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Pod

4.5
2601 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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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."
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am
Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 387-1803
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Simkins (GM), Todd Lean (Executive Chef)
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 36th & 37th Streets on Sansom
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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.
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Public transit
Market-Frankford El, 34th Street Stop.
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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.
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

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.

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What 2601 People Are Saying
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

We like Starr restaurants, not only for the "family style" food delivery and sharing, but particularly because the meals are predictably delicious and served well.

Although it's no longer new, Pod's decor is still fun, and the food is very good. We enjoyed the sushi, as well as the Korean Beef dough rolls (can't recall their specific name, but regardless my memory for proper nouns, I do remember they were flavorful and delicious).

When we reserved the table I notified Pod it was our oldest boy's birthday, and they were nice enough to bring him ice cream with a sparkler at the end of the meal. - brought a smile to a 17 year old's face.

It's not an inexpensive meal, to be sure, but if you know you're going to spend the money on an up-cost meal, it's always reassuring to know the experience is going to be good. We have confidence in Starr's restaurants.

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Marilyn (Philadelphia)
4.0
Dined 3 days ago

I would suggest having it brightened. There was someone next to us using their phone light to see the menu and it was very annoying to have it shined in my eyes. Also please bring back old menu and drinks.

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WhartonProf (Philadelphia)
2.0
Dined 6 days ago

Food is usually good. I am a Penn Professor so I go there a lot. Usually spend about $2,000 per semester. Yesterday one dish was terrible. The Robata grill "pork belly" was hard and super dry. I have had this dish in the past and it was succulent and delicious. Yesterday POD really dropped the ball. They don't usually but it was incredibly bad. Other than that the Calamari salad was very good, as was the swordfish (Robata as well) and the rock shrimp Tempura. Usually POD is super consistent, but yesterday was not as good because of the pork belly. If I was the chef, I would not have sent it out, but they did alas.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on January 11, 2018

Loved our meal. It was a little pricier than other Asian options available in the city but the experience, setting and service definitely made it worth it. We ordered dim sum and small plates and enjoyed everything we ate. I particularly enjoyed the beef cooked table-side!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on January 8, 2018

I really loved my experience at Pod this past weekend. It’s a great restaurant for friends (especially if you’re able to sit in the pod). Our waiter was so personable and so attentive which made the experience even better! The menu offers a lot of opportunities to share as the portions are large. I would reccomend getting a cocktail - the seasonal chai cocktail was AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food- personally the vibe is dated

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0
Dined on December 29, 2017

A great reintroduction to dating again now that my husband and I, are newly parents as of June 2017! Clean, sleek, sexy, fresh, good food. My husband and I will definitely return to pod...soon!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was great. Was seated right away but it really wasn’t busy. Crab spring rolls were amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on December 27, 2017

great service delicious food great server Stefon great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 27, 2017

Really nicely done sushi and 7 small plates for two. Couldn’t have left happier.

Our server was great as well.

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