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#51 Post by KarenP » January 12th, 2015, 3:40 am

I've been away for a while. Brix in Great Falls is NOT related to the one in Napa. The owner is from the area.

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#52 Post by Scot H. » April 9th, 2015, 12:21 pm

Now that Majestic has changed hands, there are fewer opportunities in Old Town where the dining scene is pretty tough these days. Has anyone been to a new restaurant with corkage in the Alexandria/Arlington area?
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#53 Post by doug johnson » July 21st, 2015, 6:33 am

Brine, in the Mosaic development, $25. Good seafood and pretty reasonable pricing.

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#54 Post by Alicia C. » July 21st, 2015, 7:44 am

Scot H. wrote:
Now that Majestic has changed hands, there are fewer opportunities in Old Town where the dining scene is pretty tough these days. Has anyone been to a new restaurant with corkage in the Alexandria/Arlington area?
I can't help with Old Town (although, how is Brabo or Vermillion these days?), but in Arlington -- put Water&Wall on your list.

The last time I checked (a few weeks ago) corkage was $19. Excellent, creative and flavorful dishes from Chef Tim Ma.
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#55 Post by JoeD » July 21st, 2015, 12:19 pm

Water & Wall - Had dinner there last week - I think it was $25. Great food, will go back!
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#56 Post by NoahR » July 25th, 2015, 7:44 pm

Talked with the folks at Lyon Hall. If you're interested in doing wine dinners, talk to their manager and there's a good chance you can get hooked up with $10 corkage. I had to cancel a dinner last minute but that was what they offered.
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#57 Post by Jeff Bloom » September 14th, 2015, 10:12 am

Two good reasons to check out Clarity in Vienna. Very good food in a neighborhood restaurant setting and only $10 corkage (with good stemware and wine service).

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#58 Post by JoeD » September 14th, 2015, 1:42 pm

Made a series of edits up top - Added new/removed old/updated $/etc
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#59 Post by Jeff Bloom » September 14th, 2015, 6:37 pm

Thanks for the edits, Joe, but Gypsy Soul is closed so it should be removed.

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#60 Post by JoeD » September 16th, 2015, 4:33 pm

Thanks Jeff updated. Anyone else been out lately?
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#61 Post by Scott Jameson » December 24th, 2015, 6:33 am

We'll be staying near Reston Town Center for a few days next week, and are looking to have one nice dinner with my brother and his wife. I'm thinking Mon Ami Gabi, as it offers a variety of choices between beef, fish and other proteins. PassionFish is another possibility, but my brother is more of a red meat eater. I'd prefer to avoid the national chains like Mortons and M&S, and the list above doesn't show if their Reston locations permit BYO. I'll be bringing 2 or 3 bottles of wine for us, and am looking for recent experiences and suggestions. Thanks !

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#62 Post by JoeD » December 27th, 2015, 12:11 pm

Scott, do you like veal? Zeffirelli in Herndon would be close, and $25 corkage.
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#63 Post by Scott Jameson » January 3rd, 2016, 3:15 pm

JoeD, Thanks for the suggestion ! We decided to stay in walking distance and had a very nice meal at Mon Ami Gabi in the Town Center. We brought an '09 Fèvre Vaudésir and '01 Pégaü. Our server broke both corks when opening the bottles, but got the lower halves out intact, so no issues. I watched her when she opened the Pégaü and she didn't drive the screw all the way into the cork. Probably not a problem when dealing with the newer bottlings on the list ... Other than that, service was good and the stemware was fine. Corkage was $20/bottle. Since this is the BYO forum, I'll just say the food was tasty and well prepared, seemed like a good value and I'd be happy to return.

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#64 Post by Jeff Bloom » March 11th, 2016, 11:12 am

I guess Clarity in Vienna got too popular or too many people took advantage of their low corkage fee, but the policy is now changed. $25 corkage, limit one bottle per table of four.

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#65 Post by JoeD » March 22nd, 2016, 6:20 pm

Thanks Jeff. Updates and adds up top
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#66 Post by Scott Jameson » January 6th, 2017, 4:39 am

I know this is stretching the Northern Virginia boundaries, but I'm not sure where else to put this ...

According to the Inn at Little Washington's web site, corkage is $50 for the 1st bottle and $75 for the second, with a limit of 2 bottles. What's very nice is this fee is waived for each bottle purchased off their list. When we went last week, we arrived a little early for our reservation and ordered a bottle of Champagne to enjoy while we waited. We also ordered a Chardonnay to accompany our meal and the corkage was completely waived for the 2 bottles we brought. The wine service was outstanding, regardless of which wines were being served.

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#67 Post by JoeD » April 6th, 2017, 5:35 am

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#68 Post by Jeff Bloom » April 6th, 2017, 6:54 am

Thanks for the update, Joe. One correction on Clarity - they've removed the one bottle limit.

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#69 Post by Randall McFarlane » December 29th, 2017, 3:52 pm

Alta Strada, an Italian place in the Mosaic District, allows BYO subject to a $25 per bottle corkage charge.

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#70 Post by Jeff Bloom » December 31st, 2017, 8:29 am

Update on Clarity in Vienna. Corkage is now up to $30, free on Monday. They still do zero corkage "Raid Your Cellar" dinners where they'll match the menu to the wines, but $130 pp food cost is steep.

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#71 Post by James Dennis » February 14th, 2018, 6:36 pm

Anyone have any thoughts as to steakhouses around Tyson's? I rarely eat at steakhouses, particularly around Tysons but have a client in town that I have promised some nice cabernets from the cellar.

Thanks in advance.

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#72 Post by Jeff Bloom » April 2nd, 2018, 3:19 pm

This one surprised me. Texas de Brazil - $20 per bottle, nothing on their list. Apparently that is nationwide where permitted by local law.

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#73 Post by Jeff Bloom » June 3rd, 2018, 3:57 pm

Here's another - the Restaurant at Patowmack Farm. $25 per bottle, two bottle limit. It's at the outer limits of "DC suburbs" but still counts as Northern Virginia.

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