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Pod

4.3
4.3
2849 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Japanese, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–12:00 am Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 387-1803

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan LaVoie (GM), Todd Lean (EC)

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Diane Farina: (888) 353-2054

  • Neighborhood

    University City

  • Cross street

    Between 36th & 37th Streets on Sansom

  • 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.

  • 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

What 2,849 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. A

    Antibes

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been here many times & is my favorite Asian restaurant. I go out of my way when in Philadelphia to eat here. The service is excellent & the staff is attentive. They have an unusual combination of dishes like a Kobi wasabi burger, which I would not expect to see on an Asian menu. Or a crispy chicken sandwich w/ tempura fries. Even unusual cocktails. The coolest part yet is the decor is early Jetsons from the cartoon show & they show Japanese robot cartoons @ the susihi bar. Defintiely worth a visit, recomended.
  2. KK

    KristenK

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place! Love the food, and wine. Great service.
  3. UP

    UPennAlum

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Whenever I'm visiting UPenn, I like to meet local friends at Pod. This time music too loud/energetic, but service and food were top-notch, as ever. Thanks!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place! The food is good. I can't say I've had anything bad in the 8 years me and my girls friend have been going here.
  5. AA

    AAAA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I was here for the first time at a work dinner (8 people) and it was a great experience. The environment was fun and energetic without being overpowering; we were still able to have a conversation without yelling. The food was delicious. I will definitely be back. Maybe next time we'll try to get one of the color-changing private booths.
  6. SJ

    SJalltheway

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a repeat diner to Pod, I can honestly say I've never had anything I didn't love. Everything is always fresh and delicious. Service is great and it's such a cool ambience!
  7. b

    born2run

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been here numerous times, for occasions & celebrations as well as spur-of-the-moment. That should tell you all you need to know.
  8. F

    Foodie

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What could be more fun than eating great Asian fusion cuisine while playing color tag? The food was fast and delicious, the service attentive and accommodating. Thoroughly enjoyable evening
  9. I

    Iwasjustok

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an exceptional dining experience. Wonderful food, attentive staff, unique ambiance; can't. Wait to return. We had a difficult time making selections from the menu because we wanted to try everything. Of the many selections we tried, each exceeded our expectations. We will definitely return!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome food and service. Great time had by all of us.
  11. GL

    GardenLover

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pod is a favorite for lunch in the University City area. I love their innovative menu and the food is always fabulous. I've never had a dish I didn't love. It's fun to share, family style, and try lots of different dishes. Excellent dim sum and sushi, their bento box with macadamia chicken is one of my favorites. The tables are a hit close together so it always feels a bit crowded, which is why I gave it a 4 on ambience. But they have great informal seating for groups near the bar that make it our go to place for group happy hours.
  12. ND

    NotDeafYet

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Professors from UPenn are probably not Pod's target audience, but a fair number do go to Pod on a regular basis because the food is so good. More professors would come more often if there was a little less volume in the music.
  13. F

    Foodee

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We were celebrating a special occasion and even though I requested a POD and asked to be notified if we would not receive one, I was not contacted. So, we were disappointed. When we arrived, we had been waiting behind a group that was late for their reservation and was having a discussion with the hostess regarding their options. Once she was finished with this group, instead of seating us for our reservation (for which we were on time), she took another patron who she knew just clearly went around me in the line. Not cool. Our waitress was very good, friendly and quite patient as we decided whether we wanted to share smaller plates for the table or individual dinners for each guest. We went with shared plates and ordered the tempura rock shrimp (the adults thought it was delicious and perfectly crunchy though my son didn't like the surprise spicy mustard sauce that it was tossed in and not noticed on the menu), lobster roll (probably best sushi we have ever had), spicy tuna roll (just OK and not all that spicy), crab spring rolls (so wonderful that we placed a second order. They have a stronger than usual crab flavor, so that may not be for all, but we love seafood and even our 9 yr old loved them), seafood fried rice (delightful and not a bit left at the end of dinner), and the lettuce wraps with chicken (one of our absolute favorites when we visit here). All of the dishes came out as they were prepared and were hot when served. The quality of the ingredients was superb and the flavors were fantastic. We were able to easily find on street parking within a block of the restaurant for a 6:00 pm reservation on Saturday. Also, the restaurant is right next door to the Inn at Penn which offers valet parking and there are a few parking garages within a couple blocks north, east, and west.
  14. RS

    RittSqWest

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Went early on a Friday evening - plenty of room. Started with a cocktail suggested by the waitress - Far East - not on the menu yet. Love, love, love the rockin spicy tuna roll. Generous portion of edamame that were hot & crisp not soggy like some other places. Only complaint is that our clothes smelled like a kitchen even the next day. Hence, the ventilation in Pod is sub par and should be better.
  15. RS

    RachelS

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2014

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    POD is consistently good. Food is delicious and the ambiance is always busy. Service was just OK but overall a really good experience.
  16. S

    Sammy252525

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a fantastic meal here. The portions were large and everything was delicious. Our server was excellent as well.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    the dishes we chose we all quite salty, but the service was attentive and quick and we had a nice evening
  18. I

    Imac42

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food at Pod was great. The real issue was that I made the reservation for 6:15 & had an email stating that whereas the restaurant had me down for 7:45 for some reason. They did get us in, though it seemed like they were trying to hurry us out even though an adjacent table was still empty.
  19. C

    Czuke

    St. Louis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    So many different fantastic flavors. From the dim sum to miso glazed sea bass to dumplings, everything was delicious. We'd definitely go back.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2014

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Was excited to visit Pod for the first time. The atmosphere was fun, but I was not impressed with the food. Overall quality and presentation was fine but none of the 4 menu items we tried were very creative or otherwise outstanding. Portions were a little larger than some similar dining experiences.
  21. M

    Matthew

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always! Whether it is lunch or dinner, everything is always prepared perfectly and the service makes you feel extremely welcome.
  22. E

    Emily

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Chicken lettuce wraps and spicy tuna crispy rice are the way to go
  23. F

    Foody1

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    disappointed we requested a Pod for my son's birthday dinner but we're told it wasn't available once we arrived. Everything else was outstanding. The kids were really disappointed about not being in the Pod. I will reserve with a written confirmation through management next time. We spent well over their minimum ($450.00) to eat in the special seating.
  24. S

    Scarlett

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent. Never a disappointment. Will continue to dine at POD when we are in town. Compliments to the Chef!
  25. F

    Foodlover

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently excellent. The rockin spicy tuna roll and the lobster roll are fantastic. The Chilean sea bass express lunch is excellent and a good value.
  26. S

    coldSake

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really enjoyed the ambiance, meal, and service. Was surprised when the sake arrived that it was not warm. Waiter did not tell us that, and I thought he should have. We did not send it back, but enjoyed it somewhat, even though cold.
  27. 4

    42birthday

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and the food and drinks were excellent! My birthday didn't go as planned but the food,drinks and friendly bartending staff, it turned out great!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2014

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    I was very disappointed with the food. I came to Pod for sushi and honestly could have gotten sushi near my place of work for a much better deal that was comparable in quality. I have an expectation for a Stephen Starr restaurant that was not met. This was not worth the money I spent.
  29. JM

    JacobM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    had the best night of my life. my taste buds were percolated to new heights. my guests are still raving about our experience. sushi with my girls aint ever been so good.
  30. e

    eshane

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2014

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    It's been quite a few years since we last dined at Pod and it has declined greatly. The menu items were largely basic and boring, but with large price tags. The service was good, but the food was just okay. I've had better sushi at my local suburban hibachi/sushi restaurant during their all you can eat specials with no need to fuss with driving into the city.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. The menu was broad, and everyone in our party loved everything we ordered. Great place to share lots of dishes. Great choice for groups, celebrations, but also intimate parties of two. We would definitely eat here again!
  32. S

    Sunshine818

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was excellent and the food was superb. Will definitely go back.
  33. CC

    CCKaren

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I went to Pod last week to celebrate my husband's b-day. We had just recently attended an event with the Chef & I mentioned this when making the reservation just so they knew we enjoyed it so much we wanted to come to the restaurant soon after. Well, the manager and Chef read this and went out of their way to ensure we had a wonderful and really special dinner! We had a really lovely and fantastic meal. We had yellowtail sashimi (so fresh!), miso soup (enough for 2 people to share), Waygu beef skewers (on the Chef- thank you, they were AMAZING), a Penn roll (really good), the spicy tuna crispy rice (delish!), baby bok choy (hard to go wrong) a spider roll (we really liked it), and also on the Chef was a prawn dish- my taste buds thank you!
  34. j

    jtcarboni

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    This was my second visit to Pod. My first visit, on a Saturday, was better, mostly because of the service. Perhaps they don't have their "A Team" working on Thursday nights. We had a few sushi rolls and some nice white wine. Everything was very good. However our server left us for way too long or we might have ordered more. Other than that, I still love that place and hope to go back for a third time. My plan is to sit at the revolving sushi bar, since I've not tried that angle yet.
  35. BM

    ccBostonMa

    San Francisco

    403 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    403 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Second time there. The food we had this time was almost as good the second time - the first was hitting on all cylinders, and this was was still good. Tried the chilean sea bass - found it almost too overwhelming in richness - plus the puree that was under it was a bit too rich and sweet for my taste. In contrast, the wasabi filet was great, as is the crispy rice / tuna starters. The wine list is modest and the mark-up is higher than most other spots - another irritant. I'll probably be back nevertheless. Certainly the room is a fun one for the futurama look!
  36. D

    Dominique

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good morning, my name is Dominique and I had my birthday dinner at your restaurant. I loved everything about it and so did my friends. The food was amazing , the drinks was amazing and so was the desert. Everyone was so nice and very helpful. I would definitely be coming back. Thank you so much for everything and for getting me the actual pod. I really enjoy myself and appreciate everything. Sincerely Dominique,
  37. d

    dln1010

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband took me here on my Birthday and I was thrilled. The whole Atmosphere was unique and the food was great. I have been wanting to go here for a while but for whatever reason it never ended up happening until this past weekend. I really enjoyed myself and will be going back again!
  38. E

    Estro

    Philadelphia

    72 reviews

    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2014

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Very Good food and service in the overall. our server was great and professional but my problem was upon arriving: we had a 7:30 reservation and arrived 7:10. there were many tables available but the hostess said we need to wait 20 minutes until our table will be ready. there was no room next to the bar and they don't have a sited waiting area so we stood! i was shocked. I thought maybe the vacant tables were reserved, but after 15 minutes of useless wait she sat us in one of the tables that was free for the past 20 minutes. what a stupid way to welcome a client and start the meal. but then the food, our server and the decor change my feeling about this place. they would have gotten a higher rank from me without that poor arrival experience
  39. JM

    JeannetteM

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2014

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food would have been great but it was so extremely salty we couldn't eat very much of it.
  40. U

    Underwhelmed

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2014

    overall2food3service5ambience3
    Requested the conveyor bar. Had to remind the hostess as this was not being honored. She checked, there were seats available. Disappointed that a place w/this rep would not check/mention a special request. Waited longer than normal for a drink order, our waiter was not available, explains the wait, reminded the manager of our desire to have the conveyor sushi. During the whole time, approx. 45mins. we watched the same sushi plates going around and nothing new added. We took two plates to start and waited 20mins and still nothing more. We asked our waiter whom told us, it's really busy, they are not adding more, you should order from the menu :( The conveyor is not even chilled. Keeping sushi out this long at room temp. can not be good.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 36th & 37th Streets on Sansom

  • Neighborhood

    University City

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–12:00 am Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Japanese, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jonathan LaVoie (GM), Todd Lean (EC)

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (215) 387-1803

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Diane Farina: (888) 353-2054

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