Screw You! – How Much it Costs to BYOB

I am no longer keeping the list of corkage fees updated on this page. The dynamic list of corkage fees is now on the new LA Corkage Fees List [here]

This is just the beginnings of a list of LA restaurants and their respective corkage fees that I’ve gathered from various places so far. I need some help, so if anyone knows about additions, deletions, and changes, please do let me know so we can have one big comprehensive list!

a glass of wineAlegria – no corkage
Alejo’s, Marina Del Rey – no corkage
Alex – $25 per bottle
Amuse Café – $1 per person per glass (though not sure that this one is still open!)
Angeli Caffe – $15 per bottle
Angelini Osteria – $15 per bottle, waived for each bottle purchased off their list
AOC – $25 per bottle, waived if 2nd bottle purchased
Aubergine, Newport Beach – $25 per bottle
August Chris Cafe, Sherman Oaks – $2 per bottle
Bandera
Bastide – customers not allowed to bring their own wine
Bin 8945, West Hollywood – $15 per bottle
Bistro 45, Pasadena – $15 per bottle
Bistro K – no corkage
Bistro Provence, Burbank – $9 for first bottle, $14 per bottle thereafter
Bistro Verdu – no corkage
Boa – $20 per bottle, waived if a bottle is also purchased; entire list is half price on Sunday
Buffalo Club – $25/bottle, 2 bottle max
Café Bizou – $3 per bottle
Café Blanc – $5 per bottle
Cafe Brasil – no corkage
Café Pierre, Manhattan Beach – $20 per bottle
Caffe Capri – no corkage
Caioti Pizza Café – no corkage
Capo, Santa Monica – $25 per bottle
Campanile – $20 per bottle
Chameau – no corkage
Cheebo – $10
Chinois on Main – $20 per bottle
Chocolat – $15 per bottle
Citrine – no corkage, unless it’s a cheap bottle, then $15
Ciudad – $13 per bottle
Cobras & Matadors – $5, or no corkage if wine bought next door
Dakota at the Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood – $20
Dal Rae Restaurant (Pico Rivera near Commerce Casino) – $20
Dan Tana’s – $24 per bottle, $6 per person
Dolce – no corkage, on Sunday only
Doughboys – no corkage
E. Baldi – $40 per bottle
Firefly Bistro, South Pasadena – $7 per bottle
Fritto Misto, Santa Monica – $1.50/person
Gaby’s Mediterranean – no corkage
Gingergrass – not allowed to BYOB (as of 8/1/05)
Girasole – no corkage
Grace – $15 per bottle, provided it’s not on the wine list; otherwise not allowed; no per table limit on personal cellar bottles if called in advance to let them know how many
Guelaguetza – $4 per bottle
Hungry Cat – $15
Il Capriccio – $3 corkage.
Il Moro – $15 per bottle
Indo Cafe – no corkage
Inn of the Seventh Ray – $12
Ivy/Ivy at the Shore – not allowed
J Restaurant Lounge – $25
Jiraffe – $20 per bottle
Joe’s Restaurant, Venice – $20 per bottle
Josie – $20 per bottle, waived if 2nd bottle purchased, free on Mondays with a 2 bottle maximum
Katana – $20/bottle
Katmandu Kitchen – no corkage
King’s Fish House – $10 per bottle
La Cachette – $20 per bottle, no corkage on Sundays
Lawry’s – $10 per bottle
Le Petit Jacques, Sherman Oaks – $4 closed
Library Alehouse – $15/bottle, 1 bottle max
L’Orangerie – $25 per bottle, provided it’s not on the wine list otherwise not allowed
Lucques – $15 per bottle
Madame Matisse – no corkage
Madeo – $18
Mama Voula’s, West LA – no corkage
Mao’s Kitchen, Venice – no corkage
Maple Drive – $15 per bottle, waived if 2nd bottle bought from list
Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood – no corkage (but they close at 8 pm!)
Marouch Lebanese, Los Angeles – $8.99 per bottle
Mastro’s – $25 per bottle
Melisse – $30 per bottle, waived if 2nd bottle bought from list
Mortons – $25 per bottle
Mr. Chow’s – $25 per bottle
Musso & Frank Grill – $3.50 per person, no matter how many bottles
Opaline – $12 per bottle ** closed **
Orso – $12 per bottle
Osteria La Buca – no corkage
Osteria Latini – $12
Parkway Grill – $20 per bottle
Patina – $20 per bottle
Paul’s Cafe, Tarzana – $4
Pinot Bistro, Pinot Café, Pinot Hollywood – no corkage
Pizzicotto – $8 per bottle
Sawtelle Kitchen – no corkage
Sona – $20 per 750ml, limited to 1 bottle per 2 guests if wine is not on list otherwise not allowed
Sham Mediterranean, Santa Monica – no corkage (they also have no wine, so you have to bring your own)
Shula’s 347 Steak House (LAX Sheraton Gateway Hotel) – $25 per bottle
Spago – $25 per 750ml
Sushi Nozawa – n/a
Table 8 – $15 per bottle
Tangerine – $10 per bottle
Tasca – no corkage
Taylor’s Prime Steaks – $10 per bottle
The Grill – $15 per bottle
The Ivy – n/a
The Kitchen – under $5
The Palm – $30 per bottle
The Spanish Kitchen – $15 if it’s not on their wine list, otherwise it’s more
Valentino – $35 per bottle, 2 bottle max
Violet – $12/bottle
Vert – $14 per bottle
Water Grill – $25 per bottle
World Cafe – $15/bottle
Xiomara, Pasadena – first bottle free, $12 per bottle after

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  • Daily Gluttony

    This list ROCKS, girl!

    I also believe that Girasole on Larchmont and Alegria in Silverlake have no corkage policies.

  • brocklanders

    You forgot the best restaurant in LA, Lucques: $15.

  • sarah

    ah! thank you thank you! i am adding…

    see, i can’t wait until everyone chimes in…this list is going to be great!

  • S

    Your site is soo informative! I don’t know how I stumbled across it a few weeks ago but I love everything on it!

  • Jessica

    Great list, Sarah. Very useful. Many of these are lower than I’d actually think. I might have to start bringing bottles with me (as long as they’re not on the restaurant’s list already, of course.) Extra tidbit: not only does The Kitchen have low corkage, they’re very tolerant, i.e. I once saw folks drinking Two Buck Chuck. Pretty amazing that the wine cost less than the fee itself. I wouldn’t do it, but hey, nice to know you can, I guess.

  • MEalCentric

    My wallet (and liver) thank you.

  • sarah

    thank you anonymous! i will call gingergrass and double check ;)

  • sarah

    thank you anonymous! i will call gingergrass and double check ;)

  • Anonymous

    I believe that Madame Matisse has a free corkage policy.

    Lynda K.

    hipstercards.com
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  • sarah

    just called gingergrass (today is 8/2/05) and currently, guests are not allowed to byob.

    thank you for letting me know about madame matisse! will check on them shortly!

  • Anonymous

    Cafe Bizout has no corkage fee. Was there just a week ago and it was, with apologies to Larry Miller, “freeee”!

  • Claudia

    Fabulous, helpful list–I am always looking for these places myself (I drink a lot of wine!). I can’t believe the Pinots now have no corkage–unbelievable! Here are a couple of additions…
    1. Alejo’s in the Marina has no corkage.
    2. Mao’s Kitchen in Venice has no corkage (at least when I was last there…not too recently).
    3. Indo Cafe and Cafe Brasil in Palms have no corkage.
    4. Le Petit Jacques in Sherman Oaks has, I believe, a $4 corkage.
    5. Paul’s Cafe in Tarzana has some low corkage ($4?).

  • Claudia

    Fabulous, helpful list–I am always looking for these places myself (I drink a lot of wine!). I can’t believe the Pinots now have no corkage–unbelievable! Here are a couple of additions…
    1. Alejo’s in the Marina has no corkage.
    2. Mao’s Kitchen in Venice has no corkage (at least when I was last there…not too recently).
    3. Indo Cafe and Cafe Brasil in Palms have no corkage.
    4. Le Petit Jacques in Sherman Oaks has, I believe, a $4 corkage.
    5. Paul’s Cafe in Tarzana has some low corkage ($4?).

  • Anonymous

    Dakota at the Roosevelt Hotel charges $20.00

  • Anonymous

    Here’s another list

    Corkage Fees:

    NO CHARGE

    Allegria, Los Angeles (Silver Lake)
    Chameau, Los Angeles (Silver Lake)
    Girasole, Los Angeles (Larchmont)

    LOW

    August Chris Café, Sherman Oaks: $2 per bottle
    Bistro 45, Pasadena: $15 per bottle
    Cafe Bizou, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena and Santa Monica: $2 per bottle
    Cobras & Matadors, Los Angeles: $5 per bottle; free if you buy a bottle at their wine shop next door
    Firefly Bistro, South Pasadena: $7 a bottle. But if it’s on their list, they will refuse to pour it.
    Lawry’s, Beverly Hills: $10 per bottle; large bottles, $20
    Xiomara, Pasadena: first bottle is free, then $12 per bottle

    HIGH

    Patina, Los Angeles: $20 per bottle
    L’Orangerie, West Hollywood: $25 per bottle. If it’s on their list, regardless of the year, they won’t uncork it.
    Mastro’s, Beverly Hills: $25 per bottle
    Capo, Santa Monica: $25 per bottle. If the wine is on their list, corkage is the full price of the bottle
    Aubergine, Newport Beach: $25 per bottle
    Valentino, Santa Monica: $35 per bottle, limit two bottles. $50 for a magnum, limit one bottle.
    WineSellar & Brasserie, San Diego: $20 per bottle. If purchased at their store, 20% above retail price.

    PER PERSON

    Fritto Misto, Santa Monica: $1.50 per person
    Dan Tana’s, West Hollywood: $6 per person per bottle

    NO BYOB

    Bastide, Los Angeles
    The Ivy, Los Angeles
    Ivy at the Shore, Santa Monica

    Other Corkage:

    Spago: $25 per 750ml
    Water Grill: $20 per bottle
    AOC: $25 per bottle, waived if 2nd bottle purchased
    Angelini Osteria: $10 per bottle
    Campanile: $20 per bottle
    Nouveau Café Blanc: $5 per bottle
    Valentino: $30 per bottle
    Josie: $20 per bottle, waived if 2nd bottle purchased; FREE on Mondays, 2 bottle max.
    Sushi Nozawa: “We don’t do that” (Shocker…)
    Melisse: $30 per bottle, waived if 2nd bottle purchased
    Parkway Grill: $20 per bottle
    Grace: $15 per bottle provided it’s not on the wine list; otherwise not allowed
    Sona: $20 per 750 ml, limited to 1 bottle per 2 guests; if wine is on wine list, not allowed
    Lawry’s: $10 per bottle
    Guelaguetza: $4 per bottle
    Dan Tana: $24 per bottle
    Pizzecoto: $8 per bottle
    Angeli Caffe: $10 per bottle
    The Grill: $15 per bottle
    Bastide: Customers not allowed to bring their own wine
    Patina: $20 per bottle
    Alex: $25 per bottle
    Ciudad: $13 per bottle
    Chinois On Main: $20 per 750ml
    Jiraffe: $20 per bottle
    La Cachette: $20 per bottle; FREE on Sundays
    L’Orangerie: $25 per bottle, provided it’s not on the wine list; otherwise not allowed
    Orso: $12 per bottle
    Vert: $14 per bottle

  • sarah

    wow! thank anonymous! i’ll do my best to merge your list with mine!

  • Claudia

    Regarding the anonymous list:
    Chameau in Silverlake has closed and relocated to a Fairfax location, where they do serve wine and beer (don’t know about corkage, however).
    August Chris is now Le Petit Jacques (for about the last two years).
    Bistro Provence in Burbank has a $6 corkage.
    Mama Voula’s in West L.A. has no corkage (they lost their wine/beer license over a bathroom issue).

  • Zack

    Gaby’s Mediteranean is BYOB, including beer or wine, with no corkage fee. They have two locations: Venice Pier, and Culver City (Washington Blvd). I’ve never had a problem bringing a six-pack of brew, and cracking them open myself.

    Amazing food, and vegetarian/vegan friendly! The outdoor seating is an added bonus.

  • Joanie

    Just had birthday dinner at Osteria Latini. Food was wonderful. Service great. Corkage was $12.
    Cafe Bizou just raised their corkage to $3. Still the biggest
    bargain.

  • Anonymous

    Cafe Pierre in Manhattan Beach – really good French bistro food at good prices; except corkage at $20. They also say they won’t uncork if the bottle is on their extensive wine list, but they haven’t yet refused.

  • MacroGal

    I believe that Gaby’s Mediterranean is actually $5 – and their food is so awesomely cheap that the corkage fee almost doubles your bill :)

    I believe Cafe Bizou in Santa Monica is also free corkage…

  • santos.

    i must be channeling you; i never notice these things normally, but *did* notice that cheebo charges $10, and hungry cat charges $15.

  • Michael Lasko

    Sarah, I hope you don’t mind, I have stolen your brilliant idea and created a list of Corkages for Orange County Restaurants:
    takealotofdrugs.com

  • Anonymous

    Hi Sarah,

    Fantastic list. Brava!

    One note, the corkage at Angeli Caffe has been raised to $15.

    Best,

    James

  • sarah

    all: so far so good, and keep ‘em coming! making the additions and changes now…

  • Claudette

    If you haven’t been, you simply have to try uber cheap wonderful BYOB Kathmandu Kithen on Venice Blvd, near Motor. Also, Doughboy’s (beside El Carmen) is a must mention on the BYOB tip.

  • Beaudroux

    J Restaurant/Lounge just opened with a $25 corkage.

    http://beaudrouxblog.blogspot.com/

  • Wynne

    Chocolat: $15 per bottle

  • KT

    Hi Sarah!

    While reading S. Irene Virbila’s review of E. Baldi in the Times this week, my memory of this corkage list was tickled, when Ms. Virbila mentioned that she paid the outrageous sum of $40 for corkage at E. Baldi.

    Yikes!

  • tannaz

    This is fantastic. 2 things:

    For one, I linked to you on Wise Bread,
    and, neither Osteria La Buca in East Hollywood nor Tasca on West Third Street charge a corkage.

  • Anonymous

    Bistro Provence has raised their corkage to $9.00 for the 1st bottle and $14.00 for each additional bottle. Le Petit Jaques is now closed.

  • ZapRoot

    Cube on Labrea – No Corkage Fee

    Great pasta and huge cheese selection.

    http://www.divinepasta.com/

  • Miss Jess

    A few others…

    Violet: $12 per bottle
    World Cafe: $15 per bottle
    Buffalo Club: $25 per bottle, 2 bottle max
    Library Alehouse: $15 per bottle, 1 bottle max

  • Anonymous

    Ever heard of Dal Rae Restaurant? In Pico Rivera (near Commerce Casino). Corkage = $20.

  • Anonymous

    Lido di in Manhattan Beach–Great Italian/California cuisine. AND THE HANDS DOWN BEST FILET MIGNON–Skip Flemings, Houston’s, anything else.

    • Duckmanbill

      So how much was the corkage, or are you just going to shill like a biatch?

  • r

    Great list, here’s an addition:

    Shula’s 347 Steak House (LAX Sheraton Gateway Hotel): $25 per bottle

    Good steaks (not great), pretty good service, convenient for Business travelers staying in nearby hotels. Valet parking, $8 with validation.

    scorpucla

  • Michael Lasko

    Taste on Melrose: $15

  • crustoner

    Love the idea of this list, but its VERY out of date. Many of these restaurants are not open today and others have changed their policies. It would be so cool to have an updated list!

  • Mimi C.

    Just FYI..this year (2010), Water Grill has waived its corkage fee

  • Anna Davis

    AWESOME LIST (even eight years later)!

    Cha Cha Chicken in Santa Monica and Maccheroni Republic in Downtown are really great options as well. Here’s a newer list I’ve been using: https://www.foodsworth.com/lists/best-byob-restaurants-in-los-angeles

  • Juju

    No corkage fee on tuesday at Kal’s Bistro Pasadena
    43 E. Union st. Pasadena CA 91103
    What a hip place to have fun, isn’t it? ;)

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