Il Porto

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1304 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
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.
What 1304 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

This ended up being one of the worst service experiences I have ever had. We waited for 35 minutes to see a waiter, who only showed up after we asked the host if we could order. When we saw the waiter we asked for bread, which came after being seated for more than an hour. The food came after being in the restaurant for more than an hour and a half, and more than an hour after we ordered. The server blamed being busy with other tables and didn’t apologize until it was time for a tip. Even then, it wasn’t an apology, but rather a “thank you for waiting.” The fettuccine alfredo was soup (we took a video and wish I could post it) and the rest of the dishes were cold to lukewarm. When the host/ manager Fredy was told about the bad service he blamed us and said we should have told him before. We told him on three occasions that our waiter kept forgetting about us. The restaurant wasn’t full but even if they are too busy, don’t seat who you can’t serve. We had reservations and were hoping to entertain out of town friends with a good meal, instead it turned into a two hour nightmare with bad food and terrible service.

Il Porto
Responded a day ago

We apologize you did not enjoy your experience but management did try to resolve these issues. We allowed you to sit upstairs on a weekday which is usually never done and moving added to your wait time. Once you told us that you wanted bread we brought you two loaves within minutes. You did not complain about the meal until after you had paid, so we could not give you a discount. Our manager gave you his information and said that if you returned that he would make up for what had happened.

Report
PC
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the light jazz trio on Sunday night. Everyone’s food was excellent and the restaurant was most accommodating to a wheelchair patient with us.

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

For an allegedly authentic italian restaurant, the food was only passable. The red pasta sauce was basically chunks of tomoatos with little flavor. The side of broccoli was steamed, no oil or garlic or even salt. Just plain. The chicken was decent. The manicotti was only ok. The staff is not italian. Not sure the chef is either!

JC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wait staff was on top of everything and did a great job

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful interior and the food was good.

LP
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wine, service and atmosphere. Good place for celebrating my daughters birthday.

MT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a special occasion, my daughter and her fiancé were choosing their wedding venue in Alexandria. We met them at ll Porto to review their choices. We had reservations at 6:30 and were seated right away. Our server, Kevin was attentive but not obtrusive. Drinks and bread arrived quickly. My wife and daughter ordered the eggplant parmesan, my future son in law ordered the chicken parmesan and I ordered the veal scallopini. The meals were delicious and ample. By the way I am 100% Italian. This was good!

TD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The calamari appetizer comes with a really good, fresh marinara sauce. The saltimbocca alla romana is spectacular and a good portion size. The pollo siciliano was also very good and came with a healthy side of pasta! The ambience is really cute and rustic with plenty of space upstairs. Great for a date night!

OT
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and great food. So glad we tried it! Great ambiance. Not too loud, yet fun!

G
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brother and sister-in-law visited us from Seattle. After a day of touring them in WA DC, experienced another great meal at Il Porto.

LJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

No frills kind of dining. Good food, good service, great atmosphere and good prices. A classic restaurant.

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent, salmon, lamb, seafood, chicken Marsala. My mouth is watering thinking about it!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service.

F
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

9/19/19
Great food, Ambiance and service.

RK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we enjoyed our dinner here and we will definitely come back Food service & ambiance was very good.

Will most definitely recommend to others

J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Smell so bad upstairs

TG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food, charming atmosphere, great location.

DN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is lovely, our waiter was considerate and skilled. But the food was really poor— watery pasta, sauce was not fresh, meatballs awful. My husband had a special that was way below par. I’ve eaten at far better Italian restaurants at half the price

Il Porto
Responded on 5 September 2019

Hello! thank you for leaving us a review. We are truly sorry that we did not meet your expectations. We aim to give each and every one of our guest the very best experience, and we have let you down. If possible please email us at ilportoalexandria@gmail We want to make up for this mistake.

Report
RF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and the waiter was attentive and met all our needs. Quiet enough to have a good conversation and never felt rushed.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Meal was very good, service was prompt. Table was a little cramped.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night

C
Pittsburgh
36 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a delicious dinner. Decor was fine, the AC was trying to keep up with the crowd. The night we went the 1st floor AC was down and we ate upstairs. The marinara for the calamari and my wife’s lasagna was what we have been looking for. My Penne alla Romana con Funghi was delicious. We didn’t have any room for desert. We will visit again.

V
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

In regards to the food, I tend to prefer a heartier sauce (meaty or creamy) so it was very likely my fault in choosing a plainer red-sauced option that left me wanting; so I wouldn't have anyone judge on my rating of that alone. The ambiance was good, the waiter was young and nervous but did fine otherwise. I was stressing out a great deal, however, as I found myself in a cellular/wireless crisis there in the middle of an important thing... so Il Porto might benefit to offer wireless to its customers (perhaps it does?) Still, that kinda ruined the night for me.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service and food was delicious.

SR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. We especially like that the tables are not jammed in the space, it is easy to have a conversation and we never feel like we are rushed.

T
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service were both excellent!!

RQ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place. Food is excellent. Servers are very friendly. I would recommend making reservations today (not recommendation with reservations, but rather reserve a table). :-). Great place!

b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our reservation and table provided was outstanding. Food and service were excellent and the overall dining experience was everything we had hoped for.

s
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have been to Il Porto's on many occasions in the past. I have always been quite pleased with my entrees. However, this time I was very disappointed overall. I ordered their dinner special, Branzino. I love Branzino and have it many times including the week before at another Old Town restaurant (that one was absolutely delicious). For $39 I received two very thin pieces of fish with a small amount of veggie risotto. I was not very impressed with the presentation nor the preparation. My friends had the cheese manicotti and that looked quite good, but they did not really comment either way, so perhaps not the best for them either. The service was amicable but not especially attentive. So all in all a bad experience this time, but will try again with different selections. I am remembering past selections being more to my taste. Luckily I had a great time and great conversation with my friends which made the experience enjoyable.

Il Porto
Responded on 19 August 2019

Thank you for leaving us a review! We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your visit to Il Porto. We take pride in our food and service, so we are deeply disappointed that we were unable to meet your expectations. If you had let the manager or server know how you felt about your entree, we would have been happy to comp your meal or order you something else. Regardless, we are sorry that this happened and we hope that we can redeem ourselves in the future.

Report
AH
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Wonderful spot in beautiful Old Town.

US
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing cuisine!

Report
F
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and great food. I had the special, braised ribs and gnocchi. I highly recommend trying this place out. I don’t think you need to wait for a special occasion.

HN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We are never disappointed by this restaurant. They seem to be committed to good service, good food, pleasant dining experience. Probably because we were there on a weekday evening, the noise level was quite acceptable. Like just about every place in OT, it can be annoying weekends.

M
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is consistently a good choice for my wife and me. We’ve been dining here since the mid 1980’s. We’ve never been disappointed.

F
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner outside on the patio with breeze. Excellent cioppino! Great service. Thanks I'm porto!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not a young kid friendly place. Lots of stairs difficult to navigate stairs. Restaurant is for adults. Good food good service

L
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, II Porto never disappoints. The food is always fresh and delicious. Their fresh bread is always good. We have had our sever Rocky before. He is excellent and does his best to accommodate special requests. He is truly a gem at II Porto.

l
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food not so friendly staff

DH
6 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is wonderful. The servers were great and very well-mannered, the food was excellent, and the drinks were divine. In addition, the prices for all the items were very reasonable. The ambiance of the restaurant was very conducive to talking with my lady and enjoying a nice evening. We will return.

OT
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always visit when in Old Town. Best Italian food in Virginia. Freddy and Lou are outstanding and always remember our table preferences. Our favorite server Rocky was fantastic as always, friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating, knows just when to come back to the table. Enjoyed the manicotti, veal parmigiana , save room for spumoni .. great seeing Freddy and Rocky.. thanks for everything

1
2
3
33