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Restaurants with free (or cheap) corkage?

arlenemae Aug 31, 2009 02:07 PM

After being delighted to learn that Five (Scott Howard's new restaurant in Berkeley) does not charge any corkage, I'm wondering if people know of any other restaurants in the Bay Area that have free or cheap (<$10) corkage. So far I only know of the following...

Five (Berkeley) - FREE
Los Altos Grill (Los Altos) - FREE
Fish & Farm (SF) - $5

I got a bunch of bottles in my wine fridge that I would love to try soon. Usually when I open a special bottle, I try to cook something that would go with it, but sometimes I'm just lazy and would prefer to just sit down and have a professional do it for me. :-)

Does anyone know of any other nice restaurants with <$10 corkage?

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    skwid RE: arlenemae Aug 31, 2009 02:23 PM

    Don't know how long they are doing this, but Lavenda in Palo Alto was charging 25 cents for corkage back in May/June.

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      Robinez RE: arlenemae Aug 31, 2009 02:32 PM



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      1. tvham RE: arlenemae Aug 31, 2009 03:33 PM

        Fog City Diner - never a corkage fee.

        Can someone confirm that Poc Chuc is indeed BYOB?

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          grayelf RE: tvham Sep 1, 2009 12:17 PM

          When we went on one of our trips last year, Poc Chuc was what we call unlicensed in Vancouver. Of course, here that means no alcohol allowed on the premises :-).

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          vulber RE: arlenemae Aug 31, 2009 04:06 PM

          In wine Country; The Girl and the Fig in Glen Ellen (not sure about the Sonoma location); Flatiron Grill in Calistoga (food is decent, but nothing special); Bleaux Magnolia (overpriced), Rutherford Grill (haven't been, but hear unanimously positive things)

          those are all free

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            bbulkow RE: vulber Sep 5, 2009 09:37 PM

            The glen ellen location is called the fig cafe.
            In bold print they state they will not open more than one bottle per person.

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              adamshoe RE: vulber Sep 30, 2009 05:50 PM

              I thought Rutherford Grill waived the cork fee for Local (Napa) wines only. I could be completely wrong about this, too. adam

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                wolfe RE: adamshoe Sep 30, 2009 06:10 PM

                Last years corkage thread for Napa.

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              Joel RE: arlenemae Aug 31, 2009 04:21 PM

              Toast in Novato:
              Always free corkage.
              My review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/646734

              and here's a link to the previous thread on "no corkage":

              5800 Nave Dr, Novato, CA 94949

              1. Robert Lauriston RE: arlenemae Sep 1, 2009 12:29 PM

                If Fish & Farm hasn't changed, corkage is $5 for California wines, $10 for others.

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                  DandySF RE: arlenemae Sep 1, 2009 12:42 PM

                  Houston's in San Francisco has free corkage. It's affiliated with the Rutherford Grill in Napa.


                  1. Glencora RE: arlenemae Sep 5, 2009 08:36 PM

                    Rendez-Vous Cafe Bistro in Albany -- no corkage on Sunday.

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                      adamshoe RE: arlenemae Sep 30, 2009 05:52 PM

                      Taylor's Automatic refresher- $1.00 corkage!!! adam

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                        beerandpork RE: arlenemae Sep 30, 2009 10:15 PM

                        Checked out Weird Fish tonight with a couple friends, and the corkage was $0/bottle and $2/glass. I'm assuming this means a flat $2 fee per person drinking wine, but didn't ask. At any rate, sounds like a good deal.

                        Weird Fish
                        2193 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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