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“Excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Il Porto

Il Porto
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Ranked #23 of 752 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Old Town
Cross street: N.Lee
Transit: King Street Metro stop, about 16 blocks away from the restaurant. Free Trolley shuttle from King Street Metro to the restaurant
Description: 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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Excellent food and excellent service. Menu was good with pastas and Italian foods. The taste was outstanding. Atmosphere was good and the red wine most enjoyable (can’t remember which wine)

Visited December 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Dessert and coffee...they couldn't do it.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

Surprisingly disappointing. We walked in at 9:30 and asked to be seated for coffee and dessert. They wouldn't seat us at a table though several were open. We were sat at the tiny 6-person (empty) bar upstairs, pawned off to a server who didn't know the menu, ordered several desserts, and after 15 minutes were told they were sold out. We made other choices and received cold pre made dessert straight from the refrigerator. We never received the decaf coffees we ordered. We live in Alexandria, and won't be coming back.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A pleasant experiment”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

First time diner at this restaurant on King Street; good atmosphere, helpful staff... good food; has been open for a long time on a street that is renowned for businesses opening and closing with alacrity. I'll be happy to go again.

  • Visited November 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“An old friend!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

Had a bad experience at Hanks Oyster Bar and had to scramble and find another restaurant in the area at 9 at night. Il Porto stepped up handily! Unlike Hanks, which can't expedite customers to save its life, Il Porto was packed, but 5 mins later, Viola! My wife had the chicken and artichokes and I, the lasagna. Both delicious and hit the spot! Try and get Rocky as your waiter, he has been their awhile and can steer you to the best the menu has to offer!

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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great pasta”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

A nice old town restaurant, but needs some updating. Much of the decor is still around from the 80's. The pasta is fresh and consistently good, however, and wine prices are very reasonable.

Visited October 2012
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