Corkbar
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Corkbar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.corkbar.com/
  • Phone: 2137460050
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm;

    Dinner

    Daily: 5:00pm - 10p, Thursday - Saturday until 11p
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate large parties for events by sectioning off certain tables, or areas in the main dining room, or on one of our two patios.
  • Private Party Contact: Matthew Eldredge 3238415672

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking available or public lots across the street.
A word from Corkbar
Corkbar is wine bar focusing almost exclusively on California wine and beer. We offer a full food menu inspired by the California wine country and sourced from local purveyors. We offer over over 70 wines by the glass and more by the bottle and well over a dozen beers.
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Corkbar reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Pleasantly surprised!
    Dnice
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Made a reservation here on a whim and turned out great! The burger and BBQ pork bruschetta were delicious! I rated this place as quiet because there were only two other parties seated when we got there- not sure how loud it gets with full occupancy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • B4 the Show
    foodiegurl
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Great time again! the hostess/server was great with advice on wines as well as menu selections! Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine Gem Near Staples Center
    Beforegame
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    This is a perfect place to stop for a drink before or after a game. We stopped for dinner before the game and took advantage of Happy Hour prices. They let me sample wine before I made my selection. Food was good, especially the tacos and the brussel sprouts. Helpful service. Easy walk to Staples Center.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A PLEASURE!
    foodiegurl
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    What a pleasure! I had a very nice time here. I met my co-worker here before going to the Ahmanson for a show, and it was such a pleasant experience! the staff was very accommodating and friendly. I don't even drink and it's a wine bar! But I still had a great time. The food was good as well. My co-worker loved the wine list, she said it was impressive. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone going downtown LA. Oh, and the parking wasn't even an issue!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem in LosAngeles
    WineLover
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Great wine list. You will not find wines like these in a regular restaurant. Food is excellent. Lots of happy hour specials. Walking distance to Staples Center Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service . Staff
    Mary
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Excellent service . Staff know their menu well and aren't afraid to engage with their customers. My waitress was great !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before DM
    birdman1
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Good food and drinks. We had a group of 10 and we tried most things that were on the menu. Everything was great. Even the brussel sprouts were a big hit. The beer and wine selections were good. The service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I loved everything about Corkbar.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    I loved everything about Corkbar. Tons of parking, amazing food and easy to talk in a group. I have already recommended it to another group of girlfriends and will be back next month!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot to chill at.
    greys
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    Quiet. Good service. Good food and great selection of wines and some micro brews.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Friend told me about this place and I really enjoyed it! Very friendly and the service was wonderful. Will go back again. They are open late so it's a good place to go if you plan on having a romantic evening, or having a drink with friends enjoying conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite spots downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    I love Corkbar and would recommend it to anyone looking for a low-key, cool place to have a good glass of wine and some delicious food. Their cheese plates are always fantastic and I've had the short ribs multiple times and they're always great. This time we ordered the pulled pork sliders which were SO good and the summer squash and fried green tomato salad which was also fantastic. I had never tried fried green tomatoes before and I can officially say I'm now a fan. The wine list is good - lots of our favorites from the Santa Ynez Valley. Corkbar remains at the top of my list for restaurants in LA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Variety
    WaytogoVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    The food had so many different great tastes. Things you would not find elsewhere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menue was a bit sparce
    OsoMan
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    This place has a pretty great wine list and their food is very good. What I didn't like was the fact they really don't have anything to share. Not a great place for groups for just that reason. That said, their Brussels Spouts was one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth that was green. If my mom served these up to me as a kid, I would have been all over my veggis.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was solid; it's small-plat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    The food was solid; it's small-plate fare, the sizes are great for sharing, and some of the ideas are really different and innovative--ex: a squid-ink ravioli with pork cheeks. For a pre-show (6:15) dinner on a Saturday, there were plenty of tables available; I have no idea how crowded it gets later. Also, happy hour on Sat. lasts 'til 7 PM, which can make for some cheap(er) eating. It's in kind of a strange location -- at 12th and Hope, near the Convention Center. Plenty of street parking available (at least early on a Sat.), but a little far away from the re-energizing downtown area, which makes it a little difficult to (ex:) eat something there then walk to the theatre or one of the other downtown clubs/bars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GOOOOD STUFF...
    emnm76
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Foodie foods, wonderful wines, brilliant beers, excellent environment, superb service!!! We will be back and we will bring more friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome gem!
    tnkisland
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    staff is extremely knowlegable on wines and local beers and both were excellent. Food is foodie quality and sized like a appetizer so try a few!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not All Change is for the Better
    KingfisherVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    Sadly, Corkbar's recent change in chefs (and management?) has really hurt them. Their prices have skyrocketed while quality and portion size have not. This used to be our favorite "after work" hangout, but no longer. I can only hope that they see the light and put things back to the successful business model they'd had for years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love going to the Cork bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    I love going to the Cork bar before Clippers games at Staples. I feel a little under-dressed in a t-shirt, but the servers are not snobby. They have a great CA wine and beer list. The burger is delicious and happy hour deals aren't bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thumbs up
    Jnetk
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Interesting menu but not many entrees. Stick with the appetizers. Deviled eggs were outrageous as was the Mac and cheese. The waitress was awesome and made it a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Corkbar is a terrific restaurant/wi
    KingfisherVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    Corkbar is a terrific restaurant/wine bar with a great happy hour. I cannot recommend Corkbar highly enough. If you haven't tried it, you're missing out on something good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quaint little gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    The menu is limited but everything on it is good! At least the 4 items I ordered were! They specialize in wine so it's a must have for wine lovers. The restaurant is pretty small but it's nicely decorated and very clean. Waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. Wonderful experience, will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always love coming to Cork
    MacNRobVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    We always love coming to Cork Bar. It is energetic, fun, and always a good time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    We came because of a review in Unique LA. It was everything they said and more. The bartender suggested excellent wines to each of our unique tastes and they were right on! The food was great and the atmosphere was welcoming. Go and see for yourself, you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The ambiance was great. I
    avan
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    The ambiance was great. I love the hardwood walls and floors. I went there on a Saturday night at 7pm, it was pretty empty, but by 9pm the place was packed. The problem was that Corkbar was under staffed that night. There was 1 waitress, 1 bust boy, 1 bartender, and 3 chef's. The wait for food was long but the waitress did her best and gave us some complimentary plates of food. The wine list was great. Also, do try the banana bread pudding, grilled cheese, and pork chops. It's also away from LA Live so it was not a crowded area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small plates were really good-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Small plates were really good- loved the lamb sliders. The wine at happy hour was quite nice but I was surprized when a wine bar stated their specials as 2 reds and 2 whites. They got a little more specific with the varietal but needed prompting to mention the vintner. But the wine was very good and well priced.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for parties!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Planned a surprise birthday for my boyfriend here and couldn't have been happier. They were accommodating to a few extra guests, didn't complain about everyone ordering at different times, and overall were pretty good with the check. Will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just a solid restaurant in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    Just a solid restaurant in a super location close to Staples and some residential newer buildings.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great time. Our waitress
    Sylsal
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Had a great time. Our waitress selected a great group of wines for our tasting flight. Food was wonderful. We plan on coming back to enjoy the outdoor dining area and people-watching experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for a drink with your banker.
    ThomasVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    We had much higher expectations of Corkbar. Basically we expected a restaurant and ended up at a bland bar, which essentially is what Corkbar is. The food was very reasonably priced (and while not especially innovative), quite serviceable, and the service was also quite average -- neither too friendly nor indifferent, (for indifferent try The Parish). The physical vibe of the place, however, falls way short: all soulless blond-wood-corporate-feeling. Think Hyatt bar in Seattle. As a designer, I'd recommend doing a quick weekend adjustment: some deeper walls, a few accessories for visual interest, etc. As it stands now, it's so lacking in personality that you almost expect to see tables full of Microsoft executives.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The chairs are not that comfortable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    The chairs are not that comfortable but waitress/waiters are very nice and try to accommodate us the best they could. The ambiance is nice for a late night bar hang out place. Definitely not a dinner place, the portion is small but expensive. It's a good wine and beer place, there's no cocktails.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for drinks and/or dinner
    CaliforniaRed
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Went with a friend for a pre-concert dinner at the Staples center. There was a varied menu with some great options for small plates and for traditional dinners. We tried the arugula and avocado salad, the coconut beef soup - delicious!, the spicy nuts and olives - olives were great, the nuts just okay, the root beer braised short ribs on polenta cakes - yum! brussel sprouts - a little softer than i usually like, and the carrots and parsnips which were terrific! i had a white wine flight and tried 3 new wines and loved them. The service was just okay. Once our food was delivered, we really didn't get any more service after that. I would definitely go back and recommend this place. Cool vibe, great location and good interesting food!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice romantic spot. Good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Nice romantic spot. Good food. Loved the outdoor firepit!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SMALL portions
    Delish
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    The portions are incredibly small. The hanger steak salad was tough. I ordered the full order and the salad could have fit in the palm of my hand. The deviled eggs were great, but again you only get two eggs. It was very loud with the music and conversations. Like the atmosphere, but you'll starve.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Downtown gem!
    MichelleTS2
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    Really wanted to avoid the "LA Live" area restaurants for a pre-Lakers game meal and saw the great reviews for Corkbar. They were spot on! Our server (so sad I can't remember her name) was beyond outstanding and everything from the menu was delicious. So much to choose from! Great deal on the happy hour wine; we ordered a bottle of what they were offering by the glass and it was perfect and a great price. We most definitely will be back here anytime we are looking for downtown dining!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DineLA was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    Went for DineLA week and had the clam chowder, stuffed peppers, and cheesecake. All were fantastic and the wine was great! Our server was very knowledgeable about the wines. Decor was great as well. A little pricey but for a nice occasion it was a perfect spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fun place at a high decibel level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Very nice layout, fun menu selections and very good service, but the noise level made it quite difficult for a group of six to hear one another, thereby putting a significant damper on what would have otherwise been a great evening.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and food. Ambiance
    AndraVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2013
    Great service and food. Ambiance and decor was very nice. Parking right across street, so very conveninet. Will definitley come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little too loud for my taste,
    DWG60
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    A little too loud for my taste, but energetic buzz and interesting decor. Also the food was stellar and just the right portion size (which looks small on the plate because we are accustomed to seeing far too much on a plate). Wine list included both true stars and real bargains. But most of all, the server was delightful with just the right balance of friendly, helpful, available and knowledgeable, without going overboard on any of it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went for dinner on New Years
    StanfordFan
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Went for dinner on New Years eve. Good food. Great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate