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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is excellent every time I come. Great service as well.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal restaurant but a bit on the pricier side

c
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the greatest food in Philadelphia, which is saying a great deal, given the culinary scene of Philadelphia! Chef Peter Serpico is truly a culinary artist, making magic! His kitchen and staff make beautiful food together, which is a joy to watch! The care in which the wait staff takes is beyond. Thank you to Anthony, the host with the most, for making sure our evening was seamless! I cannot wait to return!

JK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

1. Service was very good with knowledgeable and attentive staff. Excellent wine list with good pairings to the courses on the menu.
2. The ambience and setting was really nice, albeit a bit loud. However, it was a good kind of loud with energy and buzz in the room.
3. The kitchen is very well run and on point with all dishes.
4. Could be a 5 star for food based on the concepts in each dish, and the execution is flawless, but each item on the menu I tasted lacked one little element to take it up a notch to a "5" level. I realize that simplicity and purity are the aims here, but for just one example, the signature scallops are delicious but imagine for a moment if they had one extra element of crunch and salinity.

SD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was divine and Anthony made our experience extra special. Cool space, love open kitchen and watching chefs do their ‘magic’. Did I mention that outstanding food??? Only wish we could have tried every plate!

AK
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing! The staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. We got there at the beginning of service and had a lengthy meal. Though they were getting super crowded no one rushed us out, as it sometimes happens at other restaurants. the food was sublime.

L
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect meal from drinks to dessert! We have been many times and I can't help but order the same items they are so delicious. Each time we leave I dream about our next visit and ordering the same dishes once again. Perfection!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Peter Serpico is amazing. The staff at Serpico are top notch & very accommodating. We had a very enjoyable dining experience. Keep up the excellent work

AP
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic meal, from delicious cocktails to start, all the way through a number of plates to my favorite, the lamb. Scallops are a real standout! No room for dessert, so can't comment on those. The service was great; everyone who brought food to the table was able to tell us about the dishes.

AM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is now my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. There were six of us on Sunday night and we enjoyed such a wonderful array of delicious dishes. The space is beautiful and the kitchen is well organized with everyone working together with precision. The menu was inspiring and so satisfying. Truly a great experience for my birthday!
Thank you!

OT
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for an inventive, healthy, absolutely scrumptious selection of incredibly well-prepared plates ... LOOK NO FURTHER. Serpico is without doubt one of the best in the city and (unlike others), always makes you feel welcome. No snootiness here. Great service, great food, great atmosphere. And a nicely done wine list as well. Highly recommended.

CM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. The prices for wine way too high. Waiter was nice but had a lot of tables. I would have liked to ask a few more questions. They remembered the notation about my friends birthday.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my girlfriend’s birthday and, because she happens to be a chef, I chose to sit at the chef’s table. It was a great decision. Not only did we get to experience a meal which encompassed flavors that expanded both of our culinary horizons but she very much enjoyed the kitchen symphony of the team working together led by the maestro. We are both looking forward to the next performance.

B
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant for foodies in the city. Food is completely unique and absolutely delicious. If all Philly restaurants starting seeming like the same tired menu.. this is your place.

DQ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had family in town and brought them to Serpico.
We had a fabulous meal. Ambiance is energetic and cocktails were great. They loved it!

P
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough about Serpico. Literally everything we ordered was an excellent taste explosion in our mouths. Dining here is such a pleasure - not only is the food exceptional, the staff is so good. No rush, familiar with the wine list, and attentive. It’s not inexpensive but worth every penny because it’s a meal you will remember.

r
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my favorite restaurants in philadelphia, hands down. beautifully designed, intimate lighting and decor, and the food never disappoints.

RE
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food is outstanding! I really prefer to sit at the counter by the kitchen when possible. The drink service was the only thing I might complain about. It took a long time to get drinks not just at the beginning but throughout the dinner. They made a mistake with the wine, too. Otherwise the service was terrific.

TA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique experience - the food was almost too intelligent for us but very good. Service was accommodating and they offered everything a first timer there would need to know.

v
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! We sat at Chef's counter, able to watch as they prepare all of their beautiful dishes and talk to the Chef's makes for a stellar experience. Absolutely fabulous in every way! Can't wait to return.

b
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Nice to see that the food scene in Philly has really improved over the last several years.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service.

TH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very unique menu! Everything was so delicious. Yes it is expensive, but that is typical for Steven Starr and also typical for restaurants like this. We sat at the counter which was great because you can watch the chefs do their thing!!

J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our server, Elena, was exceptional in her timing and attention, as were other staff members. I think the pricing is rather steep. The noise level was quite acceptable as the restaurant was at capacity and we marveled how the cook staff quietly went about their business with an occasional laugh at one another.

CL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although a little pricey the food at Serpico is exquisite! Serpico is my go to spot for an intimate dinner or just a causal week day experience. My boyfriend and I usually try to sit at the chiefs table where we can watch the show which is always fascinating watching the food being prepared. There is a hip feel to the dining room without being stuffy. The drinks are unusual and add another element to the already creative food experience. Serpico is a gem in a very eclectic neighborhood of South Street.

HS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I've had in Philly in a long time. Unique and worth a visit.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Portion small, over priced, Poorly trained waiter, didn’t suggest wine by the glass, after dropping $200, was still hungry, so got a burger after dinner!

T
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peter is so talented and generous, stellar experience as always. One of my favorite gems in this city still holding it down and keeping it real.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love sitting at chefs counter and seeing the action. Service was great, food was great. My favorite restaurant in philly.

MS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little known gem in Philly.
Not cheap, but worth every penny! We have been going once a year for the past 5 years, and have never been disappointed. To top it all, staff always made us feel special. Thank you Serpico ;)

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I knew going into it that sharing plates is the way to go. My girlfriend and I split 5 plates and let our server choose what to bring us since there isn’t a tasting menu. Every dish was outstanding. We stuck with cocktails which were fantastic but they have a very good looking and extensive wine list as well. Ambiance was great. We sat at the counter overlooking the kitchen and loved watching them cook. I think it’s perfect for 2 people on a date because of the sharing but definitely recommend it for any occasion

DG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wait staff was helpful and knowledgeable, very friendly. The food was outstanding. We ordered about half the menu and weren't disappointed by a single dish. The cocktails were unique and delicious. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very exceptional food

PS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were creative and delicious. Service was kind and attentive. Strongly recommend Serpico and anticipate dining there again.

LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, with ingenious use of textures and flavors. Great theater sitting at the counter and thoughtful and attentive service. It was my birthday and did not disappoint

PW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Been coming here for years! each time we’re in the city

J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite... Great cocktails. ..Interesting wine list. ..delicious food...flawless, relaxed service

AP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Best food I had in a long time! The restaurant was very nice and clean! The service was awesome! Everyone was very nice. I will definitely be coming back soon!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience at Serpico, it was a great choice for a special occasion birthday.
The service was excellent, our seasoned waiter guided us through a very pleasant and varied experience of the concise menu, giving very precise descriptions of the dishes available. The food did not disappoint, providing excellent and interesting combinations that were very adventurous and delicious. The portions are not large but we all felt very satisfied with the meal.
Dessert were surprising and delicious try the all, we did, and were not disappointed. The only negative came when it all added up for the bill, all this does not come cheap. There is some sticker shock when the check arrives.
If you can afford it, go often, if you need to save up for these great food indulgences, this is definitely one that is worth it.

E
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imaginative, spectacular and pure flavors in an inviting setting with wonderful service. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is inviting. Really a gem.

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