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Sep 11, 2007 12:49 PM

BYOB restaurants

Hi out there-
Can someone please tell me where are the BYOB restaurants in LA are? I was so spoiled by Chicago which had all these great BYOB places which charged either no corkage fee or very small (less than $5). Please help! I love eating & hate paying $40 for a bottle of wine! I know of one in Echo Park (Elf Cafe) which charges $5. Any more?
Much appreciated

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  1. it's been almost 2 years since i lived there, but cafe bizou was always reliable($2 corkage and decent food). and they have(had?) 3 locations: pasadena, sherman oaks & santa monica.

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    1. re: TBird

      fritto misto in santa monica, 1.50 corkage

    2. It's been a while since I've been, but Cobras & Matadors (Beverly) is or used to be BYOB. I was recently at Larkin's in Eagle Rock and noticed a lot of BYOB action as well.

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      1. re: aching

        i think c&m is only byob for what you buy at their shop next door, or at least that's the way it used to be...i'd call first!

      2. i would say 99% of restaruants do BYO. corkage charge and policy may vary from $0 to $30 and some may not allowed you to bring what is on their wine list but...
        here are some that do not BYO

        fioretta trattoria
        giorgio baldi - pac
        la botte - santa monica
        polo club - beverly hills hotel ($50)
        sushi nozawa
        the ivy

        1. Here is a very extensive and semi recent post with lots of options.

          You can also search Corkage and get more posts

          1. All of the restaurants in the Patina Group (with the exception of Patina itself) offer free corkage.

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            1. re: Bob Brooks

              Meaning any place whose first name is Pinot, as in Bistro, Provence, or Cafe Pinot in downtown LA, etc.
              Reliably decent food, and the byob feature makes it more palatable economically.