Penne Restaurant
Penne Restaurant

Penne Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pennerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2158236222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Eileen Watkin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Penne offers a private dining room accommodating up to 16 guests. Tailored menus and accommodations available for group lunches, dinners, corporate events or special occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelly Delaney 2158236222x2119

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 36th & Walnut
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Penne Restaurant
Penne is a modern Italian restaurant with an emphasis on fresh, handmade pastas that are served in a fun, stylish dining room. An extensive wine program, featuring selections by the glass or flight, compliments the outstanding bar menu.
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Penne Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelQuiet
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (10)good for groups (9)special occasion (6)neighborhood gem (5)romantic (4)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (3)fit for foodies (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Two lousy meals in a row
    infreqDiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I had a poor dinner there a few months ago and was really surprised (because even as recently as 5 yrs ago, the dinner experience was fine). I held off writing a negative review until I tried the lunch experience recently (had never had a bad lunch there previously). Even though there were at most two tables of patrons, it still took 30 minutes for a Caesar salad and a Burger plate to arrive! Submediocre bread was served with no butter. I'm never going back.
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  • It was OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The bread was grocery store bread. The steak was very greasy and the portions were far too small for the price. My server didn't seem to want to be there. Regardless, I really liked the salad that came with the steak.
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  • Nice University Area Resturant
    DrFelGood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It was a pleasant surprise to see a upscale restaurant in the middle of a university setting. The food was great, the service even better. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Choice for UPENN area
    schlepper
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were a large group on a slow night at the restaurant. Lots of good choices here. The food itself was quite decent. The only problem was slow production by the kitchen, or perhaps it was understaffing in the dining room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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  • Good Food
    Kaya
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I meant up with my bestie here on a Saturday night and there were hardly any tables filled; I thought it was because of the food! The food and the service though was great. Being that UPenn and Drexel are on summer vacation, I anticipate the crowds start to pour in at the end of summer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Not impressed
    Dana
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The soft shell crab appetizer was good, but my entrée, grilled bronzino with couscous salad, was tasteless and bland. The food was average at best. Our server, however, was very sweet and extremely attentive. What really blew me away was that the restaurant had the nerve to charge $48 for a screw off bottle of wine (there was nothing less expensive). I would not return.
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  • AnnaVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Never had a bad meal at Penne. The sweet potato ravioli, which is seasonal, still lingers in my memory. Fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Home made pasta heaven!
    MARYANNEVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The home made pasta is a must at this restaurant! We go to Penne for special luncheons.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I also make reservations at Penne for all our intimate special occasions...birthdays and etc. we usually sit at the bar area in a booth. Both servers there are excellent!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Perfect menu and location for University of Pennsylvania graduation. Something for everyone
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Should be so much better!
    LeeDVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    On Penn's graduation weekend, the restaurant should have been packed. It was empty and easy to see why. The food is mediocre at best. Why is it so hard to find a decent chef? A missed opportunity in a great location!
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 434 reviews are from the Penne Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Very unorganized
    Mindy603
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Went for brunch.was seated waited for 10 minutes for waiter to take drink order. The restaurant was not busy at all for Easter. Finally took our order 10 minutes after drink order. 20 minutes into that fire alarm goes off.not holding this against them.things happen we had to evacuate, went back in after 15 minutes.not once did a waiter or manager come over to ask if we would like our coffe warmed back up.finally 40 minutes after we came back in our food has arrived.my family got hot dishes mine was smoked salmon.how can you mess that up.bagel and cream cheese was not delivered had to ask for that.still waiting my family finishes their meal.bagel still not at table.finally comes.was afraid to ask for the egg and spinach that was missing.
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  • Easter Brunch
    Brunch
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Having had dinner at this restaurant before, I was anticipating a good time. The service was extremely slow and when the food finally arrived, it was cold. While I was there, there was a fire alarm and the restaurant had to be evacuated. I don't blame the restaurant for the fire alarm but I feel that the meal should have been hot when it was served.
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    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Look Elsewhere
    UCityResident
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food was OK. I had the Lobster Risotto. It wasn't very exciting. The portion was quite small and expensive. The dish was a small bit of risotto with a very small piece of lobster on top. The risotto wasn't flavored, nor did it contain any pieces of lobster mixed in. My guests also were disappointed with the food they received. Basically, it is a hotel restaurant. In University City, there are far better options for dinner.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The staff is wonderful--with excellent greetings and attention to detail with service. The food is not good. The staff should be complimented by the food, location, atmosphere, and setting & vice versa. For pasta that is homemade and made onsite--which is very special, the food and menu must improve.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
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  • Decent Food
    LouiseNVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Decent food but a little over-priced. Service can be a bit inconsistent. Great for a pre-Annenberg performance dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Penne is an ideal spot for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Penne is an ideal spot for entertaining visitors to the University. The food is consistently excellent and the service is friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    JanetS
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    You can always count on Penne for a good meal -- and a good deal. The pre-theatre menus include some delicious choices and are an excellent value for the price. On Saturday night, we enjoyed the arugula salad, salmon and chocolate panna cotta. Wonderful!.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is much improved since
    LouiseNVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food is much improved since previous visits but remains over priced.
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  • This a very good restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    This a very good restaurant for the price. I especially like its pre theater meals, which are great values.
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  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The theater menu was a good deal for $30. Open kitchen concept was also nice.
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  • wine problem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Penne has an excellent wine list. We ordered a lovely white from northern Italy. But, alas it arrived at the table tepid. Please chill your white wines better!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not wow'ed
    BigDog
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    I had a good dinner with a business visitor. Caesar salad was tasty. My lobster risotto was a bit on the bland side. Our waiter was mostly attentive. I suppose I would come back, but my overall experience was OK. I don't have an urge to return anytime soon though.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portion
    FamilyVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Only 3 scallops is way to small a portion for the price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day
    Marcus
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The sweet potato ravioli is excellent and I highly recommend it. Wine selection is fair. Wait staff were excellent and friendly. Ambience can be noisy since mostly Penn students go there. Overall it is a good place for a descent meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Valentine's day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I went here with my girlfriend for valentine's day and we had a great time. The food was very good, i recommend the scallops, and in general we were both really happy with our meal. We were seated a little bit close to another couple (maybe they were trying to maximize the number of seats for Valentine's day?) but they were not loud. Our waiter was attentive. I would recommend this place in University City for a nice dining experience away from the center city scene.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meeting place.
    CityDoc
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Goof everyday food in reasonable portion sizes. Not fancy but a good place to meet with friends or do some business. They also have a nice bar for drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Hostess
    KiethVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    We were at a business meeting and we were very impressed with the hostess lady - I believe she has been there for a long time. She took care of my business partner so well, we will be back definitely. Their service is perfect for successful business meetings.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Impressed!
    CiCi
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Service was very attentive. Food was great- from the gnocchi, salmon, salad and dessert! We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Horrible Service
    RobM
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    My wife and I had dinner recently at Penne. It was our 2nd time there and since both experiences were similar I decided I should voice my concerns. While the food has generally been delicious, the service was about as bad as I've ever experienced at a somewhat upscale restaurant. In both cases, our waiter regularly disappeared and was nowhere to be found. In the most recent instance, our waiter brought us a dessert menu and then did not return for 25 minutes (I clocked it). I actually had to ask another server to just get our check so we could leave, we decided to not even get dessert. I really think good service is a dying breed and despite wonderful food I will not be returning to this restaurant.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service, good food
    Redbegonia
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We waited 35-40 minutes for our food after telling our waiter we had to leave for a concert at Annenberg. That gave us about 12 minutes to eat what seemed like a very good meal. This place is seriously understaffed. "Greeter" at door never looked up from her computer. The upholstery at our booth was so broken down that the table was too high. Low seating and high table was quite uncomfortable. Food is good at Penne, but the service is seriously off. We were not given a wine list and had to ask for menus, wine list, food to be delivered etc. we will not go back.
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  • Great Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    The pre-theater dinner is a super great value. Recommend it highly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refuge after a snowy evening
    Bill
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We were in town for the Army-Navy game and because of the weather decided to dine in close proximity to the Hilton. This was perfect. The service was great and staff was very accommodating by splitting salads, entries and even appetizers. The oysters were tender and juicy and the beet salad was fresh and tasty. We also enjoy a wonderful bottle of cab with our dinner. I good ending to a snowy evening. I would highly recommend the Penne Restaurant to anyone staying in the Penn area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Quick to Tell
    petelabVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Made a very quick visit here before a performance across the street at the Annenberg Center. We only had an hour, so it was really hard to judge what a true experience with this restaurant would be. The food we had (Pappardelle with short rib ragu for me, Margharita flatbread for my companion) was very good, but the service was pretty indifferent, efficient, and rushed - to be expected with them knowing we only had a short amount of time. We'll return sometime to get a more accurate impression.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Penne Restaurant
    bdaygirl
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Penne is a great choice for pre-Annenburg events, or if you want a more upscale dining choice on the Penn campus. Atmosphere is very nice; appetizer and entree selections are fair to very good. The pre-theater 3 course meal is a good value, especially the salmon. The mushroom and goat cheese pasta appetizer is excellent, and can be ordered as an entree. Not so the rigatoni with house-made sausage, which was swimming in oil and had extremely undercooked (hard):pieces of squash. My server was indifferent; his remark when I showed him the excess oil was "Oil is good for you"!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable but pricey
    Poetguy
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Penne is a roomy, comfortable spot for good Italian food and housemade pasta with interesting, seasonal flare (I had rigatoni w/ flash-fried butternut squash and broccoli rabe.) Food is generally undersalted, which seems to be the current trend, but easily remedied by the diner. My firiend complained of size of his entree, also rigatoni, which was not much larger than my appetizer. (Perhaps the size was due to his entree being on the prix fixe menu?) The general consensus at our table was positive, though I flinched at the wine-by-the-glass prices ($9-$15!). Our server was friendly, but a bit flakey, and disappeared when we needed our check, although another server deftly interceded and prepared separate checks for our party of 4.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually better because there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Usually better because there was a shortage of wait service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our dinners were terrific--having
    elaine
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Our dinners were terrific--having a few appetizers in lieu of a main dish was a good choice. We really enjoyed our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    This was my first time at Penne restaurant and I recommended it to my 2 girlfriends who drove from DC to attend a show with me at the Annenberg Theater. The server was slow and basically did not check on our party throughout our meal. He did not explain the menu and was not helpful. My girlfriends and I thought the food was just OK - one dish was sent back to the kitchen. The wine was wonderful and the atmosphere was great. Great location across from Annenberg Theater. NOT IMPRESSED!
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    notable wine list
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  • Overall Very Good Dining
    DonnVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    My wife and I were staying at the Inn at Penn and chose to have dinner at Penne, which is on the street level floor of the hotel. Very good meal, and I'd return again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.