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Detailed information, by region, of restaurants and their wine/corkage policies
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#1 Post by JoeD » June 30th, 2011, 2:55 pm

Let's go!

Alexandria - Eve - $35
Alexandria - Majestic, $20 Bottle (or free if you purchase the bottle at Society Fair)
Alexandria - Mai Thai, $25, no limit
Alexandria (old town) - Vermillion, $20/btl, 2 btl max

Arlington - Lyon Hall, $10
Arlington - Rays the Steaks, 3 btl max, $10/$20/$20.
Arlington - Quarter Deck, $10

Fairfax - Villa Mozart, $25

Falls Church - Argia's, $20/btl, Tuesday's free
Falls Church - 2941, $35/btl, $60/Mag
Falls Church - Duangrat's. $10
Falls Church - Little Saigon $10
Falls Church - Marks Duck House $10
Falls Church - Rabieng Thai Restaurant, $8

Great Falls - Mediteranee $20/btl. $5 on Monday.
Great Falls - L'Auberge Chez Francois. $40, 2 bottle limit
Great Falls - Tavern $10
Great Falls - Brix $30

Leesburg - Lightfoot, $20
Leesburg - tuscarora mill, $18
Leesburg - Wine kitchen $20

McLean - Pulcinella, $10
McLean - EVO, $20

Middleburg - Salamander Resort & Spa, $25

Paris - Ashby Inn, $25

Reston - Passion Fish, $25.
Reston- Mon Ami Gabbi, $18
Reston- Il Fornaio, $18
Reston - Jacksons, $18
Reston - Jasime Café, $10

Tyson's Corner - Chef Geoff's, $20.
Tyson's Corner - The Palm, $20.
Tyson's Corner - Mortons, $20
Tysons's Corner - PF Chang, $10
Tysons Corner - Ruth's Chris, $20

Vienna - Bazin's on Church, $25. Nothing from the list
Vienna - Clarity, $25 .... (there is a deal where you can bring multiple bottles and they match the menu, no corkage - call them prior )
Vienna - Maplewood Grill, $20
Vienna - Maple Avenue Restaurant $19
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#2 Post by scott c » July 1st, 2011, 8:19 am

Thanks for starting the thread, Joe. I haven't heard of any restaurant policies yet, but here's a blog post that frighteningly reports that some NoVa restaurants close to D.C. are contemplating $35 and up corkage fees! [shock.gif]

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#3 Post by ilipner » July 1st, 2011, 10:54 am

I just called Restaurant Eve, the best restaurant within 10 minutes of my house, and they don't allow corkage and seemed to be only vaguely aware of the change. I think the wine community will have to clamor a little bit to expedite the update of policies. I hope our local wine journalists lead the way.
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#4 Post by ilipner » July 1st, 2011, 11:10 am

scott c l a f f e e wrote:some NoVa restaurants close to D.C. are contemplating $35 and up corkage fees! [shock.gif]
I will never understand high corkage fees. Why would restauranteurs want to deter the patronage of those who clearly invest in their food and wine?

A $15 fee I can understand - you don't want clientele who are just trying to get a cheaper buzz.

And if you have a carefully curated, diverse list with many drinkable options at reasonable price points, I understand - deter away. But that's usually about 1 out of 100 restaurant wine lists. Dino in DC is one great list I can think of very quickly - and Dean waives corkage Mon-Wed. I've found many of the more pricey restaurants actually have lists that are quite useless.

The fact remains that most restaurants charge $10 for glasses from $15 bottles, sell those same $15 bottles for $40, and among the few higher-end wines they carry, they nearly always only have only infants to offer. And ironically, these are usually the restaurants with the highest corkage fees.
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#5 Post by Scot H. » July 1st, 2011, 1:17 pm

For the life of me I'll never understand the restaurant business - specifically the ridiculous prices charged for crappy wine. As someone who eats out frequently, it is a source of some irritation and I'm very happy to see corkage hit VA. It will take some time, but it will happen, and like anything else, there will be places that will take advantage of this new law to great effect.

Short story, was eating a local Alexandria French restaurant and not only was the wine list overpriced, but it was a highlight of every down vintage in the last 10 years. Wonder where all those 2008 Rhones went? 2004 Burgundies? All, of course, from obscure wineries you've never heard of. I'm surprised they couldn't find some 2002 CdPs to sell. It was as if they wanted to screw their customers. Amazing.
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#6 Post by tim orourke » July 3rd, 2011, 4:28 pm

Jeremy and I (and a couple of other friends) went to Tallula last night to catch an old culinary school buddy, Barry Koslow, before he hangs up his apron there for a new venture. Juliana is in charge of the wine program (I think for the entire NRG) and she let us know their normal corkage policy will be $20/btl, 2 btl max. But she said it's always flexible. We brought 3 btls in, bought the equivalent of 1 1/2 btls off of her very interesting and well priced list and corkage was waived. But that probably had more to do with knowing Barry and Juliana. Regardless, as with most places, talk to your sommelier or wine director, offer tastes, be nice and you can probably get out of there with a better deal than what is their standard policy.

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#7 Post by James Cahill » July 12th, 2011, 5:39 pm

Not sure what their official policy is on corkage (don't think they have one) but you owe it to yourself to get out to Mark's Duck House in Falls Church on a Sunday afternoon in the fall. Place was put on the map by that one wine critic; forget his name, but many wine drinkers love the food, atmosphere and ability to bring as many btls as you would like. CDP's are quite enjoyable with many of the menu options.

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#8 Post by Randall McFarlane » July 15th, 2011, 10:57 am

Just read in the Falls Church News Press that Argia's, a decent Italian restaurant in Falls Church (on Lee Hwy, just a half block north of its intersection with Rt. 7), is permitting BYO--corkage is free on Tuesdays, otherwise $20 per bottle.

I'm also informed by the sommelier of 2941 that they're allowing BYO of bottles not on their list, subject to a $35 per bottle corkage fee ($60 for magnums).

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#9 Post by JoeD » August 2nd, 2011, 4:16 pm

Updated first post. Anyone else been out to eat lately?
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#10 Post by Jeff Bloom » August 15th, 2011, 12:32 pm

Mediteranee in Great Falls has $20 corkage most nights, $5 on Monday.

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#11 Post by James Kim » August 24th, 2011, 1:25 pm

Going to Mark's Duckhouse with wine in tow this weekend. I know about the duck, but any other rec's for great dishes off their menu?

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#12 Post by KarenP » September 6th, 2011, 3:22 pm

Some more:

Chef Geoff's, Tysons, $20
L'Auberge Chez Francois, Great Falls, $40, 2 bottle limit. SERIOUSLY??
Passion fish, Reston, $25
Ruth's Chris, Tysons Corner, $20
Pulcinella, McLean, $10
The Palm, Tysons, $20
Mortons, Tysons $20
Bazin's on Church, Vienna, $25, cannot bring in wine that is on the list (doh!)
Lightfoot, Leesburg, $20

Can we consolidate into a single list?

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#13 Post by Loi Nguyen » September 13th, 2011, 4:27 am

Thanks Karen. The list will be very handy to me as I am in Reston.

Cheers,

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#14 Post by JoeD » September 13th, 2011, 5:57 am

Thanks Karen! List updated up top.
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#15 Post by G B a r k l e y » September 19th, 2011, 12:07 pm

I'm going to Restaurant Eve tonight and when I inquired about corkage, I was told $50! [head-bang.gif]

However, they were very accommodating in every other regard for a couple of special requests, so kudos and thanks to them for that.
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#16 Post by Randall McFarlane » November 5th, 2011, 7:35 am

Just noticed that The Vineyard in McLean will rebate 10% of the cost of any wine that you BYO that you've bought from them. The details are on their website.

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#17 Post by Scot H. » November 21st, 2011, 3:21 pm

Here are three:

Le Refuge in Old Town doesn't allow corkage at all, which is a shame because I enjoy the food and the wine list is rather poor;
Brabo in Old Town doesn't allow corkage at all - they have a nice list, however;
Vermillion in Old Town - corkage is $20 with a maximum of two bottles.
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#18 Post by KarenP » February 17th, 2012, 11:27 am

Evo (McLean) allows Corkage - I think it is $25
Tavern (Great Falls) - $10 (not sure if this is the usual rate - we know the manager)

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#19 Post by Randall McFarlane » February 18th, 2012, 4:52 am

The Maplewood Grill in Vienna allows BYO with a $20 corkage fee.

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#20 Post by Loi Nguyen » February 19th, 2012, 5:51 am

a few more:

Brix - great falls 30$
tuscarora mill - leesburg 18$
wine kitchen - leesburg 20$

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#21 Post by ehrlichdy » June 28th, 2012, 7:58 am

Does anyone know how much Mark's Duck House is charging? Is anyone aware of other Thai or Chinese restaurants offering corkage?
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#23 Post by Scot H. » September 29th, 2012, 6:31 am

Here is a new one - Little Saigon in Falls Church. $9.95 for corkage.

Strip mall fantastic Vietnamese food. Near Eden Center but not "in" Eden Center. Just down the road next to the Jiffy Lube (yes). Bring your CdPs!

Also one from a colleague (I'm not familiar with the restaurant, however) - Jasmine Cafe in Reston - $10/btl
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#24 Post by doug johnson » October 11th, 2012, 7:31 am

How's the food at Little Saigon compare to some of the joints in Eden Center?

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#25 Post by Scot H. » October 12th, 2012, 7:12 am

doug johnson wrote:How's the food at Little Saigon compare to some of the joints in Eden Center?
Quite favorably. In fact, I thought this was some of the best Vietnamese food that I've had in NoVa and have been back since. I actually stole the idea from everyone's favorite wine critic/villain RP, who wrote a WA article on Little Saigon (has actually written several over the years).

Here was the food line-up (from WA):

Course 1: Bobilla (Vietnamese rice wrappers filled with Vietnamese sausage, plum sauce, vegetables and cilantro)
Course 2: Huge shrimp prepared with garlic, shallots and herbs
Course 3: Deep fried popcorn calamari
Course 4: Roasted meatballs and meat in a lettuce wrap with assorted vegetables
Course 5: Deep fried duck with Vietnamese spicy mandarin orange sauce

I tried all these courses and thought they were fantastic, especially the calamari (and I don't generally like calamari). I've also since had some standby pork/vermicelli dishes and the traditional deep fried rolls. Everything has been quite good and no problems accommodating us on the wine. The other nice thing is that there are a lot of tables and so we haven't had to wait on a Friday night as we sometimes do at Eden Plaza. Have fun!
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#26 Post by Loi Nguyen » February 17th, 2013, 1:49 pm

Mon Ami Gabby Reston 18$
Il Fornaia Reston 18$

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#27 Post by Scot H. » February 19th, 2013, 1:00 pm

Just for the record, Mark's Duck House is $10 per bottle.
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#28 Post by JoeD » March 12th, 2013, 10:21 am

Updated up top!
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#29 Post by Loi Nguyen » March 26th, 2013, 6:27 pm

Jackson's in Reston 18$

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#30 Post by doug johnson » April 3rd, 2013, 4:01 pm

Scot Hasselman wrote:
doug johnson wrote:How's the food at Little Saigon compare to some of the joints in Eden Center?
Quite favorably.
Nice meal at Little Saigon this past Sunday. Best dish was baby clams served with sesame crackers for scooping; broken rice with grilled pork chop was also tasty. Only dish I'd not order again was their pho...I'm sure it's not their speciality.

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#31 Post by Loi Nguyen » May 27th, 2013, 8:01 am

2941 30$

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#32 Post by Art K u o » July 8th, 2013, 10:57 am

went to mai thai in alexandria last week....
$25/btl corkage, no limit on bottles or sizes...
great location over looking the water,
decent, serviceable thai food that is flavored more towards the american palate.
pleasantly surprised becuase a lot of these restaurants on the water has very mediocre food at ridiculous prices, but this place is reasonably priced. won't mind a return visit if folks really want a meal by the water.
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#34 Post by MOrsino » July 16th, 2013, 6:29 pm

Joe - is the Brix in Great Falls related to the one in Napa?

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#35 Post by JoeD » July 16th, 2013, 7:53 pm

I've been to both, and I highly doubt it...
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#36 Post by Randall McFarlane » July 20th, 2013, 7:22 am

Pleasant, a nice Vietnamese restaurant in Falls Church (it's in a shopping center on the NW corner of the intersection of Route 50 and Annandale Road) allows BYO with $20 per bottle corkage.

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#37 Post by doug johnson » July 20th, 2013, 11:35 am

Randall McFarlane wrote:Pleasant, a nice Vietnamese restaurant in Falls Church (it's in a shopping center on the NW corner of the intersection of Route 50 and Annandale Road) allows BYO with $20 per bottle corkage.
you mean Present? http://www.presentcuisine.com

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#38 Post by Randall McFarlane » July 20th, 2013, 2:11 pm

Yes--Present. My apologies!

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#39 Post by Scot H. » July 23rd, 2013, 3:32 pm

doug johnson wrote: Nice meal at Little Saigon this past Sunday. Best dish was baby clams served with sesame crackers for scooping; broken rice with grilled pork chop was also tasty. Only dish I'd not order again was their pho...I'm sure it's not their speciality.

Thanks for the rec!
You are welcome. Headed there this Saturday with some friends and some bottles. Will try some of those dishes. Last time I visited I had the Orange Chicken and also the Lemongrass Chicken. Orange Chicken was, not surprising, a bit sweet. Lemongrass Chicken was great. Cheers, Scot
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#40 Post by Jeff Bloom » August 17th, 2013, 3:50 pm

BYO two nights in a row this week at these restaurants not yet on the list. Great meals at both places.

Maple Avenue Restaurant, Vienna - $19
Ashby Inn, Paris - $25

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#41 Post by JoeD » August 20th, 2013, 2:27 pm

Thanks, Jeff. Updated.
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#42 Post by Scot H. » September 14th, 2013, 9:38 am

Majestic - now $25 (from $20)
Rabieng Thai Restaurant - $8. Rabieng is located at 5892 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22041.
Highly recommended. This is a "country" Thai restaurant with a good selection of northeastern Esan and other regional food. Recommend that you try the regional dishes - try the Esan summer sausage appetizer or Esan chicken. Owned by Duangrat's (which is around the corner) - Duangrat's is "royal" Thai cuisine and corkage is $10. I recommend both restaurants for some of the most authentic Thai food in the area.
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#43 Post by Scot H. » October 20th, 2013, 2:36 pm

Lyon Hall - Arlington. $20
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#44 Post by Brian Lynch » October 23rd, 2013, 12:44 pm

I don't live in the area any more, but I'm glad so many are on board with this now. If I were there I'd be frequenting on a regular basis

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#45 Post by JoeD » November 22nd, 2013, 1:37 pm

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#46 Post by Scot H. » January 31st, 2014, 12:07 pm

Majestic in Old Town. If you purchase wine from Society Fair (retail), they will waive corkage fees at Majestic (the wine list is is not that great, unfortunately, but still better than the craptacular list at Majestic).

La Bergerie, also in Old Town - $38! And only Sun-Thurs.
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#47 Post by Jeff Bloom » May 30th, 2014, 5:48 am

Been a while since anything's been added so here's one in Fairfax - Villa Mozart, $25. Surprisingly limited and overpriced list for a very good restaurant, so BYO is a good option to have.

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#48 Post by Scot H. » July 10th, 2014, 9:23 am

Two local resorts/weekenders:

Inn at Little Washington
We allow two 750ml bottles or one 1500 ml bottle per party. Our corkage fee is $35 for the first 750ml bottle, $50 for the second 750ml bottle or $85 for one 1500ml bottle. The corkage fee will be waived for each bottle (at least 750 ml) purchased off our list regardless of price. We kindly request that guests do not bring in wines that are represented on our wine list. The policy may not be available on holidays or as part of special events.
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Salamander Resort & Spa (in Middleburg) $25 at Harriman's (restaurant).
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#49 Post by JoeD » October 3rd, 2014, 9:00 am

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#50 Post by doug johnson » October 26th, 2014, 1:59 pm

Gypsy Soul, RJ Cooper's newer restaurant in the Mosaic development in Fairfax.

Some pretty tasty dishes, $25 corkage.

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