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Kora restaurant - bar - lounge

630 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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Kora restaurant | bar | lounge is proud to present you with New Italian cuisine in a modern and contemporary setting. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Mediterranean
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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 - Open for Sunday, Feb 14 from 4pm-9:30pm
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Phone number
(571) 431-7090
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Morou Ouattara
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Private party facilities
Our private dining room seats up to 55 persons. Private space can seat up to 120. 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
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Private party contact
Heather Alston-Ouattara: (571) 431-7090
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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 Catering by Morou can cater and staff off premise functions for group as large as 250 people,
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Cross street
23rd Street
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Parking details
Parking is free Monday-Friday after 4pm and all day Saturday and Sunday
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Public transit
We are located above the Crystal City Metro Station (Blue and Yellow Lines)
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large flat screen televisions , Live Jazz on Fridays from 7pm-9pm, World Tavern Poker on Saturdays at 4pm and 6pm.
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Special events & promotions
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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.5  based on all time ratings
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Our server was great! We had a large party, about 27 people and she did an outstanding job! Very attentive, patient and got our food out quickly! I think her name was Donessa S.

vipVikingGirl (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

We arrived early for our reservation and the host allowed us to sit at one of the high-top bar tables to wait. It was quite a while before someone brought us drink menus and take our drink order, but once we were seated service was fast. Food was great and prices reasonable. The salume plate was excellent! We've eaten here several times, and food is always very good.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 21, 2016

Food was very good, server was very helpful and provided suggestions on the lunch menu. We'll hold meetings there again.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 15, 2016

Service was mostly an afterthought. Food was good, not great. Reasonable work lunch spot.

Nikki1291 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 5, 2016

Good place to grab dinner. Risotto was overly salty. Tiramisu was really good however and made up for the overly salty Risotto. Entrance/hostess stand reminds of a hotel check in desk. Overall an okay experience.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 7, 2016

The food was very good but the service was disappointing! We waited for almost 10 mins for our waiter to even arrive at our table. When he approached us, he commented, "I'm here. I'm here!" He seemed frustrated with helping us the entire time. The food was brought out in three groups. As a table of 10, we realize the food would take longer but we did expect to eat together. What we had was delicious, but the service made for a frustrating night!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

Restaurant staff seemed completely unable to deal with a crowd. Long waits to place an order, get table settings, get plates for bread, get water.

Food was completely ordinary. One party member was told that her choice was no longer available 15 minutes after our order went in. She selected a different item from the menu (after she requested a menu. Initially she was told to order something else off the top of her hear), and was given a third item that was never requested. When it arrived 10 minutes after the rest of the entrees and she informed the wait staff it wasn't what she ordered, the response was insistence that she had.

Kora sucks. Given the size of the space I'm very surprised it hasn't closed.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

We were seated promptly and courteously. The waiter was polite and attentive. Pasta dishes seemed very small, but food was good

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

The food was adequate and our waitress was busy... probably too busy. The host was nice and seated us promptly. I'm glad I made advanced reservations because it did get busier.

vipdukeprincess (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 11, 2016

This was my first time at Kora and sadly may have to be my last. The food was terrible. I got the pappardelle and it was watered down and pretty much inedible. I didn't complain because I was there with a business client, however, I won't be back. I should never have lunch at a restaurant and leave hungry.

vipJims18 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on September 30, 2016

I have been to Kora several times because it is convenient for business, but I continue to be underwhelmed. The décor is unremarkable, the staff is lackadaisical, the food is average at best, and the service is inconsistent. For example, this time, I got the Caesar salad, and the dressing was basically just mayonnaise. I had the sautéed chicken with came in a bland marsala like sauce over a bed of sphagetti noodles. It was a dish that wasn't sure what it wanted to be. The service this time was ok, but on previous occasions it has been poor. To me, Kora is mediocre across the board.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

Had a very enjoyable dinner. The stuffed eggplant was well done. My wife ordered the Pappardelle and quite enjoyed that dish. This is my third time stopping at this restaurant when I am in the Crystal City area on trips. Normally the bread is quite good, this time it was a little crusty but still tasty. Ordered the Tiramisu for desert and it was quite tasty.

Dcajohn (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

Something has happened. Stale bread served. Food quality way down and service marginal.

Really liked this place but not sure I will be back.

Goochie (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

Food was exceptional. My wife said the arugula salad was the best she every had. I had spaghetti and meatballs. Would have licked the plate if my wife did not stop me. The waiter had multiple tables but still was very attentive.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2016

Always a great time at Kora...Crystal City's hidden gem!

vipnickname (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

Food was OK. Service was awful. we will not be back.

vipFredH (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

This was not our first visit to this neighborhood restaurant...but we will not rush back. Food was prepared as ordered and was very good. The hostest and our waitress seem new and inexperienced. Waitress didn't seem to know the menu. Noise level was over the top with a loud group at the bar...had not experienced that before. Too many good places in the same vicinity.

vipVikingGirl (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on June 29, 2016

Nice menu with excellent northern Italian wine list. Great menu options for extended happy hour, including half-portions of pasta and other entrees.

We sat outside which was beautiful, but the service was slower than usual. The apple martinis and salume plate were excellent but the lasagne was just okay.

Bread for the table was good, but the olive oil mix for dipping needed salt, and there was nine on the table.

We like Kora and will return.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

We only had an hour for lunch. Service was prompt and fit into our schedule. Food was good although nothing fancy. Half plates were available for most of the dishes. The prices are a bit on the higher end. Courteous service.

vipJeffreyT (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

Food was good. Service was off. We stood at the reception counter for a long while and then were greeted by "we are closed for service"; we had reservations!

We were made to sit at the bar and had to keep flagging the bar tender for service.