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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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best decision you could make! Food and service was excellent!

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Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The presentation was gorgeous! A foodie's dream experience! Very unique flavor pairings ... we all enjoyed the dishes we chose and shared.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were spectacular. Wine markup was significant but wine was delicious.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We celebrated my husband’s birthday. We loved the food soo much!! The ambiance was just right. I guess I expected more from the chef’s table.. but we were seated by the plates area, and not really in front of the chef’s preparation area, so couldn’t see much. I think a regular table is preferable next time. Service was slower than expected, but I didn’t mind, coz the food was worth the wait!! They were accommodating to my request of keeping my infant beside us at the chef’s table 😊
Overall a great dining experience!!

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Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top three restaurants in philly

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I have ever had in Philadelphia. Wonderful service, most unique dishes I have experienced. I will absolutely be back

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EW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second meal at Serpico and it was practically perfect in every way. The staff are well versed in menu items and offered suggestions and options for sharing several dishes, they work together to make the service experience impeccable. Every food item was a delight, innovative and delicious without being too crazy - my 15 year old tried everything we ordered and she's a meat/potatoes kid. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish.

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RE
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing... service... food.

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DG
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is very well done here. It's worth coming to this place and dealing with the noise and cramped tables. The drinks were pretty good, too.

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New York Area
213 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting and creative menu, excellent service, rather noisy.

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HO
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really great night at Serpico. The menu is creative and diverse. I was worried that we needed to find some “theme” to unite the choices we made but we ended up just ordering what we wanted, and it worked out GREAT! The service was spot on, in particular they made us feel welcome and never made us feel rushed even as we approved 2.5 hours. But, not to get off track, the most important reason we were there was the food and it was fantastic. Every dish was above average, and multiple were simply revelatory. Texture, flavor, presentation and uncommon juxtaposition of ingredients balance perfectly. Thanks for a special night!!!!

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite the non attractive facade, once we walked in, it opens up to a high ceiling and nice ambiance open kitchen restaurant. The food tastes very interesting and great combination. The meat quality is exceptional. We were sitting in the booth located at the front of the restaurant, the noise level is quite comfortable and we could talk which is a rare find in any of Stephen Starrs restaurants.

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SG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The service was top notch. Wonderful experience!

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Ambience and service was great. Food was overpriced and salty.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Philadelphia and it’s not even close!

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JJ
Houston
44 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A restaurant with plenty of energy in the dining room, in the bar, and in the kitchen, all in the same open space. We sat at the chef's counter and delighted in the consistently beautiful plates they churned out. The food is bold and imaginative - don't miss the raw scallops dish, the asparagus mousse and the lamb. It is all presented as shareable small plates, a delight if you are into trying many things. We had a lovely time and will return.

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VG
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food and ambiance
Little bit pricy but it is worth it when it is for a special occasion

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K
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious but overpriced. Apple cake is awesome!

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AG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, but the portions were small and the prices were very high.

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the counter over looking the kitchen. Was great watching them prep the dishes. Food was very good with interesting combinations Japanese eggplant was delicious!

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E
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Some creative and delicious food with service and cocktails to match.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, we sat at the chefs counter. We had several of the fish small plates, along with the fried duck and halibut.Apple cake was yummy. We were celebrating our anniversary and appreciated the sweet treat with a candle.Our servers wine selections were spot on... thanks for a special meal !

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Serpico! We come here whenever possible because everything about the restaurant is perfection. A must!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent food. Great overall experience.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good was interesting and delicious as were the cocktails. We loved it including the server!

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Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful to sit at the counter and watch the masterful cookpreparing amazing food and keeping the work space immaculately clean. Also watching training in process. The food was exceptional. Prices a little steep. A great place for a special occasion. My 76th birthday. Wow!

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KO
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great celebration dinner for graduation! Such a special dinner on every level - totally worth it!

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

sit at counter if possible

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Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful—our go-to place with out-of-town guests or when we just want a great meal by ourselves. The spring asparagus is awesome right now!

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JZ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu variety impressive - all the dishes my table of 4 tried (3 appetizers and 3 main dishes and 2 desserts) were excellent. One exception was the rocky road dessert. It was good but not special, whereas the apple cake was outstanding.
The size of the dishes were good for sharing, yet we were not overly full. Also not a starchy menu which is a plus!
Loved the drink specials as well.

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here over the years- the service and ambience is first rate-the menu is inspired and inventive, at least intellectually. On this visit the flavors seem muted after the fusion-for many of our dishes we felt like something was missing and that we needed to go back to the full-ethnic experience to be satisfied.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a phenomenal dining experience at Serpico. Peter and his team are exceptional and well worth a trip to Philadelphia to experience. They’ve hit the mark of elegant, creative, and elevated but non-pretentious.

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y
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Girls night out - very fun! Great Pinot noir rose.

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RB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, service, food and drink. Crispy fried duck was one of the 10 best things I have ever eaten!

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j
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a magical dinner we had at Serpico. We had just flown into Philadelphia and had gotten a recommendation to go there but we had no idea how special a meal this would be. We sat at the kitchen counter watching the food be prepared and between the two of us we shared 6 plates. Its tough to say but my favorite might have been the chicken and snail lasagna. Our service was excellent. All around a great night.

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Philadelphia
119 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Exquisite creative food and super delicious

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k
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative dishes with wonderful flavors that really emphasize the fresh ingredients. I sat up at the chef's counter, which I high recommend, and ordered 4 tapas sized dishes. Started with the Japanese Eggplant, and then the Steamed Egg Custard with NC Shrimp, followed by the Dry Aged Sirloin Tataki. All 3 dishes were very different, but somehow worked well together. My final dish was supposed to be the Enoki Mushrooms, but after discussing the Chicken and Snail Lasagna with the chef, he decided I had to try that as well, so he prepared me one at no charge (thank you again!). All the dishes were incredible, but I have to admit I'm very glad the chef convinced me to try the lasagna, as it was outstanding. Small wine list, but some nice, mostly European choices that really compliment the food.

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LO
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Maybe the food was just too advanced for me. Very odd concoctions. I really was not at all impressed.

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TN
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing!!

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