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Il Porto

4.5
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1440 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1440 people are saying
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Sweetea80
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience and food was excellent! Our server Kevin was courtesy and prompt. The food was amazing and the outdoor seating was nice touch! They also followed COVID procedures. I definitely will be back.

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vipWineWarriorVA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fidel was perfect and took great care of us.

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KDS454
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a fantastic experience! Great service From Fidel!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and Kevin provided exceptional service - we highly recommend and look forward to going back soon

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StephanieT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service with Fidel! Our food was delicious! My favorite chicken Marsala ever!! Beautiful outdoor seating available too! If I lived nearby I’d come here often!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was awesome. Quick and attentive. Food came out quick. Calamari came out ice cold but it was quickly replaced with a piping hot one. Tender and delicious. Breading was a little thick on the veal and the Alfredo was a bit loose, very heavy nutmeg, but pasta was cooked perfectly. Tiramisu was amazing. Would return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Kevin was very welcoming and made sure our experience was delightful. It was our first time dining out since restrictions began and this was the perfect location to go to. This was our first time dining at the restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised by the menu. Everything from the bread and salad down to the dessert was delicious. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipSBailey
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a wonderful experience. $35 was quite pricey for a 6oz piece of salmon and 1 stalk of broccoli:-(

But our server Kevin was great! Very attentive to our needs.

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Pete
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time and great to be back since reopening! Kevin was a great waiter and the food was delicious, glad they’re back and have good safety procedures (distancing and mask wearing) during the pandemic. Looking forward to coming back!

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vipannpeter
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I was so disappointed and surprised to see no one eating at this lovely restaurant when I had a business lunch, last week. Since Open Table had other restaurants in the area booked and I remembered how nice this restaurant was the last few times I had eaten there for lunch and dinner, I made a reservation. The food was excellent. The wait service was attentive, and the ambiance that includes authentic Italian music was pleasant as always. At the end of the meal, the waiter actually asked us to let others know that they were open for business, and my table took photos to post for them. I truly hope that business picks up. This restaurant has a wonderful, historic background, part of the Alexandria fabric.

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vipDanC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, atmosphere, service and value. Have loved it for over thirty years and still do!

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DJBphiladelphia
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service.

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vipLindsayB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time out in six months and we couldn't have asked for better food and service. Our server "Rocky" was amazing! We started with seasonal cocktails, which were delicious and calamari (the sauce was really good), then we both had specials for our entrees (branzino with tortellini and grilled asparagus) and (homemade pasta with crab, lobster and mushrooms). We ended with tiramisu and I tried a Mamma Mia Dream (it was as good if not better than meals we have eaten in Italy). I couldn't more highly recommend checking this place out, we will definitely be back!

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jgindy27
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our dinner was fantastic. The filet mignon was the most tender steak I’ve ever eaten. The bread to accompany dinner was also delicious. A hint of sweetness made it really stand out. We had a great anniversary dinner. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Fidel V., was fantastic and very attentive. Really enjoyed dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Chicken Marsala was delicious. Fidel was our waiter and he was fantastic. Very friendly.

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donaldm
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and a great time. I am a regular customer

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vipGFit
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was lovely and the food quite good but no one read the two reasons we were there to celebrate.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The ambiance was the best part. Because of COVID part of Old Town shut down their streets and allowed for restaurants to have tables on the streets. A saxophonist played all night and it felt like we had our own private concert. He was amazing. All seating was covered with an umbrella. The service was good I just wish that the servers were required to wear gloves as well as masks. The food was a bit pricey ($30 fettuccine Alfredo) and was a little bland. Would I go again? Probably not but I do enjoy Old Town so is still go there to walk around.

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SCCarter
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Quality if simple Italian fare in a nice setting. A bit pricy but good overall. Exceptionally nice and professional wait staff.

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bens
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. No complaints here. Perfect for a date night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!! All staff wore masks and social distancing was followed. First dining experience since the pandemic hit.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Specials were good, our server was knowledgeable and friendly. Support staff was great! We always had water and they were very pleasant.
It was a slower Monday evening and we enjoyed it very much. The French Chardonnay that we had was ok, even though I love those white marble wine stands they don’t keep the temperature and the wine ended up a little warm when our entrees came out.
All in all ambiance was great and we had a lovely dinner.

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DaynaC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience on Father’s Day. Our family were practically the only ones in the upstairs room (due to COVID preparation) initially. The servers were excellent and food was fresh and tasted fantastic. Service was quick. We will definitely be returning here!

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vipDCPRPRO
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal at Il Porto and will go back. We sat inside and it was quiet and clean. Food as always was tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Il Porto on a number of occasions- holidays, date nights, etc. The service is always exceptional, the food is authentic and delicious and the ambience is amazing. Highly recommend!

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Berry
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Needed a quiet place for Sunday brunch where a friend and I could chat and actually hear each other. Il Porto was perfect - and the food and non-intrusive, but attentive service was very good.

Would definitely go back.

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vipAcaciaK
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and quaint ambience. We were seated at a table with a view of King Street and it was romantic and quiet even though the restaurant was filling up quickly. Reservations recommended after 7 pm. I had the manicotti and it was delicious and my husband had the lasagna and it was also very good. The calamari appetizer had a light batter and the dipping sauce was great. No room for dessert. Salad and bread came with dinner.

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JoeA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and service was great. I would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The portions were a bit small for hungry teenagers but they were all great.

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MacPow
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The building and atmosphere is very nice, the staff was kind and helpful, I was just not impressed with the food. The Alfredo sauce was oddly sweet and the manicotti had just an ok flavor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was wonderful, as always! Service was slower than usual, and it wasn't very crowded.

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vipJMoore
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our party of 8 was greeted warmly by the host and seated right away. It was downhill from there.
We sat down at 6:35pm and didn't even get a glass of water until 25 minutes later. Our server was pleasantly inattentive the entire night. Water and drink glasses went unfilled even after repeated requests. We may have been willing to overlook the poor service if the food wasn't inconsistent.
We ordered two appetizers: the calamari and the tomato and mozzarella. the calamari was extremely overcooked. Like chewing on beef jerky.
My wife ordered the lasagna and I got the seafood special which, was essentially pasta puttanesca - is one of my favorites. Her lasagna was objectively terrible. I tried a bite. It tasted like it was burnt and had very little flavor.
My pasta puttanesca was also rather flavorless. the lobster and shrimp were overcooked, especially the lobster which was actually beyond over cooked. The scallops were cooked just right though. For a dish with olives and capers, you would expect the flavors to burst upon your mouth with each bite. The black olives were chopped up into small bits and were obviously lowest quality like yo'd find at some dimestore pizza joint. I would have prefered whole slices The capers I think they rinsed all the flavor away so you couldn't really perceive the brininess of them. Both our dishes were disappointing. Our seat mates like the manicotti and the fruit de mare. The chicken parm was good. Although it was busy, I think at least having someone walking around filling water glasses was the least they could do. I asked for a pitcher of water for the table and was told it was not allowed. Took three tries to get a coke refill. My wife asked for another martini which never came.
Our server asked how our food was and I told him my seafood dish was overcooked. He looked at me and shrugged. I ate it anyway but having a manager come over and inquire would have been a nice touch. Host wished us a good night by name when we left.

Il Porto
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thank you for leaving us a review. We are deeply apologetic that the service was not up to our usual standards. We have spoken to the kitchen and also to your waiter in order to ensure that this kind of service does not repeat itself. This is not reflective of our values of customer service and hospitality, and we hope that in the future we get to redeem ourselves. Please feel free to email us so we can continue to discuss your visit.

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Shawn
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service and food was great. Tried the pasta dishes and they were tasty. Tiramisu was very good.

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vipSarah
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Just ok - the food was a bit plain and not worth the price

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vipEatOutRarely
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our last meal at Il Porto was 10 years ago. The food was wonderful then, and it was just as good this past trip. They expanded the menu, wine selection, and desert selection. My husband got a side of fettuccine alfredo which was so good that my son ordered an additional side to go with is pasta meal! We are not going to wait another 10 years to come back...

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing waiter, chef and atmosphere. Will dine there again and again!!!

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QbanInAlx
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as usual. This has been our spot for a belated Valentine's Day dinner for the past few years now, and we have yet to have a complaint. The food, the service...beyond excellent. Keep it up!

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vipMCanEat
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We each had one of the special entrees. Everything was delicious.

FAQs

Il Porto does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Il Porto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 836-8833.

Il Porto is rated 4.5 stars by 1440 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.