Fond

4.6
1533 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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finickyfoodie
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was imaginative and delicious. Presentation was lovely. Service was great. A delightful experience.

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EdenV
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, the staff were everything you would need them to be, and the vibe was perfect. The cocktails are out of this world.

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JenniferL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner here for my husband’s birthday. Portions are generous, and the cocktails are wonderful! The servers are very attentive as well. Looking forward to going back.

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Eric
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a delightful neighborhood spot. Wonderful, hospitable service!

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Sandra
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very limited menu. Waiter seemed inexperienced and a bit clumsy but tried. I love their mousse!!!

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vipsueA
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Small menu. Great service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic date night. Fond is one of our favorite restaurants in Philadelphia and they never fail to amaze us when we’re there.

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RobinA
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal! I went with 2 friends and we split the chicken liver pate and crispy pork. We loved them both. I wanted a full bodied red to go with the short ribs and they let me try a few to find one I loved. The ambiance is cozy. It was a bit noisy but we might have been the cause of that!

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vipAdam
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Fond

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albertv
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fond has moved into our top 5 list. Great ambiance, service and kudos to the chef. Excellent. Can’t wait to return. A true neighbourhood gem Highly recommended

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went on a Saturday evening and had a wonderful meal. The waitress Mia and waiter Ian took great care of us. The bartender Michael made delicious tequila concoctions for us to drink. My wife’s meal was scallops Risotto and my skate with risotto was out of this world. 👍🏼👍🏼 to the chef. Looking forward to returning soon. Great date night ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is some of the best food I have ever had.

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vipBeachgirl
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal, well served. Chicken mousse app is a must! Great drinks.

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vipjosephp
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Still impressive after several years. Perfectly straddles date place and neighborhood joint.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food at Fond

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CarlyB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire meal was incredible and our servers were amazing! We asked for custom cocktails and they went above and beyond to listen to our requests and make each of us a special drink. They were also super accommodating when we added guest to our reservation last minute. So many good things to say about this restaurant and staff!

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TaylorV
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere and exceptional service.

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vipOllie
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent a beautiful evening so we sat outside and enjoyed a wonderful coolness of late summer.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The vibe was great and all the staff were super nice.
Michael the manager really knew his wine and was very engaging.

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vipmb58
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I suspect Covid has impacted their staffing as aside from the bartender who was great, the rest were over their heads and that did impact the quality of the experience. The food was also a notch below what it was pre-Covid. It was just a little tired

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vipMike
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It' had been ages since Ive been to Fond and Im kicking myself for that! This meal was absolutely perfect. The Chicken Liver Mousse is incredible. Cocktails wonderful; I let the bartender choose and it was bliss. Entree's and dessert also great. The meal was absolutely what we needed after a long spell of not eating in this neighborhood.
Im coming back soon! Thanks Fond for being so friendly and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great and the staff is extraordinary…!

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vipKelliG
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. Love it. We've been going for years. The ONLY thing I would recommend is that the starters/appetizers are served in smaller portions. Most of the appetizers are served as full meals (they are so good...you can't help but eat all of it or do like me, and have it boxed up for lunch the next day). But, I'd like to start my meal with a smaller gorgeous appetizer followed by the impeccable main. Other than that, it's brilliant.

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heynow82
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

This was my first time here. The cocktails were good. The portions were small. The food was too pricey for the food to just be okay. Nothing I had blew me away. If I came back, it would be for cocktails only.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From someone whose family has been a part of the philly food industry for 4 generations and loves eating out I can confidently say this is one of the best dinning experiences you can have in Philadelphia.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This gem is truly a special spot for Philadelphia. Service and Food is leaps beyond any philly restaurant. Simple menu, with strong flavors.

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vipAnnH
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This gem offers a lively ambiance and friendly service in a unique part of town. The food was absolutely delicious. We loved it and will return next time we are in Philly!

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KomlanA
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That was a great experience. I enjoyed the food - if you eat pork, please try the Pork Belly. I am certain I will go back shortly. I totally recommend this restaurant. Great customer service.

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vipmbaek
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prior to coming, we had seen a few reviews that made us a little wary about the food and service but rest assured, this place is top notch with every. Food was delicious and beautifully prepared, drinks were refreshing, and our server was attentive without helicoptering over us - a true professional.

We had the Chicken Liver Mousse as an appetizer - it was my first time having it, it was delicious with the pickled vegetable it came with. It is a little heavy/particular in flavor so it may not be for everyone.

Our entrees were the Pork Belly and the Tuna, both of which were very tender and flavorful, and the pasta/rice that each came over were perfect compliments to the proteins.

For dessert, we shared the dark chocolate sorbet and that was honestly one of the best desserts I've had in a long time I highly recommend it.

My date and I went at 5pm and it was nice and quiet at first but as peak dinnertime rolled around, more people started to show up but it was still a pleasant noise level.

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AnneP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fond is my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia because they are exceptional in delivering on my top four priorities - cocktails, food, atmosphere and service.

Fond's menu is unique, the food is superb and the vibe makes me feel like I am among friends in their home. Each drink and plate of food is treated like an understated masterpiece. Whether I sit at the bar or dine at a table, it does not take long to unwind from my day and enjoy the full experience.

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Edward
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food and excellent service. One of the best places to eat in all of Philadelphia!

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VegThanks
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific. Gazpacho was new to the menu and delicious. Social distancing at tables was good. And everyone just seemed happy to be there!

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vipCeeLeigh
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellant food, cocktails & service. One of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Thank you Fond for a lovely dinner

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MariahA
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot! Thanks to the bartenders, chef, and wait staff for being so sociable, accommodating, and all around pleasant dudes. Made our trip to south philly a 10/10. Will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Boise
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful. Drinks were fabulous and dinner amazing. Highly recommend the Branzino!

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HealthyGourmande
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
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 on June 15, 2021

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
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
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
16 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!

FAQs

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

Fond is rated 4.6 stars by 1533 OpenTable diners.

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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