Primal

4.6
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140 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Please note that we offer a two hour seating. If you are requiring longer than this please contact the restaurant directly.

Def. - basic, fundamental, elemental, inherent

Creating time honoured Italian food & handmade pasta using Saskatchewan heritage grains & whole animal butchery.

For Catering information, please contact us directly at info@primalpasta.ca
What 140 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Eric
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my second time at primal, and it was just as good as the first. The food is amazing, and the staff staff are very friendly and accommodating. We were the only table on Monday night before they postponed service for the rest of the week, and we were treated very well - we were even given complimentary desert! Primal’s menu is handmade, sourced locally, and extremely good, so what more can you ask for?

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vipSatisfiedClient
Saskatoon
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, we were greeted at the door with a smile and led directly to our table. We always appreciate that the staff acknowledges us as frequent customers. The service was very attentive and they always make us feel like we are dining in our own home. The food was unbelievable and lived up to every expectation! Thanks for another excellent experience!!

JD
JamesD
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food. Loved the berry sangria. All of the portions are reasonable. Everyone enjoyed their meal. With the upcoming social distancing push, I am hoping the restaurant will offer takeout. It is a little noisy and could use some acoustic upgrades.

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Mrelly
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere with amazing food and wine. The Thursday pasta and wine deal can’t be beat. My favourite restaurant in the city.

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vipCWCalgary
Calgary
35 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

This is a nice restaurant in a reviving neighbourhood. Salad made from greens grown in the basement was very good. A cool surprise. I love agnolotti and gave the pork one a try. It came in a salty/porky broth, that was just OK, for the highish price.

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nochef
Saskatoon
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Dinner was nice (two dishes, pasta and pork plus desert), but our request to share was not handled properly, both dishes were served at the same time, wish gave us no time to enjoy each course separately, rather disappointing!

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Ford
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

The food was very flavorful. Ravioli was stuffed with maybe 1/2 tsp, not impressive. Husband was definitely hungry after. Cheesecake was to die for. The incense was overbearing. Felt like I was in church- hubby had a cold so it drove him nuts.
Glad we went, like to support local. But not sure if I would choose this place again. Maybe for dessert.

LG
LucilleG
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I take out of town guests to this restaurant often and every time the food/service is excellent!

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NickL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Appetizers were delicious (fried bread and chili garlic broccolini), mains were delicious (taglitele mushroom alfredo, and pork agnolotti), and service was great! Would definitely recommend. Atmosphere was cozy and quiet.

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johnk
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service and cool place. Highly recommend. Top 2 Pasta in saskatoon easily.

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ChrisE
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The house made pasta is excellent as is everything on the menu. We started the meal with salad, smoked olives, and fried bread. All were delicious. My husband had carbonara and I had the risotto. Though the risotto was a little sweet, both were perfect. We finished with the lemon pudding and tiramisu. Light and not too sweet. Excellent service, quiet ambiance, and a perfectly paced meal. We will definitely be back.

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Caitlan
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always fantastic!!!! Absolutely amazing food and wine. 11/10 every time

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience3

Counter seating should not be used for 2 person reservations. At a pub I can understand be jammed beside strangers but not for a $100 pasta meal.

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AustinL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simple and beautiful would go back again and again

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Meags
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic! Service was great and the food was exceptional!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Saskatoon
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always love going to Primal, I’ve never had a bad meal. The only issue is trying to narrow down your choice to one dish! No matter what, GET THE FRIED BREAD!

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RobertD
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

My wife had a hair in her food at my sons birthday dinner. She brought it to waitress attention in quiet way to not embarrass her or make a scene. Should not have been so nice and accepting...no acknowledgment from chef or any consideration on bill even though she could only eat half the meal.

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Kolbyb
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely, the chef's capture the exact essence of the name of the restaurant in their food. From the fact that they butcher their own animals or that they grow their own greens and make their own soaps, Primal speaks to what it means to keep things local and simple. An amazing dining experience with extremely knowledgeable staff that can answer any question you may have. My wife and I enjoyed our dining experience very much and the food and service was well worth the price tag!

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TamTam
Saskatoon
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We have always had wonderful service and great food here. Appetizers are a bit overpriced. Only consideration we would like to see is more typical Italian desserts like cannoli.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was delicious. Will definitely be back!

DH
DianeH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy our visits to Primal when in Saskatoon. Menu choices are excellent in creativity and variety. Food is usually excellently prepared however this past visit the ravioli was slightly undercooked making it more than chewy. Otherwise all was fantastic.

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Groversmallfry
Saskatoon
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was a flavour explosion. Everything we (5 guests) had was delicious. Oh the end of the meal treat, homemade chocolates that melt in your mouth.

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LeeF
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food with adequate portions. Our waitress was attentive and accommodating. The only downside is the pricey wine list.

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MaryanneL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have already recommended 'Primal' to friends. The food was really good and the portions were perfect. Nice size of establishment -- cannot beat simple decor. Thank you. We will see you again.

Maryanne & Terence

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ShirleyK
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was great! Service was good! Due to our age, the noise level made conversation a bit difficult. Will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing server!! He perfectly described menu items and the flavours we would experience. He was laid back and easy to chat with. The food was phenomenal too!! We had the rigatoni and the carrot top pesto spaghetti. By far the best pasta we’ve had in Saskatoon. Also the price was reasonable considering the service and the food we received. We will definitely be coming back!! :)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Saskatoon
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience3

We just came back from Calgary, Alberta and had enjoyed dining at Ten Foot Henry and Bridgette Bar. These are rated some of the best restaurants in Alberta, if not Canada. They to, serve family style dishes like Primal!

We wanted to continue our dive into family style dining and decided to try out Primal for New Years Eve. We had the set course. I find it odd that the set course is family style, yet each person is charged $65.00. That isn’t family style. Family style is sharing multiple plates and paying per plate. I suppose perhaps you are paying ‘per serving’ however it was incredibly overpriced.

We enjoyed the arugula salad, bread, and the pasta (ravioli oxtail and mushroom tagliatelle alfredo). It was great.

However the Prime Rib course with carrots, potatoes and kale was atrocious. The prime rib’s outer edge was overcooked as if it had been cooked cold to begin. The outer edge was also the only part properly seasoned. The rib roast clearly didn’t have enough salt or pepper to penetrate the large piece of meat. The inner part was bland and flavourless. The carrots were undercooked and again, flavourless. Although the plating doesn’t matter a whole lot, it just looked unappetizing and was not what either of us expected.

We would of had it sent back however as it was prime rib for an NYE set menu, we doubted that they would have anything ready to replace it. For a $200.00 bill, this was the most underwhelming experience I have ever endured.

The only upside to the entire experience was that the service was great and the pasta truly was very good.

Cheers.

FF
FranklyFrank
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Hit or miss, New Year’s Eve dinner started well but the main event was bland, not what I would expect for a $200+ dinner for two. Previous dinners were great, but this one fell flat.

MB
MelindaB
Saskatoon
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was impeccable, the wine was wonderful and the food exceptional.
Thank you helping make our evening great.

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aveart
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a fantastic place for authentic Italian food! The appetizers were delicious: bison carpaccio with pickled walnuts and fried artichokes... I could have eaten that all night! I don't think there is a bad item on this menu, try it all and enjoy!

DE
DarrenE
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The room was warm, the service quick and the meal was fantastic.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The server was super knowledgeable and helpful and the dish was delicious

BT
BradleyT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great Homemade Pasta! Delicious appetizers, but the pasta is what will keep me coming back for more. Great work!

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ReneeK
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely meals. Perfect attention from the waitress.

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DanielleD
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I attended for my birthday, and service was exceptional. Ambiance and food was even better. Love the staff there and the vibe. Thank you Primal!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Vibes was great, food was better! Lots of hip young ppl out for dinner in a Saturday night. Service staff knew the menu and offered great advice On food and cocktails. If noise bothers you..... find a different restaurant. I have nothing but great things to say and will be back.

EJ
123EJ
Saskatoon
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent!! We had the mushroom Alfredo tagliatelle and the rigatoni and both were fantastic! A bit dark in the restaurant but very quiet and great for conversation. Our sever was very helpful with the menu - lots of Italian words! Super reasonably priced - especially for the quality of food you are getting.

AB
AdamB
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, the food was delicious and the wine pairings were perfect.

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LeahK
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

The server was terrible she forgot drink orders and made others up. A forced gratuity of 20 percent when I have a terrible server is not my idea of a place worth going back to. A table of six should not be considered a difficult task. The food was ok but no so great that I was left thinking about having it ever again.

Primal
Responded on December 8, 2019

Hi Leah, On behalf of our team I want to apologize that we provided you with a negative experience. We generally pride ourselves on our service and I am disappointed that we did not live up to that standards that we strive for. I would like to offer you a gift certificate to return to visit another time which is also redeemable at our sister restaurant The Hollows if you would prefer to dine with us there. I will be in touch later this afternoon. Sincerely, Adrian Chappell General Manager

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CindyV
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was great! we all enjoyed our dishes and as usual had my favourite dessert house made spumoni ice cream ❤️

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