missing." Real classy.

I don't think I've ever had such poor service anywhere.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great food and setting for not much out of the walet – This is a great place to have a romantic dinner, family event, or chill evening with friends. You must sit on the padio! It is so beautiful and it transports you to a different world. You will feel like you have left LA and are dinning in a remote village with great food.

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Won for:
Small Plates (2008)
Wine Bar (2008)
Nominations Nominated for:
Small Plates (2009)
Wine List (2009)
Wine Bar (2006)
Small Plates (2005)
Wine Bar (2005)
Wine List (2005)
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