Il Polpo
Il Polpo

Il Polpo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilpolpo.com/
  • Phone: 2156772224x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bowler St
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Il Polpo
Mediterranean cuisine is not the product of a specific ethnic group or culture. Rather, it is a label referring to the culinary trends shared by a diverse array of peoples that live in the region around the Mediterranean Sea.
The Mediterranean diet is also recognised by UNESCO as one of the healthiest in the world. A taste of the Mediterranean cuisine may just reduce one's chances of having a heart attack or stroke, according to health experts.
The Mediterranean food pyramid encourages us to relish carbohydrates, eat less meat and more fish and eggs for protein, and to eat more beans and legumes. Il Polpo Restaurant integrates all these and brings to the table a unique innovative Mediterrenean cuisine.
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Il Polpo reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (7)fit for foodies (4)special occasion (2)good for groups (2)romantic (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • A great neighborhood restaurant
    whiteflowerVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We have been loyal fans of Il Polpo since they opened. The cuisine is Mediterranean with an emphasis on fresh grilled whole fish, which they will filet for you table side if you prefer. The Mediterranean salad is just delicious and their veggies are al dente and prepared perfectly. Il Polpo is a BYOB and the service is excellent and friendly. It is a neighborhood favorite and those of us who are "regulars" love it. While it's on a busy street, Bustleton Avenue, the word has not gotten out beyond the Northeast, and that is a shame. People we take there wonder why they had missed it and become regulars too. We highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As usual enjoyed dinner
    PhillyGirlVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Our dinner as usual was delicious. The shrimp caprese appetizer special was luscious. While we never order the same entree we did both order the stuffed Bronzino, no disappointment there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem in Northeast Philly
    mar10xyzVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We've been to this restaurant a dozen times and have always had a great meal with wonderful service. It's a center city restaurant in NE Philly but moderately priced. I recommend it heartily to folks who love great food beautifully prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why?
    Chip
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I, my wife, and another couple went,we waited 30 minutes to get apps and we were the only people there. The waiter and kitchen totally disregarded my friends wife. She has acid issues, we stated the needs for her food to be plain. They did not listen at all. The still water we paid for came from the faucet.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only Diners on Saturday Night
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were a little concerned that we were the only table in this restaurant on a Saturday night at 7:30 PM. The server said it was because they had a private party earlier and were not taking reservations. That's weird because I was able to get a reservation on Open Table with no problem. The food was average, at best. Of course, the service was very good as we were the only customers. I don't think we will return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Definitely a find
    antennaVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This is indeed a neighborhood gem. The food was excellent-- flavorful and prepared just right. We had a birthday celebration for my mother and the chef made a special dessert for her and the table that was incredibly delicious and elegant. It would be at home on the menu at Lacroix! Beautifully done and I thank them for the most scrumptious meal and attention. It doesn't hurt that it's a BYOB so you can bring your own wine, have a spectacular meal and the bill is very reasonable!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Commish
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Authentic and enjoyable. Menu was surprising, fresh and inventive. Would return with foodie friends and recommend it. Somehow romantic and kid friendly . . . .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hidden gem in NorthEast Philly
    HawkHillgirl
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Found this gem using open table. Fresh, well prepared food. Not a huge menu, but there was something for everyone in our party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 1 reviews are from the Il Polpo reviews archive.
  • Somewhat Disappointed
    Dissatisfied
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I had high expectations for this dining experience. OpenTable didn't specify it was BYO but the host was very accommodating and gave us a glass of wine. The waiter was a little hard to understand but it was fine. My main issues were that my colleague and I are both vegetarian and I reviewed the menu on OpenTable to ensure there would be cuisines for us and from what I saw, they were. When we arrived and I presented what I saw on OpenTable, I was told the menu changed over a month ago. Ok-Well, we are both vegetarian what are our options? He stated one of their specials. When we received the pasta, there was ham in the pasta after we stated we were vegetarians. It was extremely salty. Not interested in returning after that experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet