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
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.
The ambience was modern and enjoyable. T ...
The ambience was modern and enjoyable. The pods are not easy to reserve and seemed only available for large groups. The sushi and the dinner was good but the restaurant as a whole for me was a one time experience. Felt like a tourist trap. A good hot spot for cocktails to try especially while vacationing.
This is my third time at Pod and it did ...
This is my third time at Pod and it did not disappoint. The Pod lobster roll is one of my favorite dishes and it was as good as I remembered. Definitely (for me at least) worth the price. Pod is on the expensive side but the food is excellent and the service was extremely good. I would recommend trying a couple of dishes each and sharing and then taking home leftovers.
We were not impressed by a recent mid-we ...
We were not impressed by a recent mid-week dinner here. We were seated in the near-empty restaurant for our 6 p.m. reservation, and minutes later a couple was seated immediately next to us -- when the whole restaurant was open. When we objected (POD's seating is very close), the manager initially resisted, but then moved our table. Service was very rushed -- wanting to clear plates too soon (again, the restaurant was empty; it's not as if they needed the table), hovering rather than letting us simply dine and talk. All in all, not a terribly pleasant experience.
I thought the service was ok... didn't r ...
I thought the service was ok... didn't really make me feel special when it came to my birthday... felt rushed to order and couldn't understand the menu that well depended on friends for food choices and would've thought the waitress would've been more helpful... also couldn't understand why they were charging me for cupcakes that I wanted to disperse among my friends cup cakes that I brought that were already prepared cup cakes that didn't require any cutting or prep work from the chef or the restaurant but yet they were charging my $3 dollars per person for each cupcake they had to simply hand out thought it was really inconsiderate and greedy! Was not pleased with the service especially since it was my birthday would go on for a regular dinner but not for a special occasion. .. the prices for the food however was good.
Pod is a great spot located near the Uni ...
Pod is a great spot located near the University area of Philadelphia. The food is consistent. The service is always very good. It's slightly on the pricey size, but worth it because of knowing what you're going to get.
Yellowtail served with blood lines still ...
Yellowtail served with blood lines still on the fish. Prices of sake on the wine list did not include bottle prices--we ordered a $38.00 sake, got charged $70.00, waitress never told us the $38 price was for a carafe. (Restaurant did adjust our bill.) Sushi tasted like it came from a supermarket in a plastic tray. Miso was good and the oh toro was terrific, even if way overpriced. Hostess tried hard to make it good.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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