Kora restaurant - bar - lounge
Kora restaurant - bar - lounge

Kora restaurant - bar - lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.korarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5714317090
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner:Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm CLOSED SUNDAYS
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Morou Ouattara
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Kora 2 Go - will deliver to business within a four block radius for breakfast and dinner. 18 hours advanced notice required. You may contact us by phone or by email at korarest1@comcast.net. Catering by Morou can cater and staff off premise functions for group as large as 250 people,
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room seats up to 45 persons. The cocktail lounge is also available for semi private receptions for up to 20 persons. For more information about private dining look at our website www.korarestaurant.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Heather Alston-Ouattara 5714317090
  • Entertainment: large flat screen televisions
  • Special Events: 3 course early dinner for $27 available Monday- Saturday from 4:30pm-6:30pm. Patrons of the Synetic Theatre receive a 10% discount when they present their theater tickets or stubs.
    New Extended Happy Hour Drink and Food Specials. Available everyday of the week 4pm-8:30pm

    Early Dinner 3- Course Prix Fix Menu available 5pm-6:30 Monday- Friday

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 23rd Street
  • Public Transit: We are located above the Crystal City Metro Station (Blue Line)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is free Monday-Friday after 4pm and all day Saturday and Sunday
A word from Kora restaurant - bar - lounge
Kora restaurant | bar | lounge is proud to present you with New Italian cuisine in a modern and contemporary setting. We offer a 12 item tasting menu for those looking to venture into all avenues of the dinner menu for $39. The bar and lounge showcases over 20 unique Italian wines by the glass as well as an innovative international cocktail menu. Crystal City and Pentagon City Residents receive 15% off their entire bill on Saturday and Sunday.
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Kora restaurant - bar - lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.6
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (9)great for lunch (8)fit for foodies (6)great for outdoor dining (5)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (2)special occasion (1)romantic (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • What's going on at Kora?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Not our first visit. Maybe our last? Food was mediocre--not at all what I recall from previous visits. Service was a mess. And once the live music got started in a largely empty dining room, the decibel level was through the roof. We were literally yelling.
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  • Decent Spot
    prfctstrm
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Not bad for a night out. The drinks were the highlight of the evening. Nice wine variety, good quality. Mixed drinks were pretty good as well.
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  • a pleasant surprise
    DCdiner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Kora was a spur-of-the-moment choice for dinner, and we were very pleasantly surprised. The food was very good, and the service was quite good. We'll be back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Four of us met for dinner and had a good experience. It was nothing out of the ordinary and we were pleased with the food and the service. We took advantage of the 3-course option for restaurant week. I had rolled eggplant, wild mushrooms and polenta, and finished with the citrus burst. Quite tasty and filling.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Iron Chef caliper
    Jtspups
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Surprising this restaurant's owner/chef is an Iron Chef as the food was mediocre at best. Server had an attitude causing the manager to complete out service at her initiation only to be abandoned by her. The only good thing about this meal was the other manager deducted 50% off the entire bill because of all the problems we experienced. Never again.
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  • Happy hour nosh
    SandCVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This was my second time here. Sat at the bar, had the mini margherita pizza and gazpacho. It certainly had "Italian ingredients", but frankly it was too Americanized. By this I mean way too sweet. The gazpacho tasted and looked as if it had been creamed, sugared and then punched back up in flavor using some spices. My non-existent Italian grandmother would have been disappointed. The pizza sauce was very sweet too and I would consider the crust as doughy. Most Americans would probably love it, but both could be improved by holding back on the sugar, or just getting rid of it.
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  • Great food
    IslanddudeVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The location is crystal city is perfect for locals and tourists. The bar and dining area has a lot of to offer. I recommend Mondays when the awesome pasta is half off!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service and menu
    MaryR
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Had a wonderful time with excellent service. Great place to go with a group - wide menu selections - not just Italian dishes. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good service, bad availability
    msmith
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    They have a bar but they don't make frozen drinks. They have a variety of teas but no sweet tea. There was a fly hovering over our food! Service was great though.
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  • Terrible Food
    CKCKVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I normally do not give terrible reviews, but the food here was awful. The Caprese salad was too sweet (why mess with a classic?), the Lasagna tasted like tomato paste, and the pasta within the Chicken Parmesean was tasteless. I am really shocked a restaurant thinks it can survive serving such bad food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for business lunch
    NoVADinerVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Perfect day for lunch outside. Wait staff is terrific at this establishment. And food is always excellent. Lunch prices and half plate options are both good for the bank account and the waistline!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Obviously *was* great
    Profv
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Kora's come down a bit. The food is good, but not the world class great they were closing on. The service is good, but not polished. The atmosphere is fading-hipness in need of a refresh. Nothing bad, but still a bit of a come-down because it once was very good. I had the menu, getting the eggplant (tasty, a bit on the salty side), wild mushrooms (overwhelming mushrooms, underwhelming mushroom flavor; cauliflower flan and tomato compote were amazing!), and citrus explosion (a nice cake with a refreshing sherbet; to balance the sherbet, the cake's frosting should have been less sweet).
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but service was lacking
    warmspringslocalVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We went to Kora for dinner. The mussel appetizer and fig pizza were very good. My husband had the pork chop which he said was tasty but somewhat overcooked/dry. Service was lackluster - minimal attention and minimal interest in delivering a good experience. Would go again - maybe a different waiter would provide a better dining experience to go along with the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistent
    dontmakefoodmakerezVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We frequent this place. Their Monday deal is super. One starts with their warm bread and it comes with nice olive oil and spices(it is so good we eat 2 baskets). I share their painted soup with my hubby, it is very tasty and different. Pasta dishes are half price and I get salmon and veggies, then take half home for next days lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kora - Lunch
    HAT86
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Had a lunch for a new staff member. Food was good; the wait was not too long, and the noise level in the restaurant was not overwhelming; enough to have our own conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give it a break!
    Arlingt0nVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We needed a dinner reservation before going to Synetic Theater. I figured that the poor reviews on service should have been addressed by now so was willing to take a risk. They seated us at a large raised booth - it is difficult for the servers to reach, but I was happy to move items to where I could eat. The prix fixe at $32 is a bargain and the portions were generous, but more importantly delicious. We both had the rolled eggplant - which could have been an entree. Hubby had the seafood risotto. It looked okay and was properly cooked - which is saying something for risotto. I had the duck - delicious and beautifully presented. We were too full for the dessert, but they packed it so we could take it home. It was a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • setinstyle
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great dining experience for a group of family and friends. Food and service was very good. We would definitely dine at Kora again!! Enjoy !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Group of 6 for dinner. Very accommodating. Live music was nice touch. Delicious food and fun, delightful server!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We were the first to arrive for our lunch reservation at 11:45am and had a wide choice of seating, including a few booths. The place filled up shortly after. Our food (Salmon Salad and Pasta Alfredo) arrived quickly and were delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Music was way too loud
    hickabilly
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This location has changed hands so often that every time I go to Crystal city (about once a year) it is a different taste. The dinner was very good and the service was outstanding. The only thing that I didn't like was that it was a Saturday night and they had a live Jazz band that was so loud that I couldn't hold a conversation with my companion for dinner.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 502 reviews are from the Kora restaurant - bar - lounge reviews archive.
  • Jusk okay
    Mark4DiningVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Two business associates accompanied me for dinner on Tuesday evening and Kora was not even close to capacity although they were managing a large party in one of the back rooms. My one complaint about this place is the attitude and expertise of the wait staff. They just don't seem to care enough to learn their professions. We had a mediocre dining experience when this place could actually be a "neighborhood gem". The food was good and my guests complimented the server on our meal (instead of accepting the compliment gracefully, she said "well, I can't take credit for that"). Two of our wine selections were not available and one of our after-dinner drinks were not available. All-in-all, an "okay" experience.
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  • Pricey pasta if not a Monday
    KimK
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Food was ok. Glad we were there on a Monday for half price pasta dishes. Otherwise it would have been way overpriced for what u get. Bread was delish but wasn't offered extra. No salad, just a plate of pasta and four strips of bread for four people. Server never smiled and seemed scarce. Great entertainment watching people trying to get in a locked unmarked side door! I knocked on the window and pointed to entrance several times. Greeters at front door were very nice and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great
    BobbVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I wanted to like this restaurant and this is the first time I've gone. There were three of us for dinner at 7:00 on a Saturday night. The restaurant wasn't terribly busy but the service wasnot good. Food was good but I would not go back due to the service level. I live in Crystal City and always try to dine at the restaurants here but I won't go back to Cora. Too much attitude from the server and absolutely no management in sight.
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  • Can't go wrong at Kora
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I'm always impressed with the food and the service at Kora. it's never disappointing and a good value for the quality and amount of food. The atmosphere is great and modern and stylish. I love that it is appropriate for adults but they have a good kid's menu so that our whole family enjoys it. I love that they take reservations and were accommodating when the number of diners changed twice. I live in the neighborhood and frequent many of the restaurants on 23rd street and Crystal Drive but this is my new favorite and the place I take guests that are in town and recommend to visitors staying nearby. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Does not have variety plate
    Disappointed
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Does not have variety plate for $39 as advertised. Sangria was a poured glass of wine...,, they took back added fruit and returned back to us. Saturday evening and maybe 10 patrons. There was a sheer curtain wall and behind about 50 people doing something that constantly involved clacking of what sounded like poker chips but not playing poker. Waiter was extemely hard to get attention. Left after appetizer and walked over to Ruth Chris.
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  • Bad
    Bino
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Worst open table experience ever. Service was nonexistent. Got the lasagna, would have been better off home eating Stoufers. Never ever again! Oh yeah. Overpriced too.
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  • Kora's & a show
    BobKat
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Kora's is one of our Crystal City gems. Friendly wait staff, and they know how to ensure prompt service so that you can catch your show at Synetic Theatre "a stone's throw away." Great menu selection. The chef is always coming up with interesting selections. The last time we were there we had a wonderfully creative soup. Always a treat!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Kora's
    Michael
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I was greeted after I approached the counter. They had my reservations and I was seated immediately. It would have been nice, if the waiter would have worked with the same acumen. He showed up after a while and asked for drinks. I gave him a primary and secondary selection of beer. He brought a third which I had not ordered, but it was OK so I did not complain. Took a long time to get him back for my order. I had a BLT Pizza. It was good but delivered by a different person. I had to find the waiter to get the condiments for the pizza. When I had finished my first beer, he was no where to be seen. I started to rise when a waitress asked me the problem. I explained and she brought me a second beer. Food good, service poor!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will never go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The service we received was horrible from the minute we walked in the door. We had to wait 10 minutes before anyone even came over to the table to get drink orders. We had to ask for utensils and napkins from the cook after the food came because the waiter never brought any. The servers and others were rude throughout the meal. And the food was mediocre, and lukewarm.
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  • Underwhelmed
    prfctstrm
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Understand that it was Valentine's Day, but our server took two smoke breaks, forgot to bring our wine, and eventually was replaced by someone from the managerial staff who saw us looking confused as to our server's whereabouts. Appetizers and desserts were delicious. My main dish was overcooked. Reallylike the look of the place, but not enough to go back on a regular basis. Will have to let the bad taste of this experience fade before I even consider going here again.
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  • Worst Service & Uninspiring Menu
    mayhem
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We decided to try a new restaurant for Valentine's Day and picked Kora. Despite some of the bad reviews about service, we felt adventurous because of the Italian food. Worst decision ever. The service was beyond terrible - we sat at our table for 45 minutes and still hadn't received our drinks - and the waiter came by and asked how we were doing once. After we had enough waiting around, we just got up and left. I gave the food one-star because we didn't have any food. They lost a decent sized check and tip that night - and we will not be back. Improve your service or continue to lose customers.
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  • Food was great, service was not
    k99js06
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We dined at Kora for the first time on valentines day. Now, it seems they had a fuller house than normal, so I'm hoping that our experience isn't indicative of how their service always is (because they were seemingly busier that usual). Nevertheless, it was not great. We had a reservation and still had to wait 15 minutes for out table. Our server was clearly stressed out and kept forgetting to bring us things. We has to wait about 15 minutes at our table until there were glasses available for water, other drinks, etc. We asked for more bread and never got it. We ordered wine and literally didn't get it until about 10 minutes after our entrees arrived(and that was after we both has first courses as well). Food was great, but not the service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Customer is not always right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went for valentines day. Got denied table selection because of timing (?). So if I had come 5 mins later I'd be at a different table? Was told this by waiter and hostess. Next food was delivered that we didn't order. Then the price fixe we ordered came with sparkling rose. Waiter brought check and I asked for champagne flutes. Waiter came back without champagne asking for my credit card, again I asked for the sparkling wine. His response "oh did you want that?" -- do people normally want what they pay for ?! Screaming kids topped off the romantic atmosphere.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • crystal city neighbor
    ellie
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    The food is great !. The beet salad is fantastic. The pasta is excellent and everything is very fresh and prepared well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back!
    VeryParticularVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    My second dinner was even better than my first. I'll definitely be back. Perfect accompanent to a Synetic performance(around the corner ). Order the duck breast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian Food in Crystal City
    Ashara
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This restaurant in Crystal Dr. is a good place to take a date, or to join a group. The food, while slightly on the pricey side, is certainly good. The noise level is a bit high but certainly tolerable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful staff
    debsy
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    When entering, we were greeted warmly. Menu was extensive with many choices for individual tastes. Stuffed eggplant appetizer was excellent, not to mention the desserts were both visually appealing but tasted just as incredible. Met chef-owner who was most gracious and really seemed eager to please!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Alison
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Lovely meal for work team. Quiet spot required for discussions so table was located at back of restaurant which was perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kora Restaurant - Crystal City
    Michael
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Excellent restaurant! Started the meal with Calamari, it was a good portion properly cooked and served with two dips, visually appealing. Ordered 10 in pepperoni pizza, it was prepared properly and tasted very good. The service was attentive and responsive to each request for assistance. The sound level was good and there was a big screen TV that was available to those that want to see it but not obtrusive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great for a slow lunch
    WannaBfoodie
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    The food here is fantastic and their wine list is good for afterhours and dinner, but the service is always a bit on the slow side. Since I also work in Crystal City I know I can't go here for a quick work lunch, but will definitely go back for happy hour and dinner when I have more time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate