Local BYOB {Bring Your Own Beverage} Restaurants


There was a question recently posted on my local moms Facebook group asking for recommendations for a BYOB {Bring Your Own Beverage} restaurant. BYOB is such a great type of restaurant and it’s often overlooked when searching for a date night location. It can be a great way to eat out while cutting costs, plus you have your favorite beer or wine with you for a night out. BYOB generally means that you can bring beer or wine {hard liquor is generally not permitted}.

However, be aware that restaurants might charge a corkage fee to assist you with either uncorking a wine bottle or providing glasses. You might want to call ahead and ask about the fee if you are on a budget. I have included corking fees below if they were available. You might just want to bring a bottle opener, just in case the restaurant doesn’t have one {especially if they don’t charge a corkage fee}.

Below is a list of some local BYOB restaurants to try out on your next date night. I haven’t personally been to all of them, so please let me know which ones you loved if you end up going! If I haven’t included your favorite, please share so I can add it to the list.

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  • Bereket Turkish Restaurant (4031 Main Street) serves Turkish food {specializing in KEBAB} and there is no corkage fee. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.


  • Mima’s Meatballs & More (18 Mill Plain Road) calls themselves a fast casual Italian cafe and there is no corkage fee. Their meatballs are hand made in house and pizza fritte dough is prepared fresh and fried to order. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.


  • Akita Japanese Steakhouse (451 Kings Highway East) is a Hibachi, Sushi and Japanese steakhouse and the corkage fee for wine is $15. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
  • Safita Restaurant (2217 Post Road) serves Middle Eastern cuisine and there is a $10 corkage fee for wine {no fee for beer}. Closed Sundays.


  • Heibeck’s Stand (951 Danbury Road, Wilton) is a burger/hot dog/ice cream joint and allows BYOB on the patio. Recommended by one of our FCMB mamas as having great food and ice cream.


  • Penang Grill (55 Lewis Street) serves Asian fusion cuisine and there is no corkage fee. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
  • Thai Basil (95 Railroad Avenue) serves Thai cuisine and there is a corkage fee of $10 for smaller bottles and $15 for larger bottles. They also serve beer and wine at the restaurant.


  • River Street Restaurant (109 River Street) serves Italian cuisine and they charge $3 per bottle of wine and $1 per person for beer. Bring your cash because they only accept cash and checks. This one was highly recommended by many members on my local moms Facebook group! Closed on Mondays.


  • Jennie’s Pizzeria Inc. (380 Monroe Turnpike) serves Italian Cuisine and the corkage fee is $5. Jennie’s is my personal favorite restaurant. It is reasonably priced, has the most delicious Italian food, and some of the friendliest waitresses. We have brought friends and family there multiple times and it is always a hit. Closed on Mondays.
  • Thai Berry Kitchen (440 Main Street) serves Thai Cuisine and they told me that there is no corkage fee. Closed on Sundays.

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  • Chef Luis (129 Elm Street) serves a fusion of cuisines and the corkage fee is $15. They also have a full bar at the restaurant. Closed Sundays.


  • Carminuccio’s Pizza (76 South Main Street) serves pizza, was called “one of American’s Top 10 Pizzas” by Gourmet Magazine and there is no corkage fee. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.


  • Rowayton Pizza (104 Rowayton Avenue) serves Connecticut-style pizza, which they say is a hyprid of New Haven and New York styles, and there is no corkage fee.
  • Village Gourmet (22 Chestnut Hill Road) serves Chinese food and there is no corkage feed. Recommended by one of our FCMB mamas!


  • Piccolo Pizza & Pasta (24 Prospect Street with locations also at 991 Danbury Road and 101 Old Ridgefield Road, both in Wilton) serves Italian cuisine and pizza and there is small corking fee. They say that they are a “jazzeria” because they have live jazz music.


  • littleBUDDHA (2270 Summer Street) serves Thai cuisine and there is no corkage fee. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.


  • Tutti’s Restaurant (599 Riverside Avenue) serves Italian cuisine and only allows you to bring your own wine {no beer or liquor} for a $10 corking fee. They also sell beer and wine in the restaurant. Closed Sundays.

Have you been to any of these local BYOB restaurants? Know of any more to add to our list? Comment below!



  1. An additional spot in Georgetown is Dough & Co. it’s right over the the Weston town line into Redding, on the corner of 57/Georgetown Road and Old Mill Road (Parking is on Old Mill rd). They do breakfast, lunch, Sunday brunch, and light dinners in the warmer months. BYOB with a $10 corkage fee per table, and complimentary mimosas with their Sunday brunch. Food is amazing and the place is really cute!


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