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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

Il Porto Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 27, 2014

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




Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 26, 2014

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 26, 2014

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2014

Early dinner so we were some of the only people there. Started with the anti-
pasta and then had the chicken Parmesan and chef's suggestion of seafood linguine primavera. All was delicious and quick unobtrusive service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 19, 2014

I have been aware of this restaurant for years and I am so sorry it took me so long to try it out. The food was excellent. The service was professional and friendly and the setting was charming. Worth a visit.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 18, 2014

Great Food, Great Wine choices, atmosphere - pick a table upstairs

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 12, 2014

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 12, 2014

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!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 12, 2014

The food and service were excellent. Wine was good and the atmosphere was great. Location is really good as it is in the heart of Old Town.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 31, 2014

Loved reading the history of the building. Service was attentive, food delicious, and ambience very nice. We'll return on our
Next trip to Alexandria and will recommend it to our friends there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 19, 2014

Service was very professional, and the chef accommodated a special order. Quiet atmosphere, even when there were lots of diners there. Great menu selection. I'll certainly be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 14, 2014

Great food, reasonable prices, and excellent service!!! As always, we had a delightful evening at Il Porto.

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 (Miami)·Dined on March 11, 2014

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!!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 8, 2014

Fantastic food and atmosphere. Service is wonderful. We are frequent repeat customers and will continue to be.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 1, 2014

When in a new city, we always look for an Italian restaurant. Il Porto was wonderful. The food was outstanding, the service was superior, the ambiance made my husbands birthday really special. A wonderful evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on March 1, 2014

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.

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 (México)·Dined on February 25, 2014

Excellent place, I like to recommend this restaurant, you will enjoy

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on February 24, 2014

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 22, 2014

This is my 4th time dining in and the food us not
Is not as good as the last three, maybe
Different chef?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 21, 2014

This is a very popular restaurant with my family. My daughter came in from Atlanta and requested we go to this place. Good choice always.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 16, 2014

Il Porto in Old Town Alexandria is one of our favorite restaurants in town. If we know that we want to have a positive, consistent experience, we go to Il Porto!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 15, 2014

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 15, 2014

Food was excellent - service was better! Looking forward to another evening. Will be one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2014

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2014

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!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2014

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2014

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2014

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 17, 2014

Great atmosphere at the restaurant! Service was spot on and food specials are as good as regular menu items. Great Food!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2014

Food was fair.....but nice romantic atmosphere. Chicken w artichokes as bold but only 3pieces of artichoke :(

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 11, 2014

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2014

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.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2014

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 3, 2014

With a beautiful fireplace next to us and outstanding Italian food and wine would could be nicer on a cold winter day. Excellent Service too. Looking forward to the next meal there.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2013

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2013

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2013

Reservations for New Years Eve were not a problem. Service was very good and food preparation did not suffer as a result of near-100% table occupancy. Il Porto has been consistently very good over the 25+ years we have been dining there.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2013

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2013

Loved the menu and presentation, everything tasted gr8! And, also loved the atmosphere and staff. We will definitely return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 25, 2013

We dined for Christmas dinner with teens and grandma and everyone was very happy with their meals and the whole experience. The service was profession, the atmosphere full of energy and fun, and the food was top notch Italian.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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