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Any BYOB retaurants in LA?

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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  1. 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.

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    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

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

      1. re: Clyde

        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.

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

      2. 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.

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

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            1. re: monku

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

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

                1. re: reality check

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

                    1. re: LATrapp

                      Some posters question my credibility.

                      1. re: monku

                        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

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

                2. re: monku

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

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

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                  1. re: rickym13

                    I know one. Giorgio Baldi will not allow it.

                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                      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.

                      1. re: fdb

                        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...

                        1. re: Ciao Bob

                          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

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

                      1. re: rickym13

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

                          1. re: rickym13

                            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).

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                            Sawtelle Kitchen
                            2024 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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

                            1. 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.

                              1. 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.

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                                Cafe Bizou
                                91 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

                                1. Cafe Bella Roma on Robertson has very low corkage.

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

                                  1. 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

                                      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.