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#51 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » October 17th, 2011, 5:46 pm

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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.
Hmmmm, too bad Eduardo isn't at the Strand House --- I like him. As for patience: I have 2.5 years of patience in me, then I'll start gettin' antsy!!!

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#52 Post by Paul Klevgard » October 27th, 2011, 5:37 pm

Patina downtown is corkage free on Tuesdays.
Bandera is $0 corkage for the first 2 bottles; after that $20 I believe.
Twice I have taken in 5 to 7 bottles to Fraiche with no complaints.
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Re: Los Angeles (*4/2-Bandera now charging $15 corkage)

#53 Post by Audrey C » April 20th, 2012, 11:52 am

Update to the list. I was at Bandera's restaurant last Sunday (4/15/12). We were advised that as of 4/2/12 Bandera's will now be charging a $15 corkage per bottle. Wonder if the other Houston chains will follow suit.

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Re: Los Angeles (*4/2-Bandera now charging $15 corkage)

#54 Post by Todd F r e n c h » April 20th, 2012, 11:58 am

Audrey C wrote:Update to the list. I was at Bandera's restaurant last Sunday (4/15/12). We were advised that as of 4/2/12 Bandera's will now be charging a $15 corkage per bottle. Wonder if the other Houston chains will follow suit.

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Wow, that's too bad - Gulfstream, presumably, would be the same, as they are also in the same restaurant family.
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#55 Post by Cris Whetstone » April 20th, 2012, 12:03 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Audrey C wrote:Update to the list. I was at Bandera's restaurant last Sunday (4/15/12). We were advised that as of 4/2/12 Bandera's will now be charging a $15 corkage per bottle. Wonder if the other Houston chains will follow suit.

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Wow, that's too bad - Gulfstream, presumably, would be the same, as they are also in the same restaurant family.
That would be a bummer. The entire Hillstone group of restaurants was corkage free. I wonder what the scoop is?
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#56 Post by Todd F r e n c h » April 20th, 2012, 12:49 pm

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Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Audrey C wrote:Update to the list. I was at Bandera's restaurant last Sunday (4/15/12). We were advised that as of 4/2/12 Bandera's will now be charging a $15 corkage per bottle. Wonder if the other Houston chains will follow suit.

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Wow, that's too bad - Gulfstream, presumably, would be the same, as they are also in the same restaurant family.
That would be a bummer. The entire Hillstone group of restaurants was corkage free. I wonder what the scoop is?
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#57 Post by johngonzales » May 3rd, 2012, 9:28 pm

Thanks for "manning" the list Poppy.
The Foundry (on Melrose) is now $0 corkage fee. Nice!!

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#58 Post by ki punwar » June 1st, 2012, 8:29 pm

still think Josie's on Mondays night is a great deal...
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#59 Post by Andrew Kaufman » June 9th, 2012, 3:19 pm

Chablis is now five a bottle. Cafe Cordial across the street from Bizou in Sherman Oaks is 7.50 before entertainment and fifteen after music begins.

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#60 Post by johngonzales » June 13th, 2012, 7:11 pm

Ink started at $15 per, then $20. Last night six of us went and they told us that the new policy is max two bottles per table, regardless of size. I hate this rule (at any place). How do two bottles for two people equate to two bottles for eight people?
I will say that Ink mgmt. was very cool about not forcing the issue this time as we called ahead and weren't told, and it seems that they still do the buy one, waive one thing. They also said that they will welcome wine dinners, but an "arrangement" will have to be worked out ahead of time.

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#61 Post by ki punwar » July 2nd, 2012, 12:56 pm

Tra Da Noi/Malibu- $ 15 corkage...best Italian in Malibu as well.
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#62 Post by bweimer » July 2nd, 2012, 1:29 pm

My last visit to Houston's in Irvine a week ago was still no corkage.
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#63 Post by alan weinberg » September 19th, 2012, 7:02 am

great list!
It would be nice to put in bold the $0 corkage places.
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#64 Post by Brian Bohr » September 26th, 2012, 5:18 pm

Foundry on Melrose now offers free corkage!
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#65 Post by Andrew Kaufman » October 8th, 2012, 9:49 pm

UPDATE: Chablis now $5 for first bottle, $10 for the second and $20 for the third bottle. Up until four months ago it was $0. Not sure how much after three bottles.

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#66 Post by Paul L i n » October 11th, 2012, 12:48 pm

Does anyone know what Eva charges? I'm eating there next week. Thanks in advance!

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#67 Post by Barry L i p t o n » October 15th, 2012, 11:48 am

Spago update:

Good news: no limit on the number of bottles

Bad news: $75 per bottle fee

Guess if you are bringing wine like Jerry does, it's still a bargain.

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#68 Post by Jboonsook » February 10th, 2013, 6:40 pm

A Food Affair in Beverlywood free corkage. Great French food rustic style.
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#69 Post by DaveP » April 1st, 2013, 8:25 pm

Mastro's just increased their corkage to $35. This was at the Beverly Hills location, but I'm sure it applies to all their locations. A bit of a bummer, but I'm a sucker for their rib eye! Considering the $$$$$ on their wine list, I will still gladly bring my own vino.

Last time I shared a little of the '71 Latour I brought with the sommelier and waiter... and sure enough the corkage magically disappeared ;)
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#70 Post by JesseC » May 4th, 2013, 11:36 am

Free corkage at Bella Roma on Robertson just south of Pico. http://bellaromaspqr.intuitwebsites.com/
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#71 Post by johngonzales » May 30th, 2013, 9:26 am

Jboonsook wrote:A Food Affair in Beverlywood free corkage. Great French food rustic style.
Thanks for this recco Jacob. A number of us have since gone multiple times. As of now they still don't charge for corkage. They have some very basic quality red wine stems, and the food is nice. The mushroom torte appie is my favorite thing there.

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#72 Post by Paul L i n » June 16th, 2013, 5:05 pm

Spago is now $50 per bottle, and it can't be on their list.

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#73 Post by Andre M » August 21st, 2013, 5:07 pm

Providence offers no corkage on Mondays.
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#74 Post by ericskitei » October 26th, 2013, 12:38 pm

RAO's Los Angeles....$35 per bottle. Can't be on their list

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#75 Post by Bruce Rudman » October 27th, 2013, 6:18 am

Paul Martin's is $10
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#76 Post by Bruce Rudman » October 27th, 2013, 6:21 am

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alan weinberg wrote:great list!
It would be nice to put in bold the $0 corkage places.
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#77 Post by Sam Bowen » November 5th, 2013, 2:08 pm

Great list. Just what I was looking for!

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#78 Post by Art K u o » December 16th, 2013, 2:02 pm

so which restaurant would you all recommend to be the best value for considering either their corkage fee vs food or their wine list mark up vs food?

it's been a while since i lived in la and the only place i can think of off the top of my head as i'm trying to plan a dinner with friends who enjoy wine (perhaps even more than food)
is manchego in santa monica....

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#79 Post by Art K u o » December 30th, 2013, 11:28 am

thanks to DaveP for the recommendation to upstairs 2!
went there for dinner last friday and really enjoyed it...
for a restaurant connected to a wine shop, the food definitely exceeded my expectations
very nice and knowledageble staff...
we ended up coravin'ing a pour from a 69 drc rc and a 78 ausone, and opened a bottle of cali cab fully expecting to pay corkage on 3 bottles they only charged us corkage fee for 1.5 bottles.

corkage for outside bottles at $15... and excellent wine list especially considering the qpr

definitely highly recommended :)
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#80 Post by ericskitei » January 11th, 2014, 10:15 am

Hakassan B.H- $30 First Bottle, $50 after. Can't be on their list

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#81 Post by Veronica Castro » January 19th, 2014, 12:12 am

Called ahead to find out no outside bottles allowed at Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles in Long Beach. Will see which Champagne they offer and report back.
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#82 Post by Andre M » January 25th, 2014, 9:55 pm

Hatfields - $30 ea
Acabar - $30 ea
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#83 Post by Art K u o » January 30th, 2014, 8:08 am

angelina osteria $25
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#84 Post by c fu » January 30th, 2014, 11:03 pm

factory kitchen $25/btl limited to two bottles
Machharoni republic (i know i spelled that wrong) no corkage fee but limited to three bottles (??)
Orsa and Winston $35/btl but only ONE bottle.
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#85 Post by johngonzales » January 31st, 2014, 9:13 am

Charlie Fu wrote:factory kitchen $25/btl limited to two bottles
Machharoni republic (i know i spelled that wrong) no corkage fee but limited to three bottles (??)
Orsa and Winston $35/btl but only ONE bottle.

Now it's ONE at Orsa?? Didn't it start at two?

Man these new places are killing me with the bottle limit at two or below, and unfortunately (Trois Mec, Bestia) it is often a companion to a list that is just not great.

We went to Acabar the other night. We had multiple insider connections so the allowed us three rather than their typical two at $30. The wine service (incl stems) was at least very good.

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#86 Post by Art K u o » February 6th, 2014, 6:38 am

trying to decide between 'a food affair' and 'republique' for dinner saturday night??
any recommendations??
seems like from this thread 'a food affair' has a great byob policy.... any food recommendations??
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#87 Post by Art K u o » February 6th, 2014, 7:18 am

Charlie Fu wrote:factory kitchen $25/btl limited to two bottles
Machharoni republic (i know i spelled that wrong) no corkage fee but limited to three bottles (??)
Orsa and Winston $35/btl but only ONE bottle.
how was the food at factory kitchen?? walked past there a few weeks back and thought the setting was very interesting....
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#88 Post by Art K u o » February 10th, 2014, 6:37 am

just ate at a food affair saturday.
really good food, great staff...
interesting corkage policy.
free corkage for the first glass, but if you require another glass (for example, flutes for bubbly and glasses for reds) then it's a 2.00 charge per person...
but i also believe this can be waived.
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#89 Post by johngonzales » February 18th, 2014, 3:53 pm

Art K u o wrote:
Charlie Fu wrote:factory kitchen $25/btl limited to two bottles
Machharoni republic (i know i spelled that wrong) no corkage fee but limited to three bottles (??)
Orsa and Winston $35/btl but only ONE bottle.
how was the food at factory kitchen?? walked past there a few weeks back and thought the setting was very interesting....
My wife sells them wine so we are "regulars", though the corkage policy is pretty unwavering. IIRC it's $20 per, not $25. I think the food there is excellent. It's quite simple as far as design and the number of ingredients but the flavors are really good. The beet gratin, prosciutto w/burrata, mandilli with pesto (a must), casonzei, duck or rabbit pasta, and the sliced steak are my favorites. It's about on par with Bestia to me, though I like Bestia's wine program less.

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#90 Post by johngonzales » March 15th, 2014, 12:41 am

Charlie Fu wrote:factory kitchen $25/btl limited to two bottles
Machharoni republic (i know i spelled that wrong) no corkage fee but limited to three bottles (??)
Orsa and Winston $35/btl but only ONE bottle.

We went with the Gelbs and another friend to Maccheroni Republic the other night. They still aren't charging a fee. But the stems are those sucky five ounce Euro tumblers. The service is friendly but pretty unpolished. Worst thing was that all five of us agreed that the food was very average, and none of out five pastas was excellent. Though they are reasonably priced. It makes for an inexpensive way to open a couple of bottles over average food, but nothing more.

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#91 Post by Howard Horwitz » July 3rd, 2014, 1:02 pm

Art K u o wrote:angelina osteria $25
It now appears to be $30.
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#92 Post by Brian Bohr » July 11th, 2014, 7:50 am

Maude just bumped their corkage price from $30 to $50 per bottle. One bottle per couple.
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#93 Post by Andre M » August 24th, 2014, 8:04 pm

Baco mercat $25.
We had offline last week and we opened 8 bottles, they only charged corkage for 1 bottle :)
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#94 Post by Ken Rudman » August 25th, 2014, 2:33 pm

Andre M wrote:Baco mercat $25.
We had offline last week and we opened 8 bottles, they only charged corkage for 1 bottle :)
Had one meal there and really enjoyed that place. Good to know about the liberal corkage policy.

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#95 Post by Andre M » August 25th, 2014, 3:49 pm

Ken Rudman wrote:
Andre M wrote:Baco mercat $25.
We had offline last week and we opened 8 bottles, they only charged corkage for 1 bottle :)
Had one meal there and really enjoyed that place. Good to know about the liberal corkage policy.
Ken, make sure you bring your own stem. Their stems are not that great (stemless).
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#96 Post by ericskitei » September 7th, 2014, 7:50 pm

Mastros BH is $35 now.

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#98 Post by Nowell Karten » October 9th, 2014, 11:19 pm

Delete what I said, above, about Jar.

Two weeks ago, when I called to make a reservation, I was told there was no longer a 2-bottle max. When I arrived, tonight, the 2-bottle max was still in place. Of course, they didn't have a record of my reservation, either.

Yes, I persuaded them to let us open all four bottles (they charged $25/each), but between their unwelcoming manager and their substandard food, tonight, none of us want to return.
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#99 Post by ericskitei » February 8th, 2015, 8:11 am

Paul L i n wrote:Spago is now $50 per bottle, and it can't be on their list.
Only saw the initial thread before going last night and was surprised to see the $50 corkage. Been to many great places, and $50 is right up there with the highest I've ever seen. The list was enormous also, so was lucky to have brought something not on it. Still cheaper I guess than drinking mediocre wine by the glass at $25-$30 per I guess.

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#100 Post by Nowell Karten » March 10th, 2015, 12:20 pm

Alma: $30/bottle and poor stemware.
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