Serpico - Philadelphia

4.8
1207 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
Serpico is a collaboration between James Beard award-winning chef Peter Serpico and restaurateur Stephen Starr. Located on South Street, the 60-seater will have a true neighborhood feel, with cozy booths, counter seating and a small bar at which the full menu will be available.

Serving dinner only, the cuisine is ingredient-driven offering a seasonally evolving menu of playful yet familiar takes on global fare. A small hand-picked list of food-friendly wines will perfectly complement the menu and a quality cocktail program will focus on boutique spirits.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday 5:00PM to 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Sunday 5:00PM to 10:00PM
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Phone number
(215) 925-3001
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Serpico
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 6th Street & 7th Street
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Parking details
We recommend either metered street parking, or parking in the "EZ Park" lot in between 4th and 5th on Bainbridge St.
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Public transit
Serpico is located nearest the Broad Street Line, 8 blocks east of the Lombard-South station. We are also easily accessible by SEPTA routes 40 and 47, or PATCO via the 9th/10th-Locust station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1207 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional, and the kitchen and wait staff went above and beyond accommodating a food allergy for one of our guests.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner, excellent service.

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a
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Awesome food. Wish there were more vegetarian choices

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Made a reservation and waited 40 minutes to be seating in a completely different section than reserved.

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S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing restaurant! The food is unique and delicious. I went with my parents and friends and everyone was pleased. Even the picky eaters enjoyed it. I was impressed that it wasn’t noisy considering such a big open space. One of the best restaurants in Philadelphia.

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M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Serpico for our Anniversary and sat at the Chef’s Counter. At first, we weren’t sure if we would like the counter seating, but it was fun and fascinating to watch the kitchen staff and food preparation. As always, the food was phenomenal! I’ve never had anything here that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. Troy was also great. He gave great recommendations and made sure we had everything we needed. We’ll definitely be back.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, intricate dining experience

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w
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed Serpico. The food was good to very good. The small plates are small and very expensive. The cocktails were outstanding. We spent $125 per person but I would much prefer to spend this type of money at a Vetri or a Vernick. Nothing bad to say, maybe just a bit overpriced. Service was outstanding. A bit too packed in for such a pricey spot. I probably won't be back. I think it is worth dining here at least once.

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JS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Well prepared and creatively presented. I've been here twice in the past month (for two special occasions), and we have enjoyed every dish served to us. A bit spendy, but well worth it. Perfect for a small grouping for a special occasion (2-8 people), and for a very nice dinner out.

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c
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the only places in the city we keep coming back to. Love this place. Consistent, creative, and always delicious!

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Philadelphia
277 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

High quality food and preparation that comes with a price tag and worth a try. Wine list is $50+. Best on a business account.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, drink and service. Was a fantastic dining experience!

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NM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant that exceeded expectations. Staff was awesome. Food was delicious. Can’t wait to go back

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and service

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food! Great service! Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food with incredible service. Had the counter seats as they prepared five wonderful courses. Highly recommended.

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TT
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very interesting and tasty food. Definitely not inexpensive but I don’t mind paying a lot for great food. Certainly not what you can easily cook at home. We had a variety of fish , meat and vegetables but I think the oyster mushroom dish alone was worth the trip

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MK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I eat out 2-3 times a week. We consider ourselves experienced diners. Serpico is for the connoisseur of food. It is about the details and combinations. AWESOME!!!!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time dining here and both experiences were amazing! It had been a couple of years between my visits, so I was thrilled to see it was just as good if not better than my first visit. Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection (some favorites were the eggplant, enoki mushrooms, sirloin titaki and the NY strip). Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable and the meal was paced very well for us. With so many great restaurants in Philly, I don’t often repeat places frequently, but I can’t wait to come back!

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MM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience! Food and service were amazing! Only knock was the beer selection - no local beers offered, and the only stout/porter option was a $52 porter.

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JH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service, and very very very innovative cuisine! A great fusion of Japanese and new American cuisine. The chef had worked at Momofuku, which was a huge Asian influence (including some Chinese flavours as well as the dominant Japanese and American tastes). They were very accommodating to my veganism, very friendly waiter, and a beautiful open kitchen. Highly recommend.

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H
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal. From the moment we walked in till saying goodbye. Our dining experience was impeccable. We ordered everything on the menu...literally. The perfect way to spend my birthday with my family.

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RL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I think they forgot the balsamic on the beet, endive salad. I was really surprised how bad it was. Everything else was really tasty.

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JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing!!!! Cannot recommend more!

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C
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Scallops and eggplant were favorites! Looking forward to dining again!

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G
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent the Scallop appetizer is amazing! Watching the prep in the kitchen was also a highlight.

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SC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serpico exceeded expectations. Went as a dinner date with another couple. The service was excellent, he knew the menu, offered insightful opinions on the food, and was able to help us navigate the whiskey/scotch/wine lists. The food was delicious, would especially recommend the raw scallops and the duck legs. Will definitely be repeat customers.

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A
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my top 5 in Philadelphia. Sit at the bar. Enjoy the experience

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s
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were seated promptly and the wait staff was immediately attentive. My wife and I shared two very good appetizers: sun choke tomatoes, which were very sweet, and the other was spinach, mushrooms and bean sprouts. For a main course, my wife had the Japanese eggplant, which she raves about, and I had the crusted halibut, which was well prepared and interesting. For dessert, we shared apple pie, coated in dulche de Leche, with vanilla ice cream, a delicious combination.

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KW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals my wife and I have ever had. Food was amazing!

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HO
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. Absolutely memorable. Wonderful flavors. Sitting at the chefs tables is fun for 2 people. At the moment, the halibut is amazing! Scallops, mushrooms, eggplant incredible. Perfectly paced, not rushed or bored. Great service. Every dish to order as we watched. The desserts are good. Hard to rate "value". You'll pay for this experience. But knowing that going in, it met our high our expectations.

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GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We couldn't have asked for better food and service to help my wife and I celebrate our wedding anniversary in style. Bravo Serpico. We'll be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Honestly no bad dish tonight. Stand outs for me were the Japanese eggplant and maple panna cotta. Enoki mushroom was good but a tiny bit too salty for my taste. Overall an amazing meal. Staff was extremely attentive and cordial.

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JB
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment. One of Philadelphia's best eateries, hands down! Thank you all for your consistent goodness. 😘

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LM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

One of the better meals we have had in Philadelphia. I'd say 3 of our 5 dishes were excellent. Nice intimate atmosphere, great service. Would highly recommend.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive. Good for certain occasions

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RC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was interesting and creative; ambience was warm and modern; noise was moderate; the rum drink was better than the margarita. The spinach appetizer was cold, which didn't go well with the weather. The service was excellent and the food was brought out promptly. All in all an enjoyable meal, although pricey.

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CM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I don't know what I would recommend it for honestly. I was hoping for it to be really great but it just wasn't as expected. Sharing portions were really too small for sharing and we went with that idea on the server's recommendation. We were all still pretty hungry when we left. Pricing is a bit too high for those small portions. Drinks were good but the wine list could have had at least a few lower priced bottles. Overall a tad too pretentious and not on trend with what we've been experiencing around the country these days.

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B
San Francisco
122 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very creative - the scallops, halibut and enoki mushrooms were memorable. Our server was friendly, helpful and efficient. Overall a very pleasant experience.
My only criticism is that it was more expensive than I would have thought for the location and experience.

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AH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner was amazing—our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable, food was a fun challenge to the palate, drinks were equally fun!

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