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About Pod

Philadelphia restaurant impresario Stephen Starr's retro-modern offering, located in the town's "University City" neighborhood, lets its guests sip sake, beer, and colored cocktails while munching on fresh sushi, dim sum, and Pan-Asian entrees. The hip, contemporary, "starship-like" space was conceptualized by famed Manhattan designer David Rockwell and influenced by the films "Sleeper" and "2001: A Space Odyssey."

3636 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian, Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am
Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 36th & 37th Streets on Sansom

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 387-1803

Website:
http://www.podrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Pod offers valet parking seven days a week for $20 per vehicle. There are private, non-affiliated lots in the area and limited street parking available to our guests as well.

Public Transit:
Market-Frankford El, 34th Street Stop.

Executive Chef:
Jason Simkins (GM), Todd Lean (Executive Chef)

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
All of our PODs may be guaranteed through our special event coordinator, Abby Niznik. She can be reached at 267.238.3649.
For PODs 1 and 2 (seating for between 6 and 8 guests) there is a $420 food and beverage minimum.
For POD 3 (seating for between 8 and 12 guests) there is a $625 food and beverage minimum.

Private Dining

Immerse yourself in a fun and futuristic dining experience at Pod on Penn’s Campus. Whether you want to throw a graduation bash or host a special birthday party, Pod offers several options for groups of varying sizes. Rent the whole restaurant, gather in the private room or settle into a cozy pod.

Pod Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (35)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Special Occasion (27)
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Fit for Foodies (26)
Good for Groups (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Good for a Date (24)
Hot Spot (18)
Casual (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Business Meals (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
People Watching (10)
Authentic (9)
Healthy (9)
Romantic (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Cozy (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Tapas (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Spicy (3)
Vegan (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was steady and pleasant. Food was great, as usual. It was nice that the mention of an anniversary in the reservation prompted a dessert on the house with a sparkler.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Not the same POD Ive experienced in previous years. They’ve changed the menu drastically and it’s not the same quality. The salmon was over cooked, had the lump crab California roll that was average, and the kobe spare ribs were ok, PF changs was better. I’ll stick to Buddakan and let the college students have this spot now.

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·Dined 7 days ago

Pod was perfect for date night. I really wanted a specific atmosphere when i was searching for a place but i also wanted to spend less than $100 including my tip, POD was a perfect medium. The lighting inside is fun but still really romantic, my drink was a little overpriced but that was to be expected. Delicious Sushi, delicious dessert. The service was great, plates were cleared and our server left us alone for the most part which i liked (biggest pet peeve is a constant "how are you, is everything good" when I'm trying to talk with my date). 10/10 would recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Left wanting....failed to meet expectations of flavor, variety of sushi selections and not commensurate with price points.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Incredible food and service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Consistently great food and service. Always a favorite place and particularly excellent sushi.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good food good service and setting I’ve enjoyed my visits

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent dinner... loved every single bite and since it was our first time, we made sure to have appetizer, sushi, entree and dessert to have the total experience. Food came out almost too quickly since we hoped to linger a bit during our date. Delicious night!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I wish they had not changed their menu a couple of months ago. The old menu was much better.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Loved Pod. Food and service were both great!!! Fun place.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is my go-to Restuarant when I want to show guests a nice taste of Philadelphia. As usual, this place does not disappoint. If you go, make sure you try the lobster duck fried rice, the Shrimp pad Thai, the vegetable fried rice, the crab fried rice and the sorbets.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Spicy, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was wonderful, meal portions were large, skewers were small but delicious. Cocktails were limited in choice.
We had a great meal. We celebrated a special occasion at Pod and they didn’t disappoint.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was good, not exceptional. Bathrooms were gross.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a great late lunch at the sushi bar with some family members who were in town and our children. Food was delicious as usual.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Fantastic food. Great atmosphere. Seating very close, so noise level gets festive. Only negative is food is pricey. Very good service and consistently good food each time we've visited. Will definitely visit again but need to save up my pennies.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I’m a STARR fan and haven’t been here for years. Food average and prices AMAZINGLY high.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Have been coming to Pod since they opened. Consistently very good food in a cool environment. If you are in university city - it’s definitely worth the trip.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Poor waiter and food wasn’t as good as past times!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 15, 2017

It was the worst experience ever. With the reservation we have to wait 30 min. Noise level was really high and server forgot to bring cake for my wifes birthday eventhough mention them in advance.

I wouldnt recomand this overpriced place with bad service to anyone.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

All was great except for the TERRIBLY uncomfortable chairs!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food. 1 person in our party is allergic to fish (really!) But server was great about recommendations and giving her a "heads up" about which foods were safe or not! Great food and great service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was my first time trying Pod and it was a very pleasant experience ! Good menu selection, ambiance was modern/futuristic. The space was larger than i expected. There was a conveyer belt that I’ll definitely have to try next time. Our server was attentive and friendly. A little pricey, but the food was delicious. I recommend at least trying once. 😁

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 10, 2017

food was exquisite, well presented and intriguing; drinks okay; prices very high

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

the spider rolls was excellent and the service was great!

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Came with a group of 6 people for an early dinner and they put us in an elevated little room/pod which was fabulous. As the dinner progressed, it got louder out in the rest of the restaurant, but stayed really easy to hear our guests in the pod. I would definitely come with a group and request that table. Food was really good. Some of us had sushi, some had rice or noodles, and we all enjoyed a variety of vegetarian appetizers that were all great.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Had lunch date with our 23 year old granddaughter. We like to try different restaurants when we get together with her every few weeks. Selected Pod on location (University City) and menu. We were quite pleased with my choice. The food and service were excellent. Great ambiance; felt like we were visiting a futuristic space station. Surprised to learn Pod has been in business many years. How did we miss it? Look forward to returning when we are in the City next; we live 40 miles north. Worth the drive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Never disappointed when dining at Pod!! Exceptional food and service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We loved it. Had the hamburger and it was sensational. Service was great, vibe was great.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The server was overbearing. Hovering -- always checking in -- way too much attentiveness. Kept interrupting our conversation. Important to pay attention to customers' needs -- but back off a bit!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was my third time at Pod and I had an amazing time. Our server Zach was very knowledgeable and helpful with menu selections and drinks. A+

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food and ambiance was good, however we felt rushed on our night out. We just got our drinks and our food had already come.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

went on a busy Saturday night so service was hit or miss

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Unusually expensive - especially the drinks. Not a good value.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was excellent. Our waitress was great. Really knew the menu and her suggestions were perfect!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent mix of sushi options along with a Robata Grill. The chicken in lettuce leaves with peanut sauce is outstanding as are the chicken satay skewers. On the day we were there service was very spotty took a long time just to get water or even a drink at first. It's a great place to order a number of different things and share them at the table.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Pod lobster roll is amazing!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was very good. Highlights are the pork buns and the crispy shrimp. We were not as keen on the lobster and duck fried rice and the balsamic cauliflower. Sushi was fresh and quite good.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Pod was a wonderful experience--great food-fresh and delicious sushi, great calamari said and wonderful Chicken macadamia dish.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fun dinner with our son. Each dish we tried was delicious. Wait staff was excellent and helped us select some perfect choices to share.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Way too loud to be enjoyable. Hot too. Bathrooms are as clean as a gas station.Big YUCK.

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