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Corkage deals in the Bay Area

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 10:56 am in Corkheads.


Thanks to Reid Edwards’ suggestion, let’s start compiling deals we hear about low or zero corkage fees at Bay Area restaurants.

I’ll start. Khoon Chang, one of my favorite Thai restaurants in San Francisco, charges $6. I brought a special German Riesling there that my boyfriend brought back from Frankfurt recently.

The Barney’s chain, with locations in Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco, does not charge corkage. Some friends and I split the price of a fabulous Sonoma Pinot Noir at Solano Cellars in Albany once and walked across the street to the Barney’s and drank it with turkey burgers in the restaurant’s tumblers. Good times.

Recession or not, isn’t that what wine should be?

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  • Lynette

    La Fondue in Saratoga does no corkage nights on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays.

  • Marc

    Los Altos Grill in Los Altos has No Corkage Fee ever.

  • matthew

    Dead Fish in Crockett always offers free corkage.

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    Ah, yes. Thank you. And they have alligator.

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    Never been. Thanks for posting.

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    Good to know. I’m adding a new one from a reader who emailed me: The Fig Cafe in Glen Ellen. Zero corkage. Always.

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    Another one: Prima Ristorante in Walnut Creek isn’t offering free corkage, but Sundays throughout 2009, you pay just the retail store price for a bottle of wine from a rotating list of 75 bottles from the adjacent Prima Vini.

  • morewines

    In Livermore at many resturants there aren’t any corkage fees if you bring in a Livermore Valley wine.

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    This is true.