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About Popi's Italian Restaurant

Popi's is a family restaurant serving lunch and dinner. We are family owned and operated and offer private parking, ambience, great food and service. There is a separate entrance for banquets. For your use at Popi's Restaurant Free WiFi is now accessible! Ask your server for password.

3120 South 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm- 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Packer Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 755-7180

Website:
http://www.popisrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Friday evenings: Featuring Bob Pantano starting at 6PM
Saturday evenings: Live Singing (new & old standards)

Catering:
Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Private parking lot is adjacent to building. The wide street offers additional street parking.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please join us for the Holidays.

Popi's Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (9)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2013

Chosen for its rich Italian heritage, family owned, at the edge of South Philadelphia. Its a cute restaurant that fills up with locals around lunch time. Thats always a good sign--if the locals dont eat there dont enter lol. Waiter incredibly knowledgeable of the menu, rattled it off by heart. Did note the crabcake to be the best item on the menu, but I received 1 deep fried ball of crab meat soup. Not the best crabcake I've had by far. My colleague's who joined me liked their dishes though. I will probably return and attempt a different meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 23, 2013

Took my sister there for dinner. I had never been there before but she said she loved it there. The food was delicious, the server's was very attentive. They sang Happy Birthday to her and we had a blast at the bar afterwords. Would highly recommend it. It's a hidden gem in South Philly.

Maryanne

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 20, 2013

The service was good - the food was good - the ambience was good. Most memorable part was the family style appetizer sampler. Great job, and tasted better. The family was together in Phili from all sorts of other places and we chose to come here. Good place, we would recommend it and gather here again at our next family gathering.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2013

We were a party of 11 at Popi's to celebrate my birthday. When half our party was stuck in traffic, the servers were gracious. Appetizers came & were delicious: calamari, eggplant rolatini & lamb chops. Caprese and caesar salads also were fresh and well dressed. We waited 45 minutes for entrees - the server said she didn't want to rush us, which on one hand is considerate, but she didn't check to see if we had any time constraints (and we did). Four entrees had problems, either wrong pasta, not hot enough, etc. I asked for gluten-free pasta and it was given to someone else -- fortunately, I don't have an allergy, but the lack of attention to detail left me wondering how serious Popi's takes gluten-free food preparation and service.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 31, 2013

Veal de Mare was excellent. Again, our server Johnny D was great. We always ask for him when he is working. He knows not to rush us, as we prefer to take our time with everything....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 20, 2013

A neighborhood gem with a great bar and very friendly staff. Visited from Florida and they made us feel like we were regulars. If your Italian you know what I mean. Try it you'll love it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2013

What a nice night with my husband. We had the chicken Marcella and the filet trio. Amazing!

Everyone was really nice!

We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 16, 2013

Hi - it was not my first visit to Popi's but may be my last. We were there for a 6 p.m. rez and had an 8 p.m. concert at the Center. Ok - easy enough. It was our great misfortunte to be seated in our waiter's section since he was so out of it and MISERABLE. We (4 of us) felt like we were doing something wrong even by placing an order. He barely looked at us and we had to wait so long to be asked if we wanted to order anything be it the first cocktail or our dinner entrees. I went to voice my concern and was told, sure enough "We do this all the time, we will have you out in time for the concert" and "Everyone here is going to the concert" which was very off-putting to say the least. GUESS WHAT? LATE FOR CONCERT!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 13, 2013

The food was good but the service was a little weak. Maybe it was late and our server was tired, but he kept bumping into us or dishes or water goblets/drinks. We just brushed it off but it became a bit much.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 12, 2013

Everything here was so great! I got the filet trio and gourmet antipasto. Everyone at my table enjoyed their meals as well, the other dishes were lobster ravioli and chicken a la popi. It was absolutely delicious, but the service was even better! Our bartender Jojo was so friendly and our server Paul was the tops, even the hostess Anne was so accommodating and helpful! Everything here is always consistently good. This place is really close to my house so I've been here so many times I've practically lived here and every time it is something.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2013

Popi's was just what you would want and expect from a old school south Philly Italian restaurant. traditional menu items along with some nice specials. all the food was very good, although not the best I've had of anything. I will certainly go back as there are a few more dishes I want to try!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2013

Wonderful food:
Started with clams casino...nice small clams very tasty..different but worthy.
Caesar salad...OK..not the best.
Special 3 small filet mignons with 3 different toppings...Absolutley excellent. Cooked perfectly.
Nice wine list.
Excellent service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 29, 2013

A+++ WE LOVE IT. WE WILL GO BACK.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 18, 2013

Was not what i expected.........did not look like much from outside or inside but the food made up for it

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 14, 2013

Popi does it right. Great food, service, and value. First time visit but won't be our last.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 8, 2013

Great food,service outstanding as always! Clean &friendly !love the special and appetizers !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2013

This is an excellant dinning experience place. Never had a bad meal or experience. Highly reccomended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 6, 2013

Everyone was kind and helpful. The food was great, the specials were well presented. I went in with a certain item in mind and the specials changed my mind.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 4, 2013

Popi"s is an excellent place to eat.
I had the crab cake which was huge and tasted fabulous. I then had the Popi salad which was so wonderful. I just love the goat cheese. I then had the Veal di Mare which was just so good and tasty and consisted of veal , scallops , shrimp, and crab.
The desert was scrumptious and was the triple chocolate cake with espresso. The wine was stupendous. What a great experience for me and my family.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 21, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our food. From appetizers to desert, everyone raved about everything they ordered. Can't get a better meal out.

Although our waiter was very nice, our service was not extroidinary. It took almost 15 minutes to bring 2 bottles of beer to the table. Our water glasses were only filled after we asked for it.

We had a large group, one of which is elderly and our waiter spoke so softly no one could hear the specials.

So, although known for their service, we hit Popi's on an off night apparently. Regardless, I'll definitely be back and I will recommend it to to anyone!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 20, 2013

My girlfriend and I love Popi's, and the food is always excellent. But our server was slower than molasses in a cold night in January. It started off bad when he walked up to us and mumbled "Something from the bar?" Then, inexplicably, he took our menus from us without telling us the specials or taking our order. When it came time for dessert, we ordered coffee and tea. He dropped it off without asking if we wanted to see a dessert menu or get a check. 10 minutes passed and we asked to see a dessert menu. Our mistake. After we got something, it took him 10 minutes to process our check/drop off my CC. I signed the slip, and as I'm putting my coat on he took the signed copy 20 seconds later! Where were you all night, chief?!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 14, 2013

Consisently very good food and service. We feel comfortable going at any time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 10, 2013

Great Food and Great Service. We have been there multiple times when attending sporting events in Philly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 10, 2013

Enjoyed the meal. Great wine list at a reasonable price. Staff are very friendly
I would go back when I'm in town. Would also recommend for a quiet business lunch or dinner

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 7, 2013

Wonderful experience. Popped in on Sunday night for a no fuss OT reservation and ate like vikings! Great antipasta special, great steam clams (WHITE), great fish special and of course the perfectly cooked lamb chops were ON POINT! Throw in some great work from Angie at the bar and Pauly from the wait team and you've got yourself a great night!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 6, 2013

Had a great dinner with hubby before a concert. Convenient to all of the sports venues, with a relatively large dining room & plenty of free parking, this is a no brainer before a game or concert. We had a few of the specials: a tropical salad topped with 5 delicious grilled shrimp, fresh mango and a light citrus dressing; and an entree of branzino topped with TONS of lump crab meat. Hubby had some menu items: fried calamari and chicken ala Popi. An absolute must is the tiramisu. I will stop in for the tiramisu and coffee any chance I get! Our meal with a beer and a glass of wine was under $100 before tip: reasonable for the quality and quantity of food. Go to Popi's; you'll be glad you did.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 3, 2013

It took a really long time for the food to come out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 3, 2013

The most delicious crab cakes I've ever eaten! Veal parmeggiano, not so good, but the staff made it right by changing the order, then sending out the most delectable cannoli s for desert on the house!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 31, 2013

Guess for a holiday it was hectic. Food was so-so, not as good as when we usually go during the week. Service was outstanding having Johnny D as our server......

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 28, 2013

Perfect spot to head to before a sporting event.......ample parking, delicious meal and attentive service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 27, 2013

This is our third time dining here and we will definitely keep coming back. We were on our way to a Sixers game and you can't beat
the location to the stadiums and free parking! They have a big menu and always have interesting Specials besides.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 22, 2013

What's not to love about Popi's? Great restaurant experience as always. Hit up some old classics this time as we all picked some staples from the regular menu. My dinging companions chose the orecchiette and broccoli rabe with sausage, the dover sole, and I rocked it old school with the veal parm. Just tremendous. This quaint, family restaurant appreciates their customers, provides the correct amount of attention to same and makes sure everything is to your satisfaction. Not to be missed when you're in the city of brotherly love - search out Popi's for classic Italian dining.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 17, 2013

Loved it! Food was wonderful, our waiter Paul was very great and it was the beginning of a very nice evening. The place was spotless. I would highly recommend it and will def go again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 8, 2013

Popi's was a new found treasure for us. We love good italian food and nice ambiance. Popi's had both. The service was great as well!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 7, 2013

The service was great and the entire staff was very friendly and inviting. Ask for Paul as your waiter, he's great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 7, 2013

The salmon was served very late, after the rest people of the table finished their dishes.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 6, 2013

Great restaurant, will continue to return in the future

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on March 5, 2013

I am a frequest visitor to Popi's, usually when you want to grab a nice Italian meal before a game. Food as always was excellent, service is always as good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 2, 2013

Great before a game. Close to the stadiums!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 1, 2013

Love the 25% off on Friday nights especially when it included the alcohol as well! Dining experience was fantastic all around!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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