This is a Must Try
Fabulous outdoor setting only enhances the wonderful food and excellent service. Four picky foodies found this restaurant a true gem. We'll be back
5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great outdoor seating
We came here for Mother's day brunch and it was fantastic. We went to the outdoor tasting "room" and bought a bottle of wine to bring to the table. Then we sat at our table and enjoyed a leisurely meal. The service was very good. The food was good. All the men ordered steak and eggs which they reported was cooked very well. I ordered the farmers plate which was good but a little bland. It could have used some more flavor. It was near the end of the day and Mother's day so I have no complaints. We will definately be back.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cool at Corks
We sat outside on the lovely terrace and enjoyed an excellent dinner - good service and excellent food. Will definitely return...
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We're on honeymoon and picked up a leaflet for the vineyard in San Francisco. Googled it, reviews were excellent so we made the 3 hr drive (holiday traffic!) and it was worth ever minute of the journey. Absolutely stunning location, excellent service and beautiful setting eating outside on the terrace. Food was divine -best eggs benedict I've ever had and my husband said his pastrami sandwich was the best sandwich he had ever eaten!! Tried a couple of their locally-produced wines which were delicious. Price was very reasonable indeed. We didn't want to leave! We're already planning a return trip.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I can't believe how good it is
Ok, the building might be falling apart, they have tarps on the roof, and it is in need of repairs. But the food is outstanding quality cuisine. I had the traditional eggs benedict which is my test to the line cook and they passed. Yokes were intact and gooey, the hollondaise didn;t break under heat lamps. BRAVO!
This place is great and the servers are very attentive and friendly without intruding on your weekend.
Sure it needs work on the building but isn't really about the food???
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
New chef has some nice offerings
New chef has some nice offerings and the desserts are to die for.Service was excellent.
(Not sure it's appropriate for a barking dog to be roaming the premises while people are dining)
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambiance and food
Fantastic outdoor dining in a elegant ( but not too formal) setting in the middle of vineyards, plates very prepared with the highest quality ingredients perfectly combined and cooked . Service was very attentive. We will definately visit the restaurant again
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Father's Day Gem
After nearly 15 years, I wanted to return to Russian River Vineyards' outdoor restaurant to celebrate Father's Day with my kids. A more glorious, sunny day couldn't be conjured up for dining al fresco under majestic redwoods and adjacent to rolling vineyards. The restaurant, reborn as Corks, offered up just about everything one could wish for on such an occasion. Our orders ranged from the basic menu selections including house-made pastrami Reuben (yum!), spinach, veggie and feta omelette, standard but superb hamburger and fish and chips. We skipped over the special BBQ meals, which priced at $30+, weren't within our budget. In between bites, we would head over to the outdoor wine bar for tastings of the on-site winery's vintages.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Father's Day Brunch
The food and service were excellent, and you can't beat the patio atmosphere. It was perfect spot. I love the brunch menu, as there is something for everyone.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was fantastic. The service was great. The setting unique. I recommended Corks to a friend for her daughters wedding venue
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely out-of-the-way spot
Cork's is a wonderful spot to dine. Outside on the deck, covered by a variety of large trees, overlooking the vineyards and next to an old hops kiln. Gorgeous location where they serve not only their own great wines, but a nice list of other local favorites. We dined in the cool of the evening and the food was very good. The service from Renae was amazing, and with the wine and the setting, it was simply a lovely evening.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pop the cork!
Corks offered lovely outdoor seating (too cool the night we dined, however, so we opted for the pretty garden room), and we enjoyed our food. The charcuterie plate was particularly tasty with more than generous portions of salami and proscuitto. Our entrees, particularly the roast chicken, were memorable. The vegetables were a tad overcooked and swimming in butter, but they were tasty nevertheless. The only hiccup in our evening was the service, only because the restaurant was clearly understaffed for the number of diners. Everyone was pleasant but servers were hard-pressed to get to every table in a timely way.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Corks - great lunch
We had a Saturday lunch at Corks. Food was very good as was the service. And sitting outside is a real plus on a nice day. Love the dogs roaming around checking everyone out.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Lasting Favorite
Corks (Topolos-Russian River Vineyards) has been my go to restaurant for 20+ years. I recently brought friends I hadn't seen in almost 30 years. They had been visiting relatives and friends from Southern CA through San Francisco and then were returning to Washington state. Even after eating out for several days in the City, they were highly impressed with their brunch and especially the surroundings at Corks. I was proud to take my guests there. My curried chicken sandwich was enough for brunch, dinner and the next day's lunch!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
service was great, food was creative and delicious. would definitely consider coming back if we were in the area.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining in Heaven!!
The fresh air, the wonderful food and wines, the gorgeous vistas, the superb service--all made the occasion a beautiful experience!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We just like this place! We
We just like this place! We enjoy the eating outside,enjoy Chester wandering around and an interesting menu.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful lunch at Corks
We enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing lunch at Corks. Our server, Dawn, was awesome! She really gave us attentive and personal service, plus the food and wine were fab!! We'll be back!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A friend and I went to dinner at Corks to celebrate our birthdays which are one day apart. The wait staff was friendly and attentive and the service was excellent. The food was exceptional. When we told our waiter we were celebrating our birthdays, we got dessert for free. And wonderful dessert it was! Corks has the best outdoor dining in Sonoma County. I would highly recommend it.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went here on spur of the moment when another restaurant gave us "the table no one else wanted" despite a six month reservation. P
Moods improved greatly with friendly service and diverse menu. Opted for vegetarian dishes (not our usual M.O.) because all produce home or local grown. Both dishes wonderful and very original. Highly recommend dining outside, which we didn't because was cool and we weren't dressed for that. Great patio with fun art around. Try it, you'll like it.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Anniversary Dinner Ever
My wife and I celebrated or 44th wedding anniversary by having dinner at the Corks restaurant. It was the best dinner we have had in years. My wife really enjoyed her steak and the lamb shank was "falling off the bone" good. Wine list is well rounded and reasonably priced. We will be returning for our 45th anniversary and any other reason we can come up with to just go there.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The out door patio is one of the best dining experiences we've had because of its ambience. The menu is limited but the food was good and in the gourmet class. They do not have a children's, menu but they went out of their way to accommodate our 5 year old guest. Our group totally enjoyed the evening and if your decide to go, please say "HI" to Chester for us.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great. The staff was attentive amd was an overall great experience
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great, friendly staff. Timely
Great, friendly staff. Timely service. Very fresh ingredients! Loved the paired wines listed in the menu. Great dessert!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Fare & Romantic Ambiance
We've dined at great restaurants in Sonoma County including Corks, Willow Wood and Dry Creek Kitchen. Hands down, Corks is our favorite. Appetizers (mushroom soup, spring salad w/ sherry vinaigrette) and entrees (roasted salmon, pork chops and braised lamb shank) are mouthwatering. Desserts (meyer lemon cheesecake, Parisienne and dark chocolate truffle) are sublime. The servers are terrific (thank you, Polly) and the outdoor seating is a must. It's also very kid friendly. Our 6 y/o loves the food and enjoys playing outdoors near the antique truck and visiting the chickens with their foppish hairdos. We can't wait for our next trip to Sonoma County and dining at Corks!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Warm, Rustic, and Friendly
Corks at Russian River Vineyards is a warm, rustic, relaxed and friendly atmosphere in a beautiful setting. During our visit, the staff was friendly, and the service was excellent! The food was good too - much different than what we'd normally eat - very organic and earthy taste and feel. I recommend sitting outside or in the garden room if chilly, which has views of the outside grounds.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was all fresh and
The food was all fresh and the meal was delicious! Great atmosphere!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic and charming dinner
We had a lovely dinner on the patio at Corks. At first it was a little chilly and we were reluctantly going to head inside to eat, but then one of the servers offered us a heat lamp and that warmed things up to a perfect temperature. The patio is a beautiful place to sit, surrounded by trees, and we were happy that there were no mosquiots or bugs (our reservation was at 8:30 pm.)
Our server Yarrow was always there when we needed something, and did an excellent job. She was friendly but not overbearing and was able to answer all our questions about the menu.
The cornmeal crust on the calamari was a nice touch, and the calamari were cooked perfectly. We also had the chicken with farro, which was decent, and the ribs, which were great.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as usual
We had a group of 10 including a couple of kids. Sat outside. Delightful.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Couldn't get any better
We visited 11 wineries and ate in a lot of different restaurants. By far the food was delicious and pretty, the live music was the perfect volume so we could hear it, yet visit still. The wine was better to us than the other places we went. We loved the deck and tables we sat at. Our servers were knowledgable and helpful. Our group wants to make a trip every year to wine country, we won't miss "Corks" when we come.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
They let their dog lay right
They let their dog lay right close to the table we were eating at, outside.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
I commend the staff for doing
I commend the staff for doing a great job with a bunch of persnickety senior citizens and splitting the check four times(not my idea).Food was great for brunch.Service was fairly prompt with a big order all at once.
9/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
We celebrated my husband's 60th birthday at Corks. Dawn, our waitress was fantastic. She advised us to share starters as they were large portions and they were very large! We had the calamari which was a little disappointing, the breadcrumbs were very thick and overpowered the calamari and made it quite dry. I had the steak main and it was superb.
When I made the booking, I did include a message to the restaurant asking whether they did anything special for birthdays. I had no response so I called and was told "you get a free dessert". I was hoping for something a little more imaginative but it was better than nothing. Overall I was happy but I did feel that for the price, they could have made a bit more effort for our special occasion.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outdoor dining in the Redwoods!!!
Haven't been to this location when since it became "Corks" but bid and won an auction gift certificate and was excited to try it. We did not care, but I wanted to mention it does not have a full bar for those who want this option.
The outdoor seating is what has always drawn me to this location. We had excellent appetizers but the entrees were exquisite; my DH had the lamb meatballs (I got a tiny taste...yummm) and I had the steak cooked in a "coffee crust"....divine perfection. Service was excellent and low key (we like to take our time....thank you Polly).....we WILL be back to try other things since we live 5 minutes away and love outdoor dining....a treat and a treasure!!!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Relaxed but high end
A place you can go to in casual clothes but have a 5 star dinner. Love that you can eat inside or outside, staff is friendly and food ingredients are local/fresh.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice outdoor dining.....
We went to Cork's for a late lunch. we shared the Fish & Chips and they were very good. The Resident dog, Chester was wonderful. no begging, but he just lay down next to us almost the whole time we were there. Very nice touch. The only thing we didn't like was the woman singing. The band was wonderful, they played really nice low volume music for about twenty minutes then the woman came out and started singing. she was awful. She couldn't carry a tune. That really ruined what started to be a nice romantic lunch with my husband. I would like to go back for lunch or dinner sometime, but not if she is there. I just couldn't take her voice again. Other than that, Corks is very nice.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place with patio dining.
Nice place with patio dining. Food was very good, service was good.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very nice meal under the stars
This restaurant keeps improving. There was a soup special that stopped conversation at the table. We had the server repeat the ingredients, everyone nodded yet it all added up to something so unique that we wanted to cancel everyhing else and eat whatever was left in the soup kettle in the kitchen. Somebody knows what they're doing back there, that just doesn't magically occur. Everything was very good and they have bumped up the level of service since the last visit. They're starting to mesh, acting as a team and it's very nice to see. This could really turn into one of those speical wine country places you can't miss. We'll be back.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved our brunch on Sunday,enjoyed
Loved our brunch on Sunday,enjoyed outdoor seating, food was great and our waiter was wonderful. We will be back.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as always
This is one of our favorite restaurants; the food and service is consistently excellent. We enjoy dining in the enclosed patio which gives you the feel of the outdoors without the elements.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the Trip!
Drove up to the Russian River on a Saturday afternoon and stopped to try Corks. It was well worth it, everything was outstanding. The lamb, ravioli, beet salad and heirloom tomato soup were all excellent. However, the best part was the service, Polly was a great server who really knew the menu and made sure we enjoyed it all. Highly recommended!!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
rustic elegance :-)
Cork's at Russian River Vineyards is tucked away in Forestville, Ca (Sonoma County). It is a beautiful place to dine outdoors with sunlight filtered through majestic redwoods and surrounded by vineyards in all their spectacular autumnal colors. The food is simple but very good, prices are a bit pricey but worth it. Staff is friendly, pleasant, and very attentive.
All in all one of my favorite places, would highly recommend this place to anyone foody or not.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was just superb and portions generous. The service staff was very helpful and so happy to please. The music was pleasant and did not overwhelm the environment so we were all able to enjoy each others conversation. Everyone in our group plans to return with others to share our "find".
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect autumn dinner
Corks is situated so that you get a beautiful view of the surrounding hillsides and wineries. The three of us arrived early and the host was very gracious and sat us right away. The restaurant is country style, as the building is old, but it's decorated nicely to give an elegant, comfortable feel.
Two of us had the potato parsnip soup, which was delightful. I had the beet salad, which was a tiny bit spicy, but OK. For the main course, I had the lamb shank, which was tender and delicious. It came with roasted brussel sprouts and other vegetables, which were overcooked. My dinner partners both had pasta dishes, which they said were delicious. The bread was served warm and it was fresh and "moorish." (I want want more of that)
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Corks has it all going on
This restaurant at the RRV winery is really a find. The chef has the right sense for what we like in food today; the menu is broad and flexible enough to allow every diner to choose food that suits his/her eating preferences. The patio is lovely: heaters and beautifully lit. The indoor space is attractive/inviting and has tables that feel private in the midst of other people. Our server was a pro: helpful, efficient, good customer interaction, not hovering. The real bargain here is the Tuesday night local winemaker prix fixe dinner--a 3 course for $30 plus a glass of the featured wine. No changes or subs but still amazing. Don't miss the pumpkin bread pudding! Nice selection of wines. The best prices are on the RRV wines they make here.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Near Forestville I wine country
We had a lovely dinner with friends. Food was great, very well prepared, large portions and hot. Flavors were balanced and creative. Service friendly and we could talk to each other without shouting. Very near our cabin in Odd Fellows Recreation Park. We will go again.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect date night location
Enjoyed the yummy food & wines at Corks! Was the perfect spot for a date night with my honey.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Food and Good Service
Food here was very good, as was the service. Prices seemed a little high though.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and Wonderful Location
We loved this place, it had great food, the service was friendly and we loved the location. Our service was a bit slow, but not bad. We will definitely come back again and again.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cork's has always been my
Cork's has always been my wife's and my favorite restaurant and we love everything about it! The food is great, the atmosphere is awesome and the service is always outstanding as well as the wine. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM