Orange County, CA

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

Here is a guide for 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.

Do not rely solely on the list, call the restaurant to confirm. 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
Fable and Spirit (Lido) - $30
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 1 bottles, please ask)
The Hobbit (Orange) - $25
Houston’s - $15
Il Fornaio - $15
Il Sole (Rancho Santa Margarita) - $25
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
Latte Da Ristorante (Anaheim Hills) - $0 first bottle, $20 after
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
Porch and Swing (Irvine) - $25, 3 bottle max
Port (Corona Del Mar) - $0 Sunday through Wednesday (2 bottle limit)
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) - $20 (maybe – $0 if you buy another bottle from the list; pls check with venue)
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
Tutto Fresco (Rancho Santa Margarita) $0 first bottle, $15 2nd bottle; 2 bottle limit per party
Two Left Forks (Dana Point) - first bottle free, $15/bottle thereafter
Vine (San Clemente) - $20 but waived if you buy from their list too
Water Grill (SCP - Costa Mesa) - $0
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

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.

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

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).
alan

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.

Catal restaurant in Downtown Disney does not charge corkage and the food is all pretty darn good, IMO. Reasonably priced as well.

Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa - $25 per…ouch

Great food though

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

The Hobbit (Orange) - $25 but some great deals on an excellent wine list.

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

The Winery Restaurant ($20). The District in Tustin.

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.

How was the food?

Forgettable. Good execution, but uninspired menu.

Memphis (Broadway) on Broadway is now ALWAYS free.

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

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.

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?