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Dec 6, 2008 05:32 AM

Very quiet, BYO in Center City Philly?

For a business meeting in mid-December, I need a very quiet Center City Philadelphia restaurant, not too expensive - about $25 - 30 per person. Quiet is important because we need to have an in-depth conversation among about 5 - 6 people.

Ava sounds right but has a private party booked; Viola and Matyson are too loud and Viola does not seat 6 comfortably; Bistro 7 gets uneven reviews.

Any recommendations?

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  1. I don't know of any byob that is very quiet - unless it is not busy because it is not very good.

    You might be okay at Bronzino, which is very good. It's byob with excellent food.
    Ask for a table in the corner upstairs. They have a round table that is perfect for 5-6 people.
    Not as loud as most places.

    If it doesn't have to be byob, there are other possibilities.

    5 Replies
    1. re: sylviag

      Excuse the spelling - it's Branzino - 17th St. just north of Spruce.

      1. re: sylviag

        I would agree that most BYOB's are not quiet but Figs in Fairmount is. Not because its not good but because it's usually not that crowded and away from the hustle and bustle of center city. A good choice for what you need and within your budget too.

        1. re: Schpsychman

          Figs is a good suggestion. I didn't think of it because I was thinking "Center City."

          1. re: sylviag

            I've always found that Pumpkin is pretty quiet, though it might end up being a touch above your price range?

      2. re: sylviag

        i would agree with this. branzino tends to be a bit quieter than any other BYO i've visited. most of the BYOs that immediately come to mind - little fish, modo mio, chloe, raddichio - either all too small, crowded, or loud in general.

      3. you can find expensive, good and quiet
        cheap, bad and quiet
        but not

        cheap, good and quiet. If they are good and cheap they will be crowded.

        However, I agree with the Figs recommendation. They are probably your best bet for a relatively quiet dinner.