Cork

4.6
265 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Wine Bar
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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
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Phone number
(202) 265-2675
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Schreuder
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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.
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Private party contact
Diane Gross: (202) 264-2674
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
14th Street between R and S
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Parking details
Parking is available on neighborhood streets and at parking lots on 14/S and the Reeves Center at 14/U.
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Public transit
Green/yellow line at U Street/Cardozo
Red line at Dupont Circle
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 265 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.5
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4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The waiter barely came by at all and when he did he rushed away and couldn’t answer questions. Food came out very slow. The restaurant didn’t seem busy enough to justify the slow service and lack of attention. Most of the portions were very small.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Service and ambiance here was outstanding. Upstairs dining area was quiet for an early Friday evening dinner. Wine list was substantial and food portions were larger than I expected. Pricing was fair given the location.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Awesome experience! Great service, loved the cheese board and the mimosa flight we got. Enjoyed the main courses (steak and eggs and the brioche sandwich) a lot too. Would definitely come back again!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

A fun night with delicious food, wine, great service.
We will return!

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Liked the the old spot, absolutely love the new spot. So much improvement in ambiance, service, noise level and comfort! Add a few more new things to the menu and it will be perfect. Big fan of the new place!

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The waitress on the second floor was ignoring us, she came at the end to let us know that the kitchen was closing and we had to either move downstairs or leave. We moved downstairs, she didn’t help us with the wine, and downstairs the bar attender again was acting like she was making us a favor by taking our order. It partially ruined my friend’s birthday, so we decided to go to a different place. I would never recommend this place if you have a special event. Service is terrible.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great food, great service , Phenomenal wine!!!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for brunch recently and The renovation is beautiful upstairs. The menu is good, a bit misleading on portion size (for instance the duck confit Benedict was single egg, single English muffin) as many are very small. Perhaps list as small late? They were dreadfully understaffed but our server was awesome. Good quality was good. Drink menu was interesting. Would definitely go again.

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2.0Dined on April 27, 2018

I used to love this restaurant, but sadly the food and overall experience was very mediocre. There didn’t seem to be any finesse to the dishes we ordered and our server was not particularly friendly. An expensive meal that truly wasn’t worth it.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Bustling place with creative American fare (some dishes good, some a little odd). Good wine selection!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

New space is much larger and noisy, lost some of its coziness from the old establishment.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Exceptional service and delicious food. Seemed expensive, but I guess not unusual for DC.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Had a fun time. Interesting food ideas, charming waiter, lively atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

What a beautiful restaurant and a very nicely curated menu.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Cork is the type of restaurant one wants to like. The owners live in the neighborhood, and at least one of them is generally on the premises on any given night. The dining room, recently located from the original location a block away, is attractive, less claustrophobic than its predecessor, and attracts a stylish crowd that is far more bougie than the establishment's social media feeds, full of progressive memes, might suggest.

The restaurant, by its nature, offers an extensive wine selection, and interesting "flights" have been a hallmark of dinner service since the establishment opened. Notwithstanding a churn in chefs, the food is of high quality and was better than ever during our most recent visit. This included some menu perennials -- both the avocado toast and the french fries continue to be worth ordering -- and seasonal dishes. A sunchoke preparation was the best I've had, and my beef cheeks were tender and flavorful.

So why did I leave with mixed feelings about our dining experience? Many D.C. restaurants serve small plates, and most have some facility in timing their arrival to the table. (This was confirmed when we visited a Jose Andres establishment the following night.) Cork, however, seems to make a habit of bringing out dishes at random and irregular intervals. This was a problem the first time we ate dinner at Cork in 2008 that persists -- my beef cheeks came about 15 minutes after every other dish, after everyone else in our party had essentially finished their savory course, and only after I mentioned we were still awaiting the dish to both our fairly inattentive server and to a manager. I enjoyed my food, but was not an entirely happy diner.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I have been to Cork many, many times. While I do not like the ambiance of the new space compared to the original space, the food was outstanding - better than other recent visits.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great food, great value wines, abject service. All servers really poorly trained and disinterested. Management clearly lacking. Five decent wines on offer which is strong for US, and food good but serivce utterly shambolic.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Was surprised by the move to the new location. It's lost some ambiance and charm due to this, and also the noise level—with the dining room only 1/3 full—was a bit much. Food was quite good (mushroom risotto was very tasty, but a bit too salty; lamb chops superb; calamari salad delicious; asparagus and kale fine; wine fabulous). Service solid, but food timing was a bit off. Have always loved Cork, but didn't feel as special as it has in the past. Still worth the visit.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The waitress told us that the plates were for sharing, but like some other places in town, I would beg to differ. I think the restaurant should have emphasized that we would get small plates. A quarter of a cornish hen for $18 should in no way be described as chicken, for example.

Everything we tried was tasty, well prepared, and interesting. I know that rents in upper Logan are skyrocketing, but aside from the wine, which was very reasonably priced, I would have to reclassify this restaurant as a $$ place.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

The service was wonderful and attentive, the space was beautiful, and the food was fantastic. I went with a friend for happy hour and loved it. Definitely coming back!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We enjoyed a bottle of Italian wine. We shared several meals with 2 others and we loved them all! The risotto is a must!! The pork belly was also very good! We also enjoyed the calamari, duck, and scallops. The plates are small and perfect for sharing. We enjoyed all of them! I would definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food, great new locale, service was exceptional,

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Very lively and fun atmosphere. Excellent wine and very tasty food. I look forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Love the new space and the food was delicious as always.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The new location is even better than the original. The food and the service are top notch. The even helped arrange getting flowers on the table fo my birthday. They went above and beyond making it a great night for us.

It’s always been one of my favorites, but having the bar on top of the market is awesome. Looking forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

This is an amazing place for a date. The portions are perfect size for eating and conversations. The staff is very knowledgeable about the wine they carry. Old world. Awesome. Have been there several times in the past 2 weeks. Definitely going back soon. Thanks!

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Sunday brunch -- not crowded but it took forever to get drinks. Food arrives randomly and is OK but not great. The new space is pretty and has a nice ambience, but the food and service continue to be not worth the price. The cinnamon rolls, however, are fantastic.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great wine selection to go with tasty cheese and charcuterie!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had the "Sunday Dinnner" featuring tasty fried chicken with a glass of champagne. Served with greens and au gratin potatoes it was solidly good. Priced for 2, we were served 3 pieces of chicken and I thought this odd. None of them were huge. The Apple hand pies were tasty, despite being a bit dry for my taste. We did not spend time at the wine bar downstairs. The upstairs dining area is very comfortable: modern but not heavy handedly so. Our waitress was attentive and efficient, but a bit curt. They offer wine flights with dinner. Overall, this was a good experience and I would go back.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The wine bar downstairs is nice to stop to have drinks and then having dinner upstairs was a nice separation for dinners.

Food is served tapas style and was good, but I would go back again meeting for drinks instead of dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We always enjoy our dinner at Cork! It’s become a ritual date spot !

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

A lovely room upstairs, with a nice bar. Welcoming, stylish, nice service to match. We liked the wine list a lot and found some foods more interesting than others (lamps chops, yes, scallops and waldorf salad not as much). Vegetarians can find a few things on the menu (avocado toast and kale good choices). We were happy enough, next time we will try a seat at the bar.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I’ve been to Cork several times for dinner and events, but brunch recently was underwhelming at best. Service was incredibly slow and just not as good as it has been. Food was good, but portions were so small we wished the waitress suggested to get more items. We didn’t want to order more because it would have taken that much longer. Left not even feeling full. Disappointed because we were really looking forward to it!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The host was extremely rude. I arrived about 5 min before my date and he wouldn’t seat me. Then he made no attempt to tell me where I could wait. During brunch there is no bartender downstairs and the host told me it was too busy upstairs for me to go there. I decided to do so anyway and found the bar was empty as were about half of the tables. After the host said something snarky about me to my date, he proceeded to seat us Then the waiter had attitude because I told him we had been given two different menus. With all the bad attitude I may not return. I was a regular before they moved and live in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

My dear friend/colleague and I had been dreaming about trying Cork's Lavender Lamb Chops for several months, promising the tasting as the way we to celebrate our hard work--and when we finally made it to Cork this week, we were not disappointed. The chops were prepared exquisitely--smoky with a little carmelized crust on the outside, pinkish and soft on the inside. Sunchokes, olives, and the beef cheek rounded out a perfect meal. And our server Nicki was charming, helpful, and warm. We will definitely be back for many celebrations!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Two of my guests were eating at Cork for the first time. They both raved about how amazing the food and service was and how great the space is. Both want to come back again for another brunch.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Nice restaurant with an outstanding wine list. I enjoyed the new location and the improvement in the overall quality of service. I look for forward to returning for the excellent wine. The prices for the wine by the bottle were really very reasonable. A great place for a date or special occasion.

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1.0Dined on February 4, 2018

It used to be good but they moved to the new place, changed their menus to tapas and it is expensive and portions are super small. Not worth it. Went for brunch and left hungry.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We found the food tasty, but portions were strange. Two starters at $13/$11 were tiny portions of really not very special leaves and veggies. And I never understood the logic of making plates meant for sharing xxs. Lamb shanks were also not much, but very well prepared; then a portion of fries was a load to feed a group. Still rather ravenous from the minibits before, we gulped them all down, but it somehow didn't make a satisfying dinner. Desserts were delicious. Overall we found the prices too high for what you get, and there is practically no sound-proofing, so even sitting to the side, and on a more quiet Sunday evening, conversation was still not easy. Not sure if we will go back for dinner, maybe rather for a glass of wine and just some nibbles...

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We tried every single item on the restaurant week menu and loved every thing we ate!

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