Montgomery County's Best BYOB Restaurants


Montgomery County is quickly becoming known for its culinary prowess, providing residents and visitors with an abundance of enticing options, and the BYOB dining scene is no exception. From modern-American fare to traditional Italian, there is a dish to perfectly accompany whatever beverage diners choose to bring from home.

Grab your favored ale and a wet napkin to head over to Phamous Phil’s BBQ in Collegeville or its newest site in Limerick. St Louis ribs, smoked beef brisket and pulled pork are just a few of the traditional, southern-style selections that Phil’s mouthwatering menu has to offer.

For a more “hands-on” BYOB dining experience, check out Cooking Spotlight in Phoenixville. Classes are offered for groups and individuals looking to shake up their monotonous menus at home. At the end of the lesson, students sit down with their bottle of choice and enjoy the dish they’ve prepared.

Looking for tapas to go with your preferred aperitif? Look no further than 19 Bella in Cedars. Enjoy Mediterranean-inspired small plates, such as roasted carrots and cauliflower with za’atar and cucumber lavender yogurt, while cozying up in the rustic-yet-chic space.

The traditional wood-burning oven and open-kitchen atmosphere set Arugula Ristorante in Plymouth Meeting apart from the pack. The Amalfi Coast of southern Italy has inspired the menu, which has an abundance of seafood options – as well as traditional favorites, like the Margherita pizza.

The essence of old-world charm is embodied at Augusto’s in Warminster, offering a continental combination of cuisines, in a warm, romantic atmosphere. The crab cakes here are a best-seller; bursting with full-bodied flavor. Bring along any favorite vino selection; the diverse array of selections promises a perfect pairing.

A truly artistic culinary experience, the contemporary, yet intimate Blackfish Restaurant in Conshohocken is pleasing to the eye and the palate. Bring a bottle that pairs with the seafood-centric menu, and try the delightfully refreshing Crudo tuna to start. In addition to the ever-changing àla carte menu, are tasting menus of five-to-seven courses.

Nestled in the former Gwynedd Valley train station, Bocelli Restaurant transports diners to a quaint trattoria in the heart of Italy, serving classic Roman dishes such as spaghetti alla carbonara, in which the pasta is tossed in a creamy sauce with savory pancetta and plenty of parmesan cheese.

A local gem in Pottstown, Lily’s Grill prides itself on an elegant feel to the dining room, but not at the expense of comfort. Uncork your bottle of white to couple with Lily’s extensive seafood options, including the crowd-pleasing ginger and soy glazed peppered tuna steak, served with a salad made of local hydroponic lettuce.

Mirna’s Café and Grill, with two locations in Blue Bell and Jenkintown, is a go-to for authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Start off with the house-made, creamy hummus, but be sure to save plenty of room. Mirna’s is known for its hearty portion sizes, sure to leave a full stomach and a smile.

A neighborhood gem in Narberth, Ryan Christopher’s BYOB is a family-run establishment serving American bistro fare and fresh-baked desserts from in-house pastry chefs. Diners looking to break out a bottle of their favorite red can pair it with the Black Angus New York strip steak, cooked to perfection and topped with bleu cheese and grilled onions.

When it comes to BYOB, brunch can be equally as important as dinner. Grab a bottle of bubbly for morning mimosas and enjoy farm fresh selections at The Silverspoon in Wayne, including double thick French toast served with Pennsylvania maple syrup or a fresh-made cinnamon apple compote.