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Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar

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University City
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3611 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3810 (36th & Walnut)
215-823-6222
Website
Today
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 14
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
worth looking elsewhere

Convenient for those staying at Inn at Penn but that is about all that can be said about this place. Tries to give impression of being special but this is tired Italian dining. Not busy on a saturday evening and got quieter by 8pm. Not a good sign. Beet salad was bland but the pappardelle and lamb... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2014
James G
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Convenient for those staying at Inn at Penn but that is about all that can be said about this place. Tries to give impression of being special but this is tired Italian dining. Not busy on a saturday evening and got quieter by 8pm. Not a good sign. Beet salad was bland but the pappardelle and lamb was poorly seasoned,... More 

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Hanover, New Hampshire
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108 reviews 108 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Went here with business group in town and had a wonderful meal. One always wonders about restaurants in hotel and this one was exceptional. The ambience was great and food exceptional. The night we were there it wasn't too busy, but if packed, suspect conversation might be challenging. Wine list was pricey and draft been choices limited, but adequate. Will... More 

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Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Limited menu, but very tasty. A bit pricey, but not over the top. My flatbread was good as was my cavatelli & sauce. My husband had calamari and the hanger steak (which he declared, "too much" and finished).

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New York City, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This was my second time eating at Penne. I only went back because of the convenience to my hotel. I wish I hadn't. There was one waiter on a Thursday night but it was not crowded. The waiter seemed to have better things to do than check on his tables. I had to go to bar to pick up my... More 

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Kalispell, MT
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I admit that it seemed to be a very busy night for the restaurant. Yet, that isn't an excuse for the level of service I had. It took forever to get my initial glass of water and bread. It took even longer to get my food, which was unimaginative and bland for such typical items of a restaurant menu. After... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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200 reviews 200 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
936 helpful votes 936 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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250 reviews 250 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3611 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3810
    (36th & Walnut)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > University City
  • Neighborhood: University City
  • Phone Number: 215-823-6222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?