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Porcini - Philadelphia
Porcini - Philadelphia

Porcini - Philadelphia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.porcinirestaurant.com
  • Phone: (215) 751-1175
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday 5pm-8:30pm
    Tue-Thurs 5pm-9:30pm
    Fri-Sat 5pm-10:pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Steven Sansone
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area
  • Catering: Small events from 25 to 50 guests. Passed hor devours-buffet style food designed to your taste.
  • Private Party Facilities: White table cloth Private room available for 15 to 35 guest with private restroom .Sit down service,with several dinner menus to choose from.
    guest can feel free to appoint the room to suit the occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Dave or Steven (215) 751-1175
  • Special Events & Promotions: Restaurant Week in September and January

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Sunday through Wednesday discount parking is offered for $7 for up to 8 hours,Thursday through Saturday $9 directly across the street at Central Parking garage..also plenty of street parking available
A word from Porcini - Philadelphia
2013 DINERS CHOICE AWARD.Located in the Rittenhouse Square area of center city Philadelphia,Established in 1996,Porcini is ratedby 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. The restaurant is owned & operated by brothers, executive chef Steven & mater'd David Sansone. With more than two decades of experience, quality, & attention to detail are what distinguishes Porcini from the typical evening out.

Located at 2048 Sansom Street. In a circa 1840's coach home, enjoy classic, imaginative Italian cuisine & fresh made pasta .

Historical Sansom Street.Entertainment at Helium Comedy Club, Adrien Theatre and Shakespere Theatre are just doors away.Enjoy your visit to historical Sansom Street & Porcini Restaurant.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The home-made pastas are outstanding in this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We knew we were in for a good meal when we were brought a small dish of fresh ricotta cheese with extra-virgin olive oil to go with the basket of crusty bread. Superb! The fresh pasta was delicious as were the short ribs. Our only disappointment was that we got full too fast and couldn't eat more! Even though we aren't locals, we will make the trip for the food."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food at Porcini's is superb on every visit. We picked Porcini's over the Four Seasons to celebrate our 20th Anniversary!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The chef Steve is the best and David keep the front dining room fun."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "After not having been back for a few years thought we'd give it a try again - however, the same level of overbooking reservations and making people wait. The food not much to say, was fine. The service was pretty iffy - over familiar on the one hand and somewhat aloof yet arrogant on the other - will wait another few years before going back again."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food was delicious - we had the asparagus appetizer, and the costine di manzo (beef) and cannelloni for entrees. It was a Monday night, so not busy- just us and one other table. The server was passionate about the food, but not pushy. The restaurant is not on the main drag, so probably overlooked by a lot of people - but the food is definitely worth walking an extra block or two! This was a great find, and I would suggest it to friends."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The scallops were amazing, pasta so tender ~ I love the food and somehow, I find the dishes even tastier each time I dine there."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "It's hard to find a more authentic Italian meal. A small BYOB with a great ambiance, great service and does not rush you out the door; the true Italian dining experience. The host was genuine in his appreciation and conversation. It's the type of neighborhood restaurant where you can see yourself become a regular almost instantly."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Great food and great service in a wonderfully often cramped and noisy room. Love it (or don't - more room for the rest of us)."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Porcini's is everything a BYOB is suppose to be: intimate, congenial, and consistent with excellent food and service. It's a go-to place I love when I have a guest I wish to share a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Had to bring my own wine....did not know this ahead of time"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food was nothing to write home about. The shrimp appetizer was pretty sad, actually. My friends both had the chicken milanese and that was pretty sad too. Three small cutlets on a plate with capers. That's it. And then a random side plate of spaghetti in red sauce. No one ever offered to open our second bottle of wine, and no one asked if we wanted dessert. The place is entirely too small with one too many table shoved in. If we had had a fourth person eating with us, she wouldn't have been able to sit at our table because of the table next to us being too close. The two people sitting behind us on numerous occasions elbowed us in the back. WAY overpriced for the experienced. Do yourself a favor, go to Melograno down the street."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Never going back. Not worth the money, had to borrow salt n pepper shakers from another table, they had I.phone playing music thru some little speakers right over our head, too small. Service was nit that great. .."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Open, warm hospitality, but not a great dining spot for vegetarians."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "No doubt it is loud and crowded, but that just makes for a more intimate experience. You sit very close to your dining companion and no one else can hear what you are saying. Of course the food is always excellent. Overall it is an experience that may not fit every occasion, but no one restaurant is. This is a go-to place for a great night out."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We live in the neighborhood and eat at Porcini's often. The food is always good but tonight it was outstanding! My friend ordered the sea bass special and I ordered the mussels special both were excellent. We hardly ever order dessert but this evening we had a canoli that had the crunchiest, tastiest shell ever! The inside was good but the shell, wow. This is not a dessert Porcini's has had in the past so we had to tell the owner how much we loved it. The staff ALWAYS makes you feel welcomed! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Small inside but the service and food was great! I would go back again"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Porcini is a very small Phily BYOB. When the restuarant is full it feels a little claustrophobic. However, the food is delicious and the staff is friendly. The service was great. I would definitely recommend Porcini."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "As usual, food was incredible! Been dining at Porcinis for 5 years...consistently delicious. Steve and David always make you feel at home!!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This is our second visit. The food is always excellent. We highly recommend this restaurant. The atmosphere is energetic. It is BYOB."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We have been patrons of Porcini since it opened. The food is excellent, the prices reasonable, the service friendly and competent, and the owners (or I believe them to be the owners) very friendly and accommodating. They always remember us, and our particular tastes."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our dinner and service here was outstanding. Yes, if you read the reviews it is very small and cozy. So don't go if you want to spread out. The food was delicious from the stuffed artichoke to a sea bass special. The owner and chef come out to greet you and make sure everything is fine. We loved this restrauant and will certainly return!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The restaurant was well-decorated, but very tiny, crowded and SO VERY LOUD. There was a relaxed, semi-casual feel and everyone was very informal. We ordered the assagio hot and cold appetizer sampler, which was delicious. We ordered the beef short ribs over risotto, which we asked if it had bones and the server said yes but it is very tender so it would not be a problem, however there were no bones in this dish. This dish was very tasty and well-prepared (and huge!) We also ordered gnocchi with Italian sausage medallions. The gnocchi tasted like it may have been store bought frozen, and the sausage was a bit too salty, but the sauce was great. The service was very slow but it was difficult to navigate in such a crowded place."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Always an excellent meal. Expect cramped quarters and go with it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food is excellent, service is great! But the noise is almost overwhelming. Maybe a week night would be less noisy."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "What a mess! The maitre 'd didn't even know that we had reservations. We were seated across from a table of 5 very loud girls, one of whom was sitting in the aisle, less than 4 inches from one of our party, making the aisle almost impassable. My friend had peoples' butts in her face through the entire meal as they squeezed through the aisle. My short ribs were full of shards of sharp bones that I had to keep trying to remove from my mouth discreetly. But the kicker was the noise level, which was louder than any restaurant we've ever been in, EVER. We skipped dessert so that we could get outside and get away from the almost-screaming noise. Decent food, but how can we go back to such a mess of a place? Maybe on a weekday it's quieter."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Nicely themed menu staples with inventive specials to mix things up. Very (very) cozy."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Been here a few times and I always leave feeling that I need to come back much more often. Food is always exceptional!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Porcini. Simply divine. You will be in close quarters but once you get used to it and have a bite of the food, you will be transported to another world. The food was outstanding! We ordered garlic bread and you would think, what's the big deal? Try it, you won't be sorry. The fresh bread was slightly grilled and had the perfect blend of garlic, cheese and olive oil. I ordered a special the night we dined that had the Bolognese on it, and it was remarkable. Not too heavy and the perfect flavor, right amount of meat. I plan to return to try the Fettuccine Bolognese. My husband had the Chicken Milanese and it was fantastic. So flavorful and perfectly presented. Make a reservation if you plan to go, it was packed. Worth the trip!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The restaurant is small but it was way too crowded with tables. The food was serviceable but not anything to justify such a cramped dining experience. As for the service, no I do not want to put my coat on the floor and yes I would like you to change the utensils after I have used them. Does anyone want to eat their next course with a knife covered in olive oil from their last course?"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "What an experience! Some of the friendliest people on earth own and operate this restaurant...and can the Chef, Stefano, cook !! Absolutely authentic recipes and ingredients...Stefano says his background is Siciliano...but he can cook ANY of Italy's regions best recipes...I know...my husband and I, along with our good friend, sampled some of what he does...just the most satisfying dinner we've had in quite some time. DO NOT MISS the "Sicilian Donut", otherwise known as Zeppole (sic) for dessert...the BEST. PORCINI is BYOB.,I like that, the ambience is intimate, I like that too...it's in my neighborhood - don't know WHY I hadn't found it until now - I intend to make it my Neighborhood Haunt...Porcini is a MUST if you're serious about food..."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Nice night out prior to going to Helium. Very small inside, but that doesn't bother us. Food very good, price reasonable, owners and service top notch. Will be back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Thanks Porcini Family for an excellent night. The food and atmosphere is excellent. Everything I have ever tried has been excellent."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Porcini is a good, not great, Italian restaurant. Try to get seated upstairs, as there are windows and generally feels less cramped. Service was nice."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is my second dining experience at Porcini and, once again, I was not let down. Everything was incredible. From my veal medallions to my fiance`'s short rib ravioli, nothing disappointed! Just as a little help for the dessert lovers though... if it's available, please try the chocolate mousse torte. It was incredible! Much thanks to Steven and David! So nice to dine here again!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went for Valentine's Day dinner and the good was very good, but it would have been nice if we had the entire menu and not a "shortened" menu."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Shrimp Scampi was awesome! Chef came out multiple times to check on our experience. We had a great time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Where to start - with the screaming and yelling that could be heard from the kitchen, cranky waiter, dirty wine glasses. Or the quite possibly the worst food quality in the city with dozens of world class Italian restaurants. None of the ingredients were fresh, the seafood not only clearly the frozen variety, but felt it had been frozen for centuries. Pasta was way overcooked and mushy. The sauce not better than the canned variety. Very disappointing, to say the least..."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite neighborhood gems. It's tiny, but the owners and staff always make you feel like family. And the food is excellent. Never disappoints."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Everyone there was extraordinarily charming and made a great evening into a wonderful one. The food is amazing - especially the pulpo."
    Dined on 2/8/2014