OTTO By POLPO

4.6
337 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 337 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was delicious! The waiter was super!

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vipLauriJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall4food4service1ambience2

Service is incredibly uneven. Waiter was clearly distracted and forgot about us halfway through the meal.

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viphomes
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

delicious food and service. I was not happy that my table was at the entrance.

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moso
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Thanksgiving dinner! wonderful service and food. DEFINITELY need to get cream or half and half for coffee!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was excellent. The dinner was prepared perfectly and it is a neighborhood gem.

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vipSteve
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This somewhat new, neighborhood BYO restaurant offers a lot of variety on the menu, and the service is excellent. A really enjoyable evening.

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Bill
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great addition to Bryn Mawr restaurant scene. Food and service were very good.

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vipluvchocolate
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food dishes and fish were fresh and excellent! Amazing selection of desserts and delicious. Service was courteous and attentive.
However that evening the restaurant double booked with Resy and Open Table and there was a wait for a table. Although they have heaters outside, it is a very basic set up and not conducive for eating outdoors. Would definitely recommend dining here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

The food and service was great. BYOB, which is appreciated. Unfortunately, there’s no ambiance, it feels like you’re sitting in a cafeteria hall. Our table was right at the edge of the kitchen entrance, which is less than ideal. Also, due to the popularity and the recent opening, we waited 35 minutes before being seated. The lobby/entrance is so small, everyone had to wait outside in the cold with no heaters.

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RosanaA
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Best Italian restaurant I have been, the food is incredible but we had to wait about 30 minutes to be seated.

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vipDRHBR
Philadelphia
130 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

OTTO by POLPO has great POLPO (octopus)- among the best I have tasted!
The place was "hopping" and quite loud as a result. Plus we had to wait a bit for our reserved table. The maitre d' was overly busy helping takeout customers as well in dine in patients. (they should have another person doing this)
The waitress was virtually impossible to understand between her accent and mask. However the food was very very good to outstanding including the pasta, chicken francaise and Bronzino.

Deserts were not made in house-they were out of tiramisu even though it was only 8 PM or so-and the deserts were mediocre in general.
However, despite the above, our overall impression was quite positive and we will be back -but not on a Saturday night -too crowded and hectic. As Yogi Berra might say- Nobody will go there anymore -it is too crowded!

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vipSb42
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Can’t say enough good things. We booked another date night as we left!

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vipJeanne
Atlantic City
43 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. The grilled octopus is the best I have ever had. Tender and tasty. The gnocchi with carbonara sauce was out of this world. The fettuccini Bolonese was delicious. The service was very pleasant and made for an enjoyable evening

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diane
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As we won't dine indoors yet, we truly love the ambiance of the patio. It was a chilly night but the wait staff immediately turned on the heaters for us. This has become our favorite restaurant in the area. Food, setting and service was excellent.

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vipvlaskowski
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience2

tables were very close together, ceaser salad was very bland and not good but the pasta was amazing

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Nicky
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely afternoon. Ample menu and food for delicious. Don't forget it's a BYOB if you'd like wine with your meal.

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NHM950
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently good.

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vipSandy
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Efficient, friendly yet professional service with a thoughtful birthday dessert - in a word, excellent.
Food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. Burrata salad is a must! Main course - The capellini was perfectly al dente which is difficult with such a thin pasta. It was surrounded by chunks of fresh crab meat. The best crab meat and pasta I have had!! What a terrific treat!!

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vipDonna
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Food overall was underwhelming. Caesar salad was as if it came out of a bag from the grocery store, the lobster raviolis tasted like froze Trader Joe's (which isn't bad necessarily but not what was expected), the lasagna had way too much meat and the sauce was mediocre and the cheese was rubbery, the bruschetta was hard to chew and the tomatoes were flavorless (needs olive oil, seasoning, and basil, better tomatoes), and the fettucini with shrimp was okay (pasta and shrimp done perfectly) but had not true flavor. The restaurant was VERY loud and it was difficult to hear each other and the waitress. The decor was a bit to be desired and the tables were very close. Very disappointing and we will not be back.

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ErikD
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, not amazing…Osso Bucco was average, including the Rissoto…very average, especially for the money ($47).

The appetizers were delicious and the rest of the table enjoyed their food.

I love the BYOB service…very professional and welcoming for folks bringing their own wine (complimentary cork service and white wine cooler).

Overall a nice experience and will try again, but will try something from the menu next time instead of a high priced special.

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DanielC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Our waiter was awful - young and inexperienced. We dined here a few months ago and the wait staff is all new. He took forever to come to take our order. We asked for bread and he never arrived with it. I finally flagged down a bus boy who brought it to our table. It was cold and the butter pads frozen. Obviously, it came right from the refrigerator and never warmed up. Who eats cold bread? Our bread plates and butter knives were cleared knowing we had asked for bread. Ridiculous! He appeared toward the end of the dinner to inquire how the meal was, asked if we wanted anything else, and that was it. In a nutshell, service was poor and lacking when a diner has to wait and wait and ask for things that never arrive.

My companion ordered the Osso Buco. It's one of his favorite dishes and he orders it quite often when we go out to dine. He said the sauce was not good. Instead of being a reduction, it was more like tomato sauce.

All in all, would not rush back again. We frequent the Bryn Mawr Film Institute across the street quite often and then visit a local restaurant for dinner. Won't be here for a long time.....

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vipmainlinediner
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, truly impressive

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great choices!

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Shoreart
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wonderful service! We were sated promptly for our reservation time. Always a delightful experience!!

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RhondaE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good but I would not get the specials. They were read with no prices. When my friend asked we all thought it was too expensive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space with heat lamps

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KaitlynF
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It was a great meal. If you know it’s a BYOB it’s a great experience. The bruschetta came out right away and was delicious. The linguini all’s pea agora was delicious and had lots of fresh seafood. The gnocchi was fluffy and delicious. Our waitress was a disaster but I think she was new.

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vipRuxton
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good!

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vipJoeI
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Didn’t have some of the things on the menu and prices of some items increased by a lot. It would have been nice had the waiter told us before so we wouldn’t order something and then he would return to apologize that he forgot to tell us that it wasn’t available or that now it’s 10-12 dollars more than listed on the menu.

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Mario
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Even though my reservation was for 9 pm, I did not get a table until 9:30 pm and food until 10:00 pm. The table that I was given was only for 4 people despite making a reservation for a party of 7. Their solution was to squeeze us in a small table by adding more chairs. The food was acceptable but nothing to die for. Servers try to make our experience plesant.

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Jack
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was very good, had to wait for waitress at times but that was due to short on staff. Food was very good, a little pricey. Will go back.

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vipNorShoreGourmand
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious, nice service, needs to better not that it is BYOB. In OpenTsble

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vipPollyR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We waited 35 minutes to be seated.

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Rita
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

6 o’clock reservations, people pouring in…that’s great! Our waiter made us feel rushed. We went with it. I understand supply may be different these days but the jumbo shrimp cocktail were not jumbo. The egg fettuccini bolognese was disappointing dry, but the “special pasta’ was Gorgonzola with fig filled pasta and I was told shrimp and scallop, however I got shrimp and crab…I didn’t say anything I’m still kicking myself because scallop is what drew me to the special, but it cost $43. We were shocked it didn’t look or taste like.a $43 dollar pasta dish. The pasta tasted creamy…I didn’t get Gorgonzola or fig. It didn’t look like any fig was in filling. Sadly it was our first and last time.

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vipvlaskowski
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

great food and it is a BYOB (which they do not mention on the website) - however the tables are very close together and it is very crowded

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ChanelleW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! You will not be disappointed by the service or one thing on the menu.

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vipscotg
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Service was good. Nice Variety on menu. Prices reasonable. Byob

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Elizabeth
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time dining at Otto by Polpo and we will return. Our table was in a quiet spot, as requested, our server was very attentive, food was very flavorful … all of this for less $ than we had expected!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality ingredients, amazing options, delicious dishes and relaxing atmosphere! And BYOB! All 10 of us loved our food choices, we will definitely 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 4.6 stars by 337 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.