Boston Area’s Best BYOB Restaurants

May 28, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)

(Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)

(Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)

What could be better than bringing your own drinks to enjoy with a meal? Not only is it less expensive than standard bar prices, but you can bring all of your favorites, so there’s no need to worry whether the restaurant offers them. These locations around the Boston area allow guests to BYOB to complement the tasty menus they offer.

Kitchen On Common
442 Common St.
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 484-4328

In Belmont’s Cushing Square is Kitchen on Common, a quaint neighborhood eatery that serves up the flavors of the New England area with the option to BYOB to wash it down. Chef-Owner Joh Kokubo prides himself on serving a menu that highlights and supports as many local farmers and ingredients as he can. The seasonal menu might feature anything from micro greens to braised beef stew served with asparagus to hearty pasta dishes all expertly prepared by Chef Kokubo, who is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City.

Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe
289 Belmont St.
Belmont, MA 02478 (Moving to Main St in Waltham July 2014)
(855) 487-8296

Also in Belmont, offering bring-your-own-beverages is Gustazo Cuban Restaurant. Chow down on steak, pork, lamb, beans and rice, black bean soup and lots of other Cuban offerings at this cozy eatery. Guests also love the brunch selections like the Sandwich de Huevo y Tocino which is an open face sandwich with gruyere cheese, portobello, avocado, tomato, bacon, eggs and greens on a bun for only $10.

Pastalina’s Restaurant & Catering
454 Salem St.
Medford, MA 02155
(781) 391-3780

For fine Italian cuisine inspired by the Avellino region of Italy with BYOB to boot, head to Pastalina’s in Medford. Manicotti, fusilli and ravioli are just a few of the pasta dishes offered at this local eatery. There are all of the classic Italian favorites you could ask for from chicken marsala to spaghetti carbonara.

Related: Phantom Gourmet Searches For BYOB Restaurants

Sweet Basil
924 Great Plain Ave.
Needham, MA 02492
(781) 444-9600

Located in Needham, Sweet Basil is an area favorite that has been in business for over 14 years. Start off with one of the delicious appetizers like the baked gouda wrapped in filo dough with berries and truffle over greens or the calamari fritti with a spicy tomato sauce. Then dig into the rosemary chicken with pancetta, tomatoes and asparagus in a creamy sauce with ziti or the risotto of the day. There is a $5 serving fee if you decide to bring your own wine to enjoy with the meal.

Main Street Cafe
159 Main St.
Groton, MA 01450
(978) 448-9634

It’s a bit of a hike from the city, but Main Street Cafe is a popular restaurant in the Groton area that serves satisfying breakfast and lunch options, and on weekends, it lets loose and offers dinner with entertainment and musicians to liven up the restaurant. Main Street Cafe also allows you to BYOB, making for a fun night out for those who won’t be heading into the city.

Related: Phantom Gourmet: Sweet Basil In Needham

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