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“Good Food, Poor Ambiance” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Twisted Cork Cafe

The Twisted Cork Cafe
3525 Honduras, Frenchtown 00802, St. Thomas
340-775-2675
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Ranked #4 of 7 Restaurants in Frenchtown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $36
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Cajun & Creole, Eclectic
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Twisted Cork Cafe, located in the heart of Frenchtown,offers a relaxing, comfortable, yet elegant atomosphere while providing gracious service and exceptional cuisine.Utilizing fresh local fish and produce when available(on premise garden coming in 2013).In addition, our bar is always warm and inviting for our regular patrons, or guests passing through who wish to imbibe their favorite libation in a cozy and friendly environment.
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“Good Food, Poor Ambiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Considerable ambiance has been lost in the conversion from Craig and Sally's. The booths have been removed, the space has been opened up, but the cafe is now a cavernous, windowless box with too much undistinguished brown furniture and poor acoustics.

If you can get past the mediocre ambience, the food remains pretty good. The signature ossobucco remains one of the best I have ever had, a generous portion of meat falling off the bone in a puttanesca style sauce. On this visit, my partner ordered a pasta with chicken and aoli special which was also well-received.

The menu permits the mix and match selection of two appetizers for $14. We tried the chicken livers, not something we'd normally order, but very pleasing in this case.

Service was prompt, knowledgeable and courteous. Bar drinks - in our case, a martini and a marguerite - well-prepared.

If the owners could invest in a design upgrade to restore some warmth and intimacy to the di inv experience, that would be great.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Hidden Gem in Frenchtown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We had a bit of a time finding the place, but we called and they were more than happy to guide us in. This gem is in the heart of Frenchtown and was by far the best place we ate on the island (and we did many of the fine dining options). I had the special that night - Chicken Linguini in a Paprika Cream Sauce --- SOOO Good. Great wine selection. Only downside was owner (or manager) in serving jeans --- it made the place seem to a bit of an identity crisis, you're either upscale or a mom & pop joint. I think you're going for the former so stop dressing like the latter (but I really am just nitpicking). However if they want to compete with Pesce and other fine dining options it's just something to consider. Otherwise amazing place to dine.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Lots to pick from!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

love this restaurant. Many items on the menu. The chef Put together a great list. A taste explosion. Service was pleasant and timely.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“"Pretentious"”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

100 characters to sum up "The Twisted Cork" is unnecessary. My title describes the cafe perfectly. The bloody raw flat iron steak that i got which shouldve been medium wasn'nt the real issue. Intead of just fixing the problem i had, the waiter decided to debate with me about how steak is prepared. To sum it up the waitress basically told us that we'd never had a steak cooked properly and this was how it should have always been. My husband was appauled and so was I. Thanks for the food education but im 32 yrs old. I know the difference between rare and medium. This place might've been ok but your staffs atittude ruined it. Respect for guests should be rule number 1.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Augustine, Florida, United States
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“A must visit!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

On our most recent trip to St. Thomas we visited The Twisted Cork and had a wonderful experience. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and we enjoyed the extensive wine menu. We had one of the best meals of our whole vacation! This is definitely a must visit while on St Thomas!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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