Edmonton restaurants that allow you to bring your own bottle

Whether you’re an avid wine collector with a cellar of vino you can’t wait to try, or simply can’t find your favourite red or white on the list at your go-to date night restaurant, Bring Your Own Wine (BYOW) is an ideal option for some wine lovers. These restaurants offer diners the chance to bring in their own bottle for a corkage fee.

2239505 Alberta Inc

11750 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 0N3

Pizza and wine? Not so crazy together, after all. Instead, the high-low combo of a fantastic bottle of wine and a gourmet but reasonably priced pizza can be yours at Famoso. They have one of the lowest corkage fees in the city, at only $15 a bottle. Order one of their tasty red or white sauce pizzas (the cavoletti, with oven-roasted Brussels sprouts, crispy prosciutto, Gorgonzola, dates, walnuts and honey is a popular choice).

Sabor Divino

109-10220 103 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0Y8

Known for their exquisite seafood dishes, Sabor Divino gives diners the chance to enhance their meal with a bottle of special vino brought right from their own home cellar. Customers can take advantage of their BYOW offering, as long as they pay a $25 corkage fee. Match a bottle of your favourite wine with lobster risotto, seafood paella, Chilean sea bass or grilled octopus for a hearty, satisfying dining experience.

Chateau Lacombe Hotel

10111 Bellamy Hill NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1N7

Known as Edmonton’s only revolving restaurant, La Ronde can be found on the 24th floor of the Chateau Lacombe hotel. The restaurant, which has a fancy, formal atmosphere and French cuisine, does a full circle every 88 minutes. If you don’t get motion sickness, and would like to enjoy a bottle of your own wine from home with your meal, that’s an option. They offer BYOW with a $25 corkage fee but have a free corkage special Thursday evenings from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

9990 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1P7

Nothing goes better with a big, juicy porterhouse steak than a nice bottle of red wine. This upscale downtown steakhouse curates their own wine list, of course, but if it’s a special occasion or you have a spectacular vintage at home, just dying to burst out of the wine cellar, then bring it with you. They offer BYOW but, be prepared to cough up a $50 corkage fee – perhaps the highest in the city.

Red Ox Inn

9420 91 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 3P4

An institution in Edmonton for more than 30 years, Red Ox Inn is home to a stand-out chef, who prepares classic, fancy food in a fun environment. The restaurant offers customers the chance to bring in their own bottle of red or white, as long as they pay a $30 corkage fee. Pair your favourite red with their rack of lamb, which comes with smoked crème fraiche, cauliflower and vadouvan spices.

Buco Pizzeria + Vino

105-130 Bellerose Dr, St. Albert, AB T8N 8N8

Located in St. Albert, this trendy pizzeria, which opened in 2015, allows diners to bring in their own bottle of wine for a $20 corkage fee. Bonus: On Mondays, they offer a free corkage special, meaning you can drink as much wine with your antipasti and red or white sauce pizza as you like. Their own wine list is strictly Italian wines, so BYOW is a great option if you prefer wine from another region.

Ampersand 27

10612 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A7

This chic restaurant, which opened in fall of 2014, doesn’t have a wine list, just cocktails and beer – perhaps because of their commitment to using locally sourced products. But, if you’re determined to pair one of their flatbreads or charcuterie boards with a nice bottle of vino, you can bring in your own. They offer BYOW, with a corkage fee of $25.

The Marc Restaurant

9940 106th Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2N2

The Marc, a casual chic French restaurant, exudes European charm and flair without going over the top. The service is friendly and efficient, while the food is simply spectacular. Pair their famous steak frites and truffle mayo with a bottle of your favourite red vino – customers can bring their own bottle of wine in for a $25 corkage fee.

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