Porcini - Philadelphia

4.6
1457 reviews
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2012 through 2017 DINERS CHOICE AWARD . Located in the Rittenhouse Square area of center city Philadelphia, established in 1996. Porcini is rated by 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 offers entertainment at Helium Comedy Club, Adrien Theatre Shakespere Theatre , and Roxy movie theater, just doors away. Enjoy your visit to historical Sansom Street & Porcini Restaurant.
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FS
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

First the good: staff are welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. My wife’s veal Marsala was very tender and tasty. Now, the rest. We entered the low ceilinged and run down dining room and were given a warm table (very welcome on a chilly evening) in the back. When asked about our water preference, the host (owner maybe?) asked if we would like ‘a nice Pellegrino’. When we selected tap water, as option not offered, and said we were not drinking wine, he lifted the 2 glasses at our table by sticking his fingers into them and left without a word. We ordered. I started with the calamari salad. Swimming in an acrid dressing were a few calamari rings, and a few more in larger chunks that had not been sliced completely though. Not a big deal if could have tasted anything other than the plethora of capers in the dressing. Once I had picked the capers out, the calamari were well cooked but the salad portion was a few baby lettuce leaves, a half dozen winter tomato dice and one bit of basil. My wife’s risotto was good, if salty. For entrees, my wife enjoyed her veal. I had ordered a special: mushroom pappardelle, described as portobello mushrooms and pappardelle in a rich brown sauce. What arrived was a plate of pappardelle, well cooked from dried, with maybe one portobello cap that has been hacked into random size pieces and tossed in a thin, reddish sauce that made me yearn for the dressing on my salad. I ate the mushrooms and some of the pasta. The broccoli rabe was unseasoned and brought without lemon to rescue it. The shocker came when my entree billed out at $30.50. I admit I didn’t ask the price when this special was offered, but a vegan option that was more expensive than the veal is really unacceptable, especially when it was only edible. If I thought the kitchen were capable of doing any better I would have sent it back. As it was we cut our losses and went home. Maybe the desserts and coffee here are wonderful; we’ll never know.

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L
Philadelphia
109 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful small friendly restaurant. Owner and chef are great and the food is delish-and it's BYO!!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent as always and the service was great as well.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dinner, tightly packed tables

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately when booking there wasn’t a notification that their regular menu is unavailable during restaurant week, and being the last night of restaurant week the meal just felt really tired and uninspired. Same thing thrown together for the past 14 days in a row and the effort was lost.

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KD
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I wasn’t aware that this is a BYOB restaurant and was embarrassed when I asked for their wine list and other tables around me felt bad and offered me some of their wine. Great experience overall and I’ll go back but tell people when they make the res that it’s BYOB.

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DJ
Philadelphia
396 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun restaurant week menu.

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P
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was good, the service was excellent. But the noise level and cramped quarters was very uncomfortable. The tables are packed so close that I felt it was an actual safety issue. And the noise level was so loud that my husband and I could not have a conversation . We decided to forgo dessert.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was very good. The only reason I didn’t rate it a 5 was because the place is small and space is awkward if you arrive and your table is not ready. It is one of those places that’s a rowhome converted to a restaurant and you are sitting on top of each other and have to walk down a steep flight of stairs with a low ceiling to use the bathroom. That was the only awkward part.

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OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and night out with Porcini!!!

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MG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food is good, basic Italian fare that can be found in many Philly restaurants. Decor needs to be spruced up — old paint and carpeting.

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S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, charming atmosphere, excellent service and friendly, solicitous owner. I highly recommend this gem.

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DC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food. I had the ravioli. Lightest most delicate dough I ever had. Delightful. I will come again and again

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n
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

FOH staff cursed out the kitchen in front of the entire dining room . My table was ignored multiple times. I had to tell the waitress my order 4 times because she kept saying it’s chicken. I knew it was chicken that’s why I was trying to order it. People got their entrees that came in after us before we even got our salad . The other waiter poured water all over my friend and didn’t stop to acknowledge or apologize because he was so interested in the table of ladies seated behind us. Terrible experience

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s
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Porcini never disappoints. I don't go there as often as I used to because I moved out of the area, but whenever I go back I'm reminded of why this place has always been one of my favorite spots.

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Italian food in Philadelphia.

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PF
Philadelphia
107 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, but because of the limited space the tables are very close together. The party of six in the table behind us was so loud we could not carry on a conversation at our table. Because it can be so overwhelmingly noisy, I cannot recommend the restaurant.

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s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal at Porcini. Owners were fun to speak to, loved that it was small and quaint. Would definitely go back!

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E
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Their veal is outstanding!
The ravioli were delicious and light
The owners are very engaging and seem to love what they do and pleasing customers.
We have never had a disappointing meal/experience.

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GA
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Favorite restaurant! We love our neighborhood restaurant! Amazing food and great service!

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EB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Waitress appeared annoyed that we only ordered appetizers as part of our main dish. Service was abrupt. We were sat at a table that was cramped and required that once I was seated, my chair was blocked by the table in front of us. I had to interrupt and request for the person in front of me to get up in order to get up and out from my chair. Food was delicious.

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FS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Porcini never fails to disappoint. It's one of my favorite places in the city

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DJ
Philadelphia
396 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great dining experience-even in the midst of a power outage.

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J
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service !

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K
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Would revisit on a weekday due to noise level. Could not hear conversation with person I was dining with.

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s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

ordered artichoke app. paid for it. didn’t get served it. realized afterward - not my fault that I forgot. absolute compact noisy mayhem in the dining room. nothing remarkable about the food. next!

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JM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have the best experience at porcini it is my favorite restaurant.

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GY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

My 3 daughters and I dined there Saturday night. My two youngest daughters (ages 7 and 10) ordered pasta with butter. We were charged $20 PER BOWL. $40 for pasta. In contrast, our 2 other entrees were $26 each.

Will probably not go back, which is a shame because we've been fans for a decade.

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ER
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

This time unlike other times we have dined, the prices for the specials were very high. It would be appreciated if the server would say what the appetizer and specials cost without making our friends who had never dined there feel uncomfortable asking, but when we got the bill, it was sticker shock and they felt badly. I think they WON'T go back because it was more expensive than we told them it would be based on our previous trips. We also were stuck in the upstairs rooms with the awful bathroom-not goo ambiance like downstairs.

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CA
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful holiday dinner with my family. The food and the service were excellent. They made you feel at home.

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D
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our “second” time back to this wonderful restaurant. An absolutely phenomenal evening all the way around. Awesome food quality/selections & excellent service !!!.

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PC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little Italian BYOB! Cant wait to go back...Ashley was lovely and the owners Dave and Steve super cool.

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J
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hate to write rave reviews about Porcini, because it has such fantastic food I dont like everyone to know about it. But I must. You won't be disapointed and the value is great too with wonderful maitre de/chef brother combo. You see many repeat diners here and no wonder.

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JR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is so delicious

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night! Great food!

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MP
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

I was excited to try Porcini this past Saturday 12/8. I chose this restaurant based on reviews I found on Open Table and Yelp. Those revews had been positive so I thought I'd give it try. It was a disaster, First , due to the complicated construction and street closures, getting there was difficult. After arriving we were seated upstairs next a window that leaked cold air so that they put a electric heater in that space that blew right in your face. Our waiter, though pleasant, was terrible. He forgot one of our appetizers, spilled stuff onto the table, forgot to fill water glasses for an hour even though we reminded him, and our party of 6 received 2 of the entrees 15 minutes before the other 4 entrees came out. The food was tasty but really the portions were skimpy. But maybe we were just starved form having to wait so long. we asked for additional bread and it was cold like it had been taken from the firdge.

The noise level was unbearable. One had to speak loudly directly into the person's ear next to you to be heard. The ambiance was dated at best. It looked like it hadn't had an update sicnce 1968. The bathroom had a bizarre couch in it that had a thick layer of dust on it. The place was packed with people and I kept thinking ,"WHY!" It is a BYOB but because the food is not that exceptionally priced I did not think it was such a deal. When I think of the dining experiences I've had at Russet, which is a byob and exceptional, I don't get the allure. Needless to say I won't be back.

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BD
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As expected. Friendly, low key, delicious.

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went to Porcini to celebrate my birthday with a few friends. The wait staff was very friendly and personable. The restaurant was small and quaint and had a very welcoming, homey feel. The food was simply amazing, from the mussels, burrata and grilled eggplant appetizers to our meals of homemade pasta and delicious desserts (especially the homemade bread pudding). They were even able to accommodate a friend with dairy and gluten allergies. She enjoyed her meal thoroughly. We were the last table in the restaurant and they let us hang out and finish our wine, never making us feel as though we were overstaying our welcome. Will definitely be going back!

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our first time and the food was absolutely delicious and the selections perfect. Can’t wait to go back.

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