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Penne Restaurant
Penne Restaurant
  • Address:
    The Inn at Penn
    3611 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    University City
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Penne Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pennerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (215) 823-6222
  • 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 (215) 823-6222 x2119

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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Diner Reviews
  • "Decent food but a little over-priced. Service can be a bit inconsistent. Great for a pre-Annenberg performance dinner."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Penne is an ideal spot for entertaining visitors to the University. The food is consistently excellent and the service is friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Food is much improved since previous visits but remains over priced."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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!."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This a very good restaurant for the price. I especially like its pre theater meals, which are great values."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The theater menu was a good deal for $30. Open kitchen concept was also nice."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Only 3 scallops is way to small a portion for the price."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Service was very attentive. Food was great- from the gnocchi, salmon, salad and dessert! We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The pre-theater dinner is a super great value. Recommend it highly"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "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"!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Usually better because there was a shortage of wait service."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "This place is rather pricey but the food is good and it is very conveniently located on the UPenn campus. It is perfect for business lunch meetings."
    Dined on 2/19/2013
  • "I dine at Penne often and I always love the food. But my one consistent complaint over the years is the service. It is unbearably slow. And it's not always the same issue. Sometimes it's the kitchen, sometimes not. Sometimes it's the beginning of the meal - getting someone's attention; sometimes it's at the end of the meal - getting the check. This time the server mixed up our orders more than once and the food took FOREVER to come to the table. The server, who has been at Penne for years, seemed harried. Why is he still there? Why does he continue to be flustered? I have never written this before, but I have really had it. If the same staff continuously mis-step, they simply should either be trained more properly or be let go."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "As other reviewers state, Penne serves small portions of food that is generally decent, but nothing to rave about. They have fairly healthy selecstions and it's fine for lunch, if you aren't too hungry. No place to take a hungry young man. Service was okay. The server had a large table at the same time. We had to work to get his attention when we were through. He was pleasant and seemed competent, so maybe he was just very busy."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Business dinner, great food and an exceptional waiter!"
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "The food was good, but the service, while conducted quite professionally was much too slow. My food arrived cold."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "I was in need of a restaurant within walking distance of the Inn at Penn. I read some of the other reviews and they seemed OK, but not great. Although the service was good, the food was awful, the portions were very small and everything was overpriced. My dad and I ordered the rigatoni with sausage. It was tasteless (they basically drizzled olive on the rigatoni and threw some crumbled sausage over it). Both dishes also came out cold (they did reheat them, but just stuck them under the broiler, which made the pasta a bit crispy). My kids ordered penne with tomato sauce and it was inedible due to the amount of pepper in it (I couldn't even eat it). The manager was kind enough to reduce our bill a bit, but I would never go back."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The food at Penne is continually improving and becoming more nuanced in flavors. However, I ordered scallops for my entree, and three scallops is not sufficient for a main course."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "The Kale Salad had no kale in it until we mentioned it. A waiter returned with a bowl of kale, which isn't the same as a salad which includes kale. The scallop dish was so salty it was almost inedible. The experience was disappointing and expensive for what we got."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Great place to go and have a nice not too expensive meal."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "came with a group of friends to have dinner. penne was running this excellent "breast cancer awareness" dinner where a portion of your meal when to breast cancer research. i thought this was such a great idea and deal so we decided to by a bottle of wine. Marco the manager came over and offered a wonderful suggestion that everyone at the table loved. i had the sweet potato ravioli which was to die for. sweet with an little savory from the sauteed kale. delicious! will definitely come back again!"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "went to penne before annenberg show. the restaurant was filled to the brim. we thought we wouldnt make it out in time for our show until the hostess kindly explained the pre-theater menu. 3 courses for $35 and it was an amazing meal. we actually had extra time for an additional glass of wine. the manager suggested a great one after providing a taste test. i was surprisingly impressed by everything. we will definitely make penne our regular "pre-theater" dinner spot."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Dined here for my brothers birthday...some of the best pasta dishes I have ever tasted. The service was wonderful. The waitstaff and hostess were extremely helpful...I bmob, she was extremely helpful in recommending pairings...i never even opened the bottle."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "My wife and I joined our two grandchildren, who reside in Switzerland but who are students at Penn, at Penne for lunch. It was a beautiful sunny October day, and we decided to sit outside. The service was friendly and accomodating, and the food was excellent. We were not rushed, and the ambiance was perfect for a leisurely lunch with much good conversation."
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "This restaurant offers a classy, sophisticated, but also quasi casual environment. The chef is outstanding. The seared salmon was absolutely delicious. Another great feature is the fixed price meal (3 courses for $35) made this evening not only memorable but affordable."
    Dined on 10/19/2013