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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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Went with a group of 6. Loved the wasabi encrusted fillet!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Loved the food and had great service. Always include Pod in our UPenn visits."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Went to Pod in Sunday night after UPenn graduation it is adjacent to our hotel so it was close and reccomended. The good: nice martini list good bar scene and seats are Comfortable at the bar. Dinner comes out as it is ready which makes for disjointed atmosphere but they told us un advance so it was okay. The main dishes (Shushi) was very fresh the Miso soup is flavorful but oversalted. The dumplings (pork) were succulent and the shell was thin and not chewy. The Chicken Lettuce wrap was very good lettuce really fresh beer selection is not huge has regular suspects and some local micro brews. It is a loud raucus party. Kitchen and staff were pushed by crowd at 9 pm but all and all it is a definate stop in the future!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We had never been to Pod before, but have many friends who had been there. It really exceeded all of our expectations! The food was fabulous, and our server was very well informed about the menu. She was very helpful without being intrusive. We shared 2 appetizers- the fried rice "favorite" and the chicken pot stickers. Amazing. Pad Thai was phenomenal, too. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed a delicious meal at POD.. a lot of fun, we sat at the Sushi bar..... Service was wonderful, ambiance fun, energetic atmosphere... Loved it! We will be back sooner than later!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We were there for our daughter's birthday. We were seated in the back room. There was a group seated near us. The music was quite loud and they were literally screaming over each other's voice. It was not enjoyable at all!! We could not wait to leave. The food and the service were good. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Actually, very similar quality eats for dinner. Though at $16.50 the sea bass lunch deal (including miso soup and salad) is more than we'd typically want to pay (or eat) for lunch, it makes a nice treat, and is consistently delicious. Availability of brown rice is especially welcome. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Pod is a consistently great place to dine- they use such fresh ingredients and each dish I've had was wonderful, flavorful and just the right portions! Pod is also a fun place to share plates. It's one of my favorite places around Penn's campus. Never disappointed"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I had high expectations, having been to other Starr restaurants including Morimoto. Pod was truly only "meh". The food was unremarkable, the prices were still fairly high (although not nearly as high as Morimoto), and I really felt that the food was sub-par for the price-point. I don't mind paying, as long as I am receiving what I paid for - I want to walk away feeling like it was "worth it". I can't say that about Pod. Philadelphia has so many quality restaurants, there was literally nothing that would make me inclined to return. The atmosphere was fun, unique and interesting - but as the disappointing food rolled out, even the décor began to feel "cheap". "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Pod is a wonderful restaurant, with a unique taste and marvelous atmosphere! I have gone here for several date nights and will continue to go. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Second time dining at POD with my College daughter. We love the Pork Belly and Chicken Lettuce Wraps Dim Sum. Waitstaff were excellent, very knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing. We'll be back again - she's only in her second year of 6 years!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We had a great experience here, ordered chicken lettuce wraps for appetizer along with shrimp tempura roll and crab spring rolls which were all outstanding. A few people ordered the crab fried rice and loved it. I had the Okinawa vegetable stir fry and it was delicious, our son ordered the beef ramen with no spice and him being the picky eater loved it and ate every last bite! Will definately come back, everything was delicious and the restaraunt has a great trendy vibe that makes it enjoyable for a night out"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I have heard mixed reviews so we decided to try for ourselves. Mushroom and sweet pea dumplings were amazing! Although some reviews mentioned small portions, I thought that sushi roll sizes were average. The miso soups was huge and my boyfriends Japanese caesar salad was also very large and delicious!! The staff was very friendly, too! We will return soon! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "My wife and I haven't been to Pod in about 2 years ans we decided to celebrate our 5 year anniversary and we both were very pleased with the service and the food. I like the new menu items, the short rib Robata amazing. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Atmosphere was original. Food was decent; nothing wrong with it aside from being average and overpriced. Wait staff rushed us through our meal and, therefore, had a difficult time enjoying our time with friends. Went elsewhere for dessert. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Chic atmosphere connects with well-designed Asian fusion menu. Great for dates, if willing to pay up for a relatively high-priced menu. Lots of fun, won't disappoint."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Pod is always very consistent. They have great service and delicious food. I enjoy the variety that is offered. They have smaller portions so you can try a variety of foods and/or larger main courses for sharing. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Love this restaurant! The food is delicious, the service is quiz, and the ambience is great. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Pod for his recent birthday. When I made the reservation I noted a birthday and also called to confirm. Unfortunately, when we received our dessert the birthday was not acknowledged. I by no means expected our server to come out singing but I felt that something could've been done to acknowledge this special occasion. This was disappointing."
    Dined on 4/15/2014