Nearby points of interest
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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."
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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
It would've been a much nicer experience if it was cleaner here. Our reservation was at 5:00 so we got there right when Pod opened, but the restroom looked as dirty as if it was 2:00 a.m.! At night everything looks pretty, but unfortunately it's not a very pretty sight when you can actually see how dirty the floors, chairs, and curtains are 😖
Ever since we tried Pod, we don't want to go anywhere else. Can't say enough good things about the super cool decor and food here. We love that the menu has a variety of sushi, specialty rolls, dim sum, and other entrees for any mood. The Pod Lobster roll is out of this world. Servers are always professional, friendly, and willing to give good recommendations.
The premiere sushi restaurant in University City. Very interesting decor and excellent quality, friendly staff and prompt service, this is THE restaurant to go to if you want sushi or Asian cuisine. Just beware though, be prepared to have your check easily reach $100 for two people with drinks and a sushi platter.
The menu was interesting but actual food was not really that tasty. Our faves were the crab roll and the shrimp tempura with pineapple . Mushroom ramen was bland. Salted caramel cake was very good. The atmosphere is fun and thumping music makes it feel hip. Definitely needs a decor refresh asap though. Bathrooms were really yucky and not maintained. Wouldn't return.
I was pleasantly surprised at the ambiance when I walked through the door it reminded me of a futuristic movie I saw once,the service was excellent everyone was so very nice our food came out quickly,it was very clean in the bathroom (very important)I will be coming back to this restaurant very soon I'm thinking of having an after-work party within the next few weeks.
Had another excellent dinner at POD as usual! Had a party of 4, 2 of whom had never been to POD before and they were very impressed. Friendly servers and decently affordable menu, especially if you skip the cocktails. Everyone at the table loved the tempura rock shrimp. As a regular, I would love to see the wasabi filet mignon back on the menu though!
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.
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