Il Porto
Il Porto

Il Porto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilportoristorante.com/
  • Phone: 7038368833x
  • 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
70 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (38)neighborhood gem (35)special occasion (24)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (14)great for outdoor dining (12)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (6)scenic view (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great Find
    BoomerVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Yes, it's in a historic and tourist area, but the food and service are surprisingly good! The atmosphere and historic history is excellent. We live in Old Town and enjoy dinning here very much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Town Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Top notch menu offering excellent Italian dishes. A beautiful setting, hardwood and brick interior, with a fireplace and great lighting. Great view of King Street to observe the nightlife. Good food, great prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Revisiting an old friend
    SouthCarolinaCouple
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We always enjoyed Il Porto in the '80's. We were in town this past week-end for a family reunion & my husband & I needed an evening meal after the big gathering. We both said, "Il Porto!" We made the reservation on the Smart Phone & it was on the money when we arrived. We were seated @ a "Starlight Table" as we were able to see all the comings & goings in the dining room. My husband had the escargot,bubbling hot, garlicy, & buttery with lovely Italian bread for dipping. The house salad was tasty v & o dressing. I had the veal picatta, lovely, a nice lemony-caper sauce. I had a side of beef ravioli in red sauce which was, by far, the best I have ever eaten! The linguini & calms in the white wine sauce was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Italian Restaurant
    BGDC
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We took my visiting mother and grandmother to Il Porto, I must say my grandmother is very difficult to please. They were both blown away with with the quality of food. Both claiming it was the best Italian restaurant they have had (they are italian cuisine foodies). Great food, nice experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RS
    discerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My fiance and I frequently go to Il Porto and are never disappointed. the food is always delicious and the service so charming. it is cozy and relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jules
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had a small company gathering of 14 people and eveyone agreed that the food and service was great. Only complaint was where we sat there was another large party right behind us and it seemed the two parties were competeing in conversations. And the area we were was a bit tight for two large parties. This is normal for me, I come from a large Italian family, but others felt a little crammed in and had a tough time hearing others talk.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    BassettHound
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was excellent. We went late Sunday afternoon and it was not crowded, so we had our choice of seating. We had an attentive server. We went during Alexandria Restaurant week and the selections on the menu were superb. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Retired 2012
    Retired2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were greeted with "Happy Aniversary," and led to a nice table for 2 in the corner by a window. Very good food, enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience, mediocre food
    intlfoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    None of us were particularly impressed with our dishes. The food was fairly mediocre across the board ranging from the bread and salad they served with the meal to the meal itself and the dessert. The lackluster food was offset by the very nicely appointed restaurant (especially on the second floor) and the very good service of the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected something better
    Jmpmstr94
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service was decent and the food was very average for the price. From rating and reviews I expected more.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Sometimes restaurants treat you a little different when you dine during restaurant week. Il Porto had a nice selection of entrees and came through with the traditional Italian selections and atmosphere. I have food allergies and the waiter was accommodating in switching out the RW dessert selections for something I could eat. This restaurant has been around for a long time and it was nice to see that it was there and offered good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Old Town
    peggy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service was super, we shared the chicken pasta Marsala . It was plenty for two with xtra salad. We had an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Black Dog Farmer
    BlackDogFarmer
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have been going to Il Porto for special occasions for 40 years and were not disappointed by our recent visit. Service (early evening) was prompt, friendly and courteous, menu choices were more than adequate, and the food was quite tasty.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first visit
    McgowankmVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was good but we got the impression the waiter was new at the profession. Forgetful of things to ask, never told us specials, didn't offer desert things like that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love It
    PDH0822
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've been several times now trying the specials as well as standard items and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Initially greeted with a sneer but the service improved once we said we had a reservation. My veal parm was good but my wife's fettuccine alfredo was tasteless.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Graet after surgery lunch.
    Amb1VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I was so looking forward to a relaxing enjoyable lunch after a July 1st surgery. I was not disappointed. The lunch was relaxing and enjoyable. Our food and service exceeded our expectations. We were greeted by Kevin who showed us to our favorite in the window. Table 105. Our server, Jay was prompt and efficient. We were introduced to two new staff members. They will make a good addition to the restaurant. We will be back. Il Porto also has a great new brunch menu. Give it a try.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality
    Foodie22
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The gnocchi was awesome! Service was good. No complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SwitzerlandVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The salmon special and the chicken piccata special were both outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • REAL Italian food!
    Runninggirl
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great friendly authentic Italian service! The ravioli and wine was just like Grandma made. It was my birthday and they even added a candle to my desert!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great restaurant with great view
    Sergio
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I ate at this restaurant around the evening time and where it's located on the intersection it creates for a beautiful view. I ordered Pollo alla Primavera that was delicious and the portions were good size. My Gf had the Raviolini and the beef stuffing in that was just phenomenal. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that loves Italian cuisine
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I'll Be Back
    ItalianbyBirth
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was my second visit to Il Porto. Both times have been wonderful experiences. The food has been excellent and the service equally as good. They pay close attention to your needs and are polite and friendly. I definitely will go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    AlexandriaLocal
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I've walked past but never went in until a friend recommended it for dinner. I ordered the special of the day. The chicken was delicious; the service excellent. I didn't want pasta and the waiter recommended vegetables julienne. They were steamed to perfection, with just a hint of crunch. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute Italian
    Easy2Please
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This place did not disappoint. Great service. Great food. Good wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day Brunch
    Amb1VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our daughter's in laws and my husband and I (we call ourselves the outlaws) had brunch on Father's Day at Il Porto. We ordered from the new brunch menu. All of us had the smoked salmon. The meal was outstanding. Cooked just right. Our server, Rocky, was excellent . We all enjoyed our meals, service and this fine restaurant. Stop by for Sunday Brunch. You won't be disappointed. Tell them Ann Marie sent you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Awesome Location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food at Il Porto was fabulous, and the wait staff was excellent. The place cleared out pretty early for a Saturday night, and the feel of the restaurant is more skewed towards an older crowd. That said, we had a lovely meal with friends and very much enjoyed our time at Il Porto.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Now THAT's Italian!
    MTHREH
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Never did I think I would eat Italian among all the other "local" choices. We had planned to go to Chart House ($$$$) Rain nixed the outdoor seating so to find the best food ( beeing foodies and enophiles) we relied on reviews. We had Two kids, (Not foodies), who were unhappy with past great choices. We settled on Italian: Il Porto. We were ALL happy with the outstanding choices. Kids had multiple meals they were interested in: devouring the chicken Parisian and the Raviolini. Both adults ordered the chef special + Prosecco - all home made pasta was outstanding! "Rocky" was our waiter and did a fantastic job. The price was fair for the quality of the food ($$$). One of the best meals on King St
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lamer
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Best place for dinner in OLD TOWN Alexandria. People are very welcoming and the food is always fresh and tasty. Excellent wine. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Very good service and food so will definitely return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Delightful Find!
    SirCornerstone
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I travel to Washington DC periodically and was looking for a place to rendezvous with friends from Richmond. Bingo! Quality of food and service was excellent and meal reasonable priced. Would recommend and dine there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PLEASANT EVENING
    PERFECT
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Il PORTO provided a very pleasant evening for the three of us. We had the privilege of meeting a wonderful young man who is attending John Hopkins University. The food was delicious and the wine perfected for the meal. Dessert was daring! What s fun experience. Good service and great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner!
    mje669
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was our first time at Il Porto and we will definitely be back. We really enjoyed it! The service was perfect and the food was just delicious! We sat outside and had a lovely time. The food was so fresh and moderately priced. We would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 457 reviews are from the Il Porto reviews archive.
  • Brunch has arrived at Il Porto
    Amb1VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Bruch has been introduced to Il Porto on Sunday between the hours of 10 and 3. The selections are wonderful. Different from other restaurants. Start with a Bloody Mary. The orange and grapefruit juices are freshly made. We had the tomato and mozzarella cheese and the smoked salmon. Very good! I was told the French Toast is awesome. Next time we will try it. Many interesting choices. The service was outstanding. We like table 105 which gives us a wonderful view of the street and all the activity. It is a must do for a relaxing Sunday Brunch. After brunch, stroll around Old Town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    Joan
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The food was delicious and the server was very attentive. This is our "go to" restaurant for special occasions and we are never disappointed. Great food and reasonably priced. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely service and food
    Wdee
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The chicken picatta special was one of the best I have ever tasted; subtle lmon, not too salty with just the right amount of plump capers, and a vy thing, very tender chicken breast. The caprese salad was just right- large portions with a sweet flavorbul balsamic on the side.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Me and my mom really enjoyed the food and the restaurant itself...so nice
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, deceptive pricing
    thjes
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We chose this restaurant for our family Mother's Day lunch. On the website (and the printed menu) they advertised lunch as "daily" and had no mention of any change for Mother's Day. We arrived (at noon) and were handed the Dinner menu (with increased prices for the exact same dishes). I pulled up the website on my phone and asked the waiter why we were being charged so much more. His reply was "we're serving the Dinner menu today". I pointed out that right there on the menu it said lunch was daily from 11-4 and he said "well, today is Mother's Day so it's special". So instead of $12.95 my pasta was $18.95. For a party of 8 that difference added a significant cost. We may have chosen a different restaurant had we known this in advance.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DinerVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I could not more highly recommend this outstanding mainstay consistently superior restaurant in the heart of old town Alexandria. Our pasta and veal dishes were outstanding, nicely prepared and cooked to perfection. After lunch cappuccinos were perfection personified. I highly recommend this restaurant for lunch and dinner. The service, conducted by Kevin, was outstanding, as he was a wonderful waiter. Don't miss this wonderful gem in the heart of Alexandria. One of the best Italian restaurants in the D.C. area.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A go to place.
    Amb1VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    If you haven't tried Il Porto, do so soon. You won't be disappointed. My husband and I had lunch on Sunday. The food and service are outstanding. We had a special chicken dish which was tasty. Kevin waited on us and he was attentive and professional. We love the location in the middle of Old Town. After your meal, you can stroll around Old Town
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner and staff
    Keek
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We booked a table at Il Porto-having never been there- because Alexandria was a half way point for us and our visiting relatives. Our guests got lost, were 1/2 hour late, and brought an extra person. When our guests finally arrived, the staff was so gracious about moving us to a bigger table and dealing with our late arrivals. The food was great and we had a wonderful evening thanks to the very accommodating staff.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.