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Post #1  Postby Bob Wood » May 17th 2010, 9:20pm

I'll captain this thread. It will be easy because BYO is the standard here to the point of being encouraged in many instances. [snort.gif]
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Post #2  Postby Mark Cooney » May 18th 2010, 1:32pm

Toro Bravo. $10.
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Post #3  Postby Bob Wood » May 18th 2010, 4:33pm

Nostrana $20
Carafe $10 (?), often waived if you share with the server/kitchen
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Post #4  Postby M. M c C a l l » May 20th 2010, 10:08pm

Bob Wood wrote:Carafe $10 (?), often waived if you share with the server/kitchen


I think it's $15 now, but we've NEVER paid it. The way they explained the policy at one point, if the wine's interesting/educational for the staff, they'll waive it. And really, their list is well chosen and fairly priced, so we only BYO if we have something special in mind. Carafe is by far our favorite place for BYO.

$20 at Alba Osteria, but same deal-- we once went with a small group of winos and opened 10 bottles. We ordered one bottle off the list and offered tastes of anything or everything. They didn't charge us a penny for corkage.

$18 at Castagna. They have a very well selected list, but the bottles are always, always warmer than they should be.

$20 at Andina. We shared a fairly nice wine, but they didn't waive corkage.

$15 at Typhoon. Typhoon is a small chain of Thai restaurants in the Northwest. There are more authentic local options, but Typhoon is my favorite place to take an old bottle of Riesling.
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Post #5  Postby b hudak » May 25th 2010, 12:19pm

When I go to Portland, I refuse to eat or sleep in anyplace that did not used to be an Elementary School. [snort.gif]
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Post #6  Postby Bob Wood » May 25th 2010, 3:50pm

b hudak wrote:When I go to Portland, I refuse to eat or sleep in anyplace that did not used to be an Elementary School. [snort.gif]

That leaves you exactly one option, but you could stay in the same company's first hotel property, the former Multnomah County Poor Farm. There are 5 bars I can count and a golf course.
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Post #7  Postby Greg Malcolm » May 25th 2010, 8:14pm

Bob Wood wrote:Nostrana $20
Carafe $10 (?), often waived if you share with the server/kitchen


Last year, I offered our server at Nostrana a pour of the Pinot Noir that I had brought and was told that it is illegal in Oregon for servers to accept tastes of wine from customers.
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Post #8  Postby Chris Hayes » May 25th 2010, 8:43pm

Greg Malcolm wrote:Last year, I offered our server at Nostrana a pour of the Pinot Noir that I had brought and was told that it is illegal in Oregon for servers to accept tastes of wine from customers.

According to the OR Liquor Control Commission, it is technically illegal for a server to drink while working their shift. You are only allowed to drink after you are off the clock, and only if your establishment is still open and serving the general public. Thus, no shift beers after the restaurant is closed. That being said, a lot of servers obviously will have a taste, or taste and spit etc. Working in a tasting room in the Valley, I have to taste the wines. I typically spit though when I do taste. The OLCC can't be everywhere at all times, and typically won't aggressively go after these kind of offenses. I always offer my server/somm./chef some of the wine I bring, as well as usually ordering a round of cocktails, bottle of white, or 1/2 of champagne as well, and rarely pay corkage. I think it also depends on the establishment. I offered a server at the local beer hall that takes great care of us some of a bottle of wine that I had brought with me from work, and she wouldn't take it for fear of the OLCC. After I thought about it, I realized that they would be watching a place like that more stringently than a fine dining joint. [cheers.gif]
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Post #9  Postby Bob Wood » May 25th 2010, 9:49pm

Greg Malcolm wrote:
Bob Wood wrote:Nostrana $20
Carafe $10 (?), often waived if you share with the server/kitchen


Last year, I offered our server at Nostrana a pour of the Pinot Noir that I had brought and was told that it is illegal in Oregon for servers to accept tastes of wine from customers.
Regardless of whether this is technically true or not, please report it to Julie Hunter (jupa@carafebistro.com). She'd be appalled.

In the several years they've been open, I've ALWAYS shared with the staff and I've NEVER paid corkage. The only reason I didn't say it was a policy was to not raise expectations because I am friends with the owners, though it was clearly communicated to me that it was policy when Julie and Pascal opened.
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Post #10  Postby ChrisNovak » January 29th 2011, 11:53am

Oba - $15 corkage

More importantly however, their entire regular list (with the exception of the Captains list) is 50% off on Sunday & Monday nights. This includes a 2003 Ridge Montebello, Turley Zins, 2004 Cayuse, Beaux Freres, Delille Doyenne Syrah, Dusky Goose Pinot, Flor de Pingus Ribera del Duero, a beautiful bottle of priorat (2003 Rottlan Torra Tirant) etc 200+ bottle list.

P.S. I should also mention that I work a couple nights here every week, and would love for some forum members here to come in to chat it up. While I can't speak for every server, there are plenty of us there who follow Carafe's policies towards corkage when tastes are offered.

p.s. Wine list on the website is not current. The above wines are all on list now, and in my opinion the list is stronger than that which is posted anyway.
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Post #11  Postby Daniel Johnson » February 2nd 2011, 3:22pm

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Swagat, and Indian place on NW 21st charged only $5 for corkage.
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Post #12  Postby J. Shearer » May 10th 2011, 11:56am

Laurelhurst Market $15
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Post #13  Postby J. Shearer » June 29th 2011, 9:27am

Limo, the Peruvian place on NW 23rd charges $0 for corkage on Oregon wine, $5/person for all others. Their ceviche was great, everything else was average or uninspired.

Zydeco in Bend, OR is my favorite restaurant in the high desert, and they also waive corkage for any Oregon, Washington or Idaho (!?) wine.
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Post #14  Postby Dan Hammer » November 14th 2011, 4:55am

My wife and I are Portland bound in December. I'd like to take her out to a nice dinner one night. Last time I was in town, I ate at Higgins. (sp) If this restaurant is on a corner, that that's it. Now that you know the style of restaurant I'm interested in, can someone suggest a place. It would help if we could hear ourselves speak.
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Post #15  Postby Eric Adams » November 14th 2011, 10:00am

Check out Paley's Place. Higgins was my favorite, now this is. Reservations well in advance.
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Post #16  Postby Dan Hammer » November 15th 2011, 7:31am

Eric Adams wrote:Check out Paley's Place. Higgins was my favorite, now this is. Reservations well in advance.


Thanks Eric. Reservations made. FYI, corkage is $20.
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Post #17  Postby Bob Wood » December 4th 2011, 7:34pm

Paley's is a slam dunk choice.
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Post #18  Postby Dan Hammer » December 7th 2011, 6:05pm

Bob Wood wrote:Paley's is a slam dunk choice.


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Post #19  Postby J. Shearer » January 22nd 2012, 11:24am

Dick's Kitchen on NW 21st. Burger joint with local ingredients (I had the elk burger special, it was very good). Wine list is virtually non-existent, but corkage is $10. Atmosphere is kind of 50s diner meets contemporary hip.
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Post #20  Postby Dan Hammer » January 25th 2012, 11:55am

Eric Adams wrote:Check out Paley's Place. Higgins was my favorite, now this is. Reservations well in advance.


Just a follow-up. Paley's Place was great. We'd go back in a heartbeat. The neighborhood is great for walking around.
The following night we ate at The Heathman. The food/service/wine list was over the top. A very short walk from Pioneer Sq.
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Post #21  Postby Beau Carufel » January 26th 2012, 9:07pm

Paley's was $20 per bottle. Didn't refund despite sending healthy pours from each bottle (2) back with our server.

The Bent Brick: $20 per bottle. Sent a bottle of bubbly back with an entire glass worth in it, still got charged corkage.

Kind of disappointed that both places also charge corkage to industry but that's for another thread.
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Post #22  Postby rperro » January 29th 2012, 8:06pm

Serratto on NW 21st and Kearny charges $15. Although I always give the server a generous taste, only once has the fee been waived.
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Post #23  Postby Beau Carufel » February 5th 2012, 8:44pm

Andina in Downtown charges $20 per bottle corkage, doesn't waive for industry. Nice wine list though, and a lot of the wines are reasonably priced (for a restaurant)
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Post #24  Postby Daniel Johnson » February 6th 2012, 12:05pm

Shan Dong is a Chinese restaurant on E. Broadway. The food was good, and corkage was $8!
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Post #25  Postby John Osburn » February 6th 2012, 2:39pm

Podnah's corkage is $15. Did not waive fee despite generous pours for staff from each of 4 bottles and taking our own stems (turned out they have decent stems themselves though). Nice staff as always.
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Post #26  Postby P. Willenberg » March 15th 2012, 5:51am

Daniel Johnson wrote:Shan Dong is a Chinese restaurant on E. Broadway. The food was good, and corkage was $8!

Across the street and also good is Full Moon Thai at $10
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Post #27  Postby P. Willenberg » March 15th 2012, 5:57am

$20 at both little bird and le pigeon, waived with bottle purchase.
$15 at via tribunali (once waived with pours, once not)
$20 metrovino, limit 2. But if you're bringing wine here, you're doing it wrong!
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Post #28  Postby Beau Carufel » March 15th 2012, 4:25pm

DiCarli's on Hall Blvd, $15. Good food, solid wine list with reasonable markups. [cheers.gif]
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Post #29  Postby P. Willenberg » March 17th 2012, 8:21am

Chez Joly $10
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Post #30  Postby Rolf Winterthur » May 22nd 2012, 9:29am

Gino's Sellwood $20 (nice list though).
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Post #31  Postby J. Shearer » June 6th 2012, 3:46pm

Nora's Table in Hood River is definitely one of the better restaurants in Columbia River Gorge wine country. They have only local wines on their list, their corkage is $10, and there's zero corkage if you bring in a local wine that you "just purchased" in one of the area's tasting rooms.
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Post #32  Postby P. Willenberg » June 7th 2012, 9:49pm

Biwa $12 (hattip Keith A k e r s)
Wafu $15
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Post #33  Postby P. Willenberg » June 24th 2012, 10:19am

OX: $20, limit 2 (even for a table of 10) VERY young wine list.
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Post #34  Postby K. Lancaster » July 13th 2012, 4:06pm

Dangs Thai Kitchen: $10. (Wine list reminiscent of very low-end grocery store.)
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Post #35  Postby Beau Carufel » July 14th 2012, 4:53pm

$20 a Le Pigeon. I liked their wine list a lot though.
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