Il Porto

4.6
1143 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Every dish at Il Porto Ristorante in Alexandria, VA is made from scratch, on premise, including our pasta, all fresh, every day! Il Porto Ristorante was established in Old Town Alexandria in 1973. While its roots are traditional Italian, in recent years, there has been a transition to modern cooking techniques led by Chef Miguel, as well as focus on offering a wide range of wines, many by the glass, at a very good value.
Il Porto uses lots of fresh herbs and creative spices and we believe how you butcher the meat, how you grill a vegetable or protein in a particular way, makes all the difference to a dish.
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DG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service. Our only complaint is that the table provided for a party of three was very small and the seating was cramped.

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went in early January for a late lunch on a weekday. It was very quiet which made conversation very nice. And we had our choice of seating - small table by the fireplace. The service was attentive and informative. The food was delicious. In particular, the eggplant parm, which the waiter recommended over another dish, was outstanding - crisp thin eggplant lightly sauced with choice of pasta beneath. The house-made tiramisu was the lightest we have ever eaten, melt in your mouth. Lunch portions are generous.

They had a minor problem with their phone system/WiFi which made contacting them a bit of a problem, but so glad that we persevered. We will be back!

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JL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here to celebrate a 35th birthday and Il Porto did not disappoint! The food was fresh and delicious, and the ambiance was absolutely perfect! The staff is friendly and provides excellent service!!! Can't wait to go back again soon.

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TK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food, great service and great ambiance.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Usually love the fettuccine Alfredo but this time wasn’t as good. Lacking any flavor and the sauce was wayyyy too watery. Hopefully they will get it right next time.

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EH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We were in a back room which was uncomfortably warm, but the food was great!

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JB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Repeat customer. Standards of excellence maintained year after year.

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PP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for NYE dinner with friends. Il Porto is our "go to" restaurant for great food and service, especially for comfort food on special occasions. Whatever you like in Italian cuisine, they have it and they do it well.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and ambience were wonderful. It was not inexpensive but it was delicious.

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LS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a nice dinner here on NYE. The service was great and the food amazing. I would highly recommend.

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KS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner at Il Porto. Love the upstairs dining room.

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DP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My husband and I had our first date here 40 years ago. Lovely restaurant. Service qaa great. My veal was not quite as tender as I like. Wait staff are well trained.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great! Not all menu items were available.

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NP
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best chicken and eggplant I’ve ever had!! A bit pricy but very good

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W
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Kudos for being open on Christmas as usual.

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YH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another terrific Christmas outing. I very much appreciate having Il Porto open for business on the holiday. Having dinner there has become a tradition I look forward to every year. Thank you.

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JL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went on Christmas afternoon. The place was full but the service was outstanding and the food was good. Worth return visit.

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MH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our waiter seemed to be in a hurry with no time to visit or smile or introduce himself. I had to ask to have my water refilled twice. Food was good not outstanding.

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i
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve had lunch there every Christmas since we moved back to Alexandria. We got the same great table for two in the window seat. Everyone there is so professional and personable that we’ve decided that it’s our Christmas tradition. The food and drink was delicious and authentic. It is a great location and the prices are reasonable, too.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Had the lobster ravioli and it was delicious. Went on Christmas Eve and it was crowded. Staff handled the busy evening well.

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s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The last time I went to Il Porto, the food and service were great; well-seasoned and good portion. Tonight, I couldn’t find any of that. Food was under-seasoned and the portion was relatively smaller for an Italian restaurant. Service was slow and the server seemed to be a newer server; lacked customer-need awareness.

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DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Christmas Eve at Il Porto has become a tradition

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JS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, ambiance was nice. Late seating us for our reservation but staff/owner/manager made up for it with a drink and a wonderful table. Waiter was very nice but a little forgetful (tried to take order twice, forgot bread, etc). Was Christmas eve so we understood challenge of a packed house. We will be returning often.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food and nice ambiance.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy Christmas Eve dinner!

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DW
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had reservations for dinner on Christmas Eve. A lot of large groups and families were having dinner as well. The restaurant has great ambiance. It was cheerful and festive. All of the staff were very friendly but busy with all the tables being full. We enjoyed a nice Christmas Eve dinner. Would definitely dine there again.

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T
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Porto is always good. Food, ambiance and service are excellent. And Old Town is beautiful at Christmas time

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DG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything from the food to the cozy atmosphere.

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T
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Italian food with excellent service.

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We were disappointed after seeing what looked much better online. The food was very ordinary and seemed formulated to be what they evidently thought people expected in an Italian Restaurant, but not more. No culinary aspirations evident at all. The only positive I can cite was a good red wine recommendation that proved out.

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CP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was well prepared, the service was great, and the atmosphere was enjoyable.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Porto is still my favorite restaurant. Delicious food, wonderful service and a warm welcoming atmosphere. Thanks again for another really wonderful dining experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Christmas dinner

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EF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a lovely experience, with delicious food and impeccable service.

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AA
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was great and the atmosphere was relaxing. I requested and received a seat next to a window, which was cozy and even though it was next to others, it was quiet. The service was good and the cost was very reasonable. I was told that the upstairs is an amazing space, but I didn't get to see it. I will go back for another selection from their substantial menu.

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VB
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, great location, cute spot!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The absolute best Italian food I have ever had!!! Amazing wine list, pasta made from scratch and friendly servers.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great ambiance. Great gluten free options.

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LL
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! The waiter was very professional and very engaging! The food was fresh and amazing! All of my staff were extremely amazed! Thank you!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service. Friendly, intimate dining room with great food! A roaring fire in fireplace is nice winter touch!

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