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#1 Post by Poppy Davis » May 20th, 2010, 2:49 pm

Full list of corkage entries are listed here:
https://goo.gl/xdFrZP
Click through on sheet tabs at the bottom to browse specific LA region lists.

Few ways to add/update entries:
Fill out form here: https://goo.gl/forms/xZTAORxHSHLn9r962
Insert new rows into the 'Input New Entries Here' sheet for additions to the 'master' sheet. 'master' sheet will be updated periodically.
Insert a 'comment' on a specific entry in the 'master' sheet to get it updated. To comment, right click on a cell and select 'Insert comment'.
Comments on recency of corkage use are appreciated as well. Would be good to keep the 'Current as of' column up to date.
At least a few restaurants on this list are now closed. If you know of any that are closed, comment on the specific cell/row.
If all else fails, post a message to this thread.

Locked lists should be alphabetical and separate sheets have been autogenerated for specific regions keyed off of the data from the 'master' sheet.

Please call restaurants in advance, as their policies may have changed. Please report any errors on this list to this thread or via comment on the spreadsheet.
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#2 Post by Denis von Banck » May 20th, 2010, 4:30 pm

Poppy,

Thanks for taking on this endeavor.

I just spoke to Anisette and the corkage is now $ 20 with no limit to the number of bottles.

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#3 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 21st, 2010, 8:40 pm

The Dining Room at the Langham Hotel: $35, 2 bottle limit.
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#4 Post by Brian Bohr » May 23rd, 2010, 10:17 am

Both Docle in Mid-city and Melogranos in Hollywood are closed. The Bazaar is now charging $30 per bottle. Providence is also $30 per bottle but still free on Mondays. [cheers.gif] Nick & Stefs Steakhouse downtown also offers free corkage (as do many of the restaurants in the Patina group - with the exception of Patina).
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#5 Post by c fu » June 6th, 2010, 4:41 pm

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:The Dining Room at the Langham Hotel: $35, 2 bottle limit.
really!? Last time we brought 11 bottles O_O
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#6 Post by c fu » June 6th, 2010, 4:41 pm

Red O : $25 for wine, $35 for champagne.
also, Church and State is now at $20 a bottle.
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Re: Los Angeles - restaurant corkage

#7 Post by Audrey C » June 8th, 2010, 12:09 pm

Great list Poppy.

There is an old thread on Chowhound that might be useful (It is from 2008 and also links to the old RP discussion of corkage).

Just expand the list. The longest post is 12/3/2008 which I had copied and pasted at that time.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/568503 ... pic-568503" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This list is always helpful.

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#8 Post by Poppy Davis » June 8th, 2010, 12:16 pm

Thanks, Audrey. That list is what I started with and has been largely updated. I'm still updating things and fleshing out more of the data. I really encourage and thank people to send me updates, so we can get this list to be the most comprehensive list of LA corkage out there (I think it already is, but it could be better).
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#9 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » June 8th, 2010, 12:20 pm

why does the list stop in the middle of the alphabet? wineboard software fail?
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#10 Post by Poppy Davis » June 8th, 2010, 12:37 pm

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:why does the list stop in the middle of the alphabet? wineboard software fail?
I fixed it... apparently I have to cut and paste twice as there is so much data. But I highly recommend everyone use the Google spreadsheet instead (http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key= ... HeFE&hl=en" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ) as it is much easier to read, will have the most current data and is sortable and searchable.
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#11 Post by Brian Bohr » June 9th, 2010, 3:38 pm

District (Hollywood) - $20 per bottle.
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#12 Post by gary hatley » June 9th, 2010, 4:24 pm

Daisy Mint (Thai), Pasadena, 0 corkage
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#13 Post by Yoni O v a d i a » June 11th, 2010, 5:45 pm

Chablis Food & Wine in Encino = $0 Corkage fee.
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#14 Post by Yoni O v a d i a » June 11th, 2010, 5:47 pm

All Ruth's Chris in the LA area = $25/bottle
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#15 Post by Yoni O v a d i a » June 11th, 2010, 5:49 pm

Girasole now has a $2 corkage fee....
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#16 Post by Yoni O v a d i a » June 11th, 2010, 5:54 pm

Last one for now... Ca Del SOle in Toluca Lake - $15/bottle
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#17 Post by Poppy Davis » June 11th, 2010, 9:02 pm

Thanks all! I've updated everything.
Yoni O v a d i a wrote:Chablis Food & Wine in Encino = $0 Corkage fee.
Yoni - how is that place? It gets great reviews on Yelp. Unfortunately their website is down so I can't see if they have many veggie options.
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#18 Post by Veronica Castro » June 11th, 2010, 11:30 pm

The Greatest Crepe, Redondo Beach. Corkage: $0


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#19 Post by c fu » June 27th, 2010, 4:02 pm

Bazaar is now $35 a bottle and Saam (inside Bazaar) is $50 a bottle.
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#20 Post by johngonzales » June 28th, 2010, 12:07 pm

Charlie Fu wrote:Bazaar is now $35 a bottle and Saam (inside Bazaar) is $50 a bottle.
Wow. BYOB is definitely getting more costly at the better LA restaurants. Kind of hard to figure as one would think they still feel the depressed economy. $35 is unfriendly but (IMO) not offensive. $50 is out-of-hand.

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#21 Post by c fu » June 28th, 2010, 6:56 pm

johngonzales wrote:
Charlie Fu wrote:Bazaar is now $35 a bottle and Saam (inside Bazaar) is $50 a bottle.
Wow. BYOB is definitely getting more costly at the better LA restaurants. Kind of hard to figure as one would think they still feel the depressed economy. $35 is unfriendly but (IMO) not offensive. $50 is out-of-hand.
Yep. We were charged 250 for six bottles
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#22 Post by Bruce Leiser_owitz » June 28th, 2010, 7:56 pm

johngonzales wrote:
Charlie Fu wrote:Bazaar is now $35 a bottle and Saam (inside Bazaar) is $50 a bottle.
Wow. BYOB is definitely getting more costly at the better LA restaurants. Kind of hard to figure as one would think they still feel the depressed economy. $35 is unfriendly but (IMO) not offensive. $50 is out-of-hand.
As long as people keep flocking to certain "in" hip places, $50 isn't going to make a dent at all in their reservations. Frankly, how many people bring wine to a place like Bazaar/Saam in the first place? Or care about $20 vs. $35 vs. $50 for corkage?

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#23 Post by Barry L i p t o n » June 28th, 2010, 9:38 pm

La Cachette Bistro is $1/bottle corkage on Sundays, no limit.

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#24 Post by johngonzales » June 28th, 2010, 10:39 pm

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johngonzales wrote:
Charlie Fu wrote:Bazaar is now $35 a bottle and Saam (inside Bazaar) is $50 a bottle.
Wow. BYOB is definitely getting more costly at the better LA restaurants. Kind of hard to figure as one would think they still feel the depressed economy. $35 is unfriendly but (IMO) not offensive. $50 is out-of-hand.
As long as people keep flocking to certain "in" hip places, $50 isn't going to make a dent at all in their reservations. Frankly, how many people bring wine to a place like Bazaar/Saam in the first place? Or care about $20 vs. $35 vs. $50 for corkage?

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SAAM might be able to get away with it, though there aren't many sold-out top-end places in LA these days. I'd imagine even they have some empties if they are open six days, which they might not be. I like Bazaar/Saam but just won't go as frequently at $35&$50. I still haven't gone to La Botte which doesn't allow BYOB, even though it's nearby. I realize that I'm in the minority, but like I said not many places would be wise to turn off even 5% of their customer base. The problem is it's hard for a place to realize the reasons that, and extent to which, people don't come.

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#25 Post by Bruce Leiser_owitz » June 29th, 2010, 7:21 am

johngonzales wrote:
SAAM might be able to get away with it, though there aren't many sold-out top-end places in LA these days. I'd imagine even they have some empties if they are open six days, which they might not be. I like Bazaar/Saam but just won't go as frequently at $35&$50. I still haven't gone to La Botte which doesn't allow BYOB, even though it's nearby. I realize that I'm in the minority, but like I said not many places would be wise to turn off even 5% of their customer base. The problem is it's hard for a place to realize the reasons that, and extent to which, people don't come.
John--Well, I'm with you, and I generally won't go to a place that has a $50 corkage fee. But I also realize that there are some places (even high-end places) that aren't really interested in catering to people like me who want to bring in a nice bottle of wine, even if that means not filling an otherwise empty table.

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#26 Post by Veronica Castro » July 9th, 2010, 7:35 am

Veronica Castro wrote:The Greatest Crepe, Redondo Beach. Corkage: $0
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#27 Post by Yoni O v a d i a » October 18th, 2010, 9:50 pm

P. Davis wrote:Thanks all! I've updated everything.
Yoni O v a d i a wrote:Chablis Food & Wine in Encino = $0 Corkage fee.
Yoni - how is that place? It gets great reviews on Yelp. Unfortunately their website is down so I can't see if they have many veggie options.
Wow, haven't checked in on this thread in a while!!

The place is good, not fantastic. THat being said, the service is absolutely top-notch and the prices are great. I brought a few older Ridges to a dinner with Family and the staff (especially the owner) were amazing.
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#28 Post by Paul Danielson » January 27th, 2011, 4:38 pm

Vegan (and thus unlikely to be of interest to many board members), but Cru in Silver Lake is $0 corkage.

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#29 Post by T. Altmayer » January 27th, 2011, 6:10 pm

Blairs in Silverlake didn't charge any corkage the last few times we have been there.
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#30 Post by c fu » January 27th, 2011, 6:54 pm

Luggage Room in pasadena is no corkage first bottle and $5 for the rest
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#31 Post by A Wei » January 27th, 2011, 7:00 pm

It is their standard policy as they said "no corkage" when I called to ask. Nice move in my opinion!

T. Altmayer wrote:Blairs in Silverlake didn't charge any corkage the last few times we have been there.

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#32 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » February 5th, 2011, 3:44 pm

Waterloo & City in Culver City is $15
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#33 Post by ki punwar » February 14th, 2011, 8:20 pm

Bellini Osteria in Westlake Village-great food, $ 10 corkage. Giddy Up.

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#34 Post by Ken Rudman » February 14th, 2011, 8:39 pm

Elements Kitchen in Pasadena has free corkage on Wednesday. Not sure what they charge the rest of the week.

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#35 Post by Bruce Rudman » February 16th, 2011, 5:36 am

STK in West Hollywood is $35...
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#36 Post by markgjones » February 16th, 2011, 7:01 pm

Folliero's in Highland Park is $5 bottle

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#37 Post by markgjones » February 16th, 2011, 7:04 pm

Edendale Restaurant in Silverlake is $20 bottle (recently raised it)
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#38 Post by Stu Fishler » March 19th, 2011, 9:13 pm

So today Mr. Fu claims on the big board that some joint in Pasadena has a $2 corkage charge and bitches about those bringing in Louis Martini crap, etc (as would I, if anybody asked)...Well, I like good food that I don't have to prepare, and I certainly can ignore the heathens amongst us, so...

Any places on the west side serving a DECENT meal with a $5 corkage or less???

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#39 Post by Ken Rudman » March 20th, 2011, 7:48 am

Stu Fishler wrote:So today Mr. Fu claims on the big board that some joint in Pasadena has a $2 corkage charge and bitches about those bringing in Louis Martini crap, etc (as would I, if anybody asked)...Well, I like good food that I don't have to prepare, and I certainly can ignore the heathens amongst us, so...

Any places on the west side serving a DECENT meal with a $5 corkage or less???

I'm all ears!
I think he was talking about Cafe Bizou. I believe they have a location in Santa Monica. Be prepared for incredibly mediocre food--but at least the portions are large. (Sorry, old joke.)

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#40 Post by johngonzales » May 5th, 2011, 12:09 pm

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Stu Fishler wrote:So today Mr. Fu claims on the big board that some joint in Pasadena has a $2 corkage charge and bitches about those bringing in Louis Martini crap, etc (as would I, if anybody asked)...Well, I like good food that I don't have to prepare, and I certainly can ignore the heathens amongst us, so...

Any places on the west side serving a DECENT meal with a $5 corkage or less???

I'm all ears!
I think he was talking about Cafe Bizou. I believe they have a location in Santa Monica. Be prepared for incredibly mediocre food--but at least the portions are large. (Sorry, old joke.)
I go to Bizou every once in a while since I live very close and can walk. Here's my convoluted thinking. Corkage is only $2, whereas $15 is normal these days. So I save $13. A meal costs $23 (++) but with my $13 saved on corkage works to $10. If I bring two bottles, they're paying me to eat there :) :).
The food is pretty mediocre, the service and room are decent. There are certain things that are much better to order than others. I think the spicy chicken pasta, the lobster pasta, the salmon, and the au poivre are decent. The wed? special lamb shank is good. They offer a simple $1 salad or soup with an entree so in reality one can do it for $18-20 (++). I wouldn't drive too far out of the way to get there, and would only go with BYOB. But it is a serviceable place to bring multiple bottles.

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#41 Post by c fu » May 5th, 2011, 3:50 pm

Stu Fishler wrote:So today Mr. Fu claims on the big board that some joint in Pasadena has a $2 corkage charge and bitches about those bringing in Louis Martini crap, etc (as would I, if anybody asked)...Well, I like good food that I don't have to prepare, and I certainly can ignore the heathens amongst us, so...

Any places on the west side serving a DECENT meal with a $5 corkage or less???

I'm all ears!
the food sucks. Don't bother. Obviously frozen seafood, meat entrees with a side of steamed carrots. Bleh. Not even worth going to if corkage was free. bottom 3 worst offline food I've had.
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#42 Post by Stu Fishler » May 5th, 2011, 4:11 pm

Ok; it's off the list...now I need another to be the first on the "Less than $10 West Side Corkage...With Decent Food...List."
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#43 Post by johngonzales » May 6th, 2011, 11:31 pm

Stu Fishler wrote:Ok; it's off the list...now I need another to be the first on the "Less than $10 West Side Corkage...With Decent Food...List."
Consider that Fu doesn't like Providence either, and might not have even been to Bizou Santa Monica. neener

Actually, some like I said SOME things at Bizou can be decent, but not all, and the value has to be of consequence. But I definitely would agree, it is not GOOD overall. For $20 you can try yourself.
It's pretty tough to find $5 and under corkage, esp. on the Westside and moreso with non-ethnic.
For good food I'd hit Josie on Monday for no cork. fee night. I also think Akasha is a decent place, considering no fee Sunday. Otherwise it's pricey for the quality, & small plates are best.
La grande Orange and Manchego are free. Fritto Misto is $3? per person. Alejo's in the Marina is $3-5 and has a decent pizza. Thai Dishes and India's Oven are $5. I think Nanbankan is $7

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#44 Post by Stu Fishler » May 7th, 2011, 1:20 pm

Thaks much for the time and thoughts, John. Didn't know about Josie's Mon nite deal, nor the Akasha Sun deal. Worth checking for sure...and possibly Bizou... [snort.gif]
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#45 Post by G. Greenbaum » October 6th, 2011, 1:33 pm

UPDATES:

(new) Ink - Hollywood - $25/btl, no limit, waived for each btl purchased
Blair's now $0
Grace - closed
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#46 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » October 13th, 2011, 5:54 pm

G. Greenbaum wrote:UPDATES:

(new) Ink - Hollywood - $25/btl, no limit, waived for each btl purchased
Blair's now $0
Grace - closed
Madame Matisse no longer serving dinner
Osteria Mamma - Hollywood - $10
I heard rumors (a while ago) that Grace would be re-opening in a downtown location. Any news on that? I was extremely sad when they shuttered-up -- easily in my Top 5 L.A. restos.
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#47 Post by PR K e l l y » October 13th, 2011, 8:00 pm

Those rumors are still around. Grace was one of our favorites too and one of the few for which we would drive from MB to WeHo. The good news is that Fraser just partnered with Mike Zislis to open the Strand House in MB. Best looking place on the south bay and so far it has been very good on the food & service side. the bad news is that corkage is $30!
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#48 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » October 14th, 2011, 10:17 am

PR K e l l y wrote:Those rumors are still around. Grace was one of our favorites too and one of the few for which we would drive from MB to WeHo. The good news is that Fraser just partnered with Mike Zislis to open the Strand House in MB. Best looking place on the south bay and so far it has been very good on the food & service side. the bad news is that corkage is $30!
Well, that corkage sucks, but it's nice to know Fraser is working in town again ... and on the westside, ta boot!! Do you know if the somm. from Grace (sorry, can't recall his name right now) followed Fraser to the Strand House?
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#49 Post by G. Greenbaum » October 14th, 2011, 1:34 pm

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
PR K e l l y wrote:Those rumors are still around. Grace was one of our favorites too and one of the few for which we would drive from MB to WeHo. The good news is that Fraser just partnered with Mike Zislis to open the Strand House in MB. Best looking place on the south bay and so far it has been very good on the food & service side. the bad news is that corkage is $30!
Well, that corkage sucks, but it's nice to know Fraser is working in town again ... and on the westside, ta boot!! Do you know if the somm. from Grace (sorry, can't recall his name right now) followed Fraser to the Strand House?
B - I don't think Eduardo is at the Strand House. Fraser has not abonded his downtown interest. Remain patient as these things take forever.
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#50 Post by Poppy Davis » October 16th, 2011, 3:02 pm

My sincerest apologies for abandoning this thread for so long! Now that the wedding is over and I'm settled into my job, I'll have time once again to keep this list updated.

All posts have been updated to the list. Please keep the posts coming so that we can have the most current info.

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