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Low corking (corkage) fee in Los Angeles?

ChickenNWaffles Jun 2, 2007 01:43 PM

I'm looking for decent restaurants in LA (preferably West Side) that charge less than $10 corking fee. I know Purans on La Cienega (maybe it's La Brea or Robertson?) charges just $4 a bottle, which is great. Does anyone know of any other good places? Thanks.

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    Hapafish Jun 7, 2007 10:18 PM

    La Carchette (SP?) on Little Santa Monica used to have no corkage on Sundays.

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      revets2 Jun 7, 2007 11:29 PM


    2. PseudoNerd Jun 4, 2007 08:04 PM

      Il Capriccio on Vermont in Los Feliz has lost its alcohol license, so they won't charge for corkage.

      The staff will inform you that you can buy a bottle from Tiger Lily at a discounted rate.

      1. PinotPlease Jun 4, 2007 07:15 PM

        Cube on LaBrea which specializes in artisinal cheese and Italian dishes has zero corkage fee and delish mac n' Cheese if a little under-salted.

        1. russkar Jun 4, 2007 06:19 PM

          Providence is No Corkage on Mondays.

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            Hailyn Jun 4, 2007 03:56 PM

            Bread and Porridge in Santa Monica is now serving dinner until 9:00, and corkage is free.

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              hippodeir Jun 4, 2007 04:19 PM

              fritto misto in santa monica has a fee, but it's very very reasonable.

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                foodmonster Jun 4, 2007 05:59 PM

                I believe Urasawa offers complimentary corkage. :p

            2. westsidegal Jun 2, 2007 11:01 PM

              mao's kitchen in venice charges no corkage.

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                thebaron Jun 2, 2007 05:30 PM

                La Dijonaise, Washington at Helms, Culver City. French Bistro. Corkage was $4 last time we brought.

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                  paprkutr Jun 2, 2007 03:20 PM

                  cafe Bizou on broadway, or colorado in santa monica is only 2. The original cafe bizou is in sherman oaks and have a branch in old town pasadena.

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                    whatsfordinner Jun 2, 2007 03:17 PM

                    Josie's in Santa Monica has no corkage on Mondays and Matteo's on Westwood Blvd has no corkage on Tuesdays. The Cafe Bizou chain has low corkage - $2 or $4.

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                    1. re: whatsfordinner
                      vinosnob Jun 4, 2007 04:11 PM

                      Love Josie's on Mondays...or any day.

                      Also, Simon LA has NO corkage...

                    2. ElsieDee Jun 2, 2007 03:17 PM

                      Some (relatively) recent threads on the topic:

                      (I know that there was a thread in April or May that had lots of suggestions, but now I can't find the thread and the lack of a working search function isn't helping.


                      An external (not chowhound) list here, though I don't know if it's up-to-date: http://thedeliciouslife.blogspot.com/...

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                        Local Jun 2, 2007 04:14 PM

                        hereyago ...(searched "good wine cheap corkage" )...go figure ;-) scroll down for suggestions on westside, etc.


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                          ElsieDee Jun 2, 2007 04:45 PM

                          *laughing* That must have been the search string I didn't try. Thanks, Local!

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                        oro3030 Jun 2, 2007 02:06 PM

                        It isn't on the Westside but the corkage is FREE at Bistro K in South Pasadena. Fantastic and idiosyncratic food there too but very slow service.

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                          mocro Jun 3, 2007 07:30 AM

                          Sadly, BistroK in SoPas under new ownership. I believe still no corkage, but the food may not be quite as spectacular. I'm hoping for a review from someone who's sampled the new chef's food. For now we're sticking w/Briganti in SoPas.

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                          JBC Jun 2, 2007 01:57 PM

                          Soleil - An underappreciated small afforadable French Bistro on Westwood Blvd., 3 blocks south of Wilshire charges just $5 (that italizied symbol before the 5 looks like a dollar sign to me, call & confirm that if interested):


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                            barcelona Jun 4, 2007 06:21 PM

                            Under appreciated (2 words) The management is horrible, and the service is way below par... just to save a few bucks on wine you are making a big deal LOL!!!

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                              PseudoNerd Jun 4, 2007 08:02 PM

                              Actually, it's one word according to Merriam Webster:

                              One entry found for underappreciated.
                              Main Entry: un·der·ap·pre·ci·at·ed
                              Pronunciation: "&n-d&r-&-'prE-shE-"A-t&d
                              Function: adjective
                              : not duly appreciated

                              1. re: barcelona
                                JeetJet Jun 4, 2007 08:02 PM

                                If the food is good I can ignore management and service. How is the Chow? If you did not like what you had, then what was it you ate?

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