There’s nothing worse than heading to a restaurant for a date night or to catch up with friends only to discover the drinks cost a million dollars or (even worse) that you can’t find anything you like on the drinks menu!
That’s why I love a BYOB restaurant. You can enjoy a delicious meal without having to cook while sipping on your favorite drink without having to pay the insane restaurant up charges!
It can be a little difficult to figure out if a restaurant is BYOB, though, so that’s why I’ve compiled this list.
Check out my list of the best BYOB restaurants in Boston below!
555 Washington St #1, Wellesley, MA 02482
On the edge of the beautiful Morton Park in Wellesley is Cafe Mangal, a local favorite for Mediterranean food!
Named as one of the 50 best restaurants in Boston by Boston Magazine, it’s a great spot to catch a tasty, casual dinner.
Serving up Mediterranean and American food with a special focus on Turkish cuisine, Cafe Mangal has delicious seafood, meat, and vegetable dishes that will leave you feeling satisfied, but not over full.
For lunch, I always grab a warm goat cheese and veggie sandwich paired with a crisp lager from home.
At dinner-time, there’s nothing better than starting the night with their combination starter platter and a glass of my favorite red wine!
115 Winthrop Shore Dr, Winthrop, MA 02152
Grab a nice Italian meal on the shore of charming Winthrop, MA at Cafe Rossetti’s! It’s cozy inside, perfect for a romantic date night, especially when you bring your favorite wine from home.
For dinner, you can enjoy veal and chicken dishes served with fresh pasta and salads. They also have amazing starters like fresh mussels.
My favorite is their special Chicken Rossetti, pan-fried chicken with mushroom and wine sauce. I bring my favorite white wine for the perfect meal!
411 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
In Packard’s Corner by the Charles River, Dok Bua Thai Kitchen has super flavorful, fresh Thai food in a cheery, inviting setting.
It’s a great spot for both fans of Thai cuisine and people getting introduced to it for the first time.
They have everything from popcorn shrimp and chicken to Miang-Kum, a traditional Thai dish with dried shrimp and peanuts served on a broccoli leaf with palm sugar sauce, chili, and lime.
Bring a pre-chilled light lager for the ultimate Thai experience!
I especially love dining at Dok Bua Thai Kitchen with a group because their serving sizes are perfect for ordering a ton of different dishes and sharing them!
1402 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446
For a unique, fun night out, Knight Moves Cafe is the place to go! They have thousands of board games, cafe classics like coffee drinks and sandwiches, and glassware for your outside food and drinks!
If you’re not familiar with board game cafes, they’re so much fun! You just pay a one-time game fee and then you can play as many of their thousands of games as you want.
The best part is that they allow any outside food and drink as long as you pay a per-person fee.
That means you can load up on your favorite take-out and drinks for a small fee! I love bringing a pizza and some beer for a relaxed night out!
147 Cypress St, Brookline, MA 02445
Rifrullo Cafe, right off Route 9 in Brookline, is a chill spot to grab brunch with friends on the weekend. And because it’s BYOB, you can make your mimosas as strong as you want to – talk about bottomless!
When I go for brunch, I have such a hard time choosing between their green shakshuka with tomatillos, cinnamon custard French toasts, and tofu & black bean tacos.
It’s almost as hard as the choice between DIY mimosas and bloody marys!
They also serve lunch throughout the week, so you can bring your favorite beer to sip on with your handcrafted, gourmet sandwich to catch up with friends.
942 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492
Right by the Needham Town Hall, you can find some of the best Italian food in the Boston area at Sweet Basil. Grab a Peroni or Italian vino to drink with their tasty, fresh dishes!
Sweet Basil celebrates the best of Boston and Italy with seafood dishes like fried soft shell crab with prosciutto, lobster ravioli, and shrimp po’boy.
They also have more classic dishes like rosemary chicken, bolognese, and meatballs. My personal favorite, though, is their delicate spring pea risotto.
I can’t resist its creamy mascarpone, fresh mint and lemon, and sweet pea sauce, especially when paired with Italian Pinot Gris.
258 Saratoga St, Boston, MA 02128
Rino’s Place is between East Boston and Central Square by the airport, making it the perfect spot to bring out-of-town guests when you pick them up.
The fresh, homemade pasta is super comforting, especially with your favorite wine from home. Chef Anthony DiCenso was born and raised in Italy, so he takes a lot of pride in his craft.
That’s why he always recommends the specials that change daily depending on what’s in season. Their ravioli is life-changing and huge!
Enjoy a plate of homemade, locally sourced lobster ravioli washed down with some Sauvignon blanc or sparkling wine if you’re there to celebrate.
3 N Square, Boston, MA 02113
Down the street from the Paul Revere House in North End, Mamma Maria is the perfect spot to celebrate a special day (or even just a random weekday).
It’s in a 19th-century row house that’s classic Boston and the inside is beautiful. The food is authentically Italian with inspiration from New England’s natural bounty of seafood and fresh produce.
In the winter, you can find Northern Italian classics like rabbit pasta, while the summer months bring Southern Italian dishes like burrata pasta and lobster Agnolotti pasta.
I love bringing a bottle of bold Chianti to have with their suckling pig served with baked figs and Gorgonzola dolce.
37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114
Grotto, in the heart of Boston, is a great place to end a day of enjoying all of Boston’s famous sights. Get a bottle of your favorite Italian wine or beer to pair with their rich, delicious dishes.
For people interested in a three-course experience, check out their prefix option – you can choose a first course, second course, and one of their delectable desserts!
My favorite at Grotto is the super fresh Caprese salad to start and the Fra Diavolo spicy shrimp linguini for my main, paired with an Italian red, of course!
There you have it – the best BYOB restaurants in Boston! Whether you want to bring a six-pack of your favorite brews or a special bottle of wine to celebrate a big moment.
These spots will allow you to take your drink of choice to pair it with their delicious food. Of course, if you’re not planning to bring your own bottle, you should head to these incredible Italian restaurants around the city!
Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!
Without further ado, here are the best BYOB restaurants in Boston. For more information, read above for a full description of each – plus some personal recommendations!
- Cafe Mangal
- Cafe Rossetti’s
- Dok Bua Thai Kitchen
- Knight Moves Cafe
- Rifrullo Cafe
- Sweet Basil
- Rino’s Place
- Mamma Maria
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