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Any BYOB retaurants in LA?

hopegoode Dec 13, 2010 10:55 AM

We will be visiting a few nights and would like some recs if liquor laws permit BYOB. We enjoy all ethnic foods but prefer fish and shellfish. We will be staying near LAX but have a rental car at our disposal. Thanks, in advance, for your suggestions.

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    josephnl Dec 16, 2010 12:34 PM

    Although almost all restaurants in southern CA allow you to bring wine for corkage (a few offer free corkage), I am unaware of any restaurant that allows you to bring hard liquor. Are there any restaurants that allow you to bring whiskey?

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    1. re: josephnl
      Ciao Bob Dec 16, 2010 03:13 PM

      I have brought homemade margaritas to Mexican restaurants with beer/wine licenses on many occasions. Never had a problem...but I do always offer a glass to the staff/chefs.

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      Faulkner99 Dec 14, 2010 10:28 PM

      Cafe Bella Roma on Robertson has very low corkage.

      Cafe Bella Roma
      1513 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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        paprkutr Dec 14, 2010 08:35 PM

        There are several places that charge only a two dollar corkage. Cafe Bizou is one of the most popular, and there is one in Santa Monica.

        Cafe Bizou
        91 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

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          yogachik Dec 14, 2010 07:40 PM

          All of the Hillstone restaurants allow you to bring your own wine without a corkage fee (but not booze), so go to Houston's, Gulf Stream, Hillstone, R+D Kitchen.

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            granadafan Dec 13, 2010 08:54 PM

            I haven't been in a couple years, but try Girasole at 225 N. Larchmont between 3rd and Beverly. It's Northern Italian.

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              rickym13 Dec 13, 2010 03:46 PM

              i can't think of one place that won't let you "byob" in l.a.

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              1. re: rickym13
                Ciao Bob Dec 13, 2010 03:50 PM

                I know one. Giorgio Baldi will not allow it.

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                  fdb Dec 13, 2010 10:55 PM

                  Really? We used to bring them--two bottles max--but that was a year ago. Did they change policy? IIRC, I think La Botte does not allow.

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                    Ciao Bob Dec 14, 2010 10:46 AM

                    As far as I know it has not been allowed for many years at Giorgio Baldi. Are you speaking of the place at PCH and West Channel, fdb? e. Baldi in Beverly Hills does do BYOB...

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                      fdb Dec 14, 2010 07:37 PM

                      OK, a call into GB confirms "no outside wine". I do remember bringing my own bottles at some point--perhaps before they changed policy.

                2. re: rickym13
                  Grog Dec 14, 2010 12:17 PM

                  The Ivy and Bastide (not sure about the current incarnation) don't allow BYOW.

                  1. re: rickym13
                    jackattack Dec 15, 2010 10:52 AM

                    Carolina's in Sherman Oaks just got busted, so no longer allows BYOB

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                      westsidegal Dec 15, 2010 09:35 PM

                      nor will shojin

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                        Servorg Dec 16, 2010 10:26 AM

                        I recall when Sawtelle Kitchen got "turned in" by someone for allowing BYOB without a license and that it delayed the approval of their license (which had already been "pending" for sometime).

                        Sawtelle Kitchen
                        2024 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                      2. monku Dec 13, 2010 03:46 PM

                        If a restaurant doesn't have a license (beer, wine and otherwise) there is no BYOB allowed.

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                        1. re: monku
                          reality check Dec 13, 2010 09:17 PM

                          That's not true, Brats Brothers has no liquor license, but they allow people to BYOB.

                          Brats Brothers
                          13456 1/2 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

                          1. re: reality check
                            monku Dec 13, 2010 09:26 PM

                            Then they're breaking the law.


                            1. re: reality check
                              monku Dec 13, 2010 09:52 PM

                              Call the ABC district office in Van Nuys (818) 901-5017 and check with them.

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                                LATrapp Dec 14, 2010 08:20 PM

                                Is that really necessary?

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                                  monku Dec 14, 2010 08:23 PM

                                  Some posters question my credibility.

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                                    LATrapp Dec 14, 2010 08:49 PM

                                    Monku, I don't question your credibility one bit and I hope others don't either.

                                    I'd just hate any great BYOB joint to take a blow over this (especially in this environment).

                                    It reminds me of how much I mourn the lost al pastor spit at Tacos Leo.

                                    1. re: LATrapp
                                      monku Dec 14, 2010 09:04 PM

                                      I wasn't the one who brought the BB situation to light.

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                              ns1 Dec 14, 2010 10:56 AM

                              the title is allow BYOB, not legally able to be BYOB. Stop busting Brats Bros balls so that we can continue to enjoy

                            3. Bob Brooks Dec 13, 2010 03:37 PM

                              Here's a link you may find helpful.


                              1. Ciao Bob Dec 13, 2010 02:38 PM

                                Assuming the "B" is a Bottle of WIne you can BYOB at almost any LA restuarants though you will pay a corkage fee at almost all of them.

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                                  Clyde Dec 13, 2010 01:45 PM

                                  I know Colori Kitchen in downtown is BYOB - it is Italian food and supposed to be VERY GOOD however I keep having to cancel my reservations!!! Also if you can make it to Pasadena, Daisy Mint is excellent and it's BYOB. It's Thai, my favorite there is the salmon curry! Make reservations if you go, it can get crowded.

                                  Colori Kitchen
                                  429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

                                  Daisy Mint
                                  1218 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

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                                  1. re: Clyde
                                    reality check Dec 13, 2010 01:54 PM

                                    Malibu Seafood has great views, decent food, and it's BYOB.

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                                      omieurhomie Dec 13, 2010 03:11 PM

                                      I second Colori Kitchen. Amazing risotto. Their tiramisu is BOMB.COM! And I don't even have a sweet tooth. There is a one bottle limit for every two people. They charge corkage for bottles over that limit.

                                      Colori Kitchen
                                      429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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