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Cork Wine Bar is the creation of Logan Circle residents Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts. Their dream in creating Cork was to open a welcoming space in their neighborhood for people to come with their friends and family to try outstanding wines, often from unexplored regions of the world, paired with good, simple, local food. Cork offers at least 50 wines by the glass and 250 bottles from small producers around the world. Cork is an affordable, casually elegant place that demystifies the world of wine by giving you real descriptions of what you are drinking, flights of wine so you can explore different regions and varietals, and suggestions for pairing our wines with our offerings of small plates and plates to share. We created Cork because we wanted to share our love of delicious food and wine with our community in a comfortable atmosphere where the wine and food can be appreciated by everyone.
Washington, DC 20009
Contemporary American, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
14th Street between R and S
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We offer off-site catering and private wine tastings. Cork Wine Bar's entire menu is available for off-site events as well as our catering menu.
Parking is available on neighborhood streets and at parking lots on 14/S and the Reeves Center at 14/U.
Green/yellow line at U Street/Cardozo
Red line at Dupont Circle
Private Party Facilities:
We can accommodate from 15-100 guests in private and semi-private spaces. Private dining can include wine tastings and dinners with selected wine pairings from our cellar. We also have a private event space that can accommodate 50 people seated and up to 85 standing.
Private Party Contact:
Diane Gross: (202) 264-2674
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Cork Ratings and Reviews
After a deft and appealing renovation, the spacious, airy second floor of Cork Market is now devoted to meals, while the first floor continues as a market and a tasting room. The Cork menu, with small plates keyed to wine selections, remains interesting and the much-loved avocado + pistachio toast survived the move across the street to the remodeled market. Our group of three enjoyed every one of the six dishes we ordered, as well as our cocktails.
Our meal at Cork was delicious. The artichoke dish was the best thing I have had in a long time- the sauce was divine. The service was noticably slow and I would hope this improves as the team gets used to their new space. Great ambiance, great menu- it was disappointing that the portions are so small yet the price is quite high. You can get a lot more food at other high quality restaurants in the city and pay less. I would return but the portion sizes left me feeling a bit duped.
Celebrated a friend's engagement at Cork and had a wonderful time! The new location has been beautifully renovated. The upstairs dining area is intimate and quiet so you can enjoy a conversation. Very impressed with the food. The wine selection was phenomenal. Looking forward to coming back soon!
Cork’s new space is beautifully designed and the food is exceptional as always. This was our first time visiting the new space and we were celebrating a special birthday. The service was engaging and made excellent recommendations for plates to share. I feel fortunate to have Cork within a quick walk from my home; we will visit frequently.
Cork was my favorite restaurant when I lived in DC nine years ago. I could not be more disappointed on how far the quality has slid. Octopus salad was drowning in fennel and bland dressing. Cheese plate was sad looking with drizzles that looked like birthday cake plating at apple bees. Ambience was fine.
It makes no sense to refuse to seat a party because one couple is running late--particularly when the restaurant had multiple 4 tops open. We would have happily had drinks and snacks until they arrived.
Also, it makes no sense to cram everyone into the back room when there are tables open on the front. The tables in the back are too close together, so the noise level is uncomfortable and there was no legroom. I ended up sitting with my legs into to aisle and our poor waitstaff kept stumbling over my feet, but there was no room
under the very small table for two long legged people sitting across from each other and no room to push out even a little.
Finally, the blue was just not there. The scallop dish has only two scalllops. Really? Just as importantly, if you are going to do a tasting, small plate type menu and the entire table is sharing, then you should look at what was ordered and pace the meal appropriately. Don't just send things out when they happen to be ready.
Very disappointed. First, they "pride" themselves on wine selection and that they only have old world wines. Seems kinda odd to consider yourself to have a great selection and NOT have a large part of the world on your selections. Quite frankly, some of the BEST wines are made in California. Therefore, my first issue with Cork, is though they advertise a great wine selection, in my mind it is quite poor.
The food is also very ho hum. I will not say the food was bad but by no means exceptional. The rock shimp and calamari were over battered and fried. Could not taste any of shrimp or squid, only fried batter. The aioli with it was tasteless. The avocado toast was literally a nice piece of hard crusted bread with two doughnut sliced pieces of avocado with a small amount of the pistachio or pine nut mix in the whole where the seed was. Really, two slices of avocado on bread. We also had the beets. Good beets but had no pickling, etc. Tasted like fresh beets just taken from the garden with nothing else. Now I like beets but for a small plates restaurant, there should be more than that. I can go to a farmers market and peel and cut up beets.
The other restaurants we ate at while on our long weekend getaway in DC included, Boqueria (tapas), Kapnos (greek) and Circa at Foggy Bottom. All were VERY superior to Cork. Cork was unfortunately the last one we ate at so left DC on a down note.
Would definitely NOT recommend. There are MUCH better restaurants in the area. Should have known when there were only two other tables taken in the place. All the other restaurants noted above were packed to the gills.
Brunch was meh and completely underseasoned. Seriously, the best dish eaten was the fries and ketchup, which says a lot. Def not worth time... server refused every request or took forever. Finally a manager came by and offered us the salt we asked for... won't be back.
Good service, and flights of wine- the menu read well & sounded interesting- but all of our courses were flat in seasoning avenue. Our Avocado toast & Octopus needed a touch more finishing of seasoning. Either a little more acid on the Octopus, & the rock shrimp was not as crisp as it could have been- and was a little soggy-lacking seasoning again.
Seems as the kitchen was just not on point that night, too bad after reading such high reviews. We had such high hopes for this evening, maybe another night.
I would expect the wait staff at a wine bar to be a bit more knowledgeable about the wines they're serving, especially the flights. I was a bit put off that I was unable to enjoy happy hour specials during happy hour because I was seated at a table and rather than at the bar. It was a slow night, with only two other tables occupied the entire time we were there. Maybe I could understand that policy if it was busy and full. The food was spectacular, more than made up for the otherwise mediocre experience. The "don't take pictures of our food or restaurant without our permission" policy printed on the menu is absurd.
Very pleasant experience. Everything but one dish was outstanding. The portions were large and didn't really need 5 dishes for 2 people. Pacing was fine. Avocado toast and chicken were outstanding. They were generous in treating us to desert as was taking long time and was our anniversary. Enjoyed the wine flights. Fun. Interesting decor and ambiance.
I came here for the avocado toast but didn't end up having it. The duck confit benedict looked amazing, and it was delicious. My two other friends even got it in addition to their meals after they saw mine. I've heard really good things about the avocado toast, but it didn't look anything special (can't say for sure because I didn't sample it, though!). The rosé I got was also refreshing, and there's a mimosa flight (blood orange, regular OJ, and grapefruit), which provides 3 full glasses for $15. Good deal.
Cork is a terrific restaurant. The wait staff were knowledgeable and attentive. The wine list was extensive and inspired. The menu items were really creative and fun. We loved the avocado with pistachios; the fried oysters with okra; the pork tenderloin with nettles and red cabbage; blue cheese and pear salad; and the desserts were AMAZING -- we had chocolate mousse and ginger pot de creme. Oh my. What are you doing still reading this? Make a reservation! Now! The bonus is that the owners of the restaurant are great human beings. In addition to being creative and knowledgeable restaurateurs and wine aficionados, they are great public servants who truly care about their neighborhood. Just a wonderful place all the way around! What? You're still reading? Make a reservation! Go!
Love love love Cork. Another great meal. Brilliant selection of wine, including lots by the glass. Staff knowledgeable and friendly but also discreet and respectful. Every dish was a winner - especially the avocado toast, steak, and rabbit. Not cheap but totally worth it.
Disappointed overall. Wine selection continues to be interesting but food leaves a lot to be desired: Too salty (sardines and chicken liver terrine) and meager servings (sardine appetizer consisted of ONE sardine over a --good--red pepper purée, goat cheese cake with berries was a few spoonfuls of cheese cake with ONE raspberry sliced in half!). I complained about this to our server but no remedy/compensation was offered. And on a Friday evening, the kitchen closes at 10pm, so one can't even order cheese after 10! Good for a glass of wine but that's it.
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