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Primal, Saskatoon, SK

Primal

4.7
4.7
696 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Please note that we offer a two hour seating. If you are requiring longer than this please contact the restaurant directly. We have high top and low top seating, groups of six or more are often assigned to high top seating, please let us know if you have any mobility issues which may prevent this being comfortable for you and your group

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 p.m.


Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (306) 974-8111

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Christie Peters and Kyle Michaels

  • Neighbourhood

    Saskatoon

  • Cross Street

    Avenue D

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 696 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MM

    MattM

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not a fan of pasta dishes usually but I have thought about that pasta non stop since we left. Went for a birthday celebration and the staff made us feel extra special and just made the occasion amazing .
  2. CS

    ChelseyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Primal knocks it out of the park every time. Fantastic food, drinks, and service.
  3. GU

    GURMANNATS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice Italian food and ambiance is pretty nice too
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Pasta. Unique flavors and ingredients. Greta staff. Very comfortable ambiance.
  5. C

    Celine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the food, the ambiance and everything. The house red was excellent.
  6. SS

    StacyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an excellent place for a celebration. My partner is already finding excuses to come back to try more of the menu. Dessert was perfect.
  7. L

    Linds

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A group of 5 of us in our 40’s had dinner last night to celebrate a birthday. We all loved it. The cocktails, the food, the lemoncello 10/10! The service was fantastic and the ambience was fun! Prob not the place to go for a quiet romantic dinner but a great place to go for a fantastic food and a really great night with friends! The pasta is beyond good, you can taste the passion 👌🏼
  8. H

    Hayseed

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly service, great food, wine selection will definitely be back. Only concern it does get noisy with a crowd
  9. DH

    DesmondH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I’ve never had such amazing tasting pasta in my life!! The appetizers were delicious Our server- Fraya(sp)? Was outstanding We will be repeating!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The server we had was amazing at her job.
  11. JH

    JulieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Top notch food & service and lovely restaurant design. Every table was booked, (early on a Wednesday evening) which is testament to this excellent restaurant, the only impact to this is that it does make for a noisy environment.
  12. CB

    CharlesB

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent!👌
  13. R

    Rose

    Saskatoon

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The spaghetti and meatballs is the best; it’s so flavourful. It is simple and delicious. Primal is always consistent in their food and the service is outstanding.
  14. JC

    JacklinC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing. Good food, good people good ambience.
  15. LA

    LeanneA

    Exclusive

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our whole experience was really good from start to finish. We had a reservation (highly recommend) so were seated quickly. Our server was very friendly and explained the menu to us. We ordered the bison carpaccio to start which was really delicate and flavorful. Our mains were very good as well. The lemon butter sauce on the black cod was exquiste and the olives in the puttanesca sauce was the perfect amount of brinyness. Well priced for the amount of food. We left full and sastified. Overall, we really enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend.
  16. JJ

    JaysonJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Amazing delicious food been twice now, Value of regular menu is worth it 100%. The that I had recently was not worth the money spent. Great place go again just stick to full dishes and not the 5 course
  17. MC

    MariC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing like always! Thanks for having us and making delicious meals and wine.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The spaghetti carbonara was most delightful and the service was great.
  19. HN

    HelenN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and good food. The bagna cauda with the pork was not traditional. I was expecting strong garlic or anchovies flavour but it was a mild salad dressing. I would recommend.
  20. KM

    KellyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our meal at Primal. Our server made great recommendations and the food, wine and desserts were all outstanding. Will definitely be returning!
  21. EL

    EdwardL

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly service. Great food.
  22. SR

    ScottR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All of us enjoyed our meals Highlights were the beet salad and the cod. Both had been recommended by friends Our waitress, Katie, was great We will return for sure
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great birthday supper at Primal! Enjoyed the oysters for something different, and had the fry bread as usual. Took our friends and it was their first time there. They loved the ambience and the food. Will be back again, and probably a few more times after that.
  24. C

    Cole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place has an intimate feel to it, the pasta is delicious so I had to get seconds.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    This was a good experience. The food was good (we had salads and pastas) but the super casual service, the table being sticky, and the disruptive noise level took away from what should have been a 5-star experience.
  26. EH

    EmilyH

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service, excellent food. No complaints. We’ll be back!
  27. DA

    DylanA

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant we encountered on our trip to Saskatoon. Great food, great ambience. Great place for a date.
  28. SK

    StobKent1

    Saskatoon

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, every mouthful was fantastic. There was lots of energy in the restaurant as well.
  29. TT

    TimT

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Second meal out in two nights at Canada's 100 Best winners in Saskatoon. Tasting menu left me wondering how many times would I go to Primal if I lived here. I wanted more Tagliatelle with the beef heart bolognese. Another budino would have been great too. Excellent experience.
  30. AL

    AllisonL

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No words to describe how perfect everything was. Food and wine you’ll never experience elsewhere. What a treat to have something this carefully curated and professionally carried out in Saskatoon. Every bite and sip was a dream.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    I had a great time at Primal. The food was unreal and I have never tasted anything like it. Truly poetry is growing in their garden. Definitely going to visit again soon!
  32. S

    Sask26

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went with my best friend and it was easily one of the best meals I’ve had in Saskatoon! Highly recommend the mushroom risotto and fry bread!
  33. SF

    SarahF

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food and great service! Very knowledgeable and friendly staff! We did say it was our anniversary in the reservation and nothing was mentioned after that but besides that it was all around awesome!
  34. HR

    HeatherR

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very happy with our dining experience at Primal. We all had the 5 course meal, every plate was delicious!
  35. TB

    TamaraB

    Manitoba

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic!! From cocktails to appetizers to pasta to dessert everything was super delicious.
  36. RN

    ReneeN

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal! Great staff!! All around a great restaurant. Highly recommend.
  37. RF

    RonF

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall1food3service4ambience1
    This is just a noisy bar. The ambience is nothing close to an Italian dining experience. The music is thrumming and loud. The decor is "primal" (pig sculls, train lanterns, imitation aboriginal artifacts, etc.) We had the worst carbonara ever. The pasta is starchy and flavorless. The wine menu is dramatically over-priced. This is really just a bar pretending to be an Italian restaurant. Having just returned from Italy, I would suggest that unless you are looking for an experience where you have to yell to have a conversation over drinks, I would avoid this place. This is not good value and not a pleasant experience...all for a fine dining price.
  38. P

    Pete

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For the price, I’ve never had a better meal! Unbelievable.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and amazing service!
  40. MC

    MeeshCG

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Atmosphere is bustling and on the louder side.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Primal does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Primal also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (306) 974-8111.

Primal is rated 4.7 stars by 696 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 p.m.


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for Primal

423 20th St W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0X3

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Avenue D

  • Neighbourhood

    Saskatoon

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Christie Peters and Kyle Michaels

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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