Penne Restaurant
Penne Restaurant

Penne Restaurant

  • 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 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
49 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (12)great for lunch (10)fit for foodies (10)neighborhood gem (9)special occasion (6)notable wine list (5)romantic (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Good pre-marathon diner
    Marathoner
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Close to our B&B. Great food. Octopus's stew was excellent, the fettucine with chicken (pesto saude) was good too but could have been warmer. Great wine too.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner treated by my parents made Penne better
    OliveRose
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    My parents were visiting from out of town and took me to Penne because of it's proximity to our final destination (Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts). If I wanted to get Italian food during the week with some girlfriends, I don't think Penne would be my first choice, but I'm sure it is on the top of the list of Penn faculty and students wanting to eat with their parents.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian food at its best
    Falcon
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The restaurant serves classical Italian fine-dining food, sometimes with interesting twists, like a pumpkin tiramisu. All dishes we tried were outstanding, with captivating flavors and careful presentation. The octopus hot appetizer, in particular, is very rich and is large enough to be used as a small main course. The setting is quiet and encourages conversations. My department often brings visitors for lunch here, because of this (and the food, of course).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good special
    Regina
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I ordered the branzino and it was cooked in parchment and really good -- flavored with rosemary and lemon and pepper. Not ordinary. Server was very nice, too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Requested rare hanger steak. Got well done. Wife asked for simple tomato sauce on Penne. Sauce was "dreadful". Shame.
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  • If you are in the neighborhood
    Thiscouldbetheone
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The location is the best characteristic of the Penne restaurant. It makes for a suitable place to eat prior to an event at the Annenberg or if you don't want to stray too far from the adjourning hotel. Sound ranges from energetic to loud. Seating is plentiful, with a few booths. The menu is adventurous. The steak (requested well) was excellent. The fish was good, but only seasoned with the surrounding fruits and vegetables. The capenilli had very little taste. Overall - go, if you're in the neighborhood and Italian is what you crave
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    JanetSVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My husband and I eat at Penne every time we have tickets at the Annenberg Center because we know we'll enjoy a good meal and excellent service. Penne is a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Who takes 2 hour business lunch?
    TmllVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Not me or my 7 staff members! Chose this place given proximity to Penn. My party arrived just before me at noon and the hostess told them we don't have a reservation. Not so I made it on Open Table. Waited 45 minutes for order to be taken. Would have left if we not celebrating an event and it wouldn't be possible to move the entire group. The food arrived about 20 minutes later we were quickly approaching 1:30 and staff needed to peel off for other meetings.... The place was not that crowded but the front of house needs a complete re do. The hostess was bussing tables and the other wait staff we rearranging other vacant seating. Really unbelievable experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was mediocre. The service was bad. The waiter was either too busy or distracted. He didn't understand the beer list. He brought me the wrong flatbread. That's annoying when he didn't write anything down.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dance Away
    rositaVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Arrived at 6:15 to allow time for 8pm dance performance. My guest ordered the arugala salad which was very tasty w tiny cubes of squash and roqufert cheese. It ends there. Her entree of scallops arrived, ice cold in the interior. I ordered the featured salad w kale, spinach and a variety of vegetables. The leaves were soggy and the dressing was no more than oil! Next i received my entree of grilled trout w roasted brussell sprouts. The trout was dried out w lackluster flavor and the sprouts were hard and flavorless. Dessert of pannacotta rescued the meal. The yogurt w poached/roasted apple and pear was acceptable. .The food has gone downhill and is uninspired. I hope it can be reinvented so that I can return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Philosopher
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We were staying at the hotel attached to this restaurant, it was rainy so we decided to go and eat there. Also, it billed itself as Italian and we like that type of food. We found the selection of entrees very limited for dinner. The room was also very cool and the seats of the booth we were in were worn, very, very low to the table top, and uncomfortable to sit on too. The ravioli I ordered was good, but very sweet with the sauce. I would have ordered veal or lasagna, but it wasn't on the menu. A restaurant attached to a hotel should have more general offerings for the public. I would not return to this place.
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  • Penne, Philadelphia
    Robert
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Penne is conveniently located right in The Inn at Penn at the University of Pennsylvania campus. The service is friendly, attentive and quick. The food was disappointing. After some good salads or soup, the ravioli ordered by many at our table were not good. The desserts were inconsistent, and a poached apple and pear dish was really not good at all.
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  • Just OK
    Hugh
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This was a good venue for my larger group and we had a private area which was great for conversation. The food was just OK - especially given that it was not low priced. Service was fine but not exceptional. It retrospect I wish we had gone elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good choice
    OperationDinnerOutVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food is far better here than to be expected by the location or seemingly pedestrian genre. The food is simply Italian -- but incredibly good and well-prepared, and the menu choices are beyond the usual. A small but intriguing wine list. Our server could not have been better or more helpful. Great location for pre-show dinner if you're headed to the Annenberg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK, but check the drink prices!
    Drumdoc
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This restaurant was OK. The food was tasty, the menu decent, and it was not crowded. On the negative side, the food was very rich (not very healthful), it was quite noisy even with a sparse crowd, and I was unpleasantly surprised to find that they charged $12 per glass of wine and $4 for a soda when the menu had no drink prices--seemed like a ripoff.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bubbie7
    Bubbie7
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food and service was very good. Location and available parking was a plus. Enjoyed being able to relax after dinner in the Hotel Lobby and also take a walk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, non-attentive service
    wineoitaliano
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I enjoyed the pasta and dessert I had at Penne. The wine list was excellent and offered a wide range of options. The service was average at best. We would have ordered more wine, but our server rarely checked on us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    BobetteVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We love Penne. We're never disappointed since the food is consistently good. We split the roasted beet salad and for entrees my husband had a flatbread margarita pizza with prosciutto on it. I had gluten free penne pasta alla a'matriciana (sp?) where fresh tomatoes where used. Delish! The bar is a gem. Loved Mike the bartender. He was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 441 reviews are from the Penne Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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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  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    JanetSVIP
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.