9 BYO Restaurants to Try in Houston

By Amber Ambrose  |  November 13, 2013

A reliable BYO restaurant is worth its weight in gold, or at least in the savings it brings to diners who enjoy a drink with their meals. There's never a question of ordering an entire bottle versus a glass, and craft beer lovers aren't beholden to a selection that might not include their favorites. Here's a handful of Houston BYOs you should add to your regular restaurant rotation. Just don't forget to pick up a bottle or a bomber before you go.

  • Cafe Pita +

    The best way to eat Bosnian food - in our opinion - is in conjunction with a cold beer. The hearty meat-heavy dishes here are ideal for pairing with any number of craft brews, though wine would suit them just as well. Pick your poison. 

    10852 Westheimer Rd.; 713-953-7237

  • Himalaya Restaurant

    The intense flavors of the Indian and Pakistani cuisine here are best complemented with a bottle of wine or beer, which is convenient since the place is BYO. Try samosas with a sparkling, dry white and the heavier masalas with a hefty Cabernet.

    6652 Southwest Fwy.; 713-532-2837

  • Hollister Grill

    If ever there were an unassuming place, Hollister Grill is it. Tucked away in a humble strip center in Spring Branch, it's out of place among the aging buildings and small ethnic eateries mostly populating the area. However unique the location, the restaurant continues to thrive with a menu of high-quality comfort foods and a vibe that's equally as soothing.

    1741 Hollister St.; 713-973-1741

  • Cafe TH

    Thursday and Friday evenings are made much better by the fact that this quaint Vietnamese cafe is open. It's a lunch-only spot otherwise, serving banh mi, casual home-cooking and a dose of friendliness from owner/operator Minh Nguyen. Diners are invited to bring their own alcoholic beverages at any time of day, but it's always best on those Thursdays and Fridays between 6-9 PM when work is the last thing on our minds.

    2108 Pease St.; 713-225-4766

  • Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana

    What's better than eating the best Neopolitan pizza fresh out of a 900-degree wood-burning oven? Eating it alongside a glass of wine poured from a bottle you brought. As if it needs to get any better, there's no corkage fee.

    14028 Memorial Dr; 281-589-7277

  • Shanghai Restaurant

    This family-run restaurant serves Cantonese food that's fresh, delicious and reasonably priced. It's the perfect place to bring a few bottles of beer or wine, reserve a private room and order half the menu to share. The Peking duck is a must, as is the lobster that comes smothered in a paste of ginger and garlic.

    9116 Bellaire Blvd; 713-988-7288

  • Huynh Restaurant

    Grungy ethnic eateries have their own appeal, but this Vietnamese spot is not one of them. It's got a stylish, comfortable dining room with modern touches, yet the food tastes just as homey as if it were made in a Vietnamese grandmother's kitchen. There's nothing on the menu we wouldn't recommend, and the corkage fee is nominal. All signs point to awesome.

    912 Saint Emanuel St; 713-224-8964

  • Two Saints

    This neighborhood bistro with a prix-fixe weeknight menu and a weekend menu that includes a la carte items as well as a chef's tasting is built on the BYO premise. Next-door Vine Wine Room - a wine bar and retail shop - shares owners with Two Saints, and makes for a convenient spot for picking up a bottle before your reservation.

    12460 Memorial Dr; 713-465-8967

  • Little Bitty Burger Barn

    An ice-cold beer and a half-pound burger and fries could be yours at the Little Bitty Burger Barn, but you'll have to plan ahead. They don't sell alcohol here, which makes it very convenient to BYO. Even the vegetarians have something to accompany their brew: there are black bean and veggie patties if you must.

    5503 Pinemont Dr; 713-683-6700