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West Philadelphia, University City
Seafood Restaurants, Fine Dining Restaurants, Japanese Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, French Restaurants, Sushi Bars, Asian Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Fine Dining, Japanese, Asian, Family Style, French, Sushi, European, Seafood, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Food Poisoning

My family recently ate at Pod. My husband and I contracted food poisoning after sharing a plate! I contacted Pod twice and their response was NO response. Pretentious. We will not return.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Mod Atmosphere

Like any other Steven Starr restaurant, you can expect a stunning atmosphere; however, the food was mediocre - at it's best and the service was horrible. I had a party of 6, so we were sat in a pod. It was very interesting! There were several buttons to change the lighting. Unfortunately they often broke and we had the misfortune of getting the lights stuck on green, which reflected off of our food and made it look very unappealing. Our waiter also forgot our orders and had to come back several times to ask us what he had ordered. When we finally arrived our food after 40 minutes of waiting, the sushi smelled slightly fishy and it wasn't worth the wait! Plus it was very loud and crowded. It could have been worse, though.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Yum yum yum

My boyfriend and I went to Pod for our anniversary and we LOVED it. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. Our waitress was extremely friendly, without being weird and she was very knowledgeable and well-trained. We got the crab rolls and spicy tuna roll as appetizers- they were fantastic. I had the Chilean sea bass (best I've ever had) and my boyfriend had the wasabi-crusted filet. Both meals were incredible! I forgot to mention how cool the restaurant was inside as well. All in all, I would definitely go back (for a special occassion- it was somewhat pricey!)!!! It was a really great experience!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Fun atmosphere and fun food.

POD is a MOD place with delicious dinner food. We always get seated promptly w/reservations. Fun with groups and just ur gf/bf.



Provided by Citysearch - 
I love this place!

They have the best sushi here! I went here for a friend's birthday and we got to sit in one of the ""pods."" It was such a cool experience and the food is wonderful! Not a huge fan of their drinks, but I guess it depends what you like to drink. It's kind of pricy but you are definitely paying for quality. It gets really really crowded, so a reservation is probably a must. And from what I hear it's hard to get a table in the pod (we knew someone).



Provided by Citysearch - 
DO NOT EACH LUNCH HERE----great for dinner- very bad for lunch-

I have eaten dinner here at least 30 times, and every time I have been impressed. The sushi is fresh, the service is great, and the atmosphere is wonderful. Today all that changed when I came in for lunch. I shouldn't say it all changed, because the food was still on par with the dinner menu, but the lunch service was scary. For those of you from Philly, think Oregon Diner scary. We ordered a mix of appetizers and on grilled chicken sandwich and one tune sushi plate. things started off good until our waitress stopped by five minutes in and asked ?what was the last thing you ordered I forgot?. This was an honest mistake, until 45 minutes in after all of our food as eaten still no sushi. When all of our plates were cleared I inquired about by sushi entree from the person bussing our table, because through the course of the entire meal we had not seen our waitress at our table since she stopped by to say she had forgotten an item. She made a guest appearance to drop the sushi off with no apology or explanation as to why it was late. I guess it is normal to wait 50 minutes at lunch for a raw fish. I looked for the manager but he was speaking with a friend in the back of the restaurant and did not appear to be taking an interest in following up with the guests as the managers usually do at all of the Starr restaurants. This was not the service I have ever gotten at any of the Starr restaurants and I hope I never get again. I would still recommend POD for dinner, but steer clear for lunch, it will leave a bad taste in your mouth.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Place.

If you want a unique experience and your open to different foods definately go to pod. The decor is fun, there was virtually no wait (for a friday night), and the servers are most helpful. I really don't know what all these people are talking about the sushi is great. The spicy sushi really wasn't that spicy though. I enjoy a real kick in my food and it didn't have it but still was quite tasty. The entrees were great. The place wasn't loud and crowded like most places in are olde city. Its quite spacious and has great cocktail choices. The only downside is that all the tables for 2 are sat along the windows were the vents happen to be so we had 1 pesky fly who eventually got the hint. So if your ever seated there ask to move away.



Provided by Citysearch - 
As Rachel Ray would say, Yummo!

I've always wanted to try Pod so I chose to go here with a group of friends to celebrate my 34th birthday. The food was amazing and the place was hopin' for a Wednesday night. Loved the mod and fun atmosphere. Their yummy drink selection helped to kick things off. Mojitos are my fav drink and they offer seasonal variations which when we went was with fresh strawberries (yum!). I wouldn't think a place like Pod would know how to make a good mojito but they certainly did. It was fantastic (I think I had at least 2). For appetizers our table ordered the braised short ribs which I believe was one of the things our waiter recommended. They were so tender they melted in your mouth. I ordered sushi as my entree which was good, pretty basic. Two others at the table ordered the Chilean sea bass with mashed sweet potatoes. I had a nibble of both and they were excellent, especially the sweet potatoes which were so creamy and light. We got the Sweet 18 dessert platter with dipping sauces which I HIGHLY recommend. It was perfect for a party of 4 and I guess there had to be 18 different selections on the tray. Pod is definitely a place everyone should experience. I can't wait to go back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
No complaints about the food.

Anyone in Philadelphia has to visit this place. I went there yesterday for my friend's 25th b-day.. The ambiance is one of the best things. The cielings are colored, the chairs are colored, hey the bathrooms are even little pod themselves. My only complaint was that the wait was a bit long. I did love the food served family style. We had the macadamian chicken, (very good and comes with enough rice for 4) the chicken pad tai (which we had enough left over of/ not enough chicken though) the chicken potstichers (I love these things everywhere, but this had more chicken filling in it than any place id been before, we also had the chicken lettuce wrap with peanuts (not only was this good, but I'm on Weight watchers and its a complete core. We also had the salmon (which was glazed in teryiyaki sauce with delicious sticky rice). Dessert was delicious. We had the chocolate must like chocolate for this one. We also had the sweet 16 chocolate which was enough for 4 alone with asorted sweets (brownies, cookies, fruit (very fresh, cheesecake and chocolate, rasberry, and carmel sauce. This is good for a large party, but the quality is better on the other desserts. If you want the Kobe beef, but are hungry..don't get it. It's three tiny tiny tiny pieces of meat. It's cool to watch it get cooked table side, but don't order it please. The fried calamari seemed to be a crowed pleaser, but I didnt try it. I would def go back. Our bill came up to 130 and we left a 26 tip. Not bad for a party of 4.



Provided by Citysearch - 
extremely fun place to dine

this was my first time at pod and i absolutely loved it! it was the best dining experience ive ever had! i would deff recomend pod to anyone looking for a unique and fun enviroment with excelent food. the lettuce wraps are amazing and the menu selection is fantasic! also the staff was very nice!

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