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Il Porto

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245 Muddy Branch Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-3003
+1 301-590-0735
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Darnestown, Maryland
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

This is a very classy place with great food. Prices are above moderate for some items, but the food and service are well worth it. I had some clams casino that were out of this world Italian style. we have been going here for a long time and it is a great place for an italian meal.

Thank snicker03
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We just celebrated a family birthday at il porto- the staff and environment could not have been nicer. Warm and attentive service-very good food-lots of choices- reasonable prices. I highly recommend for small and large groups. We had 30 plus in the side room-at a long sit down table could have done 40-50 comfortably. you could do more if you... More 

Thank Kit A
Derwood, Maryland
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

First time at this place today for lunch and thoroughly disappointed. I had the cheesy ravioli and came out cold. It took about 10 minutes for it come back. The ravioli and marinara sauce were tasteless. The cheese inside was watery. I never got an apology for the cold food and waiter barely said a word to us. I will... More 

Thank deluca2017
Rockville, Maryland
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is a good neighborhood place to have a nice Italian meal. The place is crowded on weekends, but the service is good and the food usually comes hot. On this occasion on plate could have bee a bit warmer, but the server got it heated back up no questions asked. By the way, they make a good glass of... More 

Thank Dave20850
North Potomac, Maryland, United States
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I'm not sure how many years the restaurant has been tucked into that shopping center but I do know that every time we have gone, it's been very good. We've enjoyed many items here but the one that keeps us coming back is the special Filleti di Pesce. Enjoy.

Thank David S
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

My family had a function there for a rehearsal dinner. The manager and the wait staff were extremely friendly and the service was outstanding. I highly recommend this establishment.

Thank PaulW7179
Bridgewater, New Jersey
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368 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Needed to find a place for the family to eat after traveling from NJ via Harrisburg. Nice family run, I think, all the standard Italio-American dishes. We're spoiled in NJ and this food was fine, but average. A little less flavorful than we expect, built salt and the cheese on the table helped. The portions were a little on the... More 

2 Thank s w
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

If you are ever in a mood for steak or pork chops, try the grill veal chop at Il Porto in the Festival Shopping Center on Muddy Branch. I have been returning to this same location for its veal chop for the last 15 years and each time with excellent culinary experiences. While the food is superb, it is a... More 

1 Thank Marcus M
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59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

The deck seating is preferred- we got a table! Local vibrant crowd, very casual setting. We ordered calamari -good but nothing to shout about. Then my crispy flounder with apricot sauce came ...WOW!! Looked amazing, full of flavor, fresh taste, crispy fried skin and cooked perfectly firm inside. Not dry! A good size flounder, served along with a side of... More 

1 Thank 11tt
Potomac, Maryland
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205 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Went with a large group for dinner on a Sunday. I don't understand why this place is so crowded. Food is no better than frozen Italian dinners. No better or worse than previous visit. There are many better choices close by - Fontina Grill, Il Pizzico.

1 Thank Allen S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 245 Muddy Branch Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-3003
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gaithersburg
  • Phone Number: +1 301-590-0735
Il Porto offers fresh and delicious Italian food at very reasonable prices along with impeccable service. You will not find a more friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We now offer OUTDOOR SEATING on our brand new patio. And, with our recent expansion to the property next door, we can now accommodate large groups!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?