Best BYOB Restaurants In Sacramento

May 28, 2014 5:00 AM

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BYOB, or bring your own bottle, is a time-honored tradition among the frugal and particular alike. Not everyone can be satisfied by the choices on a wine list, which is why some prefer to bring that special bottle with them when they dine out. Sadly, not all restaurants will allow patrons to enjoy their own bottle of wine at the dinner table. In Sacramento, however, there are certain establishments that encourage said behavior by charging little to no corkage fee.
Blue Prynt
815 11th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 492-2969

The Blue Prynt restaurant and bar was built, in its words, to “fill a void in the Downtown Sacramento dining scene.” Alongside elegant food comes an approachable environment with reasonable prices. In the spirit of humble downtown dining, Blue Prynt waives the corkage fee on your first two bottles of wine, every day of the week. A $10 corkage fee will be assessed to any additional bottles. Choose whichever bottle best goes with the grilled salmon or prime rib and let Blue Prynt do the rest.

Cafeteria 15L
1116 15th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 492-1960

Cafeteria 15L offers classic American comfort food and is open for lunch, dinner and late-night dining. Although it offers a wide selection of wines and other cocktails, it charges a $10 corkage fee for patrons who bring their own bottle (wine only). The atmosphere at 15L is casual and comfortable, made only more enjoyable by the perfect beverage. If you prefer to choose your own, choose Cafeteria 15L.

Capitol Garage
1500 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-3633

Capitol Garage serves bowls for dinner, such as the grilled chicken yala noodles bowl or the creamy mushroom risotto bowl. Knowing which bottle of wine best pairs with this or other dishes is a matter of personal taste. The Garage does offer an extensive wine list along with expert help in choosing a beverage, but it also offers a $10 corkage fee on your own bottle of wine with the purchase of food. You may bring any bottle of wine, even if it doesn’t perfectly pair with your dish.

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Thai Thai Express
6840 65th St., Suite 130
Sacramento, CA 95828
(916) 393-9445

Thai Thai Express prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients to prepare authentic Thai cuisine. It is also known for its extensive and exquisite dessert menu. Thai Thai serves a delightful Thai iced tea or coffee, but no beer or wine, which is why it is happy to allow patrons to BYOB. After all, the drunken noodles go best with a nice glass of red.

2422 13th St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 737-5115

At Iron, desserts change frequently while the steaks remain the steadfast go-to entree the restaurant’s reputation is based on. Serving everything from brunch to dinner and seafood to pasta, Iron offers an elegant and hearty menu. The wine list is extensive and Iron has a full bar, but if only your bottle of wine will do, Iron charges no corkage fee for the first bottle.

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Laurel Hanson is a freelance writer uncovering Sacramento’s healthy food secrets in local restaurants, locavore havens, and even local foraging. Her work can be found on