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Our Favorite Fairmount BYOB Restaurants

Fairmount is a neighborhood located in Philadelphia popular for its things to do and see. Specifically, with many museums, it’s no surprise this area is heavily visited. Fairmount is also a great spot to eat and drink, and if you’re looking to save a little bit of money on the drinking part, what’s better than a BYOB restaurant?

people in fairmount drinking wine at byob restaurant

Whether you’re looking to eat some comfort foods like Italian cuisine, an all-time favorite like sushi, or something new like Latin food, there’s a spot in Fairmount for it. With so many options to choose from, we’ve narrowed your search down to just nine spots so you don’t spend all night looking. Keep reading to learn a bit about each restaurant!

A Mano

2244 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 236-1114
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If you’re in the mood for Italian food, check out A Mano. This local BYOB serves authentic Italian cuisine including house made pasta that you won’t want to miss. As a cash only restaurant, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared to pay for you meal properly at this spot.

With three courses to choose from, A Mano is the perfect spot for a special occasion or celebration meal. We recommend the burrata, goat cheese gnocchi, or chicken milanese. Be sure to take a look at their family-style, four-course meal option for only $65 per person!

Angelino’s Restaurant

849 N 25th St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 787-9945
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A more casual but just as delicious spot for Italian food in Fairmount, Philadelphia is Angelino’s Restaurant. This neighborhood BYOB offers authentic Italian cuisine in a laid-back spot perfect for any occasion. Having been in business for 15 years, it’s no surprise this spot has hundreds of reviews about the wonderful food and service.

Serving pizza, pasta, strombolis, and more, everyone will be able to find something they love at Angelino’s Restaurant. Be sure to try the vodka pizza, creamy cajun chicken, or spinach and ricotta gnocchi. Don’t forget the cannolis or dark side bomb for dessert!


2501 Meredith St #2421, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 978-8440
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Looking for a great spot for Mediterranean food? Head over to Figs. This BYOB serves Morrocan influenced cuisine and is quite popular among locals. Figs is also a cash-only establishment, so make sure you bring some with you.

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Choose from delicious selections of appetizers and entrees to find your new favorite at Figs. Try out the baked brie in a clay pot, braised lamb shank tagine, or seafood risotto. Make sure you bring along some wine as well!

Zorba’s Tavern

2230 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 978-5990
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Another great spot for Mediterranean food in Fairmount is Zorba’s Tavern. This charming BYOB serves authentic Greek food in a quaint setting. Having been serving the area Greek food for over 24 years, it’s no surprise this spot has such great reviews.

Zorba’s serves a menu full of delicious Greek classics including a vegetarian section. We recommend the classic roasted lamb leg, yeero, soutzoukaki, or dolmades sandwich. Be sure to grab some baklava or sorbet for dessert!

KenLoves BYOB

701 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: (215) 922-2621
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Hoping to try something new? Head over to Ken Love’s BYOB. This local restaurant serves a wide variety of cuisine and is well-liked by locals. With a friendly atmosphere, you’ll feel right at home when you visit this spot.

Though Ken Love’s menu might be a bit small, that certainly doesn’t make it boring. With menu items like frog legs, cornish hen, okonomiyaki, and pappardelle, you’ll definitely have something new and exciting to try. Don’t forget to bring your favorite drink!


735 N 26th St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (267) 761-9523
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If sushi is more your style, we recommend Dasiwa. This local BYOB restaurant not only serves sushi but other Japanese dishes. With plenty of reviews praising the food, service, atmosphere, and prices, this is definitely a spot you won’t want to miss.

Dasiwa serves a menu with countless sushi options, noodles, and a few other entrees. Try out the sunburn roll, baked Alaska roll, or crunchy Philadelphia roll. They even have vegetarian options. And if you’re not feeling sushi, try the bulgogi or udon noodles. Make sure you bring some sake!

Pura Vida

527 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: (215) 922-6433

A more unique addition to the Fairmount restaurant scene is Pura Vida. This BYOB spot is well-liked by locals and serves Latin food. With plenty of reviews praising the service, food, and prices, it’s no wonder this spot is popular.

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Pura Vida serves a modest but delicious menu with plenty of great options to choose from. We recommend the cangrejo tater tots, tamales nejos, steamed coconut buns, or bbq beef rib. Be sure to bring along some beer or wine!

Umai Umai

533 N 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 988-0707
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Another delicious spot for sushi is Umai Umai. This local Japanese restaurant is BYOB and serves specialty sushi as well as other authentic dishes. Opening in 2005, this restaurant has over 15 years of service, so you can count on high-quality cuisine.

Choose from a menu of basic rolls, designer rolls, and entrees for those who aren’t fond of sushi. Be sure to try the spartan roll, nemo roll, godzilla roll, or pad thai. With so many unique roll flavors and combinations, you’ll want to come back to try more!

Trio BYOB & Trio2Go

2601 Pennsylvania Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 232-8746
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Finishing our list of BYOBs to try is Trio BYOB. This local restaurant serves Thai-Asian fusion cuisine. Housed in a triple-story building, this spot is unlike any other restaurant you’ve tried before.

Trio BYOB’s menu is filled with all of your favorite Thai and Asian dishes, so no matter what you’re craving you’ll be able to find something. Try out the ginger stir fry, Thai samosas, khao soi, or Thai bbq pork ribs. Make sure you bring your favorite drink!

It’s pretty clear Fairmount is a neighborhood you won’t want to skip out on when it comes to food. With so many different cuisines to choose from and the option to BYOB, you’ll want to keep coming back to this neighborhood for more.

Fairmount also has a lot of amazing brunch spots that you need to check out. We recommend you visit these brunch spots. Don’t forget to order a delicious mimosa with your brunch meal!

Which BYOB are you most excited about? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you let us know in the comments and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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