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Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar

3611 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3810 (University City)
215-823-6222
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Ranked #518 of 3,741 Restaurants in Philadelphia
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Price range: $31 - $40
Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: University City
Cross street: 36th & Walnut
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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156 reviews 156 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
739 helpful votes 739 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Beyond the dark & sterile ambience, service was brusque & the food at best average. Beyond the fresh fish, which looked good, few, if any, items on the menu were especially imaginative & although the ingredients on the chicken flatbread (avocado, corn, etc.) sounded good, they were sprinkled sparsely on barely warm bread on an otherwise barren cold plate.

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Montoursville, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I had the pleasure of dinner two nights in a row at Penne. If you are staying in the area or at the hotel I would highly recommend Penne for a dining option. While short on craft beer offerings, the wine list is more than adequate and well priced with many good by the glass options. I had the manager... More

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Los Angeles, California
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231 reviews 231 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The penne we received was perfectly cooked - they did their namesake proud...perfectly al dente pasta. We had the offering with the mushrooms and cannelloni beans - WOW. The branzino was excellent - we had a problem with the scallops as it originally came out seared in a thick layer of black pepper that could not be scrapped off. But... More

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner there 7/18/14. I had the seared salmon with asparagus, peas and gnocchi. The meal was excellent followed by lemon sorbet which was outstanding. My wife who is vegetarian had the magherita flatbread which was super. She finished with cinnamon gelato which was also very good. Service was informed, pleasant and professional. Great place to... More

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Millersville, MD
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82 reviews 82 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Only sat at the bar and had a couple of Manhattans. They were well done and the bartender was great. In fact they made sure we got the most drink for our money. It's a nice place to sit and have a drink before dinner.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We went here because our fellow diners wanted to meet the sommelier. We went on a Saturday night and it was very quiet, even for Memorial Day weekend. But consequently the service was fantastic. I am not a wine connoisseur, we had several really nice bottle of white and red wines. The food was very varied and satisfying and flavorful,... More

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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The food is exquisite at this restaurant and the atmosphere is amazing. A wonderful place to eat when in Philly.

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Parker, Colorado
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41 reviews 41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Did a salad and lobster risotto, both of which we're disappointing, the lobster ravioli was huge, soupy and extremely bland, tasted like it was just water although there was a lot of meat. Sat in the bar and although I was the only one I'm the bar service was very slow.

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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137 reviews 137 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Recently, friends associated with Penn dined with us at Penne, a place where one of them eats several times a week. The atmosphere was very comfortable; the wine list was good, and the service was attentive. We began with soups and salads. The butternut squash soup was outstanding. Main courses included pastas and risottos. My lobster risotto was very good,... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Ate here because I was staying at the Hilton and did not feel like venturing out. I had the sweet potato ravioli, which was the cheapest thing on the menu at $16. That, being said, there weren't many choices on the menu, which was disappointing.

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