Popi's Italian Restaurant
Popi's Italian Restaurant

Popi's Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.popisrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2157557180
  • 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
48 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)good for groups (23)special occasion (23)fit for foodies (18)romantic (11)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • 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
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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
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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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 457 reviews are from the Popi's Italian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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  • Great for small parties
    Cory
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Dined here many times, usually with 4 people. Went there with 9 people and it was a totally different experience. Service was awful - had to go to the bar to buy a second drink. Waitress never came back to see if we were ok,which we weren't. Mixed drinks, normally perfect, had aost no alcohol (at $14 a glass). Waitress had no incentive to do well as they added on a 20% gratuity. I was very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Popi's - a neighborhood restaurant
    JN01
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We had a very pleasant evening. Good was OK, service was not great but were very friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time At Popi's!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I always have a great time dining at Popi’s. I tried the specials on the menu and was not disappointed. Can’t wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of towners
    italianfoodlover
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    A great little place. Hostess and waiters were all friendly. Food was brought promptly, and was excellent. The antipasto was so good and generous, I could only eat half my dinner. They were nice enough to package up the remainder as leftovers for me. Definitely would recommend and would visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!!!
    Cathy
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We have been to Popi's many over the years and have never been disappointed. We have brought different people with us before going to a Flyers or Phillies game and everyone has been impressed. The service is alway very efficient and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food!
    kbk618
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I've been to Popi's several times and the food is always really good. I had the penne alla vodka with peas and it was delicious. My husband had sausage and veal scallapini (not sure it tha's spelled right) over pasta and his was also delicious. We had the chocolate cake which was good, but not my favorite. it had raspberry sauce which was just ok. waiter was excellent. always a good meal. Also the oil they give you with their bread is the best ever. Not sure what's in it, but it's so fresh and light. LOVE IT!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    High quality classic Italian food with updated features. Professional service. Food quality and service are always consistently above average. Convenient location if you are going to an event in the Sports Complex.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No better place for a FAMILY
    JB22VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Celebration! Always stop at Popi's when we return on a flight back into Philadelphia and this time was met with 12 additional family members to greet me. We had the larger round corner table for the adults and a nearby adjacent table for the kids. We ate and drank like Vikings and Paul our server saw to it that everything was PERFECT! Just a great family restaurant that knows how to cater to families and business clients alike. Enjoy any of their signature offerings and you will not be disappointed. Not getting the steamed mussels or clams and a loaf of bread to sop up the white sauce would be a huge mistake. From the Shirley Temples to the Crown Royal Stiletto - the bar staff is equally talented. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful surprise
    Jeff
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We decided to head out for dinner last minute and wanted to eat Italian. We picked Popi's and crossed our fingers. We like the random chance of finding something good on Open Table. After a 30 min ride what a sweet surprise! The place was amazingly clean and the staff were as proper as can be. We are not restaurant reviewers nor do we expect too much but often times we find it surprising how many places appear to be nice on the surface but the staff just doesn't do the easy things. They were on the ball. We didn't have to ask for water or drink refills. The food came out fast and the plates were cleared almost as soon as we were done with them. We would definitely return and we hope the singer is there the next time. Wonderful find!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close to stadiums
    Christy
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    This is an Italian gem!! Very close to the stadiums! The place is questionable from the outside but absolutly beautiful inside and very classy! The waitress was so nice n the veal Marsala was delicious! Also if you like carrot cake I would suggest it... It's big enough for two !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.