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Il Porto
Il Porto

Il Porto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilportoristorante.com
  • Email: Zadran@comcast.net
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "The downstairs maitre communicates with the upstairs maitre/waiter by ear-piece, which was problematic when he was distracted taking our order (which be botched). I asked for the Veneziana seafood pasta with the creme sauce on the side. When they brought me the dish with the pasta on the side instead (and the rest drowned in creme sauce) I politely asked them to correct it. They brought it back to me with the mixed seafood creme and pasta together with extra creme on the side which was insulting and not honoring my simple request. I had to send it back a second time for them to correct it. The maitre/waiter, was aloof and said "we want you to be happy." The salmon special was a sliver of fish and not worth the price point."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Loved reading the history of the building. Service was attentive, food delicious, and ambience very nice. We'll return on our Next trip to Alexandria and will recommend it to our friends there."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The food was delicious. The service was superb and he had a lot of tables! The staff was friendly and welcoming. It was nice to see the manager step in and help clear tables when the server was busy tending to the customers. We're not locals, we were on vacation, but would definetly go back when we return!!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Service was very professional, and the chef accommodated a special order. Quiet atmosphere, even when there were lots of diners there. Great menu selection. I'll certainly be back!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Great food, reasonable prices, and excellent service!!! As always, we had a delightful evening at Il Porto."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I could not have been more surprised at how bad this restaurant was! It is a cute little place in the best part of Old Town so you'd never expect to have a bad experience. Not only were the prices sky-high, but the food was very bland and boring. The manicotti's filling had no seasoning added to it at all and the pasta sauce for the pasta wasn't even up to store bought quality. I don't think even if the bill was reduced 50% I'd go back. What a total disappointment for such a great area. How do they stay open in an area known for their great food?"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Fantastic food and atmosphere. Service is wonderful. We are frequent repeat customers and will continue to be."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "1st time at the restaurant. Read the reviews before making a reservation. The food was exceptional. We thought we would have left overs because of the large portions. We ate everything. I definately would recommend this place to anyone visiting Old Towne Alexanderia."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "When in a new city, we always look for an Italian restaurant. Il Porto was wonderful. The food was outstanding, the service was superior, the ambiance made my husbands birthday really special. A wonderful evening."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is my 4th time dining in and the food us not Is not as good as the last three, maybe Different chef?"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Excellent place, I like to recommend this restaurant, you will enjoy"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I booked a Valentines day dinner at Il Porto, and hoped for the best. First off, no "special" menu with zipped up prices. It was the normal menu and prices were modest. This restaurant offers a real treat:: appetizer sized portions of their other entrees for just $3/plate; what they call a "side". What a deal; we had 3 "sides" and our two main dishes. All 5 dishes we sampled were very good with the clams w linguini and white sauce, and the chicken marsala drawing special praise. Service was impeccable, despite a full and bustling restaurant. A wonderful time and exceeded expectations!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was very surprised how empty this restaurant was for lunch. The location is good, the food was good. I had not been here for quite a few years. What I have found lately is that a lot of restaurants are not as busy right now....could it be the weather? At any rate, the food was good; the service was good, and it was quiet for a business conversation over lunch. My business guest enjoyed her shrimp with linguine. I feel sure the restaurant is more vibrant during the dinner hour."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "This is a very popular restaurant with my family. My daughter came in from Atlanta and requested we go to this place. Good choice always."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Il Porto in Old Town Alexandria is one of our favorite restaurants in town. If we know that we want to have a positive, consistent experience, we go to Il Porto!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Food was excellent - service was better! Looking forward to another evening. Will be one of our favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Il Porto was very nice as far as the service. Although our dishes were anything but unique. My Chicken pamigana only came with the breast fried with cheese and marinara. The breast was very thin and not very filling. My girlfriend ordered their special Cream Chicken Marsala. The Marsala dish was tasteless and bland. My date asked to have some of my food since it atleast tasted better. It was also very cold in our seats. We sat right next to the fire however we were still freezing. Service was great and its a great location and decor but IMO it wasnt worth the 100 dollars."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a late reservation for 930pm and our food took an hour to reach our table. The restaurant was not slammed as many tables had opened up while we waited and were not filled. My girlfriend's order was served incorrectly, (her order came with white sauce when she requested red) and my veal parmesan was overbreaded. I did enjoy the red sauce, and pasta and the wine list is respectable, however, I would rate the overall meal as average. My experience certainly did not live up to expectations and I doubt I will return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This Old Town veteran was good, but pedestrian. The downstairs dining rooms are cozy and comfortable, but the bright lighting deprived the dining room of a more romantic or old-time feel. The food was decent, but not exceptional. The starter salad was small and tasty, but nothing fancy -- iceberg lettuce, some onions and tomatoes with some vinaigrette, clearly already prepared. The main courses were nicely done, though my veal picatta was a little heavy on the lemon juice, and came without any accompaniment, such as a vegetable or starch -- I had to order a side of pasta for $3 to get more than the four thin slices of veal. On the other hand, my wife's frutti di mare was very flavorful. The service was prompt and efficient."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Food was fair.....but nice romantic atmosphere. Chicken w artichokes as bold but only 3pieces of artichoke :("
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had a great meal and nice time relaxing before all the holiday craziness. Food is great and server was very good!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Loved the menu and presentation, everything tasted gr8! And, also loved the atmosphere and staff. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Great food! Service was a little slow but would still go back"
    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."
    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"
    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"
    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."
    Dined on 12/25/2013