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Low corking (corkage) fee in Los Angeles?

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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  1. 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):

    http://www.soleilwestwood.com/wine.html

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    1. re: JBC

      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!!!

      1. re: barcelona

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

        underappreciated
        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

          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?

      2. 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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        1. re: oro3030

          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. Some (relatively) recent threads on the topic:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/353502
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/342813
          (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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          1. re: ElsieDee

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

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/393139

            1. re: Local

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

          2. 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

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

              Also, Simon LA has NO corkage...

            2. 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.

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

                1. mao's kitchen in venice charges no corkage.

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

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                    1. re: Hailyn

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

                      1. re: hippodeir

                        I believe Urasawa offers complimentary corkage. :p

                    2. Providence is No Corkage on Mondays.

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

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