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Penne Restaurant

3.8
580 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 823-6222
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eileen Watkin
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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.
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Private party contact
Kelly Delaney: (215) 823-6222 ext. 2119
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
36th & Walnut
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.7
service
3.7
ambience
3.2
value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on June 20, 2017

The food here was very average. The staff was lovely & it's pretty & comfortable. Great location near the hospital

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Well, Chef was accommodating, allowed a switch of fettuccine with lemon risotto. Waitress forgot our appetizer. Slow despite only 1-2 others in restaurant. Ok for a hotel restaurant but wouldn't be my choice for dinner out. Worked out to be convenient before a nearby concert and we were staying at the hotel.

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2017

When. I booked the reservation through Open Table the manager contacted me to request a credit card to hold the reservation. This was understandable since it was commencement weekend. She was very polite and when I needed

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Though conveniently located next to the Penn campus, this restaurant fails in almost every regard. The food was essentially Olive Garden food at fine dining prices. Understaffing left the service slow and inattentive (though certainly friendly). Paint was peeling off the walls next to our table and the bathrooms were disgusting. If you are staying at the hotel and want a nightcap in the bar, this would probably be fine. Otherwise, avoid this one. It's probably the single worst value in University City.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2017

There were three of us - one entree was cold, one was warm but not hot and the chicken piccata had no taste. We did send the cold one back. It was hard to get the waiter's attention to send the food back. I will not return.

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2017

I don't typically leave negative reviews but the quality of the good was disappointing - quite salty and we had to send the risotto back. The wait person was attentive and helpful. Too expensive for what we got.

Hope things improve ...

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2017

Food was delicious but some dishes like the pasta were extremely small and some of us left hungry.

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2.0Dined on April 27, 2017

The food comes out fast but service was very slow. The taste of food was good but not worth the Monday. Sides were $8 and we received 4 asparagus stems - ridiculous!
Ice tea is from a mix! Yuck! McDonalds has fresh brewed .
It's typical hotel food / was disappointed based on reviews I read.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2017

Hard to carry on a conversation here... the acoustics make it difficult to enjoy your friends.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2017

Really excellent handmade pasta and a great wine list. We dined here because we had tickets for the Annenberg Center across the street. It's a little pricey but you can't beat the convenience.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

I felt like my Italian gonna was in the back, the pasta was THAT fresh and tasty.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2017

Excellent find in University City area of Philadelphia. Great spot for lunch - especially if conducting business. Great food and great service.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2017

The portions were very small for the high prices and my steak was way overdone. The waiter never came to check to see how the food was or how my steak was done. When we finally flagged him down they took the steak back to redo ( at MR). By the time it was returned, my dinner companions were finished. My squash and "crisp" brussel sprouts were cold and soggy. No manager came by to apologize or offer to comp a drink or dessert. Won't dine there again.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Service was terrible, inattentive

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Great wine and fun/tasty appetizers. Nice atmosphere and pretty good parking depending on when you plan your reservations.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2017

For the ribeye steak I ordered, medium rare was not really medium rare. Some burnt meat. Crispy calamari was very good. Overpriced.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

We were very pleased with the exceptionally delicious dinner; perfect service (helpful, attentive but not overbearing) quiet spot.Glad we chose this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2017

There were plenty of available tables during our early Monday night dinner; this restaurant is more attractive than that statistic might suggest. Interesting wine list, but nothing noteworthy in the draft beers. The mushroom bruschetta was excellent; the scallops entrée was a bit meagre (three scallops).

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2017

I had the scallop special and it was just okay and not very flavorful.
The espresso dessert was nice, but not very flavorful either.
I like that you can order 1.5 glasses of wine.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2017

Everything about our dinner was great. The chef and server took great care that I got exclusively gluten free pasta. It was boiled in a separate pot from my husband's. He had a bolognese pasta. The Nutella cake was superb. We always enjoy our dinner at Penne.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2016

Nice smaller bar area. Nice decor/ambience. Good location

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2016

There were three in my party and our reservation was at 12:30. The service was dreadfully slow. We wound up leaving the restaurant at 2:20. The restaurant was not busy so I am not sure why it took nearly 1 hour to get us our entrees. But they were very quick about giving us the check. Not sure I can really recommend this place if people want to go there for lunch as it seems you need an afternoon to accommodate their service.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2016

The food, the decor and the service were all wonderful backgrounds to a night with our family. We were off to see a show across the street at the Annenberg Center and the location is IDEAL. I wish I remembered the hostess's name. She really ran the room beautifully on Friday night 12/9. Well done.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2016

Always a great spot on Penn's campus. Good for business or friends' get together. Great, freshly and thoughtfully presented salads, entrees and cocktails. Attentive service.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2016

Outstanding food, wine, service, and ambience! An + all around! I took my brother and mother here as a surprise birthday celebration for my brother. Our waiter was extremely pleasant, knowledgeable, and helpful in making it a special evening for my brother. An excellent evening was had by all! We'll definitely be returning again soon. And we hope o have the same waiter! He deserves a raise! :)

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2.0Dined on November 16, 2016

I had the calamari (very good), the Caesar salad (terrible very bland--had almost no dressing) and the maple rib eye (which came out almost cold). All in all the food was ok. What was more unfortunate was the service. The older gentlemen (white male with glasses) who served myself and my colleague was God awful. He had zero warmth. His attitude was one negative step away from being outright "not wanting us there". For example, my colleague asked for the caesar salad WITHOUT croutons, the salad comes with one large crouton. The server brought it out and basically said, "I know you asked for no croutons, but you can just remove it yourself." And this was basically par for the course, for the entire meal. I don't know if that server was having a bad day, but he was AWFUL. Apathetic and extremely not interested. It wasn't like there were lots of ppl there and he was stressed because he was "in the weeds", he just didn't care really. Thankfully, my colleague was kind enough to pay for my meal---if I would have paid, I would have left zero tip.

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3.0Dined on November 14, 2016

While the location is desirable, the value is less that steller. Fifty dollars for two appetizers and a glass of wine is hardly good value.

The wait staff was lovely and very knowledgeable about the menu.

Probably would not come back if other restaurants were available. Better value and amibience is certainly around university city.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2016

The express lunch is wonderful and very filling. The lemon drop martini was beautifully made. The salmon was perfectly cooked. Next time I will be getting the home made pasta. Can't wait to go back

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2016

Food was good. Octopus was grilled to the point of very crispy we had to return it - rest of our meal was very tasty.
Waiter was a bit weeded, which made getting another glass of wine or even our check a longer process. Not that big of a deal but certainly you'd expect better. Would return for another try!

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3.0Dined on October 15, 2016

second time there; overpriced and just average food

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2016

We were more than pleasantly surprised. The service was perfection. Our waitstaff person, Virginia Brown, did an amazing job of pairing our food selections with wines - delicious wines that we wine enthusiasts were not familiar with and enjoyed immensely. The sous chef came to our table after our meal . He was charming and willing to talk about the prep of the wonderful creative meals we had just consumed - one steak - one salmon dish. Nothing negative to say except perhaps for the noise level. A gem for oenophiles and foodies alike!

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2016

Good location. Good food. Nice ambiance for a special lunch.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2016

This was significantly better than the last time I went. The lunch salad was delicious (with chicken) and even the bread was. The service was excellent. It was peaceful and calm.

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2.0Dined on August 29, 2016

Food was nothing special and expensive

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2016

Used Penne Restaurant for a business dinner last week. We arrived early and need a place to work. The bartender was most accommodating and gracious. He went out of his way to welcome our group. The food at dinner was good and the service top notch. Overall we had a very good experience and would return.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2016

We four friends had lunch. service was prompt and unobtrusive. Food average to good, quantity average to too much per serving. Noise moderate., Good wine list though not comprehensive. Desserts interesting; one (limoncello +berries) was a surprise. Limoncello is usually a very lemon-y liquid. This was an ice cream and not that lemon-y. Good but should be more clearly listed for what it is.
We enjoy Penne as a warm and welcoming venue for our reunions.

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2016

The food was very good but the service was not great. Server was very nice but extremely slow, paying more attention to big parties leaving us feeling slighted. The restaurant was not busy but the service made it feel that way.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2016

Our server was very patient. We had a big group and took a while to place our order but our server didn't rush us. The food was delicious and they had great vegetarian options. I had the lemon curd tart for dessert, which was perfect: not too sweet/tart and a perfect portion.

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3.0Dined on May 16, 2016

Considering it's on Walnut st it could have been a lot more expensive.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2016

We had a family celebration lunch at Penne prior to my son's evening graduation. We all had excellent meals. I highly recommend the "super-salad" as a starter. Our server was a delight, the bread basket was always full, the water glasses replenished. Coffee and desserts were outstanding and generously portioned. The meal was unhurried and the decor attractive and relaxing. Would definitely recommend!

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