If you enjoy choosing a perfect wine to go with your meal or like to pair craft beers with tapas, but you don’t want to cook, a BYOB restaurant is a great option. These restaurants allow you to enjoy your favorite adult beverage while enjoying their culinary delights. If you have a special bottle that you would like to enjoy along with an evening out, here are some great restaurants in Pittsburgh that are BYOB. Keep in mind that many BYOB restaurants charge corkage fees or have other requirements for bringing your beverages in. Be sure to check with a restaurant to find out their individual requirements.
1 Boggs Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Located on Mt. Washington, La Tavola specializes is fresh and delicious Italian food. You can enjoy a casual slice of pizza with your favorite red blend or something a little more refined from the full menu of Italian cuisine. Try the scarpariella with your favorite riesling or a New York strip steak grilled to perfection with a great bottle of Cabernet. A corkage fee may apply for BYOB.
108 43rd St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Formerly Cafe du Jour, Kaleidoscope Cafe offers a great, casual dining experience perfect for sharing a bottle with friends. You can enjoy a tasty pasta dish such as gnocchi nirvana made with homemade gnocchi along with a crisp white wine. Or you can bring a few bottles of your favorite beer to enjoy with a burger. Kaleidoscope cafe offers gluten-free and vegan options as well.
Luke and Mike’s Frontporch Grille
235 Commercial Ave.
Aspinwall, PA 15215
Located in Aspinwall, Luke and Mike’s Frontporch offers classic American cuisine and outdoor seating for the summer. You can enjoy your favorite beverage with one of Luke and Mike’s daily specials that feature fresh chops, steak or chicken. With dishes such as grilled filet mignon and lemon basil chicken, you can enjoy your favorite summer wine whether it’s red or white.
4621 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Located in Bloomfield, Sausalido is a contemporary BYOB bistro. The menu changes seasonally offering fresh, local ingredients to tempt your taste buds. You can enjoy your favorite wine with steak, chicken, pasta and fish dishes or the perfect aperitif to enjoy with desserts such as cinnamon maple oat pecan bread pudding. Sausalido is a small bistro, which seats 40, so if you are planning to enjoy an evening out with friends, be sure to call ahead for seating.
1103 S. Braddock Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Located in Braddock, Cibo Restaurant offers a BYOB experience and contemporary Italian cuisine. Cibo offers vegan and gluten-free options upon request. Not only can you BYOB, but you can also bring your own dessert (corkage and dessert fees apply). Tasty ravioli, linguini and gnocchi dishes abound on the menu. If you are looking for a great weeknight dining experience, Cibo will waive the corkage fee Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for wine.
Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.