Mediocre at best. We don't understand all the good reviews. The food and service on our visit was sub-par. Based on the prices and reviews, we expected some yummy moderately upscale Italian. As far as food, we started with bruschetta which was burnt on the edges. For the main courses, we had bucatini (which was a good portion size but nothing special in terms of taste) and ravioli (which was a really small portion and not tasty at all). The wait staff was also weirdly unaccommodating. We asked if we could order appetizers to start while we waited for 2 more members of our group of 12 to show up and they said their policy was to take the entire order at once. When we asked for bread at the very least, they also said they couldn't bring that to our table until after we ordered. Overall a very strange, disappointing experience. There are so many good Italian restaurants in Philly but this is not one of them!
Good for a snack.. Quite disappointing. We went there on a whim. Appeared charming from the outside. The small space didn't bother us at all. The waiter was very nice, and the (?) owner seemed friendly. The bread was lousy (out of a plastic bag from WaWa). Seems like an easy/important thing to do right in an Italian restaurant. The portions were small for the price - very small. The food was reasonable/good, but certainly not worth the money we spent given the size of the portions. The presentation of the food left a lot to be desired. We will not be going back any time soon.
New favorite restaurant. I recently dined at Porcini's for the first time upon the recommendation of close friends. They had raved about the great food and genuinely friendly owners and staff, calling Porcini's their favorite restaurant. We were a party of four discriminating diners on a Saturday evening. To say the least, I fully understand why this great restaurant came so highly recommended. I had been warned that they get very busy and only accept reservations for parties of six or more. With that in mind, we arrived early to beat the anticipated crowd. We were immediately greeted by the owner who made us all feel very welcome and escorted us to our table. Our very pleasant waitress came within minutes to introduce herself and hand us menus containing a nice variety of moderately priced appetizers and entrees. We opted to share two wonderful appetizers, an excellent gnocchi special and mussels in a light garlic red sauce. I had another special for my entree, a fantastic linguini pescatore containing a delicious combination of lobster, crab and shrimp. My wife and our other friends equally enjoyed their meals. We finished with two great desserts and cappucinos. By the time we left there were several groups waiting to be seated, validating our decision to arrive early. The ambience of the restaurant is unpretentious and inviting, with the owners and staff contributing to that atmosphere. I noticed the owner affectionately greeting and even hugging some people I presume to be regular diners. The entire experience reminded me of dining at one of the great local restaurants one might find in a piazza in Rome. I now join my friends who initially recommended it to us in calling Porcini's my new favorite restaurant.
Perfect Food Portions in Cozy Setting. ..So the Host lingers around the dining room; and the bread basket and olive oil is of an amount appropriate for the table. So what!? The Entree portions are exactly what they should be and they are delicious at that. Perhaps the problem is that most people don't feel satisfied unless they are stuffed beyond belief with a doggie bag in hand. I wish more restaurants would serve sensible portions. We have eaten here 5 times and every time we leave feeling satisfied but not stuffed. Oh and one more thing, for all you overeaters out there, with gas being $3+ a gallon, you might want to eat less, sell the Hummer and go green..
Awful! My dad has never stiffed a waiter..... Until now. The bottom line is do NOT go here. Our Porcini experience was the most bizarre we have ever experienced & we dine out often. I assumed that people who mention fights with waiters on these review sites are generally volatile people, but we are a nice normal family. We?re shocked that this restaurant can still be open. The 2000 word limit prohibits me from writing about all of the problems we encountered- but trust me, there were a lot. I?ll just focus on the most unbelievable portion of the night. After the rude waiter had brought the wrong dish for my dad & tried to push it onto him, my dad looked around, noticed that 1 of our unopened bottles of wine was no longer in the ice behind us. Since the waiter hadn't been up in 10 minutes & my dad didn't have his food, he decided to go down to ask where the wine was. When he asked very politely in the downstairs main dining room, "Do you know where our wine is?" the waiter replied "YOUR cork broke," & asked "Do you have a problem with that?" My dad told him that he did considering that nothing had gone smoothly. In the middle of the dining room, the waiter started screaming at my father. When my dad left the dining room to go upstairs, he followed him out. We heard the waiter screaming expletives from upstairs. My mom had to run & get in the middle of them, because it looked like the guy was about to attack my dad. The guy's brother, the other owner (& chef) came out & defended him. Though the waiter never came over to apologize, just gave us death stares each time he entered the room, the chef brought us 3 mediocre desserts, then a 4th when he realized that 3small desserts weren?t enough for 8 people- a fine apology for a minor problem, but an experience like ours demanded much more. My father stiffed a waiter for the first time in his life. We left & saw the waiter storming down the stairs with our check in hand. He chased us out onto the street, yelling things, trying to provoke a physical fight.
Loved it!. No one should listen to any negative reviews of this restaurant. We had four people (two couples) and each of us ordered different items for appetizers and entrees, so we had a good sampling of everything. Every dish we had was delicious! The service was terrific and soooo friendly! It is a little crowded, but I think it makes it more fun....and it was very cool throughout the restaurant despite the amount of people in the space. I do wish the portions were a little bigger, but not b/c I left hungry, I think I'm just accustomed to taking some home....I was comfortably full. We had a great time, and I highly recommend it!
Terence. Hey Terence I was your sever for the evening, I was just wondering why you would not tell the whole story, is it because you dont want to look bad. I just wish you would have wrote, why I gave your money back. I told you that you were rude, I was not showing loyalty. I didnt want any extra money from you, you complained that you wanted to be compensated for something..(your bill was $100 for 4 people to come drink your wine and have great quality food. "When the owner said no im sorry I cant compensate anything" you started to attack, saying that your service was ok and you werent really happy. I could tell that you four couldnt be satisfied since you had to wait (which we honored your reservation, we can not ensure that the people who ate before you would be finished precisley at the time your reservation was.) and the loud group was upstairs seperated from the dining area, that was just some place for you to be able to sit and open your wine during your short wait. I felt that you were uneasy so I wanted to make your table feel as comfortable as I could I felt I put forth quality service to your table and you bashed me when you werent happy with not getting a discount because you had to wait for a reservation that was honored though we can not rush people. I gave your money soley because you and your tables comments. Also you know that the owner asked how your service was and he did apologize for the wait, I guess he didn't know you were holding a grudge.
What are these people talking about?. Porcini is our go-to place when we want romance and good food. We had one of our first dates here and will always hold a good place in our hearts. The waiters are friendly; the owner visible and warm. The food is fantastic. The portions are perfect. You leave feeling satisfied, not stuffed. The people who complained about having no doggy bags should go back to the Olive Garden. I highly recommend the seafood risotto, which is a special. The best I ever had. The closeness of the tables gives the ambience of sitting in someones living room. Very cozy. Heed my advice and go try Porcini yourself. It will become your go-to place too!
POOR Cini's. This is our first message. All four of us have experience in the restaurant/bar world. We had reservations for 9 PM and were escorted upstairs to wait. There was an INSANELY loud, raucous group of women, it felt like a club. The owner flirted with the women as they took promiscuous pictures of themselves. We could not converse amongst ourselves. It smelled like mold. We were told we would be seated at our table within minutes. After about a half an hour, we were seated in an unbelievably small, hot, crowded, loud dining room. We ordered four types of bruschetta, we got three. The ravioli that was supposed to contain arugula showed no real trace. No one asked how our meal was, no one apologized for the previous wait. No one offered us water. Upon receiving our check, we asked if it might be altered due to our unpleasant experience, and the owner/waiter/host became irate and ultimately told us not to come back. We did not want to stiff our main waitress on the tip, payed in full, and left an 18% tip, which she decided to refuse out of loyalty to this amazingly horrible restaurant and man. He reminded us all of a used car salesman.
Outstanding food. Reminds me of Europe.
I am completely surprised by all these negative reviews. After reading many of them, I am wondering if the critics might better find what they're looking for at an Olive Garden-esque establishment. I have been to Porcini a few times, most recently last month, and I've never experienced anything less than complete satisfaction. The owner is polite and genuinely interested in his customers' experience. The food is authentic Italian, made with fresh ingredients and prepared to perfection. I love that it is a BYOB and I have always found it to be quite romantic.
If you are considering a visit, I suggest you leave the children behind. The restaurant is small (not a complaint!) and children create distractions that would probably be better accomodated somewhere else.
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