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

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.1

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (38)
Good for a Date (27)
Cozy (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Casual (23)
Authentic (22)
Special Occasion (22)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Romantic (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Fun (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Healthy (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Late-night Find (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 13, 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 7, 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 6, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Best BYOB in philly!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 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 January 1, 2018

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

Food is excellent. Great red sauces, excellent ingredients, unique dishes. It is a very small and loud and lacks much space. Also it only seats about 30 people so there is a definite sense of they need to turn ove the tables. So the waitresses pulled plates before you were even done. Hate that. The food is very good though and is worth trying and it is price fairly. And be sure you have dessert. Terrific

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Porcini got great reviews, but my food was cold, my chair was wobbly, and it was just a "meh". With so many other options, i probably would not make a point of going back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Too small with tables close together. Difficult to navigate with heavy winter coats. People waiting for tables to open up had to stand outside in bitter cold weather.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food is great there! My husband and I were there once, and wanted to go again because we were in city, but I was skeptical on bringing kids there bc it did not strike me as a place for kids. We went and everyone there was so nice and accommodating and really made it enjoyable for us! My younger son says we are going there every time we go to city!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Everything was wonderful except the noise level. It was outrageous.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

My friends and I enjoyed our experience at Porcini. We each ordered a different entree and were equally pleased with the preparation and presentation of the cannelloni, seafood, and chicken dishes. The appetizer and dessert we shared were ample and delicious.
I definitely recommend Porcini’s.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was delicious and the service was great. Used to eat here years ago and now I wonder why it took so long to go back. Highly recommended.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Everyone has to go to Porcini at least once if only to have the joy of being greeted by David Sansone! Once you have been warmly greeted you can then start to anticipate the delicious food. I have eaten there at least 25 times in the past 10 years or so and I am always happy with everything!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Over a dozen visits this year - all excellent. The evolving menu, exciting specials, and the menu staples combined with the wonderfully cozy dining room and friendly staff make coming here a destination unto itself. Thanks for all the great times. Looking forward to more very soon.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Excellent! This small gem deserves more credit for consistent quality food

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

This place is off the charts for quality of fresh food, prepared with passion, from mostly fresh, natural, and local hand-picked sources. It’s smallness allows the Sansone brothers to convey intimacy with every dish complimented by the serving staff dedicated to serving at the highest level. I will go back every time I return to Philly with the simple expectation that my next meal was just 50% as good as my last (because that last time was just THAT SUPERB!). By the way, you get all that at an extremely reasonable price.

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Dave and Steve have provided a very pleasant atmosphere and excellent food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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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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 (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

Tags: Casual
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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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 (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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