Cork Wine Bar & Market

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Logan's favorite neighborhood wine bar - now with a beautiful garden patio, locally owned 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. 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.
Reservations accepting for guests dining with us! No need to reserve if you are just coming in for a glass of wine!
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MB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The outside patio is lovely and much quieter than inside.

j
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine and food - always order the avocado toast. A must when I go to Cork.

h
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was tasty and service was great. For a wine bar, we were surprised that the limited choices for flights. We wished that we could custom create additional flights.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

It was the Sunday before Labor Day and we had booked dinner. The ambivalent host who could barely pull herself away from her phone informed us that the upstairs restaurant was closed due to lack of customers. Hmmm? We chose to sit in the back patio which is really just a large alleyway between the restaurant and the building next door. Service consisted of one waiter and was mediocre at best to begin with. The waiter wasn’t sure whether he had the wine we chose (no alternative offered), he had no “paper and pen” to take our order, had attitude when we asked for important implements such as silverware. On one occasion he actually yelled at a customer who asked where his food was. The food however was good with Burrata, Carrots, Rabbit Ragu all satisfying. Finally at the end of the meal a rather large rat was spotted by the bins towards the end of the alley. We drank up and departed, but again we had to search for the waiter for the check!! Is the lack of Customer a self fulfilling prophecy??

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

They were understaffed, could not get our orders right, the food could have been good but was tiny, way too salty and arrived cold.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the back garden at Cork. Asparagus salad was light and refreshing. The olives were delightful. The wine was perfect. It was exactly what we wanted before a night of dancing.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Server was visibly annoyed we were only having drinks.

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Slow service, rude wait staff (as if we were inconveniencing him), multiple issues with the food (i.e., notified us 20 minutes after an order was made that a main ingredient was not available, the revised ordered did not include a listed ingredient (cheese) and the server questioned us if that was actually on the menu which we showed him). Don't plan on going back which is too bad.

VZ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Wide selection of wines, but expensive for the standard pour. I ordered a flight and was told it would equivalent to 1 and 1/2 glasses, but it was more like 3/4 of a glass.

J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch menu was perfect! Food was great, Mimosa flight 💕!! Avocado toast, as always, my favorite!

JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

We were disappointed in brunch. Our food was cold and not very tasty. We had great memories of Cork from years ago, especially ham and egg sandwich. Unfortunately, it did not live up to our memories. Maybe it was just brunch. The space is gorgeous and our waitress was very nice; the restaurant was understaffed though.

k
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Used to love it, but never going back for dinner. I don't know what happened in the last year since I'd last eaten there, but Cork sucks now, which might explain why it was nearly empty on a Saturday night. Still the service was very slow for just a handful of tables. Our "chilled" red wine and white wine had clearly been sitting out too long before being served to us, as they were sweating and not cold enough (and took too long). The server was nice but struggling, made several mistakes and not the best attitude. Forgot the olives, left them on the bill, then asked if we still wanted them--after we were done. The manager came over and took the mushrooms we hadn't ordered off our table--after accusing us of ordering them--and brought them to another table--after we had tasted them (she didn't even ask and we tried to flag her down but were too late). Those were on the bill too. The bread sucks, could barely chew it. The rainbow carrots are not rainbow carrots, just orange carrots, and soaked in honey--almost inedible, an awful dish. The octopus salad was lovely! The avocado toast is very tasty and I enjoyed it, but needs a bit more pistachio. Then we went to le diplómate, where there were seemingly hundreds of people and still managed to have exquisite service and food.

AN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food and wine were great. Wine was affordable and fabulous. Food was overpriced for portion size.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The plates we chose were all equally delicious and the portions sizes were perfect to satisfy, but not overwhelm. We will absolutely be back!

F
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice place. The food was just ok. I will go back, just not running.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Did not quite understand why: 1. On the reservation I wrote requesting a table by the window or corner and hostess said she did not have that detail. 2. The waiter came by evey 5/7 min asking if everything was fine. It was a bit too much as I was there to talk to my party and b ing interrupted so frequently turned out to be annoying. 3. Suddenly the waiter showed up with a water bottle from another table and emptied the bottle on my guest’s glass and left. We had out own bottle in the table, why he came to our table with somebody else leftover waterbottle and filled a glass already almost full just to emptly the bottle? Too much pressing presence from the waiter was not Appreciated. 4. No bread was brought on the table, but i guess we had to ask for that. Indeed we asked for bread and it arrived. 5. The octopus was way way was overcooked. A shame that a fish sacrificed its life to became a delicious dish, instead it was completely mismanaged by a careless cook. On a positive note: The female bartended really has a good eye: we ordered 2 glasses of wine and once they arrived one was much emptier than the other. I look at the 2 glasses and smiled: was not my intention to say something, but the bartender showed up with a fresh bottle and said: i still need to fix this glass and she topped up at the same exact meausre of the other. Kudos to a very good bartender with excellent attention to details.

MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, I always look forward to dining at Cork, plus the Brunch is incredible. The wait staff is super knowledgeable and was able to recommend cheeses that were so good we ended up buying some downstairs in the market.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and helpful, knowledgeable staff. Patio is lovely!

T
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been coming to Cork for years for their dinner but I never tried their brunch - it did not disappoint, their dishes were unique and very tasty. I'm excited to come back and try more. We had a server in training and she also did a great job!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Went back to an old 14th favorite for what I thought would be a nice dinner out but what a disappointment. Slow, poor service. Mediocre choices for wine by the glass. Laughably stingy cheese serving. Overpriced and forgettable small plates. So bummed to find what I thought was a sure thing turn out so poorly. Sooo many better options in dc - you can and should easily avoid this place.

JE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food and wine worth the price. Our server was fantastic but the hostess was very short and rude with us when we arrived, when we asked to not be seated under the AC, and she was the same way with every group she brought upstairs.

T
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I go here for the wine. Hadn’t eaten in many years. Now I remember why. Food was just ok. Wine was delicious as usual!

RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Another small plate restaurant. Nothing to recommend on the menu outside of the avocado toast. The noise level was awful. 85 decibels. Really just a lousy experience.

AO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 4

Very good for wine, not so good for food (small plates, not great value)

AN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

My colleagues and I were very excited to try Cork. We made a reservation after seeing Tuesdays were "grilled cheese" night. Upon arrival, the hostess asked if we wanted to sit outside. The weather was awesome so we said yes. After sitting down/seeing the menu, we didn't see any grilled cheese listed so we asked one of the servers who informed us that "the grilled cheese is only available inside". This was confirmed by a second server (who was slightly friendlier about it than the first). My colleague joked with her about going inside, buying a grilled cheese and bringing it pack to the patio and the server said, "no, you can't do that". I know this sounds like a silly thing to focus on, but we were totally turned off by this. It was 5:00pm on a Tuesday. It wasn't busy at all. And just because we chose to sit out on the patio to enjoy the weather, we couldn't order grilled cheese. The food we did order overall was fine. Nothing super exciting. We did try to get some ketchup with the fries we ordered because none of use liked the dipping sauce and were informed they didn't have any.

CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Avocado toast was excellent, but Mushroom flatbread, risotto, brussel sprouts sub-par and bland. Did not have the wine on the wine list I wanted

j
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

good place for family reunion - very friendly and warm. good food and not too big of portions.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Enjoyable atmosphere. Will return to sample more of the deliciousness.

h
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoy our evening at Cork. We went there for a fun date night and were not disappointed. We have a couple glasses of wine and several small plates. The waitress was knowledgeable and able to recommend wines - and they were very tasty. The food presentation was wonderful - and it was delicious. We ended our evening with some port wine and amazing cheese cake. A wonderful meal. We will surely return!!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious food, sat on the outside patio and it was great! Would recommend!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

While the wine election and food were good, our waiter was negligent though friendly. Our problem arose when the host came into the back room in which we had been seated alone, the only party in the whole room, and dimmed our lights to an absurd degree so we could not even read our menus. When we adjusted them to a level more conducive to actually getting our food into our mouths instead of into our laps, he charged back in and barked at us about the lights and the ambiance before giving us a scathing glare and pointedly dimming them again to a lower degree than the lights in the main dining room. What happened to the customer is always right? Especially as the sole party seated in a room alone, our needs should have been honored.

F
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful 4 top by the front window and a fun, informed and helpful waiter. His wine suggestion was excellent and our food was excellent. While we enjoyed it a lot our fun got a bit ahead of our wallet.

SR
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful menu and great small plates. wide selection of good wines by the glass.

RD
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service team. The avocado toast is a "top DC dish." Branzino was excellent -- first time I'd had it.

OT
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 3

El lugar bonito y buena atención. Los platos eran demasiado pequeños y el precio algo caro por la escasa cantidad de comida

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A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a booth upstairs and the ambiance was very cozy and welcoming. We tried a variety of appetizers (the avocado toast and the chicken liver pate were especially good) and ordered scallops and fried calamari and shrimp to share as entrees. Our server, Kristina, was extremely attentive and the bartender Dmitri was very knowledgeable about the wine selection and had great recommendations. We would definitely come back to Cork.

RB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely wine bar with some exquisite plates to share and excellent ambiance.

EB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Love the new space and the service goes without saying. Our waiter was wonderful (totally blanking on his name gah, but great tats and from Boston!), my guests raved. Thanks for another lovely meal :)

a
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Was very impressed with the value at Cork Wine Bar. The prices of the menu items are reasonable, and they are delicious. Flights are also very affordable. Great date spot if you want to impress and not spend a ton of money.

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