A Guide to the Best BYOBs in Philadelphia

The best BYOBs in Philadelphia among its rapidly expanding culinary scene weren’t easy to track down. As operators of one of the top food tours in Philadelphia, we truly know the ins and outs of the Philly food scene, and we love spreading that knowledge. And we know that foodies are always looking for a great restaurant with stand-out food…and the option to bring your own wine or beer. So, without further ado, enjoy this comprehensive guide to the best BYOBs in Philly, organized by neighborhood, with insider details to help you decide which you’d like to dine at.

A Guide to the Best BYOBs in Philadelphia

SOUTH PHILLY

Bibou – Known for their prix fixe menus, (featuring 7 courses!), they also offer wine suggestions on their site so that you can come prepared with the ideal pairing.
Laurel – A locally-sourced, seasonal menu features complex flavor combinations from owner and chef Nicholas Elmi, and has been featured in Food & Wine Mag.
Monsu – One of the best BYOBs in Philadelphia, Monsu offers a tasting menu which allows guests to enjoy an item from each section of their menu. They also offer gluten-free menu items for those in need.
Will – Named best BYOB 2014 by Philadelphia Magazine, Chef Christopher Kearse prepares award-winning French-inspired cuisine at this cozy South Philly eatery. We highly recommend reservations, as Kearse is a James Beard Award semi-finalist, and his dishes are in high demand.

Best BYOBs in Philadelphia

CENTER CITY

Audrey Claire – This beautiful, open-air restaurant boasts one of the city’s best Mediterranean menus, consistently innovative and pleasing.
Marigold Kitchen – Awarded 3 Bells by Philadelphia Inquirer Restaurant Critic, Craig LaBan, it goes without saying that Marigold Kitchen has some seriously good food. And for extra fun, their exquisite dishes are presented as a surprise. Takes some trust, but worth it.
Russet – A husband-and-wife team serve up inventive American dishes in a classic Brownstone, with a focus on farm-fresh ingredients.
Garces Trading Company – Jose Garces is an Iron Chef and 2009 winner of the James Beard Foundation’s prestigious “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic” award, and his artful culinary skills shine through in this balanced and impressive menu.

Best BYOBs in Philadelphia

MANAYUNK

Laxmi’s Indian Grille– Expect a bit of a romantic vibe at this restaurant, (think cozy seating, dim lighting, and candles), along with your authentic Indian food. For those requesting vegetarian or gluten-free options, you’ll find a wide variety available by request. We also highly recommend the samosas, paired with your favorite Sauvignon Blanc.
Han Dynasty– Han Chiang’s famous Schezchuan shines in this bright and airy Manayunk space. The service is always on point, and the food is complex, savory, spicy, and fast.
Manayunk Bistro – Formerly called Tomato Bistro, the brains behind The Couch Tomato opened up this location in 2011, and they’ve been going strong ever since. They’ve got a well curated wine and beer list, but still BYOB.
Chabaa Thai Bistro – Chef Moon Krapugthong shines in Philly’s best Thai restaurant. Curry, pad thai, and lovely coconut desserts await in their intimate dining space.

Best BYOs in Philadelphia

CHESTNUT HILL

Tradewinds – Light yet satisfying dishes are served up at this Hawaiian-inspired eatery. Fun Fact: the owners previously operated the popular Pukalani Club House in Maui before relocating to the Chestnut Hill food community.
Mica – Chef Yianni Arhontoulis has curated an impressive menu, with seasonal and enticing flavors served in a comfortable and welcoming setting.
Osaka – Two decades of family-owned Korean Barbecue and Japanese Sushi doesn’t come easily. Osaka’s dedication to exceptional service and attention to detail has kept the locals coming back again and again.

Best BYOs in Philadelphia

MT. AIRY

Bacio Italian Cucina – BYO, with the added benefit of their attention to those with food allergies, intolerances and aversions – they’ve got alternatives for nearly everything on the menu.
Mi Puebla Restaurant & Bakery – An authentic Mexican restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a bakery up front.
Trattoria Moma– Italian cuisine from Chef Bledar Istrefi that will make your mouth water. But bring cash – no other form of payment is accepted.

Best BYOs in Philly

EAST FALLS

Fiorino– One of the few Italian restaurants in Philadelphia serving up fresh gluten-free pasta, they’ve also got more traditional Italian dishes as well.
Foghorn – A Philadelphia BYOB specializing in Philly-style fried chicken in a casual but cozy space, from Philadelphia-born Chef Arthur Cavaliere.
Trolley Car Cafe – Located along Fairmount Park, this location is the sister to the Mt. Airy restaurant.

Best BYOBs in Philly

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA

Adriano’s Cucina Italiana – More Philadelphia’s Italian influence represented, this time over in the Northeast. Reviews rave about their Veal Parmigiana and Penne alla Vodka.
The Blue Duck – A hidden gem, this Philly BYO and 2014 Philadelphia Burger Brawl champion is worth the trip.
Three Chef’s Bistro – An intimate and warm space serving up exquisitely presentations of authentic Brazilian.
Emma’s Cafe & Restaurant – Rounding out our list is this lovely mom-and-pop shop, known for their ample portions and comfortable interior.
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