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Polpo - Avalon

4.3
1152 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Italian Restaurant that specializes in Venetian fare with a focus on seafood.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1152 people are saying
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vipMrsJM
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was so nice to my daughter and her friends. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Unfortunately we ordered a special entree that was offered with Pasta, Crab, scallops in a supposed pink cognac sauce that was advertised on the board for $37.00. First the bread came to our table practically frozen, the food came out in a hurry and when eating the scallops were brownish color and gritty, there wasn’t a piece of crab to be found on either plate and the sauce wasn’t a blush sauce. When we finally got the attention of the waiter to tell him, he asked the chef and we were told that the crabmeat was white so we probably didn’t notice! Well both of us commented and said we know what crab tastes like and there is none! He said they were going to take off some money and when the check arrived the bill was higher than even anticipated. The crabless, gritty scallops and white sauce ended up being $47.00 each entree. They literally took off $2.00 each entree bringing it to $45.00 each. Absolutely poor customer service and we will never eat there again.

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vipMaxx
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! This was our 3rd or 4th visit to Polpo and these guys absolutely crush it every time. The server was awesome!! And of course the food..... OMG. I had the osso buco (2nd time) and it was dynamite.

I'm really impressed by these guys and the entire staff. Front of the "house", the back on the "house" ie kitchen staff, everyone. Just excellent.

And I LOVE that they are open in the off season at the shore. I mean I place like Avalon is dead, dead, dead in the winter. But they are staying open and they are slow so GO SUPPORT THEM! You won't be disappointed. First class, guys. Seriously, great job and thank you!!

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vipFlow
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great spot good food good service worth a trip

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Valerie really made the experience special. She was hilarious and was a great server.

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vipjosephc
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

food was cold, chicken parm was chewy. bathrooms were disgusting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overpriced special was a “surf and turf” and they didn’t serve any surf. When I asked about it, the server said he got the special wrong. Ok, no problem but the special then resembled a existing dish in the menu…but they tried to charge 10 more for the wrong special?

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MegL
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience at Poplo- whether it’s mid July or December! Valerie once again provided amazing service!!

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vipMike
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 7 at 7:45. Our service was outstanding and so was the food. And we didn't feel rushed to leave as we were the only ones still there at 10:00.

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vipJLR1144
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Polpo for Christmas Eve dinner and we loved it! Valerie and Señorita were our servers and they were lovely. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was wonderful. We will definitely be back!

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WilliamV
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner

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vipErnesto
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. Samuel the server as very knowledgeable

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georgen
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was terrific, Valerie was very pleasant and efficient, Food was exceptional, veal marsala was very good as was the flounder.

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vipWBBB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

While the food was very good - a little salty, the service had some slight issues with timing, but the big problem was the pricing on the specials. We were not told the prices for the specials and were shocked when the bill came they were considerably higher than any other item on the menu. $22 for fried burrata (vs. $16 for the most expensive appetizer on the menu) and $45 for flounder francese (vs. $37 for the most expensive entree).

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MikeS
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I have dined here numerous times & each time we've enjoyed our meals & the friendly service. Appetizers & entrees are well-portioned and we leave very satisfied (and yes, it's BYOB). To note, we've seen some very demanding (sometimes even obnoxiously rude) customers but Polpo's staff always met them with grace & patience. That says a lot in my book as well.

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Will
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. All 3 dishes were excellent, perfectly seasoned and plentiful. Service was excellent. Highly recommend.

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RosanaS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I decided to have dinner for the first time at this restaurant after a restaurant that we frequently go to was booked for the evening. We were very pleasantly surprised and delighted that we ended up at this restaurant. The service was very good and the food was exceptional. We had grilled octopus special salad of the day along with the veal special of the day and lobster ravioli. We ended with a tiramisu and a lemon gelato which were both amazing. We had such a wonderful night and we decided to book a reservation for New Year’s Eve

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vipDES1
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always LOVED Polpo’s. Absolutely one of our favorites.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

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vipBuns
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food (salad, sea bass) was heavily salted. Obliterated subtle flavor of fish and was an unnecessary addition to an otherwise simple arugula and tomato salad. Service was adequate

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JaniceD
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great meal ! plenty of it too . cant wait to return

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well managed with great food

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I've been here several times and each time is different. Food is consistently good, but service is spotty. The host was clearly more interested in what was happening on his phone rather than tending to the waiting guests and the waiter seemed like he wanted to be home and no interest in engaging the table.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The waiter and host were not up to their usual standard but the bus boy made the night.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Bronzino dish with artichoke and capers!! Super Caesar salad. Fresh ground pepper would have put it over the top. Nice service in spite of being very busy. Always a great experience with fantastic food.

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joannep
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious. Only issue was a loud wedding party in half the retaurant.
Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We went on a Saturday night and sat outside. The waiter (or the guy that just takes your order)He asked if this was our first time here. It was our first time. I would think that if we are there for the first time you would want to be nice. That was not the case.
We had stale bread. We order a appetizer with cherry peppers to find out afterwards when it came out and we were eating it to realize that there were no peppers. He forgot to tell us. He walked past our table a dozen times and not once did he even ask how is everything or do you want another glass of water. The restaurant was definitely not busy. Also it took forever for our food to get out. He never stopped and said anything. I will not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was great except it took quite awhile to get seated even after checking in & verifying our reservation.

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vipKateR
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner here. Two diners were gluten free and they accommodated them nicely. Both had gluten free pasta that was delicious. Neither had any issues after the meal, which is not always the case when trying to eat out when gluten free. The service was kind and helpful. Highly recommend.

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vipAvalon
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Bad experience. Wait staff had an attitude and were very inflexible.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polpo is one our favorite restaurants at the shore. Their food and service are always outstanding. This evening was no different. Our dining experience was great.

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rydalmom
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect in every way

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vipcbs17r
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here in late September on a weekday, knowing nothing about the restaurant. It was one of the only restaurants open with outdoor dining options. We were pleasantly surprised by the attentive staff, outdoor ambiance & tastiness & value of our food. We will be back!

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Tony
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, wonderful service, and a happy buzz of a full outdoor dining area made for a special evening.

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vipJohnK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Polpo use to be one of my favorite restaurants in Avalon but the value/quality has really slipped over the past 12 months. We had to wait 45 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation. It took the waiter 30 minutes to see us after we were seated and then after ordering it took nearly an hour to get our food. Additionally, the value offering has really declined. We were charged $72 for 3 plain Penne Pasta's for our daughters, no sauce, and then when we ordered a jumbo shrimp cocktail, 3 sad little shrimp came out on wilted lettuce which we promptly sent back.

Very disappointed all around

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The service was bad. The waiter was rude and uninterested. The food was luke warm.
The bread was stale. It took forever to get our food after we ordered. Very disappointing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. One of our favorite restaurants!

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vipFrancesI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

From the moment we arrived we felt pressured to order our food before we were ready. The waiter kept coming by and not giving us ample time to review the menu. When we asked if we can just place the appetizers… He said no everything has to go in at once. We eat out often… And we have never been told that by a waiter. The restaurant was not very busy and felt there was no reason for the rush job. When we asked to please space out the delivery of our appetizers and dinner because we felt like we didn’t want to be rushed… He totally ignored it and brought our dinner out anyway. Our reservations were for 7 o’clock… And he had us out of there by 8 o’clock. Obviously he wanted to be out of that restaurant early and didn’t care what his customer wanted. Also…unfortunately the restrooms were in need of some cleaning and care. We would give the Food a 5 Star… it was very good. But…some attention to the other things that make a restaurant good needs some attention.

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Bill
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Reservation honored quickly, service was good, meals delidious. And outdoor seating was comfortable.

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vipelizabeth
Baltimore
66 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was just average. Service by Valerie was excellent. The only flaw was the decaf cappuccino, which wasn't decaf and kept me awake.

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You can order delivery directly from Polpo - Avalon using the Order Online button. Polpo - Avalon also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 830-2904.

Polpo - Avalon is rated 4.3 stars by 1152 OpenTable diners.

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.