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19 Great Philly Restaurants Where You Can BYOB

Bring your own bottle to these cozy Philadelphia restaurants

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Thanks to Pennsylvania’s decades-old alcohol laws and the challenge and cost of obtaining a liquor license, many Philadelphia restaurants embrace one of the country’s most unique drinking workarounds: Bring Your Own Bottle policies. At the cities’ many great BYOBs, diners can bring bottles of wine, bubbly, beer, or even spirits to dinner, and corking fees are uncommon.

Bring-your-own restaurants in Philly range in style from homey neighborhood spots to upscale fine-dining destinations and serve every type of cuisine. Here you’ll find a selection of some of the city’s favorites, especially when it comes to date-worthy outdoor seating to bring a bottle to drink al fresco.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Figs

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2501 Meredith St #2421
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 978-8440
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This cash-only Moroccan place should be on everyone’s list for the baked Brie, eggplant lasagna, lamb shank, and whole fish with special charmoula sauce. If you are vegetarian, Figs’ vegetable platter with couscous is a delight. Reservations can be made by phone — just don’t forget to grab a bottle of bold red to bring with you.

2. Apricot Stone

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1040 North 2nd Street #601 GPS 1040, N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 606-6596
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With a mix of Mediterranean, Armenian, and Middle Eastern flavors, Apricot Stone in Northern Liberties is the destination for prix fixe mezze or dinner-for-two menus. Bring a few bottles of crisp whites and chillable reds to enjoy alongside hummus plates, boreg, and lamb kebabs. Book your reservation through OpenTable.

3. A Mano

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2244 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 236-1114
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Chef Michael Millon curates his menu according to the seasons, so you can expect a dynamic dining experience. His menu includes handmade pastas and appetizing main courses including fish, chicken, and pork in traditional Italian preparations. A Mano is currently offering a 4-course family style menu for $65 a person and reservations can be made by phone, email, or Resy. Along with a bottle or two of Italian wine, bring cash — credit cards aren’t accepted.

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4. Zorba's Tavern

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2230 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 978-5990
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Located in the Fairmount area, this family-run establishment offers traditional Greek food like roasted eggplant dip, lamb and beef soutzoukakia, and an array of seafood dishes. Seek out Greek white and red wines to pair, and don’t forget to try the Greek coffee before you leave. Reservations can be made by phone.

5. Elwood

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1007 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 279-7427
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Chef Adam Dilitz stands by the fact that our city is so much more than cheesesteaks and soft pretzels, and the evidence is obvious at Elwood on Frankford Avenue.  Everything is locally sourced to support regional farmers and purveyors, and Elwood’s family style servings are intended for sharing. Try out the rabbit or the duck, ideally paired with bottles from PA’s close to home wineries. Reservations for indoor dining and tea service can be made on Resy.

6. Umai Umai

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533 N 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Located in the Fairmount neighborhood, chef and owner Alex McCoy has taken sushi to another level of gastronomic art. Most places have a selection of specialty rolls, but we recommend you try the designer rolls to experience Chef McCoy’s culinary ingenuity. Reservations are recommended and can be made over the phone. BYO sake, pilsner, or white wine.

7. TERAKAWA RAMEN

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125 S 40th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 516-6818
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Head over to this Japanese noodle house either with locations in Chinatown and University City on a chilly fall evening for the ultimate ramen experience — BYO sake. Currently, the Chinatown location is not taking any reservations;. it’s first come first served, ideal for last minute dinner plans.

8. Banana Leaf: Malaysian Cuisine

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1009 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 592-8288
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Although the focus at Banana Leaf is on Malaysian cuisine, it takes inspiration from Chinese, Indonesian, and Thai cuisines as well. The roti, satay, and clay pot curries are bursting with vibrant spices and aromas. Don’t forget to try the Singapore rice noodles — they’re unmatched — and bring along a 6-pack of Thai Singha beer.

9. Amma's South Indian Cuisine

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1518 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 563-2917
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Amma is one of the best Indian restaurants in Philadelphia. With a focus on dishes like rasam (lentils with spices and curry leaves), medhu vada (doughnut shaped fritters), curd rice (rice made with yogurt and spices and curry leaves), along with idli and dosas, Amma’s menu is an absolute treat through which diners can explore south Indian dishes. Amma can also cater to your spice level preference. Pair dinner with lighter bodied red wines or pale ales. Reservations can be made over the phone but walk-ins are equally welcome.

10. Bistro La Baia BYOB

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1700 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(267) 687-1561
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The inconspicuous small family-run restaurant located at the corner of 17th and Lombard has some of the best homemade pasta, bread, and desserts that the city has to offer. The polenta bruschetta, lobster ravioli, and veal Cleopatra are truly outstanding. Call to reserve a table for indoor or outdoor seating.

11. Sakana Omakase Sushi

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616 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-2149
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Sakana is an upscale omakase restaurant that — with an $88 and a $128 tasting menu — is as affordable as it is delicious.  Make sure to bring your favorite sake and don’t forget to book your table on Resy.

12. Little Fish

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746 S 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 455-0172
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This seafood-centric restaurant in Queen Village is definitely a hot spot for seafood lovers and pescatarians alike. Currently, Little Fish offers a 5-course prix fixe menu for $135 per person, which is ideal to pair with uncommon whites or orange wines. Indoor reservations are recommended through Resy, and outdoor seating is available for walk-ins.

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13. Kalaya Thai Kitchen

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764 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 385-3777
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Located in Philly’s Bella Vista neighborhood, owner and chef Nok Suntaranon’s Kalaya Thai Kitchen offers traditional southern Thai recipes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. If you want to recreate the recipes, stop by the Kalaya Thai Market to buy Thai spices, broth, and sauces. Or just head to the restaurant with some bubbles or a light-bodied floral white wine in tow. Reservations are on Tock.

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14. L'Anima

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1001 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 595-2500
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From the same team behind Melograno and Fraschetta, L’Anima brings Roman-inspired cuisine and a BYOB policy to the Grad Hospital area, with carbonara Pinsa and pappardelle lamb as standouts. Bring a crisp Italian white wine for the appetizers and a medium bodied red for the main course. Outdoor seating is still a possibility when the weather chills, as there are heat lamps to warm you up. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

15. Aroma on 3rd

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1245 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 314-5315
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At Aroma on 3rd, head chef and co-owner Antonio Cardillo focuses on specialities from all regions of Italy. Originally on Pine Street in Washington Square West, Aroma’s new location in Pennsport offers a range of homemade pastas, desserts, and bread. Try the tartufo, gnocchi gorgonzola, or the vitello Abruzzese for a true range of Cardillo’s offerings. Don’t forget to bring a bottle (or two) of barbera, dolcetto or chianti. Reservations can be made by phone.

16. Perla

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1535 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 273-0008
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Chef Lou Boquila’s modern take on Filipino food is served kamayan style,  where dinner is laid out on a banana leaf and intended to be shared. What wine should you pair with dinner? Consider a nice dry riesling. Reservations are available on Resy.

17. Noord

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1046 Tasker St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 909-9704
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When you’re looking for something other than Italian cuisine, Noord in South Philly — which focuses on Dutch cuisine — is a worthy diversion. Try the house butter and sirloin meatballs, with a bottle of warming red on the side. Dinner reservations can be made on Resy.

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18. June BYOB

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690 Haddon Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108
(856) 240-7041
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First opened in South Philly in 2019, Richard and Christina Cusack re-opened June BYOB in Collingswood in August 2021 with the Cusacks’ culinary expertise showcased in the upscale French cuisine. Their main attraction is canard à la presse voyage which is a gastronomic delight on its own, but would be heightened by the addition of a French bottle or two from Burgundy or Rhone. Sundays are a prix fixe menu only. Reservations are available on Resy.

19. Zeppoli

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618 W Collings Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08107
(856) 854-2670
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Located across the bridge in Collingswood, New Jersey, this Sicilian-focused Italian BYOB offers homemade pastas, delicious meat and fish courses, and deluxe desserts. A graduate from the French Culinary Institute and former chef de cuisine at Vetri Cucina, Joey Baldino’s culinary vision came to fruition with Zeppoli. Reserve your table on Resy and definitely try the zeppoli Siciliano with a fortified dessert wine brought from home.

1. Figs

2501 Meredith St #2421, Philadelphia, PA 19130

This cash-only Moroccan place should be on everyone’s list for the baked Brie, eggplant lasagna, lamb shank, and whole fish with special charmoula sauce. If you are vegetarian, Figs’ vegetable platter with couscous is a delight. Reservations can be made by phone — just don’t forget to grab a bottle of bold red to bring with you.

2501 Meredith St #2421
Philadelphia, PA 19130

2. Apricot Stone

1040 North 2nd Street #601 GPS 1040, N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

With a mix of Mediterranean, Armenian, and Middle Eastern flavors, Apricot Stone in Northern Liberties is the destination for prix fixe mezze or dinner-for-two menus. Bring a few bottles of crisp whites and chillable reds to enjoy alongside hummus plates, boreg, and lamb kebabs. Book your reservation through OpenTable.

1040 North 2nd Street #601 GPS 1040, N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

3. A Mano

2244 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
A Mano [official]

Chef Michael Millon curates his menu according to the seasons, so you can expect a dynamic dining experience. His menu includes handmade pastas and appetizing main courses including fish, chicken, and pork in traditional Italian preparations. A Mano is currently offering a 4-course family style menu for $65 a person and reservations can be made by phone, email, or Resy. Along with a bottle or two of Italian wine, bring cash — credit cards aren’t accepted.

2244 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

4. Zorba's Tavern

2230 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Located in the Fairmount area, this family-run establishment offers traditional Greek food like roasted eggplant dip, lamb and beef soutzoukakia, and an array of seafood dishes. Seek out Greek white and red wines to pair, and don’t forget to try the Greek coffee before you leave. Reservations can be made by phone.

2230 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

5. Elwood

1007 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Chef Adam Dilitz stands by the fact that our city is so much more than cheesesteaks and soft pretzels, and the evidence is obvious at Elwood on Frankford Avenue.  Everything is locally sourced to support regional farmers and purveyors, and Elwood’s family style servings are intended for sharing. Try out the rabbit or the duck, ideally paired with bottles from PA’s close to home wineries. Reservations for indoor dining and tea service can be made on Resy.

1007 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

6. Umai Umai

533 N 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Located in the Fairmount neighborhood, chef and owner Alex McCoy has taken sushi to another level of gastronomic art. Most places have a selection of specialty rolls, but we recommend you try the designer rolls to experience Chef McCoy’s culinary ingenuity. Reservations are recommended and can be made over the phone. BYO sake, pilsner, or white wine.

533 N 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

7. TERAKAWA RAMEN

125 S 40th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Head over to this Japanese noodle house either with locations in Chinatown and University City on a chilly fall evening for the ultimate ramen experience — BYO sake. Currently, the Chinatown location is not taking any reservations;. it’s first come first served, ideal for last minute dinner plans.

125 S 40th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

8. Banana Leaf: Malaysian Cuisine

1009 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Although the focus at Banana Leaf is on Malaysian cuisine, it takes inspiration from Chinese, Indonesian, and Thai cuisines as well. The roti, satay, and clay pot curries are bursting with vibrant spices and aromas. Don’t forget to try the Singapore rice noodles — they’re unmatched — and bring along a 6-pack of Thai Singha beer.

1009 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. Amma's South Indian Cuisine

1518 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Amma is one of the best Indian restaurants in Philadelphia. With a focus on dishes like rasam (lentils with spices and curry leaves), medhu vada (doughnut shaped fritters), curd rice (rice made with yogurt and spices and curry leaves), along with idli and dosas, Amma’s menu is an absolute treat through which diners can explore south Indian dishes. Amma can also cater to your spice level preference. Pair dinner with lighter bodied red wines or pale ales. Reservations can be made over the phone but walk-ins are equally welcome.

1518 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

10. Bistro La Baia BYOB

1700 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

The inconspicuous small family-run restaurant located at the corner of 17th and Lombard has some of the best homemade pasta, bread, and desserts that the city has to offer. The polenta bruschetta, lobster ravioli, and veal Cleopatra are truly outstanding. Call to reserve a table for indoor or outdoor seating.

1700 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

11. Sakana Omakase Sushi

616 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Sakana is an upscale omakase restaurant that — with an $88 and a $128 tasting menu — is as affordable as it is delicious.  Make sure to bring your favorite sake and don’t forget to book your table on Resy.

616 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

12. Little Fish

746 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
bowl on wood table with fish and colorful sauce Little Fish [official]

This seafood-centric restaurant in Queen Village is definitely a hot spot for seafood lovers and pescatarians alike. Currently, Little Fish offers a 5-course prix fixe menu for $135 per person, which is ideal to pair with uncommon whites or orange wines. Indoor reservations are recommended through Resy, and outdoor seating is available for walk-ins.

746 S 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

13. Kalaya Thai Kitchen

764 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
three blue and white bowls filled with thai food Dutch Huff

Located in Philly’s Bella Vista neighborhood, owner and chef Nok Suntaranon’s Kalaya Thai Kitchen offers traditional southern Thai recipes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. If you want to recreate the recipes, stop by the Kalaya Thai Market to buy Thai spices, broth, and sauces. Or just head to the restaurant with some bubbles or a light-bodied floral white wine in tow. Reservations are on Tock.

764 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

14. L'Anima

1001 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

From the same team behind Melograno and Fraschetta, L’Anima brings Roman-inspired cuisine and a BYOB policy to the Grad Hospital area, with carbonara Pinsa and pappardelle lamb as standouts. Bring a crisp Italian white wine for the appetizers and a medium bodied red for the main course. Outdoor seating is still a possibility when the weather chills, as there are heat lamps to warm you up. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

1001 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

15. Aroma on 3rd

1245 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

At Aroma on 3rd, head chef and co-owner Antonio Cardillo focuses on specialities from all regions of Italy. Originally on Pine Street in Washington Square West, Aroma’s new location in Pennsport offers a range of homemade pastas, desserts, and bread. Try the tartufo, gnocchi gorgonzola, or the vitello Abruzzese for a true range of Cardillo’s offerings. Don’t forget to bring a bottle (or two) of barbera, dolcetto or chianti. Reservations can be made by phone.

1245 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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16. Perla

1535 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Chef Lou Boquila’s modern take on Filipino food is served kamayan style,  where dinner is laid out on a banana leaf and intended to be shared. What wine should you pair with dinner? Consider a nice dry riesling. Reservations are available on Resy.

1535 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

17. Noord

1046 Tasker St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Noord [official]

When you’re looking for something other than Italian cuisine, Noord in South Philly — which focuses on Dutch cuisine — is a worthy diversion. Try the house butter and sirloin meatballs, with a bottle of warming red on the side. Dinner reservations can be made on Resy.

1046 Tasker St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

18. June BYOB

690 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108

First opened in South Philly in 2019, Richard and Christina Cusack re-opened June BYOB in Collingswood in August 2021 with the Cusacks’ culinary expertise showcased in the upscale French cuisine. Their main attraction is canard à la presse voyage which is a gastronomic delight on its own, but would be heightened by the addition of a French bottle or two from Burgundy or Rhone. Sundays are a prix fixe menu only. Reservations are available on Resy.

690 Haddon Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108

19. Zeppoli

618 W Collings Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08107

Located across the bridge in Collingswood, New Jersey, this Sicilian-focused Italian BYOB offers homemade pastas, delicious meat and fish courses, and deluxe desserts. A graduate from the French Culinary Institute and former chef de cuisine at Vetri Cucina, Joey Baldino’s culinary vision came to fruition with Zeppoli. Reserve your table on Resy and definitely try the zeppoli Siciliano with a fortified dessert wine brought from home.

618 W Collings Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08107

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