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 - 11:00pm
Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am
Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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.
Jason Simkins (GM), Todd Lean (Executive Chef)
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, 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
Pod is always good. Just disappointed, I asked for Pod when I made the reservations for a 21st birthday. When I got there they seated us at a table. Said available Pod was rented out. This was a Sunday night at 5:00, was there for 2 hours and the Pod was never occupied. Not the first time I requested and didn't get a Pod.
Interesting space with an industrial feel! The service was terrific. The food was very good. I like the moving sushi bar -- I have a feeling that would be a lot busier on the weekend. I ate here on a Tuesday evening and that part of the restaurant was not busy at all. I ordered sashimi. It was beautiful and delicious, but very sparse portion-size wise. The asparagus was very very good.
The food was delicious and the service quite good as expected at a Starr restaurant. My only complaint was that we came to the restaurant to celebrate our daughter's birthday and she was given a bouquet of flowers as gift outside the restaurant. We asked for a vase to put them in, and neither the hostess or waiter were willing to help us out. I ended up having to walk out to my car in the light rain to put them in the trunk. I have never encountered this situation before. It was really quite an unpleasant way to start the meal.
We went to celebrate our sons 7th bday. They wouldn't give us a POD. There was a sticker on my food when I went to eat my salad. I had to ask for a dessert menu 3 times.
Server never brought me a plate after my salad plate was taken. Dessert wasn't very good for kids.
Very cool restaurant, especially the 2 eating pods bathed in colored light. Fun, energetic and young. Great bar. Excellent food - papaya salad, fantastic miso soup, shrimp, wasabi fried rice, sushi. Only thing not excellent was sashimi - good, but could be higher quality. Excellent service. Fun!
Wonderful dinner at Pod in Philadelphia. The futuristic atmosphere is fun and interesting.
We ordered sushi and several dim sum dishes including Tempura Shrimp, Pork Dumplings, and Grilled Yellowtail. Everything was delicious and the servings were quite large. We just added some white rice and had a complete meal. I will definitely go back the next time I'm in Philly.
We visited Pod to celebrate a family birthday. We were lucky enough to sit in a "pod" which added to the fun.
The food was amazing. Each dish was unique and bursting with flavor. The service was attentive and friendly. And oh, the fluffernutter! We will be back! Thank you Pod for a memorable evening!
Food was good. Our server was a little over enthusiastic (intrusive). She meant well but kept asking us if we wanted to order, are we ready yet, etc. until we finally capitulated. It was not busy, and we just wanted to chill and take our time. Food was very good but my entree (scallops) was a bit skimpy. I would have been grateful for a complimentary dinner roll or lettuce leaf!
This is my third time coming to Pod and I don't think I'll get the ramen anymore. I've had the spicy beef ramen before, but this past experience was horrible. The noodles weren't cooked properly and the broth was so salty that it was almost unbearable. The beef was also very gritty this time.
Date night for us, a young married couple went great at Pod! Only recommendation : some of the chairs (all white) were dirty st the base of them, and it really detracts from the otherwise pristine restaurant. Also, the water in both bathrooms that my wife and I used didn't work - which we didn't find out until we had soap in our hands. Those are my only two complaints.
The food is great (the peanut butter and fluff rolls were out of this world!), and I always love coming here.
Enjoyed POD as a place that we never would have found without googling for something different. The sushi we had (Shrimp Tempura) had a mustard aioli sauce that the kids didn't like, they wanted the usual sauce you'd get with tempura at the local restaurants. same with the crab spring roll, it was all real lump crab, no filler. I LOVED, kids, wanted some fillers, ha ha!! Loved the specialty drinks. Vanilla Ginger (forget exact name) Mocktail for them, one with rum for me, was delicious. Next time, I want to sit in a pod :).
We loved the food and eventually the ambiance. Regrettably we were seated near the kitchen and had to ask for a new table as this was a special occasion with a client.
When ample tables are open, no guest should be placed in the back of a restaurant. It was a careless and thoughtless misstep. However, our luncheon meals were exceptional.
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