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12 Best Philadelphia BYOB Restaurants to Visit

Pennsylvania doesn’t make it easy for restaurants to obtain liquor licenses. But thanks to these strict laws, many Philadelphia restaurants allow customers to bring their own bottles.

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With so many heavenly food options to choose from in this large and diverse city, you won’t even want to think twice about bringing your own bottle to your next lunch or dinner outing. Check out these 13 amazing BYOB restaurants in Philadelphia!

Ambrosia Ristorante

231 S 24th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-703-2010
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You’ll never run out of Italian restaurant options in Philadelphia, and Ambrosia Ristorante just a few blocks from the Schuylkill River is no exception! Featuring homemade pasta and seasonal ingredients, diners can feast on classic Italian dishes at an affordable price. Just remember to BYOB!

Mercato

1216 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-985-2962
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Philadelphia is a city with rich Italian heritage, so of course we had to add Mercato to this list! Known for their inventive cooking style and BYOB scene, this eatery has a “Tasting Tuesdays” special, which allows diners to indulge in a three course Italian dinner for $35 per person. Of course, you can opt to chow down on regular menu items as well, including grilled artichoke, Mercato antipasti, meats, seafoods and pastas!

Little Fish BYOB

746 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: 267-455-0172
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In the mood for some seafood after a day on South Street? Head a few blocks down to Little Fish BYOB! This quaint restaurant offers a small, but high quality menu selection of various seafood appetizers and main courses. Top off your meal with a carrot cake dessert that is sure to be scrumptious! Little Fish BYOB is on the expensive side, but after trying their food, you won’t regret it!

Pumpkin

1713 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: 215-545-4448
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Why go to McDonalds, Burger King or Wendy’s when you could be eating delicious new-style American food at Pumpkin BYOB? Don’t try looking for the menu here, as Pumpkin BYOB has daily changing three course dinners for $45 in their covered and heated dining room, or as takeout/delivery. What’s on their menu tonight? The suspense is building, we can’t take it!


Noord

1046 Tasker St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: 267-909-9704
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Do you ever just crave Dutch cuisine? Whether you do or not, Noord BYOB is sure to provide a unique dining experience! Noord is currently preparing to open for outdoor dining soon, so there’s no readily available menu. However, the restaurant makes use of locally sourced ingredients in its food, which is sure to taste fresh and delicious! You’d better be ready to make a reservation as soon as the time comes, because Noord is quite popular!

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River Twice

1601 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: 267-457-3698
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There are no rivers at River Twice in Philadelphia, but there is a stream of tasty New American food in its kitchen and dining room! Named one of Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly establishments, this restaurant is sure to wow your crowd with a variety of meat and seafood options when it opens for dinner every week from Thursdays to Sundays. River Twice has an extensive drink menu as well, but you better remember to bring the liquor since it’s BYOB!

Kanella Grill

1001 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 267-928-2085
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Take a trip to Greece without leaving Philadelphia at Kanella Grill BYOB! A family business, Kanella Grill specializes in kebabs, so be sure to order one off their menu if you ever find yourself there. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to bring your own bottle!

A Mano

2244 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215-236-1114
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“A Mano” literally translates to “by hand” in Italian, and A Mano BYOB in Philadelphia takes its name to heart! Serving homemade pastas, salumi and other Italian delicacies, diners can select a four course, family-style meal or just order a la carte. In addition to bringing your red wine, be sure to bring cash, as A Mano is cash-only!

Giorgio on Pine

1328 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-545-6265
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Classic Italian food in the heart of Center City Philadelphia? That would be Giorgio on Pine! A BYOB and a rustic trattoria, Giorgio on Pine uses fresh ingredients and changes their specials to reflect the season, making for a dining experience that fits any time of the year! They’re proud to offer a full gluten-free menu as well! Bring your own wine and cozy up to some Italian food at Giorgio on Pine!


June BYOB

1911 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: N/A
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Paris may be across the pond, but you can still experience fine French dining in Philadelphia at June BYOB! Diners can find traditional French cuisine with a hint of modernity and can even request a tableside presentation! June BYOB is preparing to open outdoor dining for the spring, so stay tuned for the menu.

L’Anima

1001 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: 215-595-2500
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Open Wednesday through Sunday, L’Anima BYOB offers classic Italian fare. Diners can order online or sit down for a traditional meal of antipastis, pastas, meats and other Italian staples. And don’t forget your wine!

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Perla

1535 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: 267-273-0008
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Small but dynamic, Perla is a Filipino BYOB in Philadelphia’s Wharton neighborhood! With lots of meat, fish and vegetable options, Perla is like taking a bite out of Filipino bliss without needing the trip to the Philippines! As we mentioned, Perla is small, so you’ll need to supply your own drinks!


BYOBs are scattered all over the great city of Philadelphia. With a wide variety of cuisines to choose from, you’ll never run out of options or great dining experiences! You just have to bring your own drinks.

Philadelphia is also home to many restaurants that serve delicious Japanese ramen. Check out our list of the best place to eat ramen in the city!

Did we miss any eateries on this list that you love? If so, let us know below!

Why Trust Us?

When it comes to local restaurant recommendations, we pride ourselves on being a reliable and trustworthy resource. Our suggestions are not just based on our personal experiences, ensuring a more authentic and well-rounded perspective, but also on extensive online research. We diligently searched the internet and reviewed 6 credible sites and blogs, including Philly.eater.com and Theinfatuation.com. 

We compiled all the findings in one location and sorted them by the frequency of mentions to ensure you receive top-notch recommendations. We strive to present you with a curated list of establishments that truly stand out, allowing you to enjoy the best dining experiences possible. 

Interested in the sources we consulted? Check out the list of all 6 sites we referenced below this paragraph, offering transparency and an opportunity for our readers to explore further. Our commitment is to deliver trustworthy and unparalleled recommendations, helping you make informed decisions on your culinary journeys.

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https://www.theinfatuation.com/philadelphia/guides/byob-philadelphia-restaurants
https://www.thrillist.com/drink/philadelphia/an-every-neighorhood-guide-to-phillys-best-byobs
https://10best.usatoday.com/destinations/pennsylvania/philadelphia/restaurants/byob-restaurants/
https://www.vinology.com/top-ten-byob-restaurants-in-philadelphia/
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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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