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The Best BYOB Restaurants in San Diego

Pairing food and wine remains an enjoyable quest for many foodies.

food and wine at san diego byob restaurants

Increasingly, beer pairings are becoming more popular as well, resulting in the rise of bring your own beverage or BYOB restaurants.

While these San Diego eateries welcome diners to bring their own alcohol, additional fees may apply.

Corkage fees typically rank around a few dollars for each bottle you bring to the restaurant.

This fee refers to the effort taken by the restaurant staff to open and pour the beverage of your choice.

Continue reading to discover the four best BYOB restaurants in San Diego!


Pacific Beach Fish Shop

1775 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 858-483-4746
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For me, no food represents San Diego better than a fresh fish taco.

At Pacific Beach Fish Shop, fresh fish features prominently on their menu.

This restaurant delivers classic California style with a family-friendly and dog-friendly environment.

The service gets even better with a BYOB-welcome policy with a $5 corkage fee.

Enjoy prepared menu items like fish stew or fried calamari. Or try a customizable Pacific Beach Fish Shop experience.

Choose a type of fish, like shrimp or sea bass.

Then choose a marinade, like chipotle or teriyaki sauce.

Finally, pick a fresh preparation, like a fish taco, salad, or sandwich.

Pacific Beach Fish Shop offers three Southern California locations, including Pacific Beach and Point Loma in San Diego and in nearby Encinitas.


Slater’s 50/50

2750 Dewey Rd #193, San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: 619-398-2600
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There’s nothing better than a classic gastropub experience, especially one that heavily advertises beer, bacon, and burgers.

Slater’s 50/50 gets its name from its unique hamburger patty formula, which uses half burger and half bacon.

Indulge in the eatery’s signature Pork-a-palooza bacon flight, loaded French fries, or their decadent milkshake menu.

While Slater’s 50/50 offers more than 100 craft and local beers, diners are welcome to bring their own wine too.

All eleven locations in Nevada, California, and Colorado feature no corkage fee.


The Butcher Shop

5255 Kearny Villa Rd, San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-565-2272
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Enjoy a little taste of the Midwest inside San Diego’s The Butcher Shop restaurant.

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The ambiance feels like a traditional supper club, with large booth seating and cozy interiors.

Enjoy a traditional meat and potatoes menu, featuring steaks with all of the traditional sides.

Or try a speakeasy dinner, with a plated four-course dinner and private entrance.

If you prefer to BYOB, I recommend visiting The Butcher Shop on Sunday as the restaurant’s corkage fee is waived on these days.

Enjoy a lively happy hour or hearty lunch from Tuesdays to Fridays.

The Butcher Shop enjoys a historic location within the Kearny Mesa neighborhood of San Diego.


Oltre Mare

4286 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 858-272-7247
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Explore the culinary traditions of north Italy, south Italy, and everything in between with dinner at Oltre Mare.

The menu is structured like a traditional Italian meal, featuring multiple courses called antipasti, primi, and secondi.

Antipasti is similar to an appetizer and the primi is a light entree, like pasta.

The secondi entree represents a heavier dish, like meat or fish. 

Dishes like wild boar Bolognese and Pizza Prosciutto e Funghi represent the traditional Italian fare at this San Diego location.

While a refined and beautiful location. Oltre Mare welcomes BYOB diners.

Freely bring in your own wine and beer without a corkage fee attached.



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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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