Porcini - Philadelphia

4.7
1516 reviews
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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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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I recommend Porcini to all my friends who visit Philly!

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Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, excellent service, can’t wait to go back.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food in a homey cozy spot. Byob makes it a reasonable tab at the end of the night

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small, intimate restaurant with a wonderful family style ambiance. Great Italian food like you might find in a trattoria in Rome or Milan. We had a great meal, and we will definitely come back again!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely worth a visit. Excellent and authentic food. Will be going back.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was lackadaisical at best. Waitress spilled water on tablecloth and asked if we wanted it replaced, as if eating off a wet tablecloth would have been acceptable. Never checked back to see how we were doing despite the fact that they weren't yet that busy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is incredible!

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j
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What's not to like. The quarters are tight but the greeting, service, food, byob, and cost lead to a most pleasant dining experience in a family run place.

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LN
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with my niece and her boyfriend.

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DD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was wonderful and the food was good. A little noisy but a nice experience. Would recommend

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B
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This rather small restaurant is quite welcoming. What it lacks in size, it develops in the quality of the food. The cantaloupe, ravioli and sauces were very good. The cannoli excellent. I personally prefer a chilled Caesar salad rather the the temperate style served, however the portion size and dressing were very good. Service was timely and not overbearing. Due to the size of the room and closeness of the tables, the restaurant was full, the noise level was VERY LOUD. This is a spot for good food and good times, not a romantic setting. And remember to BYOB.

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WM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noisy due to big party upstairs and our rowdy party. Steve and David knocked it out of the park again. Absolutely great evening, awesome food.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and wait staff were perfect combination of attentive without being overbearing. A neighborhood gem!

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JJ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Overall, just an average experience. Appetizers were the highlight. Second floor seating, extremely noisy, partly due to inconsiderate group table in a small space. Entree's were good but not great, one pasta dish did not live up[ to description, pork loin was good. Desert, cannoli shell was hard as a rock. Waitede quite awhile for a party of two service.

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P
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite BYOB when we are in town and want a friendly neighborhood great Italian meal!

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M
Philadelphia
238 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My favorite place... love the pollo Milanese and the yummy cannoli! Tight quarters but David keeps everyone happy!

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RK
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Was too noisy food was good but could have gave you a little bit more for what you paid

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tiny homey location. Incredible food and service. We forgot to bring our own wine, but were supported by someone else's leftover bottles. Highly highly recommend!

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NK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite spot in Philly. I have been going to college at Villanova and would take my family there when they were in town. Just graduated so we had our last Porcini dinner for a while but it is the most incredible food, atmosphere and is an experience I always look forward to. I

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SG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Like the food. But... seating is very cramped ... noise level was so high that it is hard to have any conversation.

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WR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service.
Just a little loud.
Definitely will go back and recommend!!

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D
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is consistently good. I live close by and am a regular. The squid appetizer rivals the artichoke hearts for my favorite, and all the pasta entrees are wonderful. The fact that it’s a byob makes it quite affordable.

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JG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place all around. Great food service and atmosphere. We go ever year and Dave and Stephen never disappoint us with a great meal.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite byob!! Love this place!😄

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

As with other visits Porcini remains one of our favorites. While the intimate size may be a little shocking for those used to the new trend of “warehouse” eating, it ultimately feeds into a more focused connection with the food and dining companions. While the noise may rise, it ebbs and flows with folks conversations. Of course, the food is on point, as usual.

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T
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angela was fantastic she was out of this world accommodating and get conversationalist. Well be back!

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San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in California, come to Philly once a year to work and ALWAYS eat here. Just delicious.

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DJ
Philadelphia
424 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Energetically relaxing dining. Excellent house-made pasta specials.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The only negative was the low quality bread served.
How difficult is it to get first class Italian bread for a classy place with excellent food?

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DK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, small, intimate space. Scrumptious food and friendly service!

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MF
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service always good in this intimate space. Traditional Italian, simply prepared with great ingredients. Roman artichoke appetizer was perfect amount, fantastic garlic bread and the Osso bucco ravioli was tender, flavorful with great sauce. Tiramisu light and perfect ending. Wonderful service from friendly knowledgeable staff. Just go.

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WK
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Artichoke app was delicious and just enough for two. Bread was ok, but Tusan infused olive oil served with a creamy ricotta was addictive. Duck carbonara special and Paglia e Fieno al Telefono were fantastic, cooked very well. Would've liked a lighter salad. Got the broiled brussel sprouts which for the price should be a more creative side. Tiramisu was perfect for two and well made. BYOB

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BB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s not possible to have a bad meal here. Dave makes you feel like you’re sitting in his family’s dining room. Always there to make you feel welcome and joke. Can’t recommend this place enough. Keeps me coming back.

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g
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great experience and great food. A must visit restaurant when we are in town.

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LL
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Seems to have gone down hill a bit. Food not as tasty as previous visit.

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CB
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service were excellent. And Chef Steve came out to serve our entrées and what a delight

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S
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food at Porcini is always first-rate. My top reason for going. Menu changes will be delicious, I know. I greatly prefer the intimate (OK, crowded if the place is full - around 30 seats?) atmosphere to a larger space. The enthusiastic, gregarious brother (second brother cooking) is a great host in the front. Will return again and again. Our out-of-town guests are delighted when we eat there.

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LV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food never disappoints and the servers are awesome! On my most recent occasion, we sat in the middle of the main floor and the noise was so loud, we had a hard time speaking with the other couple across the table! The stuffed peppers and eggplant aps are amazing as well as the Canolloni pasta and the Chicken Milanese.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

its a small place and its packed elbow to elbow with diners ,but the food was excellent and a nice menu selection

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N
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice waiters but the food unimpressive. The bucatini carbonara was bone dry and not just my order. Three people at our table ordered it and all servings were dry. And the osso buco ravioli was tepid. No deep rich flavor as we hoped.

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