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Italian, Northern-Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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When you think Italian ...Think IL PORTO!! Old Town"s First Italian Restaurant in the Heart of Old Town's Historic Seaport District. Serving Fine Italian Cuisine since 1973. Let the Italian flag wave you into the restaurant and soon you'll discover why we have so many satisfied customers around town and around the globe.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $30
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Italian, Northern-Italian
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed September 14, 2022 via mobile

At first glance this is a very nice restaurant with a nice host and ambience. The menu is what we call “typical Italian” that doesn’t stray too far from pasta you can find anywhere in the U.S. The saltimboca was like no other I have...been served anywhere with a fontina (I think) cheese topping, not a shred of sage (maybe dried sprinkled on top) and prosciutto sliced too thick. Our waiter took my plate away while others were still eating. At the prices we are seeing these days we expect a restaurant to challenge the kitchen to try different things. We were served adequate food not up to our expectations.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Wali Z, Owner at Il Porto, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2022

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Feedback such as yours is very helpful as we strive to continuously improve and grow as an establishment. We apologize that you did not enjoy your entrees, we know this must have been...More

Reviewed September 8, 2022 via mobile

My favorite in Old Town. Incredible Fettuccini Alfredo!! Equally good Tiramisu. Try to get a table with Rocky as your server for superb attention to detail and very personable experience. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 25, 2022 via mobile

I would kill for the Alfredo sauce. It is super duper yummy and they are very kind. There are often water fills and it is a very cozy restaurant. (Review written by my 13 year old who—like all of us—loved her meal.)

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 25, 2022 via mobile

A Haiku in memory of our recent dinner at Il Porto Ristorante in Alexandria: Open air dinner Mediocre burrata Pasta over cookedMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Wali Z, Owner at Il Porto, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2022

Thanks for the review We apologize to you See you again soon? Hi Gillian! Love your haiku, thank you for such a witty review. We apologize that you did not enjoy your entrees, this must have been deeply frustrating for you. In the future, please...More

Reviewed May 26, 2022 via mobile

We had planned to eat somewhere else but stopped here first. We were happy we did. The staff knew most of the clients so that was nice to know they had plenty of repeat customers. We were worried the service would take long but in...actual facts, we were in and out within 45 minutes. The bread served was hot and fresh…homemade taste. We would have loved more!! Our party had fettuccine, spaghetti, meat sauce, lasagna, and meat balls. As a picky Italian cook, after tasting my husband’s entree, have to say their meat sauce was one I would have eaten. If we lived here, I know our family would become regulars too.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 4, 2022 via mobile

We have eaten here many times over the years and the food has always been excellent and the service has always been friendly. They make their own pasta and I believe they make their own desserts both are really excellent.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 26, 2022 via mobile

I ordered Burrata all Caprese for sharing and it was plain. I had Saltimbucca alla Romana and it had three pieces of soggy, unflavored and ugly looking dish. The food doesn’t have to do anything with authentic and tasty Italian food I recalled I had...in Italy. The restaurant is located in a touristic spot and obviously it was crowded. The should improve their food and chef.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Wali Z, Owner at Il Porto, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2022

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We apologize you did not enjoy your entrees. In the future, please feel free to let your server or the manager know how you felt about your meal so they can address the situation. We're...More

Reviewed April 11, 2022 via mobile

Racist staff. In my first and only attempt to ever eat there yesterday 04/08/2022 around 7 PM, the host asked my friend (Latina) and I (Afrolatina) to move to the side because a couple (white) who was behind us needed to be assisted and seated...with priority. I front of us the host seated the white couple and asked us to move out of the way. When confronted about his obvious neglect, the racist host stated (in a defensive tone)that the couple had a reservation but we know he was lying because we saw the couple checking other restaurants and getting on their waitlist, just like my friend and I. We left after he asked us to move to the corner (out of the way) giving us a hint we were not welcome. The disdain we were treated with, it has haunted me all day today. I recommend you all not to frequent this place, if you actually mean to sanction this racist and hurtful behavior. I am cross posting this review everywhere I can think of. I just marked a 5 star, so I could post.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Wali Z, Marketing at Il Porto, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2022

We apologize for what you felt was rude service, but if a couple has a reservation then they will be sat first. After going over your review with the manager in question, he confirmed that they did indeed have a reservation. We can't explain why...More

Reviewed April 8, 2022

Finally got to get our Mother interred at Arlington National Cemetery with our Dad. Stayed in Alexandria and I booked our lunch at Il Porto for the eight of us. Absolutely the best place we ate at during our three day stay in the area....The food and appetizers we got were excellent, and our server was first class. The atmosphere of Il Porto is also very accommodating. Will definitely frequent this establishment whenever we are in the area.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 28, 2022

Love II Porto! its cozy and romantic and the food is delish and service is terrific!! Great spot to grab a drink or dinner:)

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 26, 2022 via mobile

Delicious! Dinner was delicious! A beautiful restaurant in a lovely location. Friendly service and a wonderful Italian dinner.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 20, 2022

We had a Saturday wedding lunch for 50 at Il Porto last weekend that drew raves from the guests for food and service. From the very beginning, Ed assured us that he would see to it that we could relax and enjoy the celebration, which...is exactly what happened. He helped us choose food and wine, made sure the tables were set up exactly as we wanted, and answered many questions along the way. Appetizers were waiting when we arrived, and from there Javier and Jesus led the service team who took care of our guests. Each course was delivered efficiently and timed perfectly. We brought in a cake from a custom baker, which the team at Il Porto cut, plated, and presented beautifully. Most importantly, we felt taken care of by everyone there. Amazing job! (If planning a menu for your event, or just stopping by for dinner — try the manicotti!)More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 3, 2022 via mobile

I lived and worked in Alexandria for many years and always went to Landini’s a few doors down as I’d heard Il Porto was “tourist Italian.” Well, shame on me or maybe ownership changed but today my wife and I had a superb lunch here!...We split a calamari order—which was generous and excellent! The red dipping sauce was fantastic too! The bread was the best I can recall!! The salads were huge and fresh with a wonderful array of veggies. We split an entree of “Penne ala Romano (penne pasta in a crumbled sausage pink sauce)“ and it was outstanding! I love to cook and am a VERY tough critic at restaurants but this place really impressed my wife and I! My only suggestion to them would be to get some more affordable wines by the glass as I saw nothing under $15 a glass.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed December 25, 2021

My family and I had dinner here for Christmas, we had an amazing time with Javier who provided outstanding service. The food was also great, we will return.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 19, 2021 via mobile

Had an early dinner on a Sunday evening. It has been several years since we ate here but remembered the food and ambience as excellent. That did not disappoint. Il Porto is a very pleasant and somewhat upscale dining room. The food was very good....What was not good, and why only 3 stars was the service. After being seated at about 5pm and told we needed to be out by 7 due to reservations, it was about 15 minutes before we saw a server to take drink orders and explain the specials. Then it was another 10 minutes or so to order. Bread and water were delivered and our food arrived reasonably promptly. But that was the last time we saw our server for quite some time. He never returned to check on our food, didn't refill water glasses. We literally had to wave him down to get some water. It was not as if it was busy. There were are at least servers and maybe 10 people in the downstairs dining room. I know servers are stressed and work hard but in an upscale restaurant it should not be a stretch to expect water glasses to be filled and for there to be a check on food after it is delivered. Hopefully just a one time thing, but if not service needs to improve.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Wali Z, Owner at Il Porto, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2021

Hello there! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate that you understand that our waiters get stretched thin at times. However, we fully agree with you that you should have had your waters filled throughout the night. We understand...More

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We ate downstairs, but I didn't hear any piano music from upstairs.
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Il Porto is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4