About Cork Wine and Tapas

Cork Wine and Tapas Restaurant is located in the heart of historic downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts. Specializing in creative cuisine, we offer a dynamic menu which features both tapas & full entrees. An eclectic eatery, the Cork menu highlights our city’s love affair with the sea while also including a wide range of options for both vegetarian and meat lovers alike. Under new leadership and a new chef, we have created a unique dining experience which focuses on ambience, familiarity, and outstanding food.

Cork Wine and Tapas

Cork Wine and Tapas is located in the heart of Historic Downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts. Specializing in creative cuisine, we offer a dynamic menu which features both tapas & full entrees. An eclectic eatery, the Cork menu highlights our city’s love affair with the sea while also including a wide range of options for both vegetarian and meat lovers alike. Under new leadership and a new chef, we have created a unique dining experience, indoors in the historic Joseph Taber building or outdoor dining along the cobblestones, which focuses on ambience, familiarity, and outstanding food.

Cork hosts local musicians on a weekly basis and we take pride in our connection with the local theater and art community. Stop by on a “Z Night” and you will find tables packed with diners enjoying our special wine flights and meals of shared tapas before and after their outings to the Zeiterion Theatre. We also present varied programming on AHA! nights, a free arts & culture celebration which takes place the second Thursday of every month in Downtown New Bedford.

Cork provides complimentary valet, as well as having an exclusive event space, with patio access & harbor views, which can be reserved for any event including private dinner with friends, corporate functions, bridal & baby showers & even wedding parties. Visit our website often for new menu offerings & entertainment schedule or join us on Facebook to be ‘in the know’ about our amazing weekend specials and other up to the minute Cork info.

HISTORY

The Joseph Taber building has stood solidly by the waterfront since its original construction in 1836. At the time, the whaling industry was surging in New Bedford, and the Taber brothers sought to capitalize on the resulting opportunities by producing blocks, pumps and other items for local seamen. Because the Taber building was designed to be a warehouse to produce, house and maneuver large nautical equipment, the interior is spacious and skewered with an enormous steel rod that supports the floors from basement to roof. Although the Tabor brothers were successful for many years, their business folded at the turn of the century when new technologies made their shop and its offerings obsolete. The Taber building changed hands many times, suffering everything from dubious restructuring projects to a fire. While historic downtown New Bedford appreciated, the Taber warehouse languished.

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