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
42 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)special occasion (19)good for groups (18)fit for foodies (17)romantic (7)great for lunch (6)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (4)great for outdoor dining (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OUTSTANDING!
    MommyLisaVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    This was my 2nd time dining at this restaurant, once again it did not disappoint! We had reservations for a large group, 8 children & 3 adults. Due to traffic, we were 45 minutes late for our reservation. The restaurant was so understanding. We only had an hour to dine, since we were seeing a concert at Wells Fargo. They were able to deliver delicious food with plenty of time to enjoy ourselves. Both kids & the mommies were happy. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Game Night
    jan48
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Being so close to Citizens Bank Park and the Wachovia Center, service at Popi's gets a little jammed up when there is an event. The staff do their best to get everyone in and out if they are going to one of the events, but it can be a long wait due to the amount of people in there at once with a limited number of staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome As Always
    FlyersFanVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Popi's is always a great meal and really convenient to come too before a game which we do about once a month. The waiters are always right on with their recommendations and have a good temperament. The food is a great deal for the money and always tasty. I made my own entry up last time and the kitchen was accommodating----lobster ravioli in a Fra Diablo sauce with crab meat. My guest was equally impressed with the veal chop special. Keep up the great work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little restaurant a
    Ilikepotatoes
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Great little restaurant a short drive away from the airport. It was a very nice and romantic surprise for my wife when she flew back in!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Philly Italian
    Notrav
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Great food. Nice south philly neighborhood Italian restaurant. Great staff and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Location and Great Food
    John
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    If you are looking for great Italian food, then Popi's is the place to go. Popi's is in a great location when looking for dinner before a sporting or concert venue. Free parking is a plus since you are in the city where parking is difficult. You are only 5 minutes in moderate traffic from the sports complex in South Philly. I will most definitely return to Popi's. The wait staff is most helpful and curteous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place & close to Wells Fargo
    Jimtricia
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    This is a wonderful place with great wine and menu. Also very convenient to the sports complex so you can dine before or after the concert / game. Highly recommended.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Philly Italian
    1NewZagatsGuideVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    We enjoyed the ravioli!!! and the canoli!! Thank you to our beautiful Italian hostess, who saved the day-- thank you! :-)... we still made it, just in time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good stop .
    MaggieVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    Good food, nice atmosphere , good service . One of our favorites .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'm not too sure about popis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Went here on a fridy night and it was dead. Only three other patrons and a small part table . Food mediocre ! Had special spinach ravioli was just ok . Others weren't impressed with lean . Waiter was great !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun For Lunch
    Ekibe
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Chosen for its rich Italian heritage, family owned, at the edge of South Philadelphia. Its a cute restaurant that fills up with locals around lunch time. Thats always a good sign--if the locals dont eat there dont enter lol. Waiter incredibly knowledgeable of the menu, rattled it off by heart. Did note the crabcake to be the best item on the menu, but I received 1 deep fried ball of crab meat soup. Not the best crabcake I've had by far. My colleague's who joined me liked their dishes though. I will probably return and attempt a different meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Popi's is Outstanding!
    IrishPhilly
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Took my sister there for dinner. I had never been there before but she said she loved it there. The food was delicious, the server's was very attentive. They sang Happy Birthday to her and we had a blast at the bar afterwords. Would highly recommend it. It's a hidden gem in South Philly. Maryanne
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good family gathering place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    The service was good - the food was good - the ambience was good. Most memorable part was the family style appetizer sampler. Great job, and tasted better. The family was together in Phili from all sorts of other places and we chose to come here. Good place, we would recommend it and gather here again at our next family gathering.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed & Beware Gluten-Free
    LindaDesVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We were a party of 11 at Popi's to celebrate my birthday. When half our party was stuck in traffic, the servers were gracious. Appetizers came & were delicious: calamari, eggplant rolatini & lamb chops. Caprese and caesar salads also were fresh and well dressed. We waited 45 minutes for entrees - the server said she didn't want to rush us, which on one hand is considerate, but she didn't check to see if we had any time constraints (and we did). Four entrees had problems, either wrong pasta, not hot enough, etc. I asked for gluten-free pasta and it was given to someone else -- fortunately, I don't have an allergy, but the lack of attention to detail left me wondering how serious Popi's takes gluten-free food preparation and service.
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  • Veal de Mare was excellent.
    ROCKVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    Veal de Mare was excellent. Again, our server Johnny D was great. We always ask for him when he is working. He knows not to rush us, as we prefer to take our time with everything....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Family own restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    A neighborhood gem with a great bar and very friendly staff. Visited from Florida and they made us feel like we were regulars. If your Italian you know what I mean. Try it you'll love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem
    BridgetVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    What a nice night with my husband. We had the chicken Marcella and the filet trio. Amazing! Everyone was really nice! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WOW - what a disappointment
    Fortunate2VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    Hi - it was not my first visit to Popi's but may be my last. We were there for a 6 p.m. rez and had an 8 p.m. concert at the Center. Ok - easy enough. It was our great misfortunte to be seated in our waiter's section since he was so out of it and MISERABLE. We (4 of us) felt like we were doing something wrong even by placing an order. He barely looked at us and we had to wait so long to be asked if we wanted to order anything be it the first cocktail or our dinner entrees. I went to voice my concern and was told, sure enough "We do this all the time, we will have you out in time for the concert" and "Everyone here is going to the concert" which was very off-putting to say the least. GUESS WHAT? LATE FOR CONCERT!
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  • Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    The food was good but the service was a little weak. Maybe it was late and our server was tired, but he kept bumping into us or dishes or water goblets/drinks. We just brushed it off but it became a bit much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Mackie
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Everything here was so great! I got the filet trio and gourmet antipasto. Everyone at my table enjoyed their meals as well, the other dishes were lobster ravioli and chicken a la popi. It was absolutely delicious, but the service was even better! Our bartender Jojo was so friendly and our server Paul was the tops, even the hostess Anne was so accommodating and helpful! Everything here is always consistently good. This place is really close to my house so I've been here so many times I've practically lived here and every time it is something.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Family Run Spot
    popis
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    Popi's was just what you would want and expect from a old school south Philly Italian restaurant. traditional menu items along with some nice specials. all the food was very good, although not the best I've had of anything. I will certainly go back as there are a few more dishes I want to try!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Popi's Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Wonderful food: Started with clams casino...nice small clams very tasty..different but worthy. Caesar salad...OK..not the best. Special 3 small filet mignons with 3 different toppings...Absolutley excellent. Cooked perfectly. Nice wine list. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • something different
    fredVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    Was not what i expected.........did not look like much from outside or inside but the food made up for it
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic South Philly
    MedicJoe
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Popi does it right. Great food, service, and value. First time visit but won't be our last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top on my list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Great food,service outstanding as always! Clean &friendly !love the special and appetizers !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Lunch
    AASlim
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    This is an excellant dinning experience place. Never had a bad meal or experience. Highly reccomended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From the greeter to the servers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/6/2013
    Everyone was kind and helpful. The food was great, the specials were well presented. I went in with a certain item in mind and the specials changed my mind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Resraurant!
    phillyguy65
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Popi"s is an excellent place to eat. I had the crab cake which was huge and tasted fabulous. I then had the Popi salad which was so wonderful. I just love the goat cheese. I then had the Veal di Mare which was just so good and tasty and consisted of veal , scallops , shrimp, and crab. The desert was scrumptious and was the triple chocolate cake with espresso. The wine was stupendous. What a great experience for me and my family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our
    PMB1
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    We thoroughly enjoyed our food. From appetizers to desert, everyone raved about everything they ordered. Can't get a better meal out. Although our waiter was very nice, our service was not extroidinary. It took almost 15 minutes to bring 2 bottles of beer to the table. Our water glasses were only filled after we asked for it. We had a large group, one of which is elderly and our waiter spoke so softly no one could hear the specials. So, although known for their service, we hit Popi's on an off night apparently. Regardless, I'll definitely be back and I will recommend it to to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My girlfriend and I love Popi's,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    My girlfriend and I love Popi's, and the food is always excellent. But our server was slower than molasses in a cold night in January. It started off bad when he walked up to us and mumbled "Something from the bar?" Then, inexplicably, he took our menus from us without telling us the specials or taking our order. When it came time for dessert, we ordered coffee and tea. He dropped it off without asking if we wanted to see a dessert menu or get a check. 10 minutes passed and we asked to see a dessert menu. Our mistake. After we got something, it took him 10 minutes to process our check/drop off my CC. I signed the slip, and as I'm putting my coat on he took the signed copy 20 seconds later! Where were you all night, chief?!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consisently very good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Consisently very good food and service. We feel comfortable going at any time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food and Great Service.
    diners
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    Great Food and Great Service. We have been there multiple times when attending sporting events in Philly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed the meal. Great wine
    DAMee
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    Enjoyed the meal. Great wine list at a reasonable price. Staff are very friendly I would go back when I'm in town. Would also recommend for a quiet business lunch or dinner
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Experience
    JB22VIP
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Wonderful experience. Popped in on Sunday night for a no fuss OT reservation and ate like vikings! Great antipasta special, great steam clams (WHITE), great fish special and of course the perfectly cooked lamb chops were ON POINT! Throw in some great work from Angie at the bar and Pauly from the wait team and you've got yourself a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food, great location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Had a great dinner with hubby before a concert. Convenient to all of the sports venues, with a relatively large dining room & plenty of free parking, this is a no brainer before a game or concert. We had a few of the specials: a tropical salad topped with 5 delicious grilled shrimp, fresh mango and a light citrus dressing; and an entree of branzino topped with TONS of lump crab meat. Hubby had some menu items: fried calamari and chicken ala Popi. An absolute must is the tiramisu. I will stop in for the tiramisu and coffee any chance I get! Our meal with a beer and a glass of wine was under $100 before tip: reasonable for the quality and quantity of food. Go to Popi's; you'll be glad you did.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It took a really long time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    It took a really long time for the food to come out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Making it right!
    IdaluciaVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    The most delicious crab cakes I've ever eaten! Veal parmeggiano, not so good, but the staff made it right by changing the order, then sending out the most delectable cannoli s for desert on the house!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Guess for a holiday it was
    ROCKVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Guess for a holiday it was hectic. Food was so-so, not as good as when we usually go during the week. Service was outstanding having Johnny D as our server......
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect spot to head to before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Perfect spot to head to before a sporting event.......ample parking, delicious meal and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is our third time dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    This is our third time dining here and we will definitely keep coming back. We were on our way to a Sixers game and you can't beat the location to the stadiums and free parking! They have a big menu and always have interesting Specials besides.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate