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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.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
King Street Metro stop, about 16 blocks away from the restaurant. Free Trolley shuttle from King
Street Metro to the restaurant
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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Il Porto Ratings and Reviews
If you haven't tried Il Porto, do so soon. You won't be disappointed.
My husband and I had lunch on Sunday. The food and service are outstanding. We had a special chicken dish which was tasty. Kevin waited on us and he was attentive and professional.
We love the location in the middle of Old Town. After your meal, you can stroll around Old Town
We booked a table at Il Porto-having never been there- because Alexandria was a half way point for us and our visiting relatives. Our guests got lost, were 1/2 hour late, and brought an extra person. When our guests finally arrived, the staff was so gracious about moving us to a bigger table and dealing with our late arrivals. The food was great and we had a wonderful evening thanks to the very accommodating staff.
Took my wife out for her birthday and had a wonderful experience. Rocky, our server, was outstanding. The Caccuico Livornese and the Chef's Suggestion were very tasty. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to dine in an historical building and enjoy great food while in Old Town Alexandrai.
After one terrible experience years ago, I finally gave Il Porto another chance while my mom was visiting. I was really happy with this experience. We were early for our reservation, but they seated us immediately. The staff was super attentive. I ordered the Linguine with clams and shrimp in white wine garlic sauce. SO GOOD! My mom had the pasta with various seafood in a cream sauce. She really liked it as well. I will definitely go back.
I was very disappointed! Despite making an advanced reservation, my party of three was seated in a very tight section of the restaurant three brick walls with no window! It also seemed as though the folks who came in off of the street without reservations got better seating!
The food was delicious. The service was superb and he had a lot of tables! The staff was friendly and welcoming. It was nice to see the manager step in and help clear tables when the server was busy tending to the customers. We're not locals, we were on vacation, but would definetly go back when we return!!
1st time at the restaurant. Read the reviews before making a reservation. The food was exceptional. We thought we would have left overs because of the large portions. We ate everything. I definately would recommend this place to anyone visiting Old Towne Alexanderia.
I was very surprised how empty this restaurant was for lunch. The location is good, the food was good. I had not been here for quite a few years. What I have found lately is that a lot of restaurants are not as busy right now....could it be the weather? At any rate, the food was good; the service was good, and it was quiet for a business conversation over lunch. My business guest enjoyed her shrimp with linguine. I feel sure the restaurant is more vibrant during the dinner hour.
Il Porto was very nice as far as the service. Although our dishes were anything but unique. My Chicken pamigana only came with the breast fried with cheese and marinara. The breast was very thin and not very filling. My girlfriend ordered their special Cream Chicken Marsala. The Marsala dish was tasteless and bland. My date asked to have some of my food since it atleast tasted better.
It was also very cold in our seats. We sat right next to the fire however we were still freezing. Service was great and its a great location and decor but IMO it wasnt worth the 100 dollars.
We had a late reservation for 930pm and our food took an hour to reach our table. The restaurant was not slammed as many tables had opened up while we waited and were not filled. My girlfriend's order was served incorrectly, (her order came with white sauce when she requested red) and my veal parmesan was overbreaded. I did enjoy the red sauce, and pasta and the wine list is respectable, however, I would rate the overall meal as average. My experience certainly did not live up to expectations and I doubt I will return.
I booked a Valentines day dinner at Il Porto, and hoped for the best. First off, no "special" menu with zipped up prices. It was the normal menu and prices were modest. This restaurant offers a real treat:: appetizer sized portions of their other entrees for just $3/plate; what they call a "side". What a deal; we had 3 "sides" and our two main dishes. All 5 dishes we sampled were very good with the clams w linguini and white sauce, and the chicken marsala drawing special praise. Service was impeccable, despite a full and bustling restaurant. A wonderful time and exceeded expectations!
This Old Town veteran was good, but pedestrian. The downstairs dining rooms are cozy and comfortable, but the bright lighting deprived the dining room of a more romantic or old-time feel. The food was decent, but not exceptional. The starter salad was small and tasty, but nothing fancy -- iceberg lettuce, some onions and tomatoes with some vinaigrette, clearly already prepared. The main courses were nicely done, though my veal picatta was a little heavy on the lemon juice, and came without any accompaniment, such as a vegetable or starch -- I had to order a side of pasta for $3 to get more than the four thin slices of veal. On the other hand, my wife's frutti di mare was very flavorful. The service was prompt and efficient.
food was mediocre, cheese on my meal must have been melted hours before because it was hard and cold. soup was so bland it had little taste at all. it was a business dinner so sending back food would have disrupted the meal in case you were going to suggest this.
I went during restaurant week, and had a very dissatisfying experience. I know restaurants cook the special menu dishes in advance to accommodate large crowds, but everything was overcooked & tasted like it had been sitting all day. The calamari was heavily breaded, but had great flavor. It would have been better had it not been overcooked. The bread/butter was AMAZING! Salad was soggy and drenched in dressing. I can't remember the name of the dish, but it was 2 pastas w/ lobster, shrimp, scallops, crab? (Venezian -sp?). Again, another overcooked dish. I also had the tiramisu, which was still partially frozen on some layers, and overall did not taste that good. Low score due to the craziness of restaurant week. I'll give them another try.
I ate there on a Saturday night. The noise level wasn't too bad given how much it filled up. A salad came too and I wouldn't have ordered the yummy antipasti if I'd known as the main course was a lot of food. I'd heard it was a seafood restaurant and enjoyed a seafood linguine but my companions ordered manicotti and veal and both were also pleased with their choices. I shared a chocolate dessert which was a true "delight". The setting is lovely, the service attentive. A very nice evening out.
Service was mediocre. as my water glass became empty many times. I was not drinking that night b/c I was DD. Waiters constantly reached across my seat instead of moving to other side of me to present of remove my plate.. Food was good but not as flavorful as I expected. The Chef's spcial , Veal, shrimp, crab, was rather bland.
Il Porto is a long-standing favorite stop for my wife and I whenever we're in OT. Last couple of years we've taken another couple there for dinner to celebrate the wife's birthday. We esp. enjoy the upper level window seating overlooking King Street, particularly during the Christmas season. Traditional Italian menu with decent wine Dishes consistently well-prepared and presented, and service is always excellent.
It was busy on new years eve. but we were in no rush. Took a little while to get food, but that's not normal; been there at other occasions and it was fine. Better food and value then some other Italian places close and on the same block. Reservation was a must that eve.
Went for dinner during the 2013 holiday season. The rest. was very full and my gf and I were seated in a very tight section where they fit 4 other couples. Not much room to move or even pull your chair back.
Service was decent but we felt very rushed as it looked like they were trying to move us through the meal quickly due to the wait at the front door.
Food was ok, mainly stuck to seafood: mussels, calamari, seafood pasta.
I had lunch here with a friend on New Years Eve and it was wonderful! It was a glorious sunny day and our excellent waiter held a window table for us where we could people watch while we enjoyed a leisurely, delicious lunch. This restaurant is located right on King Street just a block or so away from the river in Old Town Alexandria -- right in the heart of all the action. It very much reminds me of an elegant little European restaurant -- with great location, great food and great service!
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