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Primal, Saskatoon, SK

Primal

4.8
4.8
748 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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 20 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 748 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. TM

    TerryM

    Saskatoon

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our 2nd visit and it didn't disappoint. The service was perfect and the food is truly Italian. No offers of black pepper or Parmesan - the food doesn't need it. Will definitely visit again.
  2. KM

    KateM

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My mom and I decided to dine at Primal last night. It was -30 and frigid, but wow Primal was a cozy, warm and inviting atmosphere with the city’s best comfort food. I heard Primal was the best place in the city for a Negroni (Italian cocktail with Campari) and it didn’t disappoint. It was my first Negroni and it made me want to curl up in front of a fire place and sip on this festive flavoured aperitif. We had the bone marrow to start, it was to die for. Our server even brought me a “doggy bag” to bring the bones home for my dog. My mom had the arrabiata pasta with scallops and prawns. The tomato flavor was incredible and the pasta was VERY spicy, when we mentioned this to our server he was happy to have the kitchen toss the pasta in tomato sauce to tone down the heat. We had the toned down version in front of us within 1-2 minutes which was incredible. The kitchen even replated it for us so it came out looking beautiful. I had the spaghetti carbonara! Talk about comfort food! This carbonara has flavourful but not overbearing pancetta and a slow egg (poached soft) on top that you crack over the pasta and the yolk runs through the hot pile of pasta creating an incredibly creamy textured sauce. I basically licked the plate clean. Our server had the perfect wine pairing for me as I wanted a glass of red (I find it cozy and comforting in the winter) but not many reds compliment carbonara very well. He recommended a red from Piedmont, Italy that pair very nicely with pork. We rounded off our palates with their homemade chocolate truffles (drool!) the truffles were rich, small bites bursting with dark chocolate. I love this restaurant, it is so easy to support local when we have such amazing gems like Primal.
  3. B

    Bakery

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food, very cool vibe! Will come back again for sure!
  4. S

    Staycation

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Primal was good Max our waiter was awesome. Anyone going ask for Max. Food was very good but sit away from front door as when cold out draft coming is cool. Overall Max made this a great night.
  5. RW

    RhianW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding. We are always taken care of and have no complaints about the food or service. Highly recommend!
  6. MS

    MaurisaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Spaghetti Pomodoro which tastes like a margherita pizza. We also had the Spaghetti Carbonara which had a peppery creamy sauce! Overall, great food! The service was great!
  7. HS

    HannahS

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved dining at Primal, highly recommend the 5 course tasting. Was such a great value and we got to try lots of things on the menu! Our server was excellent and attentive.
  8. RT

    RebeccaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything tasted fantastic, but I wish the portion size for my stuffed pasta was a little bigger. Other than that, a great experience!
  9. S

    Sydney

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, unique tasting food. Great wine pairing. Wonderful service
  10. VB

    VictoriaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service by nenagh! The food was beyond incredible. Cozy little spot for incredible dining.
  11. SR

    StephanieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress we had was wonderful. The pasta I had was absolutely amazing and fair price for the amount. The deserts were absolutely delicious. I had the Butterscotch desert and my husband had the chocolate torte. Highly recommend.
  12. DD

    DonnaD

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Delicious food, excellent service! Cold when sitting by door with it opening for delivery drivers. Pricey.....
  13. BR

    BrendanR

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was perfect and very flavorful. The plates we were served made it worth all the time and effort the staff would of likely put into every dish! I would definitely recommended Primal to anyone.
  14. CW

    CollinW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I food quality and wine selection was very good. Our server was amazing and I enjoyed the quiet intimate atmosphere. It was a great experience!
  15. JM

    JillM

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food, with spectacular presentation. I've been to Primal twice now and both times it was excellent. Highly recommended.
  16. JT

    JT89

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious handmade pasta! The oysters were amazing as well!
  17. P

    Pizzafan

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, drinks, service and ambience. The server was able to recommend lovely wines that paired well with the foods we ordered. Great night out with friends!
  18. LW

    LaneW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Primal is an excellent choice for a night out. The wine selection is great and the atmosphere was perfect. The fried bread we had to start was excellent. The Spaghetti and Meatballs were delicious. I wish it had been served with more spaghetti as I was left with lots of tomato sauce on my plate.
  19. SS

    SusanS

    Saskatoon

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are always amazing! I very much enjoy it here and have never been disappointed!
  20. ML

    MarciaL

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience with exceptional food & staff who easily managed our large group while remaining conscientious of the time we had available to dine that evening.
  21. B

    Brad

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for a quiet evening with that special someone, family and/or friends.
  22. JK

    JamesK

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous evening. Had Max as our server and he did an incredible job. Paired our wine perfectly. The bone marrow was fantastic.
  23. J

    Jess

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding and our server was excellent!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visiting the restaurant with friends. Very attentive and friendly staff, food and overall experience was great!
  25. PC

    PattiC

    Saskatoon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant to dine at in Saskatoon. Food is always delicious and well presented. Staff efficient and friendly. I would highly recommend a dining experience at Primal.
  26. SV

    SteV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Pasta was savoured mmm mmm. Cheese cake was delicious. Bone marrow...well..could have been more marrow. Love my marrow. If it is Italian themed...why not Italian music. Just a thought. Overall..I will definitely make this one of my main destinations. The ravioli is extremely good.
  27. A

    Adamw

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and the best food in Saskatoon in my opinion
  28. A

    Alexis

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and drinks! The best Alfredo and risotto we’ve ever had!
  29. K

    Kailie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience at Primal. Our waitress was extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Food was amazing, atmosphere was amazing. Highly suggest the oysters!! Looking forward to visiting again soon!
  30. GW

    GerWens

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. We ordered appetizers and a main each. The bone marrow and toast was excellent and a must for first timers. The Main's portion was good and the taste matched the lovely presentation. The ambiance was very lively and spirited. Our server was very attentive , our glasses were always full and our food served hot, he even had the kitchen prepare a dish sans an ingredient to avoid an allergy. Overall well worth the visit, I will be back!
  31. RS

    RobS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing as per usual. Excellent.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We were celebrating our anniversary as the kids were with the grandparents for the weekend! We had never been here before but heard amazing things! It definitely lives up the the hype! The food was amazing. Homemade pasta with locally sourced & butchered meat. Nothing can beat that!!
  33. B

    Bernie1978

    Montreal

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the 5 course tasting menu and were very happy about the food. A bit too load for our taste, but very good service!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was amazing as usual.. best restaurant in Saskatoon! it was a bit cold though!
  35. p

    patrickb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was superb just a little loud when trying to make conversation because it was very busy 😃
  36. m

    markg

    Manitoba

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful wedding anniversary celebration. The food and ambiance was great as usual. This is our favourite place to celebrate a special occasion.
  37. JB

    JB17

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant in Saskatoon for pasta. Our first time there enjoyed everything we ordered. The fresh vegetables and herbs brought life to all the dishes. Highly recommend for a splurge on a date night.
  38. ES

    EvaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The fact that you always need to reserve a table gives the impression that it should be outstanding and fancier than other restaurants. However, we didn't feel that spark. The light is so dimmed. Nevertheless, the ambiance was good. The waitress was so friendly and handled a little accident quite nicely. The food was fresh but not as awesome as we expected. The wine was below average. We don't regret the experience, It was nice overall. Still, don't think we'll consider going again any time soon.
  39. OB

    OliviaB

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Carbonara was SO good, highly recommend this place for a girls night or date night!
  40. MC

    MCM1900

    Saskatoon

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Primal remains the number one meal in the province. Fry bread. Beet salad. Pasta. Cheesecake. Chocolate truffles. Excellent house wines and spiked tea. Always satisfied.

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 4.8 stars by 748 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 20 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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