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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CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, interesting food and great service. One of the best meals we've had in years.

MK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience in every aspect. highly recommend sitting at the chef's counter for a more immersive experience.

a
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been twice now, wanna make it three! Delicious and wonderful!

JW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails, white truffle honey butter, and scallops were highlights

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely worth the trip into the city. Amazing food and fantastic service. Definitely an experience to remember

C
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dining experience- creative menu, awesome service and unassumingly warm and welcoming. The only disappointment was that we ate too much so had to skip dessert. What a shame!

M
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

presentation was excellent, food was wonderful
Our server, Zach, explained the menu very well as well as the wine and beer

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was our 8th wedding anniversary...

m
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The expectations are always high when we go to Serpico and they exceed in presenting us with new tastes and textures. Always comfortable and knowledgeable service that can lead you through the menu seamlessly.

U
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This is the third visit and we felt the the overall quality of the food had definitely declined, For example, the lamb was underdone and very chewy and the bass was tasteless.

E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Extraordinary food. The beet salad is a fresh sophisticated version. Great ceviche.

TC
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The donuts and fish dip were notable; the soup was, too. Roasted beet was, too. The halibut with a carrot cake cap was not, IMHO; the sweet carrot, although pretty tasty, contributes nothing to the fish but novelty (sorry, Craig LaBan). A potato crust, although not novel, would make a better dish. Desserts were smashing. Service was as thoughtful as usual--probably more than I've ever encountered anywhere.

D
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic meal and great service. Highlights included the raw diver scallops in buttermilk, the ceviche, and the deep fried duck leg on a potato roll. We also really enjoyed the lamb on the favs bean “risotto”. Everything was well executed and the service was spot on. Can’t wait to return.

J
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wow. What a meal! Our favorite dining experience in Philly. Started with the raw scallops and the Ora King salmon. They were so fresh and flavorful. Next we had the enoki mushrooms - the broth was incredible and the texture of the mushrooms akin to pasta. Then the Chicken and snail lasagna - to die for. 3rd course, we had the crispy pork belly (which my husband loved - it was a bit rich for me) and the fried duck leg - one of my favorite dishes ever. For desert we had the squash panna cotta. So crazy good. Just a delight all the way around - inventive and incredibly good.

AD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner! Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and surprised us with our cocktails. We enjoyed watching the chefs prepared the food. We'll definitely be back!

MG
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so wonderful! Service, on point. Food, delicious and stunningly presented. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect son perfect

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TS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First visit to Serpico. Asked waiter for recommendations that the restaurant is noted for. We selected four choices and they were all excellent. My wife and I look forward to our next visit to sample other dishes.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always amazing, but the food is simply the best in town. Prepared with care and love the team does an amazing job at executing excellence

JD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the innovative options items that Serpico adds to the menu on a seasonal basis. Also happy to see the Chicken and Snail Lasagne back on the menu!

M
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant in Philadelphia. My best during my stay where I have tried 4 different upper level ones. The service was impeccable, the quality, presentation and diversity of the plates were superior. I strongly recommend for the foodie in you. Cocktails also were great!

CH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dry-aged duck and NY strip entrees. Great service. Quality experience from beginning to end.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, dining experience. The raw diver scallops were perfect. The savory fish donuts were also fantastic. They went above and beyond to make my birthday dinner a lovely experience. Will certainly be back again and would recommend anyone who hasn’t been here yet to try it.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! I can’t wait to go back. The sliced scallops, the soup, the cocktails,..

c
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, creative, healthy, inspired dishes. Go with a couple of people so you can share more and try more dishes. XLnt!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience with excellent service, creative presentation of food, and everything tasted great! Good place for dates, meetings, and really for any reason.

j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Serpico. Sharing plates gave us all an opportunity to taste so many wonderful dishes. The cocktails were also delicious. We’ll be back!

NE
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is very special, combinations of tastes in each dish with lots of creativity and success. Staff attentive but not overly fussy. Very supportive of our table's interest in tasting each of the dishes with additional plates. Only criticism was the noise level, too loud for easy conversation across our party of 6- was fine for any grouping of four but not for six. We had an early reservation in an attempt to avoid the loudest period, but...

AJ
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is incredible and we loved that there are a lot of vegetarian options. Certainly one of the top 10 places in Philly. Our service was oddly not aligned with the food quality and wine. There were two waiters who were super efficient and knowledgeable but rude, short and almost seemed irritated by their guests. We are thoughtful, patient customers so it was just super obvious that their culture is off or two bad apples. Love Starr and the good, so I’ll be back!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The service and food were outstanding. We enjoyed sitting at the counter and watching the chefs in action. Cannot wait to go back!

MF
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such inventive cuisine and a great staff. I can't wait for my next trip to Philly to go again!

RJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants in Philly. The food is always innovative, exquisitely cooked, and beautifully presented. Always a joy to sit at the counter and watch the unhurried professional chefs. Hats off to the service, especially for the sommelier. His selection, and recommendation of 'natural' wines, are faultless. Who knew of orange wine? And yep, have written to the Michelin folks to recommend for at least one star.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The prices are excessive. I wouldn't go regularly because of affordability.

The chef should suggest a few paths through the menu

The menu should be in a larger font. Folks with resources tend to be old enough to need reading glasses.

j
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, solid service, great menu. This was our 3rd time at Serpico and we will be back again soon. Delicious meal and a great date.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with super food options!

e
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cuisine at Serpico is superb! Hospitality is warm and very attentive. If I lived in Philadelphia I would be a “regular” at Serpico!

OT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter and the young lady who was shadowing him (training) were both fantastic. Not to take anything away from the excellent customer service from the waiter and trainee, but the food was phenomenal. I will be back again for food and service and everything in between. Thank you Serpico.

WH
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serpico is always wonderful. Creative fabulous-tasting meals in a space that has simple warm ambiance and service that isn’t obtrusive and when present is efficient and relatable and friendly/helpful!! Only great things here!!

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Went in with moderate expectations. The look, feel, and ambiance when you walk in was excellent, unexpected, and exciting. However, the food didn't quite back up this vibe. My drink was great though, I just say. The manager, host, and runners were all pleasant and excellent. The waiter was okay.

H
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We thought the food was fresh and inventive, however the service was rushed, and for a $200.00 dinner, we don't want to be rushed. We felt this from the moment we walked in when we were hastily seated, then by our server who talked super fast and was clearly in a hurry. It was Saturday night of a holiday weekend, so perhaps they were short staffed. I'd be willing to give it another try because the food was so good, but only one more. There are tons of restaurants in the city with outstanding service, we don't want to spend our restaurant dollars and Saturday night in one with less than anything else.

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