Pod

★★★★☆
  • 3636 Sansom St

    Philadelphia, PA 19104

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  • 215-387-1803

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  • Sushi Restaurants
  • Japanese Restaurants
  • Asian Fusion Restaurants
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  • $$$$
  • Family Style Dining
  • Fine Dining
  • Group Dining
Hours
M-Th 11:30am-11pm, F 11:30am-midnight, Sa 5pm-midnight, Su 5pm-10pm
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So I have travelled to 6 continents and this is my favorite restaurant in the world !!! The ambience is so futuristic and I absolutely adore the food ! I tell everyone about it! You have not lived the most awesome culinary scene in

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★★★★★

So I have travelled to 6 continents and this is my favorite restaurant in the world !!! The ambience is so futuristic and I absolutely adore the food ! I tell everyone about it! You have not lived the most awesome culinary scene in

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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.

3
★★★★★

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.

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Pod caters to all people with their wide variety of cuisine. Prices are affordable and the food is simply delicious.

5
★★★★★

Pod caters to all people with their wide variety of cuisine. Prices are affordable and the food is simply delicious.

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Shame on this restaurant. How dare they position themselves between to college campus and then hire staff which has a snide pretentious attitude towards college students. I have never had such an ignorant waitress in my life. I've been

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★★★★★

Shame on this restaurant. How dare they position themselves between to college campus and then hire staff which has a snide pretentious attitude towards college students. I have never had such an ignorant waitress in my life. I've been

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Unique Atmosphere

Cons: Broken Pods, Bad Service, Mediocre Food

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The decor is unique and interesting. Staff is pleasant and accomodating. The food is certain to please. Dine in a pod if you can.Highly recommend it.

5
★★★★★

The decor is unique and interesting. Staff is pleasant and accomodating. The food is certain to please. Dine in a pod if you can.Highly recommend it.

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

Pros: atmosphere, food, service

Cons: a little pricey

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

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★★★★★

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

Pros: mod with good food

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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).

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★★★★★

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).

Pros: sushi, atmosphere, service

Cons: crowded if you aren't in a pod

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Food is great, when you get it

Cons: Service was scary

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Food, good service, good environment.

Cons: That stupid fly.

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: yummy drink selection (especially the mojitos), briased short ribs app, dessert platter, food in general

Cons: can't think of any!

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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 X3..you 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.

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★★★★★

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 X3..you 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.

Pros: Everything was delicious

Cons: Very cold, bring a sweater

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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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★★★★★

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!

Pros: wonderful experience

Cons: none

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The design in this restaurant is really different.. especially if you have a group of people and you get to eat in an actual pod that changes colors (I recommend doing this!)

They have all sorts of sushi and their crabcake sandwich is amazing! The service can be a little slow.. but shouldn't stop you from going!

Great for lunch!

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★★★★☆

The design in this restaurant is really different.. especially if you have a group of people and you get to eat in an actual pod that changes colors (I recommend doing this!)

They have all sorts of sushi and their crabcake sandwich is amazing! The service can be a little slow.. but shouldn't stop you from going!

Great for lunch!

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I called at 7 for a 9 reservation on a Saturday and got it. My date and I showed up 15 minutes early and were seated immediately. The place was packed. There was a real energetic vibe with people toasting and noshing everywhere. The crowd was mostly mid-20's sprinkled with their well-dressed parents who might have been afraid to take off their coats. The menu was simple with catchy names and good descriptions. The pear sake martini was great. Then the kobe beef app, definitely try that to add some sizzle to your date dining exp. The scallops app was average due to flat-ish scallops of which 50% were overseasoned. On to entrees: the duck was super succulent and accompanied by delicious greens as well as two duck filled puff pastries, which I was not as fond of but when dipped in their spicy dipping sauce (have to ask for it), were much better. The creme brulee dessert offers a trio of tasty ramicans sure to delight any fan of the french favorite. The chocolate dessert was good as well--perfect to pair with their ice wine selection, which is pricey at $14 for about 2 ounces. The music was hip, Steven Starr was making rounds, which might have had something to do with the impeccible service I received. All in all, I would go again. Special note: don't reserve one of the color changing rooms--just watching people eat in there made me nauseous. A side table (built into the wall) is a perfect pod for any intimate dining duo.

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★★★★☆

I called at 7 for a 9 reservation on a Saturday and got it. My date and I showed up 15 minutes early and were seated immediately. The place was packed. There was a real energetic vibe with people toasting and noshing everywhere. The crowd was mostly mid-20's sprinkled with their well-dressed parents who might have been afraid to take off their coats. The menu was simple with catchy names and good descriptions. The pear sake martini was great. Then the kobe beef app, definitely try that to add some sizzle to your date dining exp. The scallops app was average due to flat-ish scallops of which 50% were overseasoned. On to entrees: the duck was super succulent and accompanied by delicious greens as well as two duck filled puff pastries, which I was not as fond of but when dipped in their spicy dipping sauce (have to ask for it), were much better. The creme brulee dessert offers a trio of tasty ramicans sure to delight any fan of the french favorite. The chocolate dessert was good as well--perfect to pair with their ice wine selection, which is pricey at $14 for about 2 ounces. The music was hip, Steven Starr was making rounds, which might have had something to do with the impeccible service I received. All in all, I would go again. Special note: don't reserve one of the color changing rooms--just watching people eat in there made me nauseous. A side table (built into the wall) is a perfect pod for any intimate dining duo.

Pros: Energetic crowd, unique environment, tasty dishes

Cons: 10 min cab ride from Center City

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POD restaurant may seem kind of hypey being a Stephen Starr restaurant that touts vinyl menus and party rooms with Kubrick-style changing lights, but at its core is a really great restuarant. My boyfriend and I were pleasantly surprised then at the level of service we received from the very beginning, getting a late reservation, arriving 15 minutes early and getting sat immediately at a table that was kind of carved into the wall (don't lean back too fast!) We ordered the Kobe beef on a hot rock appetizer which was both fun, deliciously simple and reasonable ($15) and the scallop appetizer on seaweed salad which was topped with little roe also super delish. The duck entre was killer, super moist and well-seasoned though it came with what two puffs made from a sweet dough with duck inside that I think could have used a dipping sauce. The service was super fast and very efficient, and though we had two glass issues (sticky margarita glass+dirty wine glass) our waitress covered for it by bringing us a comped glass of the Norweigan Ice Wine claiming ours was a "little short". Try the creme brulee trio for dessert-- the passion fruit brulee was to die for!

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★★★★★

POD restaurant may seem kind of hypey being a Stephen Starr restaurant that touts vinyl menus and party rooms with Kubrick-style changing lights, but at its core is a really great restuarant. My boyfriend and I were pleasantly surprised then at the level of service we received from the very beginning, getting a late reservation, arriving 15 minutes early and getting sat immediately at a table that was kind of carved into the wall (don't lean back too fast!) We ordered the Kobe beef on a hot rock appetizer which was both fun, deliciously simple and reasonable ($15) and the scallop appetizer on seaweed salad which was topped with little roe also super delish. The duck entre was killer, super moist and well-seasoned though it came with what two puffs made from a sweet dough with duck inside that I think could have used a dipping sauce. The service was super fast and very efficient, and though we had two glass issues (sticky margarita glass+dirty wine glass) our waitress covered for it by bringing us a comped glass of the Norweigan Ice Wine claiming ours was a "little short". Try the creme brulee trio for dessert-- the passion fruit brulee was to die for!

Pros: fun environment, good food, great service

Cons: loud, not "leisurely dining"

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My wife and I decided to try Pod in 01/2008, after reading reviews on the web. After parking, we were an hour early for our reservation, but were offered to sit at the sushi bar, which was fine.

The sushi bar has a conveyor belt that's constantly in motion. We've eaten at places like this before, in London and NY. It's fun, and you can order anything that might not be making it's way around. This was the first problem we encountered. At Pod, even on a Saturday night, with a full bar, there were only a few tired offerings going around. The sushi we special ordered was good, which I chalk up to the turnover, given the crowd at Pod.

We ordered two appetizers, recommended in some of the reviews. This was where we encountered the second problem. Make that TWO REALLY BIG PROBLEMS.

We tried the Asian Braised Short Ribs. I expected something like what you might get at a Korean restaurant, sliced beef short rib. What I got was a four-inch cube of corned beef soaked in soy sauce. I am not exaggerating. Irish corned beef soaked in soy sauce. This is what it tastes like.

Let me speak of the four-inch cube. The woman sitting next to me ordered some kind of fish dish and it was in the same four-inch cube format. I have no idea why they would do this. Why not improve the taste before making this questionable presentation? I saw other cube blocks in other dishes as well.

The other dish we tried was the Sweet and Sour Pork Dumplings. One word: INEDIBLE. They were neither sweet, nor sour. The taste was quite foul. Think of the greasiest, bulletproof glass covered, slum Chinese takeout place you can: better dumplings.

Our waitress left a lot to be desired, but the other servers seemed to be doing a good job, especially considering how crowded it was.

If it weren't so highly praised, we might have been less disappointed. However, given the disparity between expectations and actual performance, this is THE WORST DINING EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I decided to try Pod in 01/2008, after reading reviews on the web. After parking, we were an hour early for our reservation, but were offered to sit at the sushi bar, which was fine.

The sushi bar has a conveyor belt that's constantly in motion. We've eaten at places like this before, in London and NY. It's fun, and you can order anything that might not be making it's way around. This was the first problem we encountered. At Pod, even on a Saturday night, with a full bar, there were only a few tired offerings going around. The sushi we special ordered was good, which I chalk up to the turnover, given the crowd at Pod.

We ordered two appetizers, recommended in some of the reviews. This was where we encountered the second problem. Make that TWO REALLY BIG PROBLEMS.

We tried the Asian Braised Short Ribs. I expected something like what you might get at a Korean restaurant, sliced beef short rib. What I got was a four-inch cube of corned beef soaked in soy sauce. I am not exaggerating. Irish corned beef soaked in soy sauce. This is what it tastes like.

Let me speak of the four-inch cube. The woman sitting next to me ordered some kind of fish dish and it was in the same four-inch cube format. I have no idea why they would do this. Why not improve the taste before making this questionable presentation? I saw other cube blocks in other dishes as well.

The other dish we tried was the Sweet and Sour Pork Dumplings. One word: INEDIBLE. They were neither sweet, nor sour. The taste was quite foul. Think of the greasiest, bulletproof glass covered, slum Chinese takeout place you can: better dumplings.

Our waitress left a lot to be desired, but the other servers seemed to be doing a good job, especially considering how crowded it was.

If it weren't so highly praised, we might have been less disappointed. However, given the disparity between expectations and actual performance, this is THE WORST DINING EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE.

Pros: Fresh fish, unique design

Cons: Prepared dishes don't count as food

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I highly recommend Pod. The Chilean Sea Bass was excellent!! The duck was dry compared to others I've had. The house salad was very good and very big, can be shared with several people. Beautiful presentation of all the food. Its all served family style so everyone can get a taste of everything. The pork dumpling appetizer was wonderful, I didn't want to share them! Chocolate, chocolate chocolate dessert was good. Creme brulee was recommended, not bad, but I would try something else next time. Very trendy crowd of people, very busy bar eariler in the night. Didn't try the sushi but the conveyor belt sushi is surely fantastic since the guys were there making it all night. Overall great food and hip modern atmosphere, the restaurant of the future.

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★★★★★

I highly recommend Pod. The Chilean Sea Bass was excellent!! The duck was dry compared to others I've had. The house salad was very good and very big, can be shared with several people. Beautiful presentation of all the food. Its all served family style so everyone can get a taste of everything. The pork dumpling appetizer was wonderful, I didn't want to share them! Chocolate, chocolate chocolate dessert was good. Creme brulee was recommended, not bad, but I would try something else next time. Very trendy crowd of people, very busy bar eariler in the night. Didn't try the sushi but the conveyor belt sushi is surely fantastic since the guys were there making it all night. Overall great food and hip modern atmosphere, the restaurant of the future.

Pros: Excellent all around

Cons: Pricey but worth it

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I was skeptical after reading two of the most recent posts, but have to say that, having been to Vancouver, Tokyo, and some of the best sushi restaurants in these cities (you really have to go to Vancouver--my little tip) I was not prepared to enjoy some of the best ala carte, as well as sushi combinations that the wonderful, humble Chef (I believe Taka was his name) prepared for me at Pod. BIG TIP: Ask to sit behind the sushi chef facing out to the rest of the restaurant. My wife doesn't enjoy sushi as much, so she was left to the deft service of our server, Scott, who recommended the Short Rib Appetizer with Udon noodles, as well as the Sake Marinated Sea Bass. She rolled her eyes back in her head to both. The short rib was tender, with a drizzle of asian mustard, and in balance with the udon noodles. The Sea Bass was served with a puree of Japanese Sweet Potatoes--pure heaven. I recommend going a balance of Sushi Alacarte -be careful to ask your server about portion sizes with the sushi combinations, family style is the name of the game at Pod.

As for decor, there's a postmodern Kubrick meets 70's meet Speed Racer meets Samurai Jack thing going on, expect wonder. The bathrooms scream "mile high" club. You'll know what I mean when you go. Overall, one of the refreshing spots in the city. If you don't want to pay Morimoto prices, and you want good food with unpretentious friendly service in an environment that welcomes you, Pod seems to still be doing something right.

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★★★★☆

I was skeptical after reading two of the most recent posts, but have to say that, having been to Vancouver, Tokyo, and some of the best sushi restaurants in these cities (you really have to go to Vancouver--my little tip) I was not prepared to enjoy some of the best ala carte, as well as sushi combinations that the wonderful, humble Chef (I believe Taka was his name) prepared for me at Pod. BIG TIP: Ask to sit behind the sushi chef facing out to the rest of the restaurant. My wife doesn't enjoy sushi as much, so she was left to the deft service of our server, Scott, who recommended the Short Rib Appetizer with Udon noodles, as well as the Sake Marinated Sea Bass. She rolled her eyes back in her head to both. The short rib was tender, with a drizzle of asian mustard, and in balance with the udon noodles. The Sea Bass was served with a puree of Japanese Sweet Potatoes--pure heaven. I recommend going a balance of Sushi Alacarte -be careful to ask your server about portion sizes with the sushi combinations, family style is the name of the game at Pod.

As for decor, there's a postmodern Kubrick meets 70's meet Speed Racer meets Samurai Jack thing going on, expect wonder. The bathrooms scream "mile high" club. You'll know what I mean when you go. Overall, one of the refreshing spots in the city. If you don't want to pay Morimoto prices, and you want good food with unpretentious friendly service in an environment that welcomes you, Pod seems to still be doing something right.

Pros: Unpretentious service, fresh fresh fresh sushi

Cons: Could be loud if really busy.

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I came to Pod for my friend's 30th birthday dinner the other week and I was impressed beyond belief. Living in NY, of course I have access to some of the best restaurants in the country. My standards are high. Pod was able to surpass all expectations. I'm surprised Starr hasn't opened one in NY. The design is modern and evocative of trendy Japanese culture. The food is stellar. The only thing that isn't like most NY restaurants is that the service is impeccable. I don't travel to Philly much because of my work schedule in NY, but I am going to have to find time at least once a month to come down just to eat here.

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★★★★★

I came to Pod for my friend's 30th birthday dinner the other week and I was impressed beyond belief. Living in NY, of course I have access to some of the best restaurants in the country. My standards are high. Pod was able to surpass all expectations. I'm surprised Starr hasn't opened one in NY. The design is modern and evocative of trendy Japanese culture. The food is stellar. The only thing that isn't like most NY restaurants is that the service is impeccable. I don't travel to Philly much because of my work schedule in NY, but I am going to have to find time at least once a month to come down just to eat here.

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I enjoy dining out, and frequently like to try out new places. After fully exploring all that Center City has to offer, I ventured out to West Philly to try Pod. I arrived a half an hour before my reservation and the hostess greeted me with a beautiful smile. I said that I was 15 minutes early for my reservation, and she said that she would be able to accommodate seating me early. She guided me to my table, and my server showed up within a minute to introduce me to the restaurant and the cuisine and to take my drink order. I then went on to have one of the most incredible meals that I have had the pleasure of tasting since I moved here from New York! The crab spring rolls were a perfect combination of a crispy outside with a creamy center, with large lumps of crab meat. The sauce was sweet and tangy, and complimented all of the flavors perfectly. Next it was on to the sesame crusted tuna. It was prepared perfectly. Seared lightly on the outside, and perfectly red on the inside. The tuna tasted as if it were caught within 15 minutes of them serving it to me. The asparagus tempura and brown sushi rice with wasabi were perfect. I do not have a large stomach, but I could not help but finish every single bite! Then on to desert. The chocolate, chocolate, chocolate drove me wild! Three different textures, all perfectly balanced, just made me want to move in to one of the pods and dine here for every meal of every day. My server was perfect with service. Everything was timed out so that I had time to digest slightly between courses, but not so that I was wondering where my food was. I also was greeted by a manager at my table, asking if I was enjoying my dining experience. He was delighted when I shared my passion for the incredible food and ambiance with him. If you are looking for amazing food, a colorful atmosphere, incredibly friendly and prompt service, and one of the best meals you will ever had, then go to Pod right now!

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★★★★★

I enjoy dining out, and frequently like to try out new places. After fully exploring all that Center City has to offer, I ventured out to West Philly to try Pod. I arrived a half an hour before my reservation and the hostess greeted me with a beautiful smile. I said that I was 15 minutes early for my reservation, and she said that she would be able to accommodate seating me early. She guided me to my table, and my server showed up within a minute to introduce me to the restaurant and the cuisine and to take my drink order. I then went on to have one of the most incredible meals that I have had the pleasure of tasting since I moved here from New York! The crab spring rolls were a perfect combination of a crispy outside with a creamy center, with large lumps of crab meat. The sauce was sweet and tangy, and complimented all of the flavors perfectly. Next it was on to the sesame crusted tuna. It was prepared perfectly. Seared lightly on the outside, and perfectly red on the inside. The tuna tasted as if it were caught within 15 minutes of them serving it to me. The asparagus tempura and brown sushi rice with wasabi were perfect. I do not have a large stomach, but I could not help but finish every single bite! Then on to desert. The chocolate, chocolate, chocolate drove me wild! Three different textures, all perfectly balanced, just made me want to move in to one of the pods and dine here for every meal of every day. My server was perfect with service. Everything was timed out so that I had time to digest slightly between courses, but not so that I was wondering where my food was. I also was greeted by a manager at my table, asking if I was enjoying my dining experience. He was delighted when I shared my passion for the incredible food and ambiance with him. If you are looking for amazing food, a colorful atmosphere, incredibly friendly and prompt service, and one of the best meals you will ever had, then go to Pod right now!

Pros: Valet and street parking, design, friendly staff, attention to detail, incredible food

Cons: NONE!

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I first went to Pod about 3 years ago when I decided that I wanted to eat every restaurant of the Starr Restaurant Organization. Since then, I go about twice a month, every month. I can't get enough of it! I used to think that all sushi tasted the same until I came to Pod. The fish that they get is the freshest fish I have ever tasted. I've been to other places and have had some dishes that smell fishy, but never at Pod. The staff is always attentive and from the first visit, nothing has ever skipped a beat. Consistently amazing sushi is always a staple. I always get salmon skin hand rolls. The skin is crispy and warm, wrapped with fresh vegetables and in nori. I'm salivating just thinking about it. Another constant favorite is the chilean sea bass. Now this is my favorite fish, and nobody, and I mean nobody, prepares it as perfectly as the chef at Pod. The filet mignon is perfect for meat lovers. The meat just falls apart. You don't need a knife at all. Every time I go there, I am blown away with how perfect everything tastes. Usually, you go somewhere and a couple of months later, things start to taste like there is a little less care taken with everything. Not with Pod. It only gets better.

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★★★★★

I first went to Pod about 3 years ago when I decided that I wanted to eat every restaurant of the Starr Restaurant Organization. Since then, I go about twice a month, every month. I can't get enough of it! I used to think that all sushi tasted the same until I came to Pod. The fish that they get is the freshest fish I have ever tasted. I've been to other places and have had some dishes that smell fishy, but never at Pod. The staff is always attentive and from the first visit, nothing has ever skipped a beat. Consistently amazing sushi is always a staple. I always get salmon skin hand rolls. The skin is crispy and warm, wrapped with fresh vegetables and in nori. I'm salivating just thinking about it. Another constant favorite is the chilean sea bass. Now this is my favorite fish, and nobody, and I mean nobody, prepares it as perfectly as the chef at Pod. The filet mignon is perfect for meat lovers. The meat just falls apart. You don't need a knife at all. Every time I go there, I am blown away with how perfect everything tastes. Usually, you go somewhere and a couple of months later, things start to taste like there is a little less care taken with everything. Not with Pod. It only gets better.

Pros: Consistently amazing food

Cons: None

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Having dined at two of the Starr restaurants (Morimoto & Buddakan), my husband and I felt confident that Pod would be another pleasant dining experience. I must agree with the posts by 5fordinner and delicatessecritic. While our service was okay, the food was anything but memorable. In fact, the sushi was absolutely some of the worst I have ever had. The much touted decor must definitely lose something in the light of day. Our reservations were for 5:00 pm, and with the sun pouring through the restaurant, it looked grimy and cheap.

Will not go again and definitely cannot recommend. And for those of you that will accuse us of knowing nothing about food, we have traveled the world and dined in some of the best restaurants on several continents. I also did graduate studies at two of the most prestigious hospitality management schools in Europe as well as a course at Cordon Bleu in London.

My parting words to potential diners at Pod - caveat emptor!

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★☆☆☆☆

Having dined at two of the Starr restaurants (Morimoto & Buddakan), my husband and I felt confident that Pod would be another pleasant dining experience. I must agree with the posts by 5fordinner and delicatessecritic. While our service was okay, the food was anything but memorable. In fact, the sushi was absolutely some of the worst I have ever had. The much touted decor must definitely lose something in the light of day. Our reservations were for 5:00 pm, and with the sun pouring through the restaurant, it looked grimy and cheap.

Will not go again and definitely cannot recommend. And for those of you that will accuse us of knowing nothing about food, we have traveled the world and dined in some of the best restaurants on several continents. I also did graduate studies at two of the most prestigious hospitality management schools in Europe as well as a course at Cordon Bleu in London.

My parting words to potential diners at Pod - caveat emptor!

Pros: None

Cons: Bad food, dirty restrooms

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I was really excited to try Pod and so made dinner reservations for a Tuesday night. We arrived 15 minutes early and were sat promptly. Our waiter arrived and quickly took our order, our food arrived soon after. My problem with Pod, four entrees arrived while the 5th ( a pad thai dish) was a no show. After waiting several minutes we flagged down a waiter and mentioned the missing dish. Again, several minutes with no dinner. The waiter who took the original order was then called over and he finally got the 5th entree to the table.
Price? Roughly $50 a person, with only 2 having alcoholic beverages. As far as the ambience, there isn?t any. This might be cool setting by night, but dinner at 6 o?clock while the sun is still shinning makes the interior look kind of dirty. For the prices this restaurant charges I was not expecting to see people wearing shorts and flip flops. I was expecting much more from the place. No complaints on the food, the spicy shrimp sushi was good, but not better than I?ve had at other restaurants. The chicken macadamia stir fry was very good, as was the pad Thai shrimp. Other assorted appetizers were also very tasty. Overall impression, you?re paying for the colored lights and plastic chairs.

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★★★☆☆

I was really excited to try Pod and so made dinner reservations for a Tuesday night. We arrived 15 minutes early and were sat promptly. Our waiter arrived and quickly took our order, our food arrived soon after. My problem with Pod, four entrees arrived while the 5th ( a pad thai dish) was a no show. After waiting several minutes we flagged down a waiter and mentioned the missing dish. Again, several minutes with no dinner. The waiter who took the original order was then called over and he finally got the 5th entree to the table.
Price? Roughly $50 a person, with only 2 having alcoholic beverages. As far as the ambience, there isn?t any. This might be cool setting by night, but dinner at 6 o?clock while the sun is still shinning makes the interior look kind of dirty. For the prices this restaurant charges I was not expecting to see people wearing shorts and flip flops. I was expecting much more from the place. No complaints on the food, the spicy shrimp sushi was good, but not better than I?ve had at other restaurants. The chicken macadamia stir fry was very good, as was the pad Thai shrimp. Other assorted appetizers were also very tasty. Overall impression, you?re paying for the colored lights and plastic chairs.

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I signed up to comment on the post by delicatessecritic since he seems like a restaurant troll. I'm a regular at Pod and love it. I dine there about 2 times a week, alternating between dinner and lunch because their menu is a little different. In reply to delicatessecritic's comments about the sushi, I'm sorry to hear your had a bad experience, because I'm in love with this place. Maybe you ordered the wrong items? Maybe your Cali roll or maybe your Philly roll weren't up to standards since I bet that's all you ordered were those "basic rolls". Maybe try something a little different like they're U love Salmon 2.0 or the Pod lobster roll. As for the Sushi Chef comments, I'm not sure who you had behind the sushi bar, but at nightime, I always order the sushi special because they're always extraordinary. Therefore, he puts together some great specials. I also doubt he's there 24-7 so you might not have seen him. I guess you've heard of sous chefs or sushi chef assistants also. I guess not though or you wouldn't have posted your comments.

Here's my long overdue review of Pod. It's an amazing restaurant. Everything about it is excellent besides how packed it gets Friday and Saturday nights. They have a wide selection of food to choose from, even if you're not a sushi eater. They have great "dim sum" which is what they call their apps. I totally recommend the Crab Spring rolls, Short Ribs, and Pork Dumplings! All of their apps are wonderful, but those are the ones that stick out in my mind. For sushi, I would get the Pod Lobster Roll or U love Salmon 2.0. They're amazing. The sauce on the Pod Lobster roll is to die for. For entrees I always order the Sea bass, but have changed to their Crispy Duck and Wasabi crusted Filet. If you like stir fry's, then the Beef stir fry is for you also. Everything is amazing though, especially the drinks. I hope this review helps.

PS.Delicatessecritic, the Lobzilla has been off the menu for about 5 months.

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★★★★★

I signed up to comment on the post by delicatessecritic since he seems like a restaurant troll. I'm a regular at Pod and love it. I dine there about 2 times a week, alternating between dinner and lunch because their menu is a little different. In reply to delicatessecritic's comments about the sushi, I'm sorry to hear your had a bad experience, because I'm in love with this place. Maybe you ordered the wrong items? Maybe your Cali roll or maybe your Philly roll weren't up to standards since I bet that's all you ordered were those "basic rolls". Maybe try something a little different like they're U love Salmon 2.0 or the Pod lobster roll. As for the Sushi Chef comments, I'm not sure who you had behind the sushi bar, but at nightime, I always order the sushi special because they're always extraordinary. Therefore, he puts together some great specials. I also doubt he's there 24-7 so you might not have seen him. I guess you've heard of sous chefs or sushi chef assistants also. I guess not though or you wouldn't have posted your comments.

Here's my long overdue review of Pod. It's an amazing restaurant. Everything about it is excellent besides how packed it gets Friday and Saturday nights. They have a wide selection of food to choose from, even if you're not a sushi eater. They have great "dim sum" which is what they call their apps. I totally recommend the Crab Spring rolls, Short Ribs, and Pork Dumplings! All of their apps are wonderful, but those are the ones that stick out in my mind. For sushi, I would get the Pod Lobster Roll or U love Salmon 2.0. They're amazing. The sauce on the Pod Lobster roll is to die for. For entrees I always order the Sea bass, but have changed to their Crispy Duck and Wasabi crusted Filet. If you like stir fry's, then the Beef stir fry is for you also. Everything is amazing though, especially the drinks. I hope this review helps.

PS.Delicatessecritic, the Lobzilla has been off the menu for about 5 months.

Pros: Staff, Ambience, Food

Cons: None

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If you have read my review at Morimotos you can already imagine what I have to write here. This restaurant is owned by the same restaurant group. Same problem, the Sushi shokunin (Chef) are japanese students from U of Penn, who never intended to be cooks but were looking for a part time job. It takes according to a Japanese Sushi chef in Tokyo approximately 10years before one is allowed to stand behind the counter and serve its customers. My chef here just like Morimoto has only been at the restaurant for 2 weeks and jokingly told me that this would never fly in Japan. Since we are in the USA it is ok. Well, Actually it is NOT!!! Besides the Sushi, I would say the Martinis are great, and the best dish in the house is the Lobzilla. Risotto of and entire Lobster. Most priciest item on the menu but I guarantee you it will make your trip to POD well worth it. The Ambience just like Morimoto is an A+, the Service A+, The Sushi F-, but everything else is awesome.

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★★☆☆☆

If you have read my review at Morimotos you can already imagine what I have to write here. This restaurant is owned by the same restaurant group. Same problem, the Sushi shokunin (Chef) are japanese students from U of Penn, who never intended to be cooks but were looking for a part time job. It takes according to a Japanese Sushi chef in Tokyo approximately 10years before one is allowed to stand behind the counter and serve its customers. My chef here just like Morimoto has only been at the restaurant for 2 weeks and jokingly told me that this would never fly in Japan. Since we are in the USA it is ok. Well, Actually it is NOT!!! Besides the Sushi, I would say the Martinis are great, and the best dish in the house is the Lobzilla. Risotto of and entire Lobster. Most priciest item on the menu but I guarantee you it will make your trip to POD well worth it. The Ambience just like Morimoto is an A+, the Service A+, The Sushi F-, but everything else is awesome.

Pros: location, decor, ambience, LOBZILLA

Cons: Sushi is awful~~~

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My boyfriend loves sushi (and he is a bit of an expert), and he was not thrilled by anything served here. In his eyes, everything was over priced and not as fresh as it should be. The atmosphere was lovely, but not worth the price tag. We waited for a very long time to be seated, and then when ordering an appetizer in the lounge area, got passed over by the hostess. She forgot about us! We finally had to sit at the sushi bar, and still got mediocre attention. I have heard that for private parties it is nicer, but I will never return if it is just me and a date.

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★★★☆☆

My boyfriend loves sushi (and he is a bit of an expert), and he was not thrilled by anything served here. In his eyes, everything was over priced and not as fresh as it should be. The atmosphere was lovely, but not worth the price tag. We waited for a very long time to be seated, and then when ordering an appetizer in the lounge area, got passed over by the hostess. She forgot about us! We finally had to sit at the sushi bar, and still got mediocre attention. I have heard that for private parties it is nicer, but I will never return if it is just me and a date.

Pros: Trendy Ambience

Cons: Pricey food and poor service

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I have eaten here a few times and each time was for a different reason. The first was for someone's birthday. Since we have a big group we asked for one of the POD rooms. This is like well a POD. The fun part is that you get to change the lights in the group and make everyone dizzy before the food even arrives. The portions here are big, made for people to share. This is not the best Japanese food that I have tasted but it is above average.

Another time I went for Happy Hour. The have a large varieties of appetizers / dim sum items. More importantly I tasted the "rainbow". POD has these martinis that came in different colors. Some are stronger than others but all tasted great.

The third time I went was for dessert. They have these chocolate dippers that will guarantee to satisfy your taste buds.

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★★★★☆

I have eaten here a few times and each time was for a different reason. The first was for someone's birthday. Since we have a big group we asked for one of the POD rooms. This is like well a POD. The fun part is that you get to change the lights in the group and make everyone dizzy before the food even arrives. The portions here are big, made for people to share. This is not the best Japanese food that I have tasted but it is above average.

Another time I went for Happy Hour. The have a large varieties of appetizers / dim sum items. More importantly I tasted the "rainbow". POD has these martinis that came in different colors. Some are stronger than others but all tasted great.

The third time I went was for dessert. They have these chocolate dippers that will guarantee to satisfy your taste buds.

Pros: Food, drinks, atmosphere

Cons: pricey

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I ate here a few weeks ago and can't stop thinking about the place, fun atmosphere, a diverse crowd; I found it to be a really cool spot. The food was great! We started with the calamari salad, which was fantastic, light, and pleasant dressing, very tasty calamari, not chewy at all. We next had the lobster rolls which were awesome and I've literally been fantasizing about them for the past few weeks. For our entrees we had the sesame crusted tuna and the wasabi crusted filet mignon, both were just really excellent. Our waiter was fantastic, attentive but not overbearing and very friendly. I also had a pre-dinner cocktail at the bar, the bartender asked if I wanted bitters in my Manhattan, which no one ever asks, so kudos to him for being knowledgeable! In short, I loved the atmosphere and the food and really can't wait to go back to Pod.

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★★★★★

I ate here a few weeks ago and can't stop thinking about the place, fun atmosphere, a diverse crowd; I found it to be a really cool spot. The food was great! We started with the calamari salad, which was fantastic, light, and pleasant dressing, very tasty calamari, not chewy at all. We next had the lobster rolls which were awesome and I've literally been fantasizing about them for the past few weeks. For our entrees we had the sesame crusted tuna and the wasabi crusted filet mignon, both were just really excellent. Our waiter was fantastic, attentive but not overbearing and very friendly. I also had a pre-dinner cocktail at the bar, the bartender asked if I wanted bitters in my Manhattan, which no one ever asks, so kudos to him for being knowledgeable! In short, I loved the atmosphere and the food and really can't wait to go back to Pod.

Pros: the food, great service too

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I've been told that sushi served on a conveyor belt - while novel - compromises the quality of the product. Sushi should be consumed as soon as it is made I'm told, and should not 'sit out.' Each plate has a cover, so you decide. That being said the sushi was fine, but certainly not the melt in your mouth type, and I found the prices at Pod running 15-20% higher for the quality. The pan-asia menu offers a little bit of every popular Asian ethnic dish (dim-sum, pad thai,) but Japanese is the major influence. I ordered a side of seafood fried rice which I found tasty, but please - at $9.50? I think one pays more for the location & hip ambiance that Pod offers - std. cool cocktails to drink in a white vinyl modern, danish-esque setting - they had the movie Barberella on the plasma. Being in University City, I wonder what coed could afford this sushi - I couldn't have! Pod is great for ambiance, and average for food.

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★★★★☆

I've been told that sushi served on a conveyor belt - while novel - compromises the quality of the product. Sushi should be consumed as soon as it is made I'm told, and should not 'sit out.' Each plate has a cover, so you decide. That being said the sushi was fine, but certainly not the melt in your mouth type, and I found the prices at Pod running 15-20% higher for the quality. The pan-asia menu offers a little bit of every popular Asian ethnic dish (dim-sum, pad thai,) but Japanese is the major influence. I ordered a side of seafood fried rice which I found tasty, but please - at $9.50? I think one pays more for the location & hip ambiance that Pod offers - std. cool cocktails to drink in a white vinyl modern, danish-esque setting - they had the movie Barberella on the plasma. Being in University City, I wonder what coed could afford this sushi - I couldn't have! Pod is great for ambiance, and average for food.

Pros: Hip, casual cocktail crowd, good location

Cons: Parking

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Even if you're not a fan of Asian food you've got to at least try this one. The sushi was delicious and even my picky husband (who does NOT like asian food) found something to enjoy. The desserts were fabulous and I enjoyed their multi colored cocktails.

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★★★★★

Even if you're not a fan of Asian food you've got to at least try this one. The sushi was delicious and even my picky husband (who does NOT like asian food) found something to enjoy. The desserts were fabulous and I enjoyed their multi colored cocktails.

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It might just have been a bad month for pod, but all I had was bad sushi. The otoro was clearly sitting out too long, the salmon was a few days too old - the seaweed just was never crispy. Pod really threw my tastes. I'll try once more maybe next month, but come on, I expected better. There are many better places for less money in the city.

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★★☆☆☆

It might just have been a bad month for pod, but all I had was bad sushi. The otoro was clearly sitting out too long, the salmon was a few days too old - the seaweed just was never crispy. Pod really threw my tastes. I'll try once more maybe next month, but come on, I expected better. There are many better places for less money in the city.

Pros: fun scene, cool rotating belt thingy

Cons: bad sushi - yuck!

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love the beef served on a hot flat rock...crazy yummy. i wont have sushi anywhere else! wait staff friendly and knowlegeable about diverse menu. a bit pricey but worth the experience i think. a great place to take friends who u want to impress.....and DO NOT FORGET to use the bathrooms...theyre cool too. i love this place...its my fav place to eat in phily---hands down.

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★★★★★

love the beef served on a hot flat rock...crazy yummy. i wont have sushi anywhere else! wait staff friendly and knowlegeable about diverse menu. a bit pricey but worth the experience i think. a great place to take friends who u want to impress.....and DO NOT FORGET to use the bathrooms...theyre cool too. i love this place...its my fav place to eat in phily---hands down.

Pros: valet parking, fabulous experience, great food

Cons: a bit pricey but worth it

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I am not really "meat person", but I will come back for this "Short Rib". Also Sushi was really
really gooooood!

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★★★★★

I am not really "meat person", but I will come back for this "Short Rib". Also Sushi was really
really gooooood!

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I'd always wanted to try this place, but the prices scared me away. Luckily, some friends of mine came into town and treated me to an extremely delicious dinner here. If you have some extra money, it will be well spent here. There are dinners under $20, and I'm sure they're great, but splurge! You won't regret it! The cold sake is great as well.

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★★★★★

I'd always wanted to try this place, but the prices scared me away. Luckily, some friends of mine came into town and treated me to an extremely delicious dinner here. If you have some extra money, it will be well spent here. There are dinners under $20, and I'm sure they're great, but splurge! You won't regret it! The cold sake is great as well.

Pros: taste, ambience

Cons: expensive

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As long as you are willing to forget about cost - this is one of the best restaurants I've ever been to !

My thin blue line regarding restaurants is to find places that come up with tremendous-tasting inventions that I would never have thought of (kind of like wanting only to watch movies or tv shows where you can't guess the future of the story line) - and POD excelled in virtually every regard. Tasty, inventive, unexpected.

The only issue is the check - which can be surprisingly steep. I guess that means we go less often - but that's a fair tradeoff.

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★★★★★

As long as you are willing to forget about cost - this is one of the best restaurants I've ever been to !

My thin blue line regarding restaurants is to find places that come up with tremendous-tasting inventions that I would never have thought of (kind of like wanting only to watch movies or tv shows where you can't guess the future of the story line) - and POD excelled in virtually every regard. Tasty, inventive, unexpected.

The only issue is the check - which can be surprisingly steep. I guess that means we go less often - but that's a fair tradeoff.

Pros: great creative food, good wine list, very different decor and dining experience

Cons: very pricey - over $150 for dinner with wine for 2

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I love the sushi conveyor belt pod has. It takes me back to my days in japan. Pod specializes in Pan asian cuisine. The prices are a bit steep. Try their crispy pork topped with a delicate salad. -

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★★★★☆

I love the sushi conveyor belt pod has. It takes me back to my days in japan. Pod specializes in Pan asian cuisine. The prices are a bit steep. Try their crispy pork topped with a delicate salad. -

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My boyfriend and I dined last Wednesday night at Pod for just a fun night out! We had never been there before, but have heard a lot of hype about the restaurant. What a great time we had! The bartenders were great, and we absolutely loved our server! We are big fans of sushi, so we ordered plenty of that plus a few delicious appetizers. The price of sushi was very comparable to what we usually get in center city, and the apps were huge! Definitely worth my money! After dinner we hung out in the bar for a bit to listen to their live DJ, and to our excitment they were having happy hour from 10-12! Excellent ending to our night! I have already made another reservation for my birthday!

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I dined last Wednesday night at Pod for just a fun night out! We had never been there before, but have heard a lot of hype about the restaurant. What a great time we had! The bartenders were great, and we absolutely loved our server! We are big fans of sushi, so we ordered plenty of that plus a few delicious appetizers. The price of sushi was very comparable to what we usually get in center city, and the apps were huge! Definitely worth my money! After dinner we hung out in the bar for a bit to listen to their live DJ, and to our excitment they were having happy hour from 10-12! Excellent ending to our night! I have already made another reservation for my birthday!

Pros: Food, service, SUSHI

Cons: none

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I had friends suggest Pod over the years, but it was only until recent that I was able to finally find the "right" person to take the trip!

Pod is like no other restaurant that you have ever seen--Godzilla and Funky images on the Flat Screens, sushi conveyor belt, shimmering bar, window "pods" for parties of two, and multiple large "pods" that seat larger parties.

But we were really impressed by the friendly servers, and the food! We had the Pod Lobster Roll, the Crab Spring Rolls, with a sort of spicy sweet dipping sauce, and the Beef and Chicken Lettuce Wraps for appetizers. The Lettuce wraps are presented with butter lettuce leaves, which serve to hold the scoops of steaming beef and chicken well, and don't break apart. The Crab Spring Rolls have a scallion and cream cheese essence that combines just right, with the right amount of crunch. For entree's my Girlfriend tried the Glazed Chilean Sea Bass, and I the Macadamia Nut Chicken Stir Fry. The Sea Bass is like no other!!!!! The Macadamia Chicken Stir Fry has a sort of spicy/sweet garlic sauce, which makes you want to scoop all of it over the side of steaming jasmine rice, and eat just the rice, until you remember that you have fresh wok'd vegetables and succulent pieces of chicken.

We both had "liquid remedies" which at $8, are the most valued drinks in all of Stephen Starr's restaurants. Our server guided us through the sake menu, which we enjoyed.

Pod is to be enjoyed. Make reservations well in advance, because it gets BUSY!

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★★★★★

I had friends suggest Pod over the years, but it was only until recent that I was able to finally find the "right" person to take the trip!

Pod is like no other restaurant that you have ever seen--Godzilla and Funky images on the Flat Screens, sushi conveyor belt, shimmering bar, window "pods" for parties of two, and multiple large "pods" that seat larger parties.

But we were really impressed by the friendly servers, and the food! We had the Pod Lobster Roll, the Crab Spring Rolls, with a sort of spicy sweet dipping sauce, and the Beef and Chicken Lettuce Wraps for appetizers. The Lettuce wraps are presented with butter lettuce leaves, which serve to hold the scoops of steaming beef and chicken well, and don't break apart. The Crab Spring Rolls have a scallion and cream cheese essence that combines just right, with the right amount of crunch. For entree's my Girlfriend tried the Glazed Chilean Sea Bass, and I the Macadamia Nut Chicken Stir Fry. The Sea Bass is like no other!!!!! The Macadamia Chicken Stir Fry has a sort of spicy/sweet garlic sauce, which makes you want to scoop all of it over the side of steaming jasmine rice, and eat just the rice, until you remember that you have fresh wok'd vegetables and succulent pieces of chicken.

We both had "liquid remedies" which at $8, are the most valued drinks in all of Stephen Starr's restaurants. Our server guided us through the sake menu, which we enjoyed.

Pod is to be enjoyed. Make reservations well in advance, because it gets BUSY!

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Went to Pod on a Friday night with my wife. We had 8:30 reservations and waited about 10 minutes to get a table. Perfect in my world so we can grab a cocktail by the bar and soak up the scenery and check out the crowd. A nice mix of couples, groups, families, frat boys, and so forth. The ambiance is a retro-modern look reminiscent of an old space oddysey movie. The servers wear light blue shirts with a darker, but still pale blue Dickie pants, they looked absurd but fit in with the vibe of the place. The music was cool some rap, dance, nothing slow. The neon lights changed to the tune. For our meal we ordered 4 dim sum platters and a side. The kobe beef, shrimp tempora, scallops, and lobster/crab rolls. The side was the seafood rice. All the platters were good. The kobe beef was probably a waste of $ as it is 3 small slices for $15; however the server cooks it tableside on a Japanese river rock so I guess you are paying for that as well. The crab rolls (4) were excellent as was the shrimp (large portion). The scallops (3) were very good. The rice was very good as well. My wife went with the Pink drink which was basically Champagne and I had the Kirin Ichibad draft. Total bill was about 100 plus tip. It was slightly noisy inside but not enough to bother us, they do have acoustic ceiling tiles to keep it down a bit. All in all it was an excellent night out.

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★★★★★

Went to Pod on a Friday night with my wife. We had 8:30 reservations and waited about 10 minutes to get a table. Perfect in my world so we can grab a cocktail by the bar and soak up the scenery and check out the crowd. A nice mix of couples, groups, families, frat boys, and so forth. The ambiance is a retro-modern look reminiscent of an old space oddysey movie. The servers wear light blue shirts with a darker, but still pale blue Dickie pants, they looked absurd but fit in with the vibe of the place. The music was cool some rap, dance, nothing slow. The neon lights changed to the tune. For our meal we ordered 4 dim sum platters and a side. The kobe beef, shrimp tempora, scallops, and lobster/crab rolls. The side was the seafood rice. All the platters were good. The kobe beef was probably a waste of $ as it is 3 small slices for $15; however the server cooks it tableside on a Japanese river rock so I guess you are paying for that as well. The crab rolls (4) were excellent as was the shrimp (large portion). The scallops (3) were very good. The rice was very good as well. My wife went with the Pink drink which was basically Champagne and I had the Kirin Ichibad draft. Total bill was about 100 plus tip. It was slightly noisy inside but not enough to bother us, they do have acoustic ceiling tiles to keep it down a bit. All in all it was an excellent night out.

Pros: food, service, ambiance

Cons: a little noisy

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We were impressed by the the futuristic surroundings here, but were totally disapointed with the horribly prepared food.

Ten of us ordered the $55 per head price under the Pod menu options. Total bill was about $85 a head with drinks. Service was ok, but the food was perhaps the worst weve had in Philly in an upscale restaurant. The sushi was mediocre, the Caesar salad was soggy (veggies overripe), the pork loin was tough, the filet of beef overdone (we ordered it rare), and the duck fatty. Only the beer was good, and we could have gone to a neighborhood pub to get that at half the price.

We will not return.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were impressed by the the futuristic surroundings here, but were totally disapointed with the horribly prepared food.

Ten of us ordered the $55 per head price under the Pod menu options. Total bill was about $85 a head with drinks. Service was ok, but the food was perhaps the worst weve had in Philly in an upscale restaurant. The sushi was mediocre, the Caesar salad was soggy (veggies overripe), the pork loin was tough, the filet of beef overdone (we ordered it rare), and the duck fatty. Only the beer was good, and we could have gone to a neighborhood pub to get that at half the price.

We will not return.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Food

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Say what you will, but I prefer quality food over being seen someplace trendy.

Food was decent, but way overpriced. A la carte sushi was ok, but nothing to write home about. That it was priced about twice as high as any true Japanese restaurant made the taste that much worse. While everyone in our party of 4 enjoyed their meals, we were appalled at the bill. Way overpriced to say the least.

The one redeeming quality of Pod was its staff. Accomodating & friendly, they kept our glasses full & left us alone to chat even after the bill had been settled. This is not enough to make me want to go back, but good to note. Pod is a fun place to go out & try once if you've got some cash to burn. Repeated visits however are just not in the cards.

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★★★☆☆

Say what you will, but I prefer quality food over being seen someplace trendy.

Food was decent, but way overpriced. A la carte sushi was ok, but nothing to write home about. That it was priced about twice as high as any true Japanese restaurant made the taste that much worse. While everyone in our party of 4 enjoyed their meals, we were appalled at the bill. Way overpriced to say the least.

The one redeeming quality of Pod was its staff. Accomodating & friendly, they kept our glasses full & left us alone to chat even after the bill had been settled. This is not enough to make me want to go back, but good to note. Pod is a fun place to go out & try once if you've got some cash to burn. Repeated visits however are just not in the cards.

Pros: Friendly Staff, Prompt Seating , Glasses Never Empty

Cons: Overpriced, Subpar food, Loud

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Pod is just awful. I love Stephen Starr restaurants, but Pod is the total exception. Everything was horribly overpriced and the drinks were some of the weakest I have ever had. For a dinner for two, with two drinks each, the price came to over $100, and it was just not worth it at all. Pass this one by!

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★☆☆☆☆

Pod is just awful. I love Stephen Starr restaurants, but Pod is the total exception. Everything was horribly overpriced and the drinks were some of the weakest I have ever had. For a dinner for two, with two drinks each, the price came to over $100, and it was just not worth it at all. Pass this one by!

Pros: Decor

Cons: Grossly overpriced, Terrible drinks

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Pod is a very trendy fusion Japanese restaurant with futuristic decor. Good Japanese food for the adventurous. I like their basic sushi, over the fusion.

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★★★★☆

Pod is a very trendy fusion Japanese restaurant with futuristic decor. Good Japanese food for the adventurous. I like their basic sushi, over the fusion.

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Last week, several girlfriends and I dined at Pod for the first time after hearing constant outstanding reviews. The atomosphere and food were wonderful and the crowd and staff was uplifting and upbeat. The cocktails were sensational as well as festive, do try the liquid remedies! One friend was a vegetarian in addition to having a food allergy, I found that the menu was accomidating to her needs and our server handled the situation very professionally. The overall dining experience was the best I have ever had.

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★★★★★

Last week, several girlfriends and I dined at Pod for the first time after hearing constant outstanding reviews. The atomosphere and food were wonderful and the crowd and staff was uplifting and upbeat. The cocktails were sensational as well as festive, do try the liquid remedies! One friend was a vegetarian in addition to having a food allergy, I found that the menu was accomidating to her needs and our server handled the situation very professionally. The overall dining experience was the best I have ever had.

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My Girlfriend and I have dined all around the world--and love sushi--so we were taken aback by the quality of sushi, and the hip quality of this restaurant. NIce touch with the movie selections playing over the conveyor sushi bar (retro sci-fi, anime, godzilla, barbarella). My girlfriend tried items off of the regular menu, which has something for everyone--wasabi crusted filet mignon, with wasabi mashed potatoes; also the sake marinated seabass with the japanese puree of sweet potatoes was outrageously good. The next best thing about Pod that we liked was the service--in one word, it's REAL, and attentive. Stephen Starr is doing something right in U-City....

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★★★★★

My Girlfriend and I have dined all around the world--and love sushi--so we were taken aback by the quality of sushi, and the hip quality of this restaurant. NIce touch with the movie selections playing over the conveyor sushi bar (retro sci-fi, anime, godzilla, barbarella). My girlfriend tried items off of the regular menu, which has something for everyone--wasabi crusted filet mignon, with wasabi mashed potatoes; also the sake marinated seabass with the japanese puree of sweet potatoes was outrageously good. The next best thing about Pod that we liked was the service--in one word, it's REAL, and attentive. Stephen Starr is doing something right in U-City....

Pros: Ambience, Drinks, Food

Cons: Plan ahead to reserve

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THE best dining experience. Get a POD and enjoy. You don't even have to like sushi, went with a picky eater and there was something for everyone on the menu. The Pod menu is great for a large party. Highly recommend the miso soup!
Be prepared to spend some money!

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★★★★★

THE best dining experience. Get a POD and enjoy. You don't even have to like sushi, went with a picky eater and there was something for everyone on the menu. The Pod menu is great for a large party. Highly recommend the miso soup!
Be prepared to spend some money!

Pros: Ambience, Food, Service

Cons: Price, No Lunch on Sat/Sun

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This restaurant is a ton of fun if you are young and have some money to blow. It is definitely not a "good value," but neither is any other Starr restaurant. The sushi is as good as you're going to get in Philly (not bad, but not as good as, say, LA), and the rest of the menu is fantastic. I recommend just getting a bunch of appetizers and sushi and passing it around instead of ordering entrees. This is definitely a place to come with friends, not with a date or a family. The atmosphere definitely tends toward trendy, and on any given night a large portion of the crowd will be Penn students (it's on Penn's campus). One negative is that is in University City, which isn't exactly where the action is. They also have a really good happy hour.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is a ton of fun if you are young and have some money to blow. It is definitely not a "good value," but neither is any other Starr restaurant. The sushi is as good as you're going to get in Philly (not bad, but not as good as, say, LA), and the rest of the menu is fantastic. I recommend just getting a bunch of appetizers and sushi and passing it around instead of ordering entrees. This is definitely a place to come with friends, not with a date or a family. The atmosphere definitely tends toward trendy, and on any given night a large portion of the crowd will be Penn students (it's on Penn's campus). One negative is that is in University City, which isn't exactly where the action is. They also have a really good happy hour.

Pros: God Food, Good Drinks, Fun Atmosphere

Cons: Location

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I love this place. Great sushi, service, great food, everything here is great. except valet parking is expensive. I like to sit at the sushi bar. i can just grab sushi whenever i want and it's easy to request sushi you want to the chef.

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★★★★★

I love this place. Great sushi, service, great food, everything here is great. except valet parking is expensive. I like to sit at the sushi bar. i can just grab sushi whenever i want and it's easy to request sushi you want to the chef.

Pros: sushi

Cons: expensive valet

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