Polpo - Avalon

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Italian Restaurant that specializes in Venetian fare with a focus on seafood.
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Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good but all were $5 more than the other 3 restaurants they own for the same preparation. Service was excellent and the setting was more elegant.

RS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pasta is very mundane and over priced.
Service and is average.

P
Philadelphia
193 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was the best experience we have had at Polpo since it opened. The reservation was honored on time. As always food was very good. The seafood Risotto was excellent. Very large portion. Spinach salad was good but not as good as in the past. Companion had the octopus and loved it. This time, unlike all prior times, service was rushed. Our appetizers came immediately. Unfortunately the entrees came before all were finished with the appetizers.

JT
Orlando
30 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate outside and the service and food were great. We have been to his restaurant several times and it is always a great meal. We will be back.

AD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Food was excellent

G
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

I have been to polpo three times. The food has been really tasty each time! Unfortunately, the service has been rather poor each time as well. It just seems like this restaurant is still attempting to establish a routine, even though they have been open for over a year. Servers seem extremely frazzled. Water glasses are not refilled. Bread baskets are not delivered. Specials for the night are not read unless requested. Silverware not delivered with food. There also are not enough bathrooms for the number of customers, and the noise level is pretty high. But the food is so good, I keep coming back.

J
Naples
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was very good
Will definitely go back

MR
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

When the restaurant opened the service, food, and atmosphere were wonderful. Since that time, they have added many more tables and squeeze in as many patrons as possible. You are truly inches from the table next to you. The service is quick when you arrive however if you need bread or water refills, it is difficult to flag someone down to replenish. The food is very good however it is not a great experience.

J
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service, interesting menu!

LM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good the service was horrible. Really, really bad. Our food took 45 minutes to come out. Our server was not available through most of the night. When asked the timing/status of our order the server indicated..."well you didn't order any appetizers so the wait will be longer as you sit through what normally would be appetizers being served." A smart guy thinking he would BS a customer and be done with it. I saw several frustrated folks experiencing the same horrible service. The timing was early September not the peak season.

GF
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

HORRID!! Cancelled my reservation through Resy even though I used Open Table. When I arrived and confronted them, the basically told me it was my problem. This is the 3rd negative experience in 4 months and we will not try again. If you are looking for classic old school Italian, there is a great option a few blocks away that treats customers with dignity and respect.

JA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

the food was very good and the service was excellent. I recommend outside seating because inside is very noisy.

PW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Polpo is a wonderful and much needed restaurant addition to Avalon. And it's open all year which is even better. Great food, great servers. We love it.

FA
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic! The Gnocchi Carbonara was amazing!

H
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Extremely disappointed. To start I got Steamed clams which say white wine and garlic and came in congealed butter. 10 clams 13 shells. I just told them I didn’t want it. They did offer to make it again but I declined. My wife got the shrimp with cannelloni beans. Which was good. We got lasagne for dinner. The sauce was hot but the lasagne was room temperature. It was like the they dump
hot sauce over a slice of lasagne. Lasagne noodle itself was doughy.
Not sure why we got tiramisu but we did. It had good flavor but lady fingers were dry and weren’t soaked in espresso. Overall might be the worst dinner we had all summer at the beach. Our reservation was at 9:15pm. Place was fairly crowded but most folks had food already.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, atmosphere and all around great experience. Can’t wait to go back. Our waiter was ok. He definitely got better by the end.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We have given polpo 3 chances and will not be giving them a fourth chance. They were overbooked, the staff are poorly trained therefore service was horrible, we had a reservation but didn't seat us till 20 minutes after that time, once we were seated it was over an hour until someone came with water bread and napkins, and the noise level is very high making it hard to hear friends.

D
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite place to go in Avalon. Food & service are consistently very good. Prefer to sit outside when weather permits!

CK
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Most of the food was great, specials a little pricey ($41) and caprese salad did not use Jersey tomatoes, a slight disappointment.

KR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Deg! Deg deg!

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M
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Very busy but great food and great service! Happy to go again and again.

VM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! First time there, would definitely go back again.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. The inside was very loud.

M
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angel hair w/ lump crab in light marinara was outstanding!!
Ate outside which was fine BUT the black flies were horrible ~ get citronella candles going ASAP !!

UG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food with great service. The restaurant is very noisy inside, outdoor tables are much better.

AD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated immediately. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. I had the special - ravioli with shrimp and crab. Both shrimp and crab were plenty on the plate. Entire meal was delicious.

OT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at polpo for 2 summer in a row.Food is always excellent and service great.Samuel,our waiter was amazing.will be back

JH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the staff was great.

SI
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food always good and consistent. Sat outside and the noise level was not bad.

c
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal & better than expected. It was super busy but our server was attentive and answered all of our questions. The salads are shareable, octopus was great. All of our pasta entrees were awesome. I recommend requesting to sit outside as the ambience is way better in my opinion. Will be back !

OT
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am gonna say that I was really happy with the service and the food. The servers paid a lot of attention to me while also not being over my head. The lamb chops dish was really delicious and was cooked to my liking. Compliments to the chef and will definitely return again hopefully with some company.

j
Philadelphia
83 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Not the first impression I was hoping for. Wife ordered scampi sauce and when the meal came out with a blush sauce I questioned it. I said I never had scampi sauce that was red. The waiter said then you never dined in every part of Italy! I said ok! When the bill came I gave the waiter my credit card! When he returned it was almost 20.00 higher. When I questioned it, he said I forgot to charge you for your dessert. I thought it would have been nice if he would have said something! Strange first experience!

n
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went early at 5:15. Service was good and food was excellent. Big portions, nice presentation and excellent quality!
Definitely will go again, even though it’s a little pricey.

OT
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, a very warm atmosphere, and terrific service.

OT
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and they make you feel like family.

OT
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good, and the employees were all great and friendly, even on their very busy night.

OT
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NICE FIRST IMPRESSION FOOD SERVICE SUPERB

J
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. My friend & I started with the salad special which was delicious. We then shared both the mushroom risotto & veal piccata. The only negative I can say about the food is it would be better if they split both entrees in the back before presenting them to us. The risotto tends to be on the drier side, but whoever ends up with the veal piccata dish has the benefit of the sauce from the piccata. In my case, I had the risotto dish & the piccata was placed on the dish with none of the sauce. Therefore, my risotto was not as moist as the person who had the piccata sauce to blend in with the risotto. Noise level is very high so it’s not a place I would go if I wanted a lovely, quiet, romantic dinner.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

This restaurant has some nice options at reasonable prices. The place is very busy as it is one of the best in Avalon. I feel that a lot of the dishes were under seasoned so we needed more dressing and salt and pepper. The server did check on us but we waited a long time for entrees after first course. It was good but not great.

c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only negative it I would not take away any points, I wish I knew it was BYOB. Other than that everything was perfect

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