Serpico - Philadelphia

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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.
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4.7
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Nice service, nice atmosphere but disappointing food for vegetarians. Too much use of “foam” (nut/cheese) and not enough options. Also quite mushroom heavy and could use a pasta on the menu.

LD
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is well-thought out and the food is absolutely delicious. Service is impeccable!

A
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Went to Serpico for Thanksgiving special entre which was excellent; only disappointment was an absurd and surprise corkage fee @ $30 for a single bottle which wasn't revealed at the time of seating. While I asked if there was a corkage fee for BYOB at seating, no mention of the amount was given by hostess, just that one existed. Had I known amount, probably would have purchased wine from them. When I questioned amount at time of check received a terse "our policy is $30 fee". So much for customer caring!

ME
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. It was the classics, but elevated and refined. Very reasonable and the cocktails were delish. Adam, our server, was fantastic, the manager was attentive and the vibe was fantastic and festive.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for Thanksgiving dinner! Counter seating doubled as table-side entertainment.

PJ
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Dinner at Serpico for Thanksgiving platter. Somewhat disappointing when compared with previous Thanksgiving plate here. Turkey was sliced thick, though gravy was fine. Vegetables were tasty, but roll bland. Pecan pie dessert was less than stellar, with soggy crust. Some in our dinner group chose from the regular menu & were pleased with their meals. Service did not match the high levels to which we've become accustomed at Serpico. Still, we'll be back to try this usually- excellent restaurant again.

PN
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for my girlfriend’s birthday, we were blown away by how good the food was! Everything was made to share, the flavor was beyond there and everything came out very quickly.

GB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Epic, again!

JM
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been to Serpico in two years, but it was as excellent as I remembered. Smart but original food and flavor combinations. Wait staff who k ow the menu and were able to point me to gluten free options. We shared 8 plates between 3 of us and then one desert and it was just the right amount of food. Highly recommend it.

RL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The plates are very fun n delicious. He takes his style and uses different fare to put his spin on it. In your face flavor.

RN
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around. In love with the duck on roll. Rocky road dessert is incredible. My peektoe crab dish was delicious.

e
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food, cocktail and wine, helpful staff. A little too tight re: seating, which heightened the noise level. Very lovely place.

RW
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best and most innovative restaurants in our City .Exceedingly consistent. The key is the dedication of Peter Serpico to all the details and always being there and in the trenches with his staff. He is cooking and supervises and is just not there for token sake .Very few chefs of his quality have this dedication.

c
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Noise level is very high but food is unusual and incredibly good.

YB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails and food!

MS
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. Great food, service, and atmosphere.

M
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We had high hopes for this place since it received a 3 bell review. Our waitress acted offended when I told her we had theater tickets for 7PM. Our table was at 5PM. She then criticized my friend for not ordering enough food and frowned on all of us for not opting to share. My starter was ok. The lamb entree was outstanding.

JP
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Our 3rd time to Serpico, but first time on a Saturday night -- much more crowded and livelier than we're used to. The food was artfully prepared and very good; portion sizes small. When they say at least 1 dish per column on the menu (3 columns) per diner, it's a fair recommendation. Cocktails are great. Bottles of wine? Not sure. We had the cheapest bottle -- a Negroamaro at $58-- that we regretted (quite thin).

CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, interesting food and great service. One of the best meals we've had in years.

MK
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience in every aspect. highly recommend sitting at the chef's counter for a more immersive experience.

a
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been twice now, wanna make it three! Delicious and wonderful!

JW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails, white truffle honey butter, and scallops were highlights

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely worth the trip into the city. Amazing food and fantastic service. Definitely an experience to remember

KT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and experience

C
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dining experience- creative menu, awesome service and unassumingly warm and welcoming. The only disappointment was that we ate too much so had to skip dessert. What a shame!

M
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

presentation was excellent, food was wonderful
Our server, Zach, explained the menu very well as well as the wine and beer

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was our 8th wedding anniversary...

m
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The expectations are always high when we go to Serpico and they exceed in presenting us with new tastes and textures. Always comfortable and knowledgeable service that can lead you through the menu seamlessly.

U
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This is the third visit and we felt the the overall quality of the food had definitely declined, For example, the lamb was underdone and very chewy and the bass was tasteless.

E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Extraordinary food. The beet salad is a fresh sophisticated version. Great ceviche.

TC
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The donuts and fish dip were notable; the soup was, too. Roasted beet was, too. The halibut with a carrot cake cap was not, IMHO; the sweet carrot, although pretty tasty, contributes nothing to the fish but novelty (sorry, Craig LaBan). A potato crust, although not novel, would make a better dish. Desserts were smashing. Service was as thoughtful as usual--probably more than I've ever encountered anywhere.

D
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic meal and great service. Highlights included the raw diver scallops in buttermilk, the ceviche, and the deep fried duck leg on a potato roll. We also really enjoyed the lamb on the favs bean “risotto”. Everything was well executed and the service was spot on. Can’t wait to return.

J
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wow. What a meal! Our favorite dining experience in Philly. Started with the raw scallops and the Ora King salmon. They were so fresh and flavorful. Next we had the enoki mushrooms - the broth was incredible and the texture of the mushrooms akin to pasta. Then the Chicken and snail lasagna - to die for. 3rd course, we had the crispy pork belly (which my husband loved - it was a bit rich for me) and the fried duck leg - one of my favorite dishes ever. For desert we had the squash panna cotta. So crazy good. Just a delight all the way around - inventive and incredibly good.

AD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner! Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and surprised us with our cocktails. We enjoyed watching the chefs prepared the food. We'll definitely be back!

MG
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so wonderful! Service, on point. Food, delicious and stunningly presented. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect son perfect

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TS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First visit to Serpico. Asked waiter for recommendations that the restaurant is noted for. We selected four choices and they were all excellent. My wife and I look forward to our next visit to sample other dishes.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always amazing, but the food is simply the best in town. Prepared with care and love the team does an amazing job at executing excellence

JD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the innovative options items that Serpico adds to the menu on a seasonal basis. Also happy to see the Chicken and Snail Lasagne back on the menu!

M
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant in Philadelphia. My best during my stay where I have tried 4 different upper level ones. The service was impeccable, the quality, presentation and diversity of the plates were superior. I strongly recommend for the foodie in you. Cocktails also were great!

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