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The Village Cork

4.3
356 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Comfort Food
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

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The Village Cork is a rustic yet comfortable wine bistro serving boutique wines and local and organic foods. Since opening in 2001 our focus has been to provide an "open arms" atmosphere. "Eat, drink, and be merry" is our way of life here at The Village Cork.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 10:30pm, Dinner Friday: 4pm - 12:00am, Saturday Dinner: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday Closed
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Phone number
(303) 282-8399
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
The Village Cork is a rustic yet comfortable wine bistro serving boutique wines and local and organic foods. Since opening in 2001 our focus has been to provide an "open arms" atmosphere. "Eat, drink, and be merry" is our way of life here at The Village Cork.
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Private party contact
Lisa Lapp: (303) 282-8399
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Louisiana
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Public transit
The Louisiana-Pearl Light Rail station is located 1 block from The Village Cork.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on November 14, 2015

We returned to the Cork for a second visit because we so enjoyed our first one. We like the neighborhood, the feel of the place, and the food and wine. While the food was still delicious and the ambiance was still quaint and intimate, the service was not as good. Everything seemed late, including the appetizer and second helping of bread, and the entrees. We couldn't tell if it was the kitchen or the server, but it didn't make us feel any better watching our waitress socialize with her friends at the bar while we sat at an empty table.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

We met another couple at the VC for the Valentine's brunch and we loved it!!! I am so glad they have started brunch at the VC. It's such a quaint and lovely place to relax and enjoy good friends, great wine and amazing food. The biscuits and gravy were delicious, the potatoes on each dish were perfectly done and dressed with seasoning. We shared the hard boiled egg app with fried oysters, but I had a hard time sharing they were so good. I could have licked the remoulade off of the plate. Can't wait to try the kale and mushroom omelette, and the Apple bread pudding French toast!

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2015

Great food, great wine, and wonderful service

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2015

Service and attention by our bartender Saturday night was outstanding. We would go back just because of her. The wine list could be a bit more extensive as we were hoping. Great date night experience!

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3.0Dined on October 23, 2015

This isn't the place you go if you're hungry. The meals are more like small plates rather than regular entrees. The food was good - you just don't get much for the money you're spending. I had asked the waitress if she recommended the fish special or the gnocchi. She said she'd recommend the fish - that it was delicious. She then said she had "seen" it. I asked her if she had tasted it and she said no. One thing that annoys me at restaurants is when the waiter/waitress doesn't give you honest/genuine feedback or they only recommend the most expensive items on a menu. I like the ambiance and the wine was good. They should just charge small plate prices if that's what they're really serving.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2015

Went here for a birthday celebration. Great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2015

My wife and I love to go to the Village Cork for date night. Menu is always changing and so clever, wine list is short (a good thing) and high quality, and the service is always excellent.

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4.0Dined on October 3, 2015

The Village Cork is probably well known to anyone in the Wash Park and DU neighborhoods, but I highly encourage those from out of the area to make the drive. The wine list is impressive, but even if it doesn't suit, there are many more wines available - just ask. The food was seasonal and very well done. I had corn-crusted Colorado trout and I've never had better. The squash soup was so good I nearly licked the bowl. I guess what it comes down to is, you'll come for the wine list, but stay for the food.

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2015

There were so many fantastic extras that were provided to us as a thank you from the chef and restaurant. Great experience!

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2015

I don't usually write reviews... but for The Village Cork, I absolutely will! My husband and I shared a half bottle of wine, warm brie and roasted garlic, bruleed watermelon salad to start off our meal. So good! We sat next to the open kitchen and watched our food prepared first hand. Entrees were delish as well. Sadly didn't have room for dessert. We will be back with friends!

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2015

Met a group of friends here after work for a drink and some shared small plates. Happy hour wine and cocktail prices are great. We ordered several items and liked them all but the jarred pickled tomatoes were the favorite. Portions did seem a bit small.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2015

We made reservations for a birthday celebration and upon walking in the door was greeted by warm colors and perfect lighting. The restaurant is small but has quite a bit of choices when it comes to seating. We did have a discussion about the table we wanted to sit at and though they were accomodating they did try to sit us at a small two top table that would have made one person stare at the wall the entire time. We did end up getting the four top where we could both sit on one side and face out but not without the hostess telling us she would rather not just in case they did have a party of 4 walk in the door. They did not have a party of four enter the restaurant the rest of the night.
They were gracious enough to provide champagne on the house due to my birthday. The menu changes every 3 months and they boost they try use organic and local foods as much as possible. This showed in the menu that had an array of unique appetizers and entrees. Our appetizer did not disappoint. Warm bubbling brie cheese and a sweet jam with toasted baguette with a whole roasted garlic clove. It was delicious!
Entrees were delicious as well. The lavender encrusted bone in pork chop with corn cakes and sauteed kale was amazing. Pork can be hit or miss but this one was cooked perfectly. We also got the BLT mac and cheese. It came and had arugula side salad, hence the L&T. It was tasty and was definitely home made.
The goodness didn't stop there. A roasted colorado peach with homemade mint ice cream and creme brulee with berries topped off the night.
We left satisfied and vowing we would be back. The whole experience was quite lovely from the modern yet country decor to the food in which it was obvious the chef had spent time constructing a thoughtful menu to leaving and walking down the quiet but busy Pearl Street.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2015

I took my wife here for our anniversary and everything was outstanding. The food was great, the service was outstanding and the ambiance was very romantic. Very elegant, but comfortable dining environment and moderately priced.

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5.0Dined on August 21, 2015

Staff was so friendly and accommodating and there were delicious vegan options for us, nice creative gourmet items. The chef created a wonderful vegan peach dessert for us which was just scrumptious. We were there for Happy Hour, so our wines were half price and very enjoyable. Nice atmosphere, small, intimate, not too crowded together. I can't wait to come back.

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2015

Loved how clean the restaurant was and it was tastefully decorated. The mature staff was friendly and offered great customer service. I will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2015

Would be perfect if there were a bit more for the vegatarian. I eat wild fish + plants. Nothing on the menu complied. I compromised with the veg tort. (Goat cheese)

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2015

We had such a wonderful time. We were quite lucky in having the owner check in on us and select wines to pair with our meals. And they were fantastic selections! This is a must if you haven't been.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2015

I have been coming to this charming restaurant for years. Food is always thoughtfully prepared and delicious, wine is exquisite and the staff is knowledgeable and gracious.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2015

what a lovely surprise! It was a quiet Monday eve Happy Hour and my friend and I sat at the bar. The Bartender was terrific! She was generous with her knowledge and happy to share information about the wine specials, how to make a great cocktail and other bar tips. The wine WAS great, the light apps pretty good and best of all we felt well pampered and like VIPs.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2015

It is a lovely little neighborhood restaurant. The seating is tight. While our waitress was attentive, we felt slightly rushed as she approached our table perhaps more frequently than we felt was necessary asking us if we had made a decision yet on more wine or dessert.
The presentation of the halibut was lovely on a bed of kale, fennel and citrus fruits. The citrus was just the right touch not too much but enough to get a nice orange bouquet on the vegetables. The halibut was nicely browned and barely crispy on the outside but still moist inside. Perfectly cooked.

The noise level picked up significantly especially when three couples showed up, one with a barely month old newborn who was screaming his head off and which dad then took outside. This isn't Applebees or Chiles. It may not be the most expensive place in the world but the wine and food is certainly a cut well above many restaurants and people go here for a nice meal. It is NOT a place for children or babies especially if they are screaming. People go here for a nice adult meal so stay home and nurse your newborn or wait til they are a little older and get a sitter. Otherwise, go to a family restaurant if you simply must get out of the house!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2015

we live in the area and were surprised not having heard about The Village Cork. Turns out it was well worth a visit. Service was impeccable and the hanger steak was suberb. The chef is fantastic. Bravo!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2015

Yummmm! Great wine and great food! Took friends there for the first time and we all enjoyed...nice experence

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2015

We brought a colleague's daughter who is in Denver for her semester abroad for a bit of local Denver fare. Great spot, great service ... would go back again!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

We love Village Cork. The food is fabulous, the wine list is unmatched and the atmosphere divine. Love love love the Charm, the Romance the Class that this little "Find" offers. If you want to feel like your found your favorite spot in all of Denver it will be at your own special table at The Village Cork.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2015

Great atmosphere, good food, but small portions.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2015

Village Cork is that magical mixture of amazing food, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and incredible atmosphere that makes for a perfect evening. The recent renovations give it even more of European cafe feel. We can't recommend it highly enough.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2015

Just got back to the Village Cork after their remodel. The space looks great, lays out a lot better than before. The food also seems like it was upgraded, my wife and I both loved our entrees.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2015

My husband and I recently moved to Platt Park and had been missing some of our Chicago restaurant favorites....however the ambiance and food quality might have beat them all at Village Cork!! This is our new favorite and we cannot wait to come back!!!

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2015

It has been awhile since we've been to the Village Cork. They re-did the interior (nicer now) and the menu. We thought the food had always been good, but it is even better now. All three of our dishes were very nicely done. Highly recommend. Our service was also great!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2014

Great ambiance for NYE. Food was good but not for the price.

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2014

Seating in some areas very tight, so lack of privacy. Glad it has reopened!

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2014

Terrific! We love the remodel, warm atmosphere & always delightful food

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2014

The newly remodeled Village Cork has really upped its game. Though the menu is small the quality of the food and preparation is fantastic.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2014

The triumphant return is upon us at last! Praise the good people of Village Cork for once again bestowing the deliciousness upon the people of Pearl.

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1.0Dined on November 5, 2014

They were slammed, ran out of menus, ingredients to make the food on the menu and had a completely different drink selections than were on the menu.....I hope it was because they just opened. This place has potential but they need to get their act together before they can charge $29/plate for dinner.

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2.0Dined on November 5, 2014

Sadly-I was very disappointed. This had been my favorite restaurant, but the service was very slow and we had to return the beef cheeks. I was impressed that they knew (from the past) that it was my birthday, but was told they don't do anything special, unless they 'get a whim". Huh?

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1.0Dined on August 26, 2014

was not open and was unable to cancel reservation on your website or when I called them, no one answered

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2014

We love the atmosphere of this wine bar and the food and wine list is always amazing. Definitely a special occasion place because it can get pretty pricey but it is most definitely worth it in every way.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2014

We had wonderful food and service. Our party of 5 decided to share multiple dishes, which meant we sampled pretty much everything on the menu. Everything dish was delicious! Our waitress was very accommodating and helpful.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2014

We had such an enjoyable evening at the Village Cork! We lured our in laws out of the suburbs and they love it! The atmosphere is so perfect: cozy, charming but not cookie cutter. Our server was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful towards our gluten intolerant guest. The food was delightful, the wine was perfect. All in all, a very lovely night. A perfect spot for grown ups!

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