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
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.
Chosen by our 17 year old birthday celeb ...
Chosen by our 17 year old birthday celebration with our family and 4 teen girlfriends. Was really just the right balance of eye candy, great service and great Budakhan-like menu. Sitting in our psychedelic pod, with changing colored lights, the girls were all about selfies and Instagram when not sharing the family style treats. Sharing all dishes, we enjoyed the rock shrimp, steak, chicken stir fry and sushi rolls among others. Our server was spot on for our group, and insisted on s'more egg rolls as a surprise to highlight the birthday girl before we left. Was not fully sure when booking, but it definitely fit the bill.
I was there on a business lunch and we h ...
I was there on a business lunch and we had about 90 minutes to get in and out. We arrived just before 1 and it took the entire time to get our food out. Our waitress never checked to refill our drinks, didn't bring ginger, wasabi, etc. with the sushi...and we had to chase her down for everything, including the bill.
The food was lovely, especially the asparagus, which I would eat every day if I had the chance.
Having been to Pod at least 8 times befo ...
Having been to Pod at least 8 times before it was refreshing to know that after about 5 yrs the dining experience was still outstanding. The waiter was very nice and helpful. The pace was spot on. Every dish we had was yummy. When the whole Bronzino fish special was grossly undercooked, the manager not only had a new one cooked but took it off our bill completely. The old liquid remedy drinks have been renamed but drinks were still top notch. Just a great choice for West Philly....AND kid friendly!
The service is superb. A group of friend ...
The service is superb. A group of friends have been coming to the Pod on a monthly basis for the past 4 months. Our server has been outstanding and extremely helpful. The food is fine, reasonably priced and served quickly (once all of us are there!). Summary: a really comfortable restaurant in the busy UPenn area, especially for a get-together lunch.
We went to Pod for my birthday dinner an ...
We went to Pod for my birthday dinner and everyone enjoyed their food. Sushi, apps, and entrees were good. Some portions were very small so be sure to ask your server of the dish is enough for a dinner portion. We enjoyed the crab fried rice, and shrimp tempura.
We go to POD every single time we visit ...
We go to POD every single time we visit Philadelphia- it's one of our favorite places for lunch. They have an extensive gluten free menu and gf soy sauce with many of the same items as on the regular menu. Being GF and vegetarian I really love having so many choices. The tofu lettuce wraps are delicious! The atmosphere is always very lively and the staff is helpful.
Great food and a close location for the ...
Great food and a close location for the University. Fun atmosphere. We loved the tofu noodles, the lettuce wraps are delicious and the best I have had. it was quiet enough for us to have a business lunch and be able to talk, most of the university wasn't back yet, but I did notice if we needed a quiet place we could sit in one of the "pods". I cant wait to go back and enjoy another lunch! Ps- great, clean and accommodating staff
We had a great dinner at Pod! The atmosp ...
We had a great dinner at Pod! The atmosphere is very new age- it is almost all white with colored lights that chance periodically. Very cool looking. We ordered several dishes to share. We had the chicken potstickers, Penn sushi roll, Caesar kale salad, beef skewers and macadamia chicken. It was all delicious!
Pod is always reliably good, with respec ...
Pod is always reliably good, with respect to food, service and ambiance. Only issue is it gets a little loud so go early if you want to hear every last word your dining partner(s) utter. Highly recommend their cocktails.
This was the second time there and it wa ...
This was the second time there and it was 9pm. The first time we were there we were 2h earlier. What a difference!
This time on the conveyor belt 2 or 3 lonely plates were cruising around. When we dared to take one we had a hard time to get the rolls off the plate. They must have been on there for quite some time.
There were quite a few waiters and not that many guests. And usually I don't complain about the service in the US, when it is not fast enough. But this time our waiter didn't show up for a long time after we came in.
So for the conveyor belt come early and make sure enough guests sitting on it.
The plates we ordered were very good.
this was probably my 5th or 6th time at ...
this was probably my 5th or 6th time at pod + it never disappoints! service was ok, we didn't see him much, but when he was around he was good. the menu is pretty reasonably priced but the portions are relatively small, we all finished our meals and definitely could've eaten more. atmosphere is so fun and the food is always yummy! other than portion size, no complaints here!
Chef Todd keeps a watchful eye on his ki ...
Chef Todd keeps a watchful eye on his kitchen staff making sure that everything brought to the table is perfectly prepared. The servers and chefs make sure that all foods served to my table are suitable for my many food allergies, making pod one of the only restaurants in the city that I can dine in safely. The new sushi chefs turn out the best and most beautiful sushi in philly. Food and service are consistently excellent.
The food was outstanding. we ordered six ...
The food was outstanding. we ordered six rolls between six of us and then appetizers which came out first. the service was sub par - I expect the server was not attentive because we weren't drinking alcohol and therefore he wasn't expecting a large tip. At one point a different server came over and started his spiel as if we had just sat down! However the ambiance was great and the food exceptional
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