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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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
We love coming here . Your California ro ...
We love coming here . Your California roll and shrimp tempura roll are the best I ever had.
Wonderful food and service, and specialt ...
Wonderful food and service, and specialty cocktails are outstanding. Although a little pricey, it is good value
Have enjoyed Pod since it opened and wou ...
Have enjoyed Pod since it opened and would like to see a few of the old time favorites back on the menu. Still find it to be a terrific experience.
A very good luncheon restaurant, good se ...
A very good luncheon restaurant, good service and pleasant ambiance.
Horrible service -- untrained waiter, wr ...
Horrible service -- untrained waiter, wrong dish and then correct one brought in last moment -- too late. I bring in my students groups, always ask for pod almost never obliged.
One of the best places to find Sushi in ...
One of the best places to find Sushi in the city. Can not wait to return as the staff was very attentive throughout the entire night, Thanks!
Thank you for making my 30th birthday sp ...
Thank you for making my 30th birthday special. Tyler was great!!
Chef Todd is passionate about the food t ...
Chef Todd is passionate about the food that comes out of his kitchen. It is always cooked perfectly and beautifully presented. Service is attentive without being obtrusive. We celebrated our anniversary and were given a quiet table as requested. Thanks for always going the extra mile to make sure my food allergies are remembered and substitutions are made to allow me to have a variety of choices.
I have never been disappointed at Pod.. Every meal there is wonderful!
Perfect!! Pod rocks
Perfect!! Pod rocks
Alway enjoy my time at Pod. Great to get together with friends. Really appreciate that the menu is vegan friendly and even can work with someone who is gluten free. My daughter is vegan and loves it. I even went with a friend who is very particular and definitely not a "foodie" and Pod was able to come up with something for her. On the most recent visit, stayed talking with friends way beyond dinner was over and no rush for us to leave. Service is always friendly and never rushed.
Pod has been in business for over 20 yea ...
Pod has been in business for over 20 years. Not once has their food slacked off. Me and my boyfriend went for our anniversary and ordered the chicken potstickers, spicy tuna roll and wasabi crusted filet mignon. All were incredible. Will definitely come back.
Wow, don't miss out on this experience! ...
Wow, don't miss out on this experience! The food is spectacular, and if you don't like sushi, don't worry, there are plenty of other mouthwatering items on the menu, like the ribs that fall off the bone, yum!! If dinner wasn't good enough, the fluffernutter and peanut butter spring rolls with dipping chocolate for dessert certainly topped the night off!! The restaurant itself is also very cool, with a very unique layout. You definitely feel like you had an "experience", not just a regular dinner by the time you leave. Service was also excellent, would highly recommend!!
Once again, we had an excellent dinner a ...
Once again, we had an excellent dinner at pod. Chef Todd was at the top of his game, as usual. We had two dinner specials that were delicious and beautifully prepared. The soft shell crabs were crispy and meaty! The new sushi chef is serving imaginative and exquisite new rolls. All of my food allergies were handled by altering ingredients slightly without compromising taste. We will be back soon!
Very Fun, Supper yummy, I am ready to go ...
Very Fun, Supper yummy, I am ready to go back. The specialty drinks alcoholic and non-alcoholic were great!
Best sushi I've ever had! The fish was S ...
Best sushi I've ever had! The fish was SO fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. Full menu for the non-sushi eaters. Very modern decor, which doesn't fit with sushi but it was unique! Highly recommend this restaurant if you're on U Penn or Drexel campuses.
See previous review, as I left one the other day********
George Jetson's home
Have been going here for years & love it's 60's jet age decor complete w/ Japanese super hero & Manga movies on the TV screen. Asian w/ a twist like their Kobe wasabi beef burger or fried chicken sandwich for lunch. Have been for lunch & dinner w/ business clients & everyone hands down wants to go to POD. Excellent, attentive & knowledgeable service. They also cater to special food needs for people w/ certain food allergies. Not to be issed.
Have been to Pod many times and we are N ...
Have been to Pod many times and we are NEVER disappointed. Funky, cool and the food is great.
Service was what you'd expect from disin ...
Service was what you'd expect from disinterested college students. I had really high expectations about going to this place based on the pictures. Had been trying to get there for about a year. Will probably never go back. Let me list the reasons why. Couldn't hear the waitress and she always picked the worst moment to ask if we needed anything. Felt like our conversation was being interrupted. Could hardly understand her. Forgot condiments for the table. Order two espressos for dessert and the came out two different colors and with different amounts in each cup. When I told the person that delivered our dessert he seem ed REALLY disinterested. I really doubt I'll go out of my way for this place and I love Sushi. Studied for years at Drexel and really want ed to like this place. Hire professionals for such a place. Not just anyone wanting a job.
This place is all right. The sushi dishe ...
This place is all right. The sushi dishes are actually quite good though quite expensive, but the dishes from the grill side are a hit or miss. The #1 tea duck is quite good, although for $27 sadly you don't get more than just 8 slices of duck. The mushroom ramen is not that good, so I would steer away from that. Overall, the food is fine but not worth the expense.
Enjoyable spot for a group dinner.
Enjoyable spot for a group dinner.
Love this place
My only knock is that the tables are a bit small and make for a tight squeeze when multiple plates are on the table at once. Other than that, this place is amazing!
Mother's Day Pod visit
My family took me to dinner at Pod on Mothers Day. We were fortunate enough to score one of the round and colorful dining pods. My son enjoyed changing the colors of our Pod throughout the meal. The sushi was very fresh and the dim sum selections are creative and tasty. We partook of the extensive sake list and were disappointed. A very unexpected and enjoyable dining experience!
Food was outstanding, service equally go ...
Food was outstanding, service equally good. The only issue is that the place was so loud (we were seated in the back room) that we couldn't even hear ourselves talk.
we had been here in a few years food and ...
we had been here in a few years food and was happy to find that the food was still delicious and the service was superb
Solid food and outdated decor
The dim sum menu was the highlight. Pork buns, ribs, crunchy rice with tuna, Kobe beef were on point. Ramen was just okay. Cocktail was just okay. Stick with wine and beer. Decor is outdated but was probably once pretty cool. Good location before a show at world cafe.
Restaurant is worn and torn!
The staff was great and the menu is fun and interesting, but the restaurant interior has seen better days. It is past looking well loved and now is dingy. The ambiance was always part of the fun dining experience there, but it is hard to look past the worn out look to it. Hope Starr makes the investment and rehabs it!
Good sushi and sake
Love the sushi conveyor belt! Our server was out of this world,was super knowledgeable and on the ball
I absolutely love POD, it was my date's first time. He was so impressed by the attentive staff, the ambiance, and the food he had little to say to me!
We got free sushi whooop
We got free sushi whooop
good Asian dishes especially spicy tuna ...
good Asian dishes especially spicy tuna roll, but far too expensive
Service was outstanding!
Our waiter was excellent. The manager even came over to see if we were ok. Very nice food was great. Crab fried rice was great.
This was our 3rd time here and it's alwa ...
This was our 3rd time here and it's always a good ambiance and the drinks are good, but the food was supra ingot filling. The pork potstickers dim sum was a little bland and the chicken wonton ramen was good, but the kale and seaweed (nori) added didn't seem to fit the dish as I had thought. I would stick to the sushi.
I went here for my birthday dinner and was expecting it to be similar to Buddakan. Well it was nothing like it the food was average and nothing special. It was also way overpriced. Drinks were okay. I wouldn't go back or recommend this place to anyone. Our server was good but besides that it was not impressive for a STARR restaurant.
Unique atmosphere and great service
The experience in the "POD" is fun, although if you want to really appreciate the food, a seat at the sushi bar might be the best bet.
Pod remains a singular and fulfilling di ...
Pod remains a singular and fulfilling dining experience. From the futuristic decor to the absolutely perfect service and of course the amazing and interesting food, I would highly recommend the experience. Expensive and worth it.
Great food but dated decor
The overall décor of Pod is creative but it doesn't look as if much has been put into keeping up the appearance lately. We went with a group of 5 and ordered tapas style, which I would highly recommend. The dumplings and sushi were great but I would definitely go back for the Korean rice (I can't recall the name but it's the only one with kimchee in it). I had the best Blood Orange Side Car (actually, I had 3!) ever there. For the prices they charge I would have expected more investment in the ambience and décor.
Great special occasion lunch spot!
Pod always delivers when it comes to presentation and quality. I am a repeat customer and always look forward to my next meal at Pod.
Love Pod. Space the food out.
We love Pod. The food is great, innovative, good tastes. What we don't like is that is all comes out at once. We get a dish and are enjoying it and three more come. We stop eating, juggle plates and space. And our waiter said he would space it out for us. We wanted the soup special first and it came next to last. THere were plenty of tables....we all felt rushed.
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