BYOB and free corkage in Bay Area

posted Sep 22, 2010, 4:50 PM by Christy Bergman   [ updated Sep 22, 2010, 5:52 PM by christy bergman ]
During these days of continuing recession, it's getting to be more the norm than the exception to find places that offer free or reduced corkage.  Now $20 corkage seems to be on the high end.  

Open Table has a handy, little-known search feature - BYOB and free corkage.

I added a few extra entries to the table below, places that I've been & know about their corkage specials.  Of note, in San Francisco, the only restaurant listed with free corkage any day they're open (closed Sun & Mon) is the French bistro Rue Saint Jacques.  A handy place to go when you're wine tasting in Sonoma Valley is Fig Café - they offer free corkage on any bottle of local vino. 

Restaurant Name Neighborhood City Cuisine Price
C'era Una Volta Tuesday - Thursday free corkage. Alameda Alameda Italian $$$
FIVE Monday free corkage. Berkeley Berkeley American $$
Venus - Berkeley Sunday dinner free corkage. Berkeley Berkeley Organic $$
Solbar - Solage Calistoga Wednesday free corkage with dinner. Calistoga Calistoga Californian $$
Cyprus Bistro Sunday & Monday free corkage. Campbell Campbell Mediterranean $$
Olio - Campbell Monday free corkage. Limit 2 bottles. Campbell Campbell Mediterranean $$
Arya Global Cuisine Sunday - Thursday free corkage. Cupertino Cupertino Mediterranean $$
Mosaic Restaurant and Wine Lounge Tuesday free corkage. Forestville Forestville Californian $$$
Rustic, Francis's Favorites Monday Free Corkage. Geyserville Geyserville Global, International $$
Fig Cafe Free corkage for local Sonoma bottles, only here not at the restaurant downtown Sonoma Glen Ellen Glen Ellen American $$
Favorite Indian Restaurant Hayward Hayward Indian $$
Metro Lafayette Sunday - Monday Free Corkage. Lafayette Lafayette Contemporary American $$
Duck Club at Lafayette Park Hotel Tuesday - Thursday free corkage on wines. Decanters available. Lafayette Lafayette Contemporary American $$
Zitune Sunday free corkage. Los Altos Los Altos Moroccan $$$
Crimson Los Gatos Los Gatos American $$$
Wine Cellar Restaurant Monday & Tuesday free corkage on first bottle. Los Gatos Los Gatos Contemporary American $$$
The Restaurant at Stevenswood Monday - Tuesday free corkage. Mendocino Mendocino American $$$
Oak City Bar and Grill Everyday free corkage. Limit 2 bottles per table. Menlo Park Menlo Park Contemporary American $$
Marche - Menlo Park Tuesday free corkage. Limit one bottle per guest. Menlo Park Menlo Park Contemporary French $$$
Montclair Bistro Wednesday free corkage. Oakland Oakland Californian $$
Mezze Oakland Oakland Californian $$
Barolo Restaurant - Pacifica Sunday free corkage. Limit one bottle per table. Pacifica Pacifica Italian $$
Shokolaat Tuesday free corkage. Palo Alto Palo Alto Californian $$
Vero Tuesdays free corkage. Palo Alto Palo Alto Italian $$
Celia's Mexican Restaurant Saturday free corkage. Decanters available. Palo Alto Palo Alto Mexican $$
Quattro Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Friday free corkage & 50% off select wine list. Palo Alto Palo Alto Italian $$$
Pasta's Trattoria - Pleasanton Monday - Tuesday free corkage. 2 bottle limit. Pleasanton Pleasanton Italian $$
Station House Cafe Thursday free corkage 5-9pm. Point Reyes Station Point Reyes American $$
Rumi Tuesday free corkage on 750ml bottles. San Carlos San Carlos Fusion / Eclectic $$
Arlequin Café beginning Oct. 1, it's $5 per 750ml bottle--there's no corkage fee for bottles purchased from the adjacent shop, Arlequin Wine Merchant, and consumed on the premises Hayes Valley San Francisco American $
Mission Chinese Food $5 per 750ml bottle Mission / Bernal Heights San Francisco Chinese $
Outerlands  $10 per 750ml bottle Richmond District San Francisco American $$
Presidio Cafe - Presidio Golf Course Tuesday free corkage. Presidio Heights San Francisco American $$
Daily Grill - San Francisco Free Corkage on Tuesdays Downtown / Union Square San Francisco American $$
Triptych Thursday - Saturday free corkage w. one entrée per person minimum. SOMA San Francisco American $$
Mercury Lounge SOMA San Francisco Asian $$
Ponzu Everyday free corkage Downtown / Union Square San Francisco Asian $$
Indigo Free corkage all the time, or select from our 500 bottle list! Civic Center / Van Ness San Francisco Californian $$
Cafe KATi Pacific Heights San Francisco Californian $$
Zazie Tuesday free corkage. Cole Valley San Francisco French $$
Garcon Tuesday free corkage. Mission / Bernal Heights San Francisco French $$
Rue Saint Jacques Nob Hill San Francisco French $$
Urban Tavern Monday night free corkage. Downtown / Union Square San Francisco Gastro Pub $$
Bella Trattoria Italiana Monday - Wednesday free corkage on first bottle. Richmond District San Francisco Italian $$
Cafe Pescatore Friday & Saturday free corkage. Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco Italian $$
Scala's Bistro Tuesday free corkage. Limit 2 bottles; no wines on house list. Downtown / Union Square San Francisco Italian $$
Roy's - San Francisco Everyday Free Corkage. Not Available For Private Dining Events. SOMA San Francisco Seafood $$
Heirloom Café Corkage for bottles dated 2002 or older is only $10 Mission / Bernal Heights San Francisco American $$$
Palio d'Asti Saturday free corkage. Financial District / Embarcadero San Francisco Italian $$$
Maceio Brazilian Steakhouse San Jose San Jose Brazilian Steakhouse $$$
Emile's Tuesday unlimited free corkage. San Jose San Jose French $$$
231 Ellsworth Monday & Friday free corkage. Limit 4 bottles per table. San Mateo San Mateo Contemporary American $$$
La Toscana Ristorante Wednesday free corkage. San Rafael San Rafael Italian $$
Pasta Primavera - San Ramon Monday Free Corkage. San Ramon San Ramon Italian $$
Santi Tuesday free corkage. Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Italian $$
Stark's Steakhouse Everyday free corkage. Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Steak $$$
Horizons - Sausalito Tuesday Free Corkage. Sausalito Saratoga Seafood $$
La Fondue - Saratoga Monday - Wednesday free corkage. Saratoga Saratoga French $$$
Hopmonk Tavern Everyday Free Corkage. Not Applicable On Banquets. Sebastopol Sebastopol Californian $$
ESTATE Tuesday - Thursday free corkage. Sonoma Sonoma Italian $$
AKA Bistro Sunday - Thursday free corkage. Crystal stemware & decanters available. St. Helena St. Helena Contemporary American $$
Farmstead $2 per 750ml bottle. All corkage proceeds are donated to a local charity. St. Helena St. Helena American $$$
Tra Vigne Sunday - Thursday free corkage. We'll take care of the corkage fee, you take care of your server. St. Helena St. Helena Italian $$$
The Dead Fish Everyday free corkage. Crockett Vallejo American $$$
Domaine Chandon - Etoile Restaurant Sunday free corkage. Limit 2 bottles per table. Yountville Yountville French $$$$