Top BYOB Restaurants In Houston

May 28, 2014 7:00 AM

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Why settle for the wines on the list at a restaurant when you can bring your own? When it comes to wines, these restaurants around town let you drink what you like with your meal. You don’t have to be a master at pairing wines and foods when you have your favorite drink with you. Just drink what you bring and order what you like at these BYOB establishments. Some waiters will even make recommendations based on what wine you bring from home. Keep in mind that some places charge a corkage fee for use of the glassware and corkscrew on site.
Ruggles Green
801 Town And Country Blvd.
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 464-5557

Ruggles Green has locations in River Oaks, the Heights, CityCentre and Sugar Land. This Houston restaurant also lets you bring in your own bottles of wine, but it does charge a $5 corkage fee. When dining here, you also have the option to choose from the many beers and wines on the wine menu. The food is all-natural and healthy and the menu clearly labels foods that are dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian. It’s a fast-casual restaurant, which means that you order at a counter and you pick up your food when it’s ready. This means that there are no waiters to tip. When you visit, be sure to try the house-made hummus or one of the wood-fired pizzas. There is also a children’s menu for the little ones.

Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine
912 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 942-2321

Located in Montrose, Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine offers BYOB with no corkage fee. You can choose your favorite wines from home to bring to the restaurant to drink with your dinner of lamb shanks, chicken kabobs and other Mediterranean favorites. There is even a special Washington Gym-approved menu for those who want to eat healthfully. Be sure to try the baklava for dessert.

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La Vista Restaurant
1936 Fountain View Drive
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 787-9899

La Vista is a laid-back Italian restaurant and grill without the pretentiousness of some other places. This restaurant only allows you to bring in wine from outside, so leave the beer at home. This restaurant does not have valet parking, nor does it accept reservations. You can eat your food outside on the patio in pleasant weather. While at La Vista, pair your wine from home with one of the restaurant’s brick-oven pizzas or the unique and delicious cinnamon coffee cumin crusted pork tenderloin.

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Lucio’s BYOB and Grill
905 Taft St.
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 523-9958

The name of the restaurant says it all. Lucio’s BYOB and Grill is where you can bring wines from home to drink with great food from the grill. The restaurant recommends making reservations if you intend to come for dinner, but you also get free valet parking daily from Mondays through Saturdays. The corkage fee for Lucio’s is $8. At dinner, try the smoked duck breast, king salmon or hanger steak. Desserts include a croissant bread pudding and a cheese plate with honey crackers, pecans and apples.

Jonathan’s The Rub
9061 Gaylord St.
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 465-8200

Jonathan’s The Rub opened in 2008 at the behest of the customers of Jonathan’s Catering. This upscale, family-owned restaurant is located in an innocuous corner of a shopping center in the Memorial Villages. The menu changes depending on what is in season and freshest, but you will have a selection from seafood, steaks, pork chops, Brooklyn-Italian food and much more. The eclectic menu includes appetizers such as dumplings, lobster tacos, meatballs marinara and gumbo. This same range of flavors from a variety of cuisines can be found throughout the menu at Jonathan’s The Rub.

Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at

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