Corkage Fees around Seattle and the Eastside

Want to bring your own bottle of wine to a restaurant?  Not sure if they allow it or what they charge for this?  There is an app that can be downloaded called Corkage Fee.  It is located at http://www.corkagefee.com.  It relies on its users to upload the corkage fees, so it is not very complete at this time.  If you have a chance, please update the corkage fees that you have been charged.

It’s too bad that menus in each restaurant aren’t required to include their corkage fee.  It seems that if they are going to charge a price for something, it should be listed somewhere.

For now, here are some local corkage fees in and around the Seattle area and the Eastside:

The Daily Grill inside the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle charges a corkage fee of $15.

The Coho in Redmond and Issaquah charges a corkage fee of $7.

The Shanghai Garden in Issaquah charges a corkage fee of $20.

The Acropolis in Kirkland charges a corkage fee of $7.

The Big Fish Grill (Kirkland, Issaquah & Woodinville) charges a corkage fee of $10.

The Lilac Cafe in Kirkland charges a $10 corkage fee.

Anthony’s Homeport in Kirkland on Lake Washington charges a corkage fee of $15.

The Beachhouse Bar + Grill (Kirkland and Madison Park in Seattle) charges a corkage fee of $15.

Lucia Italian Kitchen + Bar charges a $15 corkage fee.

Milagro Cantina in Kirkland charges a $15 corkage fee.

Todd’s Crab Cracker in Kirkland charges a corkage fee of $15.

Wilde Rover Irish Put & Restaurant in Kirkland has a $15 corkage fee.

The Trellis Restaurant in the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland charges $20 corkage on a 750 ml bottle.

The Lodge Sports Grille in Kirkland charges $20 corkage fee.

The Beach Cafe in the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland charges a $25 corkage fee.

Bin on the Lake at Carillon Point in Kirkland charges a $25 corkage fee.

Le Grand Bistro Americain in Kirkland has a $25 corkage fee.

Basil’s Kitchen in Bellevue has a $15 corkage fee.   Free Corkage on Wine Down Wednesdays.

Seastar in Bellevue charges a $20 corkage fee.

Gianfranco Ristorante Italiano in Snoqualmie has free corkage on Sunday evenings.

Brunello Ristorante Italiano in Snoqualmie has no corkage fee on Wednesdays for up to 2 bottles per table (not valid with any other offer and promotion.)

No Corkage Fees

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).

*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).