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 those at Jaxon BYOB 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.



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East Falls


 

Visitors and regulars agree that this restaurant delivers when it comes to delicious Italian food. Located in East Falls, it has a distinctly neighborhood feel, while still being able to compete with Center City eateries quite well. Reserve your...  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


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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


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Seasonal, fresh ingredients abound at this Bella Vista gem. The menu changes frequently but you can catch up on the latest offerings via the updated chalkboard menu. Pair the seafood selection that most interests you with the BYOB option of your...  Read More


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In the emerging Loft District, a pizza joint joins older sisters Cafe Lift and Prohibition Taproom to bring wood-fired whole pizzas and slices, salads, soups, desserts and espressos to a tattooed crowd of neighborhood dwellers and curious...  Read More


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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


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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


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This Northern Liberties gem puts it focus on fresh, high quality seasonal ingredients that are sourced locally whenever possible. Open for brunch on Sundays and dinner every night except Tuesdays, this eatery impresses with its extreme focus on...  Read More


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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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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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