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“Should have spent my money elsewhere”
Review of The Corkscrew Cafe - CLOSED

The Corkscrew Cafe
Price range: US$10 - US$36
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Located just off the square in Dahlonega next to the Historic Holly Theater, the Corkscrew Cafe offers American Cuisine with a modern and creative twist. Trout, Eggplant Mascarpone and Nut Crusted Pork Chop are a few of our signature items as well as Steaks, Appetizers and "To Die For" Desserts! The extensive wine list features Georgia wines, as well as other quality selections from around the world. The dining room and patio make an ideal setting for casual fine dining and good times with friends, family and business associates. Live music on most Friday and Saturday nights. Monthly Wine Diners and Tastings available. Large Parties welcomed, reservations recommended. "Dining with a Twist" for 12 years in North Georgia. Come join Us!
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Booked a reservation for a 40th anniversary celebration for friends. Not only was there no one at the reception desk when we enter...had to call into the kitchen area 3x before a guy came out and said we should go outside and downstairs. Our first hint that there would be substandard food.... they wearer out of several things on the appetizer menu and one of the main courses even though it was mid-week and not busy, The server was nice but nothing was going her way. Ordered an artichoke appetizer for $8 and it was 3 small canned pieces with some seasoning. One of our party ordered the most expensive thing on the menu the $32 filet with peppercorn sauce only to have it delivered to the table with an apology by the server that the there would be no peppercorn sauce. The rest of us ordered pork chops with broccoli and mashed potatoes. They were out of broccoli and substituted asparagus but never asked if we wanted or like asparagus. The potatoes were tepid....barely a hint of warmth in the food. And, no acknowledgement of the anniversary celebration. Don't waster your money or your time....overpriced food and menu not available. We did however have a few nice glasses of wine.

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Thank grundsche
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Lots of hidden gems on the menu. Wide selection of small plates and full dinners, and of course a great wine list. A little pricey but a good value. Brittany was great--great service, knowledgeable about the menu, and just the right amount of attention. Great live music, too--set the mood without being loud or intrusive. Definitely will be back the next time we're in the area.

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Thank Brett A
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

I can only base this review off of my one visit. I ordered the French Toast....it was okay. The spiced cream cheese was a nice addition.....my pecans were a little more than roasted....but the apples were really good. Friend ordered the same thing and for some reason she didn't have not one piece of pecan. The wait staff fixed it immediatley....the staff was friendly...live music was a compliment....not sure how wheelchair accessible it is considering we walked down a flight of stairs. Maybe there is an inside seating portion? Overall not bad!

Thank LivelkDying
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Those of us in Dahlonega have seen the Corkscrew restaurant go through a number of changes from owners to concepts. Some semi worked, some didn't.

Now the Corkscrew has re-invented it self again...

While known as one of the best fine dinning experiences in Dahlonega, it has converted its upstairs to a martini bar, and made the old jail space a stand up bar, and the covered outside space as the dinning room.

This review is only focused on the upstairs Martini Bar...

Being a lover of a good classic cocktail we ordered a rye old fashion, and a vesper.

Both were prepared perfectly by their bar-god Brad. He is professional and exact. The best bartender in Dahlonega!

We ordered their flat bread, grilled artichokes, and mushroom pate...

All good, very well prepared. A nice compliment to a glass of wine or cocktail.

They were still in their opening stage, so a few wrinkles to iron out when it comes to alcohol selection and variety.

The room was a little crowded but you could also say "intimate" close setting. A few pillows would add to the seating in the big leather chairs.

Overall, a fun, good experience.., and everyone around us was enjoying their cocktails and tapa appetizers.

We're glad that Corkscrew has changed for the better. It's nice to enjoy a good drink and not feel like you are in a sports bar. A place where you can meet friends, relax and enjoy!

We did! And hope you will also.

Thank SouthernTravel
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The new owner has created a dining experience only in the downstairs of this restaurant. He remade the upstairs a lounge. I don't care for the lounge. Chairs are oversized for the room. Although you can say they are comfy they are a cheap black oversized sway back chair. It's jumbled in there and the ambience seems like we should be playing video games. The blinds are closed to the street. Weird as that was always my favorite thing about that room ( the view of the street) Having come upstairs the bar is not fully stocked yet. I don't like the look or the feel of the lounge. There is nothing to do with wine or martinis for that matter. Seems like a messed up boys dorm okay we know the new owner is male and did the decorating.
So we go downstairs for the Valentine's Day meal. 4 course meal. Salad which was very good then you got to chose from tapas for second. They brought the tapas on top of the salad. We hardly had 2 bites of the salad and we were inundated with the second course. Next the entree. I had salmon with about 2 tablespoons of mashed potatoes under it with asparagus that looked way way way overcooked. Did not eat at all looked so yucky My husband ordered the chicken. Just ok. Next course desert. We ordered the strawberry and chocolate creme brûlée. Good god. A nightmare. Watery pudding. Really terrible if you've eaten anywhere with good creme brûlée And last but not least. The owner buys Costco plastic folding chairs. I am sick of eating on plastic chairs in Dahlonega. Really you believed this would stem your loss. It only makes people say they hate sitting eating dinner on plastic chairs upgrade failure. We all want to come back to sit in your plastic fold up chairs for fine dining. Are you fine dining or just give us plastic cups and paper plates and forks and knives to stem your loss. The food is getting marginal and I can take my money else where like the new Italian place in town. I think the owner needs a decorator. And a decent chef. That will stop the money loss your portions are meager and your quality is not good. We had to wait about 30 minutes to leave due to computer failure. We had another drink. It was ridiculous. Poor service +poor food + poor seating but you want to improve so improve

Thank ms.go-go
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