Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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
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 great, water (if not bottled) tastes like water from a gym pool - disgusting. Kind of set the tone for the rest of the night because you wouldn't want to take a drink when you needed it. Bathrooms gross. And the tables on the floor are way too close together.
A fun place to dine. Food was terrific and there was something for everyone including the vegan in our group of five. Service was superb -- friendly and attentive without being intrusive and cloying. Definitely on the noisy side; next time we'll try to get a table in a "pod."
While I love the atmosphere, drinks & food it can be a bit pricy. We ordered several items to share one of them being the Wagyu Beef. It was literally 3 bite-sized pieces for $18. That's a bit much. Drinks are delicious & it's a great atmosphere so I can overlook the pricing in favor of these things. The Robata items are delicious but again, two pieces of shrimp for $14. There are several other items on the menu that are teasonably priced and the food really is delicious!
Staff was great and accommodating from the hostess, bartender, to the waitress. We were running late, I called in, and the hostess was very kind to keep our reservation. I was worried because I had not been there in so many years, but it was still delicious with a fun trendy environment. Worth it for the special occasion. Thank you POD!
Food has changed. Chic wraps consistent. Very good. Drinks very good , dessert poor. The egg roll peanut choc is not half as good as the previous. Taste like cheaper ingredients added instead of fine dark choc and filling needs to be better.
Very nice dinner enjoyed by my daughter and me
The food was as good as always, but I find the service frustrating. I have been going to Pod for years and know that you cannot reserve the pods, the are first come first serve. I did put a note in the reservation that it would be great if we could have one if possible because we had special guest. I was quite excited when I arrived to see 2 of the pods were empty! Since we had a special guest visiting this makes the meal much nicer and it is a lot quieter and easier for everyone to be part of the conversation. However, when I asked about the pod, the hostess said they were reserved!! Again, for YEARS the restaurant has said they are not able to reserve the Pods. I have also been there at odd times (e.g., a late lunch at 2pm) when the restaurant is empty and not been allowed to sit in the pod "because we didn't have the minimum number of people." So it is very frustrating that the "reserved pods" had only 3-4 guests in them (below the required number) during the whole time we were dining there.
I was less than impressed with the food. It's pretty basic but comes at a high price tag. The dishes are plated on high plates and brought out all at once which meant we couldn't fit the 2 sides and 2 main dishes we got on our table. That made it uncomfortable to eat.
Philly's food scene includes some excellent places with a lower price tag.
Have not been here for a great while. We were going to a 7pm jazz show at Annenberg and Pod was convenient. Perhaps we should have had sushi! Instead, we ate Aisian dishes. Everything besides the endomomme had too much salt and grease. Not the quality we'd expect from a Starr restaurant. More like food from a Chinese truck. The cocktails were great but pricey, and the service was fine. We won't be back for dinner.
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