The Best Philly BYOB Restaurants to Quench Your Thirst



While the idea of toting one’s own wine, beer or liquor to a restaurant might strike some as unusual, in Philadelphia it’s not just commonplace, it’s exciting. To get around prohibitively expensive liquor licenses, many restaurateurs choose to simply open as BYOB’s, and locals know those are often the spots to get the best food and most delicious ambiance. Many BYOB’s require reservations, cash, and in some cases, a vintage bottle whose price tag raises envious eyebrows at surrounding tables. Since this idea has proven quite popular among restaurant proprietors as well as patrons, there are no shortage of places. Select an establishment that is also into using the best local products and ingredients, herbs and meats to enhance your meal, such as Farm and Fisherman or Will BYOB. Or visit a hotspot just outside the city limits for something a little different and well worth the minimal travel time such as Blackfish. All serve up delicious food offerings in a wide variety of cuisines and styles, which frees patrons to pick the one they're in the mood for at that time. Then the only thing left is to head to the store or the wine cellar to find the perfect accompaniment to the evening's possibilities. We make no promises that task will be easy, but we're sure it'll be enjoyable.




It's not that the folks who regularly patronize this snug Italian bistro didn't want you to discover it for yourself, but after taking one meal at Melograno you'll selfishly agree that this is one of those places you hope never loses it's...  Read More


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Washington Square


When craving Italian pasta done right, Giorgio's On Pine does not disappoint. Get your Italian on with a variety of dishes designed to please the palate. From rigatoni to linguine to ravioli and gnocchi, plenty of pastas are available on both...  Read More


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South Street
Pumpkin


This quaint Philadelphia restaurant is really just part of a larger enterprise including a cafe and a market. The restaurant utilizes fresh local ingredients (resulting in a menu that changes daily) and manages to retain an elegant rusticity...  Read More




Before opening what may be the best BYO in South Jersey, chef/owner Joey Baldino held top positions with Marc Vetri and Jose Garces and studied in Sicily under the legendary Anna Tasca Lanza. Baldino's skill becomes more evident with every...  Read More


Blackfish - Conshohocken


With his refined preparations of seafood dishes, Chef Chip Roman continues to almost single-handedly make Conshohocken a dining destination for city dwellers and suburbanites. Located just outside the city limits, the spare storefront décor at...  Read More


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West Philly


Recently re-invented as a prix-fixe only restaurant, this sunny and homey former boardinghouse in West Philly is re-capturing the spotlight. It did away with its a la carte menu in favor of an $85, 15-course tasting dinner, with the chef...  Read More


Will BYOB
Photo courtesy of Will BYOB


Ingredients foraged from nearby farmers markets dictate the ever-changing menu at this crowded 30-seat East Passyunk BYOB. Here, chef/owner Chris Kearse uses modern gadgets and techniques to prepare new takes on sumptuously-plated...  Read More




The buzz built for months before this teensy Northern European BYOB opened on East Passyunk, and Chicago chef/owner Joncarl Lachman's house-smoked fish and anise-based sauces certainly don't disappoint now that it's operating and working to...  Read More




Philadelphia's top dining critic bestows rare top honors on the 30-seat BYOB "bistro" that elevates French peasant food into fine-dining art. Chef/owner Pierre Calmels boasts an impeccable French culinary pedigree, and his wife, Charlotte, is...  Read More


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