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“Just so-so” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante il Porto

Ristorante il Porto
7 The Boardwalk, Sparta, NJ
(973) 729-9901
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Ranked #18 of 45 restaurants in Sparta
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Randolph, New Jersey
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76 reviews 76 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
“Just so-so”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

The view is nice, right across from the lake, the food OK, somewhat funny-smelling restaurant. The service was pretty bad, and the general atmosphere was haphazard. Many employees lounged and sat around while customers needed service. I would never return to this establishment.

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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Livingston, New Jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012 via mobile

Food was amazing! The service was great too! We sat outside and the view of the lake was so beautiful. This is one of our favorite places to go!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“It's always consistent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012 via mobile

I don't get the poor reviews. We have eaten here 15+ times. Last night most recent. The staff is always friendly. The food is really good. Not great, but really good. The view is spectacular. Sit outside if you can...I work (and entertain clients) in NYC, so I have a pretty good idea what constitutes a pleasant dining experience. Il Porto is one of our "go to" restaurants.

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Morris Plains
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“AWFUL!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

It's been a little while since going to Il Porto but we remembered the food and service had been nice. So we invited our friends to join us, who had never been, thinking we were going to have a tasty meal, with great friends, and good service. NOT!! To start, the service STUNK, our waiter helped everyone but us. We had to ask for a wine bucket and our bread. Then, when ordering my meal I asked to have my pasta made a little harder than normal. It came out awful, overly soft. They wouldn't re-do it AND, the waitress told me to be grateful for the other food I had on my plate....CAN YOU IMAGINE!!! I couldn't be grateful for that either since the Tilapia was over sauced with tasteless goo. I would NEVER recommend this place and you can be sure that our friends certainly would not go back either.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Virginia, USA
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Memories Good Food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

Years ago I remembered Il Porto serving very good food. This last time…not so much. The Caesar salad had way too much dressing, the four cheese pasta that came to my right was way too rich, and the steak was tasted too much like charcoal and was overdone and not very tasty. Perhaps I shouldn’t have ordered steak at an Italian restaurant but it came highly recommended. If the food does not improve, the only reason to go is if you’re sitting outside on a warm summer day and looking out over the lake.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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