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About Serpico - Philadelphia
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.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday 5:00PM to 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Sunday 5:00PM to 10:00PM
Between 6th Street & 7th Street
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We recommend either metered street parking, or parking in the "EZ Park" lot in between 4th and 5th on Bainbridge St.
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.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Serpico - Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews
Absolutely amazing meal! This is the third time I've had the pleasure of eating at Serpico, and it continues to be one of the top restaurants in Philadelphia in my humble opinion.
We each had the plates and so had a solid portion of the menu overall. The highlights were the diver scallops with buttermilk, poppy seeds and yuzu, and the porchetta with broccoli, which was a special. Both were mind blowingly good.
The porchetta was rich and crunchy, with some nice herbal notes, balanced with a broccoli salad that was needed to break up the fattiness of the pork. Delicious!
The scallops were tender and fresh, and the flavors to turns in your mouth, starting off with sweet fishiness, transitioning into the tangy buttermilk, and finishing with the yuzu and Poppy seeds. A really complex and wonderful dish!
Our first time here and loved it. Especially liked the idea of sharing the selections. There were 3 of us so we got to tasted more dishes. The beet and goat cheese salad, mushroom risotto and beef short ribs were some of my favorites. Excellent service and very friendly staff. Also very helpful in making gluten free selections.
Let me just start off by saying: Wow! Dining at Serpico was an experience for all the senses, and especially for the taste buds. Everything was new to the pallet in a fabulous way. Textures and design complimented the just right and never overdone combinations of flavors. Our favorites were a middle plate: Egg custard with jumbo lump crab, brown butter, crispy potatoes and long hots; and a large plate: Ora King Salmon with caviar, Napa cabbage, smoked creme fraiche and dill. The wine list is pricey but the servers are well informed to assist you with the right selection to compliment your meal. Don't go hungry not thirsty. Go for a most amazing experience! Bring your credit card. It's worth it.
There were 4 of us at Serpico so we were able to try 4 small plates and 2 entrees. Mushroom, custard, and eggplant were outstanding. Squash and risotto solid but not as special as the others. Everyone loved the oxtail stew. Halibut with beet surprise underneath was well done. Apple cake was outstanding (more like Apple dumpling).
The food was delicious, but the portions were small and the prices were steep. Also be prepared to share! 75% of the menu is sharing style (which I love). I love that they have a small menu, but I wish there was more variety, ie vegetarian friendly option. Overall it was delicious, and I would recommend it for special occasions / good for foodies.
I was truthfully so excited for Serpico because of the reviews. I had made an open table reservation but a table was not ready when we arrived so we were seated at the bar for about ten minutes. After which the hostess took us to the kitchen side bench - in front of the hand washing sink. I requested a table, which the hostess denied, saying they don't guarantee tables. She came back several minutes later and moved us. The rice crackers that came out first were incredible. They set my expectations high. I tried to order the ginger cocktail but the bar was out of one of the ingredients. I ordered the floral which was, again incredible. Unfortunately it was blaise from there. The food preparation was done so skillfully. Everything individually was cooked well but the food combinations did not work well. Consistency was also a negative for me since all the dishes had a similar mushy texture. We got the beet salad which was delicious but was more of a soup. It was my favorite of the night. We then had steak tataki, egg custard, mushroom tartar, and halibut. The egg custard confused me because they served it in a dish and said it was best to scoop it into your own bowl. The single bowls were cold which made the egg custard cold. It would have been a delicious dish (sans the crunchy rice bits) had it been served piping hot. The mushroom tartar was too salty for the carrier. It was served with a fingerling potato chip which didn't hold the salt of the tartar well enough. The halibut was prepared really well but beat puree, halibut, horseradish, apple, and asparagus just fought too much. There wasn't a consistent flavor. For a $200 meal I walked away really dissatisfied with flavor combination, service, and consistency.
Really cool experience. The place was packed when we came in, but they were still able to honor our reservation time, which was great for the reservation being so last-minute. Food was outstanding. We were told the menu was set up like a three course meal, but made for sharing, so between three of us we split two apps and each got our own meal. The Caledonian Blue Prawns were an original dish I highly enjoyed, and the Wagyu skirt steak was tender and cooked to perfection. Only complaint is that the server was not very attentive. She did not offer another round of drinks when we finished our first, and was not around when my meal came out so I was unable to order the glass of wine I would have liked with my dinner.
SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING WAITER WAS EXTREMELY HELPFUL WITH ORDERING AND PACING OF MEAL ARCHICHOKE SOUP DELICIOUS BUT LUKEWARM DIDNT LIKE THE CUSTARD BEEF TATAKE, CHICKEN SNAIL LASAGNE , SHORT RIBS, APPLE CAKE SOME OF THE BEST FLAVORS IVE EATEN HALIBUT ENTRE WAS NOT HOT ALSO DESPITE FEW FAILIGS GREAT EXPERIENCE
We had an incredible experience at Serpico. The food is original and outstanding. Each dish is truly unique. Our server was extremely knowledgeable on wine pairings and we had an incredible experience. We have recommended this to several friends and family already!
Visiting Philly and was lookin for a farm to table, small plate, restaurant where the chef was artistic and who took great pride in their food as well as presentation. Serpico certainly fit that bill. It wa a wonderful meal and evening. I sat at the Chef's bar and was able to watch all the creative efforts of the staff as they prepared each of the dishes. It was definitely my kind of place and I highly recommend anyone to dine here.
Honestly, the food preparation was too fussy and that statement is not made because I have simple food tastes. We ordered 3 fish entrees and the fish was underdone in 2 of the 3 and each fish serving was very small served over differing mush. Not great tasting mush. Just mush. In trying to get too cute and precious— they just missed completely. They couldn’t even serve a palatable beet and goat cheese salad. Don’t get me started on what they bring out to replace the bread. When the bill came (very very expensive) I apologized to my companions. The meal wasn’t worth a third of the price! Avoid.
Absolutely stellar meal from the knowledgeable, personable and talented bartender to every inspired and complex dish we savored. The diver scallops were delicate bites of perfectionm, as were the wagyu skirt steak and the short ribs. The egg custard was silken and featured delectable lump crab and crunchy potatoes that were the perfect textural counterpoint. Desserts included an inspiringly light yuzu semifreddo, a prickly pear sorbet and an appple caramel cake that was sublime. A perfect eve.
Serpico never ceases to amaze me with the variety and quality of its preparations. I go frequently, and there are always new additions to the menu (as well as the daily specials) to ensure that each visit offers something unique. It is also kind of rare to see a chef who is behind the counter almost all the time, and particularly fun to watch him prepare the dish that is about to be served to you.
The artichoke soup was amazing! My mushroom risotto was very good and they were able to make it an entree portion as I am a vegetarian and there are not a lot of vegetarian options. Short ribs were very tender. The crab egg custard was tasty but the custard was a little too odd in texture with the crab for us. Our server Sam was knowledgeable, helpful and extremely upbeat and fun! This was a very nice place but prices are too high for everyday, casual dining.
By far my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. Food is fabulous and meticulously prepared. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Counter seats overlooking the open kitchen are the best. Pricey but worth every penny. Local, seasonal, interesting ingredients and flavor profiles.
Very creative menu. We shared everything beause it all sounded so good, and it was! Favorites - mushroom tartare, steamed egg custard, and the slow poached halibut. The Rocky Road dessert was incredible. We sat at the counter so we could watch the chefs, which was great. Nice wines by the glass and intesting cocktails too.
Totally over valued. Some plates were good like the mushroom tartar but other plates were either too bland like the salmon or were too sweet like the short ribs. I've had better tasting meals at cheaper places which is a shame because I wanted to like this place. Drinks were good and so was the service. The menu However was subpar
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