Restaurant with no/minimal corkage?
I'd like to take my husband out to dinner for his birthday and drink a wine that we bought in Napa. Any suggestions of good places with low corkage fees? Any cuisine is fine, not too pricey, though. We live in Orange County, but are willing to drive in to LA --that's where all our favorite places are anyways!
Why the no/minimal corkage? Just curious. You get what you pay for. If you bought a special wine and want to really enjoy it, it should be serviced properly. That means, opening it correctly, possible decanting, correct stems. I wouldn't trust an inexperienced server with my fine bottle to be serviced and poured into crappy, small stems. Most places are reasonable when it comes to corkage. Believe me, the $20 you might spend will go a long way for a special bottle.
Consider Marche Moderne, I believe the corkage is $10 or $15 and you will be well serviced.
I went with my boyfriend and his sister to Zucca's which is in downtown LA. They had no corkage fee, and we both enjoyed our meal. His sister had the risotto which wasn't as good, but it arrived cold, so maybe it's better served warm. I had the filet and my boyfriend had fish. We all enjoyed our experience. It was romantic, and fairly priced.
801 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Canele in Atwater Village - $10 corkage
The Park in Echo Park - BYOB, no corkage
Both are great, but probably not worth the drive from OC; but if you happen to be near downtown....