Fond

4.8
1512 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Vibrant flavors and warm service are the cornerstones of Fond, a new American-style restaurant from Chef-owners Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki, a husband-and-wife team. Located along Philadelphia’s popular East Passyunk Avenue, Fond is at once a sophisticated and comfortable neighborhood spot, appropriate for a variety of occasions, from a casual night out, to drinks at the bar, or a celebratory dinner.

Fond’s interior features natural tones and elements, including a 12-seat live-edge wood bar, where guests may enjoy a selection of beers, well-crafted cocktails and a thoughtfully curated wine list. The 36-seat dining room with its bright display of greenery throughout and oversized windows overlooking the neighborhood’s ‘Singing Fountain’ enhance the restaurant’s comfortable, welcoming ambiance. During warmer months, ample sidewalk seating is available for guests to enjoy food and drink al fresco.

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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HealthyGourmande
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Reserving at Fond through Open Table felt like entrapment. I made a reservation on fairly short notice for a very special event. I had been to Fond a couple of years ago and loved it. I committed with a credit card because I would never normally cancel. In this case, though, when I checked the menu, I was disappointed to see an extremely limited selection of little appeal to me or my five guests (entrees: (chicken, branzino, pork belly, appetizers: escargot, oysters, chilled shrimp, chicken liver pate.) So I called Fond to explain: this menu did not work for us, and I prefer not to drive my 87 year old father a long way for an unsatisfactory and expensive dinner on what was meant to be a happy and special occasion. Fond would not release me from the reservation, and I would be charged $150 because they had "committed the table to us." This was all BS. The restaurant was empty the entire time we were there (except for another couple who sent the shrimp appetizer back to the kitchen). The other tables were not set: they were not expecting any one else! We decided we could live with the fish entree rather than losing $150, but when we got to Fond, they only had two fish portions left and no oysters at all. We tried to make the best of it: we ordered a bottle of wine and other drinks, appetizers, entrees, dessert, coffees. My poor Dad with a heart condition had to have the pork belly entree. They were happy to sell us alcohol, but I had to ask for bread for the table while waiting for the food. The bill was probably $600 plus tip (I didn't pay, so am estimating). The waiter was very nice and tried hard, but his service could not overcome the failings of the restaurant. I I have never been so disappointed in a restaurant or in Open Table for requiring a non-refundable deposit for such a struggling restaurant. To add insult to injury, every other restaurant within sight was bustling.

Fond
Responded a day ago

Hello Rebecca, we appreciate your feedback. You called to cancel a 6:30 reservation at 4:30 for a party of six. You knowing provided a credit card and accepted our cancellation policy. When you called, you threatened our staff, I guess this consequences to that threat. As for your father being forced to have pork belly, maybe you cold have given up your branzino to him, since you changed the dish anyway. You father was super cool and nice, I hope you told him you wrote this review. Lee

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vipJosephD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Fond. It will not be our last. We will be back very soon. The menu was imaginative! Every single dish was excellent. Excellent is an understatement. If you want a flavor adventure then Fond should be on your short list. We had a spiced watermelon soup that was superb! The house pita was so tasty. The salad had an imaginative house dressing. The hospitality and service was memorable. We were treated like family and old friends rather than first time patrons. Fond is my new #1 favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. The neighborhood adds to the ambiance with the feel of a European summer night eating outside. Lots of action and spirited energy while still plenty of room to socially distance. See you soon!

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vipWestieRules
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Cool space. Talented and hardworking servers. Chef was a one-man show in the kitchen, since restaurants can’t find employees in the post-pandemic world, but our orders came out timely and delicious.

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NicholasG
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fond remains wonderful! I’m so glad they have somehow navigated through the pandemic. Can’t recommend them highly enough!

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LMD614
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Another fabulous experience at Fond! We haven’t been here since before the pandemic and they haven’t skipped a beat! Cocktails were amazing! We did 3 appetizers and dessert and it was awesome! The pork roulettes were delicious, the patte was amazing and the shrimp were tasty. We had the chocolate ice cream with peanut brittle for dessert and it was so yummy! Love this restaurant! So happy every time we visit!

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MarkT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious menu, just the right size, and the service was on point!

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KyleB
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food with limited menu. Good atmosphere. Attentuve server.

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vipSusan
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Despite it being pretty dead, drink service was extremely slow. Bartender was literally polishing glasses with a towel rather than filling an order, which basically involved pouring bottled beer into glasses. The food came out quickly, and was decent, but not notable. Was our third time there, and probably will be the last. For that price tag, it just wasn't that great this time.

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howardp
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a memorable meal. Want to return to Philly just to go to Fond again. From how we were greeted to a warm good bye, every part of the meal was memorable. The service was superb. Music mix great. Cocktails (bartender's special) damn good. Go again, and again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here and we loved every aspect of it. Service was amazing, the food was delicious, and the cocktails were on point. Highly recommend and will be back.

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SharonB
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside and the waitress was extremely responsive and pleaseant. The food was all perfectly cooked - we had the Branzino which was delicious. We enjoyed the warm pita like bread and the amuse bouche of a yummy mushroom soup. Would highly recommend.

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vipResplendent
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Philadelphia with an incredible chef who makes the most delicious meals you will ever have! And they also have a stellar bartender and incredible servers. We had the oysters with mignonette sauce and chicken liver mousse for starters along with some yummy specialty cocktails. Hands down the most fresh oysters and creamy airy and flavorful chicken liver mousse we have ever had and the grilled sourdough was perfect with it! Both the roasted chicken and crispy pork belly entrees and accompanying sauces were perfectly seasons and magnificent all around as was the rhubarb vanilla tart dessert! This is the place to go in the East Passyunk area and well worth the trip! Droolworthy!

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vipDebraandrea
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection!!

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Thomas
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. The staff makes you feel welcomed and comfortable. Prices are reasonable. 100% recommended!

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vipDave
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabtastic food and service. The Amish chicken is about the best I've ever had.

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MelissaR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and our server was terrific. We highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and super cool waitress!

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vipRobin
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had excellent food and drinks in a comfortable environment served by a very enthusiastic waitress.

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vipGreg
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences in Philadelphia! Thank you for another memorable and delicious dinner. Cheers!

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debc
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food if excellent. Enjoyed the experience.....................................................................................................

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s a pleasure to be back at Fond, and the food and experience was just how I remembered! Excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional, the food and drinks were delicious! Our reservation was at 9:30, if you’re looking for a more quiet ambiance I would suggest going later in the night. Definitely will be returning

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Stephanie
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday dinner. They noted the occasion from the reservation and put a candle in the dessert. Food was delicious and the service couldn’t have been better. Delicious cocktails wine and beer too.

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viplunchgirl
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fond has come back, and we can't tell you how happy we are! We ended up with three appetizers each because they were all so wonderful! Oysters were the best we've had, and generally we like West Coast, but these were Eastern seaboard and could best those West Coast ones with no problem! The chicken liver mousse was ethereal, and the pork country pate was awesome. We ended with the shrimp congee each, and, as usual, Lee's take on congee was great. We look forward to coming back soon.

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Kristin
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food was excellent! The staff was so friendly and helpful. The bartender's choice drinks were really well crafted. All in all a great dining experience. Thanks for having us!

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Frank
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food. Very pleasant service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience and ambiance at the chefs table

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vipKMotts
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fond makes great Old Fashioneds and amazing food. Their chicken breast was perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Sad what happened to this restaurant. Very very small menu, The 3 entrees had nothing to them. Hope to see it bounce back. The online menu not being updated was a little deceiving

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vipHarryR
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

As a patron for many years, I was disappointed in the decline in food preparation and the absence of a byob/corkage option.

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vipCenterCityRealtor
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful meal for a Birthday celebration! Had the awesome chef’s table which is great for watching the behind the scene action!

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AutumnL
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and cozy, sweet place. The drinks are amazing

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TimT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frequent diner at their other restaurant the Dutch. Was not surprised this was just as great. Service, wine, and menu was great!

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vipAdam
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I love them because they love me. Some of the best food in Philly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed eating outside at Fond. I had the ceviche,braised short rib and blackberry sorbet on lemon cream. Everything was delicious!

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AutumnL
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous spot on Passyunk. We (4 total) sat outside and it was perfect weather. The service was excellent with wine suggestions, and specialty drink creations. The food was delicious and the courses came out at a great pace. I have been here multiple times and I will keep coming back!

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vipJabey
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were so attentive to the sidewalk tables. The food was superb and the best I’ve had in 5 months since the pandemic began.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Adam was phenomenal, explaining the wines when we mentioned we had an interest in learning more about the pairings and where Fond acquired the wines. We had some great discussions about them and he even followed up the next day to answer one of the questions we had asked. 10/10 and we’re heading back just because of the phenomenal service. Excited to support Fond through whatever winter + Covid brings here in Philly.

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vipLamarC
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Can’t speak about ambiance due to curbside COVID restrictions. Only had dessert. Malted Milk Chocolate Ice Cream was amazing. Service was timely. Would definitely go back for dinner. Menu looks great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious, friendly staff right on passyunk square!

FAQs

Fond offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 551-5000.

Fond is rated 4.8 stars by 1512 OpenTable diners.

Fond does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/fond-philadelphia/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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