Il Porto

4.6
1213 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.
What 1213 People Are Saying
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CM
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply love the restaurant! The food is exceptionally delicious 😋🤤
The goes above & beyond to make your dining experience most enjoyable.
I’m a retired GMC employee and annually my old staff from Detroit come to the DC Convention Ctr to participate in Auto Show and they anticipate and look forward to eating at Il Porto which I introduced them several years ago!

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AB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location is perfect. The building is very historic and quaint and offers a lot of ambience. The food was excellent and there were a lot of great choices on the menu. The server was wonderful. Would definitely recommend.

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JQ
Caribbean
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had brunch outside and it was a lovely day. My boyfriend ordered the Mimosa with Grand Marnier, and the crab cakes over biscuits. Both were fantastic! I had the Tuscan Punch and the tomato & mozzarella omelet...the eggs were a bit burned, and I think I would have preferred the crab cakes! Overall, it was a nice location to sit and people watch, and the waitstaff was very friendly.

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S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was not fresh sp the tomato sauce, not great favors for the price. The dessert was the only good thing.

Il Porto
Responded on April 10, 2019

Thank you for leaving us a review! We take each and every review very seriously, and use them as an opportunity to improve the dining experience. We apologize that you did not enjoy your entree. We aim to always provide delicious food but we have let you down. Feel free to let us know what dish you had and what exactly you did not like about your food. We want to ensure that we learn and grow from this experience, and that we do not repeat our mistakes. Thank you again!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and service was great as well

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CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service!

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must go to if your in the DC area , fantastic service and for

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SS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, thank you chef. Veal Parmesan was the best I have ever eaten.

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PB
Salt Lake City
27 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and atmosphere. Ravioli special was very good.

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NN
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, food was good. Provided options on how pasta would be prepared. Nice for a date night dinner.

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Great service. We will come again. We enjoyed a wonderful birthday celebration.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted warmly. Wonderful ambiance in a historic building. We had a perfect table by the front window to watch passersby on King Street. The food was well prepared and plentiful. They serve warm bread with a delicious honey butter. Great experience.

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Mönchengladbach
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Restaurant mit Atmosphäre und ausgezeichnetem Essen. Wein entsprach nicht ganz dem, was wir erwartet hatten.

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I find that Il Porto is always a warm friendly place for an excellent meal. The homemade pasta is YUM!

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BR
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Always excellent and one of my favorite places. Food was wonderful. But service was not good on Sunday. I am going to assume it was an off-night and most definitely will be back.

Il Porto
Responded on March 20, 2019

Hello there! Thank you for leaving us a review. If possible, please let us know why you felt the service was not good. We always aim for the highest standards, so we would like to know how we could improve. Thank you very much and hope to see you again soon!

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NM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A quaint restaurant with great food. At first we were being seated at a very small table(for 3), but I asked for bigger and we were moved upstairs. Service was good, but could’ve been more attentive.

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c
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, Il Porto was on top of our reservations, service and food was great, and the ambiance always makes for a pleasant evening. Our server, Javier, was very courteous, attentive, and polite. We would recommend Il Porto anytime!

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MP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and exceptional service! A real gem in Old Town.

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RG
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal. Tariq did an excellent job. Will be back again!

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been dining at Il Porto for many years. It remains our favorite Italian restaurant in the Washington area, and our preference for celebrating special occasions.

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AS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought grandpop in a wheelchair and a 10-month old and the staff made us comfortable enough to enjoy a leisurely lunch. The food was excellent. The crispy flounder was a stand-out, but everything was delicious!

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R
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went rightvwhen they opened. Had the whole restaurant to ourselves. Awesome food!

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JR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent in every regard. The waiters are long time employees. The chicken marsala is mouth watering. The atmosphere is terrific.

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MH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food just like always!

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RL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. I rated less than 5 stars because the spaghetti sauce is bland and flat tasting.
I may be biased because I prefer marinara. Bread warm & fresh. Salad fresh. Overall it was still a wonderful experience and i recommend it.

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GB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been in over 8 years. Visiting from out of town. We were not disappointed at all. Food is uniformly excellent! So glad we remembered to dine at Il Porto on this trip to town.

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food nice decor good location. Not as fancy as I expected; definitely more Olive Garden style in terms of dress code and patronage.

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SF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and service was unrivaled. One of our go-to spots when I’m the area.

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F
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful seafood dishes! Service was great, very friendly staff, and the wine was devine.

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BB
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was just okay, not worth writing home about — no wow factor!

Il Porto
Responded on March 4, 2019

Hello there! Thank you for leaving us a review. We take it very seriously when someone does not enjoy their visit to Il Porto. We use these times to learn and grow, so please feel free to email us at ilportoalexandria@gmail. We would love the chance to hear more about your visit and to see how we can improve!

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AK
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time at Il Porto and each time has been delicious, with great service, not stuffy and an inviting atmosphere. The manicotti, the penne pasta with sausage, the veal scallopini is outstanding.

Will return in the future.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has the best quality. Food were so fresh and nice.

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HF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Went for my son’s 23 rd bday. Food was delicious. Beautiful interior but poor ambience. No music and a waiter blabbing in Spanish the whole time with a table near us. I’d rather have heard some Italian at an Italian restaurant but truly a nice and quiet with soft music would match the decor better.

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LV
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Our server was very non responsive. Several times I had to ask another server to find him.
Won't be back.

Il Porto
Responded on February 18, 2019

Hello Lisa! Thank you for letting us know about your visit. We are extremely sorry that your server was non responsive, we take this very seriously and have spoken to the server in question. At Il Porto we aim to give every single one of our clients a unique and memorable experience. We apologize that we were unable to provide this for you, and we hope that one day we have the chance to show you a true Il Porto experience.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Il Porto - have been going here for more than 5 yrs for special occasions and date nights.

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ED
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Homemade - delicious food- relaxing environment

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R
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal my favorite Italian place, authentic, lived in Italy 6 months!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome! Great food and wine!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice cozy restaurant, love the atmosphere, service, and the food is everything

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