Philadelphia, PA 19104
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."
Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Between 36th & 37th Streets on Sansom
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at (215) 923-2675.
Pod offers valet parking seven days a week for $20 per vehicle. There are private, non-affiliated lots in the area and limited street parking available to our guests as well.
Market-Frankford El, 34th Street Stop.
Hugh Moran, Brian Baglin (GM)
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
All of our PODs may be guaranteed through our special event coordinator, Diane Farina. She can be reached at 267.238.3650.
For PODs 1 and 2 (seating for between 6 and 9 guests) there is a $420 food and beverage minimum.
For POD 3 (seating for between 8 and 13 guests) there is a $625 food and beverage mimimum.
Immerse yourself in a fun and futuristic dining experience at Pod on Penn’s Campus. Whether you want to throw a graduation bash or host a special birthday party, Pod offers several options for groups of varying sizes. Rent the whole restaurant, gather in the private room or settle into a cozy pod.
Pod Ratings and Reviews
I went to Pod many years ago and decided to try again because they had a late night reservation available. We sat by the sushi bar and had a couple sushi dishes off the belt which was mediocre at best, the octopus which was decent, chicken ramen which was bland but edible and a caterpillar roll. With all the dining options in Philly, i would never go back because i usually have better ramen/sushi/etc for half the price at Yakitori Boy. I would only go back here for drinks at the bar because the atmosphere is cool. Cannot recommend the food.
So many great options. We tried a rainbow sushi roll, the pork belly steam buns, and the chicken lettuce wraps. Definitely a place for tapas style meal and decently priced. I hope to someday try the sushi bar with the conveyer belt of moving sushi to taste! The atmosphere was so unique, almost futuristic. Great place for a business meal as the decor and food options made for easy conversation.
Wanted to treat my college junior to a special dinner during my visit and Pod was a great choice! We shared a variety of dishes, received wonderful service, got to chat and catch up all in a very trendy and fun atmosphere. We particularly loved our sushi roll, the crab spring rolls, and the special tuna on rice cakes! Our dumplings, however, were a bit too heavy for our liking. Completely enjoyed our dinner at Pod and we will be going back!
We had a weird hankering for sushi so decided to go to Pod and for a friend's pre-birthday celebrations. Our server was Peter. HE WAS AWESOME! Very energetic, kind, and approachable. He checked on our table multiple times even when dinner was completely done and we were just hanging around. He even brought out ice-cream with a candle to celebrate our friends birthday. Food was great but the service provided by Peter definitely put our experience over the top. We ordered three rolls: Chirashi, Pod Lobster, and White Tiger...GREAT! The Mushroom & Sweet Pea Dumplings and Frosty Wagyu Fried Rice were excellent! The dumplings broke up a lot in the soy sauce so don't over dunk! It has more than enough flavor on its own and doesn't require any additive.
This is one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten at. The food is plentiful and tastes delicious. There is a wide variety of things to order depending on your likes. There is much vivid flavor and everything is cooked to perfection! The drinks were also amazing as I chose the green bubble tea which had tapioca pudding balls at the bottom. Not what I was expecting, but in a good way. As for the scenery, all of the lights and white interior gave it a modern and lively feel! I also love the idea of seating in pods which provides privacy but also allows you to experience the vibes of open dining. Overall though I would definitely give this restaurant 5 Stars!
I ordered the special lamb ribs at the suggestion of my server. They were very tough but had a good flavor. I requested a sharper knife which they did not have. I left half of the ribs since they were too tough to cut. Not impressed by this Starr restaurant.
Pod has some staying power, as it's been around in Philadelphia for a few decades. They have a terrific seafood purveyor, so their sushi is notably outstanding. The menu is creative and it's set up so that sharing is encouraged and made easy. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
We had great service from beginning to end! There were 5 of us, and were able to be seated in the pod up front. Awesome! The food was great, as usual! The only complaint, which has nothing to do with the service or food; is that the whole place needs to be scrubbed or honestly be given a face lift. This is one of the oldest Starr venues in the city. And still going strong! Please think about putting some money back into the place!
The ramen we ordered used more like a udon type noodle instead of actual ramen. Not sure if it's a fusion thing, but that wasn't exactly what we were looking for. The grilled chicken was decent, but it was in essence teriyaki chicken made to look fancy. Good modern ambience with Godzilla from a few decades ago playing on the muted screens, and great service. Wouldn't say the taste of food matched the price though, would give the restaurant higher stars if the pricing was down a notch.
Service is always impeccable at Stephen Starr restaurants! Our waiter was attentive and super personable! Food was good, though my burger was not medium rare (or close) but still juicy. Nix the "Swiss" cheese, calories you can't even taste. Hubby's salmon sushi was terrific. Bring back the Panko crusted pork and beef tenderloin with wasabi mash!
Food is mediocre at best. There are many sushi places in the city that are significantly cheaper and tastier. Pod still operates on the idea that it is 1998 and they are the only sushi restaurant in town. The decor simply doesn't have the appeal that it once did, yet they still are charging the same prices.
Pod has a cool futuristic vibe, with food and service that makes it more than just a visual trip. Despite all the visual flash of the restaurant, and a menu that seems slightly complicated (it is pan-Asian after all), all of the cocktails and dishes we tried were deliciously on-point and well balanced and our experience was one of absolute comfort.
The service was fantastic from start to finish, with one caveat: like many Starr restaurants on a busy weekend night, they repeatedly nudge you toward the door the second you let on that you are not ordering any more food or drinks. I expect that if I'm lingering on for 10+ minutes after settling the bill, but not 60 seconds after I set it down on the table, two sips into my dessert cocktail. And the restaurant was half empty at the time. Oh well, it didn't ruin the night.
I also need to mention that Pod handled our food accommodations extremely well. My wife has Celiac disease, which limits our dining options since a gluten free experience is not just a preference but a medical necessity. I usually put a note requesting a gluten free menu in with my Open Table reservation, but we often get a "deer in the headlights" look when we arrive and ask about the GF menu. Our dinner at Pod marks the first time when a restaurant was actually proactive and the maitre'd had the menu in hand when he greeted us.
Our waiter was very knowledgeable and accommodating, confirming all the GF choices as they were ordered. The food servers also announced her plates as GF as they arrived. This may sound trivial to some, but it is very comforting when you don't have to interrogate your servers to make sure you aren't going to get ill from a simple mix-up.
Couple the handling of the food allergy and the overall great service and outstanding food, and I can't wait to return, even if they do try to push me out the door at the end.
Dinner was very good - food was very good, and we were seated right away, which I appreciate when I've made a reservation. There was a large (unchaperoned) sweet sixteen party in the room in which we were seated - which was a big distraction (well, honestly - mostly to the couple seated directly next to them). The service was very friendly and accommodating, if not slightly amatuerish. She couldn't have been nicer - but her "learning curve" was evident.
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