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
Mon 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
21st and Sansom st.

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. sit down dinner

Parking Details:
discount garage parking validate by server

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. GIFT CARDS AND CETIFICATES ARE NOT VALID ON SPECIAL EVENTS OR PROMOTIONS,SPECIALTY DINNERS,VALENITNE DAY, NEW YEARS,PRIVATE GROUPS

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

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, 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

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (38)
Good for a Date (27)
Special Occasion (24)
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Casual (24)
Authentic (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Cozy (20)
Romantic (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Comfort Food (14)
Fun (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Healthy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

My favorite place to eat. Best Italian food, ever!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Waitresses did not attend to our needs.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was great from the food to the warm welcome from the owner.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

The Sansome brothers bring Porcini's to life and keep it that way all evening! A favorite and welcoming BYOB with outstanding food.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

My favorite place, food was delicious. They have this yummy garlic bread that didn’t make the valentines menu but did make it to my table. I was happy that they accommodated my craving.. you guys always do an amazing job cooking.. love porcini, if you haven’t been at least one time you definitely are missing out.. don’t forget BYOB

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Fun, Authentic, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

We went for Valentines Day dinner, so it was busy and had a special menu. Arrived on time for our reservation and waited under half an hour to be seated. It was great, we plan to go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

We went on Valentines day, so naturally the restaurant was packed. A smaller restaurant but the staff did a nice job balancing waiting patrons and a full table list. Fixed menu with options and everything we ordered was delicious. Staff was friendly and working hard to keep things moving, we were in-and-out in under 90 mins. We saw a couple of tables flag down servers but to be expected on such a busy night. Outside of Valentines Day, this place is 5* all the way around. We will definitely be going back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 13, 2018

The food here is incredible and fresh. You can tell that everything is made with care and a love of food. The owner, waitress and chef were extremely knowledgable about where everything came from--the eggs are locally sourced and the ricotta is from Italy! The management was regularly interacting with customers too which was nice.

Highly recommend the dessert--the cannoli was amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 12, 2018

A new favorite!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great dinner introducing my new boyfriend to my father.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Owner and staff make you feel like good friends. The service is very good. The food is simple but excellent. We will eat here again, soon.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was excellent but a limited menu. It's a nice Italian spot but a bit cramped for table space.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Stephen and David have a wonderful restaurant. Stephen's cooking and David's front of the house hospitality is fun. The food is fantastic. Recommend highly.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Always awesome... small, can be noisy if all tables filled but food, staff, and ambiance are the best. A Philly treasure.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

My new husband and I were in from out of town and love a good neighborhood Italian restaurant. This place hit the spot. The owner was so friendly and welcoming, the food was hot, fresh and delicious, the restaurant was cozy as can be. You feel as if you're in Dave's kitchen enjoying an out of this world home cooked meal. To top it off the canoli was the best I've had in years. Shell perfectly crisp, cream not to sweet and the perfect consistency. We will never look at our neighborhood joint the same and go back to Philly just to eat here!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Cacio e pepe topped with fresh fried duck egg special - best ever, anywhere.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing!!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My wife and I dined at Porcini with another couple. We all found the food quite good and the service pleasant and attentive as well. The space is very small and the noise level became quite high at times, making it hard to converse.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Delicious food. Incredible and attentive staff made us feel right at home.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

It was restaurant week and I thought there would be a RW menu and the regular menu. There was only a RW menu but food was absolutely delicious and we all enjoyed a great meal. The restaurant is not anything fancy but warm and inviting. I brought customers who live in the area but had never been. I'm sure we'll all be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

It was quite busy due to Restaurant Week, but the staff was wonderful and the food was excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Love the food and the service. Only complaint is the noise. A lot of people in a small space makes it difficult to hold a conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Food was particularly disappointing!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great food in a cozy setting. Go early to avoid crowding. Restaurant space is so small that new diners seem to hover as they wait to be seated.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

What a wonderful time we had at this quaint restaurant located just a few steps away from the comedy show we were going to see afterwards. The staff was aware of our time constraint and made sure we had plenty of time to dine. Service was prompt! Waitress was super sweet and the food was outstanding! I would definitely recommend.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Late-night Find, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Went on Saturday night, great food, friendly staff. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent even during restaurant week.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I was expecting authentic Italian food based on the menu and pictures taken from the website but the presentation of the food and quality of food was not what I expected. The staffing was limited that night which led to confusion of orders and lack of attention to serve the table .

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Food was good! A friend and I were there for restaurant week. Everything was good all around except for my friend and I had to share a salad? I thought each person paying for restaurant week receive each of their own course, besides that the food was good and it’s byob! I’ll come back again! Risotto was delicious.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Small dining area with too many tables, but the food and the service was great.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

My husband and I went to Italy in June, and upon returning were sure we'd never eat food that delicious again. Porcini proved us wrong!!! The food is absolutely to DIE for - fresh and delicate and delectable. We had a ball and the service was wonderful. The ambiance is definitely surprising - it's an old house that is barely converted and, I'll admit, a bit cramped. But again - just like Italy!! We'll definitely be going back and bringing friends!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Our new favorite small restaurant. Beautiful and delicious food. Great service. A neighborhood gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We love Porcini. The food is great. The atmosphere is excellent. The owners are interesting guys, they make it a great experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food! All the plates were superb. Normally I don't like desserts in the US, they all taste way too sweet for me, but Porcini's tiramisu was almost perfect (I'd love it to be even a little less sweet). The restaurant is very noisy and very small, which definitely gives it a special charm, but if you are planning to have a quiet or personal conversation it might be challenging. Overall, great place, from now on it'll be my go to Italian.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Best BYOB in philly!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was very authentic Italian and extremely good. They served dishes that I have only had in Rome, and have never seen in the U.S. The restaurant is somewhat small, loud, and cramped, but it makes for a fun, energetic experience. It seems that most patrons are "regulars", which speaks to the loyalty of customers. I will go back in a heartbeat.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The garlic bread was so good! I had the crab cake and mushroom appetizer and the veal ravioli. Everything was delicious and i will definitely return! The staff was very friendly and accommodating as well.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Would not suggest to a friend. We ordered an appetizer and asked for long hots on the side but it would be "too hard" as per the waitress. I ordered pappardelle but received pork, when I told the waitress I did not receive an apology, instead the waitress said "well your meal will take longer, 10 minutes" and walked away. Dinner was overpriced, i.e. $35 for mediocre bolognese. We asked for crushed red pepper and received a tiny dish of crushed red pepper, then moments later the waitress asked to "borrow" the crushed red pepper and gave it to the table behind us. Overall, poor service, overpriced, not great food.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always a neighborhood favorite. Veal is exceptional as are the daily pasta dishes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent service. Just went for light dinner-pizza and salad to share with friend. Pizza cooked perfectly. Salad big enough to share. Tables for 2 nice square size and not tiny as is more typical. Good value! Will visit again.

Tags: Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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