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Pod Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.podrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (215) 387-1803
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm; Friday: 11:30am - 12:00pm; Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Hugh Moran, Brian Baglin (GM)
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at (215) 923-2675.
  • Special Events & Promotions: All of our PODs may be guaranteed through our special event coordinator, Diane Farina. She can be reached at 267.238.3650.
    For PODs 1 and 2 (seating for between 6 and 9 guests) there is a $420 food and beverage minimum.
    For POD 3 (seating for between 8 and 13 guests) there is a $625 food and beverage mimimum.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 36th & 37th Streets on Sansom
  • Public Transit: Market-Frankford El, 34th Street Stop.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Pod offers valet parking seven days a week for $20 per vehicle. There are private, non-affiliated lots in the area and limited street parking available to our guests as well.
A word from Pod
Philadelphia restaurant impresario Stephen Starr's retro-modern offering, located in the town's "University City" neighborhood, lets its guests sip sake, beer, and colored cocktails while munching on fresh sushi, dim sum, and Pan-Asian entrees. The hip, contemporary, "starship-like" space was conceptualized by famed Manhattan designer David Rockwell and influenced by the films "Sleeper" and "2001: A Space Odyssey."Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "My Daughter is 19, and has picked Pod for her birthday dinner for many years now - and it never disappoints! The food is always very good (a little pricey)...service is solid...and the atmosphere is fun. Even if you aren't sitting in a color-controllable pod, its still a fun, energetic place."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Food was great, but a little pricey. Great ambience. Non-sushi portions were bigger than expected."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food here was wonderful! We came specifically for the fluffernutter spring rolls. Everything was great. My only complaint was that I requested no sake foam on one of our desserts. The waiter brought it with the food anyway and said "just try it". The reason I requested to not have sake is because I am highly allergic to it (sad I know). So I ended up not being able to eat the dessert at all. Just a thought for future customers. Everything else was absolutely wonderful though!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Wasn't expecting such a great meal during a discount event seemingly intended to draw customers to restaurants in University City where much of the population is gone in the summer. Very tasty dinner of creamy California Roll, fresh Salmon Teriyaki, big bowl of Miso soup and palate pleasing sorbets. Will go again. Full price is worth it. To top it off, street parking was available on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Tried for the first time during restaurant week. The fixed menu was lacking and the food was bland. Not impressed."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I went to the Pod after work with a few of my coworkers and everything was great! The food was delicious, the service was prompt, and our waitress was great as well. I would definitely recommend Pod to family and friends for a wonderful dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Our server Kelly was very attentive, pleasant & a pleasure to have. The food was great (as expected) and the ambience is so refreshing and delightful. I hadn't been to the Pod in years & I am pleased that the service has not changed. I can't wait to go back 😊"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Last time here was 10 years ago. We (a 2-top) ate at around 5:45 and it was slow to start on a Thursday night, so service could have been better overall. Waitress took too long to ask about drinks. Second set of drinks took too long to come out, though she did apologize for forgetting about them. And, while I'm not fond of wait-staff checking in with us every 2 minutes, she didn't check-in often enough after the main course was served. We didn't need anything, but if we did, it would have been an issue. I'm writing this as a former waiter. Overall, a decent meal. But the service, though not completely awful, lacked when compared to the price of the overall meal."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "After reading all the reviews, I was shocked at the level of poor service. Took about 10 minutes just to fill our water glasses. Then he brought our cocktails out after the appetizers. After that, we didn't see much of our server again. The food was good, but the poor service ruined the experience for me."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I attended the university dining days event yesterday night for dinner. The food was exceptional for a great price. You got four plates for $35. We got the california and spicy tuna for appetizers, miso soup and potstickers for dimsum, udon and chicken for entree, and the cake and springrolls for dessert. The only complaint was the service. Although it was a busy time, it felt like the server had more than she could handle. Our water glass was not refilled twice and the table took forever to be cleared. It felt as if our female server rarely checked in on us because we saw all the other servers more than we saw ours. Overall the experience was good."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Good food, nice ambiance. They made a slight error but were very happy to fix it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I had a great time here- my boyfriend took me out for a birthday dinner at Pod. The food was phenomenal and the cocktails are a bit pricey but for a special occasion we didn't mind. The only thing I didn't like was that some snobby family had a kids birthday party there and the kids were running around the restaurant. Not Pod's fault of course but spending over $100 on a nice dinner shouldn't involve dealing with brats running all over your table. Next time I go I will definitely ask for a window table or one that is out of the way for a quieter ambience. Also, I mentioned online that it was a birthday dinner and they put a sparkler in my dessert which completely surprised me! Made the dinner extra special! We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had high hopes for Pod - unfortunately it was a disappointment on all the senses. We immediately sensed a fishy smell. Were it not for a Steven Star restaurant, we would have left. The decor was interesting at first, but as your eyes focused on details, it seemed plasticky & cheap - not modern & chic! The plastic red cubes near the bar reminded me of romper room. The small TV screen behind the super long sushi bar wall was playing an Asian cartoon reminiscent of yu-gi-oh...really!?!? Pod seemed to be a sad, kindergarten copy of Morimoto's sushi restaurant in the Boca Resort (which IS so modern & chic!). The service was slow despite a light lunch crowd. The food?..please hold the aioli! Every sauce & side seemed to feature aioli!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Took some young friends for a birthday celebration! Pod did the trick...with the private pod and fun light panel to play with, plus the delicious foods to sample made it a memorable evening! Thank you Pod! We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "great restaurant and our visitors from Kenya loved it."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Been to Pod many times. Never had anything but a great dish. My very favorite for lunch is the teriyaki kobe beef burger. The burger is fabulous and comes with delicious tempura vegetables. Service always prompt and courteous. Located by the Inn at Penn."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "A few of my friends and I were getting together to celebrate the arrival of their new baby and we had a pod in the back of the restaurant which was awesome :) Great experience :)"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The service was awesome and the food was superb. We were treated as celebrities. The food was fresh and the plate presentation was beautiful."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My husband & I decided to come here for dinner while visiting Philly, and we had a FANTASTIC time. The duck leg appetizer was delicious, as was the miso soup, and filet mignon. I truly enjoyed the Australian Sauvignon Blanc, very aromatic & perfectly chilled. The food portions are quite generous so come hungry. Everything was very well prepared, professionally set up, and the hostess, waiter, and servers were exceptional! Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The decor & ambiance is still fun, colorful and happening. The cooking, however, is not. The spices are old, tired and often lacking. Calamari salad appetizer was fresh but the calamari was unseasoned. Sushi was rated good by the out-of-towners and they eat it all. Bok Choi seasoning and sauce was weak as was the chix lettuce curls. Drinks were very good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Wonderful meal at Pod. Steamed buns, sea bass & wasabi steak delicious."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I went to pod with my nephew and we really enjoyed the ambience and the food. It was his first time there, but I have been there many times for special occasions such as my son's birthday, etc. He is a vegetarian so we ordered all vegetarian and everything was wonderful. Very good food and a lot of fun because the restaurant is so different in design."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Brought my mother here for an early dinner on a Friday before a show. I had dined once previously and the food and service had been good. Was not disappointed a second time. Place was relatively empty at 6:00 pm so we were seated right away. We ordered both sushi and hot plates which all come out one at a time as they are ready. Sushi seemed fresh and the rest of the food was prepared well. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Went here for lunch after my d graduation. Love their lettuce wraps btw. We all had a great meal. Our server was very attentive, and went out of her way. Pod helped make my d graduation day extra special."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time dining at the Pod on June14th. It was the evening of my son's graduation from Drexel so our energy level was high. The atmosphere of this restaurant matched our mood prefectly. And it was only a short walk to the place from the graduation ceremony. The sushi and main course meals were fabulous. The waiter brought the grad a special ice cream dessert with a sparkler in the center! Nice touch! It topped off our perfect evening!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Assuming that I had gotten a pod as requested, the only complaint was that we couldn't hear ourselves think, and a pod would have corrected that."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I read a few iffy reviews before I went the last time and I'd say I've had nothing but great meals at Pod. The most recent time was no different. I consider myself a foodie, I love to cook, love fresh food, love a fun atmosphere and a creative menu. Pod gets high marks all the way around. Last time I went with work colleagues from out of town and was a little nervous since I wasn't sure if sharing dishes would work for everyone. It was a big hit! I'll never doubt choosing Pod again."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Food and service were top notch. I visited twice during my trip - overall great experience. Best sushi I've ever had."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Went with a group of 6. Loved the wasabi encrusted fillet!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Pod is a cool place with a great eclectic menu and a great bar scene"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Had a great time at Pod. Service was excellent. Didn't want for anything. Our food came quickly and it was delicious. We had pork belly and steamed buns, udon and shiitake mushrooms, shiitake mushroom dumplings, tempura shrimp roll, and tempura rock shrimp. The drinks were tasty, but not strong enough for my liking. At $11/drink I'm going to need to at least taste the alcohol. Dessert was extremely disappointing. Neither my friend nor I eat chocolate, and it seemed like unless you were chocolate eater you were going to be restricted to sorbet or ice cream. We settled on a fruit plate served on a hot skillet in passion fruit sauce with a scoop of mango sorbet. It was okay, but not really what I was in the mood for when I think of dessert. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Popped in for a business lunch mid-week. Had been to Pod many times before for dinner / drinks. This was our first visit for lunch. Great news - still the same great food / presentation and service. The Bento is an amazing deal - and we had some off the chain sushi rolls too. Dined in an unhurried fashion with professional service. A real treat for a mid-week business lunch."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We had a mini baby shower for a co-worker in one of the pods and it was great. Everyone enjoyed their food. The mizo glazed Chilean bass was excellent and so was my dessert, the chocolate cake."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "When I walked in I felt hostility from the girls standing to greet us. One was friendly and the rest just analyzed my outfit. When I smiled they just gave me a blank stare. Went here for my one year anniversary and my boyfriend and I didn't like the environment or food. The portions are small for the price and don't fill you up. He had a chocolate cake that was hard as a hockey puck and was difficult to eat. My dessert was a weird mix of fruits and marshmallows, which didn't go well together. They're not good with fusing together different tastes. I ordered the chicken and seafood spring roll too and the meats didn't complement each others taste, and neither did the mustard and apricot sauce they provided. It was just weird. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "food was excellent. food services was excellent. seating was crowded, but ok. will definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I went here for my birthday dinner on a tuesday night with my 14 of my friends and it was amazing. The service was great, the food was great and the ambiance was amazing. I loved it "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Service = A+. Server was knowledgeable, sweet, and attentive. Food = A+. Those who ate sushi were in paradise (it was fresh, and the spider roll was the best spider roll ever) and those who ordered the fried chicken and ribs were delighted as well. Ambience = A+. Clean, great mixed crowd, just a great experience all together."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Love the bento boxes, especially the sea bass! Service always nice also."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I planned this outing as a celebration for the completion of a project at work. POD easily accomodated our group of 11 people, and i highly recommend getting an array of sushi/dimsum and just sharing a few of the main plates. We all had plenty of food, were able to enjoy ourselves, and all around it was a great time!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I went for lunch. My companion was impressed by the sushi selection. I had a Kobe burger. Great idea to serve with tempura vegetables. A real treat!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014