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.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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.
Mifflin & East Passyunk Ave
$31 to $50
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.
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.
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:
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Will BYOB Ratings and Reviews
The food was excellent, and the plates were portioned well. The lack of a dedicated server for each table was a bit distracting because that's part of the experience of eating out, you know? In addition, the time between courses was rather short and an unmet request to have a little more time before the dessert was a little frustrating. Those factors did not take away from the overall experience because the food tasted as good as a restaurant in Rittenhouse without breaking the bank as much.
Girlfriend and I went to Will BYOB for an early Valentine’s Day dinner. Very romantic quaint venue. Staff was the nicest and very accommodating. Food was amazing. Tartare, the truffle pasta special, snails, and duck were all delicious. The wagyu beef was a little dry, but still very good. Amazing experience. Great date spot. We will definitely be back.
Five friends we’re celebrating a birthday and our Mah Jong winnings. We chose Will BYOB because of its reputation. We went with the tasting menu. Every course was outstanding. We savored each bite commenting on the combination of flavors and textures. Chef Kearse is skilled in the art of food presentation. Every plate put before us was a work of art. First we reveled at the beauty of the plated food then we savored each delectable fork full. The service was outstanding too. My daughter surprised me by sneaking in the kitchen and then carrying a candle lit dessert to the table. The personal attention given to carry off such a surprise is on par with the attention we received during our meal. We will be back again soon. But we won’t wait for a special occasion.
Creative, upscale cuisine served by delightful and knowledgeable staff that aims to please. The chef and owner is a real talent. The menu is well thought out. His pairings and selections of ingredients are very unexpected that transform into a wonderful gastronomical experience. The plating and presentation are lovely and temperature appropriate. We will never tire of Will BYOB.
When we first heard about Will BYOB we were a little skeptical of another "small space - artisan" approach to food. Boy were we wrong. Will BYOB fires on all cylinders. The small plates are amazing and the space is warm and cozy. The noise level was fine but the real star is the food. Every dish we had was piping hot and also delicious. If I lived closer this would be an every week visit. Kudos to Chef Kearse and the staff for delivering an amazing night. Nice to see a local chef killing it.
This was my third, and last, time dining at Will. We went for my dates birthday this time. When we arrived the restaurant was completely empty and about 20 min later another couple comes in and where did the server try to seat them (with every single table open)? Directly next to us! Who does that? Will, apparently. Thankfully the other couple requested another table further away.
For an appetizer we had the Wild Boar and Venison Terrine which tasted like neither boar nor venison. It had no flavor whatsoever actually. For my entree I ordered the PA Brook Trout and it came out practically raw, no flakiness to the meat, no crisp skin. Just soggy skin and a cool, slimy interior that was not appealing by any means. A filet o' fish would have been better cooked than this sad, sad trout.
So eventually a table of 8 comes in and is seated on the opposite wall, behind me. It's a narrow restaurant so everyone has to squeeze in I get it but did the server really have to say "I'm sorry I'm not ask skinny as you" in a condescending voice every time she walked between me and the 8 top behind me?
In short, it was a bizarre, frustrating and expensive mistake I hope no one reading this has to repeat. It's a shame because we really liked this place previously.
Still very inventive ingredient combinations that result in very enjoyable dishes, while at the same time seemingly routine (a bit hard to explain). Service on this visit was a bit slow due to minimal wait staff (1 person doing an excellent job of managing a nearly full 28 seat restaurant). Still highly recommend, especially if you have not previously visited.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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