Pod
Pod

Pod

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.podrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2153871803
  • 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: Sushi, Japanese, Asian
  • 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: 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."
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
Pod reviews from OpenTable diners
201 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (116)good for groups (107)special occasion (81)hot spot (75)neighborhood gem (67)great for lunch (42)vibrant bar scene (34)romantic (23)late-night find (21)kid-friendly (17)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (6)Show More
  • Out to dinner with my man
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The flavor profiles were awesome. We enjoyed every morsel and will definitely patronize Pod again. We challenge you to visit Pod especially if you like Asian food with a twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first-time experience!
    Esther
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    POD is one of the better Starr-restaurants that I have been to. Service was exceptional and the food was tastier than I anticipated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food and service was very good. Price was a little steep.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Black Man Foodie
    speedinbullet
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    the pod always scores, great atmosphere, great food, great service, great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but needs a little refreshing
    sheri
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    still a wonderful assets to the area....I think it could stll undergo some changes...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nobu at Normal prices.
    CJCboston
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My first time here - usually we'd choose Morimoto. But wow and wow some more. Every dish was just great. Those rock shrimp tempura, the Kobe on a hot rock, and the miso cod. All great versions. Even the mochi ice cream. As is usual for Asian fusion - the wine list in constrained - this one had a few 90 pointer options in addition to the expected strong beer / sake list. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for lunch!
    Inna
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had really good lunch; service was good. The Vegetable tempura was a bit greasy, but overall the food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Gigieats1
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    My mother, aunt and I went here kind of last minute surprised by how amazing it was! The service was great, ambiance was very intense. We ordered the crispy rice with spicy tuna and jalapeño on top which was amazing and addictive, I wanted more! The Japanese eggplant was so good it tasted like dessert. We also told them we had a shrimp allergy and they had no problem changing an item on the menu to fix that. Overall great experience would definitely got back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place
    sipps
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    we were here for my 40th birthday celebrations. What a great place to send good food time with pals . Great seating arrangements , good food and awesome service . I plan on coming here more often and try other dishes that we missed out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • phillybb
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Hip & delicious. Attentive wait staff. I enjoyed the variety of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait between courses.
    Milanoxox
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Out waitress decided to bring out two sushi rolls with our soup, then appetizers, then another two rolls. We didn't figure this out until we had let the first two rolls sit on the table for 20 minutes. We finally call the server over to ask for clarification on how the food would be taken to the table and she informed us that she didn't think four rolls would fit on the tiny table. At the point, we decided to cancel the appetizers. It was odd to switch from sushi to dumplings then back to sushi, even though a table runner said that dinner was served that way in Japan. Huh?Anyway, we waiting another 25 minutes for our last two rolls to come out and by then we weren't very happy. The food was delicious, but it was over-shadowed by the mishap.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful place for lunch
    donna19003
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Since it's on the Penn campus, right next door to Inn at Penn, great for valet parking, it's a perfect spot for lunch. the people attending are excellent. Always have a great time there, whether it's alone or with friends for lunch. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bday dinner
    Funfoodie828
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I attended pod for my bday dinner. They fully accommodated my party of 10. My full party had not arrived but they did seat us somewhere so we could be comfortable instead of waiting in front for the entire party to arrive. Everything came out in really good timing there was never a moment when anyone was wondering what's taking their drink and/or food so long. My only complaint would be our servers not so funny sense of humor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience for teens!
    Njdiner
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Thank you for making this experience for my three nieces and celebrating their birthdays amazing! They can't wait for their next visit!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Riad
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great place. Great food. Great service. We were a party of 9 and they gave us one of the "pods." We could change the lights in the place. I just don't understand why international driver licenses are not accepted. No one carries their passports around.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really fun dining experience
    newcollegemom
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We enjoyed a very fun and tasty celebration dinner as our freshman daughter was spending her first day in college. First days can be stressful and Pod was just the remedy to a long day! We tried food from each part of the menu and it was all delicious. Service was excellent and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Time!
    Carla
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We celebrated my son's 21st birthday at POD. The food was served tapas style which was fine, but our waiter did not explain this beforehand, so I ended up with a lamb meatball appetizer and a short rib entree with no side dishes. I also did not like that food was brought to our table as it was prepared. My entire party had completed their appetizers and were almost finished with their entrees before my appetizer was brought out. The food was delicious though, and the POD was fun for our group of 4.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Cool
    Trish
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Pretty cool decor with nice menu. Food presentation was lovely. Pricey with miso soup coming in at $8.00! Service was attentive without being pretentious. Nice for celebration. Loved the lights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good restaurant for young crowd
    LCarter
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This place seems very trendy. The night we went to this restaurant, it was packed with a young, college age crowd.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Tasty
    Damien
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    While there has definitely been some wear and tear on the restaurant itself, but the fish was fresh, the menu was excellent, and our server was beyond phenomenal (the bus boys as well). I reiterate our food was excellent, the tofu wraps, vegatarian roll, sashimi, tofu stir fry, seafood fried rice...and OMG the dessert... we had the special alongside the chocolate cake... definitely enjoyed and wouldn't mind experiencing it again. I would add, in terms of ambiance, the lighting is to bright with the windows, so optimal time would be late late summer or evening the rest of the season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    Colando
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I thought the interior setup, lights, and music were great. Staff was knowledgeable and helpful. The food was good, but I thought it was a bit overpriced. I would recommend it to a friend for somewhere new and cool to go, but I likely won't go back for the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Patricia
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Laura Martin is a great manager! Her professionalism & warmth is reflected through her staff. I forget our waitresses name but she was wonderful as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    Superior
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    One of our most memorable meals anywhere. Super cool decor--all white with neon lighting and anime cartoons in the background. Very professional and well-groomed staff. Food was adventurous and first-rate. Not a bad morsel to be had. Spicy tuna is a must if you are a sushi fan. Also had the soft-shell crab plate and a macademia nut chicken plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    Fondiva
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our food was all amazing!our server Jen made great recommendations for all of us! She made the night perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hostess issue
    Confusion
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had called in advance and asked if we could reserve a Pod and were told they were first come first serve. We arrived a little early and happily observed that there was an open Pod. When we asked if we could have it we were asked by the hostess to wait while they validated it was open. When I indicated that I was informed it was available on a first come, first served basis I was the informed that they can be reserved with some sort of $ commitment. They need to get their story straight so that do not keep customers waiting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was amazing. Would definitely recommend to others and would come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fun, Always Good
    DiscerningDiner
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    BigMac
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food was great, but a little pricey. Great ambience. Non-sushi portions were bigger than expected.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    ab3314
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super Value for U City Dollar Days
    phillyfoodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uneventful
    Jim8aLot
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Tried for the first time during restaurant week. The fixed menu was lacking and the food was bland. Not impressed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!
    msnikki40
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Luv2dine
    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 😊
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time at Pod
    Woodviking
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food--poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • University Dining Days Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good food, nice ambiance. They made a slight error but were very happy to fix it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun birthday dinner!
    Caroline
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!
    lysslyss10
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This is my favorite spot in all of Philadelphia! The wasabi crusted steak is amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Fit for the Senses.
    FreshandFoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate