At Penn, hearing the word “BYO” brings to mind establishments like Ken’s Seafood or Iztaccihuatl. For many students, the idea of a BYO restaurant doesn’t extend beyond the usual rowdy club or organization meeting meant for drunk bonding and less–than–average food. However, BYO restaurants can be much more than just a location for boat races, and can even make for a classy dinner. Here are some of the best BYO locations for any mood. 

If you're looking for a spot to take your parents to...

Giorgio on Pine

With its Italian-style entrees and historical decor, Giorgio’s is bound to transport you straight to old–town Italy. The meals tend to be on the pricier side, though the service will make you feel as though you’re being treated like family. Giorgio on Pine is open from 11:30 AM to 11 PM on weekends and is located at 1328 Pine Street. 

If you're looking for something unique...

Saté Kampar

Saté Kampar, a Malayasian cuisine restaurant, is bound to blow Banana Leaf out of the water. Deemed one of the best of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine, Saté Kampar is known for Malaysian’s most popular street food: Saté. If you’re coming here, the coconut curry chicken and goat satay are a must. Grab your favorite bottle of alcohol and head to East Passyunk for an eating experience you won’t forget. Located on 1837 East Passyunk Avenue, Saté Kampar is open from 5 PM to 12 AM on weekends. 

If you’re looking for the next place for a date night...

La Fontana Della Cita

With its tall ceilings and candlelit dinners, La Fontana Della Cita is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway downtown. The waiting staff is friendly and always ready to drink alongside you. Pro tip: if you’re unsure what to get, the waitstaff is friendly and sure to help you choose one of their best dishes. La Fontana Della Cita is walkable from campus at 1701 Spruce Street and is open from 11 AM to 10:30 PM on weekends. 

If you're looking for something close and reasonable...

Thai Singha

There’s no need to leave campus for your BYO needs. Thai Singha can accommodate over 20 people, and with their diverse options of food listed at student-friendly prices, it's unique in its ability to cater to both rowdy and quieter groups. This spot is cozy and convenient for walking. Thai Singha is open from 5 PM to 9:30 PM any day of the week!  Check it out at 3906 Chestnut Street. 

Philadelphia is overflowing with potential locations that are bound to satisfy your every BYO need. Whether it's on–campus or in Center City, the BYO is a staple to Penn culture, even if it’s not Banana Leaf. 


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