Nothing beats a good old-fashioned BYO restaurant! Pull up with a cooler full of cold ones, or a couple of bottles of vino and feast the night away with your finest friends and/or family.
Perth is of course flush with some great options, so we’ve tried to cover a variety of different flavours and locations north, south, east and west – enjoy!
It would be easy to over-complicate things, but put quite simply: Monsterella gets a lot of things just right. Those bases? Naturally risen for 48 hours, light as air, crispy, chewy, perfetto. That sauce? San Marzano tomatoes, ovviamente. A selection of pasta that will tempt even the most fanatic pizza fiend? Buon appetito!
46 Grantham Street, Wembley
It was a fortuitous few weeks that saw both Hunter Bread and Rym Tarng open in Bicton Central. The latter, helmed by former Long Chim, Wildflower and Hearth chef Art Bunraksa, is pumping out some pretty unforgettable Thai plates from the 16-seat restaurant. Pork and prawn donuts are enough of a reason to visit, but the signature pork jowl will certainly help seal the deal.
Shop 8, 258 Canning Highway, Bicton
Northbridge’s best kept secret (that’s always super busy), Tra Vinh’s mix of Vietnamese and Chinese noodle dishes is one of the best. Very unpretentious and homely, the staff are always super friendly and depending on how much booze you bring, you might find yourself here for a while.
149 Brisbane Street, Northbridge
3/297 William Street, Northbridge
Francoforte Spaghetti Bar
Tucked away down a Northbridge arcade, Francoforte has been our faithful spaghetti stallion since opening way back in 2013. Roo bolognese, guanciale carbonara and kale pesto remain as comfortingly delicious as they were back in our misspent youths – combined with its casual atmosphere it’s the perfect kick off point to a big night out in Northbridge.
4/189 William Street, Northbridge
We’d practically take a bath in laksa, we love it so much – so it’s no wonder KCH got on our radar shortly after they opened in 2019. KCH takes its name from Sarawak’s capital Kuching, home to a distinctive laksa that is both creamy and tangy. But that’s not where it ends – with plenty of modern takes on Malaysian classics, plus weekly specials that will have you frantically spamming the group chat, “Who’s keen for dinner?!”
Unit 41, 10 Angove Street, North Perth
For one of the finest Japanese dining experiences in Perth, it’s hard to go past Tsukaya. While purists may balk at menu inclusions like tacos and umami fries, we could not be more on board – it really, beautifully, deliciously works.
167 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn
We could talk for days about Perth’s pizza offerings, but most of the time, we’ll end up back at Rossonero. Tucked away in Mayland’s Lyric Lane, the garage-turned-pizzeria balances classical simplicity with crowd-pleasing modernity – including a welcoming attitude towards BYO.
18 Lyric Lane, Maylands
Short Order Burger Co.
Consisting slinging out some of the best burgers north and south of the river, Short Order Burger Co.’s Hay Street location is also BYO! Whether you want to level up that sneaky work lunch with a couple of brews or make a night of it, Short Order’s got the burger situation sorted.
800 Hay Street, Perth
The latest venture from the brains behind Short Order, it makes sense that newly-opened retro fried chicken spot Goldbird is also BYO – and they’re just across the road from Wise Child Wine Store’s second Freo store!
3 Cantonment Street, Fremantle
You’d be forgiven for missing this unassuming little Thai spot along Bulwer Street, but it’s worth stopping in for. The quintessential Thai neighbourhood spot, Khanom is small, warm and welcoming, with excellent value (and tasting) dishes.
219 Bulwer Street, Perth
If you’re missing the tastes of the Mediterranean, Vincenzo’s huge, open-plan dining space and equally large serving sizes should help a little. From Sicilian arancini to bountiful bowls of pasta, fresh seafood and Spanish risotto, their stacked menu should keep you very busy (and full).
485 Beach Road, Duncraig
One of Fremantle’s best and longest-standing restaurants, there’s a reason Capri has been around since the ’50s! They’re now onto their fourth generation of family members helping run the joint, and the wholesome, homely vibes will have you back over and over again.
21 South Terrace, Fremantle
The Secret Italian
A neighbourhood Italian joint seems like a safe bet for BYO enthusiasts – and even better when it’s this good! Open for just over a year, The Secret Italian has become a fast favourite of Scarbs locals for their low-key vibes and delicious Italian fare.
11 Doric Street, Scarborough
One of Perth’s most legendary (and best value) degustations, the only issue is how bloody hard it to get a booking – that’s how popular Marumo is. Its intimate size doesn’t help, but if you can plan ahead (and drop in at the bottle shop en route) it’s an absolute delight.
22/145 Stirling Highway, Nedlands
Lady Of Ro
Boasting a Mediterranean-inspired lineup of chargrilled share plates, it’ll take you straight to the cobbled pathways of Greece in no time. The owner is also renowned for her desserts (you’ll be familiar if you’ve stopped in at Boucla next door), so make sure you leave some room for her chocolate ricotta cake.
345 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Mom Dumpling House
Outside a nice can of Coke, is there anything better than beers and dumplings? Fortunately Mom Dumpling House in East Vic Park is happy for you to have both, and you’ll be kept busy with her massive lineup of dumplings and noodle dishes.
687 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Down the road from Mom’s is The Prophet, rocking some fantastic Middle Eastern specialties. One of Perth’s all-time favourites, just about everyone we’ve ever met is a big fan of The Prophet – and how can you not be? Warm, friendly service is matched only by the deliciousness of their dishes.
907A Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Cover photo of Francoforte Spaghetti Bar in Northbridge