You don’t have to pass on wine to save money while dining out.  Skip the restaurant’s pricey list and bring your own bottle instead!

wine glassesMany restaurants offer corkage fees for diners who bring wine from their personal collection.  This fee covers the service and use of wine glasses, as well as some of the revenue lost from the restaurant not selling its own wine.

If you’ve never brought your own bottle, here is proper BYOB etiquette:

  1. The wine you bring should be rare or unique (especially if you’re going to a fine dining restaurant), and definitely not on the restaurant’s wine list
  2. After the sommelier or waiter opens and serves the wine it is polite (but not required) to offer him or her a taste
  3. Your tip at the end of the meal should include the estimated price of the bottle, minus the corkage fee

When you are seated you’ll want to place the bottle on the table as a heads-up to the waiter.

As a general rule of thumb, you don’t want to bring your own bottle of wine to a restaurant with a great wine list unless the wine is extremely special.

Some restaurants may waive the corkage fee if you purchase a bottle from their list.  Restaurants may also limit the number of bottles you are allowed to bring.

Want to plan your meal?  Here is my guide to which Miami area restaurants are BYOB friendly:

$10 and Under
The Burger and Beer Joint
no corkage fee

1766 Bay Rd, Miami Beach
(305) 672-3287

Miami’s Chophouse
first bottle free, $20 for second bottle
300 South Biscayne Blvd, Miami
(305) 938-9000

Bali Café
109 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
(305) 358-5751

Fratelli La Bufala
437 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
(305) 532-0700

Imlee Indian Bistro
12663 South Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest
(786) 293-2223

20475 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura
(305) 937-2777

$15 Corkage Fee
94th Aero Squadron

1395 N.W. 57th Ave, Miami
(305) 261-4220

900 S. Miami Ave Suite 133, Miami
(305) 347-3700

Barolo Ristorante
444 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach
(305) 532-5511

Barrio Latino
3585 NE 207 St, Miami
(305) 692-4455

Canyon Ranch Grill
6801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
(305) 514-7474

105 NE 3rd Ave, Miami
(305) 577-3454

Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S Miami Ave, Miami
(305) 403-3103

The Gastropub at Jake’s
6901 Red Road, Coral Gables
(305) 662-8632

waived if you also buy a bottle from their list
17624 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles
(305) 936-1008

$20 Corkage Fee
901 South Miami Ave, Miami
1022 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach
(305) 534-9191

Capital Grille
maximum 2 bottles
444 Brickell Ave, Miami
(305) 374-4500

Eos at Viceroy
485 Brickell Ave, Miami
(305) 503-0373

Mamajuana Cafe
225 Altara Ave, Coral Gables
(305) 443-0505

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
130 NE 40th St, Miami
(305) 573-5550

Ortanique on the Mile
278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
(305) 446-7710

Pacific Time
35 NE 40th St, Miami
(305) 722-7369

Red Fish Grill
9610 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables
(305) 668-8788

The River Oyster Bar
650 S Miami Ave, Miami
(305) 530-1915

Restaurants that offer a $25 corkage fee
Area 31 at Epic Hotel
Atrio at Conrad Miami
Au Pied de Cochon
Bourbon Steak (maximum 2 bottles)
Chef Allen’s
China Grill
DeVito South Beach
Emeril’s Miami Beach
Fratelli Lyon
Kobe Club
Michy’s (maximum 2 bottles)
Oceanaire Seafood Room (maximum 2 bottles)
Shoji Sushi
Sra. Martinez (maximum 2 bottles)

Know a restaurant not on the list that is BYOB friendly?  Send an email to  If a restaurant isn’t on this list it may still allow you to bring a bottle, just be sure to call first to find out the policy.