Pepperoncini Restaurant & Bar, Havertown

4.7
151 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Welcome to Pepperoncini Restaurant & Bar, Havertown. This delicious slice of Italy right in the heart of Havertown offers just the right combination of flavor, function and fun to make it a smart choice for any and every occasion. Chef/owner Tommy DeFruscio will spend as much time chatting and taking care of you as he will making sure you're well fed. That's just the way he likes to operate, and the reason why this restaurateur has garnered such a loyal following. Walking through the door, you'll immediately smell the unmistakable aroma of steak, veal, chicken, meatballs and marinara sauce that has been simmering for hours. You'll also find succulent appetizers, side dishes, and desserts just as alluring. This is a "family" that looks forward to seeing you, feeding you, sharing a laugh and a glass of wine.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tommy and his team always deliver a wonderful meal and fun evening!!

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AndrewB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The food was adequate but not as good as it had been in the past

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vipMikeH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food. Period.

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PamK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there for a girls night. The food was excellent. My friend and I had veal parm
and my other friends had Veal malese. Both dishes were excellent. I would recommend Pepperonci

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vipDAGg
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant serves delicious food, ample drinks and has fantastic servers and staff. The only thing lacking is ambiance, but it has everything else. We had a lovely evening here.

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vipFoodChaser
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food, helpful staff, great value. Go and enjoy!

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SueB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here - loved the food, the service, my Espresso martini - all wonderful!

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vipJean
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered was delicious: tripe and long hot appetizers, veal parm, veal Eleanor and chicken milanese!! Service was great. The staff couldn't be nicer. We will definitely be back!

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ChuckH
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Mushroom risotto and caramelized scallops were delicious.

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vipMIKE
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday Gravy Dinner, good prices and fabulous dessert.

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MarkR
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food with generous portions that come out quickly at a slight premium over average. The chef/owner comes around and checks on your meal and chitchats with you. The wait staff also checks in regularly, and it’s like being in a friend’s house and being waited on by a friend. Beautiful new decor and the restaurant is very clean.

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RonaldC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you never eaten at Pepperocini you don't know what your missing. From the staff to the food everything is awesome

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vipMIKE
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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PeggyM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious but our waitress Nancy made our evening even more enjoyable! Very attentive and friendly. A great experience! Will definitely come again!!!’n

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BarbaraL
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Words cannot describe how wonderful the food is especially the homemade dessert. We are creatures of habit so we ordered the chicken parmesean again. This time I ordered the rigatoni as my pasta. I was looking forward to having the ricotta cheesecake with raspberry sauce and John was looking forward to the flour less chocolate cake instead we had chocolate chip cheesecake also made with ricotta cheese and OMG MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH

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vipFoodLover
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another terrific evening at Pepperoncini! Food and staff are excellent! The specials menu was exceptionally good this week. Love the TV’s downstairs too!

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Dash
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been here several times. We've never had a bad meal. Very enjoyable.

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BigElJefe
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time at the restaurant. Parking is a little odd, so be sure to be in the right lot or risk getting towed (the restaurant's website is SPECIFIC about this). Ate on the first floor (at our request, since we had a party that can't handle the stairs). High bar stool tables pushed together for 6 were fine. Large bar on the first floor, only 6 or 7 tables for 2.

People were nice and happy to see us. Greeted at the door. Small but nice wine menu got us going, and a really great Old Fashioned. :-) Appetizers were hot and timely. Portabello mushroom was really good. Baked Clams Pepperoncini need some help. Got 10 or 12 really small clams that weren't shucked out of the shells. Made eating a little difficult. Would rather have gotten 5 or 6 cherrystones at the same price. VERY spicy. More than I was expecting, but not bad overall. Tender Fried Calamari, a staple, I'd imagine, was good too.

We had a few specials and a few regular menu items for mains. Lamb was perfectly done and thoroughly enjoyed. The Caesar's Salad dressing was a bit sweet, and kind of odd, but it worked. Also a bit sweet on the Chicken Parm sauce, but cooked well and pasta was not overdone. The Mediterranean Sea Bass was parchment bag cooked, and was a very subtle flavor that was overpowered with too much pepper. The vegetable brunoise, though, was a nice accompaniment.

Finished with homemade Philly Butter pie that was very good, and brought back memories of our grandmother's recipe.

I'd recommend that the kitchen skip on shaking chopped parsley over seemingly every dish. Very 90's (at best). It was good food, it should stand as good food. It wasn't necessary and looked messy.

All in all, a nice, tight Italian menu, with a good rounding of specials and a solid performance from what we had to eat. We'll definitely give it another try and search out other items on the menu for comparison. But nice to have a new place that might be on our 'go to' local restaurant list.

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vipDavidB
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Seriously, what are you seeing that we missed? I ordered the chopped salad half chipped is what it was, and the water from the lettuce filled the bowl. Get a Salad spinner at Amazon.
My wife got the mussels, small but tender, served in a soup. The Melanesia was burned, covered in greens to hide it. My chicken whatever , was big but who cared. Garlic hides everything. Service was poor, but it was evident they had no help. That is no excuse for what this kitchen put out. It was like take out Bad Italian if their is such a thing.

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BillH
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeted as soon as we walked in. Asked if we had a reservation, which we did and we were seated immediately. our server came over and took our drink orders which were very good. Minutes later we ordered appetizers then shortly after ordered our entrees. everything arrived to the table fairly quickly and was all delicious. We were checked on very often and were asked if we enjoyed everything, which we did.
We've been to Pepperoncini numerous times and never have had a bad experience there.
This is one of our favorite places.

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vipjchrosto
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Tommy has an amazing take on everything. This place is never a disappointment.

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TheresaD
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so wonderful! Staff was accommodating from special diet restrictions and they were happy to do so! Food was fantastic and the restaurant is so CLEAN! Definitely going back!

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JJRJR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Private party had upstairs, seated at high top opposite bar area , didn’t mind cause the food is always of our liking. Baked clams are my favorite theirs being the top of scale which all others to be judged. My date thoroughly enjoyed her scallop and monk fish over cappellini, me the two apps baked.clams and scallop and shrimp. Favorite place for our seafood fix. Very nice cocktail bullet old fashion, Superb! Owner chef visits table , nice touch , love helping these small nooks get back to what they do well.0

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vipMikeH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The monkfish was spectacular.

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vipFrederickP
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Owner was our server - he was attentive, kind, welcoming. Filet & seafood was excellent. Potatoes were undercooked but I rarely send items back. If I did - I’m 100% that it would have been fixed. Scallop dish with risotto also superb. Good drinks.

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Carolyn
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent, and they couldn't have been nicer. The appetizer was great, and my salmon was delicious.

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SilviaM
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We had seafood and it was flavorful and cooke to perfection. The servers where great and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food! Everything was delicious.

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vipMikeH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Great service.

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vipFoodLover
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another great dinner at Pepperoncini! Excellent specials as always and the staff is so welcoming!

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BridgetL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot with delicious food and drinks. 10/10 would recommend!

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Cows512
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Needed a lace to get a quick bite to eat after a weekend volleyball tournament. The waitress and bartender were both very personable. Food was great. Will definitely go back again.

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AndrewB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service and good food prices were high particulary the wine which was only average

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genef
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar tender and waiter were great. Martini made to perfection. Food hot and excellent.

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AndrewB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner service was great they were very accommodating and we were very happy. We would highly recommend this restaurant do anyone

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LettaE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was decent, but service was slow. Place is very small. No waiting area for patrons, so people stood right by our table.

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vipBillM
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five star review for the owner, chef, family and staff. The place was recently remodeled and it has a great atmosphere. A must try for a great night out.

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vipcassie
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous and the staff was extremely friendly . From the time we arrived, drinks were flowing and to the end with homemade deserts.

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Kiki
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Would not go back. My husband sent his food back because it was undercooked. He got it back and it was still undercooked. Waitress took it off the bill but still left a bad impression. Other thing were only 2 desserts offered and no coffee available because the machine was broken. Bad experience all around

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, as always. Shrimp and lobster fra Diablo was cooked to perfection. Pasta is never over or undercooked!

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Pepperoncini Restaurant & Bar, Havertown is rated 4.7 stars by 151 OpenTable diners.

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