Porcini - Philadelphia

4.7
1361 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • 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 1361 People Are Saying
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4.7
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

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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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

One of my favorite Italian places in the city!

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Excellent small Italian restaurant....byob!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Very dismissive wait staff

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Pasta dish with crab that was special was fabulous

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Food is amazing !!!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We were celebrating our Anniversary and surprised at how small the restaurant really was. It was extremely loud all throughout our dinner, and barely enough room to squeeze by to get into our table. Although our dinner was good, for us it was not enjoyable to strain our voices to have conversation.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

This place is amazing! It's as if you've hopped on a plane and landed in a small Italian village with the most authentic food and atmosphere. Every guest is treated like family that the owners/brothers have known for ages. The pasta is all made in house and perfectly cooked al dente for a mouth-watering experience with every bite.

It was my husbands birthday and the welcoming experience was heightened even more when the ENTIRE restaurant joined in to sing him Happy Birthday!

The restaurant is BYOB so be prepared to bring a nice bottle of wine to pair with your meal.

I'd highly recommend!!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Food and service were excellent as always. Would def recommend to friends and family.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food was outstanding, service was enthusiastic and attentive. We had one person in our party with limited mobility and while a tight room to navigate the staff was extremely helpful.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We came back for more. First time to Porcini was a great dining experience. The owner/brothers sat with us and told the history of the place. They were fun and funny and the food outstanding. Second time in was a repeat. Highest recommendation possible.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Porcini was great as usual! the food was delicious and the staff and owner were attentive and super friendly. We've been coming for many years and they never disappoint!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

A nice little BYOB! The food and service was great, we will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Always great food at this BYO. Space is tight which is fine if it’s a quiet crowd , which often it is

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Great food and ambiance! Makes you feel like you are part of the family. Price if right and the food is great. Can't miss.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Food was very good, service was excellent. My first BYOB experience.

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