Porcini - Philadelphia
Porcini - Philadelphia

Porcini - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.porcinirestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2157511175x
  • 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 2157511175x
  • Special Events: 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
2014 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.
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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Porcini - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (48)fit for foodies (34)romantic (20)special occasion (20)good for groups (7)hot spot (5)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Hidden gem!
    SSM23
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    If your in the mood for Italian you must go! It's all about the experience. It looks like it is someone's dining room at their house. Easily the best Italian place on Philly! Food is all hand rolled pasta.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delish!
    JennVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    the food is outstanding but be prepared for a bustling, noisy experience if it is a crowded night. The space is intimate and thus noisy when full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I love this place. I have been going for years and never had a bad meal. David and Steve are great. They treat you like family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Return!
    JohnC
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I ate here last Saturday before seeing a comedy club show at Helium (i.e. Kevin Nealon from SNL, very funny). The dinner/show was part of a “25” dates/year that I promised my wife for our 25th wedding anniversary. As part of one these dates, this restaurant was WONDERFUL! I have eaten at other Italian restaurants in the city and South Philly and this rivals them all. Small, quaint, not pretentious and just the right amount of ambience and food! I know that some have said that it gets “noisy”, which based on its size, I am sure. However, when we went, it was perfect! I appreciated the attention from all the staff, owner/chef, etc.. and I surely will be returning in the future! Thanks for a great night!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Philly Eating!
    love2eat
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food absolutely delicious! Owner very gregarious to his customers making you feel glad you chose his restaurant. Did not feel rushed at all during the whole evening. Not particularly appealing in the decor department, but other aspects of the dining experience made up for that!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place was absolutely amazing but the dining room is fairly small so make sure to make a reservation if you have a group of 4+. The guy that ran the floor was very friendly and the food was really unique and delicious! Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hear the conversation?
    doc45
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Porcini's is in a great location in the city and has terrific food. But the noise level - it is small ( approx 35 diners in one room) is almost impossible to hear the conversation with the person directly across from you. You might think it would be a good place to have an intimate, maybe even romantic dinner but think again. If you like loud, energetic this might be the place for you.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Best garlic bread you will ever have! Adorable neighborhood Italian spot!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small - didn't know what to expect
    Frequentdinner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I ordered the chicken dish - perfection in a tasty tomato sauce. My companion ordered gnocchi. Now this dish was way over the top in taste. The food was so outstanding that my companion hosted a pre-theater group dinner the next evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly and food is great
    rogermVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great spot for delicious, casual meal in Rittenhouse area. BYO policy makes this very affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Without Pretense
    DJK1VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Very energetic atmosphere; welcoming staff; excellent menu and specials; A high end neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy to enjoy.
    Margei
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was good but the noise level made it impossible to have a conversation and there were so many tables that they were practically on top of each other. Our reservation was a 7:30 but we did not get seated until around 8:00.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It is a very cozy place!
    SteviZ
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The tables are close, close close. And you can eavesdrop on most conversations. But the food is delicious. We tried 3 different appetizers (yum for the artichokes), 4 different entrees and all 3 desserts - and each was excellent. You feel as if you're eating food made in someone's home. It's byob as well - so reasonable for dining near Rittenhouse Square. We had a lovely time :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    Copiouseats
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We had another wonderful meal at Porcini. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu, and the evening specials are always worth it. We go there whenever we are in town. A great little restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great gnocchi
    formerdlc
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The home-made pastas are outstanding in this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    LBILadyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Baxter
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food at Porcini's is superb on every visit. We picked Porcini's over the Four Seasons to celebrate our 20th Anniversary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait and lacking service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    Gman
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The chef Steve is the best and David keep the front dining room fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Off the Beaten Trail
    Lolita
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The scallops were amazing, pasta so tender ~ I love the food and somehow, I find the dishes even tastier each time I dine there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Great
    DJK1VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still a gem
    FrequentFoodie
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Byob
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Had to bring my own wine....did not know this ahead of time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Talia
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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. ..
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 606 reviews are from the Porcini - Philadelphia reviews archive.
  • torontiffVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Open, warm hospitality, but not a great dining spot for vegetarians.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderfully Loud and Intimate
    DJK1VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, tight seating
    Melisamae
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Small inside but the service and food was great! I would go back again
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tiny Philly BYOB Gem
    Dinealot
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    Rhonda
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    As usual, food was incredible! Been dining at Porcinis for 5 years...consistently delicious. Steve and David always make you feel at home!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back!
    lvantuyl
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This is our second visit. The food is always excellent. We highly recommend this restaurant. The atmosphere is energetic. It is BYOB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been patrons of Porcini
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great fun for two couples
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Staff
    DJK1VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Always an excellent meal. Expect cramped quarters and go with it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, not great
    DanZ
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise
    Buster
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food is excellent, service is great! But the noise is almost overwhelming. Maybe a week night would be less noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring Earplugs
    LoveParkLadyVIP
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic