Bring Your Own, The Best BYOBs In Philadelphia

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1 December 2016

Philadelphia is known for having an abundance of BYOB (bring your own bottle) restaurants. Read ahead for our guide to some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the city that are perfect for sharing the wine of your choice with a group of friends or family.

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Modo Mio

Restaurant, American
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This Italian BYO is known for its authentic variations on Italian cuisine. Their BYO policy keeps the customers happy, and there’s a wine store right across the street. Try the Tourista menu, delicious food over four courses. Make sure to call for reservations as the small, intimate restaurant gets packed. This BYO is cash only.


Most BYOs help place emphasis and focus on food, but Pumpkin’s concentration on its modern American dishes makes it one of the best restaurants in the city. Make sure to choose your wine that pairs well with rustic beef dishes and steamed fish. On Sundays, their five course tasting menu is a great deal.
Pumpkin, 1713 South St Philadelphia, PA 19146 215-545-4448

Little Fish

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
This fine dining is an intimate experience and great to bring your own choice of wine for a date. The restaurant has only a handful of tables, and the kitchen is right by the dining area so it feels like you’re in a friend’s home for supper. The menu is seasonal and includes seafood favorites with unique pairings like the scallops with apple and thai basil. The Sunday tasting menu is a terrific deal for a relaxing meal.


Located near the Piazza in Northern Liberties (with a few other locations in Queen Village and beyond), Dmitri’s is a Greek and Mediterranean restaurant with fresh ingredients. The BYO is ideal because the Foodery, with its incredible selection of beers and wines, is right down the street. The restaurant has many seafood dishes and popular classics include the shrimp pil pil, lamb meatballs and the traditional hummus. When dining, the outside is a perfect choice for warm evenings. Prices are very reasonable here, not to be missed.

Dimitri’s, 944 N 2nd St Philadelphia, PA 19123 215-592-4550


Named Philadelphia Magazine’s Best New BYOB of 2015, Helm is a gourmet farm to table restaurant. Located in Kensington, Helm has a menu that rotates frequently according to season and availability. Here diners may find vegetarian appetizers, and the New American cuisine features a plethora of vegetable, meat like wild boar and pork/buckwheat noodles dish.

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