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“Agree with "Big Disappointment"”
Review of Kora Restaurant

Kora Restaurant
Ranked #141 of 880 Restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 23rd Street
Transit: We are located above the Crystal City Metro Station (Blue Line)
Vienna, Austria
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Agree with "Big Disappointment"”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

From the menu, appeal of the website, street location and other reviews, it might seem like this is a good place for a nice Italian dinner. I could not say one good thing about my experience there. I went with a friend, we also were not greeted, though there were plenty of people lounging around. The service seemed like a total joke all throughout the evening and we practically had to search for someone, anyone, to come take an order, remember our order and even to pay the bill.

The wines on the list were not available, and the waiter told us to just pay more for a bottle that they had on hand. The bottle came out and the waiter didn't know how to uncork it, broke the cork in the bottle and said it was their last one of that kind, but to choose a different bottle and just pay more for the other one they had on hand again. I totally believe the person did not know how to uncork the bottle, otherwise, I would have thought it was some type of scheme to pay more for wine, it was almost comedic by the time we did get to our wine.

The food took forever to come out, my gnocchi were beyond dry, my friend said her dish was lacking and nothing to really talk about. The price we paid was not worth any of the experience. From start to finish it was an utter disappointment and I could never recommend someone to go there.

As a side note, my friend told me that the reviews on Yelp were also unfavorable of this restaurant. Food for thought...

  • Visited September 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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606 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
“Very good Italian from the wonderful Chef Morou”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Kora is a lovely restaurant located in Crystal City. The space is big and bright and at night lights up beautifully. The fare is simple Italian executed well. The cocktails are all very good and any one of them should be tried. The pastas are available in half and full orders, which is great and not always advertised in Italian places. The quinoa linguine is different and holds up well to vegetables it is served with. The chicken parmesan was great, with a bright tomato flavor and well cooked chicken. The meatballs are amazing, with great seasoning and a sublime sauce.

It may be a little out of the way, but Kora should definately be on your list of places to try when going to Crystal City.

  • Visited February 2012
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Winthrop
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275 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“dinner out”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

easy walk from hotel. food was excellent had lasagna. service was fast all food (4 of us) came out at the same time.

  • Visited December 2012
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Spokane Valley, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Nice place to eat”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Service was good. The Manhattan was made well, but seemed very much shy of what I would say a full drink in a martini glass (about 1/2 full). The Caesar salad was okay-- a bit dry, but the salmon fillet was very good. Small proportions for a mid-high price.

  • Visited October 2012
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New York
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“big disapointment”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

my girl friend and i were on vacation and this looked like a nice place to eat should have kept walking it was shortly before 5 pm on a weekday nite we were the only ones in the place no one moved to great us when we arrived although there was pleantly of staff leaning around
Finaly got seated and waiter acted like he was doing us a favor food was bland and after serving us never saw the waiter again untill he put bill on the table never checked up on us or the food

  • Visited September 2012
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