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BYOB for Under $25

YOB.  For some, it means bring your own baby. For the rest of us, it means bring your own bottle, baby!

A corkage fee is what a restaurant charges for opening and serving a bottle of wine that you bring yourself.

They’ll even provide the crystal.

It’s a great way to complement your dinner with a favorite wine, and some restaurants will allow you to bring beer (but I don’t think they mean a case of Natty Ice.)

Most DC restaurants charge $20-$25 to cork your favorite vino, but some restaurants will do it for nothing. Nada.  Zilch.


  • Certain restaurants have free corkage only on certain nights.
  • Call to confirm corkage fees and bottle limits.
  • Confirm that the bottle you’re bringing isn’t already the on restaurant’s wine list.
  • Always remember to take care of your server!


$25 Fees
AcadianaCorduroyWestend Bistro
ArdeoDC CoastNapolean Bistro
Art and SoulEquinoxObelisk
Black SaltThe SourcePoste
BLT SteakKomiProof
Blue Duck TavernLa ChaumiereRasika
Bourbon SteakMinibarSiroc
Brasserie BeckMioTaberna del Alabardero
Café BonaparteMontmartreThe Oval Room
Cedar (Mondays free)Ceiba
Central Michel Richard



$15-$20 Fees

1789CorkOld Ebbitt Grill
2 AmysHank’s Oyster BarPalena
CommissaryIndiqueTabard Inn
Buck’s Fishing and CampingJaleoRis
Medium RareJohnny’s Half ShellSorriso
Cashion’s Eat PlaceKaz Sushi BistroSushi-Ko



Free Corkage

Asia NineElisirKellari Taverna
Belga CaféEolaMandu
Bobby Van’s SteakhouseFireflyMorrison-Clark Restaurant
Café du ParcFounding FarmersThai X-ing
Charlie Palmer SteakIci Urban BistroUrbana
DC CoastKababji GrillIl Canale
DinoLe Grenier (Sundays)


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Founder + Creative Director. Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.


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  1. The Buzz 25 November, 2011 at 20:34 Reply

    Girl Meets Food sings the praises of bringing your own bottle of wine while eating out, and has a thorough list of restaurants in the area with a $25 or less corking…

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