Serpico - Philadelphia

Serpico - Philadelphia

  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Serpico - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
193 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (174)hot spot (90)special occasion (85)neighborhood gem (77)romantic (30)notable wine list (23)good for groups (20)vibrant bar scene (18)late-night find (11)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Philly gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    what a great restaurant. The food was beyond spectacular, wiped all our plates clean. The decor is modern and very comfortable. My new fav in Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice break from meeting in town.
    Izzybella
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Had read about Serpico and was able to score a table on short notice. Seated quickly and ordered shrimp toast. Poached Halibut was cooked perfectly. Our wine was delayed a bit and our server comped them immediately. Lovely place. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food but disinterested and slow service
    BernieVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    First visit. Strange location for a restaurant of this caliber. Pleased with the food, but experience would have been enhanced if the server had exhibited a warmer, friendlier, more attentive attitude.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food
    malcolmmark
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Second visit and was interesting food that tasted great and a very attentive server
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef's table/tasting available
    endy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellent service...they give you a fresh plate/silverware for each course...at chef's table, they were very nice about answering any questions from behind the counter...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    IvyTime
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Recently dined at Serpico with a few girlfriends. We did the chef's tasting and every course was magnificent. There was a good variety from various vegetables, to caviar, to fish, to pork, to duck and everything was prepared well and the presentation was good. There were about 11 small plates served during the tasting. The service was decent. Love that they allow you to BYOB. Also sampled a couple of their cocktails. They were interesting..included various tonics and tinctures...worth a sample. Overall great restaurant and I'm loving the new and improved South Street.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unmemorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    One of the worst dining experiences I ever had. The food was unmemorable and lacked flavor and pop. The ramen noodles were overcooked and in a weird milky broth, lacking any true pork depth of flavor, despite the dish being called "Bacon Ramen"
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  • Plates to share
    TwinDCMom
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Small, medium, and large dishes to share arrive at the table in succession, making dinner feel multi-course. Highlights from our outstanding meal were the roasted cauliflower with fish sauce and the amazing cassoulet - I wanted to lick the bowl! Apple cake for dessert was also a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and retro design
    DGK1
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    What a great atmosphere and outstanding food. We sat around the big kitchen bar area and the staff is efficient and professional. Fun menu with not too many choices but more than enough for all foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    Malcolm
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    One of our guest ordered the scallops. "The best thing I ever put in my mouth," she said.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Playful, deconstructed Asian fusion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We were surprised to find such an interesting culinary experience on South St but it did not disappoint. We did the tasting menu which included smoky flavors and primarily Korean, Japanese, and deli influences. Highlights were the chawanmushi which was a perfect custard in a delicious dashi, salty caviar and crunchy bits that at times tasted like wonton soup. We also had a beautiful frozen, shaved foie gras with tiny pieces of peanut brittle that was to die for. The ultimate meat course was a pork roulade wrapped in bacon and served with a piece of tender grilled cabbage kimchi and a puree that was not a standard mustard but tasted like it. Eaten together it tasted like a luxurious pastrami sandwich. The desserts were not as amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    SethGordon
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Bests dining experience I've had in Philly, hands down. Creative, fun food, engaging and unpretentious staff - great meal in every respect. Worth going out of your way to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place on South St.
    pifw
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Had an outstanding meal! Food choices very eclectic and fun to share. All were delicious. Best were the Copes Corn Ravioli, Pho sandwich, and the short ribs. Service was attentive and pacing was good. Easy to have conversations with all 4 people at the table, even with the restaurant full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner
    elray
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Everything was just right. The food was creative without being weird. There were interesting flavor/texture contrasts. All four of us shared all plates. We loved the sliced pig head, the corn ravioli, the bacon ramen (surprisingly delicate) and the beef short ribs. There was a delicious grilled mushroom special. The caper brined trout was wonderful (and generous). I look forward to trying other dishes on the menu. Service was attentive without being intrusive. A special treat for us: in spite of having a full bar, you are permitted to bring your own and are not charged a corkage fee. We were able to celebrate a special occasion with a nice bottle of champagne that we would not have been able to afford with a restaurant markup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Our first time here, loved it. Food was great, service was friendly and knowledgeable. Favorites were the fried duck leg, lamb dumplings, scallop crudo. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our dining experience was AWESOME!
    Greta
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    From the moment we entered the restaurant, we were greeted with hospitality and kindness. The menu was diverse and really made it quite difficult to make our selections. We were seated at the counter, per our request, and we were fascinated to watch the precision and team work of the chefs. The food was fabulous and the experience was amazing. We drove from Washington DC to come to Serpico, we had read the excellent review in the Washington Post and wanted to experience it for ourselves. Chef Peter and all his team were outstanding. Congratulations to all for making our trip so memorable and incredible dinner experience. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Flavors
    CarylW
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I was traveling on business to Philly and lucked into this amazing restaurant. The dishes were so flavorful and fresh. I wish they would expand to my town - it would be my favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Serpico on a Sunday
    lovephillyfare
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Food was inventive and delicious. Everyone enjoyed sharing the family style dishes. Bar and wait staff were subdued, mildly inattentive and autopilot-y as compared to my first visit. But I will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding experience
    loopBear
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I received a gift card for Starr restaurants, and we chose Serpico. Our experience could not have been better. Friendly and forthcoming service from staff, a great ambiance, and some of the most amazing food we've had in a while. The chicken ramen was the best ramen I've ever had. Also recommended: the beef short rib, hamachi tartare, and apple cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great food. Fun sitting at kitchen bar and be able watch and interact with chefs. I haven't had this good of service in quite some time. From the host to the waitress to the chefs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Start, Less Amazing Finish
    HASEaterVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Wonderful appetizers, less fully-realized large plates. Of course, by the time we got to our third round of dishes, we were already feeling stuffed -- feel like the waiter should have warned us that some of the plates, such as the ramen and the stew, were large enough for two people. The scallops, fried maitake mushroom and Hamachi/cobia tartare were revelations, just wonderful, thrilling dishes. One of the best mushroom dishes we've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The pork and kimchi stew, however, lacked any distinctive flavors, and the pork belly ramen was just okay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    TheBearVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Starr does it again. Never a disappointment! I love how the courses are designed so you can have everything you want and watch it being cooked!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best restaurantsinPhilly
    lorrainemdVIP
    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!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WimmieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Again this restaurant comes up to the level with the best cutting edge restaurants in Philadelphia.
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • 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!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • 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.
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