Don’t you just love restaurants that don’t charge a corkage fee to open a bottle of wine that you brought from your own cellar? I love to taste wines at wineries and tasting events before I purchase. I prefer to not pay two to three times the retail price of a bottle at a restaurant, particularly if I have never tried it before.
I wish there was a place on the internet or an app where you could easily look up and compare corkage fees that are charged by restaurants. Typically one needs to wait until they arrive at a restaurant or call ahead to inquire about the corkage fee. I take it back; I just found a link on Open Table that has a list of free corkage restaurants!
Some restaurants charge anywhere from $7 to as much as $60 corkage fees. Plan to support those that don’t charge a corkage fee.
Places that charge NO corkage fees near Kirkland, WA are as follows:
*The Purple Cafe and Wine Bar (on the first 750 ml bottle and only if they don’t carry that vintage of that wine on their wine list). (Locations include Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, & Woodinville.)
*The Slip in Marina Park, Kirkland, WA. [Note: if your server is not 21 they may turn you away and say that they don't allow you to bring in your own bottle. Shoot for slow times when the bartender can open the bottle for you.] On a recent visit, they contacted the owner who indicated that the actual corkage fee should be $10.99.
*The Outback Steakhouse (restaurant chain in most states in the U.S). No corkage fees for as may bottles as you wish to open.
*Russell’s Barn, Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, WA (no corkage fees for Washington wines).
*Lot No. 3, Bellevue, WA (on first 750ml bottle if they don’t carry that bottle).
*The Commons, Woodinville, WA (First 750ml bottle if they don’t carry it).
*Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar (Bellevue & Seattle).
*Alexa’s Cafe, Bothell, WA
*Barrio, Capitol Hill (no corkage on first 750ml bottle if they don’t carry it.)
*Preservation Kitchen, Bothell (free corkage every day for the first bottle of any local or Woodinville wine with purchase of two entrees).