cork·age fee (noun) a charge made at a restaurant for serving wine bought off the premises.
You've been tasting great wine all day in Napa so when it's time for dinner I don't blame you for wanting to bring in that "special" bottle you thought you would save for 10 years and wanting to open it that night. Bringing in your own bottle is a great way to extend the Napa experience to dinner while saving a few bucks in the process, as long as you dine at restaurants with NO or LOW corkage fees. Napa dining just got a lot cheaper!
For those of you who not familiar with this a corkage fee is what they charge to open your bottle. Dine at one of the restaurants below who have No or Low Corkage Fees and you get to have it all, a great dinner with a great bottle while keeping enough money in your pocket that you can buy another bottle to take home tomorrow!
TOP NAPA RESTAURANTS WITH NO OR LOW CORKAGE FEES
8 Noodle Shop: Delicious Asian cuisine with Seasonal local ingredients, fresh homemade noodles and traditional ramen, rice, additions and appetizers. Corkage Fee $12.
Allegria Ristorante: Elegant Italian-Californian restaurant located inside a historic bank, with vault seating available. Corkage Fee $10, waived on Monday night.
Atlas Social: Gastropub serving New American small plates in a rustic space with communal tables & modern flair. Corkage Fee $15.
Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca: Vibrant Italian eatery known for thin-crust pizzas plus small plates, pastas & lots of local wines. Corkage Fee $15.
Boon Fly Cafe at Carneros Inn: Casual Californian dining option with a lively vibe & modern roadhouse feel, at the Carneros Inn. Corkage Fee $15.
Ca’ Momi Osteria: Industrial-chic enoteca serving elevated Italian pizzas, pastas & mains. Corkage Fee $15.
Castello di Amorosa: No, it's not a restaurant but rather the famous Napa "castle" winery. If visiting there get a bottle to open that night and go to a participating restaurant who will waive the corkage fee. More info here: Castello di Amorosa FREE corkage fee partners.
Celedon: Upscale Eclectic comfort food is served in cozy digs with weathered brick walls & rustic courtyard. Corkage Fee $15.
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen: Upscale comfort foods in St. Helena. Corkage Fee $15, waived with a reservation.
Compadres Rio Grille: Easygoing eatery offering Mexican dishes along with California wines, plus a patio with river views. Corkage Fee $10.
Downtown Joe's: This long-running, casual spot for house-brewed beers & burgers features patio seats & water views. Corkage Fee FREE first bottle, $10 each after.
Fume Bistro: Local haunt offering American fare in an inviting, contemporary space with a pergola-covered patio Corkage Fee $10, waived Tuesday nights.
Hurley's: A Yountville favorite, casual Californian-Mediterranean eatery with a lively bar, stone fireplace & spacious patio. Corkage Fee NONE.
Gott's Roadside: Unpretentious hamburger stand with gourmet burgers and other standards. Corkage Fee: $5
Hog Island Oyster: Inside the Oxbow Market, freshest seafood in Napa Valley. Corkage fee $15.
Kitchen Door: Oxbow Market cafe offering Eclectic fare in a casual space with industrial accents & outdoor deck. Corkage Fee is $12.
Market: Seasonal American comfort fare served in a cozy bistro with rustic stone walls & an old-timey bar. Corkage Fee NONE
Mustards Grill: Quintessential Napa restaurant with upscale versions of your favorite comfort foods. Corkage Fee $15, waived with a reservation.
Pacific Blues Cafe: Relaxed upmarket eatery with a patio offering creative American fare, plus beer & classic cocktails. Corkage Fee $5
R+D Kitchen: Sushi, salads & American dishes are offered in a modern space with outdoor seating. Corkage Fee NONE
Rutherford Grill: Lively restaurant offering American comfort foods & a robust wine list in stylish digs with a patio. Corkage Fee NONE.
Tarla: Seasonal, locally sourced Turkish & Greek dishes share the menu at this casual bistro & bar. Corkage Fee $10, donated to charity.
UVA: Popular hangout for pizza, pasta & other Italian eats in a casual space with live music. Corkage Fee NONE.
ZuZu: Popular riverside spot offering Spanish tapas & an eclectic wine list in relaxed surrounds. Corkage Fee $10.
NOTE: Always a good idea to verify their fees when making your reservation!