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Serpico - Philadelphia

Serpico - Philadelphia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.serpicoonsouth.com
  • Phone: (215) 925-3001
  • 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "This is arguably the best restaurant in Philadelphia. There are many to choose from in Philly but this one is certainly one of the contenders. Every dish the 3 times we have been there has been superior! This is an expensive restaurant but the food quality and taste is as good as Philadelphia has."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "A very creative and artesian cocktails scene. All the food had a great variety of taste and texture perfectly balanced. Sam"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "My friend and I enjoyed our food and the ambiance was nice."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I made this reservation because of a review in the NYT. The food was not outstanding. The duck liver mousse was good, but the maitake mushrooms were full of grease and inedible. We mentioned that we did not like the mushrooms (more than half were left over) and there was no offer to fix things. The potato accompanying the beef was similarly greasy. The beef itself was just all right - not very tasty. The trout was good. Although we were warned that the plates were hot, the beef was barely warm. We declined to have desert after such a lack-luster meal."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Creative, innovative. Sit at the counter, better to watch food prep."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Went because of the reviews and it did not disappoint. They suggested 3 dishes per person but 2 was more than enough. We shared 7 among 4 of us and were completely satisfied. All the dishes were great and service was friendly and attentive. Although there is a full bar, they allowed us to bring wine and did not charge a corkage fee. Hard to pick a favorite. The pho sandwich was great -as were the short ribs. Definitely a go to again restaurant."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Excellent food with some very intersting dishes. Service only fair."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Sat at chef 'a bar / table and had an amazing experience"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Wait staff is fantastic -- attentive, helpful, thoughtful. Food is different and great. Tomato, green bean, and squid salad is fantastic. Ravioli was a table favorite. Trout is amazing. Etc., etc."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This was a revisit and was as good as all previous visits. The corn ravioli is still fabulous. The lamb dumpling was great as was the Rocky Road desert. Order a lot of small dishes for a wide range of tastes"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Everything was delicious...had the maitake mushroom special...wow! table fave. Pork and kimchi stew was fabulous. Made an unfortunate choice on the French Chardonnay...didn't love that, but had some differing tastes in what wine we should have."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Some dishes were fantastic (duck leg confit sandwich, pho beef sandwich, grilled vegetable platter, duck breast entree)and others very good (hamachi cobia tartare, divers scallops in buttermilk sauce, slow poached halibut). The fish dishes are subtle in flavor and you are rewarded by mixing the various sauces and condiments together with each bite to get full impact of the combination. I didn't care for the special dessert fresh peach compote with pollen--it needed something more, probably extra sweetness, perhaps carmaluzed brown sugar. Apple dessert excellent. Sicilian white and red wines , by glass, were superb. Just go for the vegetable platter --one of the most phenomenal dishes I've ever had!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The $40 before 630 tasting menu is a steal! The portions were just right, and a full entree is included. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Every staff member was knowledgable and efficient. Very professional. Will be back!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Why did we wait so long to try this place? I'd advise all to get there sooner rather than later. Chef Serpico's plates are creative and delicious. Must haves: Deep Fried Duck leg (on a potato roll!), Raw Diver Scallops (buttermilk and poppy seed sauce), Raw Fluke with charred jalapenos (my favorite), great wine and cocktails (surprising New Mexico bubbly and the Spring Cup cocktail) and phenomenal service (personal without being overbearing. Oh yeah, sit at the large chef's counter if you can."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Drinks were good. We tried the pigs head which was fine. Nothing special. Our server had no idea what it was and really didn't know the menu at all. The scallop crudo was fishy and room temp. Pretty sure they were bad. Hamachi tartare was so so. The corn ravioli was too sweet. It just wasn't a good experience. I was expecting much more. There really was a lack of contrast in most of the dishes. Service was not good. Don't know if I would give it a second try."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Outstanding meal. Very interesting menu. The Fluke appetizer, Korean wings and Trout were awesome!!!! Great Vibe."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Fine dining meets a modern, casual setting. The menu has three plate sizes with equivalent prices and sharing is encouraged. There is a large open kitchen surrounded by an eat-at bar. Various ethnicities are referenced in the food adding unusual touches and depth to beautifully prepared and plated food. The service is knowledgable and friendly. There is no hovering, but plates are cleared immediately after you've finished so there's a briskness of pace although you don't feel pressured. For those looking for quiet dining, this isn't the place. Lots of tile, concrete and stainless steel make the noise bounce. But for those who love terrific food and don't want to dress up to get it, Serpico is a must."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I've eaten here twice now and every single dish I have eaten here has been amazing. I love this place."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This is an excellent restaurant and a very excellent addition to Philadelphia."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "sure glad the chef made it out, and landed in one of our favorite cities. interesting, innovative, and downright delicious without any fussiness."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Food was terrific! A bit on the pricey side when you include alcohol, but worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The menu is full of creative/unusual combinations of familiar ingredients, almost all of which worked extremely well. We were 5 people and made the mistake of ordering "conventionally". -- 2 of us shared a couple of small plates, 1 of us ordered his own 2 things and the other 2 of us shared a few things, some of which overlapped with the others. We should have ordered 10 - 12 things and each had a bite or 2 of everything. For our next visit, we're definitely planning time for 11 course Chef's Tasting Menu!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I absolutely loved this restaurant. The pork kimchi stew and duck breast dishes were phenomenal. We also loved the himachi cobia tartare."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I must preface my review by stating that the food was fantastic. The decor was incredible. My friend and I were blown away! The most amazing aspect of our evening, however, was the staff. We had a server who was the star of the show. Regrettably, I can not remember her name. She was tall and slim with dark hair. My friend and I arrived after nine on a rainy Monday thirty minutes late for our reservation. This girl treated us with such caring and grace. Her menu knowledge was top-notch. My cocktail (the lydia deetz) was the best cocktail I have ever had in my life. In my opinion, amazing food and beautiful spaces are par for the course in Philadelphia. The things that are memorable are special are the amazing staff members."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The blending of flavors was quite a delight! We loved everything we ate!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Loved the fluke dish and the duck leg. Fun sitting at counter interacting with cooks."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "From the second we walked in, the experience was great! Definitely going back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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?"
    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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Well-executed, creative dishes. Maybe a little pricey compared to comparable meals elsewhere in the city. Also, the wine glasses don't have stems."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food is very disappointing and extremely expensive."
    Dined on 6/20/2014