If we made a Greatest Hits list of Philly BYOs, Audrey Claire would be right there at the top of it. They were one of the first spots in the city to dig into the whole farm-to-table thing, and they’ve been cooking seasonal American food on their little Rittenhouse corner for more than 20 years now. Come here with a bottle of wine, a wad of cash (they don’t take cards), and a few friends, and sit outside for one of the best people watching situations in the city. And some pretty great food.
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Harper’s Garden has the best outdoor space around Rittenhouse Square, along with a good late-night Happy Hour and solid small plates.
K’Far is an all-day Israeli cafe from the people who run Zahav, and while it’s better known for breakfast, it also serves an excellent dinner.
As long as you’re prepared to spend a lot, go to Barclay Prime for the best steaks in Philly.
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Musi is an Israeli-inspired BYOB in Pennsport with a seasonal menu that uses almost entirely local ingredients.
Cafe La Maude
Cafe La Maude in NoLibs serves Lebanese and French food and has a very popular weekend brunch.
Suraya is a Lebanese spot in Fishtown that’s great for a date, brunch, or a big group dinner. Honestly, it’s great for everything.
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Friday Saturday Sunday
Friday Saturday Sunday is a two-level American restaurant in Rittenhouse with a great bar that’s perfect for a night out with a few friends.
High Street On Market
High Street on Market in Old City is a bakery and restaurant that works for just about any time of day.
The Hungry Pigeon
Hungry Pigeon is an all-day spot in Queen Village where you’ll go for breakfast, stick around until lunch, and consider coming back for dinner.
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