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 selected and visited the Pod twice, b ...
I selected and visited the Pod twice, both were birthday occasions. I experienced the Pod table and the open table; both were very nice and the abeyance was relaxing. I prefer the pods more due to more privacy as well as the light settings.
Old Starr Veteran server and loyalist. ...
Old Starr Veteran server and loyalist.
4 years at pod.
I miss the old direction of the menu when Schulson and Zama were in control. Shocked you removed the Wasabi Crusted Filet..I believe that was a staple and consistent. Same as Buddakan, why have the ponzu chicken and AC but not in Philly?
Regardless, food was outstanding still and our service from Davonte was outstanding as well. We will be asking for him again.
When your server states that that food c ...
When your server states that that food comes out as it's ready, be sure to request that some attention to timing be paid, before delivering it to your table. There is no reason one guest should receive all of what they ordered in a span of 4 minutes, before the rest receive even an appetizer. For those prices and for that brand, the server should not take for granted that that approach always works.
We've dined at Pod on several occasions ...
We've dined at Pod on several occasions especially for celebrations and anniversaries. On this visit the food was good as usual, especially the robata grill. The only issue we had was that the New York strip steak did not come with the potatoes as promised on the menu. Instead it came with rice which was disappointing. Also the steak was not seasoned well. Still love Pod but was a bit taken aback by the rice with the steak which we felt was an odd combination and we left leaving like we were grossly overcharged for the dish.
The menu already looked great online, an ...
The menu already looked great online, and the taste of the food itself exceeded even our high expectations. Our group ordered a lot of different dishes to share for the table, including desserts, and we were not disappointed in a single one, from rice dishes to salads to dumplings. The drinks and desserts were delicious too, and all very creative. The staff were friendly and helpful at all times. The decor was great too, with the space age-y pod theme, although the bathrooms were a little too weird for my taste (but that's a very minor point that did not detract from the overall experience). I didn't mark "outstanding" for value because it's not that kind of restaurant and it wasn't cheap, but it was really a pleasure to dine there and I hope I will get the chance to do so again.
This was an excellent experience. The at ...
This was an excellent experience. The atmosphere was outstanding and our waiter was very conscientious of everything and anything. I surprisingly enjoyed the quirky Godzilla movies and the futuristic vibes made it fun.
Always Delicious! Had dinner last week-e ...
Always Delicious! Had dinner last week-end while visiting our son for Parents Week-end. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu. Each dish was delicious. The menu is varied so it suits our dietary needs...vegetarian and carnivore. Highly recommend eating at Pod.
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