West side Restaurant Recommendation BYOB
I have friends who in their 30's whom still live like they are on high school budgets. I am looking for a restaurant on the west side (I say west side loosely) which has tapas style food service and has BYOB with non or minimal corkage fee.
I got tired of attending gatherings where these group of people order 1 drink per person and order a few appetizers for the entire table. I was hoping that reasonable tapas style food and having them bring their own alcoholic beverage get together would be more "suitable" for their lifestyle and less "looks" from the wait staff at the restaurants.
mao's kitchen in venice serves tasty chinese-inspired california food and has NO corkage.
the main drawback to this place is that they don't take reservations.
this is a 'beach casual' place with very reasonable prices.
26 beach restaurant (also in venice), i believe, has a $10 corkage charge (which is about what they charge for one glass of wine). they serve a wide variety of terrific entree salads and burgers(that come with fries) that cost ~$15. they also serve more costly entrees, but for your group, it makes more sense to stick to the burgers and salads. it should be noted that the decor in this restaurant is 'shabby chic,' definitely more fancy than mao's kitchen.
1512 PACIFIC AV, 310.581.8305
3100 Washington Blvd Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 - (310) 823-7526
another solution to the problem might be to have the meeting timed to take advantage of the happy hour deals that are being offered all over town.
my favorite happy hour deal is offered by chan dara, the thai restaurant on pico near bundy. during happy hour ALL their apps are half price.