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#1 Post by David H. » March 14th, 2014, 11:55 am

I'm going to post restaurants that I visit and have low or no corkage fee in the South Palm Beach County area here. I hope this helps those traveling to the area. Feel free to add your favorite places as well.

Houston's, Boca Raton does not charge a corkage fee and I find their food to always be very consistent.

Tryst in downtown Delray has a $10 or $15 corkage but it has been waived for my wife and I on every visit. We like to share the wine we bring in with our regular server. They seem to waive the fee if you seem cool and cordial with the staff.

RICE, in east Boynton Beach off of Woolbright Road charges a $15 corkage fee. I think this is worth it as their list is limited. Some interesting selections to a newb like myself but there are some whites I would prefer to bring to enjoy with their Thai food instead.
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#2 Post by Chris Presutti » March 14th, 2014, 5:33 pm

We try to visit Delray at least once each year. This is good info. I wasn't aware of any BYO there. Thanks, David. Have you tried Max's Harvest?

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#3 Post by David H. » March 16th, 2014, 4:04 pm

Chris Presutti wrote:We try to visit Delray at least once each year. This is good info. I wasn't aware of any BYO there. Thanks, David. Have you tried Max's Harvest?
Not yet, it has been on our list to try for some time.
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#4 Post by David H. » June 15th, 2014, 7:33 pm

A little farther north from the Delray Beach area in West Palm Beach, Okeechobee Steakhouse does not charge corkage..

Okeechobee Steakhouse is located on the southeast corner of Okeechobee Blvd. and Wabasso Dr./Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
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#5 Post by David H. » June 15th, 2014, 7:35 pm

Edited the thread title to encompass all of S. Fl.
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#6 Post by Robert R » June 16th, 2014, 5:37 am

No corkage fee at Joe's!!
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#7 Post by Ron Kramer » June 16th, 2014, 6:49 am

All the Houston's in FL are no corkage we ate at the one in Aventura, for several years, which is a beautiful setting and good steaks, prime rib and super pork chops.

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#8 Post by David H. » July 20th, 2014, 6:37 pm

Dined at 50 Ocean last night in Delray Beach which is above Boston's. If you purchase a bottle of wine from The Wine Wave just down the street and mention the proprietor's name they will waive corkage.

My wife and I and our dinner companions enjoyed a nice '09 Joseph Swan Pinot Gris along with a Halter Ranch Zin.
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#9 Post by David H. » December 14th, 2014, 9:08 pm

Went to SMOKE on Atlantic Avenue tonight, it is a newer bbq concept and the chef/pit master is from KC, bbq was pretty good and the portions are massive. Called ahead and they allow byob with a corkage fee of $20.

We opted to bring a 2012 Turley Pesenti Zin based on recent CT reviews, it went perfectly. They are not really ready/prepared for byob so be mindful of that if you visit, you may need to show the staff how to properly remove the capsule.
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#10 Post by Kevin Stine » April 18th, 2016, 10:15 am

David H. wrote:A little farther north from the Delray Beach area in West Palm Beach, Okeechobee Steakhouse does not charge corkage..

Okeechobee Steakhouse is located on the southeast corner of Okeechobee Blvd. and Wabasso Dr./Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
I went here last month and corkage was $25. They actually had decent priced wine on the list. a 2010 Far Niente cab was $140. Not bad for a restaurant.
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#11 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » January 12th, 2017, 2:05 pm

Corkage at NY Prime in Boca is $30 and Abe & Louie's is $25. Considering how overpriced each of those wine lists are, I was very happy to pay that and bring my own bottle.

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#12 Post by Albert R » January 12th, 2017, 4:48 pm

+1 for Houston's in Aventura. Traffic sucks but the food and BYO corkage works for us.
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#13 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » January 14th, 2017, 4:03 pm

Corkage at Nouvelle Maison in Boca is $40 per bottle, but they will waive it entirely if you buy a bottle off their list.

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#14 Post by David H. » February 7th, 2017, 10:27 am

Harvest Seasonal in Delray charges $28. Their reasoning is that that is the cheapest bottle on their menu. They also went on to state that they wanted to discourage people from bringing in their own wine.

Their list is pedestrian and must be heavily marked up.
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#15 Post by David H. » February 7th, 2017, 10:29 am

Kevin Stine wrote:
David H. wrote:A little farther north from the Delray Beach area in West Palm Beach, Okeechobee Steakhouse does not charge corkage..

Okeechobee Steakhouse is located on the southeast corner of Okeechobee Blvd. and Wabasso Dr./Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
I went here last month and corkage was $25. They actually had decent priced wine on the list. a 2010 Far Niente cab was $140. Not bad for a restaurant.
This is correct as we went their last month; first time in several years. My original post was two years old so clearly things have changed.

Houston's still does not charge a corkage fee.
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#16 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » February 12th, 2017, 4:14 pm

David H. wrote:Harvest Seasonal in Delray charges $28. Their reasoning is that that is the cheapest bottle on their menu. They also went on to state that they wanted to discourage people from bringing in their own wine.

Their list is pedestrian and must be heavily marked up.
Yep. I ordered a rose and went home and opened a nice bottle of pinot. As someone who spends most of the year in NJ, where many good restaurants don't even have liquor licenses and are solely BYO (no fee), I have been frustrated here in Florida by the jacked up prices of mostly pedestrian wines that I don't really want to drink, let alone overpay for. And anything worth drinking is ridiculously expensive.

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#17 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » December 25th, 2017, 4:58 am

Novello on Federal Highway in Boca allows corkage for $25 and has a very reasonably priced list.

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#18 Post by EHeffner » March 22nd, 2018, 7:03 pm

Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:Corkage at NY Prime in Boca is $30 and Abe & Louie's is $25. Considering how overpriced each of those wine lists are, I was very happy to pay that and bring my own bottle.
Came here to say this. Going to Abe and Louis on Saturday. Bottle of Sequioa grove cab on menu is $100. I’ll happily take my $30 bottle and pay the $25 and save $50 lol
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#19 Post by Steve Gautier » March 22nd, 2018, 7:29 pm

A little further north but the Gafford in Stuart is a corkage fee of $20.
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#20 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » March 23rd, 2018, 1:36 pm

EHeffner wrote:
Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:Corkage at NY Prime in Boca is $30 and Abe & Louie's is $25. Considering how overpriced each of those wine lists are, I was very happy to pay that and bring my own bottle.
Came here to say this. Going to Abe and Louis on Saturday. Bottle of Sequioa grove cab on menu is $100. I’ll happily take my $30 bottle and pay the $25 and save $50 lol
I really enjoy Abe & Louie's - great atmosphere and I love their steaks. I am going to NY Prime next week, and will definitely bring my own bottle!

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#21 Post by EHeffner » March 23rd, 2018, 4:30 pm

Articles online say it’s bad form to bring a wine under $30 to a restaurant with a wine lists. Thoughts?

To me, if I’m paying a corkage fee, it shouldn’t matter what I bring.
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#22 Post by Bdklein » March 23rd, 2018, 5:31 pm

EHeffner wrote:Articles online say it’s bad form to bring a wine under $30 to a restaurant with a wine lists. Thoughts?

To me, if I’m paying a corkage fee, it shouldn’t matter what I bring.
I call bullcrap on the article .
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#23 Post by EHeffner » March 23rd, 2018, 8:16 pm

Went to Apeiro tonight at the Delray Marketplace. $20 corkage. Popped a Frogs leap cab and meerlust Rubicon. Waitress was very sweet, but did double check menu to see if they had Frogs leap on it, which I knew they didn’t. We tipped as if we bought a bottle and she was very gracious. Love the food there
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#24 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » April 6th, 2018, 4:43 pm

EHeffner wrote:Went to Apeiro tonight at the Delray Marketplace. $20 corkage. Popped a Frogs leap cab and meerlust Rubicon. Waitress was very sweet, but did double check menu to see if they had Frogs leap on it, which I knew they didn’t. We tipped as if we bought a bottle and she was very gracious. Love the food there
Ate there a couple weeks ago - it was good, not great. My go-to casual Mediterranean is Taverna Kyma on N. Federal in Boca - very inexpensive wines. My daughter and I shared a white Greek wine recommended by our server (and it was good!) for about $35 for the bottle!

Had an OUTSTANDING meal last week at Dorsia on N. Federal Highway in Boca - they allow corkage for $20 (I think). Also had 2 very good dinners at Frank & Dino's (new place in east boca). Enjoyed an old favorite, La Villetta, recently as well, but very pricey.

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#25 Post by EHeffner » April 25th, 2018, 7:25 pm

Visited Pistache in West Palm for their monthly raclette dinner. Brought a Merry edwards sauv blanc along for the ride. $25 corkage. Waiter brought over ice bucket and glasses as soon as I pulled out the bottle. Great service. Great wine. Food was not great.
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#26 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » November 25th, 2018, 11:27 am

Brought a bottle to Kaluz in Ft. Lauderdale and paid $25 corkage. View and ambience was great; food so-so.

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#27 Post by Scott Brunson » November 26th, 2018, 2:21 pm

I think The Grove in Delray is $25, but they also have (had?--it's been a while) a cool wine list.
The food is usually quite good.
It's in Pineapple Grove next to the dearly departed Max's.
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#28 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » November 28th, 2018, 2:32 pm

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I think The Grove in Delray is $25, but they also have (had?--it's been a while) a cool wine list.
The food is usually quite good.
It's in Pineapple Grove next to the dearly departed Max's.
The chef there often takes the same flywheel class as me! I heard the phone is really good.

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#29 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » December 17th, 2018, 5:44 am

A few more:
Giuseppi in Boca (on S. federal hwy) is a tiny mom & pop place without a liquor license and welcomes BYO. Small menu but they will gladly make you whatever you want! Nice people.

J&J Seafood in Delray (on Atlantic) charges $20 corkage.

La Villeta in Boca charges $25 corkage.

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#30 Post by Scott Brunson » December 18th, 2018, 2:53 pm

Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:
December 17th, 2018, 5:44 am
A few more:
Giuseppi in Boca (on S. federal hwy) is a tiny mom & pop place without a liquor license and welcomes BYO. Small menu but they will gladly make you whatever you want! Nice people.

J&J Seafood in Delray (on Atlantic) charges $20 corkage.

La Villeta in Boca charges $25 corkage.
Have you been to J&J lately?
Any good these days?

We're looking for a spots for next week and the following week.
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#31 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » December 18th, 2018, 3:07 pm

Scott Brunson wrote:
December 18th, 2018, 2:53 pm
Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:
December 17th, 2018, 5:44 am
A few more:
Giuseppi in Boca (on S. federal hwy) is a tiny mom & pop place without a liquor license and welcomes BYO. Small menu but they will gladly make you whatever you want! Nice people.

J&J Seafood in Delray (on Atlantic) charges $20 corkage.

La Villeta in Boca charges $25 corkage.
Have you been to J&J lately?
Any good these days?

We're looking for a spots for next week and the following week.
Food was good but we were VERY rushed. In and out on a busy friday in about 45 minutes, which was annoying. Since you'll be here the BUSIEST week of the year, I'd skip Atlantic Ave!

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#32 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » December 22nd, 2018, 10:18 am

Caffe Luna Rosa in Delray (corner of Atlantic & A1A) is $20 corkage.

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#33 Post by Scott Brunson » December 23rd, 2018, 6:33 pm

Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:
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Caffe Luna Rosa in Delray (corner of Atlantic & A1A) is $20 corkage.
Also
Mostly Italian-ish seafood and the white wines on the list are very affordable.
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#34 Post by Scott Brunson » January 3rd, 2019, 6:32 pm

Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:
December 22nd, 2018, 10:18 am
Caffe Luna Rosa in Delray (corner of Atlantic & A1A) is $20 corkage.
We went to The Grove tonight. The food is quite good, but we are pretty spoiled in Charleston so I was not blown away. We did not BYOB--the wine list is really clever (lots of "insider" producers, but certainly overpriced. We did a 15 Pataille Marsannay Clos du Roy.
Give the restaurant a try and let me know what you think.
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#35 Post by EHeffner » February 12th, 2019, 7:12 pm

Going to J&J Thursday for Valentine’s Day. Debating bringing St Supery or merry Edwards sauv Blanc
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#37 Post by DaveL » March 13th, 2019, 4:04 pm

Are there any wine stores in the area that sell on consignment?
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#38 Post by Gil Bauer » March 14th, 2019, 12:51 pm

Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:
April 6th, 2018, 4:43 pm

Ate there a couple weeks ago - it was good, not great. My go-to casual Mediterranean is Taverna Kyma on N. Federal in Boca - very inexpensive wines. My daughter and I shared a white Greek wine recommended by our server (and it was good!) for about $35 for the bottle!
Thanks for the recommendation. No wine, but had lunch here with my wife and her parents. Good food and prices.
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#39 Post by Barry L i p t o n » March 14th, 2019, 1:19 pm

Scott Brunson wrote:
November 26th, 2018, 2:21 pm
I think The Grove in Delray is $25, but they also have (had?--it's been a while) a cool wine list.
The food is usually quite good.
It's in Pineapple Grove next to the dearly departed Max's.
Wine list is better these days with a few value burgs along with the high ticket items.(a&p villaine Montots 2015 for under $100)


Corkage is $40.

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#40 Post by Scott Brunson » March 14th, 2019, 6:09 pm

Barry--unfortunately, we found the food to be mediocre on a most recent visit in Jan.
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#41 Post by Mark R » April 3rd, 2019, 7:43 am

I live in Aventura (half way between Miami and FLL), and always on the lookout for a corkage deal myself, so happy to share my findings (but always confirm before going, as things can change).

Free corkage (warning - very rare!):
-All Houston's restaurants including the one in Aventura, already mentioned above, which is a great policy for this chain.
-Ironside Kitchen: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ironside-kitchen-miami (italian on 'upper east side' area of Miami)
-Cafe La Buca (Pompano Beach): https://www.yelp.com/biz/cafe-la-buca-p ... fe+la+buca (because of the distance I've never made it there myself, though it's long been on the 'free BYOB' list)
-Timo: https://www.yelp.com/biz/timo-sunny-isles-beachThis is a GREAT restaurant in Sunny Isles Beach (between Miami and FLL) and if you buy 1 bottle there, they waive the $20 corkage on 1 BYOB

Almost free:
-Bonefish Grill is also a chain, but generally well-reviewed, and $10 corkage
-Grand Lux Cafe: also a chain under the "cheesecake factory" umbrella, has $10 corkage
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#42 Post by Barry L i p t o n » April 3rd, 2019, 8:58 am

Scott Brunson wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Barry--unfortunately, we found the food to be mediocre on a most recent visit in Jan.
Sorry to hear it. That's an anomaly, it's the best food in Delray. I dine there monthly. Only once was it less that excellent.

Was that the same visit where you said in a couple posts up that the food was quite good or did you go back again?

Service isn't always the best thought, and I often find the portion sizes on the small side, especially for the price.

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#43 Post by Scott Brunson » April 3rd, 2019, 2:33 pm

Barry L i p t o n wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 8:58 am
Scott Brunson wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Barry--unfortunately, we found the food to be mediocre on a most recent visit in Jan.
Sorry to hear it. That's an anomaly, it's the best food in Delray. I dine there monthly. Only once was it less that excellent.

Was that the same visit where you said in a couple posts up that the food was quite good or did you go back again?
It was a return visit.
We'll give them another chance, but probably not for a while.
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#44 Post by NED VALOIS » April 3rd, 2019, 3:00 pm

Warning;
Hillstone/Houstons, at 201 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, has a weird policy of no opened (decanted) wine allowed.
I had a problem there, as did several of my wino friends. [wow.gif]

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#45 Post by Mark R » April 4th, 2019, 8:46 am

I found an excellent Corkage list on a local food blog (which I also recommend), called 'the whet palette'. The Full list for Florida is at https://thewhetpalette.com/corkage-fees/ (and it's pretty up-to-date)

It doesn't list all the ones I mentioned up-thread, but from her list, I like:
-Alter $40 [great restaurant, so worth it to bring a good bottle]
-Ariete $25 [love this place too, and $25 is a deal]
-Blackbrick Chinese $15 [I'll bring a JJ Prum on my next visit]
-Blue Collar $15 [excellent casual place, but not sure I'd bring wine anyway - more of a craft beer setting]
-Bourbon Steak $35 [wines are VERY $$$ here, so $35 is reasonable, and this is a very high end steakhouse]
-Byblos $25 [excellent mediterranean in South Beach - difficult to pair wines with, but $25 is downright cheap for SoBe]
-Eating House $30 [my top pick in Coral Gables]
-Ghee $25 [top Indian in Miami (Design District) - also hard to pair wine with though, at least for me]
-KYU $35 [top Korean-fusion in Miami Wynwood area]
-Le Zoo $25 [casual French in Bal Harbor mall in Miami - french food = french wine]
-Macchialina $25 [my top pasta pick on west side of South Beach - has a $10 "pasta Thursday" deal I travel for]
-Prime 112 $35 [I've never been to this SoBeach steakhouse that is notoriously expensive, so $35 is again a deal]
-Quality Meats $35 [not bad fee, and they have a GREAT 8:30pm deal now that includes AYCD wine!]
-Scarpetta’s $30 [South Beach, decent fee, I usually get a $40 Barbera here]
-Stubborn Seed $35 [Excellent restaurant, decent fee]
-Timo $20 (waived if buy 1) [Sunny Isles - I mentioned this one earlier - top choice in this small city in NE Miami]
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Re: South Florida BYO (Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade Counties)

#46 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » April 11th, 2019, 3:47 pm

Barry L i p t o n wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 8:58 am
Scott Brunson wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Barry--unfortunately, we found the food to be mediocre on a most recent visit in Jan.
Sorry to hear it. That's an anomaly, it's the best food in Delray. I dine there monthly. Only once was it less that excellent.

Was that the same visit where you said in a couple posts up that the food was quite good or did you go back again?

Service isn't always the best thought, and I often find the portion sizes on the small side, especially for the price.
Where else do you like to eat in the area, Barry?

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#47 Post by Ken Strauss » April 12th, 2019, 11:57 am

Cafe Maxx in Pompano. $35
Excellent food for 30 years.
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#48 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » April 17th, 2019, 4:58 am

Matteo's in Boca $25 corkage (crappy list so well worth it)

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#49 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » June 5th, 2019, 12:11 pm

Houston's in Boca now charges $15 corkage

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#50 Post by Scott Brunson » June 6th, 2019, 3:42 am

Sherri--I'm packing a few extra cases in the car tomorrow.
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