Adding a bottle of wine - or two - can take a restaurant bill from totally reasonable to max out your credit card in a heartbeat. Making these restaurants are a godsend for those who are on a budget but still love to drink and eat.
Similarly, getting together with your girlfriends - or bros - isn't really the same without sharing a couple bottles of vino.
Over the years BYOW concept has expanded to restaurants offering a more elevated dining experience such as restaurants that bring modern French experience or fusion cuisine. So that everyone, no matter what your food preference, can enjoy a nice bottle of wine to accompany their dinner - without breaking the bank.
31. Amelia's Pizza
Where: 201 Rue Milton // Downtown
Why you should go: Amelia's is a laid-back fairly run joint that serves up some tasty and ultra-cheesy pizza. Straight out of a classic wood oven with traditional ingredients. Ultra-comforting and hits the spot every time.
30. Restaurant La Prunelle
Where: 327 Av Duluth // Plateau
Why you should go: Serving seasonal and eclectic French far and it's a BYOW. If that's not reason enough the atmosphere is casual yet still trendy. Great date spot if you're looking for something different.
29. Restaurant Grenadine
Where: 2004 Hotel De Ville // Downtown
Why you should go: Grenadine is serving an interesting mix of French bistro cuisine and Asian flavors. All wrapped up in an intimate and laid-back environment that's also BYO.
28. Restaurant Le Margeaux
Where: 5058 av du Parc // Downtown
Why you should go: Located right on Parc Avenue this is a fixed-price menu spot serving classic French dishes in a cozy and intimate environment. And it also brings your own wine!
27. Le Ptit Plateau
Where: 330 Marie-Anne West // Plateau
Why you should go: Serving all those mouth-watering and rich classic French dishes, Le Ptit Plateau has been around a long time, that should be testament enough to the quality and experience this BYO Plateau restaurant has to offer.
26. Restaurant Le Millen
Where: 1185 Rue Fleury // Ahuntsic
Why you should go: Fairly new to town, restaurant Le Millen is located in quickly gentrifying neighborhood of Ahuntsic. With a simple yet refined menu of bistro-dishes, it's a great option for a casual weekday dinner.
27. Restaurant Tandem
Where: 586 Rue Villeray // Villeray
Why you should go: This is a modern French bistro serving locally-sourced ingredients in beautiful presentations; all wrapped up in a sleek and contemporary atmosphere.
26. Bistro Lannes & Pacifique
Where: 2000 Rue Beaubien East // Petite Patrie
Why you should go: This is a BYO restaurant serving up modern and contemporary take on traditional French dishes all wrapped up in a quirky and fun environment.
Where: 5658 Park Avenue // Plateau
Why you should go: Yuukai serves up modern and beautifully presented sushi and other creative seafood-driven dishes in a sleek and modern atmosphere. This is a great option for an occasion to bring a big group of friends along.
24. La Khaima
Where: 142 Fairmont West // Plateau
Why you should go: This place serves up traditional North African and Middle Eastern dishes in a warm and inviting tent-like atmosphere with cushioned benches all around for a tasty and comfortable dining experience.
23. Le Quartier General
Where: 1251 Gilford // Plateau
Why you should go: The definition of a hidden gem, Le Quartier General right on the Plateau serves traditional French bistro food in an unfussy environment that also brings let's you bring your own wine.
22. Restaurant La Strada
Where: 600 Boulv St-Joseph // Lachine
Why you should go: For those of you that live South West part of the Island, this is a great option for a classic Italian that is also BYOW. Great for accommodating large groups also makes it a fun place for an event like a birthday or anniversary party.
21. Dur A Cuire
Where: 219 Rue Saint Jaques // Longueuil
Why you should go: For those that live in the South parts of the city, don't think you have to travel to the Plateau for a good BYOW, there are plenty like the very tasty - Dur A Cuire - right in your own neighborhood.
20. Restaurant Wellington
Type: 3629 Rue Wellington // Verdun
Why you should go: Restaurant Wellington is located right in the heart of "downtown" Verdun. Serving lovely modern bistro food at reasonable prices, it's a great place for a Friday date night.
19. Les Canailles
Where: 3854 Ontario East // Plateau East
Why you should go: Classic bistro dishes like tartar and risottos served in an unpretentious environment that is also BYOB.
18. Les Héritier
Where: 1915 Mont-Royal East // Plateau
Why you should go: This place is a BYOW staple of the Plateau if you're looking for a slightly more elevated French dining experience.
17. Restaurant Le Pégase
Where: 1831 Rue Gilford // Plateau
Why you should go: La Pégase serves classic French and European dishes in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Perfect spot for a romantic date night for two.
16. Restaurant Prince
Where: 771 Rue Rachel East // Plateau
Why you should go: For an elevated BYOW experience, visit Restaurant Prince in the Plateau East. Opened up just a little over a year ago and still going strong!
15. Restaurant Monsieur B
Where: 371 Rue Villeneuve East // Plateau
Why you should go: Monsieur B is a cozy and intimate BYOW in the Plateau East. Serving traditional French bistro dishes and a pre-set menu, the experience is sure to be memorable.
13. Restaurant Madre
Where: 124 Fleury East // Plateau
Why you should go: Restaurant Madre actually has two locations. Serving contemporary and Latin-inspired dishes, this BYOW spot is a must-try for those who like a little adventure when dining.
12. Le Jardin De Panos
Where: 521 Duluth East // Plateau
Why you should go: Jardin De Panos is a kind of BYOW institution on Duluth East. Serving generous portions of classic and much-adored Greek specialties such as Mousaka and Souvlaki - come with an empty stomach and leave happy.
11. Restaurant Le Petros
Where: 4785 Sherbrooke West // Westmount
Why you should go: Restaurant Le Petros actually has two locations. One in Saint-Henri, the other in Westmount. The blue and white interior - typical of Greek Islands - truly adds a warm and rustic feeling to the dining experience.
10. Gracia Afrika
Where: 3506 Rue Notre-Dames West // Saint-Henri
Why you should go: This is a quaint and homey little restaurant located in Saint-Henri. If you haven't already tried African food, it's a great place to start.
9. La Maison De Seoul
Where: 5030 Rue Sherbrooke West // NDG
Why you should go: Serving your favorite Korean classics such as Bibimbap and Haemul Pajeon - those who love Korea flavor will be delighted by this West-end gem.
8. Al Dente Trattoria
Where: 5678 Rue Monkland // NDG
Why you should go: A warm and uncomplicated atmosphere serving generous and portions of comforting home-cooked Italian food.
7. Quartier Perse
Where: 4241 Decarie Boulevard // NDG
Why you should go: This West-side restaurant serves up plates of succulent grilled meats and other Iranian specialties such as Saffron rice. Perfect for those who love a hearty home-cooked style meal and Mediterranean food.
6. Restaurant Tay Do
Where: 300 Duluth East // Plateau
Why you should go: If you make a group reservation they will let you play your own music until 11PM at night. Making this low-key restaurant turn into a full-blow super club on weekends. And the classic Vietnamese dishes we all love also hit the spot, too.
Where: Multiple locations // Plateau & Downtown
Why you should go: You can get everything from pasta to burgers, and even oysters, too. With multiple locations, L'Academie is the BYO staple of Montreal. There is a really great mix of items to choose from on the menu and is also a perfect spot to bring a big group of friends for a weekend dinner party.
4. Pizzeria Napoletana
Where: 189 Rue Dante // Little Italy
Why you should go: This is one of Montreal's oldest pizza spots, open since 1948. The vibe is casual and unpretentious - hasn't changed a bit over the years. A great place to bring your girlfriend for a low-key evening of amazing pizza and pasta. And it's BYOW. Enough said.
3. Les Delices De L'Ile Maurice
Where: 272 Rue Hickson // Verdun
Why you should go: The humble Island of Mauritius is located off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean - just in case you needed a Geography refresher. And this little Verdun Gem is a place to go eat and escape from the city. Serving all the classic dishes from the Island.
2. Pho Viet
Where: 1663 Rue Amherst // Village
Why you should go: This place is perfect when you're looking for uncomplicated Vietnamese food that hits the spot every time. Bonus, the food is sometimes served in very cute heart-shaped bowls.
1. Restaurant Singh's
Where: 3712 St-Laurent // Plateau
Why you should go: For all you Indian food lovers out there that live in Verdun - this is your spot. Serving generous portions of delectable Indian dishes.