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A Philadelphia diner’s favorite four letters: BYOB. That’s short for “Bring your own bottle” and that’s exactly what diners are doing throughout the region. Today’s BYOB landscape includes cozy mom-and-pop places, authentic ethnic eateries and four-star caliber finds.

Many new BYOBs are opening in Center City, but even more are thriving in off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods such as South Philadelphia, Northern Liberties and Bella Vista, encouraging both residents and visitors to explore the city’s diverse and bustling communities.

BYOB Map

To help you find a BYOB near you, check out our interactive BYOB map.

Interactive BYOB Map

BYOB Guide

We also have a printer-friendly (PDF) version of a Philadelphia BYOB Guide available for download. (Note: This guide was published in 2007, so be sure to call the restaurant ahead to make sure it’s still open.)

Featured Listings

  • Bibou

    A casual South Philly BYOB serving lovingly prepared, rustic French food

    Bibou

    The labor of love of husband-and-wife team Charlotte and Pierre Calmels (former executive chef at Le Bec-Fin), Bibou serves delicately prepared, rustic French bistro fare in a casual space in South Philadelphia.

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  • Lolita

    Delicious, contemporary Mexican cuisine with a “B-Y-O-Tequila” twist

    Three words: Don’t forget to bring your own tequila. The kitchen will take care of the rest.

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  • Mercato

    A former market comes back to life

    Mercato BYOB

    Located in what used to be a neighborhood corner market, Mercato — which means “market” in Italian — expands on its namesake theme by emphasizing fresh, local ingredients in its contemporary Italian menu.

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  • Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat

    Breakfast and lunch comfort fare comes to Graduate Hosptial

    Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat

    This Honey’s is the second Honey’s location. The original location opened in Northern Liberties in 2005, and has basically been overflowing for breakfast and lunch service at 4th and Brown ever since.

    The new location has pretty much the same menu as the original — look out for delicious favorites like Challah French Toast, Brisket Soft Tacos, Fried Green Tomatoes, Country Fried Steak, Patty Melts, Milkshakes and a lot more — but the new location is larger than the original, so we’re hoping the waits on weekends won’t be as long.

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  • Laurel

    Intimate East Passyunk location for Top Chef winner

    Laurel, an East Passyunk BYOB by Top Chef winner Nicolas Elmi.

    Philadelphia’s East Passyunk neighborhood is proud to welcome a Top Chef to the neighborhood. Chef Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef New Orleans, continues his winning-streak with the modern French-influenced American BYOB Laurel.

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  • Ants Pants Cafe

    A breakfast, lunch and brunch eatery on South Street West that now also serves dinner

    This Australian-inspired cafe dishes out sumptuous breakfast options (served all day long) as well as a collection of Aussie drinks and sweet potato fries that keep diners raving.

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  • Monsu

    A delicious slice of Sicily in South Philly

    Another Italian Market BYOB, this corner spot prides itself on its Sicilian roots. Its brunch and dinner menus offer the mild (think airy eggplant parmigiana, ricotta-and-zucchini ravioli and osso buco) to the slightly wild (sweet-and-sour tripe).

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  • Audrey Claire

    Simplistic Mediterranean BYOB off Rittenhouse Square

    Audrey Claire

    When Audrey Claire opened on a quiet corner in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood nearly ten years ago, the restaurant was quick to turn heads.

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  • Marigold Kitchen

    Adventurous new American cuisine

    Marigold Kitchen

    Nestled on a quiet, tree-lined block of Victorian houses in the Spruce Hill section of University City, Marigold Kitchen is one of the city’s most elegant and exciting dining destinations.

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  • Will

    Next-level BYO

    Chef Christopher Kearse, who’s cooked at some of America’s best restaurants, brings his formidable kitchen experience into full focus at Will, his popular BYOB on the far end of East Passyunk.

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  • Laurel

    Intimate East Passyunk location for Top Chef winner

    Laurel, an East Passyunk BYOB by Top Chef winner Nicolas Elmi.

    Philadelphia’s East Passyunk neighborhood is proud to welcome a Top Chef to the neighborhood. Chef Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef New Orleans, continues his winning-streak with the modern French-influenced American BYOB Laurel.

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  • Nina’s Trattoria

    Serving family recipes from across Italy

    A long vacant Italian Market storefront gained new life as this under-the-radar, authentically Italian BYOB. Lunch, brunch and dinner menus feature farm-to-table fare, including homemade meatballs, grilled radicchio and asparagus patties.

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  • Monsu

    A delicious slice of Sicily in South Philly

    Another Italian Market BYOB, this corner spot prides itself on its Sicilian roots. Its brunch and dinner menus offer the mild (think airy eggplant parmigiana, ricotta-and-zucchini ravioli and osso buco) to the slightly wild (sweet-and-sour tripe).

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  • Paloma

    Superlative Mexican fare sans tortillas

    Haute Mexican—mushroom flan, huitlacoche mousse-stuffed duck, poblano-touched corn chowder—is the draw at this refined BYOB. Dinner here ends with no-kidding desserts such as mojito layer cake with a scoop of mango habanero sorbet.

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  • Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat

    Breakfast and lunch comfort fare comes to Graduate Hosptial

    Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat

    This Honey’s is the second Honey’s location. The original location opened in Northern Liberties in 2005, and has basically been overflowing for breakfast and lunch service at 4th and Brown ever since.

    The new location has pretty much the same menu as the original — look out for delicious favorites like Challah French Toast, Brisket Soft Tacos, Fried Green Tomatoes, Country Fried Steak, Patty Melts, Milkshakes and a lot more — but the new location is larger than the original, so we’re hoping the waits on weekends won’t be as long.

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  • Tandoor India

    BYOB and all-you-can-eat Indian cuisine

    This casual Indian restaurant with an all-you-can-eat buffet also has an à-la-carte menu that includes all the traditional favorites at very reasonable prices.

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  • Honest Tom’s Tacos

    Food truck turned laid-back taqueria

    Honest Tom’s

    “Honest” Tom McCusker parlayed a successful food truck into this low-key, living room-chill taqueria, which doles out the tortilla-wrapped goodness from morning (breakfast tacos!) to evening. Breakfast tacos overflowingwith bacon, potatoes, tomatoes and fresh guacamole draw crowds from all over the city. BYO Tecate, leaving the hot sauce to them.

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  • King of Tandoor

    Casual, comfortable Indian BYOB

    KoT doesn’t limit itself by region, serving a mix of straight-up South Asian options in a casual BYO setting.

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  • Doma

    Sophisticated sushi

    Korean tacos at Doma.

    Korean and Japanese cooking meets and mingles at Doma, a sophisticated neighborhood BYO sushi parlor.

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  • Tamarind

    Thai done right

    Long a neighborhood favorite, this Thai BYO has always done it right, judging by the long waits on weekend nights (get in early).

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