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.
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Il Porto Chop Salad
chopped romaine, fresh grilled corn, diced tomato & basil, tossed with buttermilk herb dressing
Lightly fried calamari with a side of red marinara sauce
Tender noodles with ricotta cheese & meat sauce
The service was excellent, there was a manager on duty who was heavily involved in making sure tables were taken care of, even though the waiters were doing a fantastic job. The food was mediocre. I've been to Il Porto a few times and I remember it being very good, but was very disappointed in the food this time around. It was extremely bland, not at all what I was expecting from this restaurant.
The food is always good but service is lacking a bit, we were forgotten more than once. This was an engagement dinner and it was a bit disappointing
Amazing food and the service was great, will return again for sure
So wonderful to be back dining in person in a full restaurant. Our family is fully vaccinated and chose your restaurant to celebrate our return to freedom. Perfect choice! Food, wine and service were excellent. Thanks!
Excellent food, especially the shellfish appetizer.
Food was great, great ambiance!
If you want to pay a lot for mediocre Italian food, where they skimp on everything - here’s your spot.
The put 3 slices of chicken on you $30 chicken fettuccine Alfredo you paid extra for
I paid $30 for chicken with eggplant and the piece of chicken was half the size of my palm... the eggplant on top was 3 times bigger
Oh and none of the dishes except ONE come with pasta ... and they are all like $27+... you have to order pasta A LA CARTE.
Ridiculous and wasn’t even very tasty
Hi Natalie! On our menu we make sure all the prices are clearly listed while starting that certain entrees do not come with pasta. Our prices are market price and are on par with other restaurants in Alexandria. We apologize that this was upsetting but in the future please feel free to voice your concerns to management. If you had not been satisfied with the taste of your entrees then we could have worked with you to address with. Regardless, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review!
Birthday for a 17yo. Great service! Rocky was the best!!
Had a great birthday meal while in Alexandria. My pasta was very good and my husband enjoyed his filet. Dessert was fantastic. A little pricey but it’s a tourist town. Well worth it for food this good.
Excellent food and service, atmosphere was great for a first date or special occasion.
Our recent experience at Il Porto is OK. Nothing to complain about - but nothing to shout out about either. With all the other places to choose from within walking distance from Il Porto, they need to pick things up a notch to be on the "A List."
Hello Larry, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We apologize for not making your visit what you expected. Can you give us a little more details about your visit and why you felt it was just okay? Again, we apologize we didn’t exceed your expectations but also thank you letting us know so that we can continue to learn and improve.
Classic dinner in an Old Town favorite. The food was good, service a little slow on a busy Saturday night. The ambiance was everything one would expect from Old Town.
The Lasagna and Dinner Bread were the best I have ever had.
The atmosphere was nice - it had been a long time since I had eaten here, and it was the perfect quiet spot to be able to converse. There were six of us and we were seated at a round table upstairs, which worked out well. The meal was good. Like most restaurants, the post-pandemic service was a little slower than usual, but the staff was helpful and accommodating. We plan to go back again soon.
Great food and great service
Delicious Italian food and great service.
Amazing service! The staff were kind enough to rearrange tables so that we could sit outside - and they checked on us often.
Great food and service.
I'm not going to write a whole bunch because I want this resturanr to myself but if you decide to go then you'll understand why.
My son and I celebrated Easter at Il Porto and it was amazing!! We decided at the last minute to go out for dinner and they were able to squeeze us in. Everything was perfect. The food, wine, cocktails and the service were outstanding. I will recommend Il Porto to everyone I know.
Wait staff was very attentive & food was absolutely delicious! Was a great experience.
The food and service (Fidel) were great. I highly recommend II Porto.
Easter family reunion
Great late Saturday lunch! Our waiter, Fidel,, was very attentive and made the experience even better!
We recently celebrated my boyfriend’s birthday with 2 surprise guests from out of town, the staff was very accommodating of our odd and specific requests and gave our guests a safe place to store their suitcases during dinner. Roger, our server, was awesome! We’re not the best singers, so he offered to sing Happy Birthday in Italian. We’ve never had a bad meal from Il Porto, dine in or takeout. As Rhode Islanders, we’re very picky with Italian food but they definitely get our stamp of approval! Che buono!
Attentive wait staff, wonderful food. Need to purchase pasta separately from meat dishes seems a tad absurd and some odd table placement here and there in order to make room for more tables.
We had a fantastic waiter - great meal start to finish - highly recommend
Nice Italian Restaurant on King Street that offers indoor and outdoor seating. We ordered the Capellini Primavera and the Pollo Siciliano, both entrees were ample servings and the meal came with salad and bread. The wine list was more then adequate. The service was excellent with Roger our waiter answering all our questions about the menu and he was very attentive to our needs without being overbearing. I would recommend ll Porto and Roger to anyone looking for a good Italian dinner in Old Town Alexandria.
I would have given it 4 stars if the host inside had been nicer. We made a reservation for patio not knowing that it couldn't be reserved. The host inside was very snippy and was not trying to help us or explain how to get outdoor seating. The host outside was wonderful and our server was awesome! It was only his 2nd day and he provided some of the best service we've had! Food was delicious!!
I had been wanting to try Il Porto since I moved here in 2014. I’m a sucker for homemade pasta and when I saw a beautiful 75 degree evening I booked a reservation outside.
My excitement ended there. The cocktails are overpriced. The pasta over cooked. The salad underwhelming. The service was slow. The bread and butter were delicious.
The restaurant is fine, but I won’t be returning.
First time I've tried this place after walking past it a million times. We sat outside on a beautiful evening with music being played on the street so it was a great vibe. Food and service were very good so it was a great night out. I recommend this as a great choice in Old Town for Italian cuisine.
An outstanding experience. Had a filet with cheese tortellini in Marsala that was out of this world. As fine an Italian restaurant as I have experienced.
It's been years since I've visited and it's just as good as ever!
We LOVE it here. Amazing drinks, phenomenal food, and a lovely ambiance. The food is consistently amazing. Staff is kind. We crave the food here regularly.
One comment is we were sitting relatively close to other parties. Normally this is not a problem, but as we are still in a pandemic this is something we were more aware of. Having visited here before the pandemic, this specific visit was the only time we felt a little "closely packed"
There was nothing very memorable about the dining experience. Waiter and staff were just going through the motions of filling water and bringing food but no interaction other than that. If there were specials our waiter certainly never shared them with us. We had water spilled all over our table by staff pouring our water. I am very empathic however our waiter suffered from horrible shakes and spilled our martinis all over as he attempted to deliver them to the table. Maybe they should have someone else assist with delivering the drinks. The food was good and hot but I wouldn't say it stood out or apart from other Italian restaurants. We were all a little disappointed.
Outdoor dining right on King Street. Great service and excellent Italian cuisine. Good place for Friday dinners during Lent.
Absolute best Italian food you will find in the area. Fantastic service and experience in a beautiful pre-civil war building. Extremely excited to go back!
Great food, location, and service. All of the staff were excellent, the food was delicious, and overall it was a wonderful experience.
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 1614 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.