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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Serpico - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
171 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (153)special occasion (84)hot spot (80)neighborhood gem (65)romantic (31)notable wine list (20)vibrant bar scene (14)good for groups (12)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Major disappointment
    reviewerVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    From the moment we sat down (at the counter...when we had reserved a table on Open Table) the experience at this restaurant was one major disappointment. If you are going to do things differently from every other restaurant on the planet, have the common sespnse to explain your system to your guests. Food and drink delivery was uneven with large gaps in service. And if you plan on taking a doggy bag home with you be sure to request ask that your leftovers are delivered to you and not stored under the host stand. In addition, despite being described as American cuisine, it is not...this is an Asian themed menu. A very very odd place to which we won't return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem on South Street
    EvanVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My girlfriend and I dined here this past Saturday night, and it exceeded our expectations. The ambience is very unique, with views directly into the kitchen (and onto Peter Serpico's work) from anywhere in the dining area. There is a bar around the kitchen area that I would love to sit at next time we dine there. We enjoyed the Cope's Corn Ravioli (a Serpico specialty) and Pig Tail for appetizers (a special that night), and then enjoyed the Duck Breast and Short Rib for our entrees. We have eaten at many top restaurants in Philly and we thought the food here was among the best three places we had experienced in this city. It is also extremely nice to have the option of ordering liquor, but also BYO. We loved this place and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Serpico is worth the trip
    Rocky
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This restaurant is fabulous!! Every dish was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. We couldn't identify one favorite as everything we ordered was terrific with original tastes and fabulous seasonings. The diver scallops pictured on the web page looked exactly like the ones served - a piece of art! Short ribs were tasty and tender. Apple cake was wonderful. We are from out of town and I would comes back next time I am in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good south street find
    DonotOwnaKitchenVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Good, but not my favorite steven starr restaurant. Service was good, not great. Food is unique as always, not a lot healthy on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    DoakVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Eating at the chef's table is one of the best ways to enjoy a great meal here. Great food and great staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Menu
    mhinksonVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Creative cocktails, fantastic sharable plates. Sit at the counter to get the best view of the action. Duck Leg sandwich not to be missed, anything seafood not to be missed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary
    TheSbos
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We tried this place for the first time to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Great choice. We went for the chef's tasting menu and were not disappointed at all. Many things that we would never order off the menu and got to try. Outstanding service from our waitress made the evening that much more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great experience from start to finish, not a bad bite (or sip) had all evening. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reminiscent of NYC on South street
    Doctordining1
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Loved loved Serpico. Cocktails- check, food--check check. The service a little slow but good food and ambience made the difference.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Gem on South Street
    Live2Eat
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    One of the best dining experiences I've had in Philadelphia recently. The chefs counter is pretty exciting once you get the chefs talking to you. The pigs tail over polenta was so flavorful and tangy. Also the burnt apple sauce that accompanied the toasted Apple cake was so shocking to my palet and probably one of the best flavor combos I've had in a while. Definitely a flavorful experience across many regions and cuisines. I intend to return for the tasting menu! The atmosphere is dark and mysterious yet warm. Would love to see how the menu evolves as the seasons change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best restaurantsinPhilly
    lorrainemd
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food is the number one reason to come. The chef is amazing. Unique and unexpected dishes share the menu with a few improved upon classics. The service is good and the room lovely. I am pregnant and asked for a mocktail and it was delicious. The service was friendly and well-paced. I honestly want to try everything on this menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy from Harrisburg
    toolheadsnail
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First time here, and was impressed with all that came with. Must try and get a seat at the counter, much more interaction with the chefs. Cant wait to go back and try some other interesting plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still amazing after one year
    DemandingDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This place is as fresh and exciting as the day it opened. Serpico is almost always there behind the counter, and the quality control over each dish is totally beyond what you would expect at this price point. While there are a few classics that they wouldn't dare take off the menu, there are always many new items to tempt you. Add in reasonable pricing and the friendly knowledgeable service, it is a no-brainer for me to return on at least a monthly basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WimmieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Again this restaurant comes up to the level with the best cutting edge restaurants in Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting Menu
    10yearresident
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Amazing food. Philly is a great food city and Serpico should be at the top of any list. We had the tasting menu (12 courses) and every dish was exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    yaytevasVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The hamachi tartare was SOOO good - and I loved the flavor and texture of the lamb dumplings (which were a special offering that night). The chicken ramen was surprising with the addition of the mint, but they totally pulled it off. Also, it is BYOB which rocks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, smartly done
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Caper-brined Trout with smoked "potato salad" was great. It takes a lot of moxie to call a brunoise of potato served hot in a thick broth with drizzled oil a "salad," but that is exactly the kind of food at Serpico - it is surprising and interesting but still really tasty. Also really good - deep fried duck leg, the mackerel tataki, and the toasted apple cake. This is a bit odd to say, but one of the best things about Serpico - the ice in their cocktails. They must pay a fortune for the large big blocks, but it is worth every penny; it's the only restaurant in the city where I'll splurge for a second cocktail with my meal. And it is b/c of the ice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The atmosphere was nice. My pickled mackerel app lacked other ingredients on the plate to enhance the flavor and make it appear appetizing. Something green, or a few pickled vegetables perhaps.Caper brine trout dry, too small of a portion of fish sat upon a viscous mess of crab with poor quality roe mixed in. No one flavor asserted itself. No vegetable. My husband did not enjoy his halibut, it also lacked flavor in the broth. We were disapponted.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hip and Tasty
    NickMc
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We went to Serpico for a special occasion dinner with my mom and dad who were visiting from out of town. Every single appetizer and maincourse were mind blowing, and the drinks were incredible. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a hip, new American style restaurant with an Asian twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food Great service.
    Lnr103
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The service here is top notch, from the servers to the bartenders to the host. Everyone was eager to please and wonderful which really added to our experience. Food was delicious. The raw scallops were my favorite. I was waiting for a fresh bright pop of flavor at the end - it didn't hit that top note but was still a hit. I think we ordered too many carbs for my liking, between the rich buttery ramen and corn ravioli I was corn and starched out by the time we got to our amazingly yummy lamb entree. Next time well try more seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good food
    dml808
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    really enjoyed the food and the restaurant's vibe. will go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    CaitlinVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was innovative and absolutely delicious. Staff was professional and the decor was chic. Overall, very well executed. Try the corn ravioli and duck breast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went for our 5th wedding anniversary. Enjoyed our time immensely. Definently not cheap, but worth the experience. Had the "tasting menu" - which I recommend highly - tastes and textures in combinations I've never had before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great!
    DonotOwnaKitchenVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food, great service and a lot of fun! A really nice spot that will get a lot of our time. The food is unique and the atmosphere is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Enjoyable Meal
    WillyfromAcuycan
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The server was knowledgeable and appropriately attentive without being cloying. The food was inventive and delicious. I look forward to returning to Serpico and experiencing the tasting menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!
    Mcjf
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything was amazing!! The scallops and Lamb ribs are not to be missed! But everything we had was exceptional. Will definitely go back and will recommend to all our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So NOT Philly!!
    Top23VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everyone, from the valets to the barbacks to the hostesses and wait staff, is REALLY nice. What a welcome change from most food establishments in Philly, particularly those at the upper middle to high end, where snottiness reigns supreme. On our recent visit, we had to dash for the theater before two of our entrees arrived. Three hours later, after thoroughly enjoying "The Book of Mormon," we went back to fetch our car and peered in the front window to see if we might get dessert without a long wait. One of the barbacks recognized us and came to the door: "Hey! You guys want your dinner?" YOU BET!! Inventive & flavorful food, great staff, fun atmosphere, close to theater district. Highly recommended in every way. Thank you, Serpico!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • all around great experience
    Johannvonmastiff
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great, thoughtful food extremely well executed. Our server was also fantastic. Knew the menu as well as the wine list and was attentive without hovering. The Korean chicken wings are not to be missed. Best bite of food in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing.
    uuuuuuuuuu
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food is outrageously good, service is attentive but not overwhelming, great cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    delicious food, most of the dishes were excellent. Good portions. The special, Ramen, was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WimmieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative
    Sami
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A very creative and artesian cocktails scene. All the food had a great variety of taste and texture perfectly balanced. Sam
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool Spot!
    Lolaeats
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My friend and I enjoyed our food and the ambiance was nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oellaguy
    Oellagal
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Creative, innovative. Sit at the counter, better to watch food prep.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SheK
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fred
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent food with some very intersting dishes. Service only fair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef
    DoakVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Sat at chef 'a bar / table and had an amazing experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great unusual food
    AWE3
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.