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Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar

University City
Italian, Pizza, Wine Bar
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3611 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3810 (36th & Walnut)
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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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: Dinner, Reservations, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice food and drink

We had a very nice server, but pretty clueless. Mixed up the beer, forgot plates, he was just not effective at a table for 4. Nice pasta, nice house wine, in the hotel so handy especially late at night or in bad weather.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Marty G
Lomira, Wisconsin
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Lomira, Wisconsin
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210 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very nice server, but pretty clueless. Mixed up the beer, forgot plates, he was just not effective at a table for 4. Nice pasta, nice house wine, in the hotel so handy especially late at night or in bad weather.

Thank Marty G
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good meal. The is a great selection of appetizers. The octopus and flat bread were very tasty. The main dish was the fish of the day was trout. It was cooked very well and was very good. Desert was chocolate cake with espresso. Drinks were scotch and water. All very good. Chardonnay wine went excellent with the trout. Espresso... More 

Thank Phillyguy65
Clarksville, MD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The dessert selection is small. Ice cream flavors are vanilla or chocolate. The nutella tort was good, but sooo rich! My husband tried the pumpkin tiramisu and said it was ok. We didn't feel like walking around too much and were staying at the Inn at Penn so we thought we would try it out. It was just ok.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Came here for a lunch meeting between myself and a client. We made reservation for 1:30 on OpenTable. I got there first and the hostess was on the phone. She didn't acknowledge me and I waited until she was finished with her phone call. Led me to the table where I originally had booked for three. The client wasn't sure... More 

Thank Calianna M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We had a great meal. The wait staff and kitchen went out of their way to make a meal accessible for no gluten, soy, or corn for a colleague! I enjoyed mussels, eggplant and homemade ricotta lasagna!

Thank Cindy C
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A group of us were staying at the Inn at Penn, which is in the same building, and decided to try Penne since we had such a great experience at the hotel. Ooops. I'm pressed to find anything positive to say. The food took forever to arrive at our table and was not prepared as ordered. By the time it... More 

Thank William S
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49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We had hoped to really enjoy our last dinner in Philadelphia, so we had dinner at Penne in the Hilton Inn at Penn. We were greeted by the manager, who was also the only server in the near empty restaurant at 6:45pm. We both had the Penne with Kale-walnut pesto for dinner which was supposed to have zucchini, summer squash... More 

Thank 3PNUTSinNH
hartsdale, ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The restaurant was right downstairs from our room. Honestly, if I had thought more about it, I probably would've investigated other options, like Pod, which was nearby. But the wine was great and the food was fresh and tasty. Overall, good but not "knock your socks off."

Thank willa66
Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We started with an order of calamari. For entrees I had the most amazing caprese salad I have ever had. The mozzarella was so fresh and the tomatoes were so flavorful. The hubby enjoyed his steak as well. The kids enjoyed the wood fired pizzas we brought them back to the room finished by amazing coconut tiramisu. We also enjoyed... More 

Thank biandi
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Some of the dishes were very good, some so so but the service was uniformity indifferent. My pasta dish was very good but my wife's was terrible so I'm guessing the reverse might be true at a later visit. It was highly recommended and often hosts groups so maybe we hit a bad patch. Asking to see manager helped only... More 

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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, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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