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
Having been to Pod at least 8 times befo ...
Having been to Pod at least 8 times before it was refreshing to know that after about 5 yrs the dining experience was still outstanding. The waiter was very nice and helpful. The pace was spot on. Every dish we had was yummy. When the whole Bronzino fish special was grossly undercooked, the manager not only had a new one cooked but took it off our bill completely. The old liquid remedy drinks have been renamed but drinks were still top notch. Just a great choice for West Philly....AND kid friendly!
The service is superb. A group of friend ...
The service is superb. A group of friends have been coming to the Pod on a monthly basis for the past 4 months. Our server has been outstanding and extremely helpful. The food is fine, reasonably priced and served quickly (once all of us are there!). Summary: a really comfortable restaurant in the busy UPenn area, especially for a get-together lunch.
We went to Pod for my birthday dinner an ...
We went to Pod for my birthday dinner and everyone enjoyed their food. Sushi, apps, and entrees were good. Some portions were very small so be sure to ask your server of the dish is enough for a dinner portion. We enjoyed the crab fried rice, and shrimp tempura.
We go to POD every single time we visit ...
We go to POD every single time we visit Philadelphia- it's one of our favorite places for lunch. They have an extensive gluten free menu and gf soy sauce with many of the same items as on the regular menu. Being GF and vegetarian I really love having so many choices. The tofu lettuce wraps are delicious! The atmosphere is always very lively and the staff is helpful.
Great food and a close location for the ...
Great food and a close location for the University. Fun atmosphere. We loved the tofu noodles, the lettuce wraps are delicious and the best I have had. it was quiet enough for us to have a business lunch and be able to talk, most of the university wasn't back yet, but I did notice if we needed a quiet place we could sit in one of the "pods". I cant wait to go back and enjoy another lunch! Ps- great, clean and accommodating staff
We had a great dinner at Pod! The atmosp ...
We had a great dinner at Pod! The atmosphere is very new age- it is almost all white with colored lights that chance periodically. Very cool looking. We ordered several dishes to share. We had the chicken potstickers, Penn sushi roll, Caesar kale salad, beef skewers and macadamia chicken. It was all delicious!
Pod is always reliably good, with respec ...
Pod is always reliably good, with respect to food, service and ambiance. Only issue is it gets a little loud so go early if you want to hear every last word your dining partner(s) utter. Highly recommend their cocktails.
This was the second time there and it wa ...
This was the second time there and it was 9pm. The first time we were there we were 2h earlier. What a difference!
This time on the conveyor belt 2 or 3 lonely plates were cruising around. When we dared to take one we had a hard time to get the rolls off the plate. They must have been on there for quite some time.
There were quite a few waiters and not that many guests. And usually I don't complain about the service in the US, when it is not fast enough. But this time our waiter didn't show up for a long time after we came in.
So for the conveyor belt come early and make sure enough guests sitting on it.
The plates we ordered were very good.
this was probably my 5th or 6th time at ...
this was probably my 5th or 6th time at pod + it never disappoints! service was ok, we didn't see him much, but when he was around he was good. the menu is pretty reasonably priced but the portions are relatively small, we all finished our meals and definitely could've eaten more. atmosphere is so fun and the food is always yummy! other than portion size, no complaints here!
Chef Todd keeps a watchful eye on his ki ...
Chef Todd keeps a watchful eye on his kitchen staff making sure that everything brought to the table is perfectly prepared. The servers and chefs make sure that all foods served to my table are suitable for my many food allergies, making pod one of the only restaurants in the city that I can dine in safely. The new sushi chefs turn out the best and most beautiful sushi in philly. Food and service are consistently excellent.
The food was outstanding. we ordered six ...
The food was outstanding. we ordered six rolls between six of us and then appetizers which came out first. the service was sub par - I expect the server was not attentive because we weren't drinking alcohol and therefore he wasn't expecting a large tip. At one point a different server came over and started his spiel as if we had just sat down! However the ambiance was great and the food exceptional
I had clearly requested a table for two ...
I had clearly requested a table for two by the window, which was completely ignored. When I pointed out that I do not like to sit in the midst of the restaurant as the noise level is very high, the hostess was not even apologetic. It used to be that Pod would always honor the request. Is there new management? I had to make a suggestion that there are still tables by window. The attitude irked me. I also have "gluten free" in my record, yet had to ask for a gluten free menu and received the dinner one. Please improve service.
The food is enticing and mouth-watering. ...
The food is enticing and mouth-watering. Definitely try the Rock Shrimp Tempura, Wagyu Spare Ribs, or the Crib Fried Rice. The service was great as well as the Drinks. My overall experience was good and I plan to go back.
This was my first lunch at Pod (I had di ...
This was my first lunch at Pod (I had dinner there a few times before). The lunch is an excellent deal. We ordered a salad, garlic mushrooms and two sushi rolls, a perfect amount of food for 2, and all delicious! The service was fantastic. Highly recommended!
Staff were friendly and provided excelle ...
Staff were friendly and provided excellent service. Food is outstanding. My favorite had been the Pod Lobster rolls but now I have to add the Spice Crispy Tuna Rice to it my list - it is wonderful with the crunch of the fried (literally) rice and the creaminess of the tuna and then the kick of the small Serrano chili - it is a mouth full of fun! I also highly recommend the Blood Orange Sidecar (hennessy cognac, stirrings ginger liqueur, blood orange puree) if you like ginger and cognac. Also definitely worth trying is the Macadamia Chicken Stir-fry. Note the chicken is breaded which make it crispy and delicious but not weight conscious friendly. The Shrimp Pad Thai was also good - not too spicy which was good for my husband, it just had a nice bite to it. It is not inexpensive but it is worth the price. Order a couple of plates each and plan to share and you will probably have enough left over for lunch the next day which makes it more reasonable.
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