Fond
Fond

Fond

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fondphilly.com/
  • Phone: 2155515000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Lee Styer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call to discuss and schedule.
    Sunday and Monday may be available for private events.
  • Private Party Contact: Tory K. 2155515000x
  • Special Events: Fond offers a private "Chefs Table Room' located in front of the kitchen, This table holds up to 12 people.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tasker Street
  • Public Transit: 2 blocks east from the Broad Street Line - Tasker/Morris stop. Bus route 23 on 12th st to Tasker St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is usually close metered street parking, as well as a metered lot across the street. We also offer discounted valet parking on Fridays and Saturday nights.
A word from Fond
Fond is a Contemporary American Restaurant, with eclectic flavors & fresh, seasonal ingredients. Run by three friends, guests can expect to feel welcome & relaxed. We now offer a full bar as well as a wine and beer list. We offer BYOB from Tuesday to Thursday, with corkage fee on Friday, Saturday and special holidays. We are located on bustling East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia. Come join Fond for happy hour, every Tuesday thru Friday from 5:30-7:00, BAR ONLY. Fond also has chef's tables that seat 10, that oversee our kitchen where Chef Lee Styer will demonstrate his cooking.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Fond reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)neighborhood gem (67)special occasion (55)romantic (36)great for outdoor dining (16)notable wine list (15)hot spot (15)scenic view (10)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Couldn't ask for a better
    crphillyVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2009
    Couldn't ask for a better meal. Everything was fresh, ccoked perfectly and they couldn't have been nicer. Little tough on parking in that area, but well worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fond was one of the best dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/16/2009
    Fond was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. I will definitely recommend it to everyone I know!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As usual everything was superb.
    charles
    Dined on 12/14/2009
    As usual everything was superb. It was interesting to note that while many restaurants are hurting Fond, on a Monday night just before Christmas, was fully booked!! This was the first time that service was a little slow (2 hours this eve) which is about a half hour too long for the hard wooden chairs. But we persevered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cozy BYOB serving new american
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/14/2009
    Cozy BYOB serving new american cuisine. Pork belly, monk fish, steak, chicken breast. Standards with new twists. Food was good, no WOW moments for us, but well presented and prepared. Service was excellent. We were surprised by the older crowd. No light/healthy options on the menu and no vegetarian dishes. A good place to take someone who doesn't like a lot of seasoning. A good simple meal in a nice spot with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was really good, and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/14/2009
    It was really good, and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent meal in all respects.
    Brigidfionn
    Dined on 12/8/2009
    Excellent meal in all respects. All courses were imaginative and delicious. Presentations were outstanding and portions were properly sized. BYOB. Friendly atmosphere. Handled a party of five very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food, the service, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/5/2009
    The food, the service, the presentation were all perfect. My only complaint is that the space is so small it's a problem getting reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our food and service was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/2/2009
    Our food and service was excellent. The staff was most amiable. The menu was quite small. I felt our choices were rather limited. At first the noise level was decent, but as the restaurant filled to capacity it was very difficult to converse with my dining partner. Perhaps some drapes or other soft surfaces would be of help.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, our dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 12/1/2009
    Overall, our dining experience was very good (wish there was a 3 1/2 stars option). Service was a bit slow, but the food more than made up for it. We had the tuna crudo, which was a unique and well-thought-out take on the boring tuna taratar/carpaccio you see everywhere else. Entrees were the pork belly and scallops. The pork belly had a beautiful crispy skin but could have used some more of the fat rendered out. The side of okinawan potatoes was awesome. Scallops were also great. Normally not a fan of celery, but it worked well here with the celery root veloute and the golden raisins. Desserts were extremely enticing but, alas, we were stuffed. We'd probably be here every other week if we lived in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was outstanding. Bread
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/28/2009
    Service was outstanding. Bread was so-so. Had a different opinion than LaBan -- Sweetbreads were out of this world, butternut squash raviolis in sage brown butter were delicious and the pork belly was a bit too thick for my dinner partner's taste (but still very good). Parsnip soup was unremarkable (chorizo garnish was fun). The malted chocolate ice cream and flourless "cake" topped with crumbled peanut brittle was superb. We'll try it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food, generally, was delicious.
    FruitFulVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2009
    The food, generally, was delicious. The menu needs to be reworked somewhat. There were limited choices, which is fine, but some of the choices were uninteresting and so most of the people in the restaurant seemed to be ordering the special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upon entering I almost thought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2009
    Upon entering I almost thought we were supposed to seat ourselves as no one who worked there even acknowledged our presence. After a good 2 minutes (the place was 1/3 full at the time) the hostess directed us to our table. She then literally stared at us in silence for a time long enough to be uncomfortable. She then gave us our menus. But that was it. No, "your server tonight is...". No, "can we take your bottle for you sir". Nothing. At the end of the meal, the waiter took my check and my date went to use the ladies room. As I was waiting for her and finishing my glass of wine, I was told, not asked, to leave because they needed the table. As I was waiting in the cold, another table was walking out complaining about the same treatment.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sublime food at a very reasonable
    ReReVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2009
    Sublime food at a very reasonable cost. Food is comparable to high-priced, four-star restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best new BYOBs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2009
    One of the best new BYOBs in the City. The chicken liver mousse was light as air and absolutely divine! The staff is knowledgeable and very friendly. Lee will have much success here - he is a find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal with excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2009
    Excellent meal with excellent service. Only negative is a slightly small menu, but the menu isn't crazy, so it is easy to find something you like (actually it was hard because I wanted to try too many things).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is one of the best new
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2009
    This is one of the best new restaurants of the year. The food is EXCELLENT as is the service. Some of the best ahi tuna I have ever had. My husband had the pork belly and raves about it still. Desserts are to die for, don't forget to save room!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our first experience at Fond
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/14/2009
    Our first experience at Fond was memorable. We sampled the butternut squash ravioli, grilled asparagus, and tuna for our appetizers. Everything was very fresh and I really enjoyed the creative presentation of the asparagus with the poached egg. Our entrees were equally impressive. We shared the monkfish, scallops, and the pork belly. The dishes were well presented and the flavors of the sides enhanced the main course. We look forward to our next visit. Cheers!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was one of the best meals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2009
    This was one of the best meals we have had in quite a while!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really enjoyed this new restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2009
    Really enjoyed this new restaurant. Wait staff was attentive, even though they were really busy, and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The talent in the dining room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/2/2009
    The talent in the dining room and the kitchen really shine. The food is well prepared the service is attentive and friendly. Often times byo's get one or the other right, but rarely both. This is one of those rare byo's that has bothends covered very, very well. Keep up the hard work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was our first time at the
    southphillygirlVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2009
    It was our first time at the restaurant. Dinner was wonderful! The crepes for dessert were definately a treat. Will make a repeat reservation in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fond is Flawless. It is a
    WineBlondeVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2009
    Fond is Flawless. It is a rarity that a restaurant creates perfection on every level, but Fond has done that. In the short period of time that it has been open, it has managed to pull together all the important ingredients that make a BYO restaurant experience outstanding: service, atmosphere, savory, and sweet. Given that they are a BYOB and the food is so fantastic, this is one restaurant you will want to bring your favorite or most prized bottle of wine. Hint: When making reservations, mention you would like to do a menu tasting- if it's available. Although the night we went there wasn't a formal tasting menu offered, the Chef gladly prepared a multiple course meal of smaller portions of ALL the evenings menu items! Very Impressive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellant food, attentive,
    MicKEVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2009
    Excellant food, attentive, friendly service. I would rate quality of food as good as any Phila rest. Very nice neighborhood setting. Couple of thoughts after reading previous comments: We were there at 9:30 on a Fri eve; half of the tables were filled and we could still hear the jazz playing on the restuarant's sound system, and the music was certainly not blasting. Ergo, although the tables are close, noise was not a problem. Also,at the end of our meal we were invited to linger over our coffee as opposed to being rushed out. I thought the prices were very reasonable considering the quality of food. The chef came out greeted every table, which was a really nice touch. Fond easily makes the upper part of "10 best philly restuarent" list !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a gem! Really enjoyed
    meme1953VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2009
    What a gem! Really enjoyed the evening. Best meal in a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Higher end BYOB. Squash ravioli
    Leeagolf6VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2009
    Higher end BYOB. Squash ravioli and sweetbreads as good as anywhere. Duck Breast spectacular. Monk fish needs some work. Sort of bland. Desserts very good. Service energetic and professional. Water glass always full (pet peeve of mine). Overall, excellent. I would put it on par with Matyson.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Fond was fantastic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/23/2009
    Dinner at Fond was fantastic. My husband and I went to celebrate his birthday and we really enjoyed every moment we sent there. The food was fabulous and the service was great. Every aspect of the night was terrific. We really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Appetizers & main courses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 10/23/2009
    Appetizers & main courses very good. Amuse bouche was sip & half of the butternut squash soup mentioned by others - you'll want your own full mug. It is still very loud in here even when not packed despite what looks like some sound baffles stapled to the ceiling in spots. Frozen irish coffee "souffle" desert arrived rock hard - not so good. French press coffee way too weak - a real waste there. We tried hard to stay an extra few minutes with this coffee - otherwise they would have had us back on the street in under an hour. Don't love this kind of rush.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, one of the top
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/22/2009
    Great food, one of the top restaurants in Phila - and we are really really hard to impress (the butternut squash appetizer was amazing, all though on the more fatty side - which by the way was decadently and deliciously vulgar)! Excellent desserts and french press coffee - dessert chef Jessie visited our table before we ordered asking if we had any questions regarding the desserts (nice touch!). Highly recommendable!!! Go there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fond was fabulous! The space
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2009
    Fond was fabulous! The space is super quaint and relaxed but the food is refined and exciting! The servers were great and knowledgeable and the food was just amazing! I highly recommend it and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My only suggestion would be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/19/2009
    My only suggestion would be to stick to the jazz music selection. The quirky pop-ish music that was playing when we first walked in didn't fit the rest of the atmosphere. Other than that, it was a superb dining experience. Outstanding service, and excellent, creative food. I will definitely be back. Though it was lovely that all three partners of the restaurant introduced themselves to the table at the end of the evening. A very sweet place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fond is a well chosen name
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/15/2009
    Fond is a well chosen name for this restaurant. Certainly it described my dining experience at this charming new restaurant. East Passyunk Avenue has been the new hot spot and this addition will keep it sizzling. The squash soup first course was delightful as was the salmon. Fresh herbs and top ingredients are evident in food preparation at Fond. The wine my dining companion and I brought worked well with the menu. Despite the chilly rainy night, every table was taken. If I were to choose just two words to describe Fond, I'd have to say "simply elegant". It aptly describes everything from the owners, menu and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service were amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/15/2009
    Food and service were amazing! Am definitely planning to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is quite small
    mbhdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2009
    This place is quite small and incredibly loud. The service was courteous, for the most part, but very slow - a three couse meal took three hours! That would have been more acceptable if conversation had been less difficult. With everyone shouting to be heard, it just wasn't worth the effort.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the food was terrific the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/10/2009
    the food was terrific the service was attentive and helpful a perfect combo for an evening out unfortunately, the noise level was horrendous even at 9pm as per the waitstaff and chef, there are plans to improve this then this will a great night out
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our experience at Fond was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/10/2009
    Our experience at Fond was perfect. The staff was welcoming and attentive without being bothersome. Food selection was creative and preperation was very well done. What a joy it was to encounter pleasant manners and decorum that define "fine" dining. Chef Lee and his staff are off to a rousing start. We will be back with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fond is a real "find" and
    eatoutVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2009
    Fond is a real "find" and undoubtedly will hit all of the "Foodies'" radar screen very soon. The food was fantastic and the service could not have been better. Only problem is the lack of soundproofing. The decibels must have been 10,001. This is a serious problem that will require some money to address - but the food quality, creativity and flavors together with the very fine service are all too good to lose because the noise is intolerable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service and food were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/3/2009
    The service and food were superb. Five star food and service! Dining room is very small so tends to be a bit noisy, definitely make reservations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Great effort on the part of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2009
    Great effort on the part of Fond and the kitchen. Entrees just did not meet expectations. They tried really hard. With a small menu, the items on it should be delicious. That was not the case. Hoping for improvement in the food quality as the ambiance was intimate and fun.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best dining out experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/1/2009
    Best dining out experience I've had in a while. Everything was absolutely wonderful! From the food to the ambiance to the service, fully on point. I really recommend this place to anyone looking for a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in a small noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/30/2009
    Great food in a small noisy venue in an attractive South Philly neighborhood. All entrees tired were wel prepared, attractively plated and complex without being pretentious. Met all partners -- all committed to excellence. Excellent dessert selections
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic