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Blue Marlin--Beware the Wine Policy!

valley diner | Feb 26, 200612:41 PM

I had dinner for the first time @ Blue Marlin last night & on the bright side, my husband & I both found the food excellent. I had the delicious sea urchin & spinach pasta, while my husband had the very tasty 7 spices roast salmon over rice. We enjoyed the flavorful tuna tartar to start.
BUT..., we love relaxing with wine over dinner & had brought our own bottle, assuming (correctly) that this would be the type of place to have little or no wine list. It in fact offers only a house wine, but I failed to check on corkage (my mistake), thinking that it couldn't be expensive, given the lack of list, reasonable price point of entrees, etc. Our server informed us that corkage was $20!! Naturally, we opted not to pay such an outrageous corkage (I will never pay this much corkage, but at least it's arguably justifiable at a restaurant with a large wine list).

With no wine to choose from there, I had to settle for mediocre sake (they also only carry one type of sake--no premium brands), while my husband had beer (this is the one drink for which they provide a selection, but I'm not a beer drinker). Sadly, unless they change their corkage policy or at least add some premium sakes, we will never go back, despite the quality of the food.

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