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Jul 06, 2011
dk2463 in San Francisco Bay Area

Quince Corkage fee and policy

and that's exactly what I did....special bottle, not on their list, etc. what folks seem to be missing here is that the waiving of corkage, in San Francisco, is SOP and for a high end restaurant to not only say no after the criteria are met (special bottle, not on list, other bottle/glasses purchased) is surprising. it's EXTRMEMLY common for the corkage to be waived. In fact, it's rare for the corkage to be charged in similar situations. at least in my experience eating in the Bay Area (Michael Mina, Fifth FLoor, Cyrus, Fleur de Lys, Masas, etc).

Jun 02, 2008
dk2463 in Not About Food

Quince Corkage fee and policy

that's really incredible. I've spoken to many folks who have done the same. In most cases with similar circumstances to this, it's just an oversight and the corkage has been happily waived.

Jun 02, 2008
dk2463 in Not About Food

Quince Corkage fee and policy

It's difficult to ascertain if you'l'l be ordering more wine or not so asking for a waiver on corkage before the wine is opened isn't realistic in many cases. I had no idea if we'd order another bottle, a glass or what so that wasn't an option and usually isn't ahead of time.

I actually did get my $35 back from them after 2 calls that went unreturned and an email. I sent a brief email describing the situation and why I thought it would be appropriate, based on the custom in this area and the purchase of additional wines.

Jun 02, 2008
dk2463 in Not About Food

Quince Corkage fee and policy

In my experience, the better restaurants (Masa's, Michael Mina, Boulevard, etc) will take the charge off without you even asking. It's such a standard policy that I was surprised they left it on the tab but that is their policy.

Apr 14, 2008
dk2463 in Not About Food

Quince Corkage fee and policy

The bottle I brought was a 1996 Silver Oak, not on their list that was given to me for an anniversary present. I always follow the guidelines, check the wine list first and if there's nothing on it that really excites me then I dig an old bottle out of my cellar to bring along.

I also did check corkage policies ahead of time and fully aware of the $35 fee but was completely surprised that they didn't remove it after the purchase of additional botte and glasses. As I said, that's their policy but it isn't the way most high end restaurants handle this. As I said, it 's their policy. and my policy is to avoid restaurnats like that...there's plenty of others.

Apr 14, 2008
dk2463 in Not About Food

Quince Corkage fee and policy

Paying 3 times the retail for a bottle of young cab is not what I like to do. Even paying $35 and bringing my 1996 Silver Oak was still a better deal than paying $200 for a 2003 something.

I do agree that at least the policy is consistent, it's just not a policy that's followed by the other top restaurants which is what caught me by surprise.

Apr 14, 2008
dk2463 in Not About Food

Quince Corkage fee and policy

that's too bad, that's half the fun of life.

Apr 14, 2008
dk2463 in Not About Food

Quince Corkage fee and policy

My comment is that I've never had a restaurant refuse to refund corkage after a bottle was purchased (and even more glasses). I didn't misunderstand anything. I'm just incredibly surprised they didn't refund the corkage as every other restaurant I've been to has done.

Apr 14, 2008
dk2463 in Not About Food

Quince Corkage fee and policy

No argument there. They are just over pricing their corkage and refusing to refund yet the other top end restaurants do. They can do as they please, I couldn't agree more, but I know all my foodie friends always bring a good bottle of wine (we're talking old French wines and boutique California wines here) so this will be a spot that none of them will bother with. There's plenty of great restaurants in the city that will do the right thing.

Apr 14, 2008
dk2463 in Not About Food

Quince Corkage fee and policy

yes, we tipped on the total bill which included the corkage.

Apr 14, 2008
dk2463 in Not About Food

Quince Corkage fee and policy

Actually, I've been posing to this site for years, just nothing "controversial" I guess :) I say I understand the corkage policy of $35 but I've never encountered a restaurant that wouldn't waive it once another bottle was purchased...and in addition to another bottle, several more glasses. On a $500 tab, $150 was wine (not counting the corkage).

Like I said, there's a lot of great restaurants in town, and you are right, they obviously don't want people to bring their own.

Apr 14, 2008
dk2463 in Not About Food

Quince Corkage fee and policy

We went to Quince last night and did the 5 course tasting menu with addiitonal cheese course, bought a $45 botlle of white wine, spent another $75 on additional glasses of wine and also brought 1 bottle of red. They charged us the $35 corkage and when I asked if it could be removed, they outright refused (it's their policy, fine I accept ). I've been to a lot of high end restaurants and I've never had a restaurant refuse to remove corkage in a similar situation. I've made sure to tell all my frineds that this is their policy and I know that none of them will ever eat there because of this.

There are a lot of great and expensive restaurants in this town and standing alone with poor policies will not get you very far. I'm curious if anyone else has ever had a similar situation in the top tier restaurants like I mentioned, I never had the corkage charged when I bought other bottles.

thanks

Apr 13, 2008
dk2463 in Not About Food

Bring Wine, Pay Double

It's also interesting that Helena asked the Quince sommelier as they have the highest corkage fee in town at $35 and steadfastly refuse to remove corkage even after you've purchased $140 in other wines bottles and glasses). This is obviously not a well balanced article by any stretch

Apr 13, 2008
dk2463 in Features