Denver >Food & Dining > Cork House Restaurant
4900 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO | Directions 8022039.739985 -104.930302
Mon. - Sun. 3pm - 7pm
Neighborhoods: South Park Hill, Park Hill, Northeast Denver
Don't Order the Food – Pretty space, friendly people, nice patio, and miserable food. There's no nice way to put this, but aside from the cheese course, there wasn't a single presentable course served to me or my party on our visit. The seared tuna was of very low quality and extremely stringy. The wedge salads were poorly constructed (and if you can screw up a wedge salad, something is terribly wrong). The salmon entree I was served was of poor quality (fishy smelling), and the presentation was appalling (drizzled with brown sugar and bbq sauce from a bottle). A flatiron steak was served medium rare as ordered, yet was tasteless and chewy. Desserts capped the experience--an icy creme brule', and an assortment of sorbets (one of which tasted of Lysol). I rarely complain about restaurants--let alone publicly, but this was a miserable dining experience. I have a pit in my stomach--both from the food, and the fact that I paid for it. If you go--order a cheese course, and then leave.
way overpriced. incompetent chef? – I got kind of excited to try this place one night so we stopped in. the cabernet's they had were way way over priced. The food, quite frankly, for the price, was miserable. I was excited to see that i could order a side of seared tuna with my salad. With a little balsamic vinegarette, that would have been delicious, but alas, they had no balsamic vinegarette (um. what?) and instead of tuna they brought me the salad with two large, uncut
and tough steaks of SALMON. seared. what? im not the kind of guy to send things back, but this time, i really should have. i mean, how was i supposed to cut that? also, you shouldn't sear salmon like that. it makes it even tougher. the raspberry vinegarette they sent me was terrible and sweet. i could hardly touch it.
very disapointing. I could have gotten sick. I ordered a salmon steak, which was also very over priced. I think it was 19 or 20. My girlfriend had the filet mingnon, which was around 34. What we got was the same quality, if not less, than something we get at lonestar steakhouse, or TGIFridays. My GLAZED salmon, also had what appeared to be KC masterpiece barbeque sauce slathered all over the plate.. why? why? it was not a very good filet anyway. it had clearly been frozen. paying so much, i thought for sure they might have a better hookup. I thought the staff was rather rude as though they work at a four star resturaunt, which they do not. Our waitress however, was very polite and sweet, and attentive. Don't let the corona umbrellas on the patio fool you. This place is not layed back. The music seemed to be the same as the waiting music i get when i have to sit on hold with a Dell Computer tech agent. revolting.. Basically, what you'll get here is chain-resturaunt quality food and service, at four-star price, and a nice view out the window at an east colfax 15 line bus stop.. scary..*sigh* just go to outback steakhouse or something for a better experience with real music, at a fraction of the cost
No more happy hour :( – We used to love the Cork House for their fabulous happy hours and would go almost every weekend. We were incredibily disappointed to learn that this weekend, they changed their happy hour. Appetizers are now 7 dollars (happy hour price, not normal price) and you can only choose from a list of about 10 wines that are "only" 6 dollars. I'm sorry, but 6 dollars is NOT a happy hour value. To top it off, our chips and bread were so stale we left the spinach adn artichoke dip sitting there.
We won't be returning anymore. The new happy hour is pitiful. I guess all good things must come to an end.
good food; great service – I came here on a Thursday night with a group of nine people. It happened to be raining that day, which the manager said was the reason the restaurant wasn't crowded. We had reservations but could have easily been seated without them. Happy hour is half off wine by the glass, until 7pm I believe. Thursdays are half off all bottles. I had the french onion soup, which was very good. I also had the duck entree, which was good but really pretty average. We split a bunch of desserts--the bananas foster was really delicious, the sushi chocoloate thing was fantastic (very rich-tasting) and the chocolate cake was good (very HUGE portion). The service was probably the best thing about the restaurant. Our waiter was very attentive and a manager also came by our table a couple times to make sure we had everything we needed. All in all, a great experience.
Best Happy Hour – For Happy Hour this place hits all the marks for me, 1/2 price wine, ten dollar flight of five cheeses (of your choice) with a nice selection of crackers and bread. I hear their Martinis are three dollars and are all top shelf. For those of us not really looking for a scene to be seen and would like to catch up with friends, the location seems central and not too loud. Oh, hay and don't let me for get to mention the Sweet Potato fries - tasty sweet salty deliciousness. Service was really good the last three times I was there and the Manager even stopped by. The parking can be a little bit of a pain, although if you have lived in Capitol Hill you will find a spot.
Great experience. Don't necessarily believe other reviews – Read other poor reviews, but wanted to try it anyway. Glad we did! On a frigid night, it wasn't too busy. Service was great. Very perssonable server. Made good recommendations for wine and cheese flight. I read that they were out of several wines in one of the reviews so I queried the waiter what was out of stock. He only knew of one wine. But lo and behold, the one I ordered was out. However, they had a special deal on a wonderful cab, of a good vintage. (And I had a half off wine coupon, that I could apply to it, even though it had a special price.) The menu is not your typical salmon entree, chicken breast entree, and petite fillet entree. The menu included things like chicken potpie, meat loaf, and catfish (although I don't know what type of wines you would pair with these.) The stuffed flounder in parchment was an excellent entree. Only negative was that the red wine was chilled. I asked why, and he explained that the cellar is a real cellar, and on a sub zero night, it gets cold. We nursed the wine for about a half hour and it came to room temperature. That just added to the uniqueness of the restaurant. Definitely would return for the reasonable prices, unusual menu, ambiance, and the wines.
Miss Taunte Louise – We went on a Friday night, and had very friendly (if slow) waitstaff and enjoyed the lovely patio, but that is the extent of the nice things that can be said of the experience. We asked to be moved to the patio because the inside of the restaraunt was as loud as any bar. It seems all of the ambiance of Tante Louise has been washed away by clientele that might have been just as happy at a Bennigan's on Friday night. The food was more in the Bennigan's ball park too. The cheese flights and wines, enjoyed on the patio are worth the trip, but if you are looking for fine dining, do not seek it here. I have never seen a chef ruin lamb the way this one can....
My Friday evening at The Cork House – The experience we had at this restaurant still has me boiling. Some of the wait staff is rude, some of it is inept and unprofessional, and most if it is never there when you need it. The waiters I saw all looked to be twenty-somethings who seemed very unhappy to be doing their jobs, and I think they're all in over their heads.
We arrived on Friday evening at around 6:15, and met friends on the deck. It took 20 minutes to get my first glass of wine. I ordered the crab cake/tomato dish, and it was actually quite good. However, the waiter completely forgot about my friend's order of salmon. I had completely finished mine, and when the waiter finally came by, we reminded him that we didn't have all our order. He ran away in a flurry, and brought out the salmon within five minutes. While I can understand not overcooking fish, the inside of the salmon was raw and cold. I know, because I tasted it. The inside of the salmon looked a little like pink petroleum jelly. We sent it back, and it finally came out again, still underdone, but at least edible. What a mess!
Worse than bad! – They were out of our first two wine oders. Everthing took forever. Staff was not knowledgable of wines or menu items. Food tasted like cork. Not reccomended.
This East Colfax winery is as accessible as it is refined--a fitting replacement for longtime Denver darling Tante Louise. – In Short
This romantic yet family-friendly restaurant is a local favorite for wining and dining. Patrons relax inside at the casual lounge and outside on the patio. Inside dining is cozier, especially by the fireplace. The menu offers appetizers and entrees of American cuisine jazzed with Mediterranean flavor, including herb-crusted lamb loin and the Kobe club steak. Complementing the wide variety of wine offered is the eclectic choice of cheese flights from France, Italy, Holland and more.
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