Where to Enjoy Free Corkage in Sonoma County
Dining out in Sonoma County can be even more delightful — and an excellent bargain — when you bring your own wine. A generous 'BYOB' policy at our restaurants includes everything from free corkage to a small charge that usually runs around $5 to $15.
One local group, Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley, even offers vouchers for free corkage at a variety of restaurants, if you purchase a bottle of wine from one of their many participating wineries.
Corkage, of course, refers to the service restaurants supply for opening your wine, perhaps chilling it, providing glasses and pouring the wine throughout your meal. Certainly restaurants profit from wine sales, so offering corkage, even at a fee, is an extremely guest-friendly amenity not found in many other U.S. areas.
Please do call in advance to check corkage policies, since restaurants' policies are subject to change. Also, keep in mind that you should bring quality wine to enjoy, not bargain wine just to save money, and please do not bring in a label that is already on the restaurant's wine list. Please remember to tip your server on the cost of the wine, as well.
No Corkage Fee on Special Wines at Certain Restaurants
Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley: purchase a bottle of wine at one of 60+ wineries and receive a voucher for complimentary corkage at participating Healdsburg and Geyserville restaurants. Just a few top eateries include Barndiva, Chalkboard Bistro, Madrona Manor and Mateo's Cocina Latina. More details.
No Corkage Fee Anytime
Cochon Volant BBQ Smokehouse, 18350 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, 707-509-5480.
Ricardo's Bar & Grill, 2700 Yulupa, Santa Rosa, 707-545-7696.
fig cafe & winebar, plus guest wineries pour complimentary tastes on Wednesdays, 13690 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, 707-938-2130.
Sunflower Caffé, no corkage for Sonoma County wine, 421 1st St. W Sonoma, 707-996-6645.
Café Lucia, no corkage for Sonoma County wine, 235 Healdsburg Ave., Suite 105, Healdsburg, 707-431-1113.
Railroad Station Bar and Grill, no corkage for Sonoma County wine, 236 S. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, 707-894-4779.
Rosso Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar, no corkage for Petaluma wine, 151 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma, 707-772-5177.
No Corkage Fee on Certain Nights
Backyard on Monday nights, 6566 Front St., Forestville, 707-820-8445.
John Ash & Co. Restaurant on Monday nights for Sonoma County wine, 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, 707-527-7687.
Canneti Roadhouse Italiana on Wednesday nights, 6675 Front St., Forestville, 707-887-2232.
Bay View Restaurant at Inn at the Tides on Wednesdays, 800 Coast Highway 1, Bodega Bay, 707-875-2751.