Serpico - Philadelphia

Serpico - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.serpicoonsouth.com/
  • Phone: 2159253001x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Thursday 5:00PM to 10:00PM
    Friday & Saturday 5:00PM to 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Peter Serpico
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 6th Street & 7th Street
  • Public Transit: Serpico is located nearest the Broad Street Line, 8 blocks east of the Lombard-South station. We are also easily accessible by SEPTA routes 40 and 47, or PATCO via the 9th/10th-Locust station.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: We offer Valet parking for $16 on Friday and Saturday evenings.
A word from Serpico - Philadelphia
Serpico is a collaboration between James Beard award-winning chef Peter Serpico and restaurateur Stephen Starr. Located on South Street, the 60-seater will have a true neighborhood feel, with cozy booths, counter seating and a small bar at which the full menu will be available.

Serving dinner only, the cuisine is ingredient-driven offering a seasonally evolving menu of playful yet familiar takes on global fare. A small hand-picked list of food-friendly wines will perfectly complement the menu and a quality cocktail program will focus on boutique spirits.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Serpico - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (140)special occasion (79)hot spot (61)neighborhood gem (60)romantic (35)notable wine list (20)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (10)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Nicely done!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Serpico was great! We loved the variety of choices, some adventurous, some not. The food was fantastic and the wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Serpico
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is our 4th time at Serpico and each time has been wonderful. The service is exceptional including giving us great suggestions on wines. We finally got to take our daughter and son-in-law, who is an exceptional cook and are both frequent restaurant goers. They loved everything. My husband has the vegetable plate each time we go! He loves it so much, he's not willing to get something else. We will continue to have Serpico as one of our go-to restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid meal, some exceptional dishes
    abc290VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Serpico has a large, open kitchen, bordered on two sides by the chef's counter. This means a lot of counter seating, which I'm a big fan of. The 11-course tasting menu was, overall, a really solid meal. Highlights included a steamed egg custard (like a modernized version of chawanmushi), a turnip cake topped with duck pate, a mushroom and yuzu dish, and pork and kimchi ramen. The consomme broth in the ramen was outstanding, as were the shots of consomme served with the potato chips and oxtail. Desserts fell a little flat for me, partially because they felt like lazily executed homages to David Chang. Peter Serpico's talent should be able to turn out something more unique than that. Service was fantastic, and cocktails were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Hope
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The blending of flavors was quite a delight! We loved everything we ate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid
    LaFleurVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Loved the fluke dish and the duck leg. Fun sitting at counter interacting with cooks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    FoodEnthusiastVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I selected the restaurant based on the reviews and the pictures I saw online. Wow totally pleased. We took seats and what night be called the expanded chef's table and enjoyed watching the movement of the kitchen staff as they prepared everyone's food. We enjoyed our starters so much we ordered a few more and compared notes with the couple next to us on additional selections. We loved the food. Creative, very flavorful, unique things you would expect presented in a artist's fashion. Everyone was friendly andvery knowledgeable about the menu. Really the perfect meal for the our date night, just what we were looking for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd course fell flat
    phillyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This meal started off great but the necessary progression was not fulfilled. The raw scallop & chicken liver mousse made for a fantastic first course. The raw scallop may be the most impressive flavor combination I've had in 2014. 2nd course was the fried duck leg & the pho sandwich both were quite good, though the pho sandwich had a bit more kick than some people may like. Then came the 3rd course, supposedly a culmination of a great meal. We got the Korean fried wings & the short rib. The wings are very overrated, they are essentially a more sweet than spicy fried wing and they are super sticky and messy. The short rib fell flat too, particularly because of a sauce that was just too salty and off putting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Intriguing Experiencece - 7/10
    Maggieb
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The positives: I loved the atmosphere! From the exterior the restaurant is almost invisible, understated. It's a classy/casual, young/sophisticated vibe. Chefs table looked really fun. Decor and service were great. The OK: the beer selection was minimal, but my date loved the 3 he tried. I opted for wine; wish there were more by-the-glass options. I also wish there had been more room between the tables. The food: my date and I both ordered the 12-course specialty menu. It was just OK. Some earlier courses and one dessert was sub-par. The other 7-8 courses were good but not extraordinary. The 3 savory meat dishes were very good! The final dessert was delicious. For a unique dining experience that is both fancy and fun, give Serpico a shot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Edwin
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    From the second we walked in, the experience was great! Definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Doug
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This is the best dining experience I've had in a long time. It starts and ends with the food of course: we had the tasting menu, which was a brilliant balance of creativity, playfulness, craftsmanship, and deliciousness. Yes-- everything was DELICIOUS (the fried oxtail and the steamed egg custard were highlights among highlights.) The rest of the experience was just as wonderful: the staff was excellent-- friendly, knowledgable, & helpful, but not pushy. The atmosphere managed to feel both relaxed and highly organized at the same time. The music selection was great, yet the noise level was fine for normal conversation. I could go on about every detail-- it all worked. Serpico-- thanks for one of the most enjoyable meals of my life!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An oasis on South Street
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Serpico is an welcome oasis among the tacky bars/restaurants and shops on South Street. Just walking in, the decor is very calming after spending a lot of time finding somewhere to park the car. But the food was wonderful, as was the service. Menu is somewhat limited but we found plenty of things we could have chosen and were very happy with the restaurant fave ravioli, the duck breast and short ribs. Burnt apple tart followed. Great flavors. Definitely would return although the traffic in that area is horrendous and impossible to find street parking. Ended up in a garage on 3rd and South which charged $25!!! I heard the restaurant working on this, so perhaps valet parking or some kind of discount at the parking garage on 3rd?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Drinks and food were amazing, service and counter seats watching the cheffy stuff was even better. The bartender provided specialized service and great drinks, on and off the menu. Food was inventive, beautiful and most importantly very tasty. We got the tasting menu. The only thing I would not recommend is the drink pairing for tasting menu, was very one note, all white wine and sake. Eh. Loved the place, will tell everyone and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Polly
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Loved Serpico, went there on our anniversary. The food was interesting and intelligently prepared (even the cocktails were well put together). Service was great, our waiter knew the wine list and menu well - even brought us some Brut for our anniversary. I appreciated the thoughtful menu, with meat, fish and vegetable dishes with perfect portion sizes so I could try a few different dishes. You could definitely bring a child here, but they need to have a good palate as there was nothing boring on this menu! There is a place to sit and watch the food preparation - I'll definitely be sitting there next time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food-relaxed atmosphere
    Devo
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The menu was great- I'd recommend the scallops! The atmosphere was kind of weird. The place looks more like a diner but the menu was higher end. It just felt odd sitting at a food counter while paying $30 for a plate, but that's just me!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Well-executed, creative dishes. Maybe a little pricey compared to comparable meals elsewhere in the city. Also, the wine glasses don't have stems.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing.
    AFK1
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food is very disappointing and extremely expensive.
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  • Unexpected
    Trish
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Loved the decor and the server we had was really friendly and great!!! Good was different good combinations but delicious none the less!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    kuteymon
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food was excellent. The dish sizes were not too small. Our favorites were the ox tail soup, chilled dashi soup (was the prettiest dish ever), crispy duck leg, and yuzu curd. I would go back just to have the yuzu curd again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food absolutely creative and delicious been a number of times every time love it. Like small and medium plates it's great no corkage fee. Love the chef
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed!
    Sandj6905
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We waited for months to try Serpico. When we finally did we were extremely disappointed with our server who seemed miserable and food that was very average.
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    fit for foodies
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  • outstanding and creative
    omnivore
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Innovative cuisine without being fussy or trendy. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    dmc11
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was inventive and very tasty. The small plates were by far better than the large plates, though. The tartare, duck, and ravioli were especially delicious. The staff was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasting Menu
    TimyoVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Booked an early slot and were seated at the chefs table, basically a large bar area around he kitchen, highly recommended. Ended up getting the tasting menu for 85, which was very much worth it; 10 fantastic dishes which are not on the menu! Great serving staff!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • this is special food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Really adventurous and beautiful food. Everything we had was amazing. Cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 97 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 300 reviews are from the Serpico - Philadelphia reviews archive.
  • Didn't measure up to the hype
    outsidedinerVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is a decent restaurant with some good food. It is difficult to get to and from on a Saturday night on a very crowded South Street. Some have found the decor "very cool", but I found it merely cold like a barn painted black. It is rather expensive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mimmi
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The starters were really good and the meat, but the Trout were really disapointing! Three of is ate it, no one was happy with it. Avoid!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Losing its luster?
    BetsySVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We have been to Serpico numerous times. This one was a disappointment. The meats (beef and lamb) were tough and over salted, not the usual creative light touch. We assume it was just an off night and will go back,
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • innovative dishes superbly cooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    On my recent visit to Serpico, the kitchen was in top form, offering a wide selection of dishes, many seasonal, all superbly cooked. I especially enjoyed the dishes offered as specials - including a dish with ramps, one with asparagus, and a large fried maitake mushroom with sevaral sauces.
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    fit for foodies
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  • trying too hard to be different
    Liv2eatVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Throwing as many ingredients as possible in a dish does not always make it better. Also, portions are on the small side. If you are a big eater have a snack before you go.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food was great. There were a large number of items which made facilitated sharing. The staff was very friendly. Mr. Serpico is in the kitchen is happy to answer any questions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC style in Philly
    TJBrandis
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Upon arriving to the restaurant, my wife and I were a little concerned... The front of the building is painted dark grey and has only one small window that is mostly covered by liquor bottles. Once we were inside, the whole vibe changed. The place is very hip and has a high energy feel. The wait staff is very cool as well. The menu has plenty of choices for everyone to enjoy providing you are a "foodie" This is not the place to take some one who is afraid to try some new things. We plan on going back with some friends. I would definitely recommend a visit.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Accommodating staff
    Luv2designVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My husband and I dined at Serpico Friday night and sat at the bar. Food was innovative and delicious. Staff we're accommodating, personable and professional especially our server who couldn't be sweeter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    PickyGroup
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food was spectacular. We had a table of 4, ordering 2-3 dishes a person. We were all amazed. We couldn't decide on a favorite dish, and had to settle for a top 6. Thanks Serpico.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun at the Chef's Table
    YoungTrio
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    My fiance and I went to Serpico for his birthday two nights ago. We had the 10 course tasting menu, which had similar elements to many of the a la carte dishes, but they were entirely different. Everything was delicious, and it was fun to watch our dishes being prepared and to interact with the kitchen staff. Our favorite dishes were an egg custard dish and a smoked cobia dish. The maple ice cream and oolong tea dessert was also stand-out. The cocktails were incredible! The Lydia Deeta was my favorite, and my fiance enjoyed the Cucuy (but did note some significant variability from order to order of the same drink). We asked for a copy of the tasting menu items, but unfortunately we never got the email. Would definitely go back!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • always good
    geezerVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    great food...great service. an innovative way of making food different and delicious.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • tasting menu
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    This is the best tasting menu in the city and I never hesitate to seize the opportunity to take guests here, food is outstanding, inventive, tasty and perfect service just adds to it
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Words cannot capture how amazing our experience was. Every single drink and plate was absolutely FANTASTIC. Serpico definitely lived up its reputation and surpassed our expectations.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Food Here on South St!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Having heard a lot of hype around this 'new' spot, we had high expectations, most of which were met on a tasty Friday night. The restaurant is really cool, and there is excellent bar-style seating around the kitchen--a highlight of the ambience of this place. That would be perfect for a couple to sit and be entertained, but we were a foursome. The price of the meal ran up pretty high, but the food truly was outstanding. Almost everything we had was delicious. For 4 hungry people, I think we ordered 10 things to split family style. That ended up being enough, although I think we missed out by not ordering the chef tasting menu, which actually has 11 courses!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Missed the mark this time.
    foodiedudieVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have been a fan of Peter Serpico's creative cooking since his debut here and have been several times, but my Mother's Day experience was less than stellar. My open minded 21- year old kids wanted to try, home from college, and they also felt let down. The tuna tartar was the one hit. The duck was bland and the other dishes just didn't wow us. Plus it was a gorgeous day, so coming into the dark room felt depressing. Dinner al fresco would have been more fun. Our server was great, staff wonderful and I will go back because I trust Stephen Starr and Serpico's genius.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • top notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    from start to finish top notch. waitress was excellent and very educated on menu. food was excellent. drinks were excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate