The County Cork Wine Pub

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442 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Welcome to The County Cork Wine Pub. The "Cork" as we are known is a classy, but casual restaurant. We have a unique menu using the freshest ingredients available. We offer an extensive wine list, as well as a selection of craft beers and a full bar. Happy Hour is best spent at The Cork where all small plates are $7 and drink specials. The Cork is your neighborhood meeting place, whether you desire a quick bite from our lite fare selection or a night out with friends. Enjoy the evening experiencing our incredible menu and succulent specials at reasonable prices. Our Butcher Block and Cheese Boards are enjoyed by many of our customers with a bottle of wine. We have the best brunch in the "Burg". An extensive a la carte menu featuring benedicts, steak and eggs, omletes anyway, corned beef hash and much more. We also have an all-you-can drink Bloody Mary Bar for $10.00. Come experience the warm atmosphere and exceptional service. You'll come as guests and leave as friends!!
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was sad the Irish menu wasn’t all day as I thought I read online but they had integrated Irish options in the brunch menu so we chose those. Otherwise love this restaurant.

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P
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Great food and the only game in Eldersburg for nice non-chain restaurants. Baldwin's Station is better, overall, but even more expensive...more of an anniversary splurge kind of place. The Cork is more accessible. The value is good, but not great. The very good food is worth the steep price. You get what you pay for. It's a good value, but a basically "fair" deal. You won't feel like you paid too much, but you won't be pleasantly surprised when you get the bill.

Take this with a grain of salt, as I'm a life-long musician, but the "townie" musicians with PA systems that are way too loud playing the same material every "townie" musician has been playing in bars for the last 25 years makes sure you don't forget you're in Carroll County. It's a fairly sophisticated menu and space trying to appeal to a clientele that would almost just as soon be line dancing. Pretty successfully, though, I must say. But for me, the music they choose destroys the ambiance.

If you go on a weeknight when there's no music, it's a lovely night out with a decent but not extensive selection of (mostly good quality) wines which sort of belies the "Wine Pub" part of its name. When there's music, it's transforms into an upscale college bar. But in their defense, they probably wouldn't survive here any other way.

Food and service are ALWAYS good, though.

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PW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

$78 a couple was a bit pricey for salads and sandwiches. Otherwise, we enjoyed it.

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y
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We continue to try this restaurant, however it always disappoints. Food is weirdly flavored, costly and very small portions. My scallops came out ice cold and barely cooked. I sent them back, but could not stomach them, even when they were warmed. The "Forbidden" rice that was served with the scallops was horrible. We have determined that we are finished trying to like this restaurant and will not go back.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Several items were slightly on the overdone side of perfection, but the flavors were wonderful and the originality of the compositions was excellent. Great cocktails, good wine list, and fantastic desserts. We generally try to avoid the live entertainments due to noise issues, but the volume of this band was correct for the room.

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BB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great always! A very tasty local treasure with lots of regulars. Definitely make reservations for a Friday.

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Party of 5 ladies for a nice Sunday brunch and we were all VERY pleased with the food and service - and we can be a little high maintenance. Would definitely return.

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CC
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our 1st visit . Brunch was enjoyable. The hostess. Possibly the owner , made us feel very welcome & we were not rushed

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PO
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and was not rushed.
Was able to have a wonderful dinner out with my wife and talk and enjoy each other.

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GH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Made reservations an hour in advance and table wasn't ready when we arrived but the wqit wasn't too long. Ambiance is nice and service was personable. The Mole dish was not good and the Filet is over-priced. The french fries are delicious with garlic and rosemary. I like to go here when I'm tired of the norm but it is very pricey.

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L
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. Kind of noisy.

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LE
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food tasted good and it was a decent value. It was very busy for brunch and not much attention from the servers. When they did come by, they were very nice and quickly gave what we needed.

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CH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience on Saturday far exceeded our expectations! The service was terrific and the food spectacular. I will definitely return.

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PE
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I have been to the restaurant twice, the food is good bt the service is slow and forgetful.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for restaurant week. Great 4 course menu-great choices and 4 good size portion courses for $39. Really enjoyed our meal.

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LK
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and wine are always great. I appreciate healthy, gluten free, and paleo-friendly options on their menu. Exciting options that aren’t available anywhere else nearby. The owner is also extremely accommodating!

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I was not impressed by restaurant week food and our servicer acted like we were bothering her. I asked about music when we first came in and the hostess said they were having it. They did not have music which is why we wanted to give the place another try. I have eaten there before and not impressed with the portions and very pricey for what you get.

Also, I ordered a drink at the bar with soda water. The machine was not working and they were trying to fix it. She asked if I wanted something else but did not offer to comp the drink. I waited for about 25 minutes.

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MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Cocktails on point. Service outstanding.

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M
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Seated on backless bar stools, not my favorite. Very long time to get served. Nice wine list. Salad with blackened chicken just okay, duck was good, bread pudding was very good. Fine for once in awhile.

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KA
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The Cork is a great place to go with friends for wine and small plates, or appetizers. We have been here a few times for this and had a great time. The atmosphere is nice and service is great, the staff is very friendly. This was the first time we had dinner. Not the place for dinner at all. The only one of us that enjoyed their meal was my husband who got the pot roast. The NY steak was overdone and difficult to cut when both myself and our friend ordered it medium. The sides weren't that great either. My friend's chicken was dry and she picked just the corn out of her side dish. All in all, I would recommend, as I said the appetizers are delish and the small plates yummy. You have to get the Tai Shrimp! That's a must! The wines and House Sangrias are always good too... but don't go for dinner.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good brunch menu

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BR
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as usual

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n
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

When we got there we were told that open table shouldn’t have let us book a 7.45 so we had to wait 30 mins for table. She told
Us we could have table in the back as soon as they left. When it got cleared off we walked over to it and sat down and then she came and said the table had actually been reserved So would we move. Really! So we moved to another table up front. Which would have been fine but now because we were seated so late, it’s was 8.20, the musician came on at 8.30 and now we were right in front of him and couldn’t hear each other speak. Had we been seated at our reservation time this wouldn’t have been as much of an issue. Generally it just seemed disorganized and the hostess seemed overwhelmed. I’ve eaten there before and the food is decent. My hskband did order steak cooked medium it was way over cooked. Other than that food and drinks were good.

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d
Baltimore
271 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had a wonderful brunch with 3 friends lately. The menu was creative. My friends had the fried green tomato Benedict and were very pleased. I had the crab cheddar scramble and I enjoyed it. Both meals came with hash brown potatoes. The potatoes seemed sweet and, sure enough, the server said they were sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning and sugar. The sugar was off-putting for all of us and I think we should have been given prior notice. Portions are modestly small. The server was very friendly.

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l
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The County Cork Wine Pub in Eldersburg always provides excellent gourmet style meals in a beautiful setting. It's a cozy wine bar/restaurant and the selections of food and wine are tremendous. The staff and management are really great as well. I am always really pleased with my dining experience there whether casual or special occasion dining. It's always a cut above. They also do a great job of offering gluten free dinners which is important for us. Keep up the great work County Cork Wine Pub!

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JK
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

While it was an okay place, I could not say the price charged was worth the food received. The beef was tender but it wasn't anything special. We will not return. The wait staff was pleasant and the surroundings very clean.

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W
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My wife and I had a great meal. The service was a little slow. All in all, a great time.

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c
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cork’s has been a place we often end up eating at because the food is good value, the service is very good and staff always very friendly. The chef homes up with tasty items like the short rib tacos with salsa verde and grilled oysters with a Vietnamese sauce- yummy! The bar tender makes some very good cocktails. Friday music nights tend to be fun to go for an after dinner drink.

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c
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Pan roasted Cod and seafood Shepherd Pie are fantastic!

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ES
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for brunch and had poached eggs on fried green tomatoes. It was delicious. My friends got the dish with grits and the other got an omelette. They both said they were excellent. The place can get loud and overcrowded, but it’s a nice small restaurant in a convenient area.

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J
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great. I'm used to seeing gourmet restaurants like this in Paris and throughout Europe but here it is in Eldersburg! European cuisine and culture is just a short car drive away! No need to buy an airplane ticket to get this creative and delicious cuisine! My favorite (so far) is the Pan Seared Cod. To die for. Cheese and meat board with wine is outstanding. There is some seating outside in front. You'll find me there come Spring and Summer! Dining al fresco with County Cork can't be beat.

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c
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration - the fondue and the seafood shepherds pie were delicious!

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SR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner and service great as usual but have to say, the current strip steak entree not as likeable as previous menu option with herb butter. Both of us dining got this item and felt just not quite at the same level. Thanks

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian and Melanie were fantastic . We got 3 different dinners . My filet came over done but Melanie took it and had it fixed so quickly . You have a fantastic staff great food great wine I always leave happy

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SR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and were recommended this place from a distillery owner in Old sykesville. I really enjoyed our visit and our waitress was incredibly sweet and helpful. I had ordered some lamb with a French dip (thinking it was cream based), but when I saw the dark liquid I had her double check to see if the broth was mixed with beef. She came back and said "you're right...it's actually both lamb and beef" and she nicely took away the sauce and apologized. She didn't do anything wrong, but she definitely cared enough to double check which is something I greatly appreciate.

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MS
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This last visit was disappointing. The food was mediocre but the server was a pleasure. I would like to see a larger selection of local beers.

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S
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our family of 4 (kids 10 &13) enjoyed our evening. The food is a bit rich for the kids but between a few meals and appetizers we pieced together enough for both of them without compromising what we like for dinner. The service is always excellent and there is always something new and interesting on the menu!

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NF
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good meal at reasonable price. Good for casual date night.

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JS
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I enjoy the atmosphere and service. I am not too fond of the food and preparation. The salads are saturated with too much dressing and the foods are cooked in an oil that is not desirable. I stick with the cheese board, appetizers and wine, then sit back and relax for the evening.

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D
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Live music as well

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