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Review of Kora in Crystal City, Arlington, VA

I gave Kora two out of five stars when I reviewed it on November 26th, 2010. I have not been back.

2250-B Crystal Dr
Arlington, VA 22202
(571) 431-7090

Horribly disappointing is the summary. Wish there was a 1.5 stars you could click… We were sold a bill of goods, told it would be hip and trendy and have great food as well. We actually gave up a chance to visit Jaleo (next door) again… and I will not lightly forgive Kora for making us miss another Jaleo meal.

If you are just going for drinks, and to be seen by the trendy folks at the bar, you will probably be fine.

Do NOT stay to eat here.

Table service was horrible, we had to ask for utensils and napkins a dozen times; we never did get them.

The Insalata Caprese does not have any basil, and even after sending it back twice to get basil that is part of the definition for Caprese, we kept getting the plate returned with different greens on it that were no basil. The staff could not understand that we wanted basil even though they seemed to be native English speakers.

My entree was acceptable, but bland and unremarkable. I struggle to remember now what it was supposed to be.

Like many places, the noise level was high enough that it was difficult to have a decent conversation. To be fair, this is an annoying trend in most modern restaurants; but here – where nothing else seemed right, it was a killer because we could not even ignore the horrible service and mediocre food and just talk.

Overpriced, mediocre, glacial and uncaring service. Skip Kora, it sucks; except possibly for drinks only.

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