About Porcini - Philadelphia

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.

2048 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday 5pm-8:30pm
Tue-Thurs 5pm-9:30pm
Fri-Sat 5pm-10:pm

Large group private room available 15 to 35 seats

(Opentable gift cards and Porcini restaurant gift cards non-redeemable on holidays special group events or specialty dinners)

Cross Street:
discount garage parking directly across the street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 751-1175

Website:
http://www.porcinirestaurant.com/

Catering:
Small events from 25 to 50 guests. Passed hor devours-buffet style food designed to your taste.

Parking Details:
Sunday through Wednesday discount parking is offered for $10 for up to 8 hours,Thursday through Saturday $13 directly across the street at Central Parking garage..also plenty of street parking available ...server will validate you parking voucher

Public Transit:
regional rail:
30th St station 6 blocks
16th and JFK 6 blocks

Executive Chef:
Steven Sansone

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.

Private Party Contact:
Dave or Steven: (215) 751-1175

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking, Private Room

Special Events & Promotions:
Restaurant Week in September and January

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Porcini - Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.6

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4.1

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4.4

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (33)
Authentic (26)
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Casual (22)
Good for a Date (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Special Occasion (15)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Romantic (12)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Fun (7)
Business Meals (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Love "Porcini's", fabulous Italian food that gets better every time! Lively atmosphere and David makes everyone feel a part of his Italian family!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fun, cozy place, great food. The owner, David, is amazingly friendly!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very loud. Very tight tables on top of each other. Waiters cant get by without banging into you. Overpriced for pasta

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We had an incredible meal, fabulous service, and great friends! The perfect place for dinner in Rittenhouse Square. The chef comes to the table and the owner is just soo friendly and welcoming! A must for those who have never been...

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We were a part of 6 for pre theatre dining. We ALL loved our meal! You can’t go wrong with this chef! The service was excellent. It is a small but comfortable space. The owners/chefs are brothers😃. So friendly. Go for an excellent Italian meal!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was our second time at Porcini and we enjoyed both visits. The homemade pastas, particularly the Mediterranean and the special "black and white" pasta with seafood were excellent. We ordered several appetizers and thought all were great - the artichokes, the squid and the eggplant. Although the room was full, it was not overly noisy. Great neighborhood find!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

You cannot beat Porcini for an authentic Italian BYO in Philadelphia.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Creative and well-prepared food clearly the highlight of this restaurant. BYOB certainly helps make the experience more affordable than competitive restaurants with over 300% mark-ups on wine. Small room, can't measure more than 12'x20', in which about 28 diners are packed means very tight, cramped and loud environment. Casual, friendly and attentive service; overall good experience, especially with chef's creations.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

It was Fabulous!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We love Porcini. The Italian food is excellent, beautifully prepared and, most of all, not pretentious. It is BYO so we can bring a good Italian wine. This is a very small restaurant so unless you go early or late get ready for loud! And reservations are a must.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great for a date or a fun night with friends, just know it is a very small and lively dining space. The food was excellent and menu was just the right size — enough for even a picky eater to find something but small enough to be fresh and homemade. The Garlic Bread was a must, and I could have eaten another plate of the Veal Oso Bucco Ravioli — though the portion size is very good! The restaurant got pretty loud but it’s a jem, and the staff make you feel like you’ve been there a dozen times! Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We’ve been ordering so many specials lately, we almost forgot how excellent the regular menu is (still ordered the butternut squash ravioli in brown butter appetizer though).

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wonderful restaurant! We were visiting the area and they made us a special cheese board by request not on the menu. At the end of dinner the owners came out to meet us. We will be back next time we are in Philadelphia!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

It was great - when we have out of town friends visit we bring them to Porcini and they love it!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent, excellent, excellent as always. Food is fantastic, staff including owner(s) are very accommodating, friendly and helpful. If you're looking for a cozy restaurant with great food that'll make you feel like home....go to Porcini's.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent food and service. Definitely going back.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

If you want to pay 30 dollars for 5 pieces of shrimp with black and white linguini topped with a flavorless red sauce then this is your place. Both entrees ordered were a huge flavorless dissapointment. Wouldnt come back and wouldnt recommend

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

you cannot go wrong going to Porcini. Is probably the best Italian restaurant in the city and anything you order from the menu is going to be just outstanding !!!
Steve in the kitchen and David as a waiter they are the best combination for success.
We been going to Porcini for at least 20-30 or more years ( lost count !!!) and we enjoy taking to David and Steve. They manage to socialize with customers, in spite of been always fully booked, so make sure to make reservations. They are on "open table" and is BOYB

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

As always, David and Stephen delivered another fantastic evening. Everything from the service to the espresso was top-notch, perfect for welcoming out of town friends to Philly!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

What a fantastic find! This little place, packed with tables arranged elbow to elbow, serves equal parts fantastic food and great hospitality. I had the osso buck ravioli. My friend had cannelloni with spinach ricotta filling in vodka sauce. The pasta was fresh and light. BYOB! Although the house gave us two glasses of white on the house. Wonderful!!!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Truly our neighborhood favorite. Authentic Italian!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Steven is a fantastic chef and Dave such an accommodating host. I took my crew of 5 for a business dinner and sampled the most magnificent dishes. The crowd favorite was the vodka sauce pasta and the Oso Buck Ravioli. Heck In fact it was all outstanding . We can’t wait to head back the next time we are in town.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 25, 2017

These guys are at the top of their game. Love love love this little jewel. Don't forget to BYOB! :)

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The place is s hidden gem. A great experience from the minute we arrived. David, the host and I assume one of the owners, was extremely attentive and made a great meal into a pleasant experience. The service was very good and the food was excellent. We will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I brought good friends here for the first time and they Loved It!. The food is beyond excellent and the wonderful staff has you feeling right at home. David welcomes with outstanding greetings and you know you are in for a great night!!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Always great, owner is completely engaged and it shows

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Pleasant host and staff. Unremarkable food in a deafening atmosphere.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great first experience! Staff was attentive and friendly and the food was delicious! Shared a few appetizers (the burata and stuffed pepper!) and had the veal marsala as an entree - everything was great!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The owners are very friendly and make it a point to see how everything is. The room itself is a little cramped, but we knew that going in, so it was no big deal. My only complaint, if you will, was the table of super loud women next to us were speaking (shouting, actually) so loud it made us have to scream across the table to hear one another. This isn't something you can control, so more of an annoyance than anything.

Every dish was excellent, a great little BYOB!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Festive full house as usual, with multiple excellent specials (hand rolled tortellini appetizer, shrimp and scallops with black squid ink pasta, Cacio e Pepe topped with a sunny side up egg). Great food, great service, great fun. Wow!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Every time we’re in Philadelphia we go to Porcini. Best fresh, homemade Italian food we’ve ever had. The food is delicious and the service is top notch! David makes you feel like you’re part of the family.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Absolutely phenomenal. Cozy - maybe 25 seats, the owner came around and chatted with everyone... I live in NYC and this was the best Italian food I've ever had outside of Italy. Don't forget to BYOB!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Started with artichoke hearts - very good and then veal Marsala. Very pleased with both dishes

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great location. Friendly staff. Excellent food. Would come back next time I am in Philadelphia for home made Italian food. Portions are very reasonable.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food at Porcini was excellent. Fantastic Octopus appetizer. Companion had an outstanding Veal Marsala. My special Branzino was wonderful. The only downside was the restaurant was too crowded for its size. There was a very large party in the first floor dining room and an even larger party on the 2nd floor. It was just too crowded. We will return because the food was so good and we believe this was an unusual situation but it was so crowded it became too warm & claustrophobic.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I really enjoyed the food and service was great! Definitely a repeat customer.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Made a resy here for dinner last night with my wife for our anniversary based on all the positive reviews and us being in the mood for Italian. So many of the reviews referencedthe food being some of the best Italian they ever had and I have to say that my meal was some of the best flavors that's ever touched my mouth. Holy cow. I got the special, which was spinach and egg pasta (colored pasta...great for presentation) with seared scallops and shrimp with a light chunky tomato and garlic sauce. The flavor was nothing short of amazing. Do you know how sometimes food can be so good that you don't want to swallow it and just want to keep it in your mouth because it tastes so good? Yeah...that. Oh, and the garlic bread...amazing...had to get two orders because I tore through the first order before our entrees arrived.

Other comments...the place is very tiny, but had a lively, bustling vibe! Seating is very tight. Wasn't sure how we'd feel about it when we first walked in, but after we got settled at our table it was fine and I enjoyed it. Tip...there's a downstairs and upstairs...try to sit downstairs if possible...better vibe (the upstairs was kinda blah and void of any vibe).

Also, the owner, Dave was very engaged with the dining room. He greeted everyone who came in and was great about checking in to make sure you were enjoying everything. You could tell this place was full of repeat customers too (always a great sign) because he seemed to know/recognize a lot of the other patrons there.

I'm all about new experiences...and it was kind of neat trying this cute little place because it's so different from your typical gigantic city restaurant. It's always a risk...sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't, but this time I felt like I hit the jackpot. And even better that it was a BYOB. Appetizer, 2 salads, 2 orders of garlic bread, and 2 entrees came to just over $100. Money well spent and I'll definitely be back to this little gem!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

the food at our recent dinner at porcini's was very delicious. we had a 6:30 reservation. between 6:30 and approximately 7:15 it was possible to have a normal conversation. after 7:15 it became very noisy in the restaurant and therefore difficult to have a conversation. the next time we come we'll shoot for a 6:00 reservation . we really like this place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Porcini is one of my husband and my favorite places for a date night. The food is always fresh and delicious, and we love the cozy atmosphere! Their bolognese is SO good, and the millefoglie is one of my all time favorite desserts.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great food, welcoming and attentive staff, not a place for quiet conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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