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BYOB.  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

Acadiana Central Michel Richard Westend Bistro
Ardeo Corduroy Napolean Bistro
Art and Soul Equinox Obelisk
Black Salt The Source Proof
BLT Steak Komi Rasika
Blue Duck Tavern La Chaumiere Siroc
Bourbon Steak Minibar Taberna del Alabardero
Brasserie Beck Montmartre The Oval Room
Café Bonaparte
Cedar (Mondays free)

$15-$20 Fees

1789 Hank’s Oyster Bar Medium Rare
2 Amys Indique Old Ebbitt Grill
Buck’s Fishing and Camping Jaleo Ris
Commissary Johnny’s Half Shell Sorriso
Cork Kaz Sushi Bistro Sushi-Ko
Tabard Inn


Free Corkage

Asia Nine DC Coast Kellari Taverna
Belga Café Dino Mandu
Bobby Van’s Steakhouse Firefly Morrison-Clark Restaurant
Café du Parc Founding Farmers Thai X-ing
Charlie Palmer Steak Ici Urban Bistro Urbana
Le Grenier (Sundays) Il Canale