Porcini - Philadelphia

4.7
1371 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Cozy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(215) 751-1175
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Payment options
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Steven Sansone
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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. GIFT CARDS AND CETIFICATES ARE NOT VALID ON SPECIAL EVENTS OR PROMOTIONS,SPECIALTY DINNERS,VALENITNE DAY, NEW YEARS,PRIVATE GROUPS
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Private party contact
Dave or Steven: (215) 751-1175
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Catering
Small events from 25 to 50 guests. sit down dinner
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
21st and Sansom st.
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Parking details
discount garage parking validate by server
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Public transit
regional rail:
30th St station 6 blocks
16th and JFK 6 blocks
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Special events & promotions
Restaurant Week in September and January
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Private Room
What 1371 People Are Saying
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DJ
Philadelphia
367 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excellent menu selections, specials, and service. A great loud yet intimate dining experience.

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J
Atlantic City
4 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best! Everything homemade, very intimate and the friendliest owners on the planet

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R
Philadelphia
5 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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RC
Philadelphia
49 reviews
5.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional - salads and entrees - with wonderful sauces and spices. The host and Co-owner, David, couldn’t have been friendlier and more welcoming.

Overall - a wonderful experience!

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my husbands birthday. The food was excellent, the wait staff was so friendly. We loved the intimate setting and the food was amazing!! We will definitely go back the next time we are in town.

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SK
Philadelphia
24 reviews
4.0Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately when full it can
be so loud that you cannot hear your table mates.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become our favorite restaurant. The owner, chef and servers are all as wonderful as the food.

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A
Philadelphia
49 reviews
5.0Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Our local go to for consistently delicious Italian food. These guys have survived decades because it’s all about the food!

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D
Atlantic City
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. The two waitstaff was the best we ever had. We generally dine out in the best restaurants in Phila. and suburbs and enjoyed this occasion tremendously. The owner of the restaurant spent quite a lot of time with us and couldn’t have been more fun. My highest recommendation goes out to this restaurant.

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GL
New England
7 reviews
5.0Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve never had a bad meal or experience at Porcini. The staff is amazing, the food is FANTASTIC, and the atmosphere is electric. Cozy, friendly, and just the best little find in Philly! The fact that it’s BYOB just adds to its focus on the food!

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DJ
Philadelphia
367 reviews
5.0Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some new items on the menu - the bucatini carbonara is excellent! Always a fun dining experience.

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LD
1 review
4.0Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

the homemade pasta and sauces were excellent, looking forwarding to my next trip to Philly.

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J
Philadelphia
18 reviews
5.0Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic food and such friendly service ! Thanks David and Steve

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AC
1 review
5.0Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been a favorite of ours for many years. Hands down, this is the best pasta I have ever had. It is so fresh! When you combine that with their blush/vodka sauce (and some mixed veggies which we asked for) you can’t beat it. Caesar salad was great and so was the garlic bread. Lots of meat options too! The owners are lovely- so friendly. We love Porcini!!!

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DR
Philadelphia
12 reviews
4.0Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This cozy little Italian restaurant is rapidly becoming one of our favorites in Center City. Although the room is small in size the hospitality is warm and welcoming, pasta is freshly made and portions are
appropriate not overwhelming. Thanks to David, Ashley and an excellent kitchen staff we are looking
forward to returning next week.

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KK
1 review
5.0Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious and authentic dining experience - I brought a friend for her first time and she absolutely loved it - fresh pasta - the ravioli with Osso Bucco fabulous! I had the most amazing dessert - I can’t get the name in Italian but I means 1000 layers - so light and fluffy but so heavy with sinful sweetness custard and fresh crepe in a layers of puff pastry

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b
Philadelphia
25 reviews
4.0Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always love coming to Porcini. The food is delicious and the service friendly and attentive. Our major complaint is the noise level. It can be deafening as it was last night and this distracts from the whole experience. The small, intimate quality of Porcini (which we love!) would be greatly enhanced if the noise level could be controlled, maybe with ceiling baffles. Advice: go early or late.

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KM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
4.0Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was crowded and a little warm, but the food and service are always out-of-sight! There is no better home cooked Italian meal in Center City - and no place that makes the customer feel more welcome and appreciated. Bravo!

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R
Philadelphia
25 reviews
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Love that they are BYOB. Love very this place.

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NL
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love Porcini. The food is amazing, portion size is perfect, and you can't beat the price. Highly recommend.

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M
Philadelphia
45 reviews
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Two brothers cane to Philly from Buffalo and give us some really special homemade Italian food. One of the best around.

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M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite Italian places in the city!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Took my girlfriend here for her birthday and she loved it. Small place with an intimate setting and very friendly staff. The food was phenomenal. The sauces are delicious with all fresh ingredients and the parmesan tops off the amazing dishes... Don't miss out on the tiramisu for dessert.

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JS
1 review
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great and the service was very friendly. Parking right across the street.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent small Italian restaurant....byob!

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b
Philadelphia
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love Porcini. Go there almost monthly. The food is always top notch with service to match. The owners, David & Steven (brothers) are a riot. The pasta and sauces are awesome, the veal too. It’s a small space so be prepared to rub elbows.

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e
Philadelphia
4 reviews
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here many times and am never disappointed. David and his brother are the best. The service is wonderful and the food is always fresh.

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HM
1 review
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stopped in for dinner before heading over to Helium based on other reviews of the food and atmosphere. Food was all amazing. Staff, owners, chef all made it feel like a family meal at my favorite Italian Aunts house. Friendly people, great food, reasonable prices and the most amazing dessert. We'll be back!!!

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C
Philadelphia
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

All good...All of it...Great staff too...Just go. Only minor issue, a bit noisy on a busy night, which is usually always...

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RP
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been going to Porcini for almost 20 years. You have to be a pretty great restaurant to survive in a tough business for that long, and Porcini is just that - GREAT. Small room that can get pretty lively. Personal attention from the staff. And excellent Italian food. We make sure to get back 2-3 times per year, and we always have a wonderful experience. Enjoy!

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OT
1 review
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Very dismissive wait staff

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AA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My all time favorite BYOB in Philly! Every time we go there, we love it even more.

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K
Philadelphia
3 reviews
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Porcini was excellent! However we had 7:30 pm reservations and we were finished by 8:30. Got the feeling that we were being rushed out of the restaurant for further reservations.

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JO
Philadelphia
8 reviews
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David and Emily make you feel like you're the only ones in the restaurant. And we appreciate it especially when we are the only ones in the restaurant! They never act like they have somewhere else to be!!! Just a nice place to dine.

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LT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their regular menu already has some winners, but they never disappoint us with their specials! The fresh ingredients and execution of the meals paired with their moderate pricing can't be beat!

Also, the owner (David) is a character and really makes your entire experience more enjoyable. I suggest making a reservation before a show at Helium Comedy Club or Roxy Theater located across the street.

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DD
Philadelphia
166 reviews
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pasta dish with crab that was special was fabulous

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KK
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Porcini sets, and holds, the high bar for the Philly BYOB restaurant of simple, wonderful, food that happens to be Italian cuisine; in a small, perfect, package of a spot. David & Steven make this look easy - it is far from that; yet always with success & a smile. (Took my mother there this last Saturday - it was she who introduced me to it years ago: her 5-start review was composed of empty plate(s), an enormous smile, and a hug from David, who never forgets.)

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VS
Baltimore
1 review
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant serves authentic Italian food. It was VERY tasty and I will definitely be back. It is also BYOB.

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m
Washington DC
10 reviews
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing !!!

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JH
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very tight seating but offers a very personalized feeling. Food was impressive. Owner and servers very attentive

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