August 12, 2012 by daniele holmberg
When I go out to eat I love to enjoy a nice bottle of wine with my dinner, however the prices can be outrageous. With markups at restaurants usually being 200-300%, our dinner budget while dining out always seems to go through the roof!
In the recent past, we have discovered some restaurants that we regularly frequent that have no corkage fees and I must say they have become some of our regular restaurants we go to even when we are sick of the food there. This may sound funny, but leaving the restaurant with a check half the amount of what we normally spend when exorbitant amounts of money are usually put forth for wine feels so much better.:)
A restaurant chain that offers free corkage is Patina Group. This restaurant chain has restaurants throughout the east & west coast, but I am fortunately located in the West Coast where there are ten different restaurants from this restaurant group that offer free corkage.
We are Disneyland premium annual passholders and we regularly enjoy participating in what we call adult Disney with our friends.
Adult Disney for us consists of each couple bringing two bottles of wine to either Catal or the UVA Bar & lounging and eating appetizers and dinner for a few hours while the sun goes down, so that when we enter the park, the kiddies are gone, the lines are short, and we can walk around the park with a nice “buzz on.”
*Tip in Laguna Beach; if you purchase a bottle of wine at the Laguna Canyon Winery inquire about their list of restaurants that have no corkage fees for when you bring their bottles of wine into the restaurant. There are about ten different choices and the Laguna Canyon Winery has some delicious wines as well as a free tasting of their wines for each bottle purchased…
More restaurants located in Orange County, CA that have no corkage fees
|Scott’s Seafood (no corkage Sundays only)||Costa Mesa|
|Roman Cucina (Wednesdays only & entrée purchase required)||Laguna Hills, Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Sunset Beach|
|Memphis Café (no corkage Sunday thru Thursday with entrée purchase)||Santa Ana, Costa Mesa|
|Melting Pot (no corkage if they don’t carry the wine)||Irvine|
|Alley Restaurant & Bar (no corkage ever if wine not on house wine list)||Newport Beach|
|Jack Shrimp (no corkage fee ever)||Newport Beach|