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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

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (35)
Special Occasion (32)
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Cozy (28)
Romantic (28)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Casual (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Business Meals (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Seasonal (6)
Scenic View (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
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Fun (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Waterfront (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (Omaha)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was fabulous; service was ok

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

My girlfriend loved the place. We will be back in the future.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, nice atmosphere and attentive service. I would go there again.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 7 days ago

It was awesome!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was really good and our waiter, I believe his name was Felipe, was excellent. Perfect place to go for a date night or special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Great experience

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

My husband and I went for Valentines Day. He got one of the “specials”. The food was good but the portion was very small. The menu seemed to be limited and the portions smaller compared to when we were there in December. We were disappointed but will probably try it again.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

I've eaten here about a half dozen times over the last 10 years. Always a good experience. Tonight though they seemed a bit rushed to clear our table and see us on our way. We were there early - before 5 pm; hardly any customers in the place. The food came quickly - no problem with that. We finished dessert and I really wanted to just relax a moment and have a cappuccino. But without asking "Will there be anything else," and without notice, the check was quickly put in the table. I didn't even get a chance to ask for coffee. I'm sure they would have brought some but I felt rushed, so we left.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had dinner here for the first time on Saturday night and it was amazing! From the atmosphere to our waiter to the wine to the food. Perfect from start to finish. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a window seat which was very cozy and romantic and great for people watching outside on the street. The food was excellent and the service was perfect!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, People Watching, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

I brought a Singles Dinner Group of 12 to II Porto for Restaurant Week. The food, service, and atmosphere were pretty near perfection. Truly the best lasagna I have ever had. Their Restaurant Week menu did not excite any of us, so we all ordered off the regular menu. That was a bit of a disappointment, but most of us were very happy with our entrees, although the specials were a bit pricey, and not great. All in all, I look forward to coming back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Lovely atmosphere in beautiful old building in Alexandria. Had the perfect table next to the window with a nicce view of King Street. Would definitely return.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

the food was superb! authentic Italian, great apetizers and wines. The ambiance was also authentic italian - -wait staff was fantasctic and attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food, wine, and service was amazing. Will highly recommend this restaurant to everyone coming to old town

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We had a great night. Very polished, subtle, friendly and knowledgeable staff who got everything right and left us alone. No one got down on one knee, told us his name was Justin, and asked how we wanted to "kick things off." It was elegant but unpretentious. Fine dining but not stuffy. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. Classic. Traditional Italian food. Every course was very good-excellent. Nice ambiance. (I'm a food writer, restaurant critic, and have spent a lot of time in Italy.)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Went during Restaurant week, great prices, had exceptional service, food and a relaxing time. Was not crowded, we could have a conversation without competing with the music or other diners.
The food was fresh, hot, and delicious.
Michael was attentive and provided the right amount of service.
The calamari was cooked perfectly and the marinara had a bit of a bite!
The Saltimbuca alla Romana was tender and very tasty.
Thanks

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We went during Restaurant Week and were really impressed with this place. Food was fantastic; I ordered off the special menu (3 courses for $35) and my wife ordered off the regular menu. My swordfish was excellent and her veal, delicious. Great service and atmosphere. Best place we ate on our vacation.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great spot for an early lunch. The food and service was great.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great service, with a nice ambience. If there was one thing I would recommend is to turn up the volume on the background music. It was difficult to hear with just normal conversations going on around us.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Pasta was over cooked. Sauces had no flavor. Veal was grisly and meat looked grey.
The antipasto was basically deli meat rolled up. Not impressed at all.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2018

the place was cozy and romantic, calamari was chewy, entree was good , big portion...

Tags: Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 7, 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 6, 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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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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 (Charlotte)·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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 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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 (Seattle)·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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 (Washington DC)·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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