I sure as heck didn’t…
But according to my friend Brendan, who I am doing Restaurant Week with at Dino, there is! I was always under the impression it was illegal in DC, like the . And while BYOB in DC isn’t as prevalent as in nearby cities like Philadelphia or New York, there are a handful of good restaurants that allow you to bring your own wine and drink it with your meal. Which is quite nice, since many restaurants charge big premiums for bottles. Plus many of them have free corkage on select nights!
So in an effort to spread this fascinating money-saving info for wine/food lovers, I’ve included a few restaurants below that I would recommend, along with their free corkage nights.
(3435 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20008)
A great Italian Restaurant. They offer a 3-course brunch for about $25, a 3-course dinner plus grappa for $38, and are ranked the best Italian place in the city by Washingtonian Magazine. No corking fees Monday-Wednesday.
(514 8th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003)
While they have an excellent selection of Belgian Beers to pair with their moules frites (mussels & french-fries) and their tasty Belgian/Euro-Fusion menu, it’s nice to have wine once in awhile too. No corking fees on Tuesdays.
(101 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001)
One of the only restaurants with a weekend free-corkage night, Charlie Palmer Steak is a wonderful steakhouse. And while they boast a huge wine menu themselves, why not bring your own for 1/2 the cost? No corking fees on Fridays.
(2121 P St NW Washington, DC 20037 )
Located in the Hotel Palomar near Dupont Circle, Urbana is a very nice Mediterranean restaurant providing a fine menu with “fresh ingredients from local producers.” They also have a wonderful brunch on Saturdays and Sundays with unlimited mimosas/assorted fruit juices & purees for $16.00. No corking fees Sunday-Wednesday.
And for the full list of DC Restaurants that have BYOB, click .