Cork Tree Restaurant
Cork Tree Restaurant

Cork Tree Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thecorktree.com/
  • Phone: 7607790123x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Daily 7 Days:
    Lounge: 4:00 pm
    Lounge Menu: 4:30 pm
    Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two private dining options at the Cork Tree. There is the intimate Chef’s Table which seats 6-8 people comfortably, as well as the Meritage board room, a private room overlooking our beautiful patio that seats up to 30.
  • Private Party Contact: Kathy Hernandez 7607790123x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cook Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is ample public parking for the restaurant.
A word from Cork Tree Restaurant
Cork Tree Restaurant is built around California products. Local ingredients are used whenever possible and wines of the West Coast, particularly California, are featured.

The wine list is always a work in progress, with a balance of well known wineries, as well as boutique wineries.

Cork Tree enhabits a style rich in California elegance. Large and round booths privately encased in wood and fabric provide intimate spaces for conversation and romance, while providing views of the understated glamor of the dining room. Trees and a natural cascading fountain make the Cork Tree Patio wind-protected and well-appointed for dining under the stars. Additionally, depending on the size of your celebration, two private dining options await.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Cork Tree Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (47)fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (39)romantic (36)notable wine list (26)good for groups (19)great for outdoor dining (12)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Excellent place
    thewilsonman
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This really is a high spot in dining in the palm desert/ranch mirage area. The service, ambience and, obviously, food is just great. You really will be hard pushed to find a better place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dinner!
    jantd
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Every minute of our dining experience was perfect! Loved the service, ambiance and the food could not have been better. My husband loved his steak and my whitefish encrusted with crab and topped with a scallop was heaven! Definitely a special night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent
    Trish
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We always enjoy The Cork Tree. The food and service are exceptional. If you want a great evening, you won't be disappointed at The Cork Tree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happenned to Cork Tree?
    DavethedinerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We love coming to Cork tree on our visits to Palm Desert - but not this time. Waitperson got the order wrong (wife got Ceasar salad instead of the Cork tree special salad) - the waitperson did not seem very approachable so she just ate it. The entre's - when they finally got there - were cold. She sent Grouper back to be heated up and then burned her mouth on them when they came back. My shortrips were barely warm. We left before desert. What's going on?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful - again
    Jeannette
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    They really know how to make you feel special. The whole staff are terrific and the food is outstanding. Truly a wonderful evening and we will continue to enjoy with upcoming evenings at Cork Tree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delighted customer
    letsdine
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The Cork Tree has it all: Abiance, great food and wine, professional staff. What's not to like and have an enjoyable experience
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened?
    Suncoast
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We used to make a special trip of eating at the Cork Tree but this last meal was a big disappointment. The duck was so tough and chewy I couldn't eat it. The bouillabaisse was just okay. Won't be coming back for a long time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scallop dinner
    Tabasco
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Everything was wonderful. Our waitress really knew her business. The service was the best. My only displeasure was my scallop dinner. 3 scallops for $30 was a bit much. I've never ordered scallops where I had less than 5. I was still hungry after my meal. Everyone else's dinner was right on target.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Louise
    Louise
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Visited the area from San Diego and tried the Cork tree for dinner, recommendation from Westway mag pleasantly surprised by the great food and service. Had a wonderful evening with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful surprise!
    Datenite
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Located in a strip mall with grocery store and drug store. Didn't expect a restaurant so nicely appointed inside with such great food and service. Highly recommend! The scallops were perfect and the pork shank was delicious. Can't wait to go back when we visit the desert next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebration or Celebrate the day!
    Michael
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This restaurant has service that is so far above and beyond other 5 Star Restaurants you wonder why you have eaten anywhere else. Each visit is truly a new dining experience! Priced moderately with superior service and attention to every detail. Fantastic Plating and originality are to be expected at this neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phil
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    All of your food dishes are great. My late wife and I have enjoyed coming here for several years. I especially enjoy you scallops dish,they are to die for. I always recommend The Cork Tree when some one asks where to go for dinner
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining with in-laws
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent experience! We did have the Lobster Mac n Cheese which brought the food down a notch but everything else was so flavorful. Scallops, risotto, duck, huge oysters and a ten star bouillabaisse!!! Will definitely return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food and Presentation
    SpecialK
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I love trying new restaurants and unique food. We had the Scallops and Duck. Both were prepared very well. The service was "Top Notch". Don't let the location fool you, this is a diamond in the ruff!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive Service and Delicious!
    ProJeff
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Greg, our server, was excellent. He helped me a assemble a plant-based meal that was as tasty as it was beautifully presented. My guests are wine enthusiasts and felt the wine list had terrific choices and good prices. Thank you for a superior experience...we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Good Food and Service
    TAZZ
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The menu is varied enough that it will suite everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best food in town
    paulL
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    if you looking for an AMAZING meal then look no further!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME
    Jblacklock
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We really enjoy this place - wonderful!!! Food is delicious - Service - GREAT - and just a beautiful place!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PL2008
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Outstanding experience once again! This place is a gem in the desert. The staff, service and food are probably the best in the valley. Clearly they are doing everything perfectly. The place was packed - but we did not feel rushed. Cheers to The Cork Tree. Our favorite place in Palm Desert - for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations
    Rocky9
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was able to get a table on short notice at 8:15 for four adults. Upon arrival we were shown straight to our table, which had privacy panels on each side. The restaurant décor is modern and upscale, with subdued but adequate lighting. White linen tablecloths and formally dressed wait staff add to the class appearance. Our waiter, who we learned has been there almost a long as the restaurant, was friendly and polite and attentive. Plus points for offering to increase our appetizers to four instead of standard three. The whole meal was outstanding; 36-hour pork shank, lobster mac and cheese, Ahi entrée salad, and steak. Huge plus for upgrading wine selection at the same price when my choice was unavailable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice find
    AlexM
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was outstanding, but crowd was a bit older. Shouldn't deter from enjoying a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Diane
    Bellasmama
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our waiter was Greg and he was so attentive and made recommendations that were outstanding when we asked for them. Food was amazing and all of us had something different. Definitely will be a repeat customer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will undoubtedly be back!
    Jasmine14
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Everything from the host to the dessert was outstanding. The courses were well described and cooked to perfection. Our party had the Chilean Sea Bass, duck breast, and lamb chops. The setting was great and even though the place was packed, the noise level was low. I will definitely come back the next time I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Palm Desert Gem
    Meezer
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have dined at the Cork Tree several times and have never been disappointed. Menu is always fresh and varied. Quality of the food and service is consistently excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique California Cuisine
    Healthyfoodie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The welcoming team at The CorkTree set the tone for the entire evening. We enjoyed a leisurely dining experience with a wonderful (and reasonably priced) Pinot Noir. The restaurant recently opened after their brief summer closure offering a revised menu. One of their classics, Chilean sea bass, was ordered and was excellent. The pork shank was amazing. The duck and risotto - an interesting balance of flavors - and the short ribs are also dishes we will order again and recommend. The food presentation is creative - and the portions are perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice informal dinner place
    cpgrimm
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Cork Tree is an informal place where you really can have a nice, quiet dinner. We went there every year and believe there was an improvement this year (new cook?) Definitely a good choice!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing place!
    paulL
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our favorit place to go when we are in town! Never had a bad meal there, will go back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We used to go to this restaurant all the time and haven't been for awhile. We had dinner on a Saturday night. The food never disappoints but the service was very disappointing. Our server may have had too many tables but there was no personal interaction and was clearly not interested in attention to any small details such as how was the meal, etc. performed her duties as though on auto pilot. Not sure this is where we go again. With the cost of this restaurant, I expect a higher level of service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice
    MauitoCal
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Enjoyed a very nice dinner with friends. Great service, excellent food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great quality restaurant!
    davidncami
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Wonderful service & food! The sea bass was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Dissapointed
    DGReviews
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I'll cut to the chase - Salmon undercooked, chicken breast had some undercooked spots, purple carrot (beet?) was extremely tough to cut, crème brulee was virtually all topping & minimal custard/crème - why make them duos when you can make a normal size & deep enough version like most places do. wedge salads tasted fine, but barely had any dressing & minimal blue cheese crumbles.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DesertFoodLover
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our celebratory dinner was wonderful as was the service. Looking forward to another visit soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellant service loved the food
    luvchoc
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very impressed reservation was confirmed. It was a birthday celebration and even though they did not have the birthday girls favorite dessert they managed to get something for her. We all loved it!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Ambience
    psfromps
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Nice restaurant for a special occasion or a when you just want to feel special. The interior décor belies the strip mall exterior. Really low noise level for the amount of people dining that evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Buddylove
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Wonderful time with great food. Service was excellent. In town for conference and found this restaurant to give it a try. We recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cork tree
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Excellent food and service. The summer specials are a wonderful bargain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful time!!
    xxxxxVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Always a comfortable and special place for a relaxing and MOST enjoyable time with friends and/or family. Delicious food and excellent service in a charming and sophisticated atmosphere. Perfect!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    mbso
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We are in vacations with our little girl, 4 years old. The food was good and the service ok. Is not a restaurant kid-friendly, not kid menu And the linguine for her were unsalted... By the way, the scallops and the filet were very good. Prices are correct respect the quality and the service Great dessert !!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our 20th Dinner
    Tomcgbooks
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Everything was perfect service, food and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great place for a quiet dinner
    Annka
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    During season, patio is a great place to dine, we couldn't do it as it was too hot.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.