Fabulous restaurants that offer NO CORKAGE fees on wine!!!


August 12, 2012 by danisdecadentdeals

Me with our wines be brought from home at Uva Bar in Downtown Disney. No corkage baby!!

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!

Me with my love enjoying our vino in the Uva Bar courtyard

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.:)

Dani happy and content at Disneyland!:)

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.

Catal & Uva Bar 

Patina Group Restaurant List

Patina Group Restaurant List

Outside of Uva Bar with the husband:)

We are Disneyland premium annual passholders and we regularly enjoy participating in what we call adult Disney with our friends.

Me & one of my closest buds ❤

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.”

Jodi’s bday at Catal. A good friend of mine since we were in Brownies as little girls with her husband Chris & my husband:)



*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…

Laguna Canyon Winery Downtown Tasting Room

More restaurants located in Orange County, CA that have no corkage fees

Restaurants Locations
Scott’s Seafood (no corkage   Sundays only) Costa Mesa
Roman Cucina (Wednesdays only   & entrée purchase required) Laguna Hills, Fullerton, Costa   Mesa, Sunset Beach
Memphis Cafe (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) (closed down) Newport Beach


Memphis Cafe in Santa Ana

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41 thoughts on “Fabulous restaurants that offer NO CORKAGE fees on wine!!!

  1. […] love about Patina Group is that they have NO CORKAGE FEES at their restaurants. Click here No Corkage Restaurants in Orange County for an article all about […]

  2. Ann says:

    Your Adult Disney days sound like a blast!

  3. […] include Rainforest Café, ESPN Zone, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Dave & Buster’s, Catal, The Melting Pot and The Ranch Restaurant. Additionally, local breweries will be present serving […]

  4. I think this will become a big trend as people already have to think twice about going out to eat and then having to buy two glass of wine for the price of a bottle doesn’t encourage going out.

  5. The corkage fees sure add up! You provide such a great service!

  6. I’m so glad I don’t drink!! no extra charges for me!!

  7. This is great advice, especially to those who love their wine. The markup at restaurants can be HUGE.

  8. rmanea says:

    I don’t think there are NO cork fee places over in NY.. At least i haven’t ran into any.

  9. Jacqui says:

    Wouldn’t dream of taking alcohol into a restaurant here in the UK. Not sure if any of them charge corkage, venues that host events such as weddings, charge corkage if you don’t have the alcohol though.

    • Very interesting Jacqui. Here in the US many people bring their own wine to dinner because it is the bottle they like or they simply do not want to pay wine markup fees, but the problem is some corkage fees are so high, it makes more sense to buy their wine or go to the no corkage restaurants I listed.:)

  10. Loretta says:

    It’s amazing how much money I have saved being able to enjoy life without drinking. I have enjoyed some of the restaurants you have listed here, for their food, that is 🙂

  11. You make Disney Sound so appetizing all over again as an adult… 2 wine bottles… mmmhmm haha I feel like a kid all over again, yet also an adult. What like a wonderful time. I am planning a trip in my head now after your post, to one day be able to follow your advice Ty 🙂

    • Awesome!! I am glad to hear my article made you feel that way! I truly LOVE doing adult Disney:) You definitely must make a trip to Disneyland and to the fabulous restaurants in Downtown that offer no corkage! Patina Group rocks! Thanks for the comment!

  12. Mark Nelson says:

    Great tips. I love a great bottle of wine with my meal.

  13. Mary says:

    It is fun to bring your own wine to a restaurant. Nice tip on asking the winery for referrals to restaurants that offer no corkage fees. Now I know the term for this. Thanks!

  14. nickritchie01 says:

    great post!

  15. jagoterry says:

    This is just starting to come in in some of our provinces in Canada. In my province the liquor laws don’t allow it . Pity. I will look for it when we travel.

  16. […] Patina Restaurant Group , has a large number of restaurants throughout the United States and an awesome fact I love about them is that several of their restaurants have no corkage fees when you bring in your own wine! I have written about this in the past, see my article here for details about it: No Corkage Fees. […]


  18. […] the Patina Restaurant Group which have a No wine corkage fee program…See details here –> <– All three of the restaurants above also have vegetarian […]

  19. Chantal says:

    We took advantage of the no corkage fees at Patina Group (downtown Disney) several times back when they advertised it. It was great. Once the servers had no idea what we were talking about and had to keep getting the manager we started tapering off. (This was mainly at Tortilla Joe’s). Are you still having luck with no corkage fees with them? Mimi’s used to offer $1 corkage but the last time we tried it they increased it to $5, which still isn’t bad if you have a good inexpensive bottle to bring. Pretty much the price of two soda’s. 🙂

    • Hello Chantal! Thanks so much for your comment! We love taking advantage of no corkage in downtown is usually at Catal, Uva & Naples cuz when we go to Tortilla Jo’s we r all about the margs:) Thanks for the tip abour Mimi’s! I did not know that:) Have a fabulous day!

  20. […] Please don’t forget to make your reservations through OPEN TABLE in order to accrue points for FREE Gift Cards like I always do!  Read all about how to do that here and why –> OPEN TABLE FREE GIFT CARDS.  Also, on a side note, if you like wine and do not want to pay for it, you should check out some RESTAURANTS THAT HAVE NO CORKAGE FEES. […]

  21. […] Slater’s 50/50 signature burgers, Rubio’s, Roy’s Hawaiian, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Catal (read about No wine corkage fees in my article here), Manhattan Steak and Seafood, a variety of […]

  22. […] My husband and I loved this idea because we love to travel regularly and the idea of paying for 2 premium passes up front each year was like paying for a Las Vegas Weekend getaway in full which can be pretty intimidating…But once it was broken down into roughly $100- $120 a month for two annual passes to Disney it suddenly became like an extra cell phone payment and it is a fun place we enjoy to go 2-3 times a month! J  We enjoy doing what we call “Adult Disney” in which we bring our own wine to enjoy at 4 of the different restaurants in Downtown Disney that charge NO wine corkage fees!! J  You can read about No Corkage Fees at Disney & more here –>  NO CORKAGE FEE RESTAURANTS […]

  23. […] Please also make sure to take advantage of Andrei’s awesome happy hour as it goes 6 days a week!  I was so excited to see that Saturdays are included where you can get both food and drink specials!  There is also free corkage on wine on Monday and Tuesday nights! I love free corkage. See my article about free corkage here –> FREE CORKAGE RESTAURANTS. […]

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