Where to dine with your own wine – and no corkage fee

Whether you want to pop that special bubbly for a celebration, or just save some moolah at the end of the month, it’s comforting to know that some great restaurants don’t charge extra for corkage fees. We’ve rounded up a list of fantastic eateries that were featured in the 2018 edition of Eat Out magazine that don’t charge you to BYO.


Kream Mall of Africa (Midrand) – no fee for first two bottles of still wine per table
The modern menu here is great for impressing your guests for business meetings or special occasions. Bring along a big red to enjoy with the elegant fare.

Momo Baohaus (Greenside)
You might suffer order paralysis here, there is so much to tempt on the menu of dumplings with zingy fillings. Bring your own wine to make that part simpler at least – if you’re not opting for a famous Turkish delight lemonade.

A table laden with Asian tapas at Momo Baohaus. Photo supplied.

Momo Soko (Illovo)
Skewers with sauces and bao bursting with fillings are what you can look forward to here. Spend more of the budget on food and bring your own bottle of tipple.

Ono Poke Eatery (Illovo)
Bowls of beautiful fresh fish are just begging for some crisp white wine. Bring your own cooler along at no charge.

Post, Breakfast, Lunch (Braamfontein)
Indulge in a little bit of light daytime drinking while you linger over your brunch of flapjacks, egg specialities or delicious sandwiches.

Beyond Joburg

Marmelade (Dan Pienaar)
Bring your own tipple to this deli and coffeehouse. Enjoy light lunches like homemade pies, gourmet sandwiches and burgers as you sip on your bottle of choice with no corkage fee applied.

Zannas Flavour Café (White River)
Take your own bottle along to while away the afternoon with a selection of easy-to-love fare like open sandwiches, filled paninis and wraps, not to mention the tempting bakes.


The Glenwood Bakery (Glenwood)
Go for the weekday pizza nights and take your favourite bottle of wine along. Sip your vino out of dainty tumblers as you relax on the sidewalk and take in some smooth live jazz.

Inside at The Glenwood Bakery. Photo supplied.

The Fat Fish (Westville)
This Westville gem serves some of the best fresh fish in town and allows you to bring your own wine for your seafood feast. Pair your favourite bottle with tender calamari, fresh prawns, or a towering fish burger.

Cape Town

Davy Croquettes (Gardens)
Devour some golden croquettes at this tiny little neighbourhood haunt and enjoy your BYO bottle of wine at no corkage.

The Hussar Grill (Rondebosch)
For this steakhouse favourite, it’s a point of pride that they don’t charge a corkage fee, so feel free to BYO.

A rib-eye steak at The Hussar Grill. Photo supplied.

A rib-eye steak at The Hussar Grill. Photo supplied.

The Hussar Grill (Mouille Point)
The Klein Karoo lamb cutlets with pepper sauce is the dish to have here, paired with one of the wines off the extensive wine menu or whichever vintage you choose to bring yourself.

The ostrich steak at The Hussar Grill. Photo supplied.

The ostrich steak at The Hussar Grill. Photo supplied.

Solo (City Bowl)🍽
This city bowl spot currently doesn’t have their liquor licence, so you can bring your own bottle to enjoy with dishes like gourmet sandwiches, mac and cheese, and chicken or beef gourmet burgers.

🍽 Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app

SOLO pinotage braised beef ragu

Pinotage braised beef ragu at Solo. Photo supplied.

Beyond Cape Town

Fynboshoek Cheese (Tsitsikamma)
Cheese is this spot’s forte, so do bring a bottle or two along to try some pairings.

Grain Mill Organic Bistro (Knysna)
Grain Mill has a lovely selection or fresh juices but if you’d rather opt for something stronger, try the home-made bread, pasta or pastry with a bottle of your finest.

Bread being freshly baked at Grain Mill Organic Bistro. Photo supplied.

Bread being freshly baked at Grain Mill Organic Bistro. Photo supplied.

The Golden Palm (Plettenberg Bay)
Pair your dim sum, ramen or poké with your favourite wine and no corkage fee at this popular Plett spot.

Schoon (Somerset West)

The cosy bakery will satisfy your hunger with glorious brunches, breads and pastry while you enjoy a bottle of your own wine with no corkage fee. The bakery has no liquor licence, which means they don’t have wine glasses.

The famed croque Madame from SCHOON. Photo by Claire Gunn.

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