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Last night while on business I ate at Mortons in Minneapolis Minnessota. The restaurant had THE WORST prices on wine I ever saw. Here are a few examples. 2005 Estancia cab that sells for 12.00 was on the list for 49.00 The 05 Mondavi reg napa cab a 25.00 wine was 95.00. An 03 BV GD Latour was 214.00 The only deal on the whole list was an 02 Shafer Hillside for 300.00 At those prices I dont know how they sell any wine. Its to bad because it is nice to have some good red wine with a steak and at those prices only a fool would buy it. I went with a couple of wine by the glass offerings.
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
TERPS,

Mortons... very pedestrian beef imo along with high markup on wine.

I'm in this type of restaurant weekly, and hate to advise, but see far worse often. Frown


I like ruth chris' fwiw amongst the "chains"

The one in manhattan has a grahams 1970 for 200$ =)


Ruth's list pricing isn't much better than Morton's..but then again I bring my own to Ruth's.
Yep, prices at the big chains is pretty laughable. The selection always baffles me too. If they would just put a slightly more worldly theme to their wine list it would go a long way with the wine geek crowd. But the wine geek crowd is not their customer base, it’s 90% corporate charge cards that don’t know much about wine or good food.
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by GlennK:
But the wine geek crowd is not their customer base, it’s 90% corporate charge cards that don’t know much about wine or good food.


How about if you're a wine geek & a corporate charge card crowd?
I’m in that crowd. When my clients want to go there, I just make the best of it. I was just saying the wine geek crowd, corporate or not, is probably a small % of their customer base.
The Mortons in West Palm Beach has actually had some fairly decent wine prices in the past.

The best deal is that they sell Beringer Private Reserve cabernet at the bar for $15 a glass. If you ask them, they'll bring a bottle of it to the table for $60. You can't even buy it retail for that price. I've gone several times when they've waived the corkage fee as well for our dinner party.

As far as the steaks, I'd rate them at about par. The local newspaper slammed our Mortons restaurant a couple of years ago, and they have improved mightily as a result of the bad press.
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Originally posted by Rothko:
The best deal is that they sell Beringer Private Reserve cabernet at the bar for $15 a glass. If you ask them, they'll bring a bottle of it to the table for $60.


I had a similar experience some months ago. A good strategy, if you're at Morton's and on your own dime, is to fine the best wine they offer by the glass and order a bottle. Apparently their policy is to charge the bottle out at 4x the "by the glass" price, which often translates to a pretty good deal.

Otherwise, their prices are pretty lousy.

PH

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