Il Porto

4.7
1614 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 1614 people are saying
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SHFR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

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JoshA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the service was great, will return again for sure

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MarkL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Shane
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, especially the shellfish appetizer.

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EirianwenH
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, great ambiance!

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vipNatalie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

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

Il Porto
Responded 7 days ago

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!

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suzanned
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for a 17yo. Great service! Rocky was the best!!

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JoannS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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CharlesH
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, atmosphere was great for a first date or special occasion.

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vipLarryG
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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."

Il Porto
Responded 7 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good experience

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vipdbyrne28
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

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deeee
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lasagna and Dinner Bread were the best I have ever had.

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vipBridget
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian food and great service.

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katelynb
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! The staff were kind enough to rearrange tables so that we could sit outside - and they checked on us often.

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vipMeganB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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Lartis
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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

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.

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vipBobF
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was very attentive & food was absolutely delicious! Was a great experience.

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vipJenn25
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service (Fidel) were great. I highly recommend II Porto.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Easter family reunion

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KyleS
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great late Saturday lunch! Our waiter, Fidel,, was very attentive and made the experience even better!

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EricaDM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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LeighA
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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ChrisB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic waiter - great meal start to finish - highly recommend

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PeterK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Laura
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!!

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LarissaJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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.

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vipFAR621
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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MatthewS
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ARK63
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been years since I've visited and it's just as good as ever!

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JNL5374
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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"

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Xmasnn
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

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vipChrisc
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor dining right on King Street. Great service and excellent Italian cuisine. Good place for Friday dinners during Lent.

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ClaireL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Hummy
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, location, and service. All of the staff were excellent, the food was delicious, and overall it was a wonderful experience.

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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.