45 "BYOB" restaurants in Chicago.
True BYOB spots (AKA no corkage fee) are hard to find. True BYOB spots with food that doesn’t suck are even rarer. Here are the places where you can show up with your own bottle and spend that extra money on a meal you actually want to eat.
Schwa, the restaurant equivalent of the most interesting man in the world. Better start working on the reservation now.
5 Rabanitos is a casual BYOB restaurant in Pilsen serving seriously great Mexican food.
Ruxbin may not get as much press as it used to, but it’s still excellent. A must hit for a quiet meal.
A Mexican seafood celebration. Prawns so good you’ll be begging for more.
We’d ditch all of our family and friends for a bag of seafood at The Angry Crab.
Funky, fresh, and delicious. Big & little's is one of the best and most interesting restaurants you can eat at.
Quality BBQ exists, and you don’t need to head south. Irving Park is where it’s at.
Bayan Ko is a great BYOB Filipino and Cuban restaurant in Ravenswood that’s perfect for dinner with friends.
Omakase Yume is a very good omakase-only sushi restaurant in the West Loop.
Luella’s Gospel Bird is a Southern restaurant in Wicker Park that makes great fried and jerk chicken.
Drop reasonable cash for a steak dinner with your friends at Tango Sur instead of emptying the bank account at a high end meal.
Cho Sun Ok is a long-standing Korean restaurant. The food is great, but the ambience is even better. A BYOB policy doesn’t hurt.