Pod

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3052 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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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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New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in A bit of a rush to make a show at 7 PM and the service was perfect and we got out the door in plenty of time. Food was delicious as usual. I love everything about the restaurant except they really need to update the restrooms. The things that were cool when the restaurant was built are now falling apart and dated. Everything would be perfect if only for the restrooms. I hope that management reads this and finally does something about it. Thanks!

M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was wonderful. Great space and experience

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great and engaging, food was awesome and menu is diverse.
Atmosphere is fun

HF
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered a bunch of starters. The eggplant.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, creative choices, ver trendy atmosphere; loved it and will go back.

m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Still a unique restaurant with conventional sushi as well as innovative fashion cuisine. Service is friendly. The wine list is barely adequate. There is a university crowd because of the proximity to the University of Pennsylvania.

s
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love Pod. It's really interesting food at decent prices close to Penn.

F
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely one of favorite sushi places. The food was delis I love this place so much. I got the crab fried rice and the crab California rolls. everything was fresh and well prepared as always! I will be back soon.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is great and the service too!! My daughter loved the decor and food.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 5

Food is overpriced

H
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four words of advice: Get the tempura shrimp.

Honestly, everything was wonderful there, from simple sushi to their more complex kitchen dishes. The space has a unique, funky charm. We would go back in an instant, and bring friends.

JR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All delicious, can't wait to return!! Great service and excellent food!

AJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good but was significantly over priced.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

College going away

r
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I was very disappointed in Pod. The service was poor and the restaurant is shabby.

The four of us were dining at Pod for my son's birthday. He wanted sushi and we wanted to stay in West Philly. Having eaten at Pod several years ago I remembered it as having great food and a really unique atmosphere so I made the reservation. When we arrived I noticed immediately that the interior looked worn and rundown. The floor was dirty looking, the plastic chairs were sagging so that the table was now too high, and everything seemed that it had seen better days; not the bright and clean look it had when it was young - the decor seemed tired and worn out. When I visited the restroom I found it strewn with paper towel waste.
​Our waiter ​came over and asked if we wanted tap or bottled; we said tap. He brought water that was room temp. When he came back we asked for ice and he brought us a glass with ice in it without an apology, just a glass with ice. We then ordered drinks, they came, food ordered etc. I don't know why, but the waiter seemed to have an attitude as if he was mad about something. He was just simply unpleasant. We ordered a second glass of wine and it never came. We finally said to forget it. He said under his breath later something to the effect that he doesn't control that ( they do use runners to serve).

Long story short don't waste your money at Pod although I must admit the food was good (various rolls, dim sum, Korean ribs so-so ), When I go out to eat, I also look forward to the service, space, and ambiance, and and Pod was sub-par. I guess Steven Starr sees it as a cash cow with an unlimited supply of new Penn students and parents. He really has lost sight of what it means to run a quality restaurant.

ME
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Convenient to Penn campus; wide range of sushi, sashimi, edamame Kirin beer etc. Attentive staff and crispy rice. Lovely.

s
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Waitress inexperienced. Got order wrong and didn’t remove item from bill.

A
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food for treat night! The energy of the environment was wonderful!

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really cool. Great food.

ES
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The service just isn’t as good as it used to be, although I think this was a waiter problem and not management or bussers. The bussers were right on top of everything, however, the waiter was barely there. He may have had too many tables, but they served all of the food ten minutes before 1 person got his sushi. By the time I found the waiter to ask, he said yes I know it comes from a different kitchen I’m checking now. With attitude. But really, when you drop off food for the whole table, you should make that clear. I don’t work there, so explain how it works. And regardless food should all come out together. Anyway, usually it’s great there but the place was half dead and service was less than desired for the cost.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Met a client there for lunch. When I sat down we were greeted by our waiter that seemed to have a bit of an attitude- we ordered our food which was fair at best. Not sure I would return as there are better restaurants in the city that serve sushi and Asian flare.

JM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The restaurant needs a revamp badly. It is just another sign of the Stephen Starr era in Philadelphia continuing to fade.

AB
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was good as usual, but the service was extremely slow on this date.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The server was rude and the food was subpar but it was a fun place to experience!

A
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an excellent lunch with very good service. Two of us had a hot Bento lunch ( one salmon, one chicken) and one eating Spicy tuna with crispy rice. The meal was well balanced, good flavors, and it was quieter than it often is at Pod! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Hadn’t been to Pod in years and my daughter was excited about eating in a Pod. Given it was a Tuesday we were hopeful we would get one and we did. Although we enjoyed overall it seems they haven’t kept up the space. Four of the nine lights in our Pod didn’t work, bathrooms seem outdated and overall feels a little tired tho still fun. Our service was friendly and helpful but also disappeared for long periods of time. Food was still good and interesting.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there. Business dinner with a group of 7. There weren’t any negatives. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food.

I would go back again.

MS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Food is grossly overpriced. The hot rock with 3 pieces for $19 and the sashimi pieces way too thin. Food was good but not a fair price

P
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

The waitress was nice, but the place was incredibly pretentious, and the chefs obnoxious.

B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I had a large group and I understand that can be difficult but our waiter was very condescending. Food and drinks were were good.

k
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food and ambiance here are always fantastic, but wait staff is hit or miss. I have never had a bad bartender or server in the lounge area, but have had one particular waiter in the sit-down area that seemed very disappointed to be serving us. Not us in particular, just didn't seem to like what he was doing and was not good at faking it. Just a shame to experience this attitude when everything else at Pod is so great.

OT
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite stops.
Very cold inside.

MD
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was delicious. We went during dining days for university city. The waiter however was rude and didnt really handle our table.

R
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, large selection of items, cool ambiance, interesting selection of drinks. We do a lot of our birthday dinners here.

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my niece’s birthday and it couldn’t have been more perfect! Food and service were excellent! Our waiter Jeffery was great! Will definitely return!

JS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite family celebration location. Only down side was they took the fluff and peanut butter egg rolls off the menu. Why?

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were a group of 6 and sat in one of the pods. Although others could see the pod, it was set apart from the main seating area and felt private. Food was very good. We elected to be served family style which worked very well for a group of 6, who was interested in trying a variety of dishes. Waiter did a very good job of explaining dishes. Service was quick. If you are being served family style and aren't sure how many dishes to order it is no problem to request an additional dish after your original order

G
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great. The place itself has been around for 19 years and kind of needs a facelift and spiffing up but the food never disappoints

NJ
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food,service,nice atmosphere! The food just a little too expensive.

s
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ordered several items and enjoyed them all. Good offerings of vegetarian, seafood and meat/chicken. The drinks were good. Nice wine selection. Service was very good. Too pricey to go too often but will definitely return.

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