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Cork Wine Bar - Washington D.C.

vsimoncini Jul 14, 2012 08:13 PM

What a disappointment. Really looked forward to an evening spent sampling the energy and flavor of 14th St. north of Logan Circle. Having already enjoyed an evening with the folks at Chuch Key, as well as some time with the folks at Bar Pilar, our nightcap at Cork was eagerly anticipated. Instead, our bartender couldn't have been more indifferent, and the wait staff wasn't much better. It was as if we were interrupting their fun.l The drinks looked interesting, but th eservicw as unaware of my party as if we'd been ther the nighfo of mef

  1. woodleyparkhound Jul 14, 2012 11:39 PM

    Could you please repeat that last sentence?

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound
      VaPaula Jul 15, 2012 12:46 PM

      Exactly what I was thinking! If it's one of those quizzes to see if you can still read jumbled up words, I failed miserably.

      I had the opposite experience at Cork a few weeks ago. Bartender was nice, friendly, efficient, and he liked talking about wine - something I really like in a wine bar! We only stopped in for a glass of wine (ended up with a flight) but we vowed to go back to eat some time, based on the few dishes we saw around us. There appeared to be quite a few regulars in there, as well.

      1. re: VaPaula
        Elyssa Jul 16, 2012 05:14 AM

        When you go back don't miss the avocado and pistachio dish. So simple. So good!

        1. re: Elyssa
          VaPaula Jul 16, 2012 11:08 AM

          Thanks for the rec. That's one of the dishes we saw multiple times - it looked fresh & good.

      2. re: woodleyparkhound
        katecm Jul 17, 2012 09:56 AM

        Perhaps it was written immediately after the evening at Church Key, then Bar Pilar, then the nightcap at Cork?

        It is so busy in there, I think the bartenders tend to be pulled in many different directions. But once you get their attention, I find that they are very eager to discuss options, as they are quite enthusiastic about what they serve.

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        The Big Crunch Jul 16, 2012 12:15 PM

        My GF and I live in the neighborhood and have been there at least a half dozen times. Never had a bad experience. The only times we've had problems getting a drink immediately was when the place was obviously slammed and the folks behind the bar were understandably in the weeds. Even then, service was perfectly acceptable given the fact that the bar was three-deep with customers on a friday night.

        Avocado thing is soooo good. Other favs are the brussels sprouts, rabbit confit, and brioche sandwich. Last time I had the rabbit, I found it a bit lacking in flavor, though I recall really liking it a few times before. I've also had mixed experiences with cooked steaks - once it was fine, but the last time it was overcooked. Overall though, we really like the place.

        Any restaurant can have an off night, or a bad experience with one customer. Before you decide the place has generally lousy service, I'd suggest you give it another try because, like I said, six or so times there and I've never had anything resembling the experience you had.

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