Serpico - Philadelphia

4.8
1226 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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OQ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A definite Michelin star caliber restaurant. Food and service are outstanding!

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

It is very possible it was an off-night, but I have never had an experience at such an acclaimed restaurant where every dish I ordered fell completely flat. Initially impressions were good - the atmosphere was welcoming, my beer and my partner’s wine were very nice, and I would still say the service around us was overall good. Our main server, however, was generally awkward and more of a mixed bag. He had a few opportunities to explain the layout of the menu, what dishes were or not available, and how best to approach the experience as a first-timer, but did not take these opportunities and I had to prompt him myself. My partner and I went light on the dishes and shared 4 - the soup, which was quite muted and okay compared to the others but didn’t too much for us; the eggplant, which was confusing as the texture and spicing didn’t gel in any way giving it very little taste; 3rd we settled on (I believe) the monkfish (they didn’t have their halibut) which had carrot crust which we liked but alongside the slightly undercooked texture of the bottom made it feel rubbery and at times membrane-like - an odd mouth feel that weighed down the delicate quality of the dish to where it just felt off; and lastly, the porchetta, which was far too overcooked on its crust but wad nicer in texture in the meat, tasted so dominant of a particular flavor and one-note, even with the sides together, that it felt heavy and boring. The unfortunate capper was the bill, which was far too expensive for 4 shared dishes, which all felt subpar of a restaurant of this caliber.

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JI
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!! A must eat in Philadelphia, we'll miss you Serpico!! :D

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K
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Prices are a bit high for Philly, but I guess the massive (and nice) kitchen team need to earn a living wage!
The seats at the chefs table counter could use a bar for your feet to rest on while dining.
That all said the delicious food brought in more 5's than 4's so 5 stars it is.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal of 2018. Fantastic on all fronts.
Sit at the counter and talk to the chefs.

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F
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serpico never disappoints! Creatively prepared and presented delicious food! Service is impeccable! Mike was our server this visit and Michael has helped us several tines in the past. One of our favorite places in Philly!

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AN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

definitely worth trying it if looking for looking for new restaurant

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

Such a great meal and experience at Serpico!!! The service was wonderful and it was the perfect place to have dinner!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful experience. I was in utter awe of all courses and their careful execution. Staff very knowledgeable and accommodating. Really, one of the best restaurants I’ve had the pleasure of dining at in Philadelphia.

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London
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been wanting to go to Serpico for a while now. Initially heard of the restaurant when living in Chicago and have now moved back to London. I was in Philly for 3 days and my one meal out was here - did not disappoint!

As soon as you enter, you're created by the warm ambience of diners, staff, and the space so immediately you feel at ease. The open kitchen (the most open I have ever seen) is exquisite and if sat at the chefs counter, like we were, your experience is even better. The service was so friendly, to the point. Not overly chatty but the right amount so you feel like you have a host but can also get on with your conversations.

The food, oh the food. Delicious. It seems like every single ingredient and placement is intentional. The visuals, the aromas, the taste, the texture. Actually beautiful. Hands down, one of my favourite meals this year!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our high expectations

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NF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special place. And, how nice is it that they are open for Thanksgiving dinner?

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was overpriced. But service was good

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JB
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While one sees the restaurant fill up with hungry diners, about to enjoy an incredible meal. The volume never changes at one's table. It's never too loud and I've never overheard a conversation. Not sure how they do that but it's just another thing that keeps us coming back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there! I just love it. Will be back soon

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E
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and attentive but relaxed service.

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MP
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Enjoyed the open space as well

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BB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

sat the bar / open kitchen concept for a great culinary experience, however very pricey for the final product

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
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 on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner, excellent service.

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a
Atlanta
3 reviews
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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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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S
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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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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