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Pod

4.4
2631 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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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Private dining
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 2631 People Are Saying
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OrlyD 
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Service was great! We sat in a pod, which my kids loved, but frankly wasn't that fun for me. I would have loved to switch to a regular table -- the light and ambience seemed much nicer -- but my kids got a real kick out of the lights in the pod.

The food was good. All in all a positive experience. I could see this as a fun place for large groups.

Nice bar vibe.

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JTBOS (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great staff. Ask to be seated in the pod if you are a group. Good food. Maybe not the most authentic sushi but definitely tasty and good value.

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vipsandyB (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

always good sushi and other food... service is just ok. many servers and managers around but not super attentive. server was getting trained- which i don't mind but overall the service was just so-so. didn't feel all that welcome (by hostesses) and or taken care of service wise....

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Amazing food drinks and ambiance!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Made us wait 10 minutes even though we had reservations. Waitress could not accommodate shell fish allergy very well. Vegetarian options were good but definitely not worth the price point. Good ambiance

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

It was amazing, worth the price and the staff was always around and extremely pleasant!!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Hostess was not very pleasant when sitting us to our table. I remembered really enjoying the calamari salad last time I ate here but it was not as good as I remembered this Time around. The shrimp tempura roll was dry. The crab fried rice was yummy, although we were too full by the time this arrived last to the table. Not sure we’d return here as I’ve had better sushi experiences at non-fancy restaurants.

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vipchristy (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing venue with a spectacular ambiance

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was great. We had a hard time getting our check at the end.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great service and the food was amazing! The environment is always cool at the POD too!!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

It is such a cool place. Great vibe, great service, and really good food. It was very enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great sushi spot and other Asian fusion foods. Love it

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

VERY slow service with drinks.
Food came out at random times. Cooked food first and sushi came 20 mins later?!??

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Did not get a pod as requested. Dining room was cramped and congested. Food was good, but not as good as in the past.

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

Eagles parade

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rochuck04 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Enjoyable dinner on the Penn Campus, with fresh fish, and a fun atmosphere.

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Liebherr (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Love it at POD! We will actually be back February 17th for our Valentine's dinner date❤

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vipCheckers (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Great place to grab a quick lunch. Lots of options for the person starved or just wanting a little bit. Yummy food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Delicious sushi, staff very friendly and polite. Lovely time.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Pod is a nice aroma and delicious food!! Only complaint is it’s not BYOB and they charge fees if you bring your own alcohol. Other than that, Pod is a great place for a date!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was good...Its always a good time at the pod

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vipTheTraveler (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

always great, never disappoints, fresh tasty accommodating.

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ElyseK (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great place for a birthday celebration. Terrific, inventive food and wonderful service. Had lots of fun vegetarian choices.

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foodfinds (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was good but not spectacular. It did not have a wow factor. Service was good. It seemed like the atmosphere was more striking than the food.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Erica was a fine waitress with a great personality. The staff, the food and the atmosphere was excellent. I will go back to POD!

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Lala (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

My first time at Pod was amazing! Our server was phenomenal! Overall experience was superb!

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OpenTable Diner (Boise)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Had a amazing time! Food was great and the service was great and I liked the ambiance of the pod.

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Marilyn (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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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