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About Pod

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."

3636 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Between 36th & 37th Streets on Sansom

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 387-1803

Website:
http://www.podrestaurant.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Jason Simkins (GM), Todd Lean (Executive Chef)

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

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.

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.

Pod Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (34)
Good for a Date (29)
Fit for Foodies (26)
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Creative Cuisine (25)
Special Occasion (25)
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Casual (18)
Hot Spot (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Authentic (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Business Meals (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Romantic (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Healthy (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Cozy (7)
Vegan (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Scenic View (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Spicy (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined a day ago

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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·Dined a day ago

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentines

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·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing venue with a spectacular ambiance

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great sushi spot and other Asian fusion foods. Love it

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 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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·Dined on February 8, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Eagles parade

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 27, 2018

always great, never disappoints, fresh tasty accommodating.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, People Watching, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Boise)·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.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The first Steven Starr I didn't like. I was stunned. Seemed more like a run-down college dive scene than a formal restaurant. This would be a great place to meet up with workmates for drinks.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food and service!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 10, 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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food- personally the vibe is dated

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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

great service delicious food great server Stefon great atmosphere

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 26, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was great, our server James was attentive and kind.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was excellent and service was impeccable. Special thank you to our server Jay - he was fantastic.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food for all.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Handsdown most creative/fun/great quiality asian place in town!!! Loved the vibe, the food was delicious and our waiter was very cool. Definitely returning!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I had dinner with a friend, and as always the food and service were excellent. I highly recommend POD.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date
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