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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (32)
Authentic (27)
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Neighborhood Gem (23)
Cozy (23)
Romantic (21)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Business Meals (8)
Casual (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Scenic View (6)
Fun (5)
Seasonal (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Healthy (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Restaurant had a great fire place we sat by and the whole second floor is impressive. Bathrooms are nice and clean.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Restaurant was cold inside, food was bland, Risotto had peppers in it ?? Wouldn't recommend. Service was good but that was the only positive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The service and food were amazing, will definitely be going back!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

So overall nothing to rave about the red sauce was bland. The eggplant was undercooked. The first course salad was skimpy. My ravioli was ok. My wife’s fettuccini alfredo was boring and bland.

Service was awesome Fidel did a nice job.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great place - whilst service was quick felt too Rushed for new years eve yet there were multiple tables empty as we finished about 8:30 - staff was attentive at all times. Just slow it down a bit to savour Italian cuisine like it should be -

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very good food and a very quaint location. Close to the waterfront in old town Alexandria.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Repeat/returning customer. Always enjoy on New Years Eve. This visit didn't disappoint.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Repeat visit for us. Great Italian food and ambiance. Highly recommend for romantic dinners.

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

As always, we were not disappointed! The food is seasoned so well. We live in PA, but every time we are in the D.C. Area, this is our go to restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

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!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, People Watching, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We come here for Christmas and really enjoy the atmosphere, food and service! It is old school Italian done right, and staff are very professional, friendly and hospitable. We will be back soon!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vegan, Authentic
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food. Wait staff was efficient and friendly. Unique atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

excellent food, excellent service, highly recommended

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Had never been there before and decided to try it out for Christmas dinner. It was amazing! We are from Buffalo NY and our hometown has some amazing Italian food-we just haven’t found anything like it in VA...until now! Il Porto was delicious!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Always great. Friendly staff. Good food and drinks. Historic building. Our favorite place. Have been going there since 1988.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food, great dessert great service.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We go there because the food is always the best. They are a little pricey.
You want great food and great service...... go

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Jesus our server was outstanding

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Il Porto is one of the last true trattoria's standing in the DMV. If you are looking for delicious old-school Italian food in the ultimate romantic and cozy setting - definitely go here!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My wife and I stopped in to ll Porto while in Alexandria. It was fantastic. All of the food was wonderful. I would recommend reservations. We were seated immediately and the service was excellent. I can't say enough good things ....so just GO!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Delicious dinner, wonderful ambiance, and great waiter.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Il Porto has great ambiance, character and of course classic Northern Italian food! Our meal was excellent .

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

So good! Real calamari (no mixed in peppers). Place is busy, but once the waiter gets you rolling the service is superb. It was great seeing so many people talking and not on phones. Great atmosphere. Get a reservation and go get some great Italian food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

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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 (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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