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Polpo - Avalon

4.4
835 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Italian Restaurant that specializes in Venetian fare with a focus on seafood.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 835 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was disappointed in our meal. We had a very expensive $40 halibut that was bland. The lobster ravioli was better but not memorable.

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vipJillK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was really good. Loved the Artichokes wrapped in Speck. Yum. Had the Mushroom Risotto, Lobster Ravioli special, Bronzino and Lasagna. All delicious.
Peanut butter / chocolate dessert was outstanding.

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vipDisappointed
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful
Very expensive

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STEPHANIED
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent. Outdoor for dinner seating still pleasant in October. No kids menu, but we managed. Highly recommended!

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Perfect
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were visiting and it was a beautiful Fall night in Avalon. We sat outside and the heat lamps were great. The food was delicious - get the artichoke appetizer (yummy).

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vipMariaD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish! Always great service and food 💙

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!

JD
JimD
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were outside under a great fixed awning with heat lamps along the wall of the building. The sidewalk had large planters with tall plants shielding the diners. Very, very pleasant for Avalon

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Three meals were perfect, veal chop came out lukewarm and was sent back.
Sat outside, it was comfortable.
Wait staff seemed understaffed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the service was excellent because it was a rainy night, little or no outside dining, and the waiters were not having to run around crazily.

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michaelr
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was terrific! LOVE this place

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

we have been to polpo several times this summer and each and every meal was fabulous. this was no different but the service was very slow

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vipkimk
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Sat inside, not much going on (due to COVID, I’m sure) way too bright inside, no music and not much to look at.
Salads great, bread outstanding, Mentor our server was great.

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ElizabethC
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic restaurant-both food and service were excellent. It was my first visit but won’t be my last.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely dinner outside. They have set up a hedge barrier to the street which makes it feel that you're somewhere else in the world.

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CaptDon
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

They were late in reservations, could not find a hostess, very poor covid precautions (over crowded, not separation, etc). We are generally not COVID worriers, but this just felt too unsafe. We ate there in Aug and felt very comfortable and safe and had a great meal. The whole atmosphere this time was more of a hot mess, we eventually got up and left.

JR
JosieR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Our waiter was extremely rude and overwhelmed. The food was great, but the waiter made our experience not so enjoyable. Maybe try again when it is less crowded.

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vipterribleservice
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

OVERBOOKED AND NOT FOLLOWING ANY RESEMBLANCE OF SAFETY PROTOCOLS. FOOD COLD BECAUSE NOT ENOUGH SERVERS. FRONT DESK WAS RUDE WHEN YOU COULD EVEN FIND THEM. NOT SEATED FOR AN HOUR PAST OUR RESERVATION TIME AND WASNT GOING TO HONOR OUR REQUEST TO SIT OUTSIDE, DESPITE THE FACT I HAD CALLED TWO HOURS PRIOR TO CONFIRM THAT WE WOULD BE OUTSIDE. WILL NEVER EVER GO BACK - MUCH BETTER OPTIONS WITHOUT ALL THE ATTITUDE

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vipbrunchgirl
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The wait for glasses and order to be taken was way to long.. beet salad was not what expected and don’t know what the veal Marsala was! tough with brown gravy!!!Terrible. Gnocchi with peas and crabmeat please..aThis dish had neither...

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AileenB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Anniversary dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. We love the restaurant.

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blackcherryoldfashion
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a very good traditional Osso Buco and my table partner enjoyed the chicken francese with good service. Looking forward to our next visit.

MC
vipMickeyC
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. We sat outside, and it was lovely. Always love the octopus, as well as our other food.

DJ
vipDJRjr
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Too crowded; had to wait too long to be seated and staff seemed overwhelmed ... food is good but experience was not

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Lisa54
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Restaurant was very crowded, good for them but even with a reservation we waited at least 15 minutes. After we were seated, it took almost another 10 minutes before anyone greeted us. We had no silverware or napkins on table and that took time after our appetizers were delivered. They obviously were in the weeds. Food came out quickly and water was poured promptly. We enjoyed ourselves, it is quite loud but we went on the later side so by the time we left it was much better.

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vipGeorgeT56
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was excellent, very delicious! Service was fair at best. Waited 30 minutes past our reservation time and then waited another 20 minutes once seated to get wine glasses for our BYOB. Waiter was inattentive and seemed to not even care about providing service. P.S. - I still left a nice tip as I expect tips are shared w kitchen staff. May give Polpo a second try as this may have been an anomaly for them.

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MeghanF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went here on a quiet Monday in the fall and the restaurant did not disappoint. Food was great, excellent selection on the menu & the specials and impeccable service. It's a lovely atmosphere for a date night or a family dinner.

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vipJosephL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Service was attentive, food was very good (the chief knew what he/she was doing), worth money spent

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vipDinesaround
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We always enjoy this restaurant but were a bit surprised this time to see that a 20% gratuity was automatically added to the bill for our party of 4. Our server never pointed it out so I would suggest if people are dining there, they check their bills before paying. We ended up giving a $110 tip on a $230 check. Shame on us for not catching it but shame on the server for not bringing it to our attention!

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AliciaL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is delicious. Our table was outside and it wasn’t crowded when we arrived but definitely was more crowded then we had hoped.

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vipALPS
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Menu was imaginative. Food was very good. Felt comfortable with outside dining and ambience was nice. Service was excellent.

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vipartsy
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, ambiance! Yum!

KC
KateC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

one of the personnel had her mask below her nose for the entire time we were there and was at our table several times.

It was concerning. Other than this, the food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Poor management, was seated nearly an hour after our scheduled reservation time and this establishment does not appear to be adhering to COVID 19 regulations

NF
vipNovaFan
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, service and experience dining outdoors in summer of 2020. We dined here twice this summer. Both times, excellent!!

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vipComoti
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and service, especially the seafood. Very fresh. Nice set up. BYOB.

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vipDisappointing
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

The good was the service, very attentive but not intrusive. We ate indoors and it was set up great. The apps were very good, filling and a great value. Now the bad. The mains were disappointing. My wife ordered veal picatta, a classic dish with lightly floured veal sauteed in butter and EVOO with fresh lemon juice, often served over pasta. Since we have cooked this ourselves and had it at their sister restaurants she just saw the title, Veal Picatta, and assumed this was the classic dish. Instead, what came was not at all what veal picatta should be and it was inedible. The veal was pale grey with no hint of flour, butter or seasoning. I tasted it and there was no hint of salt, pepper, butter or lemon. And, to make it more bizarre, it was smothered in sliced mushrooms. The server was pleasant and took it back to the kitchen to have them "fix" it and it came back with more lemon that only added to the strange lack of other flavors. The server offered her another entree but my wife was so turned off that she declined and he appropriately took it off the bill. My dish was a butterflied pork chop Milanese. The pork was done nicely, moist and well seasoned. The arugula and tomatoes were perfect compliments. The only complaint was that the breading was thicker than the meat! It was so crunchy that it made for an odd chew. But, it was still a good dish. Hopefully this was a COVID problem, new chef, or a bad night? We have dined here, and at their sister restaurants, and enjoyed the meals. But, this was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is delicious and the service was excellent.

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vipRL520
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Great food but they constantly over book

Everyone was delayed 30 minutes from reservation time

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vipjake
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

food was good but seemed to skimp on any extra. clams in wine sauce/ no crustini or bread with it. 2 butter pats with 4 pieces of bread for party of 4. etc.

FAQs

Polpo - Avalon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 830-2904.

Polpo - Avalon is rated 4.4 stars by 835 OpenTable diners.

Polpo - Avalon does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/polpo-ristorante-3258-dune-dr/giftcards.

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.