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
Good food, excellent happy hour, friendly staff – I have always loved this restaurant for the selection of wine and delicious food. They have great happy hour deals too.
I had my rehearsal dinner here and all of my guests loved it. It was a beautiful night.
Good restaurant down and on the way out... – I'm a Denver native, enjoyed Tante Louise way back, was thrilled with the Cork House when they opened, loved it and became a semi-regular (live in the hills), brought lots of friends … but sadly, last visit was my last time there and I will no longer recommend it. Food went down hill, service was abysmal, we were banished to a corner of the place and seemingly forgotten, one hour for any food to arrive, had to ask for bread (white, store bought), and then had to ask for butter or olive oil (another 10 minutes). salad: cheap, entree: cold, and what happened to "wine restaurant?" I would come because of the dynamic wine list, and the chance to sample wines: "no, we don't do wine flights." What? Since when? It's a WINE restaurant! Clearly, they've given up, and so have I.
Best Happy Hour and Patio in Denver – This place is so great in the summer. They have such a beautiful patio and lots of great specials during the week. Happy hour is awesome, with drink specials and appetizer specials (they make a great extra dirty martini). The cheese flights are really fun and tasty to try and the appetizers are really good.
The only reason for my 4 instead of 5 stars is that I didn't have a very good steak here. However, I will continue to go back for the reasons listed above. Love having it in the neighborhood.
Great atmosphere – I had one of my most memorable dining experiences at the Cork House years ago. We slogged our way there during a major thunderstorm/flood and the power went out as soon as we walked through the door. But the staff just lit candles, put together a decadent cheese and pate plate and pulled corks on some serious wines. It was a magical, memorable evening.
Great neighborhood find – Great place to enjoy the happy hour specials. Not sure its worth it all the other times. Bathroom was small and food takes a while but is usually worth it. Menu is expansive and the fare is high quality. We'll be back soon!
Best Wine Spot – This is hands down my favorite restaurant in Denver. The atmosphere is wonderful whether you are in the mood to eat by one of the fireplaces inside, have brunch on the patio, or have drinks in the bar. This restaurant is extremely cozy, the staff is genuinely friendly and helpful, and the food and wine make the experience complete. Try everything on the happy hour food menu at least once; my favorites are the sweet potato fries, both sets of sliders, the cheese flights, and the spinach artichoke dip. The entrees and salads are also fantastic and reasonably priced.
The food is just not good – The Cork House is great if you want a good glass of wine and a cheese flight; but anything beyond that is not good. All the food was over cooked. The muscles were rubbery and the salmon was tastless and so done! The specials were terrible and we finished nothing. Even dessert, which I think can't really be that bad, just add chocolate, was bad tasteless, wanting.
Don't waste your time or money. Denver has too many really good restaurants to waste a meal here.
Longest dinner of my life!! – I was so excited to try the Cork House - the 5280 deal was wonderful and the food sounded great. I was mistaken. While the server was friendly, it took nearly 20 min. to get our wine order (just 2 glasses of wine!) The cheese plate was decent, but nothing extraordinary. The wedge salads were thrown on the plate with boxed croutons and bits of tomato - again, not bad. The wine, cheese and salads took about an hour to be served - when the salad plates were cleared we waited for the entree, and waited and waited and waited. When the steaks arrived another hour later, they were rare - not medium as ordered. After the long wait, we decided not to send them back, just asked for a box and the desert that came with the 5280 meal. Guess what? We waited again - the coffee that was supposed to be with desert was gone and we were still waiting. This is not the place to go if you would like to eat your dinner in less than 3 hours.
Stay away, stay very far away... – Last night a friend and I dropped by the Cork House for dinner. We had no reservations but did not need any and were seated at a lovely table by the fireplace. The ambiance is incredible but that is the last nice thing that I can say about this eatery. We started with a scallop appetizer which sounded lovely. However, it was tough and horrible. The waiter was shocked when we told him. They took it off the bill. We then had the martini salad which was passable. For entrees we had the flatiron steak which came out as ordered but was only tolerable if dipped in the gravy. The potatoes and mushrooms that came with steak were left on plate after tasting. The crab stuffed shrimp was okay but no better than a cheap frozen entree. The shrimp dinner came with lemon rice and prosciutto ham wrapped around dry lettuce. I cannot emphasize dry enough. Both were dry and the ham was rubbery. I cannot complain enough. The service and bar is another horror story. Stay away, stay very far away.
Greatness – We had the time of our lives on the patio at the Cork House. We've found our new happy hour spot. We sat on the patio Thursday night for half price bottles of wine. The service was WONDERFUL, they were friendly, could answer our wine questions and made great pairing recommendation for their appetizers. We had the seared tuna (perfect) and a great Australian white that was crisp and complemented the food. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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