Il Porto
Il Porto

Il Porto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilportoristorante.com/
  • Phone: (703) 836-8833
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Campos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N.Lee
  • Public Transit: King Street Metro stop, about 16 blocks away from the restaurant. Free Trolley shuttle from King
    Street Metro to the restaurant
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available or there is a parking garage located right behind the restaurant on Lee Street. Colonial Parking $10.00 flat rate. Also there is a parking garage one block away from the restaurant on Fairfax Street. City Hall Parking Garage after 5:00 p.m. $2.00 flat rate.
A word from Il Porto
When you think Italian ...Think IL PORTO!! Old Town"s First Italian Restaurant in the Heart of
Old Town's Historic Seaport District. Serving Fine Italian Cuisine since 1973. IL PORTO features daily homemade pasta’s, fresh seafood, veal and chicken. Every single dish is cooked to order!
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Il Porto reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)romantic (39)special occasion (27)good for groups (20)fit for foodies (16)great for outdoor dining (8)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (4)great for brunch (4)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • food was mediocre, cheese
    davidVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    food was mediocre, cheese on my meal must have been melted hours before because it was hard and cold. soup was so bland it had little taste at all. it was a business dinner so sending back food would have disrupted the meal in case you were going to suggest this.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not So Good...
    Turn2food
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I went during restaurant week, and had a very dissatisfying experience. I know restaurants cook the special menu dishes in advance to accommodate large crowds, but everything was overcooked & tasted like it had been sitting all day. The calamari was heavily breaded, but had great flavor. It would have been better had it not been overcooked. The bread/butter was AMAZING! Salad was soggy and drenched in dressing. I can't remember the name of the dish, but it was 2 pastas w/ lobster, shrimp, scallops, crab? (Venezian -sp?). Again, another overcooked dish. I also had the tiramisu, which was still partially frozen on some layers, and overall did not taste that good. Low score due to the craziness of restaurant week. I'll give them another try.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food!
    AngusBaby
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Great atmosphere at the restaurant! Service was spot on and food specials are as good as regular menu items. Great Food!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fair.....but nice
    BoringVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Food was fair.....but nice romantic atmosphere. Chicken w artichokes as bold but only 3pieces of artichoke :(
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely setting for good meal
    DCfoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I ate there on a Saturday night. The noise level wasn't too bad given how much it filled up. A salad came too and I wouldn't have ordered the yummy antipasti if I'd known as the main course was a lot of food. I'd heard it was a seafood restaurant and enjoyed a seafood linguine but my companions ordered manicotti and veal and both were also pleased with their choices. I shared a chocolate dessert which was a true "delight". The setting is lovely, the service attentive. A very nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was mediocre. as my
    TomM
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Service was mediocre. as my water glass became empty many times. I was not drinking that night b/c I was DD. Waiters constantly reached across my seat instead of moving to other side of me to present of remove my plate.. Food was good but not as flavorful as I expected. The Chef's spcial , Veal, shrimp, crab, was rather bland.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fav stop in Old Town
    fsjr
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Il Porto is a long-standing favorite stop for my wife and I whenever we're in OT. Last couple of years we've taken another couple there for dinner to celebrate the wife's birthday. We esp. enjoy the upper level window seating overlooking King Street, particularly during the Christmas season. Traditional Italian menu with decent wine Dishes consistently well-prepared and presented, and service is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Business Luncheon
    WorthVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    With a beautiful fireplace next to us and outstanding Italian food and wine would could be nicer on a cold winter day. Excellent Service too. Looking forward to the next meal there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    It was busy on new years eve. but we were in no rush. Took a little while to get food, but that's not normal; been there at other occasions and it was fine. Better food and value then some other Italian places close and on the same block. Reservation was a must that eve.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent...expecting more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Went for dinner during the 2013 holiday season. The rest. was very full and my gf and I were seated in a very tight section where they fit 4 other couples. Not much room to move or even pull your chair back. Service was decent but we felt very rushed as it looked like they were trying to move us through the meal quickly due to the wait at the front door. Food was ok, mainly stuck to seafood: mussels, calamari, seafood pasta.
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  • Consistently Good
    JohnB
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Reservations for New Years Eve were not a problem. Service was very good and food preparation did not suffer as a result of near-100% table occupancy. Il Porto has been consistently very good over the 25+ years we have been dining there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old World Charm
    AliceNoVaVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I had lunch here with a friend on New Years Eve and it was wonderful! It was a glorious sunny day and our excellent waiter held a window table for us where we could people watch while we enjoyed a leisurely, delicious lunch. This restaurant is located right on King Street just a block or so away from the river in Old Town Alexandria -- right in the heart of all the action. It very much reminds me of an elegant little European restaurant -- with great location, great food and great service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Night
    gr8food
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Loved the menu and presentation, everything tasted gr8! And, also loved the atmosphere and staff. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Service was a
    Amanda
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Great food! Service was a little slow but would still go back
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch without pretensions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We dined for Christmas dinner with teens and grandma and everyone was very happy with their meals and the whole experience. The service was profession, the atmosphere full of energy and fun, and the food was top notch Italian.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Porto - a Little Jewel
    echannery
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Great restaurant, wonderful staff. We have been patrons of Il Porto since we relocated here almost 5 yrs. ago. If you like authentic Italian food, served with a flare and great service, I* highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visiting family were impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Since I was recovering from surgery my decision was to not try to shop or cook for Christmas....so I made Il Porto reservation. Neighbors who were in town were invited and all were happy with the meal, the atmosphere, and the decision. My parents have never gone out for Christmas dinner so this was a first for them and thankfully it was a good decision and a memorable Christmas dinn
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christmas meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    I went with my mom for Christmas dinner. Food was absolutely great. Service was very good. Took both recommendations from waiter and they were great. Very good Italian food and wine. Pretty inside. Good location adequate price Nice ambient
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't have a "Chef's Special"!
    Munch2
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    I've had several delicious dinners here so chose it as the place to take family for Christmas dinner. Service was great but the kitchen was my problem. We had 3 appetizers: 2 traditional antipasti and 1 broiled Portobello mushroom cap. Salads had to be served until the appetizers were ready. When they arrived the antipasti were great. The mushroom was in edible. My guests' Italian Sausage was excellent. I had the "Chef's Special" of stuffed chicken breast with risotto and julienned fresh vegetables. My order had no taste at all and the risotto was barely cooked. Money was wasted on the "Special". Il Porto's ambience and menu choices are reasons to go here, but I'll only order from the menu now.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not recommended
    Thomas
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Perhaps because of the crowd on Christmas afternoon, the tables were packed close together. the tables were small and the chairs uncomfortable. The bread and salad were good but the escargot and veal saltimbocca were very poor. They lacked seasoning and were tasteless. They need a chef or a "cook" who knows how to cook. We probably will not return.
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  • Christmas Lunch
    Amb1VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Once a year on Christmas Day Il Porto offers a very special meal, it is a chicken dish stuffed with shrimp and lobster. Believe me, it is outstanding. We make sure we have a meal on Christmas to partake in this special meal. Be sure to make reservations next Christmas. You will not be disappointed. Once again the food and service were outstanding.
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  • A holiday tradition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Every Christmas my husband enjoy walking at night through Old Town Alexandria and stopping off for a romantic dinner at Il Porto. We have never been disappointed. The ambience and the service are always top notch. Some years ago I had the manicotti and it was the best I ever tasted. This year I had seafood over pasta with white sauce - and the sauce was superb - especially with a nice bottle of Chianti. Dining at Il Porto is always a special treat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Christmas evenning
    springfieldmom
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We had a great meal and nice time relaxing before all the holiday craziness. Food is great and server was very good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Il Porto, an Old Town gem
    Orrt
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We have long loved Il Porto. One feels warmly welcomed and well taken care of, and the food and service always make for a good experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Met friends here. Good ambience.
    jzzerbabe
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Met friends here. Good ambience. Wine good, quiet enough for conversation. Food was good. I had the salmon and my friends had different dishes and they were all pleased with their choices. Staff was attentive and did not rush us once we finished eating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch is the historic Alexandria
    Amb1VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Il Porto is one block from the water in Old Town Alexandria. It is in a great location. After your meal, you can walk around the city. The food is outstanding. For lunch, we had the salmon. It was done just right. The service was wonderful. We like everything about Il Porto. We will be back soon. You should try it. You won't be sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seated near the kichen UGH !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Friday nite and the place was almost empty. Took our party of 3 to the worst table in the place. Next to the kitchen. Back door must've been open. Cold draft and had the step railing poking into my back. Wait staff very good. Food a little on the salty side. Make great cocktails. I will go back but will be more assertive about my seating assignment.No other parties come in before we left.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place.
    Kenny
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    This was our first time at Il Porto. It was perfect. My wife and I enjoyed everything about the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    TomRycVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We really enjoy the food at this location. Everything is always excellent. We have come here with both friends and family. Servers are very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Nautica12
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We love visiting Il Porto whenever we are in Frederick. The food is absolutely mouthwatering and the staff are extremely pleasant and very attentive. Highly recommend and we will be returning.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Great food and atmosphere. Usually very picky about Italian food, and I would say it is hands down the best I've had. It was very conducive for meeting with an out-of-town business contact, who was also very pleased with the pick. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    Amb1VIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Enjoyed our lunch. The food and service are outstanding. The price is also right. We will be back.
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  • Nice choice...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    I picked this restaurant to meet out if town friends. I've dined here in the past, but had forgotten just how good the food and service was. My friends were very impressed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have been to Il Porto several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    I have been to Il Porto several times and it's always a winner. Excellent food and service and great housemade desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice little gem in Old City
    HungryFamily
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Last minute dinner with friends - open table to the rescue. So glad that this restaurant had a table for four when we wanted to dine. Enjoyed the food and wine and our waiter was attentive, knowledgeable and funny. Would definitely return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Pasta
    Kathie
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    A solid, good restaurant in Old Town--our party of 6 enjoyed all the meals -- the raviolini w/beef was excellent and the red sauce very flavorful. The restaurant also serves whole wheat spaghetti -- you just need to ask for it. All entrees came with a dinner salad -- it was OK…too much salad dressing. I would recommend ordering the salad dressing on the side.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good meal, reasonably priced,
    Eatsinot
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    A good meal, reasonably priced, reservations usually not required. Pleasant dining areas, prefer upstairs.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Might Re-think Next Time
    Kathryn
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    It was VERY expensive for what you're getting. A friend and I went for a nice Italian meal. We were sat at a tiny wobbly table against a wall. We looked around to see if we could be moved to another table, but all of the tables appeared the same. The prices were very high for what we got. I got a chicken marsala dish, which was tasty, but very small and still expensive. My friend got the chicken Parmesan. It did not come with pasta, and they charged for $4 for a small side of spaghetti. The bread was tasty, but all in all it was a little over budget for what we received.
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  • Gracious Italian food in Alexandria
    Doc4U
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    We were part of a group that attended the November AMA meeting at the Gaylord in Fort Washington, MD. We could not find a place to eat onsite with a large group and decided to take a river taxi to Alexandria. Glad we did and based on staff recommendations went to Il Porto and everything was at the least very good. From service, food, ambiance and hospitality, the staff meet and in some cases exceeded our expectations.
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    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaraunt
    Alexandriavisitor
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    This place is my wife's favorite Italian restaraunt in Northern, VA. The handmade pasta and friendly service make this place somewhere we always come back too.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate