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 - 11:00pm; Friday: 11:30am - 12:00pm; Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm; 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
Very Fun, Supper yummy, I am ready to go ...
Very Fun, Supper yummy, I am ready to go back. The specialty drinks alcoholic and non-alcoholic were great!
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.
See previous review, as I left one the other day********
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.
Have been to Pod many times and we are N ...
Have been to Pod many times and we are NEVER disappointed. Funky, cool and the food is great.
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.
Enjoyable spot for a group dinner.
Enjoyable spot for a group dinner.
Love this place
My only knock is that the tables are a bit small and make for a tight squeeze when multiple plates are on the table at once. Other than that, this place is amazing!
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!
Food was outstanding, service equally go ...
Food was outstanding, service equally good. The only issue is that the place was so loud (we were seated in the back room) that we couldn't even hear ourselves talk.
we had been here in a few years food and ...
we had been here in a few years food and was happy to find that the food was still delicious and the service was superb
Solid food and outdated decor
The dim sum menu was the highlight. Pork buns, ribs, crunchy rice with tuna, Kobe beef were on point. Ramen was just okay. Cocktail was just okay. Stick with wine and beer. Decor is outdated but was probably once pretty cool. Good location before a show at world cafe.
Restaurant is worn and torn!
The staff was great and the menu is fun and interesting, but the restaurant interior has seen better days. It is past looking well loved and now is dingy. The ambiance was always part of the fun dining experience there, but it is hard to look past the worn out look to it. Hope Starr makes the investment and rehabs it!
Good sushi and sake
Love the sushi conveyor belt! Our server was out of this world,was super knowledgeable and on the ball
I absolutely love POD, it was my date's first time. He was so impressed by the attentive staff, the ambiance, and the food he had little to say to me!
We got free sushi whooop
We got free sushi whooop
good Asian dishes especially spicy tuna ...
good Asian dishes especially spicy tuna roll, but far too expensive
Service was outstanding!
Our waiter was excellent. The manager even came over to see if we were ok. Very nice food was great. Crab fried rice was great.
This was our 3rd time here and it's alwa ...
This was our 3rd time here and it's always a good ambiance and the drinks are good, but the food was supra ingot filling. The pork potstickers dim sum was a little bland and the chicken wonton ramen was good, but the kale and seaweed (nori) added didn't seem to fit the dish as I had thought. I would stick to the sushi.
I went here for my birthday dinner and was expecting it to be similar to Buddakan. Well it was nothing like it the food was average and nothing special. It was also way overpriced. Drinks were okay. I wouldn't go back or recommend this place to anyone. Our server was good but besides that it was not impressive for a STARR restaurant.
Unique atmosphere and great service
The experience in the "POD" is fun, although if you want to really appreciate the food, a seat at the sushi bar might be the best bet.
Pod remains a singular and fulfilling di ...
Pod remains a singular and fulfilling dining experience. From the futuristic decor to the absolutely perfect service and of course the amazing and interesting food, I would highly recommend the experience. Expensive and worth it.
Great food but dated decor
The overall décor of Pod is creative but it doesn't look as if much has been put into keeping up the appearance lately. We went with a group of 5 and ordered tapas style, which I would highly recommend. The dumplings and sushi were great but I would definitely go back for the Korean rice (I can't recall the name but it's the only one with kimchee in it). I had the best Blood Orange Side Car (actually, I had 3!) ever there. For the prices they charge I would have expected more investment in the ambience and décor.
Great special occasion lunch spot!
Pod always delivers when it comes to presentation and quality. I am a repeat customer and always look forward to my next meal at Pod.
Love Pod. Space the food out.
We love Pod. The food is great, innovative, good tastes. What we don't like is that is all comes out at once. We get a dish and are enjoying it and three more come. We stop eating, juggle plates and space. And our waiter said he would space it out for us. We wanted the soup special first and it came next to last. THere were plenty of tables....we all felt rushed.
One of my favorites!
Pod is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in the city. We have been going for over a decade, and the food is always consistent and delicious. Whether you crave sushi or asian fusion which includes japanese, thai, and chinese inspired dishes, you will find something for everyone. I most recommend this with a group (4+ people) because it is a bit on the pricey side if you order for two, but dishes are large enough to share and with a group you get to taste a variety of flavors for a reasonable price! My favorites include the asian ceasar salad, chicken lettuce wraps, spicy tuna crispy rice, and all of the fried rices. The sea bass and macadamia chicken stir fry are also delicious. Fluffer nutter springs rolls are insane - melted marshmallow and peanut butter in a fried spring roll wrapper. Specialty cocktails are also delicious. My only complaint would be the ambiance, the futuristic vibe is a bit strange and not particularly welcoming, but the food more than makes up for it.
The atmosphere was nice and modern. Very open. Which when it filled up made it a bit loud. But the tables were nicely spaces so you did not feel on top of your neighbor and they were prompt but didn't rush you at all. The food was excellent and a lot. Certainly not precious. We ordered one entree a piece and had half of it left over. Wide variety of noodles,beef, fish and chicken sushi. If you like asian food there is a good range. Very nice. Would really recommend.
Everything was excellent. Our server Zac ...
Everything was excellent. Our server Zack was great and very knowledgeable. My wife and I both had the wassibi crusted filet mignon and the temperature was perfect on both. I would highly recommend the Pod.
POD never disappoints
Still the same excellent sushi and sides, consistently excellent, even if very salty, but that's sushi, etc...
Fun night ---food was very good---servic ...
Fun night ---food was very good---service was great---but was a pit pricey for small plates---would definitely go back or recommend to a friend---the place was alive!
Pod is one of my all-time favorite place ...
Pod is one of my all-time favorite places. Always a wonderful dining experience.
Pod Birthday Dinner
Staff did a good job seating us where our kids would not be in the way of other patrons, gave us some relief from worrying about them (even though they behaved great). Also added a sparkler to the birthday girl's dessert, nice touch. Enjoyed the atmosphere and the entrees and appetizers, would recommend.
Ashley was exceptional
On Friday, March 4, 2016, I dined with Ashley as my server. The manage zoned in her section was very helpful in accommodating my party to a more preferred table. Although we were moved, we were lucky enough to still experience Ashley as our server. She was very knowledgeable of the menu and helpful in making decisions on what to enjoy. Ashley was very attentive during our time with her. We never had to ask for a refile; our cups were always full. Her timing was very synchronized with the flow of our dinning style. For example, during each course our pates never sat for a long time after we were done enjoying what was plated on them. Despite the fact it was a typical busy Friday night, we felt as if we were her only table. Quality customer service such as this is hard to find at restaurants! My next visit to Pod, I'll be sure to ask for Ashley! I suggest you do the same. She will be sure to make sure you are well taken care of, which in my book is always a great way to capitalizes a great dinning experience!!!
Outstanding Pan-Asian Restaurant in Univ. City
I am always amazed, as a foodie, New Yorker, how good and diverse the restaurants are in Philadelphia and Pod is no exception. We were in town, visiting U. Penn with my son and Pod was recommended to us by a friend. We had no idea the restaurant was literally right next door to our hotel at the Inn at Penn which made it that much more convenient. The food was excellent, our server (a Penn student) was helpful with the varied choice menu, all of our selections were delicious and the ambiance was upbeat and energetic without being too loud. I hope my son goes to Penn just so I can go back to Pod!
Still a Philly fav after all of these years.
10 years ago it was impossible for me to find Japanese food and ambience this inventive in Philadelphia. Now I can find menus like this (kind of) in burbs but not the total package that Pod offers in terms of food, drink, service and ambience.
Transport yourself back into the totally "Mod" 70's and then treat yourself to delicious and innovative sushi and Asian inspired specials. The cocktails are innovative and delicious, the service is excellent and the food is fresh and inspired. Try the chef's mochi tasting for dessert. We were totally in love with the place by the time we left!
Haven't missed a dinner at Pod for a Pen ...
Haven't missed a dinner at Pod for a Penn visit. It's great.
Great place overall and fantastic food! ...
Great place overall and fantastic food! Service could have been a bit more attentive... Food came out to each of us (six in total) at different times with one particularly late. (They delivered late the wrong order and then had to wait more for the correct order. I have made the manager aware, politely, and while did not ask manager did not offer to remedy in some for for the inconvenience. But we did like it and realized it was very, very busy we are definitely giving it another chance. Ambience and food are just great.
I loved the feel of it and the staff was very friendly. It was perfect- exactly what I was looking for. So glad we went!
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