12 Restaurants With Free Corkage

These restaurants allow you to bring in your favourite wine on select evenings without charging a corkage fee.

Boxwood Cafe offers free corkage on Sundays with its Sunday supper. Photograph courtesy of Boxwood Cafe.

Just remember, your server is still popping that cork for you, so be sure to tip accordingly. Oh, and nothing from your DIY “winery,” please.


Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue

Sharp metal skewers and wine should never be mixed unless supervised by a professional, like the staff at Gaucho’s all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue. Pair the meat-centred menu with a luscious red on Mondays.

5920 Macleod Trail S.W., 403-454-9119, brazilianbbq.ca


Carino Japanese Bistro

It’s no secret that Italian food goes beautifully with a rich red. Find out if the same is true of Carino’s Japanese-Italian fusion menu on Tuesday evenings.

709 Edmonton Trail N.E., 403-984-7534, carinobistro.ca

Ox and Angela

Wine is best shared with friends, so the Spanish tapas menu at Ox and Angela is the perfect pairing to any Spanish wine every Tuesday.

528 17 Ave. S.W., 403-457-1432, oxandangela.com


We can’t think of a more appropriate place to enjoy free corkage than a restaurant with ‘wine’ in its name. Bring yours on Tuesdays and pair with a custom-built cheese board.

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Big Fish

If the ocean is calling your name, break out a crisp white to bring out the best in the oysters at Big Fish on Wednesday evenings.

1112 Edmonton Trail N.E., 403-277-3403, big-fish.ca

Open Range

Consider a bold cabernet sauvignon with a classic porterhouse at this Edmonton Trail N.E. steak house every Wednesday.

1114 Edmonton Trail N.E., 403-277-3408, open-range.ca


Diner Deluxe

Diner Deluxe’s evening fare has returned, and you can bring your own bottle of wine at no cost Thursday evenings to accompany the restaurant’s comfort food.

804 Edmonton Trail N.E., 403-276-5499, 350 Aspen Glen Landing S.W., 403-457-3000, dinerdeluxe.com


Boxwood Cafe

Enjoy a summer evening in Central Memorial Park with Boxwood’s Sunday supper and your favourite bottle of wine. The menu is different each week, so check in advance to plan an optimal pairing.

340 13 Ave. S.W., 403-265-4006, boxwoodcafe.ca

River Cafe

Take your wine to the middle of Prince’s Island Park every Sunday and enjoy it with the locally sourced seasonal menu here.

Prince’s Island Park, 403-261-7670, river-cafe.com

Every day of the week

The Belvedere

No need to mark down the date for free corkage at The Belvedere. Enjoy free corkage on one bottle any day of the week while you enjoy the sophisticated offerings from recently appointed chef John Michael McNeil.

107 8 Ave. S.W., 403-265-9595, thebelvedere.ca

Holy Grill

The folks at Holy Grill love opening wine for their guests so much that they’ll do it at no cost every day of the week. Try a peppery zinfandel to complement Holy Grill’s burgers.

827 10 Ave. S.W., 403-261-9759, 444 5 Ave. S.W., 403-454-4659, holygrill.ca

Pizza Bob’s Classic Pie

Pizza Bob’s could be your new kryptonite with its thin-crust pizza and free corkage every day. A Chianti works especially well with the pie’s earthy flavours.

2610 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-283-2041, pizzabobs.ca

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