Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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."
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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
Between 36th & 37th Streets on Sansom
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Market-Frankford El, 34th Street Stop.
Jason Simkins (GM), Todd Lean (Executive Chef)
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
Menu has changed and I was sad to see my favorite sea bass bento box missing. Otherwise food was very good, fresh and well prepared.
Service was a bit spotty and confusing. Our main waiter came and went. Others including the manager subbed in. Found it hard to know who to look for. Overall a very nice experience.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. 😁
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.
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.
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