About Cork

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.

1805 14th St
Washington, DC 20009
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
14th Street between R and S

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 265-2675

Website:
http://www.corkdc.com./

Catering:
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 Details:
Parking is available on neighborhood streets and at parking lots on 14/S and the Reeves Center at 14/U.

Public Transit:
Green/yellow line at U Street/Cardozo
Red line at Dupont Circle

Executive Chef:
Jason Schreuder

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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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4.2

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3.6

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (4)
Casual (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
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Pre/post Theatre (2)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed a wonderful Sunday brunch at Cork. The food was creative and delicious. Prices were moderate, ambiance lovely and relatively quiet. Great service, too. I highly recommend.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Lovely wine. Our server was knowledgeable and very helpful. The wild mushroom risotto was amazing.

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent tapas-style brunch menu. Standouts were the avocado toast, crispy polenta, and cinnamon rolls.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Service was poor, with drinks arriving after we finished the meal. The food was mediocre and far too expensive for what we received.

Tags: Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Tapas, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The new location is gorgeous! Great food and very reasonably priced. Love the french press coffee at brunch.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Love Cork - especially with it’s new dining area . Food selection is great, wine choices are affordable, service is always great

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was delicious but the service was off- it took two hours to get one of our small plates. And we had to ask for our drink refills three times.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was delicious. Wine was great. Highly recommended. Sat at the bar. Avocado toast was especially good. Dessert was delish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Casual, Fun, Happy Hour, Tapas
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fantastic food and brunch options...the avocado toast is every millennials dream and do not forget the sticky buns!!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tapas, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was good but veggie dishes were not spectacular. The beets and ratatouille were both a little pricey for so little food.

Salmon was good.

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Good meal , i suggest you order at least 2-3 small plates per person. Srrvrr did a good job suggesting wine and desert also.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.
Thanks.

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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Had an amazing time, with fantastic wine, delicious food, and a very helpful server.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Vegan, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

I would go back. I would recommend to friends. The food and wine were nice.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent wine list, creative (and delicious) food, and a wonderful atmosphere - what is there not to like?!

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 (West Virginia)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The wait staff was not very friendly nor very helpful with explaining the food and drink options.

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

One of best brunches in city. Definitely best avocado toast.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great brunch! Very good iced coffee. Loved the avocado toast and the cinnamon rolls. Two thumbs up!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Went there on a recommendation from a friend for dinner and did not have a great experience. It was so noisy we had to yell, the waitress was rushing us and rude, the food was way too salty, and it was not worth the money we paid.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Loved the window booth. Small place but good service. Knowledgeable staff on the wine list.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The food was SO good and the wine was of course fantastic. Awesome menu, having options for flights was fun too!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 5, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Fun, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2017

The wine selection was great and our server was very knowledgeable about it. We ordered the calamari, duck confit and risotto. The calamari and risotto were great, however, the duck came out a little dry.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Romantic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, People Watching, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Excellent food; excellent service. Great pre-theater location.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Only complaint - no one seemed to take our request for an outside table seriously; a couple of tables had just been seated minutes before us and we ended up inside on a lovely day!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Fresh delicious shared plates. The lamb with lavender and blood orange was superb!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Excellent international wine list. I didn't see any American wines at all, which allowed (forced?) us to try wines we weren't as familiar with.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

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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