Il Porto

4.7
1532 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1532 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The service was fine, the food was okay. The tables were not properly spaced; I wouldn’t go back especially not during the pandemic.

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vipNYU2017
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner - Kevin was a great server and made the experience even better.

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PatriciaT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appreciate the quick response to a short term reservation

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Kate4
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for our two year anniversary. It was just wonderful p

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere and food were great! Fidel was our server and he was very friendly and attentive.

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chrisL
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Consistently good food, service and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the ambiance was lovely. We got a perfect table right by the fireplace which made the evening that much better. Kevin recommended us a great wine to pair with our food and service was very good. It was an excellent overall experience, I would highly recommend Il Porto to anyone who is looking for a great Italian restaurant.

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WillH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and staff. They're incredible!

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vipMsliz3000
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always satisfied with II Porto Restaurant. Great food and pleasant staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch dining experience. Both our waiter, Kevin, and the selection of table (vary arguably the best in the place) helped make for a night to remember. Not sure if it was dumb luck or my notation of the occasion as “date” in Open Table led to the serendipitous seating, but we had a perfect table with a nice view and an all around wonderful evening. Food was great and so was the wine. Portions were more than generous. I dare say I made a good impression on my date by picking this spot for dinner! Many thanks to the team at Il Porto.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Took my daughter for a night out in Alexandria while visiting DC. Really enjoyed the location and ambiance, and got great service from Kevin! Food is delicious - would be a great spot for almost any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good food. A little to expensive. Service was average.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rocky was an absolute professional and treated us to a very special date night. Spectacular service, can’t wait to dine there again.

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vipFriends
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food great. Need to step it up with at minimum heaters outside as all the other restaurants have done.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Overbooked themselves for NYE and had to wait for our reservation.

Il Porto
Responded on January 3, 2021

Happy New Year! Thank you for leaving us a review. Please keep in mind that not only do we have to take into consideration the large number of reservations we typically get on NYE, but we also have to take strict precautions due to COIVD-19. This means we have less tables and every table must be thoroughly cleaned before it can be used again. This adds to the wait time but we want to ensure the safety of our diners. We apologize for the inconvenience but we hope to host you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came out for New Years Eve and it was a great experience. Our server Kevin was excellent recommended a great bottle of wine and the food was also very delicious. We were very impressed and will be back again!

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AngelaO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful NYE dinner experience! Lobster ravioli dinner special was amazing! Service was top notch! Our go-to place for celebrating special occasions!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and even better service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ONE OF MY FAVORITE MEALS!!! I so want come back tonight!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vip93Terp
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

You can't go wrong at Il Porto! Not only is the food excellent, but our server, Kevin, was fantastic. A wonderful lunch with my sister

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PreferPils
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was greeted warmly on entering and seated promptly. Server appeared immediately and took drink orders. Food was prepared quickly and served hot. I enjoyed the seafood Veneziana, prepared with red sauce. Server was about and quickly brought drinks as needed. What a restaurant should be. Owner/manager walked through the dining room and inquired how meal was going. Highly recommended.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
753 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin was a great guide. Very enjoyable evening. The house salad was great, perfect size. The chicken was well done and the wine was great. All in all, a perfect dining experience. Thanks Kevin and II Porto.

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2ZDina
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were a bit put off when we arrived as the host wanted to sit us at a table for two within 5 feet of the entrance when we made reservations 2 weeks in advance. To his credit he immediately adjusted upon request.
First, not all tables are seated 6ft. apart; it's a stretch at 5ft. We purposely went early hoping for a light crowd which was effective, however, there was a table of 6 seated right next to us when there was open area to avoid this.
Second, don't order a mixed drink. It's hard to mess up an Old Fashioned but a good one is oh so good. They tried twice to no avail. First was made with seltzer and second had about 4oz water!
Thirdly, the food is excellent. Bread is ok and could be better for an Italian restaurant of this price point. Don't expect fresh parm or pepper. But the entrees were excellent. Filled with fresh seafood and nicely balanced.
Lastly, service was good. Nothing exceptional but also not obtrusive. Kevin was our waiter and based on reviews, we expected excellent service. Kevin was very good but not extraordinary.
Overall, classic setting is very nice, food is excellent, and service is good.

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Javsantos
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Not outstanding but good, traditional Italian food. Loved the old-time look and feel of the place. Service was very good and safety measures were strictly followed.

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Christopher
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The service was poor and the food was underwhelming. The experience was most disappointing because the restaurant is a beautiful old establishment. I would’ve happily paid more for the meal and experience at a lesser dive with a delectable cuisine served on paper plates with plastic ware. Needless to say, I will not return to this restaurant and will offer my honest warning to those looking to dine in Alexandria to avoid the same disappointment by dining elsewhere.

Il Porto
Responded on December 29, 2020

Hello Christoper! Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. Please keep in mind that you chose to visit us during not only one of the busiest days of the year, but also in the midst of a pandemic. Despite these setbacks, we would have been more than willing to remake your meal if you had communicated with us. Regardless, it was a pleasure serving you. We're sad to hear you won't be returning but we hope you enjoy the beauty of Alexandria and stay safe in these troubled times!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and ambience! Thank you for a wonderful Christmas Day dining experience! We will definitely be back!

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Agb111111111111111111111
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The environment was quiet and warm. Our waiter was very kind and professional. My boyfriend and I plan to return soon. Excellent service! Thank you.

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DaianaL
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! The bread and butter Was amazing. Great service. Will definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delightful dinner. We were so happy to have dinner out Christmas Eve!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was delicious , nice quiet place, great atmosphere and ambiance, I would definitely recommend it for anyone who like Italian cuisine, the Waiter Kevin did such a fantastic job in catering to all our needs, ask for Kevin when you go there, very exceptional customer service from him in particular

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DiannaC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful birthday lunch at Il Porto. Kevin was a great server!

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FrankA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food at Il Porto is great. The ambiance is quiet. Great place to catch up with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all around. We will be back for sure!

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CarlenB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met my friends at il Porto and it was my first time. The crab Omelet was amazing. I will definitely be going there again!!!

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vipReed
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin was outstanding!! The seafood special of shrimp and scallops over risotto was delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin waited on us and was wonderful. We knew what we were going to order before arriving - our favorite place for pur favorite chicken parmigiana! Thank you!

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vipPatM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Kevin was an awesome waiter!!

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vipRamseyF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambiance, service was all amazing! Highly recommend for a date night, girls night, celebration!

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TedK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet and attentive. Window table
No rushing clean

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Il Porto using the Order Online button. Il Porto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 836-8833.

Il Porto is rated 4.7 stars by 1532 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.