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Seattle: BYOB or low corkage restaurants?

SteveTimko May 16, 2008 08:23 AM

Looking for something with corkage of $15 or less per bottle. Preferably something that will go with reds as opposed to say Asian food, but if Asian is my only choice, so be it.

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    BuffaloBandit Sep 13, 2008 06:55 PM

    To second Ballard Foodie, I have yet to find a restaurant in Seattle with more than a $20 corkage. That being said, Purple has never charged me a corkage for my second bottle, I've opened multiple bottles at Dahlia Lounge without being charged a corkage (bring something interesting and offer a taste to your waiter), but I believe they advertise a $20 fee. I was also just at Chez Shea and brought a 2000 Duckhorn Merlot, and wasn't charged their $20 corkage. Most of the time we order cocktails or apertifs, and sometimes we offer some of the wine to our servers, but rarely do I ever even see the corkage fee on the bill. Most restaurants out here are pretty laid back about it. Zoe on a Sunday is also a good bet.

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      FoodDee Sep 7, 2008 10:39 PM

      94 Stewart has no corkage on Sundays - though I think the wine can't be on their list which is pretty extensive. We brought 2 bottles for 4 of us and there was no problem.

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          kirkj May 17, 2008 12:27 PM

          The Purple was free corkage. You might give them a call to make sure that's still the case.

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            pickledeedee Sep 8, 2008 11:55 AM

            I dined at Purple (downtown) recently and I believe their policy is no corkage on the first bottle IF it is not already on their wine list. I think their wine list is quite extensive.

          2. SteveTimko May 17, 2008 12:07 PM

            Restaurant Zoe also has free corkage on Sundays. The prices are higher but it's closer in. Anyone have much experience with it? I see some positive recommendations on Chowhound.

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              karen2006 May 18, 2008 06:42 PM

              I really really like Zoe. The several times I've dined there, food and service both were outstanding. For our last visit, we brought our own bottle and since it was Sunday, there was no corkage fee. I do believe this is only true for wines not on their wine list...so I would double check

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                SteveTimko Sep 7, 2008 10:30 PM

                I had a nice meal tonight at Restaurant Zoe. The appetizers, including something with risotto, were nice and the and short ribs that were part of the main course wre outstanding. Also the creme brulee dessert with berries was great.
                The only disappointment was the heirloom tomato salad. But this follows an outstanding heirloom tomato salad I had a few years ago at Boulevard in San Francisco that really set the bar high.

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                jamesbra May 16, 2008 09:59 AM

                NO corkage fee Sundays at The Iris Grill - http://www.theirisgrill.com/ - which also happens to be in my humble opinion one of the more under rated / overlooked restaurants in seattle / east side. It's in Issaquah in Gillman Village but its nice. Great outdoor patio too for this weather. There are some heavy hitters (major wines going down) on Sunday there too.

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                  SteveTimko May 16, 2008 10:07 AM

                  The Iris Grill looks interesting, but it may be too far east. I dunno.

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                  BallardFoodie May 16, 2008 08:45 AM

                  I'd say that that price would qualify you at nearly all places around the area unless they've got the bottle that you are bringing.

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