Best BYOB Restaurants In OC

May 14, 2014 5:00 AM

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(credit: El Segundo Brewing Company)

Everyone enjoys a good meal, no matter where it takes place. One thing that makes a great meal is having your favorite beverage to accompany it. Sure, you could make the meal at home and open your favorite bottle of wine, but that dish probably won’t taste exactly like it does at your favorite restaurant. The best way to get your favorite wine with your favorite meal at a restaurant is to bring your own bottle. Here are some of the best places in the county that allow you to bring your favorite beverage.
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(credit: Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails)

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine and Cocktails
2607 Main St.
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 387-8887

There are countless reasons to recommend Andrei’s. This is a restaurant that places a premium on fresh and sustainable ingredients. Furthermore, Andrei’s donates all profits to the Andrei Foundation, a non-profit organization that generally supports the betterment of humanity. If you’re a wine drinker, you have an additional reason to come here. Andrei’s doesn’t charge a corkage fee on Mondays and Tuesdays, so bring your favorite bottle of wine and enjoy it with a meal made with fresh ingredients.

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(credit: Shuck Oyster Bar)

Shuck Oyster Bar
3313 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 420-0478

If you love seafood, Shuck Oyster Bar might be your idea of heaven on earth. After all, in addition to the signature oysters (with three varieties at only $3 each), you’ll also find seafood soups, salads and entrees. While all of those are great reasons to visit, another great reason is the fact that there is no corkage fee. Bring your favorite wine to pair with seafood and enjoy it free of charge.

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(credit: Lydia O./Yelp)

Buon Gusto
4911 Warner Ave., Suite 109
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 846-2600

One of the good things about Italian food is that it can often satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Buon Gusto has all of the Italian favorites including pasta, pizza and sandwiches at reasonable prices – particularly for Orange County. Of course, wine is a natural pairing with Italian food, and you can feel free to bring your favorite bottle since Buon Gusto never charges a corkage fee.

Related: Best Restaurants In OC With Handmade Pasta

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(credit: The Playground)

The Playground
220 E. 4th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 560-4444

The Playground has become a hot spot in downtown Santa Ana, and with good reason. One thing you’ll notice about The Playground is that in addition to serving amazing food, this is a place where wine is very important. After all, not every place has its own sommelier like this one. The wine list is impressive, but you are welcome to bring your favorite or that one you’ve been saving for a special occasion. You’ll feel even more welcome to bring your own bottle when you realize that you won’t be charged a fee for doing so.

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(credit: Nick’s Laguna Beach)

Nick’s Laguna Beach
440 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 376-8595

Nick’s is the sort of place you return to for date nights or just anytime you’re in the area. It’s hard to find a better location than right on Coast Highway in Laguna. The place is always busy, but the atmosphere is suitably casual for the location. You’ll find plenty of good menu items to pair with your favorite bottle of wine that you bring. Nick’s waives the corkage fee for the first bottle of wine at your table.

Related: Best Wine Tasting In Orange County

Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on

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