Serpico - Philadelphia

4.8
1367 reviews
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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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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the counter over looking the kitchen. Was great watching them prep the dishes. Food was very good with interesting combinations Japanese eggplant was delicious!

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M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Serpico! We come here whenever possible because everything about the restaurant is perfection. A must!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent food. Great overall experience.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good was interesting and delicious as were the cocktails. We loved it including the server!

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F
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful to sit at the counter and watch the masterful cookpreparing amazing food and keeping the work space immaculately clean. Also watching training in process. The food was exceptional. Prices a little steep. A great place for a special occasion. My 76th birthday. Wow!

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KO
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great celebration dinner for graduation! Such a special dinner on every level - totally worth it!

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

sit at counter if possible

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Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful—our go-to place with out-of-town guests or when we just want a great meal by ourselves. The spring asparagus is awesome right now!

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JZ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu variety impressive - all the dishes my table of 4 tried (3 appetizers and 3 main dishes and 2 desserts) were excellent. One exception was the rocky road dessert. It was good but not special, whereas the apple cake was outstanding.
The size of the dishes were good for sharing, yet we were not overly full. Also not a starchy menu which is a plus!
Loved the drink specials as well.

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H
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here over the years- the service and ambience is first rate-the menu is inspired and inventive, at least intellectually. On this visit the flavors seem muted after the fusion-for many of our dishes we felt like something was missing and that we needed to go back to the full-ethnic experience to be satisfied.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a phenomenal dining experience at Serpico. Peter and his team are exceptional and well worth a trip to Philadelphia to experience. They’ve hit the mark of elegant, creative, and elevated but non-pretentious.

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y
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Girls night out - very fun! Great Pinot noir rose.

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RB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, service, food and drink. Crispy fried duck was one of the 10 best things I have ever eaten!

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j
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a magical dinner we had at Serpico. We had just flown into Philadelphia and had gotten a recommendation to go there but we had no idea how special a meal this would be. We sat at the kitchen counter watching the food be prepared and between the two of us we shared 6 plates. Its tough to say but my favorite might have been the chicken and snail lasagna. Our service was excellent. All around a great night.

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L
Philadelphia
117 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Exquisite creative food and super delicious

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k
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative dishes with wonderful flavors that really emphasize the fresh ingredients. I sat up at the chef's counter, which I high recommend, and ordered 4 tapas sized dishes. Started with the Japanese Eggplant, and then the Steamed Egg Custard with NC Shrimp, followed by the Dry Aged Sirloin Tataki. All 3 dishes were very different, but somehow worked well together. My final dish was supposed to be the Enoki Mushrooms, but after discussing the Chicken and Snail Lasagna with the chef, he decided I had to try that as well, so he prepared me one at no charge (thank you again!). All the dishes were incredible, but I have to admit I'm very glad the chef convinced me to try the lasagna, as it was outstanding. Small wine list, but some nice, mostly European choices that really compliment the food.

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LO
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Maybe the food was just too advanced for me. Very odd concoctions. I really was not at all impressed.

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TN
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing and we had the best time. It was worth the wait!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Didn’t like how cooks were handling their cellphones with their barehands and then touching the food.

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AW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and a great experience- one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia!

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, ambiance and food was wonderful! Cannot wait to come back again!

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d
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining Out for Life

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PA
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was helpful, knew the menu, made helpful suggestions, and didn’t push. He also had a good sense of humor. The food was inventive, surprisingly subtle, and delicious. The atmosphere was fun.

The milk punch was spectacular! We had the egg custard, the eggplant, the candied duck breast, the king oyster mushrooms, and the soft shell crab special. The soft shell crab was perfect, crispy and light, and fresh. The sauce it came with was full of flavor, and reminded me of shrimp with lobster sauce in the best way. All the dishes were light yet deep in flavor.

We tried all three desserts on the menu, and pronounced them all good. Rocky road is still my favorite with a balance of textures from the rich creaminess of the frozen chocolate pudding to the light crunch of the fried candied walnuts, and even lighter and crunchier crisp meringues. The apple cake was good with its rich sweet sauce, and the final desserts l, described as a sweet play on a cheese course was balanced incredibly well, sweet, tart, creamy, crunchy, and fruity. It was the lightest of the three.

This is truly one of the top restaurants in Philly. It is the expression of a cohesive and unique vision, with top notch food, drinks, and service.

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SC
London
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Genuinely innovative food and interesting wine. Head chef in the midst of everything. Great atmosphere. Only slight downside was some dishes could use a little more seasoning to become truly memorable. Overall, worth a visit for an enjoyable evening out

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

every dish was a home run. excellent service.

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MN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed some unique preparations of food. The service was great, friendly and knowledgable. I sat in a booth, will go to the “bar” area and watch the chefs.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was ok but I’ve had better here it was just ok not like all the other times I have been there where it’s been outstanding

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MM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best dining experience we had while visiting Philadelphia---that is, in the category of creative dining.
The food was imaginative without being over the top--the soft shell crab was outstanding.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal. Service was outstanding-thank you Michael for guiding us through the various offerings. The standout plates were the Japanese Eggplant, Enoki mushrooms, and the pan seared halibut...but the absolute stars of the evening were the large plates the candied duck breast and the venison special. I couldn’t get enough of those. The grilled turbot was very good as was the steamed egg custard. The raw diver scallops was a beautiful presentation and an interesting taste combination and worth trying. The hamachi tartare was decent especially with the apple but I have had better elsewhere. The one dud of the night was the sugar snapped peas -the smoked lamb was practically non existent in the dish..what little there was, it was delicious. Only real criticism of the night was it was very pricey for the size of the plates...it was pretty expensive - though delicious

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LB
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals I have had in Philadelphia. The care the chefs took with the food preparation and uniqueness was amazing. It wasn't your traditional run of the mill dinner. Very creative. The waiter was very knowledgeable and accommodating to your questions. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will return.

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TD
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. The entire staff and menu was phenomenal, drink and food!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful . Great service. Creative, tasty, top notch food.

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AS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

2 person tables are too close together. Other than that, great

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food, top-notch service, and a wonderful atmosphere! Couldn’t have asked for anything more!

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MC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed my visit. Everything on the menu looked good and what I ordered was amazingly delicious. Will definitely be back!

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CM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

It's as clever, whimsical, beautiful and delicious as ever. You pay the price, but it's worth it.

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PG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, fun setting, upbeat vibe but (surprisingly for restaurants these days) not loud, and lots of interesting menu items. We had pescatarian and vegetarian members of our party, but there were more than ample delicious options for them. I will definitely be back.

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HS
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! It was delicious!

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