About Serpico - Philadelphia

604 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday 5:00PM to 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Sunday 5:00PM to 10:00PM

Cross Street:
Between 6th Street & 7th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 925-3001

Website:
http://www.serpicoonsouth.com/

Parking Details:
We recommend either metered street parking, or parking in the "EZ Park" lot in between 4th and 5th on Bainbridge St.

Public Transit:
Serpico is located nearest the Broad Street Line, 8 blocks east of the Lombard-South station. We are also easily accessible by SEPTA routes 40 and 47, or PATCO via the 9th/10th-Locust station.

Executive Chef:
Peter Serpico

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Serpico - Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.6

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4.5

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Food was overly sauced and rather heavy. ...

vip
Dined 3 days ago

Food was overly sauced and rather heavy. The bean appetizer was swimming with butter as was the trout. Virtually inedible. The Hamachi appetizer was excellent though. Price is rather high given the value.

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value4

Excellent food. Great service. Fun place.

Dined on April 17, 2016

We sat at the Chef's counter watching the food being preapared. The Chef was very accomodating to my food allergy, they substitue cayenne pepper for the bean salad which was fantastic!!! A must have. We will be back soon with family and friends. Excellent!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
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The best part of Serpico is sitting at t ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

The best part of Serpico is sitting at the counter and watching the chefs! Food was delicious however I did feel the price point was a little high based on ingredients and portions. The desserts were excellent! Had we not sat at the kitchen counter would have been a disappointed; in my opinion you are paying for the experience.

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ambience4
service4
value3

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vip
Dined on April 15, 2016

My husband and I went to Serpico based on several articles I had been reading on dining in Philadelphia. While there was nothing drastically wrong with our meal, it just didn't live up to the hype. The white asperagus soup was excellent and exciting; the hamachi tartar not so much. The flavors of the fish and the rice cracker on top didn't come together. Same for the soft shell crab special--the pungent sauce overwhelmed the delicate crab. The service was fine, but I got the vibe that since we are over 60, wowing us wasn't as necessary as it was for a younger crowd. Living in DC, I do know the difference.

Tags: good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Exceptional food, impeccable service

Dined on April 14, 2016

Our experience at Serpico was nothing short of outstanding. Each dish was beautifully presented and proved at once creative and delicious. The raw diver scallops are delicately laid out in an exquisite sauce. The escargot and chicken lasagna was every bit as delicious as a picky Frenchman might expect, and the lamb bacon was simply flawless. We also shared the halibut, which may be the best piece of fish I've had a chance of trying in Philadelphia. Finally, the toasted apple cake will strike you as unique and vibrant. Service is careful and discreet. Very professional

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4

Mac n cheese is delicious and the duck b ...

Dined on April 14, 2016

Mac n cheese is delicious and the duck breast was fabulous! Very excited to go back soon!

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Amazing food!!!

vip
Dined on April 14, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed the service, the ambiance, and the food, though the portions were a bit smaller than expected. But every bite was delicious, different, interesting---and we'll definitely be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

My husband and I ate dinner here on a Sa ...

vip
Dined on April 9, 2016

My husband and I ate dinner here on a Saturday night. We chose to sit at the chef's counter and had a fantastic experience! It was great getting a close up view of the food being prepared with executive chef/owner on site. We had a wonderful time and will be returning soon!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

FANTASTIC

vip
Dined on April 3, 2016

Food and service were amazing. Sit at the Chef's counter if you can for a great experience. A very memorable meal!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Loved it. No details left to chance.

Dined on April 2, 2016

We each had their Tasting Menu which was such a great way to experience the Chef/owner of Serpico.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
food1
ambience3
service3
value1

The food was outrageously overpriced

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

The restaurant was not worth the money They asked us for a drink order 3 times The 2 of us ordered 2 Small plates 2 large of Which one was their special the large at $28 & $42 were barely bigger than the small. If you want high prices unique food you will get it here

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

The Delicious Serpico

Dined on March 27, 2016

Hadn't been back to Serpico in several years, which can sometimes lead to disappointment when the second time doesn't live up to the first time visit. I can honestly say that this gem of a restaurant was exquisite in every way. The food! Where to start? The white asparagus soup with a spring onion pesto was perfection, from the first slurp to the last of the spoon scraping the bowl to get every drop. I chose the chicken and snail lasagna, mostly because the oddness of it intrigued me. Again, it was bowl-scrapingly delicious. Desserts were wonderful, too, and although I'm not a big fan of marshmallow, the Rocky Road dessert and a strong cup of good coffee were the perfect way to end our Easter feast. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Love this place. Best meal we've had in ...

Dined on March 26, 2016

Love this place. Best meal we've had in a while. Most ingredients can be bought at the local supermarket but the chef makes those ordinary ingredients taste sublime.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Special occasions

Dined on March 26, 2016

The tasting menu is very special. It was our second time trying it. The selections were as interesting and memorable as the first time.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Amazing experience worth a try

Dined on March 25, 2016

We went to Serpico based on a recommendation by the manager of Butcher and Singer another Stephen Starr restaurant. The menu is seasonal and innovative. You can choose from a variety of small plates and entree dishes. The waiter was very friendly and provided suggestions based on what we like. I went with the Mushroom Tartar, Duck pate, and the Lamb Chops. All of it was delicious and just the right amount of food to have room for dessert. We sampled the cheesecake, Rocky Road, and Cream Sickle between 4 people.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service4
value2

Very good, but over priced. Have to ord ...

Dined on March 23, 2016

Very good, but over priced. Have to order too many items and at their prices the meal becomes too expensive.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience4
service4
value2

Delicious but not filling

Dined on March 19, 2016

Food was delicious, but two hours later at home I threw together a cheese plate and cooked up a bowl of soup because I was so hungry. At that price, I would expect it to be delicious and filling.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

The chawanmushi with cauliflower mushroo ...

Dined on March 18, 2016

The chawanmushi with cauliflower mushrooms in brown butter dashi on the tasting menu was the highlight of our meal (as well as the shaved foie gras).

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Fantastic experience

vip
Dined on March 17, 2016

What a unique dining experience! I requested the chef's table, which is really a bar area surrounding the kitchen. It was great to see our food prepared right in front of us. As a bonus, the chefs seemed to be creating new dishes for the spring menu, so it was cool to see that process in action and hear some of the thought and deliberation that goes into the menu. Going in, I was a little skeptical (as I always am about Asian Fusion). The food was amazing - especially the waygu. Days later, I'm still thinking about how good it was. Some of the food is very heavy, and after four dishes shared among two people, we were stuffed. ... but we made room for the Toasted Apple Cake for dessert, which was well worth it. The portions are small and a bit on the expensive side, but it was worth it for the experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent, inventive food. Totally top d ...

Dined on March 15, 2016

Excellent, inventive food. Totally top drawer.

food5
ambience5
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value4

Fantastic experience

Dined on March 13, 2016

My wife, daughter and I had a wonderful meal at Serpico on a recent Sunday evening. The menu is experimental but delicious and the drinks and wine are fantastic as well.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
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Excellent

Dined on March 13, 2016

Althougha little expensive, quality of the food made it worthwhile. Waiter was fantastic and knowledgeable, best salad I ever had!!. We went on a Sunday and it was quiet and less crowded, highly recommended!!

Tags: hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great food.

Dined on March 13, 2016

I had the chicken and snail lasagna, duck liver, trout, and apple cake. They are were great. Felt welcome and had good service. I would be going back again.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
food1
ambience5
service3
value2

No vegetarian options, if your thinking ...

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

No vegetarian options, if your thinking of the couple items that aren't meat containing, they do not make a meal. The one good thing is the drinks, expertly made!

Tags: vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service5
value2

Too pricey for what they delivered.

Dined on March 6, 2016

Food was unique and tasty. We love the downtown, trendy restaurants but we all felt that they overpriced this menu. Parking is a beast in this area. The menu is heavy; one salad option and no veggie side options. The veggies that were offered on the plates were potatoes and fried. We will not be revisiting. Bit disappointed in this Stephen Starr option.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service4
value2

what a meal!

vip
Dined on March 4, 2016

We shared 6 or 7 dishes and everything was FANTASTIC! Highly recommend the crab ramen, the seafood stew, the mushroom tartare and the halibut! Flavors were perfectly balanced and not too overwhelming... Service was great too! Try the spicy cocktail too!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Serpico is one of the 2 or 3 best in town

Dined on March 4, 2016

The food was creative and superb. Service was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We sat at the kitchen watching the food preparation and the experience was fascinating. Like watching a well oiled machine of artists.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Terrific night overall!

Dined on February 27, 2016

Serpico was everything that I read it was supposed to be. The food was absolutely amazing. Our whole experience was phenomenal. Serpico has definitely set the bar for dining for me.

Tags: fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service3

Very high prices for quality of food. If ...

vip
Dined on February 27, 2016

Very high prices for quality of food. If you are going to charge 20+ dollars per plate, it better be delicious and pretty flawless

food5
ambience5
service5

I have been here many times, and the ser ...

vip
Dined on February 21, 2016

I have been here many times, and the service and food is always impeccable. One of my all-time favorite dishes anywhere, the fluke appetizer, is a must. The staff is always courteous, and dining here is always a good experience. Highly recommended!

food4
ambience4
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This is an interesting mashup of Japanes ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

This is an interesting mashup of Japanese and Italian influences. Loved the chicken and snail lasagne which had no discernible snail overtones. Tonight's special was a black truffle risotto which was a masterpiece. The tables were too small for the size of the plates and we always seemed to have too much to fit comfortably on the table. Service was rushed, although very polite. Nice atmosphere, creative menu. Portion sizes were small, prices large. My NYC companion felt that we got less for dining dollar here than we would have in similar NY establishment.

food5
ambience4
service5

Overall a very creative menu. Everything ...

vip
Dined on February 20, 2016

Overall a very creative menu. Everything was outstanding. Things that I generally am not a fan of were prepared in such a way that I loved them. Only concern was that we sat at the counter where you watch the food being prepared. The woman who was the pastry chief seems to move about the kitchen touching things with her bare hands that she really had no business touching. Playing with truffles and touching rice crackers etc. Keep in mind she was not preparing any of this food so it seemed off. I am sure that this probably happens in most kitchens but when on display like this I think a bit more restraint is necessary. After all they put the kitchen on display so yes the bar is a bit higher for you.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Serpico is Excellent

Dined on February 20, 2016

We had a very good meal. The dishes are small, even the "mains" but all the food was excellent. We had both deep fried (starter) and roasted duck (main)--each wonderful in their own way. We also shared the totally delicious, melt-in-your-mouth short rib main. We shared those as well as smaller dishes: fois gras; pasta and snails; raw diver scallops--each better than the next. So the food was terrific. The service was gracious and prompt. She even arranged to turn the music down so we could hear. Only complaint: The restaurant serves no bread. Given how great the sauces were, this is a serious oversight (probably an "insight" on their part as one doesn't fill up on bread and buys more courses). Still, this needs to be corrected for those of us who love to soak up the sauce.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Serpico is Fantastic

Dined on February 20, 2016

The ambiance of Serpico really sets the mood for a romantic evening and the friendly staff added to the perfect evening. We opted for one starter, two middle courses, two entrees and one dessert. The food was outstanding and had such an array of flavors. Everything was perfectly balanced. We highly recommend the Raw Diver Scallops, Chicken & Snail Lasagna, Blackened King Salmon, Roasted Lamb Chop & Leg, Caper Brined Trout and Toasted Apple Cake. If you're looking for an upscale spot with an open kitchen that dishes up New American plates with Asian influences, this restaurant is for you!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Simply spectacular, front to back. This ...

vip
Dined on February 17, 2016

Simply spectacular, front to back. This is easily some of the best food in Philly right now.

food5
ambience4
service4
value3

Another Philly favorite

Dined on February 17, 2016

We visited Serpico the other night for our wedding anniversary, and the restaurant definitely impressed. My wife had never been to Serpico, so I looked forward to her reaction, which was definitely positive. We had a series of small and medium plates, beginning with a complimentary rice cracker with wasabi hummus. Next we had the raw scallop dish, which was the best dish of the night - it's justifiably famous. Next, we had the lamb bacon, which was my second favorite, followed by the king crab ramen, which was very good. The ramen dish was perhaps a bit heavy-handed, but still delicious. Next, we had the duck leg sandwiches, which were also delicious, and we finished off with the korean chicken wings - again justifiably famous.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service4
value3

Spontaneous dinner

vip
Dined on February 12, 2016

We went on a whim for dinner on a frigid Thursday night. The restaurant was very busy and had a great vibe going on! We sat at the Chef's counter...so much fun! The food, cocktails and atmoshphere are outstanding. Our server was good, and it seemed like the Manager was helping out and he was just wonderful, very friendly and accommodating! Always looking forward to going back to Serpico!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

we have been to this restaurant 3 times ...

Dined on February 7, 2016

we have been to this restaurant 3 times and this time was probably our last. it's just too expensive. in order to feel relatively full, one must order too many dishes which in the end makes the meal prohibitive. too bad because the food is very good.

Tags: fit for foodies
food3
ambience3
service3
value2

Just ok

Dined on February 6, 2016

The food was really just ok. My girlfriend ordered the salmon and it was average. My beef short ribs was good but nothing crazy to rave about.

food2
ambience3
service4
value1

Not worth the money

vip
Dined on February 6, 2016

The food was completely overpriced for the amount and quality that you got. We were very disappointing and couldn't believe how expensive it was. For example our ramen was way too salty and not worth $24.

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