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Penne Restaurant

580 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies (354)
  • Good for Groups (351)
  • Great for Lunch (340)

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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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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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Cross street
36th & Walnut
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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Overall ratings and reviews
3.8  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 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.

LizMattPhilly (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipFoodie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipHappyGirl (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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! :)

WhartonProf (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined 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.

vipMitchdish (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 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.

vipMARYANNE (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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

vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined 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!

Laurie (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

second time there; overpriced and just average food