Pod

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3100 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
Philadelphia restaurant impresario Stephen Starr's retro-modern offering, located in the town's "University City" neighborhood, lets its guests sip sake, beer, and colored cocktails while munching on fresh sushi, dim sum, and Pan-Asian entrees. The hip, contemporary, "starship-like" space was conceptualized by famed Manhattan designer David Rockwell and influenced by the films "Sleeper" and "2001: A Space Odyssey."
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4.3
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Poor service, waited 25 minutes for someone to actually come and see if we even wanted a glads of water when we were seated.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great time at Pod. Our server Jeffrey was amazing, he made the night that much more special. He was one of the best servers I’ve ever seen.

SG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

My wife and I come to Pod for our Anniversary for the past 7 years. We love the place and have talked it up so much. My daughter had been dying to come here for some time. We went this weekend for her birthday dinner. So the food was still great. Service was a little slow. We were there early and the place was not busy at all. Overall, just felt it lost something. The big things were our favorite drinks were taken off the menu. AND the Fluffernutter dessert was removed. That was an iconic dessert and they got rid of it. Seems a little petty, but when things were taken off the menu in the past, they still would make it for you when asked.

NL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It felt like the restaurant has declined since I was last there 2 years ago. We had incredibly slow service and the place was about half- occupied. We never received the drinks we had ordered. The food was fine but not great. Based on our latest experience there I would not recommend it to a friend. There are too many other options out there where the restaurant seems to care that you're there.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great. We ended up with a smaller party than reserved. Tried the lobster & duck fried rice for the first time and it was AMAZING. The truffle oil really set the meal off. My sister also tried the cheesesteak boa buns for the first time as well. She loved them. Overall we had a nice chill dinner for my sister’s birthday. She was happy!!

AA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was modern and cozy. I went on a Tuesday night to beat the weekend crowd. Although the plated food was cooked to perfection and very tasty, I was a bit disappointed in the sushi. It was not flavorful. I would recommend this place for the drinks and hot plates!

MC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

I’ve had better and over priced

DJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was overall great. The only down note was the wagyu special, which picked a cut of beef that was very chewy. Not what I expect from Wagyu. Everything else was excellent. "Cheesecake" dessert and Korean ribs especially noteworthy.
Noise level was quite high, which made it challenging for the seniors in our party.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I stopped for dinner before a concert, and it was an easy and fabulous experience for people who don’t live nearby. Everything was wonderful, and there was a huge variety of foods - I wish we could’ve tried all of them!

BE
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bit noisy but great food and service! Even the non seafood eaters were extremely happy with their meal.

t
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I've gone to Pod every year or so since it's opened. In short, the place needs some freshening up. Every thing looks worn...the furniture, bathrooms, the back/event area. On the plus side, the food remains fantastic. The sushi dishes we had were melt in your mouth awesome. Funny, the first time I had Chimay blue was at Pod. The beer list has since been very scaled back. It is however, varied and my wife and I each found something interesting and good.

B
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Heading to the Tower theater in Upper Darby P.A. Found this Steven Starr sushi restaurant in Western Philly. Food very good but not spectacular. A little pricy. College crowd and a pleasant experience. We’d go back.

TS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pod never disappoints. Lovely meal. Not rushed. Took people from Florida and New Zealand. They can’t wait to go back!

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service not great
Food bland

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great sushi in a modern environment. Was worth the price.

P
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was good but not great, it was over priced. Restaurant looks modern but restrooms need update and a deep clean.

MC
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pod is great for a relaxing evening with friends. The vibe is cool & laid-back. Happy hour specials are a great deal. Love the pods with lighting buttons. Servers are friendly & helpful.

VM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It has been several years since we had been to Pod. We took our 9 and 10 year old, and they loved the ambiance and food. We were lucky enough to get a pod, they loved playing with the lights, sadly only about 3 of them actually worked.
The bathrooms desperately need updating, they were gross.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family dinner ! Food was delicious and service was great! Yummy desserts too!

C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

great service, mod looking place and fun table because we sat in a true pod and you can change the light colors within the pod if you want to. Very close to Upenn, incredible passion fruit shaved ice desert. All 6 of us liked our meals.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

POD was a lovely experience with an exceptional staff.

G
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food. Service was ok. Our waiter stopped by to say hello a few times. Lighting a bit of a challenge to see either menu or food.

MK
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Horrible service-seated at 8:15 for our 8:15 reservation and didn't have anyone come by our table until I asked around 20 minutes later. Then took another 10 minutes (again after asking) to place our order. Server was very kind and remorseful, but the management could have cared less. The food, however, was quite good. Not good enough, however, to overcome the bad service.

JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was very slow drinks came out after the food food came out all at different times but was very good

VA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lots of fun eating in the pod! Love the dim sum

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was excellent.

HA
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The sushi and octopus I ordered were excellent. The vegetables were not good at all. Too greasy.

E
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was great! Loved the feel of the place and the sound dampening on the ceiling helped make conversation easier. Next time I want to sit at the sushi belt.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food quality less than prior meals. Sushi size small

BG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were 6 people and we all thought the food and service was great but the appearance needs to be freshened up. Becoming very dated.

JC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first time dinner at Pod. We will return. The food was fabulous and not very expensive.

f
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Overpriced. food isn't great just the interior is fancy

WS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A great night to celebrate a long-time friend coming into town. With sensational food and great drinks, this was the exact light-hearted atmosphere we wanted and the food was absolutely so fresh and so amazing!

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter’s 21st gathering. Very accommodating with all the gifts and serving if premade desert. Great experience and staff were fantastic.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pod honored our reservation. Service was excellent. Food very good. Expensive for an everyday restaurant! Excellent tempura shrimp roll with Spicey tuna. Will return sometime in the future

DA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

our waiter was never to be found.... drinks took forever and we waited a long time for the food...

BS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Generally excellent. But needs a better dessert menu.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, over priced Prosecco, but an offer all must go to!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You wont be disappointed

AD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal on Saturday 9/28/19. We had two rolls and pork belly dim sum. All were excellent . Then we had lobster-duck rice and crab rice. Loved both. Dessert was cloud cheese cake, yuzu ice cream and black current jam. Jam tasted like back in Finland. Service was great.
Restrooms left room for improvement.