Popi's Italian Restaurant
Popi's Italian Restaurant

Popi's Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.popisrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (215) 755-7180
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm- 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer banquet rooms with banquet menus for up to 150 people. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Gina Rucci 2157557180
  • Entertainment: Saturday evenings: Live Singing (new & old standards)
  • Special Events: Please join us for the Holidays.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking lot is adjacent to building. The wide street offers additional street parking.
A word from Popi's Italian Restaurant
Popi's is a family restaurant serving lunch and dinner. We are family owned and operated and offer private parking, ambience, great food and service. There is a separate entrance for banquets. For your use at Popi's Restaurant Free WiFi is now accessible! Ask your server for password.
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Popi's Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (30)special occasion (22)good for groups (21)fit for foodies (18)vibrant bar scene (10)romantic (8)great for outdoor dining (6)great for lunch (6)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Great Fantastic Authentic, a truly unique find
    ReginafromLebanon
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our group was from Tennessee and northern PA. We found this gem easily and were delighted in the sincere hospality shown. Food was absolutely wonderful with many classic selections as well as chef selections! Lounge with large seating area, live music, vibrant ! I can't say enough on the preparation and presentation of the food combined with great service this spot is really special. I travel frequently and was delighted to find a non-chain establishment I WILL recommend to colleagues who are also going thru the Philadelphia area. Popi's is fabulous !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night!!
    Chris
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Everything went smooth, very accommodating, esp when we showed up early! Food was fantastic and nice bottle of wine!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clymer697
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We dined at Popi's to celebrate a friend's birthday. The atmosphere was nice, the service and food were very good. I like that they had dancing after 9:00 p.m. It's nice to have a place to eat and enjoy nightlife in the same venue.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat ...
    JB22VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Popi's is a great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Feels great to catch up with friends in this wonderfully friendly restaurant. We popped in mid-week and had great service from small Paul. Clams white, and the lobster ravioli - both my brother and I ate like Vikings. Top notch execution from host, bar, wait and kitchen teams. Check out this restaurant for a break in the routine or a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mike
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Dined at Popi's prior to attending a concert at the Wells Fargo Center. Made a reservation for 5:00 PM (3 hours before the start of the show). We found the restaurant about 20% full at that time. The service was great, despite what has been published in Yelp other reviews. Perhaps better planning would have been less stressful for those diners. Our meals were prepared well and well within the expectations of an Italian Restaurant in South Philadelphia. I will say that the restaurant filled up quickly during the time we were there. On our way out, we overheard the host say that he just seated his last available table. Bottom line: go early to avoid the potential of experiencing slower service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • inattentive server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I've been to Popi's several times before, when in Philadelphia for business. The food was excellent as always. But the service was painfully slow. Our server would disappear for long periods of time, and a glass of wine that was ordered never arrived.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Location to Stadium Venues
    MomOnTheGo
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Our place to go before south philly events. Food is incredible and it is only a 5 minute drive to stadium area. Prefect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great South Philly Spot
    cforu
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Brought my wife there this past Saturday night to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Everything we ordered was amazing from appetizer to desert. The wait staff was pleasant and attentive. Cozy atmosphere.....You will not be disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AppetiteWillTravel
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great traditional Italian-fare. Pleasant atmosphere. Nice lunch menu offering daily pasta and seafood specials. The crab cakes are a lunch crowd favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    Laulet
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good food, nice people, great service, just an overall dependable place for a great night out befor a game, event or just a night out with friends. We have friends from some distance that when they are in the area want to fine at poppies. How can you beat that for a recommendation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • popi's
    patsyann
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great to have parking lot when in South Philly. Nice bar. Very roomy but also very noisy. Food was good and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Now that's Italian
    HankyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Just got back from a great trip to Italy with my wife, brother and sister-in-law. We all said the flavors and feel were very similar to dinners in Rome and Venice. Loved it again. Must try the antipasto for an appetizer. If you like Broccoli Rabe, you will love the way they prepare it. No thick stems, loaded with flavor and very tender. We all will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine but not great.
    Jackfan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    No fault of the restaurant, but our experience was marred by an extremely noisy and boisterous group of 18-20 people nearby. We could barely hear ourselves talk. Food was okay, but mushrooms were canned (not fresh). Had to ask three times for lemons for our water. With all that said, menu options are plentiful and interesting, and cost is moderate. I'd give it another try.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food was delicious! Best Italian meal I have had in a while. Johnny D our server was great! Kept our drinks and plates full. YUM! Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trendline
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great menu but pricey-spacious dining area-food very good-long wait for entrees even though about 1/4 full.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went to Popi's before a concert which started at 8 pm. Had reservations for 6. By 7:40, we had only been served our salads and we had to cancel our dinner and just pay for the salads and leave for the concert. We were starving at the concert
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    kgirl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was very good and restaurant was very popular, as it was quite crowded. Recognized waiters from previous visits. Only 2 waiters were assigned to a huge dining room. Service was slow therefore and waiters seemed frazzled. They were very shortstaffed that evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    lisalisa
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I will preface this by saying they were slammed because of billy joel concert. We were late the show :( Waited 45 mins for reserved table 45 mins for appetizers 1 1/2 hour for entrée. Mine was truly awful. they were not prepared for the crowd. The only positive thing I can say about our experience is the bartender rocked.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Popi's Did Not Live Up to Reviews
    Steve
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    A lot of good reviews of Popi's convinced us to give this restaurant a try. The party of 10 ordered appetizers for the table and were disappointed. The calamari was bland and tough. So this did not bode well. The antipasto consisted of a couple of salami pieces, some canned tuna chunks, some cheese and mostly lettuce. The bruschetta was also somewhat bland - where's the garlic - and the bread was more stale than crusty. On to the main courses: The veal saltimbocca was not particularly tender, the veal with shrimp was bland and not particularly tender. The chicken Nicole was OK, smothered with blush sauce. The filet was fine, the frutta de mare was Ok and the Veal chops were very good. Would not return to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 468 reviews are from the Popi's Italian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Simply Perfect!
    JoDines
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Had a wonderful, relaxing dinner for a family birthday celebration. Food was delicious. There were thirteen of us in the party, and everyone loved their meals. Service was great - very attentive but not intrusive. Looking forward to going again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    eapoeVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We started our evening with dinner at Popi's. The food is always delicious and plentiful. Our waiter, Paul, was particularly knowledgeable on the specials and the wine list. My wife had the clams, I had the shrimp fra diavolo, both were outstanding. As a precursor to the meal, I had the acini di pepe, excellent. This wonderful meal was capped off at the Tower Theater to watch Yes. Great evening...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AS USUAL
    ROCKVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    As usual everything was great, from appetizers to entrees to dessert, including the service..........
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun family dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Overall we all had fun and enjoyed a good meal. it wasvery noisy which made it difficult to hear. great appetizers-especially eggplant rolotini and the antipasto. food was tasty except the seafood dishes ( lingiuni and clams and fruitte del mar) which were overcooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spot on / Real Italian!
    JB22VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Popped in early for a REAL ITALIAN dinner before a concert across the river ... The attention to detail and the clock were never out of sight. We dined on traditional Orecchiette with sausage, the stuffed rigatoni special (decadent) and served in olive oil with brocolirabe and hot sausage. Of course started with the clams white, with sauce you just don't want to give back - until you've used up every piece of bread to clean the bowl of every drop! Another stellar night! If you haven't been, you gotta try - if you have - it's time to go back! Popi's is the real deal. Good people serving great food in a wonderful setting in South Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    Freddy
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    There is a reason why this restaurant has been around for years-because of its delicious food and great service. I took my dad and the family here for Father's Day. We all loved the food, Paul, our server was excellent and we enjoyed ourselves. Will definitely be back again. Great for families or for a romantic evening out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian Food
    WildheartRiley
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Best Veal Parm in Philadelphia, service is fantastic! Everything about this place is super! All the food is amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Popi's PA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Service and food were excellent. We especially enjoyed the crab cakes. It is a wonderful local/neighborhood style restaurant. I definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just really liked this place
    PHILLY4VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food was delicious and our server was great! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    poppy12
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    great food, greater service. the best food in south philly
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scrumptious
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Everything we ordered was outstanding. From the calamari to the salad to veal and Mediterranean fish and concluding with tiramisu, it was a wonderful experience. My only recommendation is to start with the tiramisu..... It is positively the best we ever had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice
    diningoutVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Their menu seems to fit into standard Italian food. Some places try to take a modern or off the wall approach. This place was just good old fashioned Italian food. Some of their specials seemed a bit of a twist which is a good options and they had many specials. This place is not close to my normal routes but if I find myself down near the stadiums, I would definitely go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MANGIA
    love2eat
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great place for groups, reunions - the food was excellent, the service great - price was reasonable, location is perfect for those coming in from I-76, the Blue Route and Bridges - and plenty parking spaces - really can not ask for anything more
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Patti
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Nice selection of entrees and specials. Antipasto was perfect as was the veal parm. We were early dining and virtually alone so I was a little disappointed that the next diners to enter we're seated at a table right next to us when the rest of the place was empty . However by the time we finished the place was pretty well filled.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brandy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The food was very good and most of the service was also very good. Access to adequate facilities was limited
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, not great
    svodines
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Good bar area, but slow the night we were there. Appetizers were very good, especially the shrimp. The entrees were fair, not great. Room for groups, which was the main point for going there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT
    ROCKVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    As usual everything was perfect, from the food to the server, Johnny D. Have never had a bad meal or bad service at Popi's.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • markb
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Overall, it was a pleasant experience. Table of 6 next to us was extremely loud which made conversation difficult. Veal was delicious. Shrimp diJon was perfect
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-game meal
    Michael
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Great food and perfect location for a pre-game meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Dinners
    MarkWVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I had two business dinners at the restaurant, one on 4-22-14 and the other on 4-24-14 while on business in Philadelphia. This is one of my favorite restaurants. It's close to the airport and airport hotels.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't be returning
    takemyadviseVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Food was just OK, certainly not over the top dining here. Service was slow. Our party was large and apparently this restaurant is not accustomed to handling that. Just one assigned server and a mix match of staff which caused much confusion. When the dinners came out it sounded like an auctioning off of food as the food handlers yelled out orders. If someone at the table didn't respond we were looked at as it was our fault they were scrambling. So unorganized and rushed at the end our leftovers were handed back incomplete. I guess they expected us to open and verify that too. Probably could have gone next door to the Penrose Diner and had a better experience. Never again for us Popi's. Hope other large parties follow this advice.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet