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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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    JBC RE: ChickenNWaffles 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 RE: JBC 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 RE: barcelona 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

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          JeetJet RE: barcelona 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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        oro3030 RE: ChickenNWaffles 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 RE: oro3030 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.

        2. ElsieDee RE: ChickenNWaffles 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 RE: ElsieDee 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 RE: Local Jun 2, 2007 04:45 PM

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

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            whatsfordinner RE: ChickenNWaffles 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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              vinosnob RE: whatsfordinner Jun 4, 2007 04:11 PM

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

              Also, Simon LA has NO corkage...

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              paprkutr RE: ChickenNWaffles 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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                thebaron RE: ChickenNWaffles Jun 2, 2007 05:30 PM

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

                1. westsidegal RE: ChickenNWaffles Jun 2, 2007 11:01 PM

                  mao's kitchen in venice charges no corkage.

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                    Hailyn RE: ChickenNWaffles 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 RE: Hailyn 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 RE: hippodeir Jun 4, 2007 05:59 PM

                        I believe Urasawa offers complimentary corkage. :p

                    2. russkar RE: ChickenNWaffles Jun 4, 2007 06:19 PM

                      Providence is No Corkage on Mondays.

                      1. PinotPlease RE: ChickenNWaffles 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. PseudoNerd RE: ChickenNWaffles 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.

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                            Hapafish RE: ChickenNWaffles 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 RE: Hapafish Jun 7, 2007 11:29 PM

                              LA CACHETTE

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