Fond

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1434 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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GR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, amazing service. The food and cocktails were great.

MR
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here several times and it’s consistently one of the best restaurant experiences in Philly. So cute, excellent bar, food is always impeccable. It’s definitely in my top-3 restaurants and my fav on Passyunk Ave.

m
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for East Passyunk Restaurant Week and everything was fantastic! The food, service, drinks and atmosphere were wonderful. I look forward to returning!

SP
Philadelphia
133 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two perfect meals in two weeks BOTH at Fond,
This was out second time in two weeks. It was restaurant week so we could "spluge" Chef Lee is an amazing creative chef and his wife makes the BEST bread ever. The MUST ORDER here is the liver Pate (yes with more of that bread). The coq au vin and Skate were great too.

Many of the staff have been here for years. And for good reason. This time our server was Becca anshe was efficient AND friendly.

Fond is one of those South Philly places that doesn't get a lot of press but doesn't need it. The food is that good.

BTW, Tuesday-Thursday's it's BYOB (though they have very nice wine and cocktail list too)

Its not large so on a busy night expect it to be loud. But concentrate on the beautifully plated food and you'll do fine

A
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I love this restaurant because it's the best in the world and the chef is a dream.

PP
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful brunch at Fond! The space is lovely and the food is delicious. Everyone liked what they ordered. I hope to be back soon!

R
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great anniversary brunch - and they went above and beyond to make us feel special.

RC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful restaurant with great food! The service was exceptional and I can’t wait to go again!!

JA
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for high quality food great drinks and wine list. Very friendly and welcoming staff.

TL
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great!! Food and cocktails were so good and the service was a great value; highly reccommend.

SP
Philadelphia
133 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Fond, especially for the amazing pates and liver mousses and the breads (to die for) by Jessica. Lee - chef/owner - is creative but not too adventurous (that's good) and the flavors are so deep. We like the fact that you can bring your own wine (with no cork charge) Tuesday through Thursdays.
The staff is both effecient and friendly (thank you hostess Dominique!)
In fact we are returning next week.
Note that they do get busy and the room can be a bit noisy but the food will win you over

J
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

our dinner for restaurant week was delicious, but the service was a horror. Arrived at 6:30 and ordered. Our first course came in a timely manner, our main course did not arrive until 8:15. we finished dinner a little after 9. Waitress was very apologetic and our 2 drinks were taken off the bill. I don't think I would return!

JD
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch. Excellent food, great drinks, superior service. Always terrific.

L
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally had Fond’s brunch which has been on my radar ever since I saw the menu. Absolutely top 5 restaurant in Philly. I’ve been going here for years and it is consistently excellent ever time. I can’t say that about many restaurants in this city.
We had someone who has never been to Fond with us so we had to introduce them to the best chicken liver mousse there is. Period! They were reluctant because they’ve tried chicken liver mousse before and never liked it. I insisted and they were thanking me after they took their first bite. They couldn’t believe how delicious it was.
The Braised Duck Hash was very good but the standouts were the Pork Belly &Eggs and the French Dip Cheese Steak.
Their Bloody Mary’s are excellent - not the heavy thick kind.

BS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Very cute spot with good drinks and service, however, the food was subpar. Almost every dish was disappointing.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good but it took one hour for our entrees to be served. Restaurant was drafty - my husband had to wear his hat to keep his head warm. Noisy by bar.

U
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the Valentine’s tasting and loved it! We also got wine pairing and it could not have been better. Food was well prepared and drinks were mixed perfectly! Talented chef as well as a talented bartender. Service was incredible very attentive without being obtrusive. We ‘Klugman be back!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We tried the five course tasting menu and it did not disappoint. Each course was thoughtfully prepared and complimented the next. From the stroganoff with black truffle and the delicious pork belly, the entire meal was a wonderful experience. The cocktails were great too! We will be back.

s
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The servers, especially Adam, are at the top of the restaurant scene in Philly. The bartender prepares some of the best cocktails around. Our meal was delicious. Our appetizers of Oyster Rockefeller and Escargot were tasty. The main entrees of Pork Belly and Duck Confit were exceptional, as were our sorbet and chocolate cheesecake for dessert. A true neighborhood gem!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a goodly sized piece of foie gras and a lovely piece of back bacon. There may have been some vegetables involved, but I don’t recall. And the service was EXCELLENT!

AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

It was Valentines Night and they were super busy but we had to wait for quite a bit between each course. Food was good. It was a pre fix menu therefore I didn’t enjoy it as much

D
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Went for Valentines Day dinner so may have been an atypical experience, but it was a pretty disappointing ~$270 meal (for two, pre-tip). Arrived on-time for 9pm reservation, sat down at 945pm, and didn’t receive main course until just before midnight. Small thing, but had to ask for bread as waiter skipped us for some reason. Left before dessert at 1230am because we were falling asleep. Generally don’t expect fast service on Valentine’s Day, but it was a late reservation so I expected better, and the waiters did not acknowledge the delays or comp us for a glass of wine or something as a gesture. The appetizers were excellent (the soup especially), but the surf and turf was served lukewarm and was average. Might be better on a non-valentines night, but not willing to try again.

MH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were terrific. Tables were very close together which made seating a little less comfortable than usual. Not a huge fan of the Prix Fixe approach (at a minimum would suggest a few more options) but everything was delicious l.

a
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent, the staff was attentive and the restaurant was perfectly sized.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent flavorful food, attentive staff, however quite noisy. Dining experience could be improved by adding soft elements to wall surfaces to absorb sound.

HS
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped by brunch; the omelette are creative & tasty. The home fries are the best I’ve had. I would highly recommend Fond!

d
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience! Cocktails were amazing and the food was delicious, each of us finished our dishes with nothing to spare!

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favs, excellent quality and execution!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliable and perfect! This seems to be where we end up for every wedding anniversary, 3 years running :)

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service st Fond is a 10! I highly recommend this place. One of the pest of East Passyunk.

S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual!

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was Outstanding

DK
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a family birthday party at the chef's table. At the last minute the chef and server bent over backwards to accommodate vegan members of our party. The food was absolutely fabulous especially the fancy mushroom whose name I'm unable to remember, but was clearly amazing. The staff is always warm and efficient. I would definitely suggest this as a special occasion or romantic destination. Good clean food and lovely people. What could be better?

KS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the tasting menu. It was delicious and the portions were just enough. I would certainly go back. The cocktails were VERY well done. The bartender went out of his way to ask our preferences.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food

CR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had my birthday brunch at Fond and the food was delish and the service was fabulous!!

HH
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I did not have a great first experience at Fond, but I have been many times since and every other experience has been great. The service is always wonderful and you can always depend on the food being good. Especially for brunch.

DS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fond is consistantly among the best restaurants in Philadelphia. Don't hesitate- GO! You'll love it.

FM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing, every single time! The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating...The food sublime. Chef Lee's foie gras is the best outside of Paris! A great place for a cozy date or outing with friends. We love it!

J
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fond is without a doubt our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. From the most incredible food to the friendliest staff, it is the most perfect dining experience from start to finish. Carney’s warm hospitality and unbelievable cocktails are a special highlight. He is truly a master of his craft. Thank you, everyone - We can’t wait for our next visit!

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