OTTO By POLPO

4.5
193 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Renowned executive chef Bujar is responsible for maintaining the quality, taste, and authenticity of Otto by Polpo’s cuisine, selecting each ingredient, produce, meats, fish, and cheese fresh everyday. If it’s not good enough for his table, it won’t make it to yours.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 193 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCarolynF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was incredible.

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vipBrianM
Anchorage
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good BYO. Will return. Expansive menu for its size.

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vipLandscaperDude
Philadelphia
155 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If YOU are looking for exquisite Italian cuisine with a fabulous menu and great wait staff, 52 N. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA is the place to go to. Food is FIVE STARS quality. Great Food, great ambience and great people waiting on you...................TERRIFIC!

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vipDale
Philadelphia
207 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have had dinner here twice and lunch once and the food has always been very good and the service excellent. My only slight complaint is the place can be a bit pricey because if you wish any vegetables or other sides with your entree it can add considerably to price, but not outrageous and I will continue to go back. If you like veal, it is outstanding here.

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vipMagoo
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish they would offer a lunch menu with smaller portions. Everything was excellent.

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Susieshopper
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time dining here. Everything is delicious. Started with beautiful, delicate burrata appetizer, followed by penne alla vodka, it was mouth watering, such good flavor. Veal With lemons and capers that was tender and tasty. Dessert was also outstanding. Tiramisu and a chocolate one, both fantastic. I could eat the same dinner again. We had a great waitress.
Remember quarters for the meters.
And, BYOB

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Wayne
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Last night we decided to dine at Otto by Polpo to celebrate our anniversary. As a retiree from the restaurant industry I fully understand the business needs to operate a successful business.
We met a wonderful server who had great knowledge of the menu with great suggestions. With the restaurant’s name Polpo I decided it’s a must to order an appetizer with octopus. I received a mound of fresh arugula on top of tiny pieces of tasteless octopus with cherry tomato garnish. For entrees my wife ordered a pasta dish of capellini with a light marinara sauce and jumbo lump crabmeat. What arrived was a somewhat salty bowl of pasta in a light sauce with shaved garlic and about two to three ounces of jumbo crabmeat. We enjoyed our company more than the cuisine and finished the evening with a fond farewell by our server.
I paid our bill electronically which was convenient for me and our server since there was no need for the typical transaction delays. Interestingly I received a copy of our bill as an email. Upon reviewing the details of the cost of each item I found the pasta dish was charged at forty dollars and not the twenty eight dollars on our menu.
Earlier today I was driving by the restaurant and decided to stop in to bring this discrepancy to the attention of the manager.
I met the manager and explained my concerns. I explained that the menu price didn’t match what I was billed. He told me that my bill was accurate at forty dollars since the cost of crabmeat had risen so high. I explained that there was very little crabmeat. He assured me that the server told me of this extreme up charge. We were only told that this was a “very popular choice”. I protested and left very disappointed at the lack of hospitality and honesty here.
I won’t be returning.

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JohnA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious and well prepared. Setting was excellent. My only complaint is that service was very slow. A server didn’t come to the table for 20 minutes after we were seated. This is not a criticism of the server, who was very nice and knew the menu well, but it seems like he had way too many tables. Other than that the experience was good

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food, and quality service but a little slow even for the dinner rush. Wish they had advertised that they were a BYO as we were surprised upon our arrival and it was disappointing to not enjoy the meal as we anticipated it.

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vipRachelS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious. Fun! Sweet and good server.

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vipleslieb
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely classic food, well intended staff probably just a little short staffed for the number of reservations. Want to try outside next time

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant new addition to Bryn Mawr! Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. The service was even better. Lots of choices. We will definitely be back (and hopefully next time you have the tiramisu).

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ElizabethP
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The pasta special and the arugula salad special were exceptional! Unfortunately, there was too much bread on the "slightly breaded" pork chop, making it a bit too dry and tasteless. Be sure to put money in the meters. The hostess told us we didn't have to (as it was a Saturday.) When we came out we had a $25 ticket on our car.

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AnneG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

This was my second visit. I was very disappointed. The waitress did not know the

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vipNilla
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

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Jfcz
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! We will definitely be back again!!

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vipChrisb
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

So warm in temp and food wasn’t great

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vipAlice
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Evening with friends to catch up with news. Excellent food but a little noisy

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CookinMa
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were a group of eight on a week night. Everybody liked their food, which included the special arugula salad with prosciutto and goat cheese, octopus, and a Caesar salad. Entrees included flounder francaise, chicken marsala, chicken francaise, and others. Everybody was happy with their food and portions were generous. Decor is nice and ambiance is lively.

The only problem was the service. Servers were extremely nice and generally competent, but they are overworked and rushing around. It was hard to get various items for the table, and nobody checked back after delivering our food. Then we waited a really long time to get the check paid. They need more staff.

Overall, a welcome addition to Bryn Mawr and we will definitely go back. I hope they can hire more servers.

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carmelaw
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time there great food.
Average service
Will go back again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food…unfortunately they were understaffed which put a ton of stress on the few waiters working. Nonetheless we will go back.

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vipBerwynreviewer
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant we have discovered during our four years living in the area!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new local restaurant!

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vipJRCynwyd
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A warm and welcoming restaurant, we enjoyed the well prepared food and our genuinely caring server. All six of us agreed that we would return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good.

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vipSdiner
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, could be good for a date night or just time out with the family. Good value and dessert was amazing, gelato is a must try.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food.

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vipacostamila
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant I have tried so far on the mainline! The service was great, the food was delicious and it’s BYOB which is always a plus!

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MariaD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Otto was a wonderful restaurant with delicious and authentic Italian cuisine. Our server was just the right amount of attentive and hands off while we took our time to eat. We had a very classy dining experience.

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vipJenniferL
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful neighborhood gem we were thrilled to discover. Every single dish we tried was authentic, fresh, and simple. We will be back soon and looking forward to it already!

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Suzie
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. We originally had reservations for the outdoor seating area, but they were able to accommodate us inside when the weather didn’t work out. Will definitely go again!

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vipDebbieK
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was delicious although the food took way too long to appear and the waitress was not attentive. She was hard to track down and may have had too many tables.

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vipmarshapet
Philadelphia
93 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vacation but stayed around town

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first eating experience there. We had a fabulous time. Food was excellent

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JWK1
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service was very good, attentive without being overbearing. The Octopus appetizer was superb. I decided to order one of the night's specials, Halibut, which, while flavorful, was overcooked and, ultimately not worth the $44 price tag.

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vipOpenTableDiner
Philadelphia
99 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The pastas were all delicious as was the polenta with mushrooms and artichokes. Will definitely be back.

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vipPB22
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Overpriced for fair food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. One member of our party is gluten free, so she was very happy to have a gluten gluten free pasta option. All of the food was excellent and just the right proportion. Service was great as well. We will definitely be going back on a regular basis.

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RichardP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited Polpo both in Avalon and now in Bryn Mawr and have never been disappointed. We will be sure to return.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from OTTO By POLPO using the Order Online button. OTTO By POLPO also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 880-0001.

OTTO By POLPO is rated 4.5 stars by 193 OpenTable diners.

OTTO By POLPO does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/otto-by-polpo-52-54-bryn-mawr-ave/giftcards?utmCampaign=onlineOrdering.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.