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
First time at POD-- food was very good-- Wagyu especially good. Sashimi very good. Was very very cold but they tried to adjust a little warmer. Chairs are plastic and not comfortable-- bring a small pillow to sit on or for your lower back. Service was excellent.
Overall we were pleasantly surprised and will go back.
We enjoyed our Dining Days dinner at Pod. Most of the food was very good, starting with a couple of excellent maki rolls, followed by lettuce leaves with chicken filling and broiled eggplant kebobs, both very good. The macadamia chicken dish was huge -- all chicken breast pieces in a good sauce and with plentiful nuts. When our pad thai came we were unable to eat it and took it home. We chose two desserts -- delicious brownies and a peculiar purple bread pudding. That was not so good. We had to wait a long time for the dessert, which is why I downgraded the service. But we enjoyed the meal, and we enjoyed the pad thai when we had it the next day for lunch.
While some of the food was spectacular ( namely, the penn roll, the jumbo California roll, pork steam buns and the chicken lettuce wraps) my main dish Macadamia Chicken was a little too basic for the price. Portion was reasonable but for the price, it tasted too much like my neighborhood takeout.
If you aren't sitting at the sushi bar or one of pod booths, the seating is horrible! I'm young and in shape, but my back is killing me from leaning over in those white chairs. Bit of a mood killer.
It was our anniversary, and very sweetly our sever out a sparkler in our desert. However, a different server delivered it and wished us a happy birthday.... The table next to us also celebrated an anniversary and their server (different than ours) gave them a free appetizer.
Overall, a pleasant experience and delicious food. Some hiccups in our overall service and experience that make this a tentative recommendation.
Pod's menu is incredible. I already want to go back to try all of the things I didn't get to order this time! The ambiance is really cool too. If you have a large group, you'll be able to sit in one of the "Pod" rooms. One note, and this could be a good or bad thing depending on who you are, the food comes out SO FAST. We couldn't believe how fast the food arrived. Within 5 minutes of ordering, our table was full of food (we ordered soup, a couple appetizers, and meals). So, we would have preferred to have our appetizers spaced out from our meals, but maybe some people would prefer to get it all at once.
I visited twice on my trip to Pennsylvania. Once was a nice quiet lunch where we received incredible service and delicious food. The second time was a busy dinner trip and the atmosphere was very different. It was really loud and not quite as good service but still worth the trip. I'm always impressed when a restaurant that has an entire gluten-free menu. The atmosphere is funky and fun but that doesn't make for the best seating if you have a bad back. Other than the seating comfort I'd have no complaints. Every single thing we ordered was perfection.
My boyfriend and I went to Pod with our friends as a double date! The atmosphere is so cool and futuristic with everything being white and sleek. Ive been before but my boyfriend hasn't and he loved it! Every was absolutely delicious! We got 4 sushi rolls, a few small plates, and a bowl of the truffle fried rice. Now we can't wait to go back!
This is a restaurant that must be visited many times because there are too many delicious choices! We especially loved the crab fried rice, the eggplant with walnuts, and the tempura zucchini special. The cocktails are delicious! And it's a great room. Will return!
Fun spot on campus. Edamame portion was enormous! Leftovers for our party of 3. Chicken Lettuce wraps delicious as was the signature crunchy tuna roll. Shrimp Kung Pao, Waygu beef seared on rocks tableside and chicken lo mein...all winners. FUN atmosphere and knowledgable staff. Make a reservation and ask for one of the private dining pods!
Food was great. We shared the small plates amongst four of us and there were plenty of delicious options. I felt full just from the appetizers. Felt like I was able to sample the best of everything there. The bar drinks were great and we arrived just in time to catch the half priced specialty drinks at happy hour. I would love to come back and sit in one of the two large pods that have customizable light colors.
Pod has some of the best sushi in Philadelphia. The rolls are creative and are also made with super fresh fish. I have been here twice and loved it both times. However Pod is very expensive. It is tucked away by a hotel so maybe they get a lot of tourist guests, but it is in the area by Penn's campus with a bunch of college kids, so the prices for the area are high in my opinion. I got a glass of champagne and two sushi rolls on the lesser expensive side of the menu and it was 50$ including the tip. For this reason, save Pod for a night you want to splurge. The atmosphere is one of the best things about Pod, it is really futuristic with multi colored lights and all white furniture, floors and walls. I like to come here late at night and dressed up, it feels like a special occasion!
Our server Peter was wonderful!!! The atmosphere was nice for celebrating my son's graduation. After lunch Peter brought out a surprise dessert to make my son feel extremely special. Greatly appreciated! The food was great and everyone enjoyed their selections. The only dish I would recommend adjusting a bit is the rock shrimp. I always order the rock shrimp at Pod and normally receive a very nice portion. This time I was disappointed with how small the portion was. Again, I have dined at Pod many times and have a certain expectation when ordering this dish. I hope next time it will be up to the normal standard. Overall the experience was very enjoyable.
Great find! We were visiting Philly and googling places to eat. Cool atmosphere, low light, creative decor, felt like we were in the future ha! Food was amazing and our server was helpful with reccomendatuons. Would definitely go back at a future visit to Philly!
Went to Pod as a last minute decision (left an event in S Philly early) - and we couldn't have been happier with our choice! We had the Calamari Salad (our favorite thing), Lobster & Pekin Duck Fried Rice, the Pod Lobster roll and 1 specialty roll - which was created just for us - which we thought was great on a busy Saturday night. With the exception of dessert which was super bad (blueberry bread pudding) - everything was outstanding - including the service. Highly recommended.
Over all excellence of the place and food was almost ruined by the choice and level of the music. WAY too loud and too hip for the Sunday dinner crowd. OK at Martini or other more "hip" Starr places, not here. I was with only two other people and could barely hear them, even with great effort.
Food and service were great. Thien was our server and really appreciate his commitment to making sure we were taken care of. My big issue is the atmosphere. I felt like I was eating Mother's Day meal with my family at Disneyworld. Over the top loud and modern
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