Porcini - Philadelphia

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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4.7based on recent ratings
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New York Area
83 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I celebrated her 22nd birthday. This is a great throwback restaurant. The room
Is cozy. The chef walked out to chat. Service was great. More importantly the food was terrific. Pasta dishes were memorable. Really worth trying!

d
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience1

The food at Porcini is very good. The tables are so very close to each other, akin to sardines in a can.
The noise level is terribly high.

JM
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dave always does a great job for the front of the House (Host) and Steve for the back of the House (kitchen).
I always love the food and service as did my guests, commenting on how good everything tasted.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

A
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Loud cold with door opening frequently . Service slow waitress made repeated mistakes with order. Did not refill water. Food bland ordinary flavorless. Would never go back.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my mother to celebrate her 60th birthday. By far the best decision to celebrate a birthday. The service along with the delicious food will be remembered for years to come. Compliments to the chefs who prepared a wonderful cuisine, and our server who made our night truly one to remember. Thank you for you everything.

GD
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and personal service. Felt like family even though it was our first time there.

w
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fifth time here when In philly last three years. It’s byob but food fantastic. Really authentic Italian. Even real duck eggs!!

AC
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem. I love it and go often.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

We had to flag down a few waiters to be served, the food was very overpriced for pasta. Carbonara is $16 in DC (where I was visiting diem), $28 there!

BG
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming atmosphere as the workers greeted each customer and sent us off with a goodbye as well. You don't traditionally receive this personal touch at most restaurants so it was very nice, in addition to the excellent food.

C
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Restaurant is very small and makes for tight dining and hearing all that your neighbors discuss. Cannoli was excellent, Pasta ok, didn’t know it was BYOB so we had to dash to liquor store. Waitress was lovely

L
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently good.

l
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Italian restaurant with wonderful ambiance and outstanding food. Service is excellent.. noise level can be loud but still worth it for the food and atmosphere. Small, intimate space.. owners and chef are extraordinary.

L
Philadelphia
283 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The dining room is cramped, located on the first floor of a small town house. The tables, chairs, and decor are too well worn and need updating. The burrata appetizer was just so-so, the cheese being cut into small portions, while the eggplant appetizer was also so-so. The seafood pasta with black and white pasta could have been interesting, but again was so-so. The server placed the used silverware from the first course on the bread and butter plate, instead of replacing them - a real no-no.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful memorable family meal with 3 adults and two kids. We made a very early reservation (5:15) because of the kids, and enjoyed a friendly cozy celebratory atmosphere, great service and delicious food.

CN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

We had a 7 PM reservation - waited on the street (vestibule too small for waiting) until almost 7:30 for our table - we were led upstairs to second floor with no other patrons yet - no idea why we were made to wait when the table was available. Took another 15 minutes to get a waitress and place our order. Then a party of 20 arrived which filled the room - they were having fun (BYOB) but the noise was deafening - too loud for us to carry on a conversation. The large party should have had the entire room. The restaurant is super cramped, noisy and food was just OK. Needless to say we will not be going back.

MR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s a great little place. Even with a reservation you may be seated later due to its size. Also because of that, it’s noisy.
Food is great and they treat you like family!

r
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was an absolutely amazing meal. From apps to the cannoli!

MD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good meal! Would definitely recommend!

F
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! Been there upwards of 20 times. They are great hosts and staff. Always a treat!

JM
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time Dave and Steve are fantastic. I had friends in from out of town and the food was incredible as was the service.
Our waiter Alex did a great job as well.

TO
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Me and my wife had a great time,Met the owner and his brothers a chef great food great time we bought a bottle wine because BYOB excellent food well recommended

RH
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and the service outstanding.

AC
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem. I've been coming here for years. I love it. Staff, food.....all so good.

OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food is delicious, especially the pastas. However, our server was new there and neither attentive nor knowledgeable, the portions were quite small, and the place is very cramped. Overall ok but there are other Italian places in Philly I’d go back to before this one.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food was subpar for a Philadelphia restaurant to be quite a honest. The sauces were watery and everything needed salt/pepper or just something!

g
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was excellent as usual. This restaurant is a must visit every time we are in town!

MH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We went for resturant week. I was disappointed in the food quality and it was very loud but due to the staff watching YouTube videos.

RH
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will always recommend this place. Been eating here for years. Always great.

ED
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was delicious for restaurant week. Service was okay but the tables were so close together. My friend was backed into a corner she had to squeeze through tables to get out.

KA
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always delicious food! I little bit of wait even though we had reservations...but to be expected since it’s a small place. A little disappointed that they did not say on website that they don’t participate in restaurant week on Saturday. But overall delicious and very friendly staff.

GM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, love the atmosphere. Servers and host are kind and attentive to everyone.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always delicious

PG
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Will definitely be back. Wish the tables were spread apart

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious & good portions for the price. Service was a bit slow because it was crowded but everyone was very nice and accommodating. Will definitely return!

L
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals I have had in Philadelphia! We went for restaurant week and the food was so yummy! I highly recommend this restaurant!

m
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wonderful staff. Very small, cozy dining room.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing . Just go .

C
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Absolutely enjoyable neighborhood BYO. We've gone there for years. Food is excellent, and they go out of their way to make sure they can accommodate you with a reservation or not, and make you feel welcome. Small space, with a lot of happy diners, so noise level is of course way up there.