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

Whether you want to pop that special bubbly for a celebration or find a spot to take your latest bottle from the Eat Out Wine Club delivery, it’s comforting to know that some great restaurants don’t charge extra for corkage fees. We’ve rounded up a list of the fantastic eateries that were featured in the 2019 edition of Eat Out magazine that don’t charge you to bring your own vino.

Nationwide

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

 

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Gauteng

BGR Burger Restaurant (Rosebank)
This is the perfect quick-bite burger spot. Although the menu is small and simple, the burgers are nothing but flavoursome, generous and satisfying. No alcohol is served, so this is one spot where you have to BYO.

 

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Bravo Pizzeria (Hatfield)
Expect traditional thin-base crispy pizzas with legendary Bravo sauce offered at unbeatable prices. This is a must-try pizza experience.

Chez Fong (Houghton Estate)
The menu has a global food fusion focus, putting to use fresh seasonal ingredients to produce an exciting food experience. Both vegetarian and vegan diets are catered for.

 

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Cheese Gourmet (Linden)
From all-day breakfasts to cheesy treats to a sandwich bar and burgers, it’s the place to be for all things cheese. No alcohol is served, so make sure 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.

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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.

 

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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.

Durban

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.

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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

Cattle Baron (Durbanville)
All the usual cuts of meat can be found on the menu here and are cooked expertly to your liking. While there is a large range of wine and whiskies on offer, no corkage fee is charged.

 

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Haru (Rondebosch)
Offering everything from pork dumplings to sushi and Japanese rice bowls, Haru makes for an experience that’s not to be missed. BYO or sip on a selection of teas.

Marrow (City Bowl)
Signature broths are paired with fresh wholesome ingredients at this small culinary gem housed in the heart of Cape Town. BYO if you aren’t tempted to try something on the unusual little drinks menu.

 

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Swan Café (City Bowl)
You need these savoury galettes and sweet crêpes in your life. Pair with a selection of teas at this French-inspired gem, or BYO.

 

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Beyond Cape Town

Betty Blue Bistro (Hermanus)
Indulge in all things brunch with the dedicated pancakes at Betty Blue. Banting and gluten-free options are also catered for. Local wines, beers and fresh-pressed juices are also available.

 

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The Fat Butcher (Stellenbosch)
This is the spot for if you’re looking for a place to impress a special someone. The beef is pasture-reared, grain-fed and well prepared. Craft beer, cocktails and local wine are on offer too.

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

 

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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.

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Kole & Deeg (Ceres)
Chef Yolandi Abrahams and Stefan Roos bring heavenly baked goods to Ceres Valley. Café-style lunches are on offer, beautifully styled and won’t break the bank. Fresh juices and brews are also available.

 

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The Veg Table Private Dining Room (Knysna)
Expect farm-to-table feasting with seasonal ingredients found, foraged or grown by chef and owner Brett Garvie. BYO or enjoy the herbal teas on offer.

Heading to one of these restaurants and not sure what kind of wine to take with you? The all-new Eat Out Wine Club is here to help.

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