Serpico - Philadelphia

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Serpico is a collaboration between James Beard award-winning chef Peter Serpico and restaurateur Stephen Starr. Located on South Street, the 60-seater will have a true neighborhood feel, with cozy booths, counter seating and a small bar at which the full menu will be available.

Serving dinner only, the cuisine is ingredient-driven offering a seasonally evolving menu of playful yet familiar takes on global fare. A small hand-picked list of food-friendly wines will perfectly complement the menu and a quality cocktail program will focus on boutique spirits.
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vipLobster
Philadelphia
131 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The most creative and innovative food in Philadelphia. One of our favorite!

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vipResplendent
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner with the birthday boy! Every dish we had was incredible! From the sun choke, mushroom, lamb bacon and coffee oil soup, to the snail and chicken lasagne with bechemel sauce and walnut Yuzu pesto (licked the plate) to the dry aged duck breast with cabbage stuffed with duck, to the Cala Cala orange panda cotta and apple cake we were blown away! Great service and decor also! #droolworthy #gaygourmet #yummy

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ChandlerP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was very lack-luster but desserts were great.

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FredK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dishes were inventive and delicious, but portions were very small for the prices. Dishes are served family-style, so you need to order 3 dishes per person from the small plate, medium plate, and entree columns on the menu. Highlights were the Deep Fried Duck Leg and pork entrees. The shrimp mousse small plate was too gelatinous, too small a portion for the price and not flavorful - a bad choice. Each of our three desserts was terrific: Rocky Road, apple cake covered in chocolate paired with vanilla ice cream, and an orange panna cotta.

The room is a large brick box without dividers, making it very noisy. Service was very attentive and knowledgeable. Wines were limited, but cocktail options were abundant.

So go if you seek innovative dishes. My wife is not an adventurous eater, so she looked at the menu and wondered "what will I find to eat here"?

Prepare to spend $75+ per person (before tip), and ask detailed questions about the portion size and preparation for each dish. I enjoyed the meal, but not enough to return. If not for the great desserts, I would have left hungry.

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vipgreatfoodonly
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t decide who’s #1 in Philly or the country but Serpico is one of the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Was told this restaurant was the best and Philly and was the most disappointed I’ve been in a long time. Got to the restaurant 5 mins before the time of the reservation (8pm). They told us they were running behind and that we could get a drink at the bar that was completely full and people were already standing next to the bar waiting - I asked if we could sit at one of the 10 open tables for a drink before sitting at our reserved chef’s counter and they declined and we were asked to leave. They called us back 25 minutes later to come back. The hostess then walked us over to the counter, proceeded to tell us the counter wasn’t set yet, then had us wait again. Hostess and staff were unprofessional and unaccommodating. Finally sat down and put in the entire order at 830pm. We were served one of the five courses we ordered and then it took over an hour to be served again. The food was very good but extremely overpriced for what you get. Left the restaurant hungry and with a hefty check over $200 for two people. Will never return.

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vipJess
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good meal, good surroundings, great service - pricey for Philly

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Chloe
London
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked this for my boss on his work trip and he didn’t stop raving about it! 10/10 For everything.
Good for other PA’s to know this is a great place to book in Philadelphia! Thank you Serpico

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vipvhurteau
Berlin
34 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Creative choices like the Romanesco Cauliflower with whipped Feta and Savory Donuts with white smoke fish cream. Fresh ingredients,

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Mountainside
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was remarkable. The wait staff professional and informative. Extraordinaire! Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Perfect service and a delicious meal

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vipWineweekend
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service & food in Philadelphia

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JustSomePerson
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent courses and cocktails. Will happily return again as the seasons/menu changes.

Diver scallops are a must.

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vipGoNow
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn't been in a year or two and the food and menu were outstanding. Really impressed across the board

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vipBerraberro
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, adorable ambiance with a beautiful open kitchen, great food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food. All good.

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AshleyL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you'd like to treat yourself or a loved one to a special experience I highly recommend coming here. The food is excellent, extremely fresh ingredients and creative offerings. The ambience manages to remain casual and unpretentious. I had the halibut with the savory carrot cake with old bay season - it was easily the best seafood dish I've had. The scallops with buttermilk were so refreshing - we tried all three desserts and my goodness, it was a happy ending to a stellar meal.

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vipDonnaR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & Service was excellent!!

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Gabe
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is excellent every time I come. Great service as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal restaurant but a bit on the pricier side

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Been to Serpico twice. First time, we sat at a table and the second time, we sat at the chef’s counter. Food was quite delicious on both occasions, but sitting at the chef’s table just elevates the entire experience. Seeing it all go down really solidifies how hard they work at the little details that make every dish the culinary experience you’re paying for. If you’re looking for quantity, this is not the place for you. Portions are shareable, but a tasting size at best. What you’re paying for is the experience, ingredients and presentation. A must try!

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vipcityburbs
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the greatest food in Philadelphia, which is saying a great deal, given the culinary scene of Philadelphia! Chef Peter Serpico is truly a culinary artist, making magic! His kitchen and staff make beautiful food together, which is a joy to watch! The care in which the wait staff takes is beyond. Thank you to Anthony, the host with the most, for making sure our evening was seamless! I cannot wait to return!

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JoshuaK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

1. Service was very good with knowledgeable and attentive staff. Excellent wine list with good pairings to the courses on the menu.
2. The ambience and setting was really nice, albeit a bit loud. However, it was a good kind of loud with energy and buzz in the room.
3. The kitchen is very well run and on point with all dishes.
4. Could be a 5 star for food based on the concepts in each dish, and the execution is flawless, but each item on the menu I tasted lacked one little element to take it up a notch to a "5" level. I realize that simplicity and purity are the aims here, but for just one example, the signature scallops are delicious but imagine for a moment if they had one extra element of crunch and salinity.

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SusanD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was divine and Anthony made our experience extra special. Cool space, love open kitchen and watching chefs do their ‘magic’. Did I mention that outstanding food??? Only wish we could have tried every plate!

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AdeiK
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing! The staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. We got there at the beginning of service and had a lengthy meal. Though they were getting super crowded no one rushed us out, as it sometimes happens at other restaurants. the food was sublime.

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vipLala
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect meal from drinks to dessert! We have been many times and I can't help but order the same items they are so delicious. Each time we leave I dream about our next visit and ordering the same dishes once again. Perfection!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Peter Serpico is amazing. The staff at Serpico are top notch & very accommodating. We had a very enjoyable dining experience. Keep up the excellent work

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AmandaP
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic meal, from delicious cocktails to start, all the way through a number of plates to my favorite, the lamb. Scallops are a real standout! No room for dessert, so can't comment on those. The service was great; everyone who brought food to the table was able to tell us about the dishes.

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vipAlidaM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is now my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. There were six of us on Sunday night and we enjoyed such a wonderful array of delicious dishes. The space is beautiful and the kitchen is well organized with everyone working together with precision. The menu was inspiring and so satisfying. Truly a great experience for my birthday!
Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for an inventive, healthy, absolutely scrumptious selection of incredibly well-prepared plates ... LOOK NO FURTHER. Serpico is without doubt one of the best in the city and (unlike others), always makes you feel welcome. No snootiness here. Great service, great food, great atmosphere. And a nicely done wine list as well. Highly recommended.

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ChristineM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. The prices for wine way too high. Waiter was nice but had a lot of tables. I would have liked to ask a few more questions. They remembered the notation about my friends birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my girlfriend’s birthday and, because she happens to be a chef, I chose to sit at the chef’s table. It was a great decision. Not only did we get to experience a meal which encompassed flavors that expanded both of our culinary horizons but she very much enjoyed the kitchen symphony of the team working together led by the maestro. We are both looking forward to the next performance.

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Bleich5252
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant for foodies in the city. Food is completely unique and absolutely delicious. If all Philly restaurants starting seeming like the same tired menu.. this is your place.

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DQ2015
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had family in town and brought them to Serpico.
We had a fabulous meal. Ambiance is energetic and cocktails were great. They loved it!

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vipPoes27
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough about Serpico. Literally everything we ordered was an excellent taste explosion in our mouths. Dining here is such a pleasure - not only is the food exceptional, the staff is so good. No rush, familiar with the wine list, and attentive. It’s not inexpensive but worth every penny because it’s a meal you will remember.

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vipryn215
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my favorite restaurants in philadelphia, hands down. beautifully designed, intimate lighting and decor, and the food never disappoints.

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vipRobertE
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food is outstanding! I really prefer to sit at the counter by the kitchen when possible. The drink service was the only thing I might complain about. It took a long time to get drinks not just at the beginning but throughout the dinner. They made a mistake with the wine, too. Otherwise the service was terrific.

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TAANYC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique experience - the food was almost too intelligent for us but very good. Service was accommodating and they offered everything a first timer there would need to know.

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vipvamosrafa04
Philadelphia
80 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! We sat at Chef's counter, able to watch as they prepare all of their beautiful dishes and talk to the Chef's makes for a stellar experience. Absolutely fabulous in every way! Can't wait to return.

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buster
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Nice to see that the food scene in Philly has really improved over the last several years.

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