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22 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.

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’re a vegetarian, the vegetable platter with couscous is a delight. Try a bottle of bold red from Illyria. Reservations can be made by phone.

Apricot Stone

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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 (assyrtiko from Greece or Musar blanc from Lebanon) and chillable reds to enjoy alongside hummus plates, boreg, and lamb kebabs. Book your reservation through Opentable.

Chef Michael Millon curates his menu according to the seasons, so you can expect a dynamic dining experience. His appetizers and handmade pasta courses include fish, chicken, and pork shank in traditional Italian preparations with a twist that goes extremely well with any Sicilian wine, like nerello mascalese. A Mano is currently offering a 3-course menu for $48 per person or a family style 4-course menu for $68 a person. Reservations for A Mano can be made by phone, email, or Resy

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James Beard semifinalist Chef Adam Diltz 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. His signature venison scrapple served on antlers sets the stage for gastronomic extravaganza. 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.

Umai Umai

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

TERAKAWA RAMEN

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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.

Banana Leaf: Malaysian Cuisine

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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. Bring a 6-pack of Thai Singha beer, too. Currently, Banana Leaf is not accepting online reservations.

Amma's South Indian Cuisine

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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 to explore centuries-old South Indian dishes. Amma can also cater to your spice level preference. Pair with lighter-bodied red wines or a pale ale. Reservations can be made over the phone but walk-ins are equally welcome.

Bistro La Baia BYOB

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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. Grab a bottle of barbera or nebbiolo and enjoy a relaxing dinner.

Sakana Omakase Sushi

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Upscale omakase sushi place Sakana offers a $148 and a $98 signature Omakase tasting menu. Make sure to check out their aged fish for sushi and bring your favorite sake. Don’t forget to book your table on Resy.

Kalaya Thai Kitchen

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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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Aroma on 3rd

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At Aroma on 3rd, head chef and co-owner Antonio Cardillo (Tony) focuses on specialties 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 Abbruzzese 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.

Chef Lou Boquila’s modern take on Filipino food is served as pre-fixe Kamayan style menu at $45 per person. The food is served on a banana leaf and intended to be shared. What wine should you pair with dinner? Consider something such as a dry riesling or pinot gris from Alsace. Reservations are available on Resy

June BYOB

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First opened in South Philly in 2019, Richard and Christina Cusack re-opened June BYOB in Collingswood in August of 2021 with the Cusacks’ culinary expertise showcased in traditional French food with modern influences. Their main attraction is canard à la presse, 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. Check out June’s seasonal menu and they always accommodate vegetarian, vegan, or other dietary restrictions. Join the mailing list to stay up-to-date on special events on Sundays, such as wine pairing dinners. Reservations are available on Resy.

Zeppoli

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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. Try Nero d’Avola, the native grape from Sicily, with the main courses and definitely try the zeppoli Siciliano with a fortified dessert wine brought from home. Reservations are available on Resy

This modern intimate Mediterranean BYOB cash-only place has a wide array of pasta dishes on its menu that should satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Head over on a Monday night with a bottle of chianti or couple of bottles of provencal Rosé. Reservations are available on Resy

Mabu Kitchen

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The hospitality and warmth of Canadian couple Grace and Ayad shines in their dishes. Named after the village back home in Nova Scotia, Mabu offers Southern comfort food with a French twist. Starting with the heirloom carrots and cauliflower wedge, the magic continues with the smashing burger and juicy confit chicken. End your culinary journey with Grace’s banana pudding. Check out their brunch menu as well. Accepting walk-ins, it’s an ideal place for a weekday comfort food with few cans of ciders, IPAs, or bottle of natural wine.

Nineteen Eleven BYOB

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Chef Jon Raffa and chef Mike Gingras met at the former Will BYOB and their shared mantras for cooking resulted in Nineteen Eleven, which features contemporary American cuisine ranging from burrata to pastas and corned beef tongue. They also offer a $85-per-person chef’s tasting menu. Reservations can be made by phone or text.  

Musi BYOB

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Chef Ari Miller’s Musi reopened in February to celebrate its three-year anniversary. Locally sourced ingredients are used in the 4-course tasting menu for $65 per person or a 7-course tasting menu for $95 per person. Chef Miller’s cuisine ranges from quirky pastas to unorthodox takes on old-world Jewish cuisine. Musi does serve an a la carte menu on Sundays. Reservations are on Tock.

Saigon Quy-Bau

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In Vietnamese, the word “quy-bau” means “prestigious.” This French-inspired Vietnamese restaurant with a flair for Thai cuisine offers 71 dishes on their menu ranging from pho, pad thai and satay chicken all the way up to a Berkshire pork chop and New Zealand rack of lamb. There are lots of options for pescatarians, vegans, and vegetarians. Don’t forget to BYO your Thai Singa beer or a 6-pack of blonde ales.

Gabriella's Vietnam

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Chef Thanh Nguyen’s vision is to present the most authentic flavors of Vietnamese cuisine to Philadelphia and introduce each dish exactly as it is served in the streets of Vietnam. Locally sourced ingredients make their way into mini coconut cakes (bánh khọt), tapioca dumplings (bánh bột lọc), shaken beef (bò lúc lắc), and hot pot soups. Reservations are encouraged and can be made through Resy.

Buna Cafe Philly

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Philadelphia has a rich tradition of Ethiopian cuisine. Although many Ethiopian restaurants are located in the West Philly area and serve alcohol, Buna Cafe stands out as a BYOB. The blend of Ethiopian herbs and spices used in the slow-cooked dishes are enjoyed best with the famous injera bread. Try it with doro wot (chicken and hard boiled eggs) or shiro and ingudai tibs. Or dig in to the vegetarian or meat combo to explore the lentils and other sides.

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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’re a vegetarian, the vegetable platter with couscous is a delight. Try a bottle of bold red from Illyria. Reservations can be made by phone.

Apricot Stone

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 (assyrtiko from Greece or Musar blanc from Lebanon) and chillable reds to enjoy alongside hummus plates, boreg, and lamb kebabs. Book your reservation through Opentable.

A Mano

A Mano [official]

Chef Michael Millon curates his menu according to the seasons, so you can expect a dynamic dining experience. His appetizers and handmade pasta courses include fish, chicken, and pork shank in traditional Italian preparations with a twist that goes extremely well with any Sicilian wine, like nerello mascalese. A Mano is currently offering a 3-course menu for $48 per person or a family style 4-course menu for $68 a person. Reservations for A Mano can be made by phone, email, or Resy

A Mano [official]

Elwood

James Beard semifinalist Chef Adam Diltz 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. His signature venison scrapple served on antlers sets the stage for gastronomic extravaganza. 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.

Umai Umai

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

TERAKAWA RAMEN

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.

Banana Leaf: Malaysian Cuisine

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. Bring a 6-pack of Thai Singha beer, too. Currently, Banana Leaf is not accepting online reservations.

Amma's South Indian Cuisine

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 to explore centuries-old South Indian dishes. Amma can also cater to your spice level preference. Pair with lighter-bodied red wines or a pale ale. Reservations can be made over the phone but walk-ins are equally welcome.

Bistro La Baia BYOB

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. Grab a bottle of barbera or nebbiolo and enjoy a relaxing dinner.

Sakana Omakase Sushi

Upscale omakase sushi place Sakana offers a $148 and a $98 signature Omakase tasting menu. Make sure to check out their aged fish for sushi and bring your favorite sake. Don’t forget to book your table on Resy.

Kalaya Thai Kitchen

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.

three blue and white bowls filled with thai food Dutch Huff

Aroma on 3rd

At Aroma on 3rd, head chef and co-owner Antonio Cardillo (Tony) focuses on specialties 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 Abbruzzese 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.

Perla

Chef Lou Boquila’s modern take on Filipino food is served as pre-fixe Kamayan style menu at $45 per person. The food is served on a banana leaf and intended to be shared. What wine should you pair with dinner? Consider something such as a dry riesling or pinot gris from Alsace. Reservations are available on Resy

June BYOB

First opened in South Philly in 2019, Richard and Christina Cusack re-opened June BYOB in Collingswood in August of 2021 with the Cusacks’ culinary expertise showcased in traditional French food with modern influences. Their main attraction is canard à la presse, 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. Check out June’s seasonal menu and they always accommodate vegetarian, vegan, or other dietary restrictions. Join the mailing list to stay up-to-date on special events on Sundays, such as wine pairing dinners. Reservations are available on Resy.

Zeppoli

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. Try Nero d’Avola, the native grape from Sicily, with the main courses and definitely try the zeppoli Siciliano with a fortified dessert wine brought from home. Reservations are available on Resy

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Olea

This modern intimate Mediterranean BYOB cash-only place has a wide array of pasta dishes on its menu that should satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Head over on a Monday night with a bottle of chianti or couple of bottles of provencal Rosé. Reservations are available on Resy

Mabu Kitchen

The hospitality and warmth of Canadian couple Grace and Ayad shines in their dishes. Named after the village back home in Nova Scotia, Mabu offers Southern comfort food with a French twist. Starting with the heirloom carrots and cauliflower wedge, the magic continues with the smashing burger and juicy confit chicken. End your culinary journey with Grace’s banana pudding. Check out their brunch menu as well. Accepting walk-ins, it’s an ideal place for a weekday comfort food with few cans of ciders, IPAs, or bottle of natural wine.

Nineteen Eleven BYOB

Chef Jon Raffa and chef Mike Gingras met at the former Will BYOB and their shared mantras for cooking resulted in Nineteen Eleven, which features contemporary American cuisine ranging from burrata to pastas and corned beef tongue. They also offer a $85-per-person chef’s tasting menu. Reservations can be made by phone or text.  

Musi BYOB

Chef Ari Miller’s Musi reopened in February to celebrate its three-year anniversary. Locally sourced ingredients are used in the 4-course tasting menu for $65 per person or a 7-course tasting menu for $95 per person. Chef Miller’s cuisine ranges from quirky pastas to unorthodox takes on old-world Jewish cuisine. Musi does serve an a la carte menu on Sundays. Reservations are on Tock.

Saigon Quy-Bau

In Vietnamese, the word “quy-bau” means “prestigious.” This French-inspired Vietnamese restaurant with a flair for Thai cuisine offers 71 dishes on their menu ranging from pho, pad thai and satay chicken all the way up to a Berkshire pork chop and New Zealand rack of lamb. There are lots of options for pescatarians, vegans, and vegetarians. Don’t forget to BYO your Thai Singa beer or a 6-pack of blonde ales.

Gabriella's Vietnam

Chef Thanh Nguyen’s vision is to present the most authentic flavors of Vietnamese cuisine to Philadelphia and introduce each dish exactly as it is served in the streets of Vietnam. Locally sourced ingredients make their way into mini coconut cakes (bánh khọt), tapioca dumplings (bánh bột lọc), shaken beef (bò lúc lắc), and hot pot soups. Reservations are encouraged and can be made through Resy.

Buna Cafe Philly

Philadelphia has a rich tradition of Ethiopian cuisine. Although many Ethiopian restaurants are located in the West Philly area and serve alcohol, Buna Cafe stands out as a BYOB. The blend of Ethiopian herbs and spices used in the slow-cooked dishes are enjoyed best with the famous injera bread. Try it with doro wot (chicken and hard boiled eggs) or shiro and ingudai tibs. Or dig in to the vegetarian or meat combo to explore the lentils and other sides.

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