Porcini - Philadelphia

4.6
1471 reviews
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Italian
2012 through 2017 DINERS CHOICE AWARD . Located in the Rittenhouse Square area of center city Philadelphia, established in 1996. Porcini is rated by Zagat as a top 1, 000 Italian restaurant in America with a food score of 24. We are also recognized as the original and premier authentic, BYOB-style Italian restaurant in center city, as well as in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Located at 2048 Sansom Street. In a circa 1840's coach home, enjoy classic, imaginative Italian cuisine & fresh made pasta .
Historical Sansom Street offers entertainment at Helium Comedy Club, Adrien Theatre Shakespere Theatre , and Roxy movie theater, just doors away. Enjoy your visit to historical Sansom Street & Porcini Restaurant.
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BM
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Attentive staff. Unique location. Will definitely be returning.

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KJ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My only hesitation to review Porcini is that it may prevent me from reserving a seat in the future - it so outstanding. I have eaten here several times, introduced to this wonderful Sansome Street gem by an Italian work colleague a couple of years ago. Philly is blessed with numerous authentic, outstanding Italian restaurants (it is home to more Italian-Americans than any other North American city except for Toronto), but when I asked my colleague to name his favorite "home cooking" in the region, he did not hesitate to mention Porcini. It is a BYOB, small, nondescript place that seats maybe 30 or 40 people. The food is as good as I've consumed anywhere outside of Italy. The pasta is fresh, the grilled tenderloin appetizers delightful, and the puff pastry dessert is out of this world. Great service, and the owner, David, makes a point of visiting the tables to make sure everyone is satisfied. Parking is easily available at a pay garage across the street.

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RC
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both wonderful! Both owners and the waitresses made us feel welcome and special - and both of our salads and entrees were incredibly fresh, tasty, and unique.

I love this place - and can’t wait to come back!

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S
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Great service. Friendly owner, Dave, treated us like old friends!

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m
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Porcini is a delight. The food is incredible, the staff are welcoming. The patrons are flexible in this small space where if it weren’t for everyone’s gracious approach to sharing space it might feel uncomfortable. Instead, it is like sharing the evening with a loving, large family

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K
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is absolutely delicious! We had an assortment of appetizers and all were wonderful! The artichokes were particularly excellent. The main courses especially the pasta special were fabulous. Some of the best Italian food to be had in Philadelphia!

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NR
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was very good and the service was great. Only thing that could use a little help is that the tables are too close together but I guess one could say that's part of the allure I don't know. I don't like to sit right next to people I don't know and I like to be able to get in and out of my seat easily (I'm thin and it was a challenge). Overall I recommend this restaurant because the most important things- the food and the service- were great!

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, incredibly friendly service and ambience.

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DJ
Philadelphia
402 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best Rittenhouse area restaurant you may not know about (even though it’s always full). No pretense. Excellent food.

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r
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A 'neighborhood gem'. We dine here frequently. The chef and the host are brothers and are very accommodating.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service was great! Can’t wait to go back.

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BM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service, food and location. Our favorite Philadelphia restaurant!!

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A
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food at this long time neighborhood favorite is always DELICIOUS! The halibut special was a gorgeous cut of fish prepared to perfection! Grilled artichokes and Osso Buca ravioli are must haves every time we dine here!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. It was the perfect place to eat for a date. Great service and it was never too loud.

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FS
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

First the good: staff are welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. My wife’s veal Marsala was very tender and tasty. Now, the rest. We entered the low ceilinged and run down dining room and were given a warm table (very welcome on a chilly evening) in the back. When asked about our water preference, the host (owner maybe?) asked if we would like ‘a nice Pellegrino’. When we selected tap water, as option not offered, and said we were not drinking wine, he lifted the 2 glasses at our table by sticking his fingers into them and left without a word. We ordered. I started with the calamari salad. Swimming in an acrid dressing were a few calamari rings, and a few more in larger chunks that had not been sliced completely though. Not a big deal if could have tasted anything other than the plethora of capers in the dressing. Once I had picked the capers out, the calamari were well cooked but the salad portion was a few baby lettuce leaves, a half dozen winter tomato dice and one bit of basil. My wife’s risotto was good, if salty. For entrees, my wife enjoyed her veal. I had ordered a special: mushroom pappardelle, described as portobello mushrooms and pappardelle in a rich brown sauce. What arrived was a plate of pappardelle, well cooked from dried, with maybe one portobello cap that has been hacked into random size pieces and tossed in a thin, reddish sauce that made me yearn for the dressing on my salad. I ate the mushrooms and some of the pasta. The broccoli rabe was unseasoned and brought without lemon to rescue it. The shocker came when my entree billed out at $30.50. I admit I didn’t ask the price when this special was offered, but a vegan option that was more expensive than the veal is really unacceptable, especially when it was only edible. If I thought the kitchen were capable of doing any better I would have sent it back. As it was we cut our losses and went home. Maybe the desserts and coffee here are wonderful; we’ll never know.

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L
Philadelphia
111 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful small friendly restaurant. Owner and chef are great and the food is delish-and it's BYO!!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent as always and the service was great as well.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dinner, tightly packed tables

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately when booking there wasn’t a notification that their regular menu is unavailable during restaurant week, and being the last night of restaurant week the meal just felt really tired and uninspired. Same thing thrown together for the past 14 days in a row and the effort was lost.

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KD
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I wasn’t aware that this is a BYOB restaurant and was embarrassed when I asked for their wine list and other tables around me felt bad and offered me some of their wine. Great experience overall and I’ll go back but tell people when they make the res that it’s BYOB.

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DJ
Philadelphia
402 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun restaurant week menu.

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P
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was good, the service was excellent. But the noise level and cramped quarters was very uncomfortable. The tables are packed so close that I felt it was an actual safety issue. And the noise level was so loud that my husband and I could not have a conversation . We decided to forgo dessert.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was very good. The only reason I didn’t rate it a 5 was because the place is small and space is awkward if you arrive and your table is not ready. It is one of those places that’s a rowhome converted to a restaurant and you are sitting on top of each other and have to walk down a steep flight of stairs with a low ceiling to use the bathroom. That was the only awkward part.

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OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and night out with Porcini!!!

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MG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food is good, basic Italian fare that can be found in many Philly restaurants. Decor needs to be spruced up — old paint and carpeting.

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S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, charming atmosphere, excellent service and friendly, solicitous owner. I highly recommend this gem.

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DC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food. I had the ravioli. Lightest most delicate dough I ever had. Delightful. I will come again and again

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n
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

FOH staff cursed out the kitchen in front of the entire dining room . My table was ignored multiple times. I had to tell the waitress my order 4 times because she kept saying it’s chicken. I knew it was chicken that’s why I was trying to order it. People got their entrees that came in after us before we even got our salad . The other waiter poured water all over my friend and didn’t stop to acknowledge or apologize because he was so interested in the table of ladies seated behind us. Terrible experience

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s
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Porcini never disappoints. I don't go there as often as I used to because I moved out of the area, but whenever I go back I'm reminded of why this place has always been one of my favorite spots.

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Italian food in Philadelphia.

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PF
Philadelphia
108 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, but because of the limited space the tables are very close together. The party of six in the table behind us was so loud we could not carry on a conversation at our table. Because it can be so overwhelmingly noisy, I cannot recommend the restaurant.

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s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal at Porcini. Owners were fun to speak to, loved that it was small and quaint. Would definitely go back!

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E
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Their veal is outstanding!
The ravioli were delicious and light
The owners are very engaging and seem to love what they do and pleasing customers.
We have never had a disappointing meal/experience.

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GA
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Favorite restaurant! We love our neighborhood restaurant! Amazing food and great service!

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EB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Waitress appeared annoyed that we only ordered appetizers as part of our main dish. Service was abrupt. We were sat at a table that was cramped and required that once I was seated, my chair was blocked by the table in front of us. I had to interrupt and request for the person in front of me to get up in order to get up and out from my chair. Food was delicious.

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FS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Porcini never fails to disappoint. It's one of my favorite places in the city

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DJ
Philadelphia
402 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great dining experience-even in the midst of a power outage.

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J
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service !

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Would revisit on a weekday due to noise level. Could not hear conversation with person I was dining with.

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