OTTO By POLPO

4.5
85 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 85 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.2
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4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was bland and we would likely not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It was a great experience but the restaurant was completely empty and food took 1+ hour after ordering

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nevergohungry
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor ambience was absolutely lovely. It was very quiet, the service was outstanding, and the food was terrific.

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vipHarMar
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Italian food in Bryn Mawr. Everything was fe ah and homemade. So lovely.

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vipEaterCookerTraveler
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant and in the right place at the right time! The food was so phenomenally fresh I thought we were on Capri or ocean side rather than Bryn mawr. Everything we had was seafood and was cooked perfectly. All was so tender and so fresh, delicious and light, impossible to describe. We had the polpo appetizer ( generous portion ), rucola salad, and the branzino in white wine beur Blanc. Lemony and buttery risotto with delicate garlic and super fresh frutti di mare. WOW. BYO so being a light, crisp bottle of sparkling. Ideal.

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EstherP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

I choose this restaurant to celebrate my birthday with my family.
I ordered seafood pasta. Served 2 shrimps, 5-6 mussels, a few little squid and pasta. I think I expected more.

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vipKRS1
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience4

First dining out since COVID and there was also 'buzz' and excitement about this new restaurant, all I can say is that the food was so so disappointing. Hate to leave a negative review given the challenges restaurants and staff have faced, and it was just nice to be 'out' feeling somewhat normal again, but the truth is the baby octopus was borderline inedible (tough and fishy), the chicken francese was like chicken with scrambled eggs and I could go through dish by dish, but for any price it would have been disappointing, but at these prices and with the pedigree of this restaurant group, it really was unacceptable. Sorry...

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vipFarrellE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Sat us 45 minutes after reservation. Kids were starving. Asked to bring their dinner with apps. Didn’t happen. 6:30 res got meals after 8.

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vipaaaa
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Very overpriced mediocre restaurant.
Great location and decent service. The food needs a major re-adjustment and re-pricing.

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BethL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

My big complaint is the noise level. Sound proofing would help. Food was pretty good. Loved the artichoke appetizer. And the desserts delish! Service was great.

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vipSVCinDevon
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome, service was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was delicious but they did not honor our reservation time. We sat 35 minutes after our reservation.

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LTSally
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our primary server was terrific--Ariel. However, the front desk and bus staff could be a bit more professional.

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vipMrsJM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Food delicious and ambiance was pleasantly noisy. Can’t wait to visit again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tini is awesome!

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SharonW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branzino was fantastic and service was excellent! Thanks

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vipJeanne
Atlantic City
37 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my husbands birthday. The space is lovely and relaxing. The wait staff were knowledgeable, pleasant and attentive.
The food is incredible. The grilled octopus was the best we have had. The sautéed clams were delicious. My husband had the veal Oscar which was tender and delicious. I had the capellini with crab in a light tomato sauce. They did not skimp on the lump crab and I loved this pasta as did my husband. We had profiteroles (different preparation than I’m used to but delicious) and peanut gelato in a hard chocolate shell. One dessert would have been plenty to share but we were celebrating.
Can’t wait to go back as there are so many dishes we want to try

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Every course was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The food was wonderful once we got it. Service was not good, no silverware, and late reservation.

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vipKenH
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the server was great, what more needs to be said!

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vipDonR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is great, service good. Need to get the details down we had to wait for over 30 minutes for a table on two occasions.

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vipfoodie
Philadelphia
96 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's still new and needs to get their staffing together but it's worth sticking in there.
Our waiter was pleasant and knowledgeable
We all enjoyed our meal, nice selection
Glad to have Otto by Polpo in the neighborhood

MJ
vipMrsJM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

The food was amazing but they were very short staffed—the maitre’d was also the only server and consequently was not able to make as many visits to the table as the price per dish dictates.
Bathrooms were out of toilet paper, loud explicit rap was playing in the dining room—I heard 5 f-bombs at lunch!
I’m coming back for dinner this week as I love their other restaurants but geez...they need to get their act together!

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risa0319
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding new Italian BYOB restaurant! We really enjoyed the food; we ordered a Caesar salad and Frito Misto to start and both were delicious. Entrees included penne vodka with shrimp, gnocchi carbonara (out of this world!), scampi risotto and fettuccini Bolognese. All pasta dishes were fresh and hot with a beautiful presentation. Dinner was followed by a round of cappuccino and espresso in addition to tiramisu, which was brought out with a candle for my boyfriend's birthday. The ambiance was wonderful with tables spaced well apart and beautiful décor. The service was excellent and we did not feel rushed. We cannot wait to come back!

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luvbyobs
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Perhaps just the post pandemic mania but service was off-
Felt very rushed-
Food was good though-
Will return for that.

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vipVincentFarrrrr
Philadelphia
115 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veal chop was one of the best I have has in awhile . Service was excellent and we were not rushed .

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vipGGautomall
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As Usual , everything great, especially my server,TIni.. he’ the best.. attentative, professional, and always serves hot food!! Cant go wrong here! Salute’ Bekem and staff!

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diane
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The patio was very pleasant. What a much needed great Italian restaurant on the main line.

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viplisa
Charlotte
35 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We had the Chicken Francese and Chicken Milanese (Piallard) Both dishes were good but not memorable. Presentation is basically slapping the chicken on the plate and that's it.
We ordered the bruschetta...there was so much red onion in the bruschetta we asked them to remove it from the table because the smell of the red onion was overwhelming. Basil, garlic, tomato, and Olive oil..is all you need for yummy bruschetta. The baby Kale salad was good, I asked for them to go light on the goat cheese.....I would hate to see how much goat cheese is normal. Our server was none existent, we continuously had to cal over ( the place was no busy) other servers. Redi Our server was never ready. We may go back to try the pasta, but right now there are plenty of Italian restaurants in Bryn Mawr!

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vipDale
Philadelphia
205 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our first visit and it was for lunch. We sat outside in a charming small area. The lunch menu is the same as the dinner menu, so can be pricey for lunch as side dishes are extra and entrees are mostly in mid to high twenties. However portions are generous and the quality of the food outstanding. Two of us had veal dishes and both thought it was the best veal we ever had. The other in our party had the pasta Pescatore and raved about it. Also the fact it is a BYO cuts down on the costs. We will most definitely go back - some of the best food to be found on the Main Line

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Walker
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Otto By Pulpi was fantastic! We had their Octopus special and their House Special Risotto as well as a cheese & charcuterie - everything was delicious. This place is BYOB - we’ll definitely be coming back with some nice Italian wine!

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JenniferM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food!!! I prefer eating outside. Not as noisy. Have eaten their twice. Great food and service.

Made another reservation already. Can't wait ti try again outside.

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Caseydog
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was great as was the service
Very very noisy

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HeleneB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely little restaurant! My daughter and I celebrated my birthday in grand style. We opted for a table outdoors, which was delightful. The heaters kept us comfortable even though the temperature was a little chilly. We shared the calimari appetizer and enjoyed it. I had the flounder special and my daughter had the lobster ravioli and both were outstanding. The portions were generous and we were able to take a portion of our meal home to have the next night. The service was lovely and professional. We will definitely go back.

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Quinn
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Have been there three times in the last 2 months. Food is excellent. However, the noise level is very high as in most of the restaurants that we go to. That seems to be the norm.
Looking forward to returning.

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vipKentucky
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Otto by Polpo is a great addition to Main Line dining. The food and service are both excellent and the menu (tilted toward seafood and pasta) has something for everyone. The staff is very professional and clearly this is not their first fine dining experience. BYOB is a plus of course. The only negative is the fact that a full restaurant ( the norm the two times we were there) is very noisy. Floor covering would help but don’t let this keep you from trying this great restaurant.

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Eltrain
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second visit since the recent opening and I am very pleased that this visit was the best overall. I have recommended the restaurant to three friends and all gave rave reviews. I have made a reservation for next week to celebrate my friend's birthday.
A wonderful dining experience.

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vipFoodmaven
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is new to our area. My husband and I decided on a last minute lunch. Wow! It blew our socks off. Every morsel of what we ate was superb! We can’t wait to go back!

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JanH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday dinner on a Monday - busy but not loud. Everything we had was wonderful, service was great, and we are looking forward to going back and sitting outside. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and great service. All in all a wonderful experience and cannot wait to return!

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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 85 OpenTable diners.

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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.