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Restaurant with no/minimal corkage?

oc.mamma Dec 13, 2008 09:14 PM

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!

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    FoodKitCat Dec 16, 2008 06:04 AM

    You'll laugh when you hear this, but there is a place in Studio City in the same strip mall next to Nozawa. It's a "japanese soul food" restaurant...that is out of this world. Their corkage (I swear!): $2.00. Unfortunately, this fare limits what wines you will eat with this meal -- but maybe you have a great white or lovely pinot in your paws!

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      Fru Dec 16, 2008 07:05 AM

      Cafe Bizou in Pasadena and Sherman Oaks charges a $2 fee. http://www.cafebizou.com/ We've gone for many a celebratory occasion. I know it has it's detractors but I have never had a bad meal there. Old Town Pasadena would be a good destination if you want to walk around and take your time.

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        a213b Dec 16, 2008 07:41 AM

        Daichan is the name.

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        muchovinomamacita Dec 15, 2008 10:49 PM

        any restaurant associated with houston's (hillstone rest. group) doesn't charge a fee. food is bankable. did you eat at the rutherford grill in napa? it's a houston's....

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          lindseymsb Dec 15, 2008 02:02 PM

          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....

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            valleyvillagefoodie Dec 15, 2008 10:07 AM

            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

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              whatsfordinner Dec 14, 2008 11:01 AM

              Josie's in Santa Monica has no corkage on Mondays. I don't know what would qualify as not too pricey, but I believe their menu and prices are listed on the website. Their venison is absolutely delicious.

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                goodhealthgourmet Dec 15, 2008 02:20 PM

                Josie is an excellent call - i love both the food and the ambiance there...and as far as any concerns about wine service [though i agree wholeheartedly with my fellow Chers who could do without all the pretense], their staff is usually pretty knowledgeable and capable.

              2. Grog Dec 14, 2008 06:58 AM

                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.

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                  Adsvino Dec 14, 2008 09:39 AM

                  Agreed. A place near me has low corkage, but their stems stink. You get what you pay for. Go for the Riedels!

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                    oc.mamma Dec 18, 2008 08:41 PM

                    We already splurged on the wine, so that's why I was hoping to avoid corkage --but your point is well taken. What do you recommend at Marche Moderne?

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                      oc.mamma Dec 18, 2008 08:53 PM

                      We'd already splurged a bit on the bottle, that's why I was hoping to avoid paying more, but your point is well taken. Can anyone recommend what to eat at Marche Moderne? We may try Bandera's in Corona del Mar, based on the above thread.

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                      heckonwheels Dec 14, 2008 06:37 AM

                      See this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/568503

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                        oc.mamma Dec 18, 2008 08:49 PM

                        Wow --thanks!

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