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About Il Porto

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.

121 King street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH: Mon – Sat 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

BRUNCH: Sunday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

DINNER: Mon – Thurs 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fri – Sat 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Cross Street:
N.Lee

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 836-8833

Website:
http://www.ilportoristorante.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking is available or there is a parking garage located right behind the restaurant on Lee Street. Colonial Parking $10.00 flat rate. Also there is a parking garage one block away from the restaurant on Fairfax Street. City Hall Parking Garage after 5:00 p.m. $2.00 flat rate.

Public Transit:
King Street Metro stop, about 16 blocks away from the restaurant. Free Trolley shuttle from King
Street Metro to the restaurant

Executive Chef:
Carlos Campos

Private Party Facilities:
Il Porto has a beautifully remodeled second floor with a separate bar that can accommodate up to 120 guests. Our wait staff is very well experienced in dealing with any type of large groups.

Private Party Contact:
Wali Zadran: (703) 836-8833

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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An Il Porto tradition, serving dinner all day long!

Christmas Eve 11am – 10pm

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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An Il Porto tradition, serving dinner all day long!

Christmas Day 12 – 8pm

Il Porto Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

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90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Authentic (16)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Special Occasion (12)
Cozy (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Romantic (11)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Casual (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Fun (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Scenic View (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding food, service, and value, as always. Highly recommend

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·Dined 5 days ago

The service was exceptional. Drinks and food came in order and was timely. We weren't in a rush and they never made us feel hurried.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent food & service. I live approximately 50 miles away & make the trip several times a year! Worth it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I love everything about Il Porto and have been going there for years. The staff is welcoming and accommodating, the food fresh and well prepared. The atmosphere is cozy.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I took my daughter here in the summer time and it was awesome. I figure I would take my wife and other daughter. It was on the day of the Christmas Parade and Boat Parade. I made reservations late. I called ahead to make sure they had gluten free pasta for my wife. They did and she was thrilled.

We got seated right on time. The place was packed. We ordered our meals at 8:10. At 9:10 our waiter came up to us to say that they ran out of gluten free pasta. What a disappointment. She was really looking forward to it. They were very nice about it and offered chicken and fish. She really didn’t want that but she was hungry and it was late so she settled for the Salmon. They comped her dinner but she was still upset. My dinner and my daughters was great but the long delay between ordering and then coming out an hour later to say they were out was mystifying. Why do long? We vowed to give them another chance since the other meals were good. Just don’t go during a busy time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were very rushed by waiter, food was served too fast. Bread service came after salad. No one came by to offer grated cheese to top our meal. That’s pretty standard for an Itakisn restaurant. Food was just mediocre.
Not the Saturday night dining experience we are accustomed to. They just wanted us out quickly.
Sorry - do not recommend.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Went for our anniversary. Got stuck in brutal traffic, staff was very accommodating and held our reservation. No one made us feel rushed despite our delayed arrival. Food was excellent and my wife enjoyed one of the best fettuccine alfredo dishes she's had -- sauce was impeccable and pasta cooked perfectly. Neat history to the building. A lovely dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was a delicious Italian restaurant in the heart of Alexandria.
My husband, 14 and 11 year old sons and I enjoyed a lovely evening meal there and felt well cared for and any request was honored. Service was exceptional.
I am 100% Italian and thought the pasta was fabulous as did my whole family and we all got different dishes.
Wonderful!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

My mother taught me that licking my plate is not acceptable; I had to struggle not to do just that in this quaint and cozy restaurant! In the heart of Alexandria, perfect location, historic feel, and amazing food! And did I mention they have the most delicious bread? Will make this a spot for dinner whenever I’m in town!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Il Porto is an unpretentious, reasonably priced, cozy, Italian restaurant in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria. Service is old world, and the food is very good! Do not pass it by!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent fresh pasta dishes. My daughter loved her lamb chop dinner. I had the seafood pasta special with lobster. The lobster was overdone and the mussels didn't seem fresh but the pasta and broth with it was delicious. Service was a bit slow despite a few diners on a Sunday evening. I have to get someone's attention to get my check. We ordered the fresh angel hair pasta with their light red sauce. That was refreshing with all of the julienned fresh (not frozen, Thank God!) veggies mix in it.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was good and so was our waiter, but it took about an hour to get our entrees. Seemed to be the case to everyone else in the place too.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The lobster ravioli was good but not worth $35. The meat ravioli had so much cinnamon that my wife couldn't eat it. The waiter should definitely caution any recipe like that. Our sinner was ok, but for the price, it should be exceptional.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We used to go there when it first opened 44 years ago! After we moved further west, we rarely ventured to Old Town. The evening was as romantic and delicious as we recall it being back then. Michael 's service was excellent and we will go back.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I first found Il Porti in 1995. I have made a point to get back as often as possible. I have NEVER been disappointed in the food or service. Keep up the great work!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My husband and I have a date night on the weekend keeping a 41 year tradition. Il Porto did not disappoint. My frutti di mare was delish and his lasagna was very good. Will return since it is in our hood.

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Recommended by our son and daughter in law after they’d had lunch there the same afternoon. It was lovely ambiance, wonderful service, and delightful hearty authentic Italian food. Raviolini, lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo all delighted. Portions are ample and the bread yummy!

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 19, 2017

It is not hard to imagine you are in a trattoria deep in Italy. The menu was varied; the good delicious; and the service impeccable.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Another positive experience - never disappoints !!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Everything there is excellent -- every ingredient of every dish; service; location; ambience. The perfect restaurant.

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food, great service, nice setting. We tried this establishment for the first time on a Saturday night. The King Street area was absolutely packed with folks walking about, so we were very happy to have made reservations. We were seated right away, in a really nice quiet “nook.” Delightfully, we were able to talk with and hear each other, even though the place was really packed.
The quality of the food was absolutely excellent – throughout every course. We started with a really fresh mixed salad with house made dressing. I had the veal picatta, which was very good – but could have had a touch more lemon. Mrs had the Gamberi alla Marinara, which she said was excellent. Both had excellent wine. Desserts included Tiramisu for her and Limoncello Truffle for me. Both excellent.
TIP: There are two parking garages on Union Street, across from the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always a great experience at Il Porto. The ambience is great and the service is wonderful. Love this place.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 7, 2017

love this Italian restaurant in the heart of old town. Ambience is wonderful and prices are very reasonable. Met up with the girls for dinner and it was perfect place to share wine and conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our service was excellent, the food was very good, we would have had dessert but we were full. The portions were perfect, included were salads and bread.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We we're all very happy with our meal choices of lasagna, chicken parmesan, and spaghetti aglio e olio. The cannoli for desert was great. Tiramisu could use a little more espresso.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Il Porto was a lovely place, a little noisier than I expected, but still very quaint and pretty. We were given a table downstairs with a nice view of the street in Old Alexandria. The service was pretty good - occasionally a little slow - the food however was deliciously prepared. We ordered the special fish dish of the day and it did not disappoint. The fish was flaky and moist. Salads were fresh and tasty as well. The restaurant is one you should not miss if you enjoy Italian!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food (although delicious) took an hour and a half to come out. It was an absurdly long time given how few people were there. Our waiter brought free dessert to compensate us for the wait.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Always a delight. The staff is pleasant, food excellent, location, ambience perfect. It is consistently excellent. Can't go wrong dining at Il Porto!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were accommodated into a nice romantic table for 2 in front of the 2nd floor window. Felt special when we walked in the door, the host noted that he had reserved a romantic table for us, which was cute. Our server was great, effervescent, consistently polite, checked in frequently but not too much, really good and knowledgeable, made our experience feel upscale. Really enjoyed our dinner, felt whisked away into a romantic evening with my boyfriend. Thank you il Porto for creating magic around us. Food was great, wine lovely, even dessert as we felt like it was a mini escape... Loved the ambience!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Always great place for dinner

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

A great dinner experience! We booked a table through Open table and asked for a quiet setting to celebrate our 33rd Wedding Anniversary - that is exactly what we got. We had a very pleasant evening with good conversation over an excellent dinner, while waited on by professional staff! We were surprised by our waiter who brought us desert to celebrate.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I was very disappointed in the value. I ordered filet mignon and eggs for brunch. The filet mignon was two small medallians (about 4 bites), 1 scrambled egg and 4 fingerling potatoes halved and roasted for $21.95. Outrageous! Il Porta must have made 1000% profit on this meal. I will not return.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Stopped here for our wedding anniversary. We were looking for some good Italian food and we wren't disappointed! Great appetizers, the salmon was perfectly prepared and the service was impeccable. Will return next time we're in Old Town.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Had dinner here for the first time with some friends. I was pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent. The prices were reasonable ( unusual for Old Town) $60.00 for two without the drinks. You can't eat at Landini's for twice that and, the waiters there are rude and practically through the food at you.
It reminded me of your neighborhood Italian place in New York City, only this has two floors.
The restaurant accommodates a lot of people, but it is tastefully divided into more cozy areas so you don't feel like it's a cavernous space.

Ask for the upstairs if you prefer a quieter setting. The main floor is a little noisier.

We will go back!

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Our server was extremely attentive, though we had the feeling we were being nudged to finish in a certain amount of time.....but it's a difficult balance for a server and ours, though polite and helpful, was very young and perhaps still learning. He suggested a good wine. Our salads were quite vinegary with no real flavor and seemed thrown together. We enjoyed our entrees to a point, but the rib eye steak was full of fat, even for a ribeye, very thin and slathered with a salty red wine sauce. The accompanying risotto with slivered fresh vegetables was the best thing on the plate and the fresh bread was warm and tasty. My husband had Veal Oscar and said it was just okay. We decided to skip dessert. Hopefully, others have had better experiences and the many good reviews suggest this.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our waiter (aka Rocky) was fantastic. Loved the seafood and had a great time!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

The great evening started with the Host. Very friendly and so happy to have guests. Waiter was personable and timely. Not too pushy.
Food was .....just perfect is taste and portions.
Dessert.............MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmGood
Fair pricing for a good meal.
Terrific house wine by the glass.
Will be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Anniversary dinner - these folks were superb !! Thanks so much!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I've eaten at IL Porto for over twenty years and the food is always delicious and the service impeccable. One of the best Italian restaurants in the area.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The food at service at Il Porto were fantastic tonight! I especially enjoyed the lobster ravioli special!

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