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Suggestions Needed For Anniversary Dinner in San Antonio

Cheapster | Apr 2, 2005 09:29 AM

Will be visiting San Antonio in June for my 10th year anniversary and I would like to take my wife to a nice fine dining restaurant. I have 2 bottles of wine and one bottle of champagne that was given to us at our reception. I would like to bring the wine and champagne with us for dinner. I noticed the article in the San Antonio Express on restaurants and corkage fees. I had planned on making a reservation at Le Reve but had a change of heart when I found out they charge $50 for a cork fee one each bottle, which would ticket me a whopping $150 for my cork fee plus the price of the dinners plus tips.....OUCH! Are there any other fine dining restaurants in San Antonio for my wife and I to dine with a "cork fee that won't put a hurtin on the old wallet"?

Don't get my wrong, I want to give her the world, but I just need to spend wisely and save up for it first.

Article from the San Antonio Express is attached:

Question: How do I know if a restaurant will let me bring a bottle of wine with me to dinner? Some restaurants like Bistro Vatel will let us bring our wine for $15, others like Biga on the Banks won't let us bring anything at all.


Answer: The easiest answer is to call the restaurant ahead of time. Corkage fees vary from state to state, and from restaurant to restaurant. In Texas, if the restaurant has a full liquor license — and that includes the likes of Biga, 203 S. St. Mary's, and Silo, 1133 Austin Hwy. — then it cannot allow someone to bring in beer or a bottle of wine.

If it only has a beer/wine license or no license at all, then the decision is up to the owner. I know of several places with a beer/wine license that will not let you bring in your own wine, even for a corkage fee.

Le Rêve, 152 E. Pecan St., charges $50 a bottle for its corkage fee, while others charge nothing at all. Lighthouse Coffee and Café, 18730 Stone Oak Parkway, lets you bring in your own wines for free and offers an ice bucket for white wines, but you do have to bring your own glasses. There's no corkage fee at Fralo's Art of Pizza, 23651 I-10 W., either, and glassware is available.

Asian restaurants are often amenable to people bringing their own wine for a corkage fee. Some of these places include Bangkok Cuisine Thai Restaurant, 8214 Pat Booker Road; Go Hyang Jib Korean Barbecue House, 4400 Rittiman; India Oven, 1031 Patricia Drive; Thai Chili, 4303 Thousand Oaks Drive; and Thai Spice, 8237 Agora Parkway.

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