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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

AcadianaCentral Michel RichardWestend Bistro
ArdeoCorduroyNapolean Bistro
Art and SoulEquinoxObelisk
Black SaltThe SourceProof
BLT SteakKomiRasika
Blue Duck TavernLa ChaumiereSiroc
Bourbon SteakMinibarTaberna del Alabardero
Brasserie BeckMontmartreThe Oval Room
Café Bonaparte
Cedar (Mondays free)

$15-$20 Fees

1789Hank’s Oyster BarMedium Rare
2 AmysIndiqueOld Ebbitt Grill
Buck’s Fishing and CampingJaleoRis
CommissaryJohnny’s Half ShellSorriso
CorkKaz Sushi BistroSushi-Ko
Tabard Inn


Free Corkage

Asia NineDC CoastKellari Taverna
Belga CaféDinoMandu
Bobby Van’s SteakhouseFireflyMorrison-Clark Restaurant
Café du ParcFounding FarmersThai X-ing
Charlie Palmer SteakIci Urban BistroUrbana
Le Grenier (Sundays)Il Canale