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#1 Post by R. del Rosario » May 26th, 2010, 11:23 am

This was started by Paul Lin. I've posted it here and will volunteer as thread captain to keep it updated.

Here is a list of restaurants in the OC that allow BYO. Feel free to post your favorite (or maybe not so favorite) restaurants and their corkage fees and I will update the list as they come in. Thanks and enjoy!

230 Forest - $15
370 Common (Laguna Beach) - Now $15 each, 2 bottle max
3-Thirty-3 Restaurant - $25
Agora Churrascaria - $20
A'roma Ristorante (La Palma) - $15; they are also able to sell the bottles on their wine list at a discount
Andrea (Pelican Hill) - $30 with 2 bottle limit
Anjin (Costa Mesa) - $10
Andrei's (Irvine) - $15 but $0 on Mondays and Tuesdays
ARC Food and Libations (Costa Mesa) - $20
Bandera - $$15
Bayside - $15
Beach Pit BBQ (Costa Mesa) - $0
Belacan Grill (Tustin) - $10, 2 bottle limit
Bistango (Irvine) - $18
Bistro Bleu (Anaheim) - $10
Black Marlin (Tustin) - $15 with entree; Free on Mondays
Bluefin - $20
Bluewater Grill (Tustin) - Free first 2 and then $10 after
Brick (San Clemente) - $15
Broadway (Laguna Beach) - $25 per with 2 bottle limit - no corkage on Wednesday
Bungalow - $25 first bottle, $35 after
Cannery (Newport Beach) - $15
Capital Grille (Costa Mesa) - $25
Catal (Downtown Disney) - $0
Cedar Creek Inn (Laguna Beach) - $15
The Cellar (Fullerton) - $25
Chakra Indian Cuisine (Irvine) - $15
Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's SCP - $25
Chapter One in Santa Ana - $15 but offers free corkage (and half-off bottles) on Wednesdays
The Corner (Huntington Beach) - $0
Crab Cooker (Newport Beach) - $5
Crow Bar and Kitchen - $14, but waived with wine purchase
Daily Grill - $10
Ecco (Costa Mesa) - $15
Embarcadero (Rancho Santa Margarita) - $10
Felix Continental Cafe (Orange) - $5 ( bring stems)
Fig & Olive - $35 for the first bottle, $45 for each subsequent bottle
Five Crowns (CDM) - $20
Fleming's - $20
Florentine's Grill - $10
Fratello's - $0
French 75 - $20, but waived with wine purchase
Golden Truffle - $15; $0 on Thursdays
Gulfstream - $15
Hanna's (Rancho Santa Margarita) - $15 (maybe free for 2 bottles, please ask)
The Hobbit (Orange) - $25
Houston's - $15
Il Fornaio - $15
Infusion Restaurant (Ladera Ranch) - $20
Ivory (Laguna Beach) - $20
JT Schmid's at The District - $20
Kabob Republic (Costa Mesa) - $0
King's Seafood - $15
King's Fish House (Anaheim/Stadium Promenade) - $0
K'ya (Laguna Beach) - $15
La Fontana (Huntington Beach) - $12
Lashers - $17
Lazy Dog (Irvine) - $0
Leatherby's Cafe Rouge - $0
Lola Gaspar - $10 (sometimes waived)
Lucca Cafe (Irvine) - $10
Luciana's (Dana Point) - $20
Lumberyard (Laguna Beach) - $10, 2 bottle limit
Maggianos (SCP) - $15
Manpuku (Costa Mesa) - $10
Marche Moderne - $35 per and Limit 4 per table (new location at Crystal Cove)
Mario's by the Sea (Dana Point) - $10
Mastro's Steakhouse (Costa Mesa) - $35
McCormick and Schmicks - $20
Memphis (Bristol) - $8
Memphis (Broadway) - $0
Moros Cuban (La Habra) - $0 bring stems
Morton's Steakhouse (Santa Ana) - $25
Motif at St. Regis - $0 on Tuesdays, otherwise $25
Mr. Stox - $20
Napa Rose - $17 (officially, but occasionally waived)
Nesai (Newport Beach) - $0 on Tuesdays but bring your own glass
Newport Landing (Newport Beach) - $15
Nick's (Laguna Beach & San Clemente) - $0
Oak Grill (Island Hotel) - $30
OC Mining Company (Tustin) - $10-15 check with server
Old Spaghetti Factory (Newport Beach) - $5
Old Vine Cafe - $25, 2 bottle limit
Onotria (Costa Mesa) - $25
Opah (Aliso Viejo) - $15
Orange Hill - $25
Palm Terrace (Island Hotel) - $15
Park Avenue - does not allow BYO
Pescadou Bistro - $15
Piccollino (Mission Viejo) - $15
Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa - $25
Pinot Provence - $0
The Playground (Santa Ana) $0 first bottle, $15 after - They may have changed their policy recently
Port (Corona Del Mar) - $0 Sunday through Wednesday (2 bottle limit)
Pueblo - $0 first bottle, $20 each after first
R & D Cafe - $15
Ranch (Anaheim) - $25
Reunion Kitchen (Anaheim Hills) - $0 for first 6 bottles - $15 each after 6
Rocco's (San Clemente) - $15
Rosine's (Anaheim Hills) - $15 ($0 if you buy another bottle from the list)
Roy's (Newport Beach) - $15
Rustica (Newport Beach Fashion Island) - $20
Ruth's Chris (Irvine) - $15
Sage - $15
Salt Creek Grille - $15
Sapphire (Laguna Beach) - $20
Seasons 52 at South Coast Plaza - $15
Selanne Steak Tavern (Laguna Beach) $25
Silver Trumpet across from Segerstrom Ctr - $25
Stonehill Tavern - $25
Starfish (Laguna Beach) - $25, 2 bottle limit
Studio at the Montage - $25 (4 bottle limit)
Sushi Noguchi - $16 Note - If you buy your wine from OC Wine Mart (Irvine or Yorba Linda), corkage fee is waived. Just bring your receipt.
Taps Fish House - $10
Thai Bamboo Bistro - $10
Thai Nakorn - $7
Two Left Forks (Dana Point) - first bottle free, $15/bottle thereafter
Vine (San Clemente) - $20 but waived if you buy from their list too
Watermarc (Laguna Beach) - $15
Who Song and Larry's (Orange) - $0
Wild Fish - $20
The Winery Restaurant (The District in Tustin) - $25
WineWorks (Mission Viejo) - $30, or $23 if bought from their store
Yves Bistro Anaheim - $15 corkage but waived on Sundays and Mondays.
Zov's (Anaheim) - $15 waived Sunday and Monday
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#2 Post by Frank Murray III » June 19th, 2010, 10:25 pm

I thought I had found the killer no cork deal tonight @ Nick's in San Clemente but youze guys seemed to already have that nailed down. Anyway, FWIW Ramon, nice to have a zero cork gig so close to us. Dig it.
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#3 Post by Paul L i n » June 23rd, 2010, 2:41 am

Thanks for keeping this going! Update: Marché Moderne is now $15.

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#4 Post by J e r e m y H@nn@h » June 23rd, 2010, 10:27 am

There's a little place in Anaheim Hills called Yves Bistro and Wine Bar that has $15 corkage normally, but this is waived on Sundays and Mondays.

Food is pretty decent and prices are reasonable.
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#5 Post by alan weinberg » June 24th, 2010, 8:39 pm

Jeremy Hannah wrote:There's a little place in Anaheim Hills called Yves Bistro and Wine Bar that has $15 corkage normally, but this is waived on Sundays and Mondays.

Food is pretty decent and prices are reasonable.
off subject, but try the Indian restaurant near Yves' (across the parking lot).
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#6 Post by J e r e m y H@nn@h » June 24th, 2010, 11:09 pm

alan weinberg wrote:
Jeremy Hannah wrote:There's a little place in Anaheim Hills called Yves Bistro and Wine Bar that has $15 corkage normally, but this is waived on Sundays and Mondays.

Food is pretty decent and prices are reasonable.
off subject, but try the Indian restaurant near Yves' (across the parking lot).
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Thanks! Good recommendation. I have tried it. I enjoyed it, but after living in San Francisco for four years I struggled with their prices when I could get twice the food for half the price at my favorite Indian place up north. For example, the one time I was there, I spent $75 for a dinner for 2 (take out) where as at a little hole in the wall place in SF called Chutney I could spend $40 for a dinner for four and leave stuffed full of the best Indian food outside of what I had at an Indian wedding I went to a few years back.

While I certainly won't knock the quality of the food at the place in Anaheim Hills, the prices just bug me a little too much to go back. I am not sure if this is an OC thing where good ethnic food is overly expensive, or if it is just this place, but I'd like to think I just haven't found the right places yet.
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#7 Post by J e r e m y H@nn@h » June 27th, 2010, 8:08 am

Catal restaurant in Downtown Disney does not charge corkage and the food is all pretty darn good, IMO. Reasonably priced as well.
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#8 Post by Tom Moore » July 21st, 2010, 7:38 am

Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa - $25 per.......ouch

Great food though

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#9 Post by Rob Winn » July 22nd, 2010, 2:20 pm

McCormick and Schmicks was $20 at the Irvine location when we were there a week ago.

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#10 Post by Phillip F r a n k s » July 22nd, 2010, 3:31 pm

Rob Winn wrote:McCormick and Schmicks was $20 at the Irvine location when we were there a week ago.
What the F were you doing at McCormick and Schmicks? You're better than that. pepsi
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#11 Post by bweimer » September 14th, 2010, 4:23 pm

The Hobbit (Orange) - $25 but some great deals on an excellent wine list.
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#12 Post by Paul L i n » September 14th, 2010, 5:07 pm

Rustica in Newport Beach (Fashion Island) is $20.

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#13 Post by J Wei » September 16th, 2010, 10:09 am

The Winery Restaurant ($20). The District in Tustin.
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#14 Post by Rob Winn » September 16th, 2010, 10:27 am

Phillip F r a n k s wrote:
Rob Winn wrote:McCormick and Schmicks was $20 at the Irvine location when we were there a week ago.
What the F were you doing at McCormick and Schmicks? You're better than that. pepsi

Well...It was Natalie's B-Day and she wanted too go there. The seafood is actually very good. We enjoyed a young Seasmoke Ten.

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#15 Post by Phillip F r a n k s » September 16th, 2010, 11:17 am

Paul L i n wrote:Rustica in Newport Beach (Fashion Island) is $20.
How was the food?
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#16 Post by Paul L i n » September 17th, 2010, 6:48 pm

Phillip F r a n k s wrote:
Paul L i n wrote:Rustica in Newport Beach (Fashion Island) is $20.
How was the food?
Forgettable. Good execution, but uninspired menu.

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#17 Post by Jason Hagen » September 20th, 2010, 7:33 am

Memphis (Broadway) on Broadway is now ALWAYS free.

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#18 Post by Paul L i n » November 16th, 2010, 3:35 pm

Andrei's in Irvine charges $15 but does free corkage on Tuesdays.

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#19 Post by J e r e m y H@nn@h » November 17th, 2010, 8:31 am

I know that Charlie Palmer's at South Coast Plaza is already in the OP, but I wanted to add the clarification that corkage is free for only the first 2 bottles, and then $25 per bottle beyond that.
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#20 Post by R. del Rosario » November 18th, 2010, 7:16 am

Jeremy Hannah wrote:I know that Charlie Palmer's at South Coast Plaza is already in the OP, but I wanted to add the clarification that corkage is free for only the first 2 bottles, and then $25 for bottle beyond that.
Yup, I was there on Tuesday and was charged $25 for the third bottle we brought. Happy to pay it.

Was this always the case or did they change it recently?
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#21 Post by Phillip F r a n k s » November 18th, 2010, 10:07 am

It's always been that way that I know of. We go there fairly regularly.
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#22 Post by PeterJ » December 21st, 2010, 11:52 pm

An old friend is coming back home for the holidays and has set up a dinner with some of his pre-divorce couples/friends at Maggiano's (at South Coast Plaza). I know this isn't on a par with Anontelli (across the street) but it should be fun if done family style and with a lot of wine. So........................ anyone know the corkage policy at Maggiano's. Their site doesn't show a wine list or mention corkage, at least not that I could see. I'll call too, but was just feeling lazy tonight.
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#23 Post by PeterJ » December 23rd, 2010, 10:49 pm

PeterJ wrote:An old friend is coming back home for the holidays and has set up a dinner with some of his pre-divorce couples/friends at Maggiano's (at South Coast Plaza). I know this isn't on a par with Anontelli (across the street) but it should be fun if done family style and with a lot of wine. So........................ anyone know the corkage policy at Maggiano's. Their site doesn't show a wine list or mention corkage, at least not that I could see. I'll call too, but was just feeling lazy tonight.
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#24 Post by Jason Hagen » January 2nd, 2011, 12:01 pm

Memphis on Bristol now has free corkage 7 days a weeek! [dance-clap.gif]

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#25 Post by Pat D » January 28th, 2011, 9:53 pm

Black Sheep Bistro is closed?

I was going to try them out and their website indicates they closed 12/30/2010.
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#26 Post by Paul L i n » March 30th, 2011, 10:49 am

Park Avenue in Stanton no longer permits customers to bring their own wine. They site "insurance liability issues" as the reason, which I personally think is pretty dubious. [swearing.gif]

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#27 Post by Paul L i n » May 20th, 2011, 4:34 pm

Just got off the phone with Studio at the Montage. Corkage is now $25 with a 4 bottle limit.

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#28 Post by JKim » May 20th, 2011, 10:30 pm

Manpuku in Costa Mesa is $10/bottle. No limit. Japanese BBQ, very tasty. Similar to Anjin, also in Costa Mesa. But, Manpuku takes reservations, while Anjin does not.
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#29 Post by R. del Rosario » May 21st, 2011, 10:43 am

JKim wrote:Manpuku in Costa Mesa is $10/bottle. No limit. Japanese BBQ, very tasty. Similar to Anjin, also in Costa Mesa. But, Manpuku takes reservations, while Anjin does not.
Joe - is Manpuku the one beside the Residence Inn on Baker?
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#30 Post by JKim » May 21st, 2011, 2:51 pm

R. del Rosario wrote:
JKim wrote:Manpuku in Costa Mesa is $10/bottle. No limit. Japanese BBQ, very tasty. Similar to Anjin, also in Costa Mesa. But, Manpuku takes reservations, while Anjin does not.
Joe - is Manpuku the one beside the Residence Inn on Baker?

That's the one. In a little strip mall with not enough parking. Good food. Hot as hell if you sit close to one of the charcoal stoves. They need to turn up the A/C. Had the Kobe beef combo...delicious. If I had to choose between Anjin and Manpuku purely on food, I would choose Anjin cuz the dipping sauces are better there, but waiting for a table...that sucks, no thank you. I don't think lots of people bring wine, cuz the waitress had no idea how to use her waiter's friend. After watching her struggle for a couple minutes, I offered to open the bottles for her and she gladly accepted. Polished off a 07 DuMol Aidan, 07 Denner syrah, and 04 RM cab. Dumol and Denner were OK, but the RM is in a great place right now. I haven't had a Cab in awhile, but this was stunning. Wish I had more, but last bottle.
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#31 Post by Todd F r e n c h » June 15th, 2011, 12:21 pm

WineWorks for Everyone - $30 corkage for wine brought in, $23 corkage for wine bought in the (attached) store
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#32 Post by Paul L i n » June 15th, 2011, 12:43 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:WineWorks for Everyone - $30 corkage for wine brought in, $23 corkage for wine bought in the (attached) store
Darren and Jean (the owners) should be ashamed of themselves. They used to waive corkage if you opened a wine purchased in the store.

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#33 Post by Tom Moore » June 16th, 2011, 7:05 am

Todd, are you still going? I havent heard of this place, is it any good? After first reading the owners response to you I was aggravated but since realizing they are a wineshop/wine bar I can understand how they would frown upon bringing your own wine in since they are attempting to "teach" the masses about wine.

Their pricing didnt seem too out of hand on their online wine list, although a little limited.

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#34 Post by Paul L i n » June 16th, 2011, 12:01 pm

Charlie Palmer is now $25 per bottle, but waived with wine purchase.

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#35 Post by Tom Moore » June 16th, 2011, 1:20 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Tom Moore wrote:Todd, are you still going? I havent heard of this place, is it any good? After first reading the owners response to you I was aggravated but since realizing they are a wineshop/wine bar I can understand how they would frown upon bringing your own wine in since they are attempting to "teach" the masses about wine.

Their pricing didnt seem too out of hand on their online wine list, although a little limited.
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#36 Post by Cris Whetstone » June 16th, 2011, 1:24 pm

The Wine Gallery in Corona Del Mar has a similarly silly policy as the one you guys are describing. You can buy a bottle in their shop which they will charge you $15-25(I forget the exact number) to open not 10 feet away from where you picked it up. We gave the owner an earful about it but I'm not sure you can talk endgame to people looking at the monthly bottom line. I wish 3rd Corner in SD would open up shop up here to show folks how its done.
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#37 Post by Paul L i n » June 16th, 2011, 1:50 pm

Tom Moore wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Tom Moore wrote:Todd, are you still going? I havent heard of this place, is it any good? After first reading the owners response to you I was aggravated but since realizing they are a wineshop/wine bar I can understand how they would frown upon bringing your own wine in since they are attempting to "teach" the masses about wine.

Their pricing didnt seem too out of hand on their online wine list, although a little limited.
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Take your date there for a 3 oz glass of wine then head to dinner elsewhere. Oh and dont forget to fill out a form and drop it in the complaint box!
The only people drinking only wine in the wine bar section of the store are ordering it by the glass. Everyone who buys a bottle there also buys food. The last time I was at WineWorks we purchased 2 bottles of Pinot (Anthill Farms) and had about 4 plates of appetizers. We also gave Darren a nice tip. I think they more than covered their costs.

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#38 Post by Todd F r e n c h » June 18th, 2011, 12:07 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:WineWorks for Everyone - $30 corkage for wine brought in, $23 corkage for wine bought in the (attached) store
Had dinner (and wine) there last night, and, no joke, it was some of the best food I've had in Orange County. Everybody's dish (rack of lamb, scallops, pork chop and seared ahi) was fantastic - even the sides. Really eclectic and interesting wine selection, not the 'usual suspects', but still I couldn't get myself to buy a $19 Mount Eden Edna Valley Chardonnay then pay $23 for them to open it, so we bought off the bottle list, and had a couple good bottles that were paired well. I will definitely be back, if JUST for the food.
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#39 Post by Jason Hagen » June 20th, 2011, 8:00 pm

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Todd F r e n c h wrote:WineWorks for Everyone - $30 corkage for wine brought in, $23 corkage for wine bought in the (attached) store
Had dinner (and wine) there last night, and, no joke, it was some of the best food I've had in Orange County. Everybody's dish (rack of lamb, scallops, pork chop and seared ahi) was fantastic - even the sides. Really eclectic and interesting wine selection, not the 'usual suspects', but still I couldn't get myself to buy a $19 Mount Eden Edna Valley Chardonnay then pay $23 for them to open it, so we bought off the bottle list, and had a couple good bottles that were paired well. I will definitely be back, if JUST for the food.

Good to hear about the food. So is this list the restaurant list. http://www.wineworksforeveryone.com/wine.php Is there another wine list? Wouldn't want to pay those prices for supermarket wine with no option to bring my own wine. A few interesting things but still generally a mark up I would not want to pay. I just can't and wont support a place with this type of attitude. Not trying to slam them, its just not my personal bag. And I'm poor [cry.gif]

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#40 Post by Todd F r e n c h » June 20th, 2011, 9:51 pm

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Todd F r e n c h wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:WineWorks for Everyone - $30 corkage for wine brought in, $23 corkage for wine bought in the (attached) store
Had dinner (and wine) there last night, and, no joke, it was some of the best food I've had in Orange County. Everybody's dish (rack of lamb, scallops, pork chop and seared ahi) was fantastic - even the sides. Really eclectic and interesting wine selection, not the 'usual suspects', but still I couldn't get myself to buy a $19 Mount Eden Edna Valley Chardonnay then pay $23 for them to open it, so we bought off the bottle list, and had a couple good bottles that were paired well. I will definitely be back, if JUST for the food.

Good to hear about the food. So is this list the restaurant list. http://www.wineworksforeveryone.com/wine.php Is there another wine list? Wouldn't want to pay those prices for supermarket wine with no option to bring my own wine. A few interesting things but still generally a mark up I would not want to pay. I just can't and wont support a place with this type of attitude. Not trying to slam them, its just not my personal bag. And I'm poor [cry.gif]

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Totally different list than what was there. They said they change it every 2 weeks or so...food is REALLY good, Jason.
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#41 Post by JKim » July 29th, 2011, 11:25 pm

Old Vine Cafe is now $25 with 2 bottle limit. I love this place and rarely feel the need to bring a bottle as all their tasting menus come wth a glass of wine with each course. As much as I like dinner here, their breakfast is just as good, if not better.
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#42 Post by JKim » August 6th, 2011, 10:42 pm

Belacan Grill in Tustin. $10 bottle, 2 bottle max. Malaysian food. Never had Malaysian before, very similar to Thai. Good food, casual restaurant. Family friendly. Right next to the original Zov's.
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#43 Post by alan weinberg » August 8th, 2011, 1:09 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:WineWorks for Everyone - $30 corkage for wine brought in, $23 corkage for wine bought in the (attached) store
where is this place?
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#44 Post by Todd F r e n c h » August 8th, 2011, 1:26 pm

alan weinberg wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:WineWorks for Everyone - $30 corkage for wine brought in, $23 corkage for wine bought in the (attached) store
where is this place?
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26342 Oso Pkwy # 103
Mission Viejo, CA 92691-5646
(949) 582-0026

Went there again this weekend, and again the food was fantastic. We went during happy hour, where several 'acceptable' wines (including a decent '04 Sabon Lirac) are $7.00, and the appetizers are less expensive, and rather large.
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#45 Post by Paul L i n » August 8th, 2011, 2:11 pm

Lumberyard in Laguna Beach charges $10 (2 bottle limit). The menu is American comfort cuisine and is quite good, acceptable for a casual meal, but I wouldn't go out of my way to dine here again.

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#46 Post by Paul Klevgard » August 17th, 2011, 8:53 am

Note: Tradition by Pascal charges $10 corkage for a half bottle. As noted, $20 for a full bottle.

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#47 Post by JKim » September 23rd, 2011, 12:46 pm

Starfish in Laguna Beach. $25/bottle, 2 bottle limit...ouch. New restaurant by the owners of Tabu Grill down the street. In fact, Nancy (the owner) was at the door greeting guests. Billed as Asian coastal, lots of seafood, meat dishes with asian influences. Located in a strip mall across PCH from the Montage. Plenty of parking (yea!). Lots of construction going on, had to walk through plywood scaffolding to get to the gorgeous restaurant. Very cool, hip vibe...on the dark side, but not as dark as Tabu Grill. Wine list sucks. The food was wonderful, except for one dish that was universally panned by the whole table. Waiter graciously took it back and off the bill. Lots of small dishes that are meant to be shared, I love that style, let's you taste a bunch of stuff. Brought a 07 Sauzet Champ-Canet and a 08 Lambrays. The Sauzet was so damn tasty, went well with everything, loved this bottle. The Lambrays not so much on this night. I would come back to Starfish in an instant. Great food and atmosphere. As an aside, when the waiter was bringing us wine glasses for the Sauzet, he first brought Reidel "O", I can't stand those stemless glasses. I asked for regular stems and the "O" glasses were quickly replaced.
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#48 Post by Todd F r e n c h » September 23rd, 2011, 12:51 pm

It's too bad that restaurants are having a tough time financially so they seem to be raising corkage fees...
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#49 Post by JKim » September 23rd, 2011, 12:57 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:It's too bad that restaurants are having a tough time financially so they seem to be raising corkage fees...
I'm ok with up to $15/bottle, but $25 or over is pretty hard to swallow and actually a reason to avoid the restaurant, unless the food is that good.
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#50 Post by JKim » October 9th, 2011, 4:35 pm

Andrea at Pelican Hill, $30/bottle [shock.gif] , 2 bottle max. The most expensive corkage I've ever paid in the OC. Also, one of the most if not the most expensive dinner I've ever had in Orange County. I'm gonna save everyone a boatload of money. The food was by and large average to above average, except the porcini risotto made in a huge wheel of cheese at tableside topped with shaved black truffle (this was sublime). Utterly and completely overpriced. You're paying for the "privilege" to eat at Pelican Hill. I do have to say that the view is amazing, we arrived right at sunset. Very hoity-toity, not really my scene. My dinner party must have brought the average age down by a good 10 years. I wish I could have heard what people said when my wife and I rolled up in our 2000 Rav4. I would have paid extra for the valet to park our car next to the Bentleys, Ferraris, and Porsches up front. I'm not going back, except to maybe have a $10 beer and watch the sunset.
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