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Il Porto
Il Porto

Il Porto Details

  • 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: Italian, Seafood, 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Service was super, we shared the chicken pasta Marsala . It was plenty for two with xtra salad. We had an enjoyable evening."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I've been several times now trying the specials as well as standard items and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The gnocchi was awesome! Service was good. No complaints."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The salmon special and the chicken piccata special were both outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This place did not disappoint. Great service. Great food. Good wine."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Very good service and food so will definitely return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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! "
    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. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Me and my mom really enjoyed the food and the restaurant itself...so nice"
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Took my wife out for her birthday and had a wonderful experience. Rocky, our server, was outstanding. The Caccuico Livornese and the Chef's Suggestion were very tasty. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to dine in an historical building and enjoy great food while in Old Town Alexandrai. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Early dinner so we were some of the only people there. Started with the anti- pasta and then had the chicken Parmesan and chef's suggestion of seafood linguine primavera. All was delicious and quick unobtrusive service. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "I have been aware of this restaurant for years and I am so sorry it took me so long to try it out. The food was excellent. The service was professional and friendly and the setting was charming. Worth a visit."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great Food, Great Wine choices, atmosphere - pick a table upstairs"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "After one terrible experience years ago, I finally gave Il Porto another chance while my mom was visiting. I was really happy with this experience. We were early for our reservation, but they seated us immediately. The staff was super attentive. I ordered the Linguine with clams and shrimp in white wine garlic sauce. SO GOOD! My mom had the pasta with various seafood in a cream sauce. She really liked it as well. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I was very disappointed! Despite making an advanced reservation, my party of three was seated in a very tight section of the restaurant three brick walls with no window! It also seemed as though the folks who came in off of the street without reservations got better seating!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014