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Penne Restaurant

3.8
580 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • 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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Overall ratings and reviews
3.8  based 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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vipKittlemethis (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 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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NYCDiner340 (New York Area)
1.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined 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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vipOAzulay (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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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vipGreatfood (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on April 20, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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viprkk68 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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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Word10 (New England)
3.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

Service was terrible, inattentive

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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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Osmocene (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 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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vipBobette (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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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