Will BYOB
Will BYOB

Will BYOB

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.willbyob.com/
  • Phone: 2152717683x
  • Hours of Operation:
    We serve dinner five nights a week. Dinner reservations are available Wednesday through Thursday from 5:30p.m. to 10:00p.m. Friday and Saturday from 5:30p.m. to 11:00p.m. We offer a four course Prix Fixe menu on Sunday evening from 5:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. Join us every 3rd Tuesday of each month for out ingredient focused tasting menu 5 courses $55. Will BYOB is closed on Monday and Tuesday dinner services.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Kearse
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you would like to entertain a select group of clients or host a reception throughout the entire restaurant, we offer a number of possibilites. For events of of guests or more please contact the reservation office.
  • Private Party Contact: Doug.kahn@willbyob.com 2152717683

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mifflin & East Passyunk Ave
  • Public Transit: Subway - Take the Broad Street Line to Tasker-Morris and walk two blocks east to East Passyunk Ave or to Snyder Ave and walk one block north to East Passyunk Ave.
    Bus - Take the Route 23, Route 29 or C Bus on Broad Street, which all cross East Passyunk Avenue. The Route 2, 37, 47 and 47m.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking is available on the Avenue and in a municipal parking lot between Tasker and Morris for 50 cents per hour with a three hour maximum and free two hour parking is available on side streets.



    There is also a Parkway garage on the NW corner of Broad and McKean Streets which offers secure parking just a few steps from the Avenue at affordable rates, including an evening rate of $5 after 5 p.m.
A word from Will BYOB
Will is a modern French inspired BYOB, located on East Passyunk Avenue in the heart of South Philadelphia. Chef and Owner Christopher Kearse, and his team, prepare a menu focused on its season, respecting French traditions along with classic and modern techniques to build a dining experience that evokes entertainment, excitement, and satisfaction.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Will BYOB reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (77)neighborhood gem (63)special occasion (49)romantic (38)hot spot (14)great for outdoor dining (5)good for groups (4)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great meal
    StraightFooda
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Will, the food was varied and very well done. The duck breast, beef, and trout were very good and had a lot of flavors. I really liked the pot de creme. The only issue is that we had to wait 25 minutes for our 8:30 table to be ready. However, they did offer us a free appetizer as an apology. Overall, a nice place for special occasions.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem
    twelVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This bistro is comparable to the ones we recently had dinner when we were in Paris. Impeccable service, delicious food. Not a misstep in the tasting menu (which is a value at $65). After eating recently at some highly touted newer restaurants in Philly, this one stands head and shoulders above them.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Does not disappoint
    BearVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Everyone from the server to the kitchen genuinely makes an effort to make sure you have as special an experience as possible. I really enjoyed the presentation of the different dishes. The food is of the highest quality. It is wonderful experiencing something so unique and so good at the same time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • consistently excellent food
    phillydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was our second visit to Will. Once again the food was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. This is definitely one of the top notch BYOB' s in Philadelphia. Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food and also appeared interested in what she told us. We will definitely be returning for a third, fourth....visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal here. The foie gras with rabbit terrine was a surprising combination of richness, taste and texture. The head-on shrimps were sweet and tender. The best part was the juicy shrimp heads which were so succulent. It was quite a treat .
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Always Amazing
    Dean1VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food here is always amazing, prepared with incredible sophistication and flavor. This is a restaurant not to be misssed.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WillBYOB
    WeekendDiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food, service and comfortable dinning were all very good. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Will BYOB
    evv746
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    MY Wife and I went there for a recent anniversary and were provided with top of the line service, and they even recognized our anniversary in a creative way. In addition, the food was among the best we have had in Philadelphia, and Will completely lives up to a the reputation of one of new premier dining experiences in the city. I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing night out
    kmarcum06
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Will was an incredibly pleasant experience all around. Knowledgeable staff: our waiter answered all of our questions about ingredients/sauces etc. The tasting menu was well balanced throughout the courses. Highlights were the chilled corn soup that was so smooth and tasted like the essence of summer corn, the burgundy snails had a honey miso sauce that was unexpected and delicious, and quite possible the best trout I've ever had. Will provided an unforgettable evening that I got to spend with my loved ones. We even got to see the kitchen and meet Chef Chris!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will BYOB
    JNov
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My husband and I were looking for a French restaurant in South Philly. Will truly is a neighborhood gem. We went on a weeknight and the food and staff were fantastic. It's refreshing when it comes as a package! The waiter asked if we would be interested in a chef's tasting which consisted of a 5-course meal versus ordering separately from the menu. The corn soup, snails, mushroom, trout and desert was delightful. This is a restaurant for the open-minded. You're not going to get run of the mill food and food in ridiculously large quantities. I was full before desert came out. But I still tried it and loved it. We met the chef and he is one of the nicest people I've had the pleasure to meet. We can't wait to go back for another chef tasting!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat here. Just do.
    Sarah
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    What can I say. The go-to place in Philly right now (and hopefully for a long time to come!). The food takes front and center here, but the service and ambience deserve special mention. My friend somehow ended up with a nick on her ankle in the short trek from the cab to our table. One of the servers (not even ours!) noticed my friend casually inspecting her ankle and immediately appeared with a bandaid- politely and discretely. We did the chef's tasting menu and highly recommend. This is the place to celebrate an occasion, take a nice date, or just enjoy a night out when in the mood to really experience food- impeccably and creatively prepared. Your palate will thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    BarbaraMan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had the $65 tasting menu. Each dish was carefully prepared and there was a good variety. Service was excellent. I wish the space was a little larger.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simple
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Just go! You just can't put something this exquisite in words.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo
    foodiedudieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Will is wonderful; one of my favorite byobs. Every time is go I am wowed. Small menu but every taste is sublime. The Hen of the Woods mushroom starter was out of this world.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Light123
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Chris and his staff out did themselves. The presentation was impeccable and the taste was......amazing. I'm still dreaming about the gnocchi. I can't wait to go back and share the talents of WillByob with others! Thank you Chris!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to hear the conversation
    FancyVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We came for my birthday--a party of 4 with an 8:15 reservation. We arrived right on time but had to wait outside about 15 or 20 minutes for our table. The service and food were well above average. The presentation is impressivene. The big drawback for me was the excessive noise. It truly detracted from the birthday celebration as we struggled to hear one another. I will not return before 9pm on a Sat as it's too busy and loud.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Wyoal
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had the Tasting Menu. Started great with a wonderful cold corn soup and was downhill thereafter. Eric, our waiter, was a phoney who should find another calling, however, the rest of the wait staff was excellent . The low point may have been dessert; my wife had a dried out nut cake(maybe) and I a mundane pudding. Save the Taxi fare and eat up town. Maybe we were expecting too much - Philadelphia Magazine also did us a disservice with their rave review.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kitchen Talent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We took advantage of the pre-fixe tasting menu the restaurant offered on 7/17 and it turned out to be one of the best meals we've ever had in Philly. Our previous trips to Will have all showcased inspired food, beautifully presented, seasonal, and high on the flavor scale, but the aformentioned tasting menu exceeded all prior meals. The heirloom tomatoes, the poached lobster, halibut with chorizo, lamb ribs, etc., were all memorable! If you want to be impressed, Will will deliver!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MariaGladwyne
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We felt rushed. I understand they want to do THREE settings per table per night but sometimes that does not work. Even it was more annoying when the other tables of four stayed on. We had a reservation at 8. Had to wait a few minutes to have the table set and by 9:45 we were told our time was up. It seem we sat in the one that had to be rushed out ever time. Killed the experience. Not worth it
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  • Great first time.
    FredfromReadingVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We were looking for a new place to dine at on a Sunday and I had read an article about Will BYOB. What a find this little BYOB was, great service and wonderful food. The Sunday Prixe Fixe was a very good deal and my date and I got to sample very many dishes. One of the special touches was the Basil Jam served with the bread, very delicious. The Hudson Valley Foie Gras & Rabbit Terrine was outstanding. I hope for much success for Chef Kearse and his staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding and Inventive
    DJK1VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The dishes are very creative. The service is top notch.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded my expectations!
    kptaylor
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I had heard great things about this place, and I was not disappointed! Each choice we selected was prepared with unique and delicious ingredients in an artful presentation. I'm atill dreaming about the corn soup! We recognized the chef from his days at Pumpkin. There are some obvious paralells between the two places. Both delicious! I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Miss Will Byob
    h2oworks
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    In our opinion Will byob is providing the most delicious and interesting food in the city at a reasonable price. It is some of the best food we have ever had. The menu often changes depending on what is fresh. It is a small place so it can get noisy and often you will hear other diners saying mmmm and exclaiming wow! and Oh my god! as they bite into whatever it is they ordered. It is closer to center city than you would expect and we think you will find it is worth some extra effort. Just go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful BYOB with tasting menu
    Bebops
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Bought fancy French wines, went with great hopes and were not disappointed. Some of the most interesting dishes in the city. Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • As good as it gets
    rpf27VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We have fallen in love with the Passyunk Avenue restaurant scene and Will byob ranks in our top three, along with Noord and Fond. (We haven't been able to get a reservation at Laurel since Nick won Top Chef! We're looking forward to our first dinner at Townend.) Our dinner last Saturday at Will was, if anything, even better then those that preceded it. Chef Kearse has such a special touch. His approach to me combines a light touch with a passion for intense flavors. The oysters that began our dinner were spectacular: fresh, slightly salty with a lovely lingering edge of flavor. The hen of the wood mushroom was spectacular; the vichyssoise was truly memorable. The skate wing elegant and full of flavor. Can't wait for the next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lived up to high expectations
    BWHC
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    There's always a few restaurants that I hear about over and over, and they get so built up I find it hard to believe they will measure up in reality. Will BYOB was one of those happy exceptions. Not only did they call ahead of time because I had noted in my OpenTable reservation that a member of my party was gluten-free, but when we arrived they had noted it, had discussed it with the chef and were ready with multiple options to meet this need. And that doesn't even broach the fact that this was one of the best laid out, most flavorful, eye-catching meals I have had in Philadelphia. And the price was beyond reasonable. Go. Just go. Go Go Go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Accommodating!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 18th anniversary at Will BYOB. The food was excellent and the service impeccable. The Sunday pre fixe menu was delicious and beautifully presented. I called ahead to see what the menu for the even was and they made wine pairing recommendations. I alerted them that it was our anniversary and they printed "Happy 18th Anniversary" on the top of our menus. Nice touch! Thank you Will BYOB for a great evening.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    checkitoutVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Although I am not a great big fan of French food, I decided to surprise my husband for Father's Day because it is one of the restaurants he has been eager to try. I was not disappointed for one minute, the food was delicious, service was even better and the prices were reasonable for a special occasion dinner. I would definitely try it again and again! I am a convert!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible food
    lorrainemd
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    thoughtful, elegant, beautifully prepared food. french technique with a ton of creativity. we did the tasting and the progression was flawless. the service was attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Last nights dining experience at WILL was very disappointing. Although dishes were well prepared, the $65.00 tasting menu was poorly composed and bland flavors were dominating. Our server told us that flavors would getting bolder which each course. Main course was chicken followed by a ricotta flan dessert... It leaves us to believe that Chef Kearse did not think it well through. Also, having to ask for bread several times did not leave a great impression on service. After mentioning our concerns to our server we were given a free dessert coupon for our next visit. I would expect this kind of problem solving at Olive Garden and not at a 2 bell restaurant.
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  • Perfect meal!
    Melissa
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food at Will is exquisite: beautiful to look at, inventive, delicious. We had the Sunday night prix fix, and every course was simply perfect. The value was also amazing -- in New York, such a meal would cost twice as much (and it would still be worth every penny!).
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and inventive
    KathyD
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A delicious and inventive meal, without ever crossing over into weird. Will has a small but excellent menu, with seasonal ingredients and items that are a modern interpretation of some classic French dishes and ingredients. (Any restaurant that has both rabbit and skate wing on the menu is OK with me.) Prices are reasonable for the quality of the food; portions are not overly large, but one does not leave hungry, either (a problem at some similar spots). Bring a food-friendly wine or two and be prepared for a very nice meal. Noise level was fine when we arrived (7:00) - started getting noisy by the time we left and the small room was full.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    tequilareposado123
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We went to Will BYOB for the first time recently and it was just wonderful! Our server was upbeat, knew the menu and had many suggestions. The food is fresh and prepared in a straight-forward and sensible way. Natural flavors augmented with the chef's creativity. We definitely will go back
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Next level food
    LoveWill
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Our meal at Will was truly fantastic. We had the Sunday Chef's tasting menu and ordered pretty much all of the options. The chef combined varied and interesting seasonal ingredients in an artful and delicious way. Everything tasted delicious and was cooked absolutely perfectly. We are tough critics and no complaints on this one. Really pretty reasonably priced given the level of quality and sophistication.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Fabulous !!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We will definitely be back. The flavors were exceptional.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Always an outstanding meal at WILL
    MicahBVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    There are only a handful of restaurants that we repeatedly go back to multiple times each year, and Will BYOB is one of them. You can't get a more elegant chef-inspired meal for a reasonable cost anywhere else. The food never disappoints. Our waiter on this visit was especially good. And on a nice night with the windows open, it felt quieter and less crowded. Among our favorites is the mushroom first course, our table shared the gnocchi entrée as a second plate, followed by short ribs and two fish entrees among the four diners. The table shared the three dessert choices. With a high end Napa cab brought along BYOB, it made for an outstanding evening out with friends.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Another Flawless Meal
    REBTDoctorVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had a another flawless meal at Will BYOB. If you want perfection go book a meal at Will BYOB.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What Happened?
    SeriousFoodie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We had been to WillBYOB three time before this last visit and each meal was fantastic, world class. This time, ordinary would be the operational word. For staters, the hen-of -the-woods mushroom which my wife adores and has ordered each time was very disappointing. It had not been marinated well and was rather tasteless. Our duck was good but nothing special. The kitchen or our waitress mixed up my vegetable order. It was like we had walked into a different restaurant . Even if the regular chef was not cooking that night, procedures should have been in place to keep the quality of the food up to previous standards. Until we hear that it has returned to its former ways I doubt if we shall go back.
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  • TerriVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was our third visit in a year. And , it was another incredible experience. We tried the tasting menu this time-it did not disappoint. The level of creativity coupled with the presentation is remarkable. Many, many cudos to everyone associated with Will BYOB.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • A little gem on Passyunk aVenue
    EricVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    If you are looking for a great little ciozy and warm spot to sample some delicious food, then RUN, do not walk to 1911 East Passyunk Avenue to this lovely little spot for a great meal. The food is divinely prepared and the wait staff are warm and friendly.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.