Primo Italian American Cuisine

4.5
784 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Winner of 2016, 2017, 2018 Best Steakhouse, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Seafood Restaurant Best Martini, Best Romantic Restaurant, Best Unique Salad, Best Vegetarian Cuisine, Best Place to Dance, and Best Venue for Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties. Winner of 2016 Best New Restaurant.
Primo sure does live up to it's name!

PRIMO(meaning “The Best” in Italian) is our interpretation of the marriage of a classic American steakhouse and a signature Italian restaurant.

Replete with soaring ceilings, Italian marble, and custom furniture, PRIMO's grand and dramatic dining instantly sets a luxurious yet comfortable tone. The atmosphere is rivaled only by the menu, which is composed of both Prime and Grass Fed steaks, chops, and classic Italian dishes inspired by the vast regions of Italy. PRIMO's menu is both familiar and sophisticated, and complimented perfectly by our 100+ bottle wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Steakhouse, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: from 11am-4pm every day.

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday; 4:00pm - 1:00am,
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
Happy Hour Menu Available: 11am-6pm Monday-Friday
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Phone number
(847) 336-3446
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Celebrity Chef Rich Mancini of Beat Bobby Flay, Finalist on Hells Kitchen, WInner of Chopped, WInner of Chef Most Wanted, Winner of Cut Throat Kitchen
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Private party facilities
PRIMO is a sprawling, multi-room restaurant designed for large & small crowds and appetites. Private rooms are available for groups of up to 10-150. The restaurant is available for buy-out functions and can accommodate up to 500 guests.

Barrel Room- Just inside the PRIMO Grand Entryway, this one of a kind space is the perfect venue for large events or intimate social gatherings. This private space holds 35-80 people comfortably. *Handicap accessible

Board Room - Tucked away from PRIMO’s sprawling dining room, the Board Room is the optimal space for your corporate meetings and smaller gatherings. This private space holds 10-30 people comfortably. *Handicap accessible

Bordeaux Room - Located on PRIMO’s lower level, the Bordeaux Room is the ideal venue for a grand private event. Complete with a private bar and restrooms, this stunning space accommodates 50-150 people.
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Private party contact
Paul Martens: (847) 336-3166
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Catering
We can customize a menu for you, pending notice and availability, in addition to our Banquet menu. We offer options to make your event unique and most importantly, easy for you to enjoy.

Services include, but are not limited to: •Pick-up •Delivery •Set-Up •Tear down •Butler Service •On-site Live Preparation •Service staff •Bartenders •DJ •Sound •Lighting/Audio Visual •Event Design
•Event Coordination •Day of and/or From start to finish •Wedding Planning
•Graphic Design •Printing •PR/Marketing

Contact:
Nicole Khayat (nicole@khayatenterprises.com)
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grand Ave.
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Public transit
Libertyville and Grayslake Train Stations. Grand Avenue Bus stop.
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Entertainment
The entertainment will include variety of local and national acts including, but not limited to, acoustic acts, instrumentals, djs.
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Special events & promotions
Specials:
1/2 Price Appetizers from 3-6pm (at the bar)

Daily Drink Specials- Available all day:
Monday- $5 Call Matinis
Tuesday- $3 Primo Lager, $6 House Wine
Wednesday- 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine (wines offered By-The-Glass)
Thursday- $6 Smoking Sangria
Friday- $6 Prosecco Spilts, $25 Prosecco Buckets
Saturday- $6 Kettle One Mixed Drinks
Sunday- $10 Bloody Mary & Slider Combo and $5 Local Drafts

Saturday Night Live: Sip on our Signature Cocktail, the Smoking Sangria while listening to incredible Live Entertainment from 8pm - 11pm.

Visit www.primogurnee.com/news-events or Join our Diners Club to gain coupons and have the events sent directly to your mobile device. .

Follow Us for announcements and specials:
Facebook.com/PrimoGurnee
Twitter: @PrimoGurnee @fancynikki
Instagram: PrimoGurnee & FancyNikki
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 784 People Are Saying
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JD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wife and I recently dined here for the first time and had a fantastic experience. The ambiance was perfect for a romantic date night. We sat in a corner booth that was private and cozy. Our server was attentive and friendly, happily giving her opinion of some of the items on the menu we were considering. We started with Bruschetta which was heavy garlic but I like that so delicious. For dinner we split a Caesar salad which they mix and the table and I ordered the red pepper ravioli. Everything was fresh and pleasant while being a satisfying, tasteful amount of food. For dessert we split a wonderful piece of cheesecake. The total was an excellent deal for the quality of the food and service. People are sleeping on this place. Winter is a great time of year to have some Italian comfort food!

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PP
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our go to place for special occasions. Marco is always our choice for service. Excellent evening. Plus Becky and Aubrey always take care of us at the bar.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was fantastic but service could have been better. Had to ask 3 times for refill on iced tea, server served 1 guest in our party the soup when it was as mentioned that that guest didn’t want any. Server read back order and repeated it back incorrect even though the guest had just ordered it. Guest ordered augratin potatoes and server said back broccoli. Another guest asked for only cheese and bacon on his American burger and got neither on his burger.

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d
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, excellent service -- highly recommend!

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KK
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed eating at Primo. Went there the first time this week and found the food and service extraordinary. The food was delicious and serving portions just right. Zachary, our waiter was spectacular. All the staff were on top of things making sure we had everything we needed. I would totally recommend Primo to anyone looking for excellent food, great service, romantic ambiance and a well made French Martini.

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BB
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delightful dinner. Nice wine (Super Tuscan), great food, wonderful service.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The ambience is fabulous but the fact they they are constantly out of either food or wine is starting to get annoying. We have never been there once and we have been there at least 6-8 times when they haven’t been out of something or several things and more then once, the bottles of wine we choose. Have a smaller wine menu but stock the wine you offer. Also, on a Tuesday at 7:00pm, you shouldn’t be out of a dish, especially a special. We keep coming back because of the ambiance but I am getting tired of the same old thing. This needs to be fixed!!

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AH
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Primo is always great. My husband and I come here once a week (at least ) because of the great experience. Service is personal, knowledgeable and makes every trip a good one. Marco, Ryan and Tanner are all such good servers. You can not go wrong with any of the specus

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R
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice people at a very reasonable price!

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CP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Disappointed and expected more than just average Italian fare.

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AH
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Primo always makes it a special night out. Food is fantastic. I have been coming here for several yrs, tried everything on the menu. No disappointments. GREAT personal service . Love Ryan, Marco and Tanner

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M
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food. We took friends visiting from Miami, and they enjoyed their meals.

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m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ryan, our server for the evening, is the best waiter/server my wife and I have had in many, many years. There have been good ones in the past. but we rate Ryan the BEST!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Very romantic. Great service. We ordered the wafts meatball for appetizer, i ordered the spicy fruita de Mar and my boyfriend ordered the chicken Parmesan. We also ordered the sangria and grimlet for drinks. He was very impressed with the grimlet(vodka substitute) it’s his new favorite drink. 5 stars! I’d definitely come back.

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C
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and food/service was excellent!

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J
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service and super cute atmosphere. Cocktails were great. Food was just Ok.

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KH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. Love this place.

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LH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Server was attentive without being annoying. Ambiance is great. This is rapidly becoming one of my ten top restaurants. Prices are reasonable.

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TP
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! The wait staff was very knowledgeable and made our dining experience top notch. We will be dining there again.

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AG
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service at this restaurant was extremely slow. Waiter kept telling us soon. We had to ask many times for refill of everything, from bread to salads.

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CT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for dinner and cocktails. Service and food are both outstanding and it is a good value as well. Atmosphere is upscale and so is the experience. Worth adding to your list of restaurants you want to try!

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AH
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a wonderful meal And great service. Specials are usually unique and tasty. Marco can pair a wine for you

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PP
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our filet was over done but our server Marko took care to get us one perfectly cooked. Everything else was perfect This is our go to spot for special occasions

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch at Primo is great. Highly recommended.

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BK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous all the way around. Very attentive waiter and staff. Food was exceptional. A little louder than we cared for but it didn't spoil the evening.

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BM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

It was very disappointing. Three at our table had pasta dishes that were undercooked.

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GW
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I should have taken a hint from the empty parking lot. When they started serving brunch, they used to be full and food and service were good. Now, service was mediocre ( and I am being generous) and food was bad. They also took off all desserts, like cookies, cake or brownies, and they bring to your table a 15 cent strawberry chocolate covered, a cannoli and a bun, like those you get in a pack at supermarket. Do not even get me started on the prime rib. Never again!

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K
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wait staff, and management, was extremely attentive to all requests. Our waiter Ryan, was superb and went beyond our expectations for service to make our dinner very enjoyable. Based on our experience we would join the wine club and plan our next dinner at Primo.

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IZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our absolute favorite restaurant! Our regular waiter even has our order down pat! The food is amazing, the atmosphere is gorgeous, you really can’t go wrong!

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J
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absoltely love the chopped salad. Marco is also my favorite server. If you come in ask for him!

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JL
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time here. The service was great, the food was super, and the decor is lovely. The staff is very attentive. Nice size portions, you don't feel stuffed when you are done. The cake is definitely shareable. It is ginormous. We will be back again. My only complaint is that I wish the carrot cake had a sea salt caramel not a super sweet caramel....

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JB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great! The artichoke dip and tortellini in vodka sauce was delish.

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w
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Surprisingly mediocre given all of the awards and accolades. Couple of bright spots: tableside Caesar Salad was great as was the wine. Braised Lamb with Pappardelle pasta - lamb was average; pasta was a fail (thick and stuck together). Red Sauce made the dish heavy.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good choices on menu, good prices and friendly service.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had to hunt down the waiter to get service a few times.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Servers Andrew was awesome! Desserts were amazing.

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TH
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been in the area for about a year and this was our first time to Primo. It did not disappoint! We absolutely loved it and can't wait to return. The lasagna and ravioli were amazing as was the service and ambiance. Great local find!

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R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! Had the best steak in my life!! The service is outstanding. Would always come back

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M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Not as good as it was the first year they opened. The food is just not the same.

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DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very well staffed, great service all around. Appetizers were amazing. The entrees were a B but everything else gets an A. Will definitely return.

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