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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
The service was wonderful and they had a nice wine list for decent prices. Overall the food was good Italian, a small step about Olive Garden. Portions were smaller sized for the price. Ambiance was cozy and Perfect setting for a cozy dinner. Great location as well.
Great spot. Food was really good, and our waiter was very attentive and friendly. The host, however, did not smile or greet us in a way that made me feel that he welcomed our patronage. The venue is quaint and romantic, and the perfect spot for a date. I would definitely dine there again!!
Considering it was Christmas evening and tons of walk-ins were waiting for a table, the service was excellent and fast. The evening was well staffed...thank you. We had a reservation and were seated tight away. Great spot for good food and casual cozy atmosphere!
This was the third year in a row that we chose Il Porto for our Christmas dinner, and once again, the staff there did not disappoint. We experienced no glitches in service or food, and our waiter, Fidel, could not have been nicer. We know that it can be hard to work on Christmas, and we very much appreciate the efforts of everyone at Il Porto.
We have been to this normally good restaurant a number of times in the past. However, we made the mistake of booking a Christmas Eve reservation (for 6 people) for 6:30pm. The restaurant could not handle its bookings. Food arrived inconsistently, at least half of our meals cold or luke warm at best, and the garlic bread which arrived extremely late was burnt and soggy. The waiters were nice and tried to keep up with the crowd but to no avail. I think that this was a problem of over booking for a holiday with inadequate staff to handle the volume. I would not recommend the restaurant for a holiday meal.
The food and ambiance are great. I love this restaurant. My wife and I used to go to Il Porto when we dated in the early seventies and obviously continue to eat there. The only drawback was we felt rushed by our waiter. Perhaps he was just trying to be attentive. But it would not stop me from going to this restaurant.
My complaint is that the lamb chops were poorly done. The kitchen staff didn’t bother to “French” them well, so the presentation was poor. Specifically, the bones were not cleaned, which is a mark of sloppy prep. Moroever, the cook was uneven leaving one well done, and others cooked well.
The service, the ambiance/atmosphere, and general experience were pretty good, but it was an expensive meal, so we expected more.
I am disappointed because we had been wanting to try Il Porto for a long time, and I doubt we will go back - the value just wasn’t there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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