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Pod

4.6
2667 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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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 2667 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Arrived late in Philly and chose Pod because it was beside my hotel. Very good food (especially the lamb chop), and friendly staff. However, my server became less available as time passed. Never did receive my cocktail, and never given a chance to ask. Oh, well - healthier without it.

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

Food was just ok and really not worth the price for the quantity and taste was just common. Nothing we ordered was filling. The place looks cool. But that’s about it. Bathrooms were dirty and sink was broken. Wait staff seemed mute and sweaty.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Have been to the restaurant many times and have always enjoyed and food and appreciated the excellent service. It was particularly loud on this visit due to a large table of people who were having a very good time and it was difficult to talk to my client. Not much can be done about that but overall enjoyed the visit.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Loved the food! Rock shrimp was amazing and we tried the crab fried rice and ramen everything was great

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Nice place to have a great evening out with loved ones, friends and family.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

too expensive to justify the poor quality of the food.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Wedding anniversary

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent service and very creative menu. The food was also incredibly fresh.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The food here is always great, but the hostess left a bad mark on this experience. We were in the neighborhood so I checked open table, made us a res for 15 min later and we walked over- we were about 10 min early, but when we walked in she picked up menus and she looked like she was about to seat us. When I said we had a reservation and were a bit early, she set the menus back down and told us our table wasn’t ready. There were at least 5 tables for two in plain site, ready to go, but we figured they were not being used that night or were reserved. We waiting at the bar for 20 minutes, past our reservation time, only to be taken to a table that had been sitting there empty- they only sat one of those other tables in 20 min and still made us sit there when they were clearly available. It just seemed like she was trying to prove a point or save a table for a walk in when we reserved. Service was slow overall, and all of It left a bad taste in my mouth, and despite the great food I am not interested in the poor service.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Everything was excellent but what brought me there was previous order by a friend who ordered the crab fried rice was very which very good. So I told my family wanted to go there on my bday and have Easter dinner. That was my very first crab fried rice and was very very good!
The fried rice I had last Sunday was a little less tasty to me. Not that I didn’t enjoy it but thought it was a little different. Possibly my girlfriend ordered it diffetently.
But very nice experience though!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I love that Pod has great food, great service, and your neighbors aren’t practically in your lap.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Not my first time at the POD. Shushi is always good. Could use a little more variety.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The dish ordered was not as good as usual, must have been an off night...

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Overall awesome!!! Everthing

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

A nice change of atmosphere from the other restaurants in the area.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Birthday celebration was great

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I’ve been eating at Pod since it opened.
It’s always great, service is attentive but not annoying food is always exceptional.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The manager was very accommodating ,as the group we had, expanded beyond what I had made reservations for. Thanks.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Love this place. I go to philly just to eat here. Food is awesome and staff is great

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Always a great food

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

What a fun place! Our large party loved changing colors in our colorful pod! We also enjoyed every dish we tried! Due to the cooking speeds for different dishes, it felt like the food kept on coming! The cocktails were a little odd and not my taste, but their take on bourbon (mixed with syrup) was awesome! So smooth, I highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

This place was a lot of fun . The atmosphere was fun and unique. I loved the teriyaki mayo that accompanied the sushi rolls ordered.
The pork belly kimchi bowl was outstanding.

Great for groups/dates/special occasions.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Great Good, Beautiful Atmosphere and Excellent Staff !

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Some dishes were delicious and others fell flat. Too much mayo in tempura dish. Decor was cool and modern. But for a restaurant of this caliber the waiter was entirely too casual and at times made inappropriate comments. Overall impression is that this is a casual night out. Nothing to write home about.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Friendly and attentive staff and very modern ambiance

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

A little loud when restaurant was fully crowded but as the night went on and it emptied out the restaurant became more enjoyable. Great ambiance

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Pod’s been one of my favorite restaurants, but the food was below par for Pod this time. The chicken in an entree was dried out when presented, & dried out again after remaking the first dish. The tofu lettuce wraps were doused with salt as the sole overwhelming flavor.

The service was good and attentive - I’m hoping this was just an off-night in the kitchen.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This place is a hidden gem. The food is delicious. The one suggestion would be to add the (amazing) burger to the dinner menu, for kids or other guests who may be less enthusiastic about Asian food than their tablemates.

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I don’t think the food is as good as it used to be at pod. Our service was very off, at first everything came out really fast and then nothing came out. I also find it very frustrating that they say you can’t reserve a pod for a table and yet when we arrived there was a pod available But obviously being held for someone. I just thought it was really expensive for what it was and the food was mediocre. I’m sorry to be negative but it was my experience. Also found the hostess staff to be very irreverent.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Crab spring rolls and the Crab Fried Rice were Phenomenal......

I will surely return.....

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

It was a very nice ambiance ...creatively decorated...food was good...my strip steak was a bit bland tho and too pricey for size ($34 by itself with no included sides)...but overall it's a nice place...i probably wouldn't go back tho...but jus my preference ...omce was enough

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent service from Matt, great food, they made the girlfriend’s birthday dinner with family enjoyable. In fact, she said Pod is her new favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Best location and restaurant for dinner in the UPenn area.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We always love going out to Pod. We can always count on an amazing meal and great cocktails. Always look forward to coming here!

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Great martinis, dumplings perfect al dente light and tasty, lamb chop awesome - get a few, interesting wine selections moderately priced, service always well trained and consistent - fun place for celebration...just don't walk more than a couple of blocks from restaurant, upenn is not a safe neighborhood.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Amazing food drinks and ambiance!!!

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3.0Dined 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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