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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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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for a Date (17)
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Creative Cuisine (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Seasonal (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Cozy (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Romantic (9)
Authentic (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Casual (5)
Business Meals (4)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was delicious but service very inattentive.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This place is perfect! Highly recommend to all. Make sure to add it to your list of spots to visit.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Hot Spot, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Over the top ! This was our first meal at Will. Phenomenal meal! We had the privilege to experience Chef's Tasting Menu which focused around Foie Gras - every detail was on point! Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

what can I say except that it was superb. This is not our first dinner at Will and everyone of them was outstanding. Needless to say we will be returning sometime soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Went for special monthly menu of 5 course dinner. Was so delicious and special! Excellent meal and can't wait to return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Returned to the restaurant after last visit 4 years ago. We ordered the chef’s tasting menu. I was disappointed to discover the restaurant has slipped. Food was flavorless and menu uninspired.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The food is outstanding, the room is terrible...
The food tasted awesome and looked just as pretty. The room although small, which is not a complaint had no atmosphere and the tables and chairs, Blahh...

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Amazing food. Service was so warm and welcoming. Went for friends bday and they made it extra special. Snails were deeeeelish!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Fine dining in a cozy casual setting. Small menu, everything unique and delicious. Prefer ordering from menu as opposed to 'tasting menu'.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Fabulous meal and a BYOB! Great service, wonderful food...presented exquisitely. Always a great option!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Fabulous! One ofPhiladelphias absolute best dining experiences.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Incredible food and intimate dining experience. Great for a date or evening out with a few friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (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 2, 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 29, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 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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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 17, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 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 4, 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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 (Philadelphia)·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 28, 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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 (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 1, 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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