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About 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.

1911 East Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French

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 9:00p.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.

Cross Street:
Mifflin & East Passyunk Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 271-7683

Website:
http://www.willbyob.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Christopher Kearse

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: (215) 271-7683

Additional:
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Farm to Table, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access

Will BYOB Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (23)
Creative Cuisine (19)
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Tasting Menu (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
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Special Occasion (11)
Cozy (10)
Romantic (10)
Seasonal (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Authentic (7)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Casual (3)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Spectacular and constantly a unique and special cozy yet luxe dining experience.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I was disappointed this time at Will. I’ve had excellent meals at Will so my expectations were high. Our friend from Milan joined us at Will a year ago and said it was the best restaurant he’d ever been to; on this return visit it was... My ravioli with fois gras ragu did not have a hint of foie gras and the mushrooms tasted rank and were chewy. The scallop main course was also unappealing; scallops should be slightly sweet and airy not hard and fishy. My friend from Milan sat silently about his courses. I’m inclined to book a table at Pumpkin or Wister, and I long for Bistro 7 and Matyson. I hope this was an anomaly.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great atmosphere. Small and romantic - 10 tables. Reserve ahead. Superb seafood - very little else on the menu, but what would you want if you are a seafood fan. Creative preparations. BYOB (one of the things we love about Will and Philly in general - lots of BYOBs. Hard to find anything wrong with Will. Some people complained about the level of noise but we must have had a quiet group the night we were there

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Seasonal, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

4th time and always delivers the most incredible dishes. The duck is the best I have had, and have eaten at almost all of the 3 and 4 bell restaurants in Philly

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Had heard so much about this popular place that we were excited to try it and it hit the marks on all levels. From the cozy space, the friendly/helpful service to the delectable food, Will BYOB delivers. Had melt-in-your-mouth, perfectly-cooked duck and wagyu tartare...excellent.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Another amazing chefs tasting!!! Everything from service to the food was 5 stars!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by the coziness and smaller dining room when we arrived. We also were excited to try the tasting menu. Unfortunately half way through our meal half the restaurant was taken over by a bachelorette party. The noise level went from ideal for dinner conversation to being quite disruptive. The restaurant should’ve required a buy out for such a large group. The food was good, but nothing mind blowing.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is our second visit to Will. The food is truly creative and beautifully presented. Seasonal and local products are featured on the menu. It is a fairly limited menu, so look on line before you commit. That being said, go for the food, but not on a Saturday night. The tables are simply too close together for comfort and the sound level makes normal conversation almost impossible. Service is great - our waitress could explain all of the entrees and was fun to interact with.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

What’s the fuss about Will? Certainly doesn’t live up to hype and other reviews. We went for a birthday celebration, having saved this for a speacial occasion. We were immediately seated and our wine opened, and then we were ignored by the waitstaff for almost 30 min with our (small) menus in front of us. During that time, 3 other tables left, were cleaned, and new parties seated and two of those tables had lengthy discussions about the specials, the Prix fixe tasing option, as well as ordering. When we finally got a wait person’s attention, there was only brusque description of the specials and tasting option while our order was taken. The dinner then shifted into high gear and we then felt quite rushed by the staff, almost like they didn’t want us there in the first place. While they acknowledged our “rough start to the evening” and brought a small appetizer as an acknowledgement from the chef/owner, they still did not seem engaged in making sure we enjoyed our experience. Maybe it was that we were already disappointed with the experience, but the food also disappointed. All 4 dishes (two appetizers, two main courses), while beautifully presented, were overly salty and lacking in other flavors. Overall very disappointing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Emily took care of us and provided fantastic service and was completely knowledgeable of all menu items. Food was exquisite and perfectly prepared.

Would recommend without hesitation.

Thank you!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Really really well presented food, the servers knew what they were talking about when they explained the menu to us and were super thoughtful and printed a custom menu for us as we were celebrating my friend's White Coat ceremony. Would love to come back here another time for another location and left a good impression on me as this is one of my first times experiencing a more fine dining experience where you're going with looking for a colorful and expressive palate rather than being stuffed to the brim. None the less, the portions we're good and the staff were very attentive and I loved the entire experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Really good, smaller portions than I expected. Will go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Always lovely to go to Will! We went to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday, and they even customized the menu for us. We went for the price fixe on a Sunday, and it was just as great as ordering a la carte during the week.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Dined here on Saturday evening. Service was very friendly. We were seated promptly. We both had the tasting menu, one omnivore and one pescatarian. Each course was creative, beautifully plated, and an adventure for the taste buds. The decor is simple but tasteful. The restaurant is small and intimate, but not overly loud, so you can still have a conversation with those at your table. Highly recommend and already thinking about when I can return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Always an A+!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

What an incredibly special meal. Our favorite spot in the city with beautiful food that feeds our soul. Chef is brilliant!

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Went for the Sunday prefix menu we enjoyed it very much. The service was excellent and the food was spot on.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The staff and chef were so very accommodating. For reasons beyond control, some of our party arrived late. But we were never rushed. Great food. Wonderful staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 4, 2017

With all the great reviews, we went expecting something truly extraordinary. It was overly fussy and pretentious, more about the appearance on the plate than the taste of the food. While the pictures of the presentation would have been noteworthy, the tastes were ordinary and disappointing. It was expensive, and the idea that our credit card would be charged if we canceled even 24 hours prior to our reservation was not welcome. We will not be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Outstanding experience from one of the best places in the city. Hands down the best duck that my friend and I have ever had! Thank you WILL for a truly memorable evening!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our first trip to Will, but it won't be our last. Food was wonderful, inventive, and the portions were perfect. We did the Chef's Tasting Menu, and we were not disappointed. Cozy, but it allowed us to talk to our neighbors at the next table which added to the night. Thanks for a lovely evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Chef Christopher Kearse is extraordinary. The tastes, the visual appearance of the food, the adventurous presentations even of classic dishes ... whatever you order, you will have had one of the best meals you will ever eat. The ambience is lovely and service is friendly, polite, and impeccable. Clearly one of the best two or three restaurants in the city.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Wonderful dinner from an amazing chef. Service was wonderful as well.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Will BYOB is easily, hands down, the best restaurant in Philly. The menu is imaginative, creative, and simply amazing. Always prepared to perfection, and never a disappointment at Will. The food is great, and the service pays amazing attention to detail. If you have not been here yet, you are missing out on the best dining experience you can have in Philly, and anywhere else really.. The price range isn't ridiculous either for the quality of food you are getting.. In short, Will is a must go to. Stop thinking about it, and just go.. you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food was absolutely sensational! Different and delicious, presented beautifully! And I am hard to please! All compliments to the chef and the wait staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Truly one of the best meals I have ever had. Went for our five year anniversary and they truly made it special. Can't wait to go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Most creative chef in Philly. The food is excellent and unusual. Place is small and noisy but worth it for the food. Sunday prix fixe is a good value.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Will has a pleasant environment and excellent service. The food was interesting and tasty, at a fantastic value. We went on a Sunday and got to enjoy their price fix menu. I found the portions to be just the right amount and spaced out appropriately. It is BYOB, but if you don't have a bottle, there's a lovely local wine shop down the block. It's definitely worth a try!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 1, 2017

A charming Philly BYO. Beautifully presented plates of food, exquisitely prepared and cooked. Informative yet unobtrusive service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We have dined at Will several times , and lately have been introducing foodie friends from near and far to Chef Kearse' sublime creations. Our friend on this occasion was delighted with her meal as were my wife and I. This is our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia and my only regret is that we don't visit more often.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Over the Pat five years we have been lucky enough to enjoy and rave over Will BYOB. It is our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. The refined tastes and flavors are exquisite. Every fork full brings a wow! Don't miss it.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (London)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The most underrated restaurant in Philly. Thank you Chris!!!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

My wife returned two of her appetizers as inedible and my culottes de boeuf were so tough I could only chew through half of them. 8/26...

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 24, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. Execution on all of the dishes is insanely well done. Can't recommend enough.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The chef is amazing and so is the hostess and waitress.
We come here for our anniversary every year for the past 3 years.
This year the stove broke during our service but, things happen.
They were apologetic and we'd had a lot of wine at this point so its ok.
I'm sure they'll make it up to us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The epitome of fine dining in a hip area of Philly. Innovative and absolutely delicious edibles. Service friendly, knowledgeable and efficient without being rushed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

This was one of my favorite dining experiences in recent memory. The kitchen delivered a stunning tasting menu. The Halibut was the star--crisp but flaky. But every other dish was remarkable too. What a lovely experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2017

really quality food. best scallops ever! Chef/owner has a real interesting story- has no sense of taste or smell and food was phenomenal! and don't miss the dessert! definitely a place to go to!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Fantastic food and service.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2017

We had a great experience at Will. Food was great as well as the service. Special crab menu for the night, and my boyfriend was able to have a delicious vegetarian tasting menu.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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